This place is one of a kind. It is an off-grid house but it still has everything you would normally have in a regular house. The room was great, cosy, clean, with nice looking furniture. The house is on a black lava field with views of glowing lava flow in a distance at night and beautiful sunrise in the morning on the opposite side. I loved that the windows covered 3 walls and the fourth wall had the restroom window so I could take a look around in all four directions from the room. I had some mosquito visitors one early morning, but there was a mosquito net over the bed so it kept me safe. I will forget other hotels I've stayed at but I will never forget Lava Sanctuary.
It was a unique and enjoyable experience for my partner and me to spend two nights on a recent lava flow. Like a phoenix rising from its ashes Kalapana Gardens had been wiped out by the lava flows of the 1990s and was re-establishing itself from a few seeds left behind. I lost my own home to a wildfire in Colorado in 2010 so I could relate to the devastation and renewal. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. The location is near the place where lava is now entering the ocean so very convenient for the hike/bike out there. It was a unique geological and photographic adventure for us, but probably not for everyone.
I stayed at the Lava Sanctuary for 5 days and 6 nights. The view from my 2nd floor spacious room were great. Standing in the middle of the loft you can see the sun rise, sunset, the lava cloud from the ocean and the glow at night from the Kilauea caldron. ( not all at the same time). Going outside at night was breathtaking because of the all the stars.
Living on the lava field has its restrictions like power and water, but I had a hot shower every night, and wifi. If you come back at night make sure you memorize the route during the day so you do not get lost. It is dark out there!
Jade was a gracious host and gave me lots of tips on what to see.
This was a truly fabulous journey. Jade has set up a beautiful home for spiritual seekers and open-minded travelers to find peace and adventure in a very interesting and less tourist-y part of Hawaii. The off-grid living was very functional and Dani was so friendly and helpful. They offer a shelf in the shared fridge and basic cooking supplies for guests. I agree that this is not for people seeking a posh resort, but if you are reasonably tolerant of minor quirks, this is a truly fabulous place to base your vacation plans. If you bike to the lava, I recommend Kalapana Cultural Tours for their good bikes and great service. There is a dog and cat on site.
This is a unique and wonderful place, but probably not for everyone. We found it delightful. You are completely off the grid - solar power and filtered rainwater, no screens but also no flying insects. Spartan but delightful. Jade and Dannie were wonderful hosts, checking for anything we needed but not intrusive. The downstairs kitchen and shower are shared with caretaker Dannie, but the upstairs, with a half bath, is yours alone. If you're looking for pristine, antiseptic accommodations with granite counters and polished wood floors, this place is not for you. But if you want to be right atop Pele's magnificent creations and where you can see more stars at night than you have ever seen in your life, you'll love it.
The location is so amazing it doesnt seem real.
Jade was great and easily reachable even tough we did not have the chance to meet.
I hope I will be able to get back there again.