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Dolphinsonghawaii by Kehena Beach

Dolphinsong cottage
kitchen area
bed
Back screen door and cook stove
Pahoa
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Rental Home – 
1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2

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Chrissy53...
Brisbane, Australia
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Perfect little Big Island hideaway”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

If you want to feel like you're really in Hawaii and be in touch with the sun, wind, rain, moon and stars, be near the ocean, be cared about by lovely helpful but non-intrusive people, and not pay an arm and a leg for the privilege, then this is the place for you! The cottage is comfortable and has everything you need for a happy stay. The toilet is inside and private and the shower is outside, but still private. Showering in the lovely hot water with the Milky Way above your head is a rare pleasure. Especially after a swim at nearby Ahalanui warm pond. The cottage is partly enclosed by screens only, letting in the cool air at night, and situated in a very quiet area frequented mainly by neighbours as it sits in a no through road. We drove around most of the main roads of the island and liked this area as it's convenient to the Volcanoes National Park, awesome swimming ponds and numerous heritage areas if interest. The hosts, Seneca and Jeff are artists and the cottage is decorated with beautiful stained glass features. They will help guide you to things to see and do and are just really lovely caring people. If your idea of a holiday is a resort style place (and nothing wrong with that!) then best go to somewhere in the Kailua-Kona area. But if you want something more like real Hawaii living, then this place is comfortable, clean, cosy and has a true atmosphere to it that makes you feel like this is really your own home. The property also as a smaller cottage called Banyan Nook you should check out too.

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 4 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The vibe and openness, the hosts.
Liked least: Nothing worth a mention.
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Management Response
Sep 11, 2013
Crissy and Dave:
Wow! Thanks so much for your kind words!
What can we say, except that it was a true pleasure to have you two awesome Aussies stay with us! Your smiling faces each morning, and your delight at our area, reminds us just how lucky we are to be here; but luckier still to know there are other great folks like yourselves on the globe. Don't be surprised if you get a knock on your door one morning down under in Brisbane....
With lotsa love.....
Seneca and Jeff.
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Sparks NV
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
5 of 5 stars Value 5 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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Management Response
Sep 1, 2013
It was great having you stay with us!
We enjoyed your company, and hope to have the pleasure of another visit some day soon!
Aloha!
Seneca and Jeff.
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Tiffany
Oregon
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 for a stay in August 2013
5 of 5 stars Value 4 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
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Management Response
Aug 22, 2013
Thanks so much for your review, tiff!
It was great to have you guys stay with us! Glad you had a great time. Of course, you're always welcome back, and we would love to see you again!
Jeff and Seneca.
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Aiviq
Anchorage, Alaska
1 review
“Lovely spot, wonderful hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

The dolphinsong cottage is tiny, but the perfect base in the Pahoa area for a solo traveler or couple. Located near the sea, you can hear the surf from the cottage. The owners, Seneca and Jeff were friendly and attentive. I'd stay here again.

4 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 4 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
4 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property 4 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses
3 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils 4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness
4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities 4 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: Location, friendly
Liked least: The frogs can be loud at night
Traveling group: Solo
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
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Management Response
Aug 12, 2013
Thanks so much, Jim!
We appreciate the great review! Let us know when you are on the Island next. Congrats on your new home!
Seneca and Jeff.
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A FlipKey verified reviewer
Portland OR
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013 for a stay in June 2013
5 of 5 stars Value 4 of 5 stars Rooms
5 of 5 stars Location 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk 5 of 5 stars Service
Would I recommend this vacation rental to my best friend?  
Recommended for:
A romantic getaway
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Management Response
Jun 22, 2013
Thanks so much for the great review, Bev and Jim!
We know we'll be seeing you guys again soon, because you're going to be our neighbors now! There's no better way to lose future guests, than when they buy their own place here!
Keep in touch, o.k.? Let us know if we can assist you in any way on your new property.
See you soon!
Seneca and Jeff.
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Swenigale
camp Calume
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“Everything we envisioned!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013 for a stay in June 2013

Staying in Dolphinsong cottage was the perfect start for our 3 week stay on the Big Island! We lived in the little hideaway for 6 nights before joining more of our family in a condo on the Kona side. (We were all in Hawaii for our son's wedding at the Faimont Orchid on July 14th.)
The night sounds and breezes were lovely- and the outdoor shower (very private, BTW) was great! Jeff and Seneca were perfect hosts, and of course we went home with some of Seneca's lovely stained glass- our blue "Fantasy Fish" windchime is already hanging on our porch and calling us back to Hawaii!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 3 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
4 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness 4 of 5 stars Other facilities & amenities
5 of 5 stars Service
Liked best: The shower!
Liked least: WiFi was not accessible in the cabin
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Jun 21, 2013
We miss you guys already!
Thanks so much for the great review!
It's so nice when great folks like yourselves get to rest and relax.
Seneca and I hope all is going well for you back home, and that we will one day see you again.
Until then...keep in touch!
All the best Aloha....
Jeff.
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Buckaroo5...
Seattle
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“The perfect getaway and perfect hosts!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 for a stay in February 2013

This place is a true gem! Our original intent was just to have a place to sleep in between adventures. We found this place the best for just spending most of our time just hanging out. A true pleasure. Jeff and Seneca were the perfect hosts. They are both accomplished stained glass artists and we came home with one of Seneca's pieces which hangs in our window as a reminder of our adventure to the Kalapana Coast. We will be back next year!

5 of 5 stars How easy was it to book the property? 5 of 5 stars How helpful were the directions to the property?
5 of 5 stars How easy was key pickup/access to the property? 5 of 5 stars Overall condition of the property
5 of 5 stars Bedding & mattresses 5 of 5 stars Kitchen & utensils
5 of 5 stars Bathroom cleanliness
Liked best: Privacy and sounds of nature.
Liked least: The shortness of our stay. (7 days)
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Management Response
Jun 10, 2013
Hey you guys!
Thanks so very much for a great review!
It was wonderful to have you stay with us, and we really enjoyed meeting you!
We hope to see you again soon.
Mahalo!
Seneca and Jeff.
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