Akala House at Volcano Guest House

House - Entire home/apt · Ala Ohia Street, Volcano, HI 96785, United States
Your host, Bonnie
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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.

There are 8-10 restaurants, plus shops and museums within ten minutes, in Volcano Village and the National Park.

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.

Akala House has three bedrooms and three baths, plus four extra twin beds in the loft/living area. One bedroom has a queen bed. One bedroom has one twin bed and its own deck, and one has a king bed and a twin. The kitchen has rice cooker, toaster, coffee maker, microwave, and traditional mismatched cookware, utensils and china, if you want to eat in.

We also 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, boiled eggs, 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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3
Beds: 8
Extra people: $23 / night after 4 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $1600 /week
Monthly Price: $4500 /month
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 10:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s), Cat(s), and Other pet(s)
  • We didn't get to meet the hosts but the place was very conveniently located for visits to volcano national park. Clean and spacious. Hot tub was a definite plus after an all-day-long hikes around the volcano. Full kitchen is in the unit but there was only one pot. Since we didn't plan on doing much cooking, the kitchen was sufficient to pack lunches and cut fruits. Host might provide more kitchen stuff if you ask for but we didn't bother to ask.

    July 2014
  • It is a very nice B'n'B in the forest next to the Volcano Park. The Olapa Room was very nice including the lounge. The breakfast was a bit small for the price, but ok. It was very easy to add a night. The hosts are very friendly.

    May 2014
  • The listing is very quaint and cute. The space was fairly large. In the middle of the forest. Very eco-friendly, especially with the water and heat. The breakfast was typical cereal, fresh fruit, and a cinnamon bread that was very good. There was a good map of the area and ideas on where to go in Volcano. The hosts were friendly and helpful.

    April 2014
  • Great location for access to Volcano National Park and short distance to Hilo, also went to the Black Sand beach. The setting is very quieted and secluded with beatifull forest and landscaping. The elevation makes for very comfortable tempuratures in the evening. If you are there on Sunday, don't miss the farmers market in Volcano Village. It is truely local farmers and bakers. Overall, a great place.

    March 2014
  • The shared central living room area gives you access to much more room than just your bedroom suite. The breakfast building was bright and social.

    March 2014
  • Great hosts. Alan gave us great local tips.

    March 2014
  • as Sorry to write feedback late. The stay in Bonnie's home was wonderful experience. Everything is well prepared, including the road direction email (Bonnie wrote to us, and let us know the (website hidden) guiding is not correct and we just used (website hidden) those days). The beds are warm, it is very cozy, because in jungle it is easy to feel cold at night. The spa was the most impressive. When we visited volcano park, it rained suddenly and heavily, we all got wet because we were in the middle of the hiking way. After we rushed home, we used the spa. I worried we might catch cold after being completely wet. But after spa, everything was fine. In fact, Bonnie had prepared raincoat for us, but when we started hiking, it was raining. We all feel regret and think we should have carried Bonnie' raincoat. 这家丛林中的民居离火山公园很近,很方便。晚上床上因为配有电热毯所以睡着一点都不冷。提醒要去火山公园玩的朋友,一定预备塑料袋把护照保护好,如果像我们一样,在徒步中遇到大雨,那就用得着了。这个公园值得一去,这个民居也超乎预期。

    January 2014
  • The Volcano Guest house is a cute B&B located very close to Volcano National Park. We did not interact with the owners that much since they had a school group visiting and were providing lectures and plans for them.

    This place is great location for Volcano National Park. We drove after sunset to see the crater and got up early the next day to do a bigger hike.

    The breakfast was good with a mix of fresh fruit and cereals. It was just enough to energize our hike.

    Highly recommended if you are going to be staying a significant time in Volcano National Park.

    January 2014
  • Great location for the National Park and about 40 mins drive from Hilo airport. We were met by Alan when we arrived and a slight mix up with the rooms was quickly resolved. Lots of local info was provided, which was very helpful, such as a map, where to eat, stores etc. and from the Guest House it was easy to drive to the crater, to the black sand beaches on the south coast and to the Puna district. Breakfast was good with a range of cereal, porridge, bread and fruit. We would definitely stay there again.

    December 2013
  • The room was charming but smaller than expected. The property is in the middle of the rain forest. The room is part of a shared apartment with two other rented rooms so you will share the space with others. I never met the owners but the set up which made it a little impersonal yet professional ( check in and check out was clear and easy to follow.) I would have liked to have met the owners have as it would have added a personal touch I am used to with air bnb. They clearly put a lot of love into this service and location.

    September 2013
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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.
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