Enjoy a mountain adventure on Hawaii Island with your friends and family in a spacious island home near the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. See the gamut of Hawaiian life in the rainforest, at black sand beaches, and quaint villages.
The Maluhia Guest House vacation rental is located in a native 'ohia forest in a quiet neighborhood in Volcano on the island of Hawaii.
Located on the slopes of Kilauea, it is within a five minutes drive to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Volcano Art Center Gallery, the Kilauea Military Camp and Recreation Area, the Volcano Golf course, and the Volcano village with its many restaurants and shops. Visit the National Park. Take a hike or two. Play a round of golf. Enjoy some great food. Explore the little village of Volcano. Travel down to Ka'u to see black sand beaches and turtles basking on the sand or travel to Hilo and swim in fresh water spring fed beaches.
Nature abounds with giant tree ferns (hapu'u and ama'u), native trees ('ohi'a), and shrubs. Birdwatchers can see many native birds right from the bedroom windows. Enjoy the quiet of the evenings and watch the moon rise from among the native forest. There are many things to do if that is your choice or you can relax and enjoy the quiet of the environment.
Spacious is an appropriate descriptor for this newly renovated house that has many amenities. European accommodations with five large bedrooms with queen or king beds. There is enough sleeping space for more than 12 people. The open concept floor plan for the main floor makes this house a great gathering place. There is a large living room complete with a propane fireplace, a reading room, dining room, huge kitchen, and a laundry room. There is a full basement with room for two cars. There are three bathrooms. This lodging is a non-smoking facility for the health and comfort of all.
There is also in-house catering available for guests. This facility is also available for meetings, gatherings, and retreats.
The hosts, Don and Mililani Hughes, have lived in Volcano since 1981. Former educators, they love sharing this home with visitors. They take pride in their motto: Maluhia Guest House: Where Hawaiian hospitality is alive and well.
Enjoy the cool summer evening with a barbeque in the backyard. A Weber grill is available for guests to use.
Interaction with Guests
We welcome all guests with a tour of the house and its amenities. We are also available to provide suggestions, recommendations, and tips on things to do and see. We like to provide guests with the freedom to create their own adventures. We try to make sure that we remain available for questions throughout the stay via phone or email contact.
The Maluhia Guest House is located in the Mauna Loa Estates subdivision. It is a quiet neighborhood in a rainforest setting. The wide paved roads make travel or walking expeditions enjoyable.
Visiting the island of Hawaii requires a car rental since there is so much to see and do. Our covered garage enables you to load and unload your vehicle without worrying about rain.
No smoking in the house.
Guests may be charged should there be willful damage to the house or its contents or missing items from the Maluhia Guest House.
If guests wish to check out later than the set time, they must contact the hosts ahead of time to make the arrangements.
Please do remove shoes inside the house per local Hawaiian custom.
Water conservation is a must.
We enjoyed our short stay in this home. We wished to visit Hawaii Volcano National Park, which is about one mile from this house, and the house accommodated all nine of us very nicely. It was well-kept and very comfortable, with good beds and good gathering places. It has a private yard that is a big outdoor space, and we could watch wild pheasants roam around until we came outside, when they would suddenly, poof, disappear! It was nice to see art on the walls, the bed pillow covers were beautiful, and I loved the reading room.
Our hosts were great. Miliani even kindly emailed me some suggestions before we headed down to Volcano, and upon arrival, our hosts greeted us warmly, then gave us a brief tour of the house and answered any questions regarding the house and the Volcano area before they left. We appreciated their introduction.
One particular advantage of this house is that it is so close so to the National Park. We were able to visit the park in daytime, and then come back to the house for dinner, and return again to the park at night to see the volcano crater glowing orange through it's lava lake and steam, a spectacular sight, but drive only a few minutes home to bed. A great advantage, I think.
Miliani and Don made us feel very welcome. We liked their house. We also loved their gift of two beautifully made jars of jelly, plus butter and good bread and crackers! Aloha, indeed.
Thank you both for such a pleasant experience,
We are a team of 9 from Shanghai. We had a 3 nights wonderful stay at the Maluhia Guest House. Don and Mililani are so nice that they come to the airport to help with our luggages, which really helped us solved a big problem! The house is so nice and we can easily find everything we need! The location is great and we went to the volcano park twice. Grandma wrote an article in Chinese to explain how much she loved it, and it was translated into English, French and Russian by my friend and I. We just left the guest house yesterday and now we already start to miss it!
Mililani and Don were great. They met my family at the house and called us before hand to see if we wanted a fire started to have the house warm when we arrived. The house was very clean and decorated for the holidays. It was a great location, very close to the National Park which made it very convenient to see sunset and then come back to change for dinner before going back there. It was also only an hour drive to the Green Sand beach and 40 mins to Hilo.
We had a very good stay with our friends at Don and Mililani's guest house. The house is large enough, very well equipped and very comfortable. Very well located to explore the area. Don and Mililani's we're waiting for us when we arrived and explained everything very nicely.
Mililani and Don have a beautiful, comfortable home located just outside the national park. It is in a quiet neighborhood on several acres of wild forest and tidy garden. The profusion of anthurium was stunning, and many were in vases decorating the inside of the home. It was perfect for our family visit to the Big Island. Our hosts were super helpful, communicative, and available, but not overly so. If we had had more time we would have wanted to get to know them better than we did when they showed us the house. I highly recommend staying at their Maluhia Guest House!
We were a group of 10 adults who came for a holiday to Hawaii. We stayed at this house for 2 nights. Even though we reached the house at around 230am, the hosts waited to receive us and show us around the house. They were so sweet that they left us bread and homemade guava jelly for the next day. We were all thoroughly impressed by their hospitality and kindness. Mililani and Don emailed us a list of things to do and places to eat in advance. Very easy to communicate over email. We recommend you stay at this house while you are near the volcano national park. You wont find such lovely hosts anywhere :)
Mahalo Miloni and Friends for the very kind review. We hope that you will come and visit us again at the Maluhia Guest House. Thank you for introducing our guest house to your friends. Best wishes to you all. Mililani and Don Hughes. By the way, I told my friend that you enjoyed her homemade guava jelly and she was so happy.
Mahalo mahalo mahalo to Mililani and Don Hughes! We tremendously enjoyed our time at the Maluhia Guest House. Upon arrive the house was beautiful! Spacious, yet cozy, wonderful climate, and most importantly, very inviting and accomodating to our 18 people that traveled with us. Mililani and Don were even more accomodating and hospitable, reassuring us that if there is ANY problems or we need help with something at the house, for us to not hesitate to call them. True ALOHA SPIRIT these people. We were worried about the hot water for that many people. It was not at all a problem, if everyone took 10-15min baths, it was fine. I can go on and on about how beautiful, well kept and inviting this place was and it still wont do it justice. The best way to explain it is to say, "YOU MUST STAY HERE." It was a wonderful experience, one that my halau we always remember. Mahalo again Mililani and Don. Aloha nui!
Mililani and Don Hughes are the hosts of the Maluhia Guest House. Both are retired teachers and school administrators. Don is a rancher in Volcano with a small operation offering grass fed beef. They have lived in Volcano since 1981 and are well known in the community for their volunteer work.
They love to share the island with visitors. Mililani is a poet and writer who is very interested in Hawaiian culture. She is a hula student. Don is a science teacher who is interested in physiology and anatomy. His current interest besides cattle ranching is enlarging his biodiesel production.
Both have traveled to continental USA, Japan, Great Britain, Italy, and France. They like to travel and learn more about the lifestyles of the everyday people. As hosts, they would like to show guests what the aloha spirit is like outside of the Waikiki stereotype.