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Safe and Quiet! Quite a lot of birds and insects sing together during the evening. Linda is such a wonderful person.
Linda greeted us by coming out of her gardens with fresh picked flowers. She was very friendly and knowledgeable about local events and locations that many tourists would otherwise never know about. The house was perfect for our stay. It was our home away from home. Everything was as advertised on the website. While you are not far from Hilo, the house feels very remote because of all the beautiful gardens and greenery. The sounds of the tree frogs provided a nice, relaxing way to fall asleep. We would definitely recommend this place to anyone visiting the Big Island.
This place is beautiful! Linda does a great job of making you feel comfortable in her cabin-style suite. The place is just as described, with a huge kitchen with dining room table, 3 beds, bath, and patio. Linda is a great hostess with lots of ideas for things to see. She also provided snorkel gear, towels, and fresh fruit which was great.
This place is jungly and funky and in the middle of an organic farm. Linda is super nice and we found the place clean and comfortable.
A couple things to note:
The state taxes aren't included when you pay on airbnb, so be prepared with cash when you get there. (ours came out to around $40, for four nights)
Internet is intermittent. We unfortunately had to work while we were there, so this was a bit of a problem for us. But hopefully you won't and you can schedule a time with Linda that the internet can be 'turned on' that works for you both.
There are fire ants around....but, ya know, it's the jungle, so you just have to be aware of what food, etc. you leave out.
Phone service is pretty much nonexistent, but out on the porch you can catch a couple bars.
Although the house is listed as 'private' Linda's three dogs come down into the apartment (she lives upstairs), several times a day to go out the doggie door which is located in the front door.
Overall it was maybe not ideal for us, but only because we had to do some work while we were there. BUT, if you're coming to explore during the day and crash at night, this spot should works great. And Linda will share amazing organic fruit she's grown with you, give you lots of good info on the island, etc, and give you a tour around her farm.
She's got lots of animals (her dogs, obviously, but cats, birds, ducks, a horse, etc.), and tons of great plants, AND is growing her own tilapia. Very cool spot.
My wife Susan and I have used airbnb about 10 times. We always try to find something a little off beat and reasonably priced. So far Linda has earned top score on both accounts! We had a fabulous week long vacation on the big Island - Linda was a big part of that both in making us feel welcome and in giving us tips for things to do.
-Irv and Susan
Linda gave us lots of great advice on what to see and do in the area. She seems to have lived a very interesting life, and we enjoyed talking with her.
The neighborhood feels rural, but it is not far from the small town center of Keaau, which has a grocery store, gas, shops, and restaurants, including a McDonalds.
It is a great, central location for excursions into Hilo, and Hawaii Volcanoes National park, and for exploring Puna.
The living situation is not for everyone. It was more like being thrust into someone else's life than any other BnB experience I've had. It was also more rustic than I'd anticipated. Look into it, and if you have doubts, I suggest you look into Linda's other listing -- a more-conventional house located along the same driveway. I started out a little uncomfortable but ended up glad for the experience -- much like a light version of the fish-out-of water experience one has when adapting to a foreign land.
We stayed at Kuulai Hale for 3 nights. It is a beautiful house in a rural setting, surrounded by Linda's amazing tropical garden. Linda gave us great ideas for places to visit in Hilo/Pahau. We were very glad to have visited Warm Ponds, which was her suggestion. We appreciate the sheer amount of work that Linda must have put in to maintain the property singlehandedly. Thank you, Linda, for hosting us on our first ever visit to the islands. We will be back!
The Stay at Hale O'Puluke was good. It's a nice house a bit out of town, so it's quiet there. Our host was Bruce and he's a nice guy.
If you are looking for an authentic Hawaiian experience, Linda's Hale O'Kakuis is THE place to go. She has a 9 acre property with lots of tropical trees and plants and a great little place. The place is exactly how it looks in pictures. Of course you have to keep in mind that you are signing up for a place in midst of the woods, so don't go there expecting it to be a 5 star hotel. Linda is a great host, she made us feel at home immediately and spent time giving us a tour of her property. She also suggested some great local activities which you will not find on your trip advisors, expedia etc. Amongst all the things we did in Hawaii, her suggested activities like the warm pool, uncle Robert's shack and the farmer's market were the best. She has a few pets including 3 little Jack Russells that are extremely friendly. Not to forget the fresh tropical fruits she left for breakfast every morning. The property is a min. 2 miles from the closest shopping hub, so please do make sure you have a car for commute. Overall, after a long day of activities and sight seeing, her home felt warm and cozy to return to.
It is a good place to get close to nature.