"We loved everything about this property. It is conveniently located in Waikoloa Village, only a few minutes walk to both Queens Maketplace and Kings Shops, both of which have numerous restaurants and retail stores. A-Beach is only about a ten minute walk. Hapuna beach (one of the best in Hawaii) is about a 10 minute drive. The unit is extremely clean, and very well stocked with both cooking supplies and beach gear. The lanai is spacious, has a gas barbecue grill, and is facing in a direction which enables use all day. It has a view over the petroglyph trail and a nearby lake. There's also a very nice pool and jacuzzi near the unit.
A highlight of our trip was seeing the active lava flow at Kilauea. To see this, from Hilo, drive to the end of the Pahao Bypass Road in Kalapana. At the end of the road, the County government has set up parking and security, specifically for the lava viewing. From where you park, it's about a 4.5 mile hike down a gravel path to where the lava flow meets the road, then falls into the ocean. At the time we were there, there were literally rivers of flowing lava that you can approach as close as you feel comfortable. There are bikes one can rent at the parking lot for $10/hour. With kids, it took us about 1.5 hours to walk each way. By bike, it's probably 30 to 45 minutes. We arrived at the parking lot around 4:30pm, so that we could make it to the lava flow before sunset. Bring water and flashlight (for the walk back). If needed, there are portable restrooms halfway, as well as some residents selling cold beverages along the path. We opted to stay in Hilo overnight, given the required logistics of viewing the lava flow at night. I'm providing all of these details, as I wasn't able to find these details easily and thought I'd save others the effort of researching this.
Finally, I thought it worth highlighting that Roger, the owner, was extremely responsive to all of my enquiries, generally responding within a minute or two. Overall, staying at this property was a great experience. I wouldn't hesitate to stay here again if visiting the big island."
Guest: Lee M.
Date of Stay: August 2016
Review Submitted: August 26, 2016