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Aloha, I'm a full-time artist living in Hawaii for over 40 years. My inspiration comes from waking up to native birdsong in a rainforest on the mountaintop of Kilauea Volcano.
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Volcano Arts Cottage is as charming at the description and photos say. Since the lush garden in which the cottage is located is closed to the public from around 4 p.m. until 9 or 10 the next morning, privacy is complete. The kitchenette has a stove top, microwave oven and under-the-counter refrigerator and there is a small propane barbecue (which we didn’t use) outside the front door. The cottage is “cozy;” as one review said, “it is comfortable for one person or an intimate pair.” Volcano is at about 3500 feet altitude and the weather in early March was cool and rainy, but the cottage’s propane heater quickly warmed the space and the electric mattress pad made the bed very welcoming. Ira was a gracious host and made us feel very welcome, including providing breakfast supplies of coffee, granola and milk for it, yogurt, fresh fruit, and a loaf of banana nut bread. We can recommend the cottage as a special place to stay when visiting the village of Volcano.
Ira was a great host, checking in when appropriate and giving us plenty of space to enjoy his beautiful grounds. His location is also an awesome launch point for all the volcano activities and some other local sites like the vineyard and coffee fields. We really appreciated getting his candid advice on which sites to see and which we can skip to move on to other things. After a long day of hiking the hot tub was exactly what we needed. Thanks a lot Ira!
Our stay felt personalised and our hosts were exceptional.
Upon our arrival (we arrived late), we were greeted with a note welcoming us to the cottage. We were also provided with fresh milk, fruit, banana bread and assorted goods for our stay/first morning's breakfast.
We found that the cottage was cosy and had a lot of character - you can tell that the owners had put a lot of time and effort into creating an ambiance not found in commercial properties.
We would recommend this place for couples seeking retreat away from the city and for couples wishing to experience the true essence of the Island of Hawaii.
Thank you Emily, hope you can visit us again real soon.
My wife and I loved our stay at Ir's Cottage. It was a very peaceful setting with nice groudns to explore and a nice breakfast set up ready for our stay. We would definitely stay here again!
Fantastic, beautiful space. Great host and best food in the cafe.
This was a beautiful cottage in a beautiful and convenient location. It was a great place to relax and unwind after a day (and night!) of exploring at Volcanoes National Park. We loved the treats left for us- especially the delicious banana bread! The neighboring cafe and gallery was also excellent with great service.
Loved Ira's cottage in an idyllic art garden on the side of a magnificent volcano. So happy we chose to stay here!
Ira's studio was the perfect match for our rustic weekend in Volcano Village. I'm so glad we stayed two nights to explore everything that the volcanoes of the Big Island have to offer! The studio was warm and cozy, and the hot tub was even toastier! We loved the banana bread, fruit, and all of Ira's wonderful staff. Thanks for providing the soy milk and delicious coffee to brew!
Ira's place was simply amazing. It was absolutely perfect for exploring Volcano National Park. Ira was there to greet us and make sure everything was set. The extra's made all the difference, the jacuzzi was ready, the banana bread and fruit, and the beautiful grounds. Ira has an incredible attention to detail for both the place and the surroundings. Everything in his listing was accurate. We had a fantastic time and would definitely stay here again. Thanks for everything Ira!
Magical! Romantic! Amazing service and food! You can't get better on the Big Island than Ira Ono's little forest cabin!!! Our favorite airbandb place by far!! The cottage is sweet and lovely, the service is impeccable (he told us where the locals go to swim and the best drives to take- all were amazing) the food at the cafe is the best on the island, and he makes you feel like you are the most important people in the world. I HIGHLY recommend.
Thanks for staying with us! We hope you enjoyed your vacation.