Ed is a fantastic host full of local knowledge, history and advice on the best beaches on the island. We were looking for a place for a 10 day holiday and we felt that Ed's cottage was the perfect base for us to go and explore other aspects of the island. Nearby Hawi town has a weekend farmers market that's well worth a visit for example and all the great beaches on the West side of the island are around 30 minutes away, accessible by car along a road built over alien world-like former lava flows. It was a great place to relax and although we didn't quite stretch far away enough from the beach to visit the observatory nor the volcano - we most certainly hope to do so on a future visit to the island and hopefully another stay at Ed's. Most definitely recommended and particularly, as in our case, for an extended stay.