We have been six times to the Puna district of Hawaii over the last two decades, and this place was the best rental of all of them -- and they were all good. We enjoyed being so close to the ocean and the pounding waves, which are dramatic to look at and lulling to listen to. The view is spectacular. We saw whales at a distance. The apartment is beautifully furnished, and the kitchen has every amenity you need. Sandy is a pleasant and obliging host, and eager for you to get the most out of your stay (for example changing batteries in the TV remote for us, which had rusted from the sea air). This is a place for lounging in, but it is also within walking distance of Kehena Beach (which is a scramble to get down to, and not always safe for swimming, but the only beach in this part of the Big Island), and it is an easy drive to Pahoa for restaurants, groceries, pharmacy, etc. And the "red road" along the shore, northward, holds many other delights. However, If your interest is in exploring the whole of the Big Island, you might want to be more central. Puna is special, a bit wild, and maybe not for everyone. But if you like it, you can't get enough of it.
My only negative thought in writing this review is that it will encourage others to make bookings, maybe conflicting with our desired times! Just before writing this, I put in a booking request for the same place next year, 2016. I can't put it any stronger than that.
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The perfect equipped condo is located a few miles south of Pahoa. It lies directly at the shoreline surrounded by rainforest. The next supermarket is in Pahoa. For trips Hilo could be a better location, as most of the scenic points can only be reached via Hilo. Still, I would always go back there as it is so cute and relaxing to be there.