About this listing
We are a quiet mile off Hwy 11, 5 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Visitor Center, with 12 acres up against the forest reserve and the National Park. A little private village that we have developed since 1979, and have been operating as an eco-B&B since 1986. Within a couple miles are 8-10 restaurants, multiple gift shops and museums, within the National Park and Volcano Village, not to mention major hiking!
We have 3 cottages, 2 apartments, 2 big houses with 3 bedrooms, 3 baths each, yoga studio and Breakfast Lanai, with small farm (cows, ducks, fish) and native rainforest. Alan does the buildings with fine finish work and Bonnie does the farming and gardening. We operate our B&B together, along with daughter Joan and her friend Nicky.
The Cottage is two story. The upstairs room has windows on all four sides, with a queen bed and one twin bed. The downstairs room has a full kitchen with dining table, one more twin bed and a fold out futon couch. There is also a big front porch and a newly refurbished, roomy bath with custom tile, tub-shower, and its own outside door. The Koa wood stairway is something to see.
We provide a casual continental breakfast buffet in our big, greenhouse Breakfast Lanai, with lots of local fruit, cereal, bagels and muffins, home-made cinnamon rolls, coffee, tea, cocoa, juice. We leave it all out from early morning until everyone has eaten, very informal.
We welcome singles, couples, families, reunions and retreats for up to 35, wi-fi throughout, hot tub, snacks in the Breakfast Lanai 24/7. We line-dry our linens and provide use of washer and lines for guests. Hot water is solar-assisted, recycling bins are convenient, and beds have electric mattress pads, so you can sleep cozy.
We are a favorite place for scientists and researchers as well as college classes and yoga and taichi retreats. We host groups from Europe and Asia but also lots of young people and families from Australia and New Zealand as well as North America.
We ask smokers to go outside and away from where others congregate.
We do take one-nighters if less than 7 days to reservation date. Please contact us for early check-in or late checkout, to find out if we can accommodate you.
We sometimes allow pets, in some units, but only by prior permission.
We expect parents to keep control of their children, and will charge for damage. First farm-visit with Bonnie, and never without parent along.
We are famous for giving great sleep, for all guests and our quiet neighbors, and expect our guests to honor that.
TAX NOTE: The State of Hawaii charges excise tax and transient accommodations tax. The effective rate is 13.41%. We include that markup in the rates posted on Airbnb.
Our pets do not go in the guest units.
Our Heeler dog is around and the neighbors' small dogs and cats visit, but please do not let any of them inside Claudia's Place. That cute friendly miniature poodle? She likes to dump trash cans...
That is me, Bonnie and hubby and co-innkeeper Alan Miller in the photo, with our daughter, Joan, off to the left. Joan is also around helping us run Volcano Guest House. That photo was taken in Lijiang, Yunnan, China last year when we were on OUR trip of a lifetime, guided by our daughter-in-law, Jingjing Zhang, from Datong, who is married to our son Noel. They live in Bellevue Washington, and work in technology.
I, Bonnie, was born on Maui, grew on on Kauai and Oahu, went to college in Ohio, and lived on a Greek island for a year before coming back to Hawaii where I made a career in community organizing - the community gardens in Honolulu, our local park's public/private partnership here in Volcano, community development planning and social justice advocacy for various county, state, and feds before turning to full-time work at our B&B in 2000, when we went from 2 to five units. I come from Iowa farm and Melungeon stock, thus my milk cows and ducks. Nowadays, I take care of the reservations and landscape and farm.
Alan built it all, starting in 1979, when we moved to this place and lived in a tent for the first year. He continues to maintain it, take care of the breakfast fixins and welcome you. He was born in Lima, Peru of parents from New York and Arkansas, including Hawaii Missionary ancestors. Alan has been a special ed teacher and builder, building and remodeling homes for a cadre of long time client/friends until he, too, went full-time on the B&B when we went to more cottages and houses in 2006.