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 was a gracious host. She gave us a tour of her beautiful garden and also made us some banana bread for breakfast. Her house is close to Volcano and about 20 minute drive to Hilo. Down sides were that it was a bit hard to find (especially at night), the floor was very creaky, wifi didn't work, and one of the beds were too soft and lacked support.