This house is amazing and is the best house ive ever stayed at.sunsets are beautiful and oceanview us great house has everything from boogie boards to a ping pong table cant wait to go back quiet getaway one hour south of kona snd one hour to volcano 40 minutes to green sand beach if you like a quiet vacation in a cool jouse in hawaii this is ybe place to be lava rocks surround the area the black sgsinst the sea is spectacular I will be bac the feck is wonderful.
Thanks Cheryl for making our time at the Aloha Beach House so much fun. I loved the house especially all the improvements you had made to the home (since our first visit), in particular the downstairs game room and bedroom. My nephew and I loved taking your kayaks a couple of miles north to a large rock we called Pinnacle Point and then just drifting back. Please thank Lynn for all her help while we were there.
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first of all, i have to do this review in 2 parts. I will address the house itself and then the location.
so, the house was great. beautiful wrap around deck, quiet neighborhood, good view of the ocean. everything was spotless clean. nice bathrooms, good beds, plenty of fans. kitchen is stocked with everything you need for eating in. plenty of pots, pans, plates, etc. nice deck furniture. everything you need for the beach like kayaks, coolers, boogie boards, beach towels and mats. a nice washer and dryer. the only thing i found lacking with the house was the gas grill. it leaves a little to be desired.
my problem is the location. know up front, the advertised "2 minute walk to the ocean" doesn't mean there is a beach when you get there. the shore line is nothing but huge lava rocks. did I mention HUGE lava rocks? the surge was terribly strong. we didn't see a safe way to get in anywhere. next, no matter what you read it is an hour and 15 minute drive to get to Kona, at a minimum. traffic can be really really bad. it is 2 lane, really curvy most of the way. after you turn off of hwy 11 you have 3 miles before you get to the subdivision. it takes about 12 minutes to drive the 3 miles. it is literally one hair pin turn after another. if you are coming in at night you need to be really careful. the drop offs are enormous if you miss a curve. the house sits in a subdivision that is located right in the middle of a lava flow. there is no grass. it is all rock.
house rules - you have to wash your dishes before you leave (not a problem) and you have to take off your trash. The trash is where we hit the problem. We were told that we could drop the trash off at a collection center that is on hwy 11 on our way in to Kona. so we loaded it in the car - pretty stinky, we had some fish. We drove the 15 or so miles, only to discover that the collection center is only open on certain days. This wasn't one of those days. so now we had a reeking car full of trash and no where to put it. Just a word of caution.
Many of the beaches require a 4 WD to reach. the one closest to the house appears to be a local hang and did not look safe to us. We tried the next one down (35 minutes away) and it was full of drunks at 10 am on a wednesday morning. The next one (40 minutes away) was tiny with no place to park and almost no sand. prepare to go to Kona or better yet north of kona to get a decent, safe beach. You also have to watch the volcano fog (VOG). it blew in everyday around 1 pm and hazed up the whole area. we had to go north of Kona to get away from it.
The house is really nice, but to be honest the drive is just too far.
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