About this listing
Take Highway 11 to Volcano. After mile 26, turn left on Pearl Avenue. If coming from Kona/South Point, pass the 27 mile marker. After the Lanihuli/Wright Road sign, turn right on Pearl Avenue. At the lefthand corner of Pearl and 7th, just a few miles away from the actively erupting Halemaumau Crater in the Volcanoes National Park, discover a delightful romantic studio surrounded by a Japanese bonsai garden and koi pond.
This beautiful open-beam studio boasts a kitchen complete with a full-sized refrigerator, microwave oven and gas stove. Amenities such as Japanese dishes, fleece-lined hapi coats and wireless internet, video and CD players. A queen-size bed with down comforter as well as an additional futon couch which opens into a bed, can accomodate 4 people. An infrared heater keeps you toasty on chilly evenings.
Laundry facilities with detergent and supplies ($6 per load) is available to make your traveling convenient and get you ready for the next adventure on your tour of the islands.
Enjoy the Asian touches of Ikebana and island floral arrangements while sipping a cup of ocha (tea), Kona coffee or enjoying island fruits or macadamia treats.
Stroll through the garden filled with bonsai--miniature Japanese trees which line the pathway and enjoy the giant koi while you contemplate the serenity of the Volcano with its native ohia and tree ferns. Listen for the native birds of the Volcano rainforest. You might even spy a Hawaiian hawk.
Talk story with native-born owner and bonsai/ jewelry designer, Fung Irvine, who will charm you with local history and sites to visit on your stay in Hawaii as well as direct you to the best eating places on the island.
For those first-timers to Volcano, please note that although we are on a tropical island, the Volcano is at 3400 foot elevation and gets pretty nippy (we've had hail and temperatures have been known to dip to the mid-forties). Don't forget to bring some warm clothes for chilly mornings and evenings as well as to visit the active volcanoes.
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House of Bonsai is completely separate from the main house. Keys given at arrival.
Interaction with Guests
Hosts are available at any time to answer questions or guide visitors to sites and shopping.
An actively erupting volcano as a backyard is an amazing gift of nature. The Volcano community has some nice eateries and galleries to visit.
There is public bus transportation but it is best to rent a car as the distances from towns is far.
No smoking indoors. Turn off all lights (especially heater) when leaving the premises. Check that all faucets are turned off. Avoid long showers or letting faucets run--we are on catchment!!
For longer stays, leave used sheets and towels in basket on Saturday morning to be laundered by hostess.
About the Host, Carolyn (Fung)
Born and raised in Hawaii, I am a retired high school English teacher who enjoys every moment of life doing the things that bring joy, adventure and relaxation. I can spend hours on the dance floor free-style dancing, playing mahjong or taiko drumming. I am co-founder of the Big Island Jazz and Blues Society responsible for bringing in performers like Maria Muldaur or Ray Brown Jr. to our humble Hilo town.
In quiet moments I love working with my bonsai and spending my time designing my koi pond. Working with our rich Volcano soil planting organic vegetables is also an enjoyable pastime. Travel to distant lands is always exciting, my favorite spots being Iquitos on the Amazon, Machu Picchu, the Cotswolds in England and bungie jumping in New Zealand.
Saturdays find me with the wind in my face on the back of our new Ultra Classic Harley heading for lunch at Daniel Fish and Hog in Waimea or Gramma's in Honoka'a. I love being a biker babe and we did a one-month bike tour to Sturgis and the Badlands. Maybe one day I can learn to ski and hope happy visitors to my House of Bonsai will successfully get me there.
I was a caregiver for my awesome 101-yearold dad (he passed in December) and yes, we have longevity in our family. Dad comes from a family of 15. He and Mom taught us to be resilient and independent, to let nothing stand in our way and to always have a sense of humor. I have some fabulous stories of Dad's to share with all who visit and want to take home a treasured piece of the islands found nowhere else in the world. Come and visit me in Volcano, and partake of a unique experience.