I stayed for a week in Our Hawaiian Hideaway with my cousin and we enjoyed it thoroughly. We had the misfortune to come in after dark in the rain, but the directions that were provided were so good that we had no trouble at all finding the property. Likewise the directions for access to the house were clear and complete. That said, I'd recommend that you try to arrive in the daylight hours to make it a little easier on yourself. This is not a neighborhood with bright street lights! There are some solar powered lights lining the long driveway from the gate to the cottage, but they don't seem to get enough sunlight to get powered up and so didn't provide any illumination. It's not a huge problem - bright beams on the car were perfectly fine for negotiating the driveway.
The cottage is located about halfway between Hilo Airport and the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It's a great location for visiting the volcanoes, and good for things in and around Hilo (it's about 16 or 17 miles from the airport), but a little far if you plan to spend much time on the Kona side of the Big Island. There's plenty to do on the southeast part of Hawaii, even if the government shuts down the National Parks. For a first-time visitor, this is a good location.
The seclusion of this property was one of the things we really enjoyed. Sitting on the lanai for a breakfast of fresh fruit, yogurt and toasted Hawaiian sweet bread was a real treat. The local flora (anthuriums and other beautiful flowers) and fauna (saw the chickens, heard the coquis) contributed to the atmosphere. The kitchen is very well equipped and we could easily have cooked meals there, but mainly used the coffee maker, toaster, knives, cutting board, corkscrew and refrigerator.
The bathroom was furnished not only with bath towels but also with beach towels. There's a hair dryer as well.
The cottage is beautifully decorated and very well maintained. There are helpful labels on light switches and in other places where you might need a little guidance or a reminder.
There is a VCR/DVD player with the TV. We had some trouble with the remote control, but doing it the old-fashioned way (pushing buttons on the player) worked for us.
There is a double bed (maybe queen size) in the bedroom and a futon in the living room that can (in principle) sleep two. I had trouble getting the futon folded down flat to make a bed, but I attribute that to my inexperience with futons. There was a notebook with direction on how to do it, but I couldn't quite get the hang of it.
Bob and Linda, the owners, were great. They were very accommodating when we decided to change our reservation to add a day, and were very clear in the directions they provided, telling us all we needed to know about the property for our stay. They asked that we call when we arrived so they would know that we were settled, and to make sure that everything was in order. They gave good advice on shopping (get the fruit at the farmers' markets!) and were more than willing to provide suggestions on things to do or see.
This is definitely a place to return to.
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