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I felt like I had a personal paradise of my own, less than 15 minute walk to Maku'u point (where you can sit or walk along the lava rocks to enjoy the water or just jump into some pools where the waves are not coming crashing. The house itself is the second to last house on a dead end street along a gravel path. The house is surrounded by all kinds of trees (Coconuts, guava, palms, plumeria's and various other trees. I loved the rural feel of the neighborhood. The house itself is an older home with many updates in the kitchen and bathrooms. Steve the owner (who lives just a few blocks down and was great to met and talk to and I found him to be responsive, helpful and most of all very genuine. Getting to see various species of birds, chickens and the outdoor house cats were a delight. Sitting on the lanai or the lawn chairs at night listening to the various species of birds singing their songs and the noise of the crashing of the waves was a whole new experience for me. 1. I was prepared with flashlights when coming back from night trips as it's pretty dark due to the abundance of tree's, plus no street lights 2. Keep the sliding door shut in order to not invite any unwanted visitors (pretty green gecko's and some bugs will come if invited). We kept the windows open at all times to let in fresh air (all windows have mesh) so not many bugs indoors. Plenty of convenience stores within a 5 mile radius or take a 25 minute drive only 16 miles to Walmart in Hilo (speed limit is under 45 at times therefore the longer drive time). I loved my experience and I'd do it again to tell you the truth I'm writing this review as we split our vacation from the east side to the west side about 20 miles north of Kona where I'm sitting in a 2 bedroom condo living amongst people (my daughter was already told by the lady downstairs that the walls are thin so just be considerate as her kids have to go to school in the morning) and I'm feeling like a sardine in a can and I'm sitting here typing this review remembering all wonderful gift I had just hours ago (at least I had a week) and will definitely do it again and again at this beautiful place in Hawaiian Paradise Park. Thank you Steve and Desiree for a wonderful experience!
Visited July 2022
Written August 3, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.
This is a great property with plenty of room. It’s at the end of a short, quiet gravel road with loads of tropical plants, birds and geckos along with several cats and neighbors chickens running around. I felt the kitchen could be better stocked for cooking (one little frying pan meant cooking french toast one at a time for a family of 5 was a much bigger chore than necessary) but that is a minor quibble and we were able to make do with what was there for the most part.
Location was good, although it is a bit off the beaten path and not close to really anything. There is a small public coast access about a 15 minute walk, but it is rocky and rough so really just for looking. It is a decent drive into Hilo and a sizable drive if you want to explore the north coast of the island. Volcanoes National Park is about the same distance, time wise, as from Hilo, as it is a solid 20 minutes off the main beltway road.
Overall, a great place to stay.
Visited June 2022
Written June 10, 2022. This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveller and not of Tripadvisor LLC nor of its partners. Tripadvisor does not check Vrbo reviews.