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.
Laura is a gracious host. I spent a night at her house with another friend. We checked in at 9.30 PM, but she was available to receive us and show us everything in the house. She has a very clean, very well kept house.
Make sure to EXACTLY follow the directions that she gives out when you book.
We booked a reservation and upon getting to the house, we left within an hour and our money was refunded. I would not recommend staying here. I won't go into any more detail. Thank you.
Laura was a great host and even gave us some local tips on things to check out. Be sure to check out the directions for the place listed on the posting because we had a hard time finding it using (website hidden) maps. Other than that we enjoyed our stay and would do it again.
The stay was ok. Very close to the vulcano park
We had a wonderful stay at Laura's place. The house is beside a highway and is less than 20 minutes' drive to Hilo downtown and the Volcano National Park so it's very convenient. The room was clean and cozy and we were free to use all the cookware and condiments in the kitchen. Laura is a very nice person and we really appreciate her.
We were lucky to meet Laura and her family. They were so welcoming and helpful. They gave us great advice to discover Hilo and its surroundings. The room was bright and clean and the house has a really nice garden with an incredible view on the volcano. We definitely recommend Laura's house!
Highly recommended! My wife and I stayed one night at Laura's lovely farmhouse. Perfect location, halfway to Kileaua volcano crater from Hilo. Comfortable and clean, and very quiet. Laura and her daughter made us welcome, providing everything we needed. Cool night air made for a great night's sleep, but we got up before dawn to sit out back watching the stars and first sunlight illuminating Mauna Kea. Kindly gave us a tour through their lush acre of huge ferns.
Laura was so nice and personable, and such a hospitable host! She really thought of everything - even giving us a pair of earplugs for the loud screeching Coqui frogs outside! She was very welcoming and full of recomendations on where to go next (we wouldn't have known about the hot ponds if it weren't for her!). About the only downsides to our stay were the super soft mattress which was a little too soft for our comfort, and the famous Coqui frogs that can get loud (but were easily ignored with the earplugs.) Thanks Laura!
With cyclone Flossie on it's way, the power out and driving difficult Laura's was a welcome rest and very comfortable. Perfect for relaxing and planning the next couple of days of our trip.
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