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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Irene is the most gracious and welcoming host I’ve ever met, and I’ve met more than many! You’ll want to spend a few days so you can sit around evenings enjoying the company of your fellow travelers and your hosts!

Date of stay: May 2017
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Thank Kathy E
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Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

We spent 5 nights in this Inn and we were delighted with the hospitality offered by Irene, her breakfasts were amazing, and she looked after us as if we were family.
The room was spacious, well ventilated, and nicely decorated. The large garden is very green and with some fruit trees, but we visited it in the wrong season to enjoy eating fruit. However, Irene's breakfasts had enough fruit to satisfy everybody's tastes and needs.

The only problem we had was to find the place... it was dark and difficult to see the entrance to the house road from the main road 130. We recommend to arrive during daylight.
The road to the house is somewhat primitive but, despite all the rain fallen while we were there, the car was able to get to the house without problems.
Ricardo & Elaine

Date of stay: March 2018
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Thank Ricardo P
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

A classic Hawaiian tropical setting away from the beachfront sun and sand. A lovely feeling of isolation made for peaceful, quiet evenings enjoying nature. Irene was a gracious, outgoing hostess who was well informed about the character and sights of this east coast of the Big Island. Breakfast was always a pleasure with freshly prepared food (eggs from the resident chickens) fresh fruit (from the trees on the property) and tasty coffee (special blend lightly laced with Kona) amongst interesting guests and lively conversation.

Room tip: rooms on the front side have an upstairs porch for sitting outside.
Date of stay: March 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank georgiaold27
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Reviewed 7 March 2018

The good:
Irene seemed kind, even met us at the gate at 9:00pm in the rain. The place was difficult to find (not on GPS, dirt road, private drive, locked gate) and she waited. She took us on a tour of the house and had our room ready. She seemed to know a lot about the island and was kind to share her thoughts.
The grounds were pretty and lush and she had roosters, chickens, cats, goats running around.

The bad:
It is important to know that this is more of a house than an Inn. There is only one master suite that has a private bath (that we know of) and the rest are shared bathrooms with other guests. The home is old/run down and crammed full of "stuff" (felt like an episode of hoarders) and it felt very confining and unclean. Our room had a queen size bed and a tiny closet and vanity, no lock for privacy, an old worn out rug and the bedding was very damp and smelled like mildew. There was also a water stain directly above the bed (see pic). The shared bathroom was full of the other guests' personal items, there were no handles on the bathroom faucets and bathmats that were filthy, old and worn that it may have been cleaner to stand on the tile. The shower curtain was covered in black mold spots and tub floor stained brown.
We decided this was not the place for us and left early the next morning, before breakfast. Irene was up and asked (rather unprofessionally) if we were moving out. She was pretty upset. We had paid upfront and did not get a refund.

Room tip: Try to choose a room with a private bath, lower your standards
Date of stay: February 2018
  • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Thank beccatravels2018
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

The first thing that comes to mind when you arrive at the Lava Tree Tropic Inn is “this must be a little piece of paradise”.

We stayed for 8 days in August 2017 and had an amazing time. Our hostess Irene took great care of us, giving us tips on what places to visit and how to get there.

Irene’s breakfast is probably the best you can get on the whole island. Irene prepares almost everything herself freshly in the morning, using fresh fruit and chicken eggs from her garden. To fully appreciate it you should take your time in the morning, but who comes to Hawaii to be in a hurry?

The Inn is pretty secluded (remember this when you see the driveway to the house for the first time), so you really need a car to get around, but this is an awesome place to go on day trips, especially to the Volcano National Park and the east coast of Big Island.

It takes you 10-15 minutes to get to the beaches, which are mostly for snorkeling around this area.

Whenever we will come back to Big Island the Lava Tree Tropic Inn will be our place to stay.

Thank you Irene. Aloha



Alex and Holger

Date of stay: August 2017
  • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Thank itsame_OG
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