The owner of this property requires a 50% down payment to reserve and full payment 30 days before check-in.
We arrived at the house after midnight after a flight delay and Bob was kind enough to stay awake and make sure that we got into the property before he went to sleep. The property itself is great and sits on an old lava flow, which makes it look like you've landed on Mars, it is really something to see. The location is great for checking out the south and east sides of the island, and we took advantage by going into Volcano Park twice and exploring the Hilo area on another day. There is a semi-private beach at Pohue Bay which you can hike to from the house on a rough trail. It is beautiful, but be aware that the hike back to the house is about 3 miles at an uphill grade and can get very warm in the afternoon, so take water and sturdy shoes if you attempt that hike (it is well worth the effort). People should be aware that if you are looking for resort type amenities and restaurants, you will not find that here, but if you are looking for a place that is quiet, remote and has good access to the south shore, then this is the place to be. We didn't have a chance to use the pool or hot tub during our visit since we were constantly out exploring the Island, but both looked very nice. Thanks again for everything, and we can't wait to return to the Big Island.
The property was as described and was a pleasure to stay at. There was a small issue that we could not gain access to the property when we arrived, due to an internally locked door, but that was quickly resolved by the owners in-town house manager. The surrounding lava landscape is interesting and the old Hawaiian walking trail to the beach is a must do. On the trail you will see interesting pukas and lava balls etc. The walking trail starts off Poko Drive and is marked with white coral bits on lave high points.
Bob - thank you for taking such good care of us long distance. From helping us get situated after dark on our first night to monitoring the water level in the catchment tank, you were the perfect host. Your house in Ocean View would not appeal to everyone, but for wide-open-spaces Wyomingites, it was like home - only without the cold temps and blowing snow! The location was great foe us - halfway between everything we could possibly want to do and close to our favorite beach - Honomalino. We also discovered some new favorites - Kapoho Tidepools and Ohoe Bay. Your apartment was the perfect base camp for our Christmas vacation. Thank you for sharing it with us. Mele Kalikimaka!