"I could tell that this is not just a rental, but a home Peggy uses herself. It had all the little touches that make it extra comfortable and homey. For example, in the kitchen, there was not just the standard coffee maker and couple of packets of coffee, but nice coffee beans, special honey, a better coffee maker, everything you would need for a really nice cup of coffee in the morning. It was like using a friend's house for a weekend.
We had never been to Volcano before and were not sure what to expect in terms of bugs, but we spent quite a lot of time sitting on the lovely wraparound porch, reading and listening to the birds, and never saw a single mosquito. We went on a hike through the Kipuka Puaulu bird trail, and saw Kalij pheasants, a Hawaiian hawk, and other birds, but it was from Peggy's porch that we saw Apapane and Amakihi.
We very much enjoyed our stay, and I would give it 5 stars except for the musty odor, which is likely a problem in many Volcano properties. Opening the windows aired it out, but as she requested shutting and locking the windows every time you go out, it was musty every time we came back from someplace. She had lots of dehumidifiers but had notes on them asking renters not to use them unless really necessary, due to electricity costs. And when we were there, it was not cold or too humid, so we did not use them. However, I am thinking that maybe a dehumidifier might most be needed during all the times someone is not staying there, and the house is shut up.
Other than that, I think it was a lovely property, and although it was close to the park and to restaurants and galleries, you really feel you are in your own secluded special forest."
Guest: Katherine H.
Date of Stay: October 2015
Review Submitted: November 23, 2015