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Come live ' Old Hawaiian Style ' in this private one bedroom Fern Grotto Cottage with its huge covered lanai. The cabin is 900 Sq Ft of living space not counting Lanai and you have it all to yourselves. It's Old Hawaii, wild and rejuvenating! Located in the Puna district of the Big Island of Hawaii, is centrally located between Hilo, Volcano National Park, and Pahoa (20 min each way). Turn into Hawaiian Acres one mile north of Kirtistown onto Kuauli Rd. We are 5 miles from Hwy 11 (Volcano Rd.) on paved 8 Rd.
You can view the tropical landscape through the large picture windows in the main living area and feel comfortably in tune with nature, as the house was built with largely recycled materials and also makes use of the native Ohia logs. This cabin is secluded in tropical landscaping and native forest. Also hidden in the forest is a skylight opening to a vast underground network of lava tubes, so please stay within the cleared areas. Surveyed in the early 1990's, the Kazumura caves are believed to run all the way to the ocean. Google for more information.
The house has everything you need with fans in living area and bedroom, TV/ DVD player, large refrigerator, stove/oven, coffee maker in the kitchen, gas BBQ grill on the lanai, washing machine & close line under the house and little extras like cooking oil, salt/pepper, coffee sample/ creamer & sugar, glad wrap, paper towels, kleenex and complete linen set up. There are also beach chairs & towels, masks & snorkels for those beach excursions. Flash lights for lava & lava tube exploring and umbrellas to have handy anytime. We take care to make your stay special from having fresh tropical flower arrangements to candles and white Christmas lights on the lanai. We even changed the shower head in the shower to give a better spray.
The Puna district is spectacular, with ragged sea cliffs, black sand beaches, overgrown rain forests, flowing lava, and quaint little towns. Wander the Maku'u Market near the little village of Pahoa on Sundays, Hilo Market on Saturday & Wednesday take in Volcano Village and the National Park, and don't miss the great snorkeling at the Kapoho tidepools. Most things you can see by car. But if you want to do a once in a life-time adventure check out lava ocean tours. They also go to Halape Hawaii's most exclusive snorkel. Roberts Hawaii does the big bus thing from grand circle island tour to Volcano and waterfalls tours. Hawaii Volcanoes NP is still the states #1 attraction . Stop by the visitor center, walk the trails, trek through Thurston Lava Tube (although the ones at our cottage are nicer). A trip to the park at night is a must also as you can peer into the Halema'uma'u crater from the Jagger Museum along the Crater Rim Drive. Don't worry you get a map when entering the park. The fee is $10/vehicle and they are open 24 hours a day. The public lava viewing area in Kalapana is at the end of Hwy 130. To get there from the cottage go to the right out of the driveway and follow the pavement down to Hwy 130.(7min.) Turn right and Pahoa is just 5 min up the road. We usually get Subway sandwiches for the trip which is only another 15min drive. The county lava viewing area is open 4-10pm daily. Listen to recorded updates as the lava is not always flowing and conditions may change daily .
We have snorkel gear at the cottage (no fins) for beach excursions. The Richardson's Beach Park in Hilo is a great beach to snorkel and scuba (our personal favorite). The tide pools at Kapoho are great too. Don't forget to see the waterfalls. Akaka Falls State Park has a self- guided 0.4 mile loop trail that takes you past Kahuna Falls and the 442 ft Akaka Falls. The Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden on Scenic Drive is a must see. Trails, waterfalls, ocean vistas are a few of the things to see. Rainbow Falls and the Boiling pots in Hilo are also on my list (no swimming as there are dangerous under currents). Hilo also has one of my favorite parks. The Lili'uokalani Gardens on Banyan Drive with views of Hilo Bay and Coconut Island. Also worth seeing is the Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo and Gardens. It is the only tropical rainforest zoo in the United States with over 80 animals. Both these parks are free.
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Send an inquiry or feel free to call us to book your dates at Fern Grotto in the Tropical Forest. Check out our Panoramic Ocean View Kona Mansions condo VRBO/392825 in Kailua Kona on the west side of the Big Island! You can Book both Fern Grotto and Kona Mansions for a truly amazing vacation experience. Mahalo, Fern & Bruce Fern & Bruce live on the east side of the Big Island in Hawaiian Acres. Hawaii TA Tax I.D. NO. W40937572-01. Keywords: Green house, Cottage, Cabin
Queen size Beds (1) 12' memory foam, Child Beds (1) Available on request, Sleep Sofa standard size (1) Located in bedroom. Dome tent sleeps two upon request ($20/nt extra charge). Set up in Lanai with sleeping mats and linen provided....moreless
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Tax ID No. W40937572-01.
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Additional fee $20/nt for dome tent sleeps 2 upon request.
Hawaii state tax of 13.42% is added onto rate. No cleaning fee.
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Viewing lava(when active) at the county viewing area at the end of Hwy 130 past Pahoa. We take the back road from Fern Grotto through to Hwy 130. It comes out on Ainaloa Blvd. Sometimes we pick up dinner on the way in Pahoa as viewing is best in the evening.
Year Purchased: 1992
About the owner: Bruce and Fern live in Hawaiian Acres only 5 miles from Fern Grotto. We fell in love with this area because of the big 3/ac lots and cooler temperatures around high 70's - to low 80's day-time (a 7 degree difference from Hilo and warmer than Volcano). Night time Jan-March can be in the low 60's so bring some fleece PJ's for lounging. Summer is in the 70's at night.
Fern Grotto was built and landscaped keeping the 'old- style' alive. We have updated a few things for our guests. A new stove and refrigerator and more recently new hardwood flooring in the living room and tiles in the entry and kitchen. The bathroom floor has also received a new look. We try to keep the charm and character of the cottage unchanged.
Our guests have been great. It is the reason we keep doing this and hope to continue for many years.