I am a documentary filmmaker and
have lived in Hawaii for 6 years. My partner Matthew and I manage the Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast and look forward to seeing you
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HIlo Bay Hale B&B made for the perfect Hilo visit. The house is lovingly restored and feels like Old Hawaii. It is clean, and had everything we needed.The location is ideal. Oh and did I mention the breakfasts? Yummy and fresh and prepared with love. Matthew and Danny were wonderful hosts.
The Jungle Farmhouse was perfect for our two week stay in the Pahoa area. We loved the house, loved the location, and enjoyed Danny, Matthew, and all the animals.
This is our third visit to the area, so we know what to expect, and the Jungle Farmhouse is just what we were looking for. It is not a fancy new condo with granite countertops, rather it is a pleasant, homey place with a story to tell. It is a real Hawaiian single wall construction style house with cedar walls and great old louvre windows to let the breezes through. It is clean and nicely appointed with fun vintage furniture and artwork and the big screened lanai is a great place to hang out and listen to the jungle. Danny and Matthew live right behind the house in a small ohana and while it is quite close, we never felt intruded upon, Danny and Matthew are quiet and friendly and gave us plenty of space (even my husband, Mr. Antisocial, didn't mind a bit). With them on site, we didn't even bother to lock our doors.
From the Farmhouse it's under 15 minutes to the tidepools, 10 minutes to the boat ramp (Isaac Hale park) or the big warm bath and literally two minutes to town, although you'd never know it.
My only complaint is that we were so close to town we ate out way more than we usually do! Pahoa has some great fun and funky restaurants.
The Pahoa area itself is laid back and friendly. Lots of aloha, if you smile and wave, you get a smile and a wave back. It's honestly one of the friendliest places I've ever been. We'll be back....
I really enjoyed my time at Hilo Bay BB. The breakfasts were great. The place and room were a good representation of A Hawaiian house circa 1920. It was wonderful talking with the hosts about life in Hilo and the big island. I especially liked the recommendation for some great local coffee for a reasonable price. I have already recommended the place to a friend.
We stayed for two nights at this wonderful place in Hilo. The house is really nice and the room had everything we needed. The house is charming and tastefully decorated. It was nice to be able to walk downtown. The breakfast was fantastic and Danny and Matthew took very good care of us. We even liked the coqui frogs - they give a special atmosphere!
Hilo bay hale was a delightful retreat with a relaxed ambiance. Perfectly located just minutes away from the hilo airport too! The breakfast was especially delicious with local flavors and a home-cooked feel. Thank you Danny, Matthew, and Laura for making us feel so welcome!
First off, Danny was a wonderful host. He communicated promptly and clearly prior to our arrival. He greeted us upon arrival, gave us the tour of the house, and offered other helpful information.
My cousin and I brought my very active 91 year old aunt to Hawaii with us. Staying in a hotel would not provide the optimal bonding and interaction we wanted, so Danny's house was a great find. My aunt grew up raising chickens, so she was delighted with all the animals at Jungle House ( chickens, goats, dogs, ducks, cats, etc ). She loved her trip to the compost bin every morning as she was greeted by the animals.
Danny made my aunt feel very welcome and special. He gave her some tangerines from his tree, free reign on bananas right outside our door, and a dozen farm fresh eggs.
Our days were spent doing tourist things on the island but it was so nice to come "home" to a warm and welcoming house. Although our intention was to eat dinner out most nights to experience the local restaurants, we discovered we preferred fixing our meals at "home" and enjoying the Jungle House.
Danny makes documentaries and shared several with us. After viewing the one on turtles we made a point to visit the beach from the documentary.
Pros: The hosts were very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. They gave us fresh farm eggs, and the best banana bread I've ever had. The wildlife (both farm and wild) is awesome, and is a very cool and unique Hawaii experience.
Cons: The farmhouse doesn't have good airflow or AC. It is very humid/rainy in this part of Hawaii, so everything felt wet and sticky. I think this is a great place to stay if you have appropriate expectations, but I wasn't aware it was a farm house when I booked it. The furnishings were all in good repair, but quite dated.
I really enjoyed staying at this property. It is in a nice location, and I was happy to be able to see the moon set over the ocean one early morning from my balcony! It is nice to stay on the top floor, and the lifts work very quickly and efficiently which I always like. I would definitely stay here again.
What an amazing place to spend your vacation! The House and the Jungle around it give you an authentic feel for the Big Island's beautiful ambience and nature. The house is very spacious and the 3 very cosy bedrooms, large kitchen and living room are ideal for a family vacation. Danny has been very responsive all the time and made us feel very welcome.
We had a wonderful, relaxing time, listening to the birds! Thanks a lot!