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“A quiet getaway”
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Master Bedroom, Queen
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PIneapple and Side Yard
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Flowers in the Yard
Kahakai Coastline Park
Kahakai Coastline Park
Lava Cone and Rainbow, Volcano National Park
Night Watching of Lava Flowing into Ocean
Old Town Pahoa
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3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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Mark J
Kapolei, Hawaii
1 review
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“A quiet getaway”
Reviewed 17 October 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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I stayed at Don's house with my wife and three children over a long weekend. We've lived on Oahu for the past six years and had never been to the Big Island before. Don's house is located about 30-40 minutes south of Hilo and is convenient to Pahoa town. When we visited, there was a lava flow threatening Pahoa town and a few local businesses had closed to evacuate. Most of the local businesses were still open, though, and the historic town was pretty and had quite a few good restaurants, bars and stores.

Don's house is about 4 miles from Pahoa town and was not threatened by the slow moving lava flow at the time. It was moving at about 100 yards per day. I would definitely check the status of the flow before you rent in the future to ensure that none of the main roads in the area are cut off.

The house itself was perfect for our family. There are two queen size beds and two twin size beds in three bedrooms. When we first arrived, the house had not been cleaned from the previous renters and we had to tidy things up and change the linens ourselves for the first night. We called Don and he resolved the issue very quickly and the cleaning lady came out the next day and cleaned the house top to bottom while we were out exploring the volcano. The neighborhood is quiet except for the coqui frogs at night.

The location is very convenient to the volcano and the Kapoho tide pools where there is very pretty snorkeling. What you don't get on that side of the island are beaches. Most of the coastline is rocky and it's a long drive to the beaches on the south and west shores of the island.

Overall it was a good stay despite the bumpy start and I'd recommend the place to anyone looking to explore that side of the Big Island.

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Your age range 35-49
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Jerry9146
Marshall, VA
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68 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Very nice house in a residential location.”
Reviewed 3 August 2014 for a stay in April 2014
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We liked our stay here very much. It was a good location for the many attractions we visited. Owner was easy to deal with.

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Liked best: Nice and quiet. Close to many attractions.
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Leanne M
Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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“Lovely big house to relax in.”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 for a stay in May 2014
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We stayed here for 5 days while we explored the area. Every thing was a short drive away and it was lovely to come home to a nice big house to relax in. Lovely big living area. Lots of frogs to listen to in the evenings just lovely. No AC but lots of fans. Would recommend.

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Liked best: the size of house and price
Liked least: no AC so a little hot at times
Travelling group: Young Children
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CMRambo
Columbus, Georgia
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“Home away from home”
Reviewed 10 April 2014 for a stay in March 2014
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My husband, our sons (20 and 14), and I stayed at Don's and Carla's home in Mahimahi St. from 3/29 - 4/4/14. From the time we arrived, we felt right at home. Don was quick to address all my questions and concerns prior to arrival and provided easy to follow directions to the house from the Hilo Airport as well as great tips for places to shop for groceries and go out to eat. The home was outfitted with everything our family needed for the beach (coolers, snorkling gear, plenty of beach towels, chairs, etc.). It was nice to come home to a house (rather than a hotel room) in a quiet neighborhood at the end of a busy day.

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Liked best: It felt like home
Liked least: Not applicable
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
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Reviewed 13 February 2014 for a stay in February 2014
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