Come live "Old Hawaiian Style" in this private and secluded one bedroom cottage with a huge covered lanai. It's Old Hawaii; wild and rejuvenating!
Price Includes State taxes!! Free covered parking.
You can view the tropical landscape through the large picture windows in the main living area and feel comfortably in tune with nature, as the house was built with largely recycled materials and also makes use of the native Ohia logs.
This cabin is secluded in tropical landscaping and native forest but also hidden in the forest is a skylight opening to a vast underground network of lava tubes, so please stay within the cleared areas. Surveyed in the early 1990's, the Kazumura caves are believed to run all the way to the ocean.
A Hardwood floor in living room, tile in the entry, kitchen area and bathroom are just a few new additions. Newly updated interior paint. We try to provide everything you need with fans in living area and bedroom, TV/ DVD player, WiFi, new large refrigerator, new stove/oven, french press coffee maker in the kitchen, gas BBQ grill on the lanai, washing machine & clothes line under house and little extras like cooking oil, salt/pepper, coffee sample/ creamer & sugar, glad wrap, paper towels, kleenex and complete linen set up. We do not have a microwave.
The bedroom has a queen size bed with memory foam mattress and a sofa bed that pulls out to a standard size bed. There are also beach towels & chairs as well as masks & snorkels for those beach excursions. Flashlights and umbrellas also. We take care to make your stay special from having fresh tropical flower arrangements to candles and white Christmas lights on the lanai.
Our son-in-law, daughter, 3 children and 2dogs & 2 cats live next door up the back on 3 adjoining acres. They are friendly and you may see them about. The dogs would love you to pet them but you can also just tell them to go home! They like howling at night at times just to be warned. There are also frog noises at night also. We provide ear plugs as some of our quests have problems sleeping.
Fern Grotto Cottage, in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii, is centrally located between Hilo, Volcano National Park, and Pahoa (20 min each way). Just turn into Hawaiian Acres one mile north of Kirtistown onto Kuauli Rd.. We are 5 miles from the Volcano Hwy 11on a paved 8 Rd.
The Puna district is spectacular, with ragged sea cliffs, black sand beaches, overgrown rainforests, flowing lava, and quaint little towns. Wander the Maku'u Market near the little village of Pahoa on Sundays, Hilo's farmers market on Saturday & Wednesday. Take in Volcano Village and the National Park, and don't miss the great snorkeling at the Kapoho tidepools .
Hawaii Volcanoes NP is still the states #1attraction . Stop by the visitor center, walk the trails, trek through Thurston Lava Tube (although the ones at our cottage are nicer). A trip to the park at night is a must also as you can peer into the Halema'uma'u crater from the Jagger Museum along the Crater Rim Drive. Don't worry you get a map when entering the park. The fee is $20/vehicle and they are open 24 hours a day.
We have snorkel gear at the cottage (no fins) for beach excursions. The Richardson's Beach Park in Hilo is a great beach to snorkel (our personal favorite). The tide pools at Kapoho are great too.
Don't forget to see the waterfalls. Akaka Falls State Park has a self- guided 0.4 mile loop trail that takes you past Kahuna Falls and the 442 ft Akaka Falls. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on Scenic Drive is a must see. Trails, waterfalls, ocean vistas are a few of the things to see. Rainbow Falls and the Boiling pots in Hilo are also on my list (no swimming as there are dangerous under currents).
Hilo also has one of my favorite parks. The Lili'uokalani Gardens on Banyan Drive with views of Hilo Bay and Coconut Island. Also worth seeing is the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens. It is the only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States with over 80 animals. Both these parks are free.
Just help yourselves into the house using the lock box keys by the door. There will be a flashlight on the step if you arrive after dark. Combination will arrive when booking is complete with full instructions.
Lava tubes are on property. Explore at own risk. We ask you to read information in quest book before you go. They are beautiful and worthwhile exploring.
There is a Short cut to Pahoa from property. See directions in guest book. It will save you precious time.
Interaction with guests
We live only 15 minutes away. You will have our cell number for any emergencies or if you just want to talk. Mostly we leave you alone and you have complete instructions on how to get to the property along with lock box key combination. You can come and go at your own convenience.
Other things to note
We are located in Hawaiian Acres on 8 Rd. (MohoRd) between E & F roads. (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) maps works with map coordinates provided.
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RENTAL RULES AND REGULATIONS;
1. This is a non-smoking unit.
2.Pets are not allowed.
3. No damage is done to unit or its contents, beyond normal wear and tear.
4. When leaving, all used dishes are cleaned and put away.
5. Keys are left in lock box and unit is left locked.
6. MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY: 4 People.
7. INCLUSIVE FEES: Rates include a one-time linen-towel setup. For a stay of over one week, two sets are provided.
8. NO DAILY MAID SERVICE.
Fern Grotto is privately owned:
The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premise or its grounds. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premise or others whom they invite to use the premise.
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Bruce and Fern have lived on the Hilo side of the Hawaii Island" since 2000. It has been a pleasure for them to host quests. They are happy knowing guests arrive to a clean and welcoming atmosphere. Special touches given with care for their quests are present throughout.
It takes a good 21/2 hours to travel from one side of the Island to the other and with so much to see on both. Bruce and Fern suggest to anyone coming for the 1st time to stay both sides. More time in Kona if you are a sun-seeker, enjoy walking past shops and restaurants with great ocean breezes, views and white sandy beaches. On the East side stay at least 3 days to see the Volcano National Park, waterfalls, rain forest and tide pools at Kapoho. Also a fun thing to do at night is to go to Volcano and view Halemaumau Crater from both the lodge and museum along the Kilauea Crater rim. Be sure to wear something warm.
Bruce and Fern