Located off the Hawaii Belt Rd., Highway 11, in Mt. View, Hapu'u Gardens is equal distance between Hilo and Volcano National Park. Experience a sense of ‘old Hawai’i’ at this vintage Japanese plantation-style cottage just off the highway along one of Hawaii's most beautiful greenbelts. Spectacular views of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa from the vantage point of a lush, tropical hapu’u (cibotium glaucum) fern forest that encircle the rural home is a restorative for the fast pace of the cities and suburbs. At 2500 elevation the days are warm and nights cool for this owner occupied home practicing the art of sustainable living with modern amenities. Enjoy the relaxation of the 4 bedroom, 1 ½ bathrooms, main house of this active flower farm and garden, host to many endemic plants. The available three bedrooms have comfortable beds for two and the kitchen, living room, and bathrooms are common use areas – so the home can host up to six guests at a time. There is also an ‘Ohana called “The Rain Room” off the main home that hosts a library and big screen T.V. Enjoy the ‘old-time’ charm with numerous antiques, artifacts, books, and games for the weary traveler. HDTV, wifi, and laundry facilities are available year-round in the main home and the ‘Ohana. After a long day exploring the Big Island, return to this fern forest and garden paradise so you can wander the many paths and trails of the gardens, or plan a sunset, candle-light dinner under the outdoor canopy overlooking the slopes of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa with fruits and vegetables from the house gardens when in season. Public transit within walking distance, restaurants, open-markets, shopping, ocean, and mountain hiking within 15 to 20 miles either direction from the easily accessible main highway system.
Be kind and considerate of others. Rooms have locks for guest security and please keep the main house locked if the last leaving for the day. The kitchen, bathroom, and other house rules are posted clearly and available upon arrival. Food preperation and clean-up are the responsiblity of guests. Barbecue available on a first come basis. Smokers and non-smokers welcome; no smoking in the main house or surrounding buildings as outside areas have been made available. No underage drinking tolerated. Noise consideration after 10:00 p.m. No alteration of the trails, or cutting or removal of plants from the premises without permission of the owners. Please do not feed the two dogs or cat and do not let them in the house - they have outdoor homes and a fenced area available to them. Please close all gates after entering.
We stayed only for 1 night, but it was perfect. Really nice and friendly people. Its harder to find the place at night but the provided directions are very good.
After spending the day at Volcanoes National Park, it was nice to find a shower to get rid of the dirt and stink from hiking and a comfortable bed in which to rest. When I got there Laura and her daughter showed me around and were friendly. Laura's place isn't far from Volcanoes and is a short drive from a number of restaurants, too.
I should point out that even with earplugs I was woken up a number of times during the night by noises from a bunch of animals including dogs, roosters, cows, and birds. I was able to get back to sleep quickly but it was still annoying. Just know that those creatures are part of the surrounding environment.
Laura's place is nice. It's clean; has nice beds, was set up with nice fruit and bread for breakfast, has lots of gardens, and Laura is a good host. The place is an old farm house; not super modern and walls are a little thin, the bathroom is shared by three rooms, but for folks OK with those caveats, the place is perfect. We'd definitely stay again. Be sure to follow her directions for getting there, as the house is at the end of a very narrow unmarked road and GPS alone won't get you there.
I felt very welcome at Laura's house. She is an awesome person with a great family and friends. Thank you for those wonderful two days!
The bedroom was very comfortable and clean, as was the bathroom. The house is well suited as a starting point to visit the Volcanoes National Park.
The driveway is right by the highway but the house is a bit hidden so it was not easy to find after sunset. GPS was not working well, not sure if it was the area or the smog. But Laura came out to find us so we made it there. If going from the volcanoes park, it is on you left and before the elementary school. The room was comfy for two of us and the full equipped kitchen was a big plus. The location is perfect for us after the volcanoes park. We enjoyed our stay. Thank you!
Laura is the best hostess ever. Her house is very beautiful, sweet and clean. We had a wonderful and quiet night there. She gave us a detailed tour guide about our coming trip. When we got up in the morning, we felt living in nature because of the maple trees around her house. We had an amazing experience here. Nice to meet Laura and her family. Best wishes and happy new year~
We stayed with Laura en route to Volcanoes National Park. She was home when we arrived and was very friendly and helpful. She was managing a theatre production during the evening, so we had the house to ourselves most of our stay. Photos and descriptions are very honest and accurate. The house is clean and quiet and the bed was comfortable. The kitchen is well equipped for cooking. Laura graciously allowed us to do a small load of laundry and we enjoyed lounging about in the cozy bathrobes she provided while our clothes dried. Good value and a great place to stay on your way to the volcanoes. Thumbs up.
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We hope you enjoy this place as much as we do. It is a piece of heaven to us and we are grateful to be able to offer time here so that you may experience it as well. Our goal is to eventually be self-sustaining but for now the gardens and views of the mountains will have to do!