Peaceful and private yet centrally located between the Volcano and the warm springs, 15 minute drive to Hilo Airport. 15 minute drive to all the best restaurants on the Island in Pahoa town,
One bedroom Large Kitchen , Living room, Big bathroom In the downstairs of my home.
Guest will have full use of the first floor, which features a bedroom, full bath (with double sinks and tub/shower), a large, fully equipped kitchen, large living room, and a large front porch. Bedroom and Bathroom is private to guest.
I live upstairs on the second floor where I have my own bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.
I do have three Jack Russell Terriers that use a doggie door that also exits out through the front.
Please feel free to message me if you have any questions! Mahalo!
One week minimum during Merrie Monarch. (phone number hidden)
Guests will have access to entire first floor which consists of large kitchen, bedroom, bathroom living room and front porch.
Nice friendly neighborhood, everyone waves at you :))
There is a large general store, post Office, gas station & 7-11 store and bus stop that picks up in morning and returns in the afternoon in Kurtistown which is a nice 2 mile walk from here.
Other Things to Note
Hawaii state tax of 13.416% will be collected upon check-in
Must Love little dogs , I have three little Jack Russells that stay with me most of the time.
We do recycle and use a compost bucket for all table scraps which gets to the compost pile.
Smoking is allowed outside on picnick table.
Please conserve energy and turn off all lights when not in rooms.
This place is beautiful! Linda does a great job of making you feel comfortable in her cabin-style suite. The place is just as described, with a huge kitchen with dining room table, 3 beds, bath, and patio. Linda is a great hostess with lots of ideas for things to see. She also provided snorkel gear, towels, and fresh fruit which was great.
This place is jungly and funky and in the middle of an organic farm. Linda is super nice and we found the place clean and comfortable.
A couple things to note:
The state taxes aren't included when you pay on airbnb, so be prepared with cash when you get there. (ours came out to around $40, for four nights)
Internet is intermittent. We unfortunately had to work while we were there, so this was a bit of a problem for us. But hopefully you won't and you can schedule a time with Linda that the internet can be 'turned on' that works for you both.
There are fire ants around....but, ya know, it's the jungle, so you just have to be aware of what food, etc. you leave out.
Phone service is pretty much nonexistent, but out on the porch you can catch a couple bars.
Although the house is listed as 'private' Linda's three dogs come down into the apartment (she lives upstairs), several times a day to go out the doggie door which is located in the front door.
Overall it was maybe not ideal for us, but only because we had to do some work while we were there. BUT, if you're coming to explore during the day and crash at night, this spot should works great. And Linda will share amazing organic fruit she's grown with you, give you lots of good info on the island, etc, and give you a tour around her farm.
She's got lots of animals (her dogs, obviously, but cats, birds, ducks, a horse, etc.), and tons of great plants, AND is growing her own tilapia. Very cool spot.
My wife Susan and I have used airbnb about 10 times. We always try to find something a little off beat and reasonably priced. So far Linda has earned top score on both accounts! We had a fabulous week long vacation on the big Island - Linda was a big part of that both in making us feel welcome and in giving us tips for things to do.
-Irv and Susan
Linda gave us lots of great advice on what to see and do in the area. She seems to have lived a very interesting life, and we enjoyed talking with her.
The neighborhood feels rural, but it is not far from the small town center of Keaau, which has a grocery store, gas, shops, and restaurants, including a McDonalds.
It is a great, central location for excursions into Hilo, and Hawaii Volcanoes National park, and for exploring Puna.
The living situation is not for everyone. It was more like being thrust into someone else's life than any other BnB experience I've had. It was also more rustic than I'd anticipated. Look into it, and if you have doubts, I suggest you look into Linda's other listing -- a more-conventional house located along the same driveway. I started out a little uncomfortable but ended up glad for the experience -- much like a light version of the fish-out-of water experience one has when adapting to a foreign land.
If you are looking for an authentic Hawaiian experience, Linda's Hale O'Kakuis is THE place to go. She has a 9 acre property with lots of tropical trees and plants and a great little place. The place is exactly how it looks in pictures. Of course you have to keep in mind that you are signing up for a place in midst of the woods, so don't go there expecting it to be a 5 star hotel. Linda is a great host, she made us feel at home immediately and spent time giving us a tour of her property. She also suggested some great local activities which you will not find on your trip advisors, expedia etc. Amongst all the things we did in Hawaii, her suggested activities like the warm pool, uncle Robert's shack and the farmer's market were the best. She has a few pets including 3 little Jack Russells that are extremely friendly. Not to forget the fresh tropical fruits she left for breakfast every morning. The property is a min. 2 miles from the closest shopping hub, so please do make sure you have a car for commute. Overall, after a long day of activities and sight seeing, her home felt warm and cozy to return to.
Staying with Linda ruined our holiday!!
Firstly I really don't like writing a bad review but I feel I have to. I am amazed she has got so many good reviews. She gave my girlfriend and I an 'upgrade' to her three bedroom property on arrival but the house was filthy. E.g there were hairs and mould in the fridge, we couldn't cook anything because the pots and pans had dirt and cobwebs, there where hairs and used paper in bathroom bin and we couldn't walk around barefoot because of the dirt. We asked Linda if she could get it cleaned. She was immediately defensive and kept insinuating we had a high standard of cleanliness, which we don't.
From this point onwards it felt very awkward with Linda and she made us feel uncomfortable living there. She said she thought we would be more appreciative because she gave us an 'upgrade' but we spent over a day cleaning the place ourselves. She later expressed she found us rude and thought we should go somewhere else for the remainder of our holiday.
She then tried to patch things up before we had to move back into her own house, Hale O'Kakuis with Linda. She confessed she didn't do her usual cleaning before we arrived and couldn't remember the last time it was cleaned. It felt very forced and frosty, we simply didn't want to deal with this situation on our holiday and decided to look for a new place.
We originally planned to stay for a month we left after 10 days. We had to spend money we didn't have and it really scarred our trip. We had saved for long while to make the holiday possible. Gutted!
Linda was a very kind person. She gave us great local insight on the area. Her place was rustic and comfortable for our one night stay.
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