California transplant,U.S.F. grad., divide my time between Hawaii and California, carpenter and artist.youth mentor.love nature,children and people in general.
Mimi and the other lady were great host, they work very hard on the house garden and cleaning stuff, they are welcoming and let us feel it is just like home, and wonderful experience in the jungle cabin, many Mosquitos but you can have all the sound of natures!!
The Jungle Suite was a beautiful place to stay on the island. I am utterly grateful for the experiences shared here in this beautiful home. Mimi, the caretaker is a incredibly wonderful soul and kindhearted individual. She made my stay very comfortable and I felt like I was home. I would stay here again in a heart beat and recommend this home to anyone looking for a true Aloha vibe.
Thank you so much Mimi you are wonderful and my trip has been enhanced by your being. Words cannot truly express my gratitude. I will be back. Love love love.
Had a great time. Amy was awesome!! Got to make banana bread from the fresh fruit she brought in, and the house was pleasant and clean. Thanks for letting me stay at your wonderful house Loren!!
The place was as listed and the new hire "Mimi" was a really great help to me. She made coffee in the morning (and pancakes once) and gave me advice about the island and a few good guide books to read. Even though she had only just started working there she was always able to assist me, always around and a great asset! I did also talk to Loren briefly when I first got there on the phone and he responded right away. The house was as advertised and had everything I needed. It was a good place from which to explore the island and is very convenient to Hilo and a few spectacular waterfalls. I have only good things to say about my interaction with the people.. my one drawback is the rosters, which live nearby so it took a little adjusting to get used to them. This being said, they are all around the island as I found while staying on the other side.. so really no complaints. You can even walk down to the beach easily from the house. I'd be happy to stay there again! Thanks!
It was different, the jungle house has a lovely atmosphere very private and relaxing. The only thing that is missing is a toilet for Night Time, you will have to walk to the main house.
I must confess that the "Jungle Suite" was not what I thought it would be. I won't go into specifics here, as everything has been addressed privately with the host, but I will say that until some renovations have been made I would not recommend this place. That said, I have been assured that said renovations will be taking place in the near future.
As far as Loren goes, he was quite responsive in all communications, and upon learning of the maintenance issues encountered, immediately issued an unsolicited partial refund. Although I did not meet him in person, I found him to be courteous and responsive via email.
Amy (the caretaker on site) was helpful, available, and friendly. The home was comfortable, rooms are small, but functional. Pretty much everything you need is available to use in a communal setting (minus say beach gear). The home also has a great cat, so you should like cats. He is affectionate, so give him (or her?) some love.
Oh- as probably noted in the description, it is far from town (5/6 miles), but a bus is available at times for $2 each way, or you can hoof it if you don't have a rental car.
We did not have a chance to meet Loren but had from him all good and friendly explanations to get to his place. Although we arrived late at night, we were welcomed by Amy and received all informations. We had read about the frogs singing all night, and had our earplugs ready. But we finally didn't use them and enjoyed this peaceful natural concert. Such a good night. The house is aged but clean and has all what's necessary. We met some nice people there and will probably keep in touch with them. This is the good side of this Hostel typed house: it's an opportunity to meet the other guests. Read carefully Loren's description of his house and you'll know if it matches your expectations (like sharing a bathroom: for us it was no problem at all and happens in many other places). Then you'll have a great time there as we did.
Spacious house pretty close to Hilo~ really sweet porch and kitty. It was a good base for doing things in the Hilo area! <3 Mahalo
pros: cheap, and you're actually in the jungle - the room faces trees on three sides, and it's pretty amazing. sound of waterfall and birds/frogs at night - gorgeous. it's close to hilo, but far enough away that you're really detached. there are a number of great beach parks within 10-minutes (north or south). caretaker is nice, and it was cool to chat with other guests.
cons: it's a little rugged. i was fine with this, but there are bugs, and there are some lizards. the room itself is pretty sparse, but i think that's clear in the ad and it's what i wanted. you *need* a car. the bus is irregular doesn't run that often.