About this listing
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.
Mililani and Don made us feel welcome by meeting us in person and giving us a tour of the house. They thoughtfully provided us with a case of water bottles, bread and juice. We also appreciated that they provided things like laundry detergent. They were available and responsive to any small questions or issues we had throughout our stay. The house is spacious and well-laid out, with enough bedrooms and bathrooms for my big family. The area is lush and green - even though it is technically in town, it feels like you are in the middle of a cloud forest. Volcano national park is just down the road - perfect for getting an early start on hiking.
Four of us gals spent the night at this GIANT Beautiful house. Plenty of space and nice comfy beds. The yard was beautiful too! Very peaceful surroundings and close to the Volcano National Park and Volcano Golf Course. All in all perfect for what we were looking for. A great sitting room for reading and a big table for games. I can't say enough about this great place. Thank you to our hosts who were most informative and kind! Special thanks for the fresh papaya and gardenias! One of us even took a gardenia up to their room to enjoy the fragrance. I could see spending at least a week in this house and enjoying every minute!
We booked this beautiful home last minute for a night after a visit to the Volcano and the Kapoho Tidepools. We only wish we could have stayed longer because it was such a relaxing home. The location couldn't have been more ideal and the host were the nicest people.
What a beautiful house,Don and Mililani are so nice.We spent a memorable vocation there.Looking forward to return in the future.
Great home in Volcano! Mililani and her husband were great hosts and accommodating to our early check in. The beds were comfortable and we appreciated the fresh local vegetables.
What an awesome location and perfect place for our group to stay. Wonderful neighborhood to go for an early morning run or wander to the local coffee shop for pastries. Couldn't have been better
Thank you Gillian for your kind response. It was our pleasure to host your students so that they could take advantage of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park's BioBlitz program. This is the kind of activities we wanted our Maluhia Guest House to be a place to facilitate such learning and interaction in our unique environment. Mahalo.
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,
About the Host, Mililani
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.