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“Paradise indeed--A reason to travel to Hawaii”

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Lava Tree Tropic Inn
Ranked #4 of 17 Pahoa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Seattle, WA
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
11 hotel reviews
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“Paradise indeed--A reason to travel to Hawaii”
Reviewed January 24, 2012

The place is amazing, Irene is amazing, and you meet the most wonderful people. My wife and I stayed here a half dozen years ago, have been thinking of returning ever since, and just spent a wonderful four more days. Your experience starts when you drive in underneath overhanging trees and past a metal gate showing the four elements of earth, wind, air, and fire, in an incredibly imaginative way. Every time we go in and out, we stop and look at it--then visit with the amazing sculptor who made it when drops over. Then a winding path past palm trees, and an old colonial style house, beautifully restored and full of old world furniture.

Then you meet Irene, who is just so enormously welcoming that after a few days you feel like family... You linger over her amazingly lush breakfasts, talking with her and other guests and thinking about the line from the Narnia books about heaven being a place with new and wonderful fruits, in this case all grown on the property. The people who come through are also really interesting. Our first time we met a musician who'd played with Sting, this time a mix from software designers from Bejing to a British couple who worked in a dental lab that helped design the teeth for the Lord of the Rings characters, to a bunch of other great people who were all just really nice--the place seems to draw that. Our first time Irene drove us the night we arrived to see the flowing lava. This time, it wasn't flowing, but we went with her to the great naturally heated ocean-side public pool nearby where she swims every morning, and spent hours visiting and catching up.

One Friday afternoon, we played music with the weekly ukulele group that meets (well mostly listened and banged on maracas and drums). Too often in Hawaii, people who've moved there hang out only with their tribe, and locals hang out with there's. Lava Tree mixes it up, so Irene gets friends who've lived here for four generations (or more in the case of the native Hawaiians), and others who've only recently arrived. Her warmth and hospitality helps everyone mix, and you really do get a window into the culture.

Another day a wonderful (and very reasonable) Lomi Lomi massage specialist she knew came and visited. We made forays out of the house, like to the amazing Kapaho tide pools nearby (with coral shapes out of Alice in Wonderland). And to eat in some of the great restaurants she recommended, three miles away in Pahoa. And to visit the Hilo farmer's market, then drive to the Mauna Kea Visitor's Center and see more visible stars than any other place on the earth. But mostly we just didn't want to leave, because the place itself is so lush with all the surrounding jungle (by the wonderful Lava Tree park and all its ghost trees), and just so comfortable that it's easy to lie back in a chair and just let it all sink in as time slows and everything else fades away.

We're hooked now, like some of the other repeat guests we met, and we couldn't imagine coming to this Island without staying here. In fact, it's a reason to come.

Room Tip: All the rooms are lovely.. Let Irene guide you. You do want to bring ear plugs just because of Hawai...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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El Cerrito, California
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Reviewed January 17, 2012

My wife and I stayed 2 nights at the Lava Tree Tropic Inn, but next time we'll know to book a longer stay. It's a beautiful place, and only a few miles from the hot pool, a large swimming pool sized area where thermal water mixes with ocean water, only about 4 feet deep or so, just perfect. Irene is very helpful and makes a great breakfast with local foods she grows herself. She plays ukelele and has a flock of chickens and cats. It's close to the restaurants and shops in Pahoa, and an easy drive to Volcano State Park. Irene, thank you!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
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Reviewed January 2, 2012

We stayed here over Christmas while visiting our Son and his Family. There were four of us and their place was too small to accommodate us, so we chose Lava Trees Tropical Inn for it's proximity to their home. WOW are we glad we lucked into it. Irene is so wonderful and her place has such a warm and welcoming feel to it that, in the future, we've decided to stay there a lot more often when visiting our family. Since we actually live on this Island (in Kona), that will be often. We consider Irene as part of our extended ohana (family) and we are sure that she makes everyone that stays with her feel the same. As soon as you enter the gate, you will be awed!

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
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Kokomo, Indiana
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Reviewed November 23, 2011

My wife and I stayed 2 nights at the Lava Tree and enjoyed our stay. Irene is very attentive and personal with her service and really does care that you enjoy the experience. The accommodations are clean and comfortable - Island style. The Lanai is so peaceful to relax and take breakfast from. The Breakfast is foods and fruits all native to the 6 acre property and very fresh. I fell in love with her home made yellow Lilikoi jam. In fact, I am trying to figure out how it sell it in Indiana!

If you want a comfortable and clean B&B that you can do it all or do nothing, I would recommend a stay.

Room Tip: Orchid room has it own jetted tub and wonderful view
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed November 17, 2011

In early November my wife and I returned to Lava Tree Tropic Inn, this time with another couple, for the second time since March. The torrential rains and thunder and lightning added new and fascinating sounds to the natural charm of this wonderful place. A special treat was the ukulele jam session with Irene's friends and neighbors which usually takes place on Fridays in the tropical gardens of the inn. Irene's home grown breakfasts are still superb and the natural rain forest and macadamia tree surroundings instill a peace and serenity that I have seldom felt elsewhere. This remains a special place and a "must return".

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with friends
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Tallarook, Vic
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Reviewed November 2, 2011

Irene is a fantastic hostess and the Lava tree experience is something I'll not forget. Irene prepares a lovely tropical breakfast that no one can beat to the sound of ukuleles and slack key guitar, according to preference, all set in a tropical garden. Food is sourced locally and includes mangoes, papaya, pineapple, bananas, and avocado, with grain breads and banana breads, sometimes an omelette, always something different, all finished off with lovely Hawaiian coffee on tap. Bedrooms are bright and airy and exceptionally clean with lovely veranda’s to sit on and soak up the tropical evening. The building is an old plantation style with loads of character. Irene can provide all the information on Hawaiian culture and music and is always up for a chat. Nearby are the volcanic pools that are delightfully warm and separated only by a sea wall from the wide pacific and the offer is always there to take a swim before breakfast. On the return drive there’s the option of stopping and picking fruit for breakfast. Nearby is the Lava Tree State Forest. The capital Hilo is only a short drive of less than 30 minutes or twenty will get you to Kalapana where you can listen to some great, authentic Hawaiian music all evening on Fridays and Saturdays. A must do for anyone who loves their food and their music

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled solo
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed October 2, 2011

If you curious how paradise looks like this the place to stay. We just came back from Big Island a week ago and I can say I've never stay in a such wonderful place.

It is an old type Hawaiian house (plantation type) with very clean rooms and delicious breakfast. Few miles from it, there's a hot pond to swim, with natural water, no chlorine and wonderful warm temperature. It is hot springs water heated by volcano mixed with ocean water. It is big enough for soaking and swimming. It has also some fish and little baby crabs.

This B&B is surrounded by rain forest and cute couquie frogs (they sound like birds) that sing all night long and put us to sleep.

It is the second time we visited this area and I fall in love even more with this place..

Entire property is full of many macadamia trees and we were picking them up and eating fresh as we can get. She also have own papaya trees, avocados and bananas. Also she went extra mile and she was making for us fresh mountain apple juice every morning. I tasted first time and it is so delicious that I cannot even describe the taste. Ohm also she serves fresh eggs from her own chickens.

The whole stay at this B&B was like a dream, not reality. You feel like in Jurassic Park. She has cats as well and everyone of them have his story. The most interesting is black cat Boomerang(Bummie), now he has his own song. This cat appeared one day and Irene gave him away to his friend few times on even second part of the island (93 miles away) and he always came back, so she calls him Boomerang.

Irene, owner of this property is full of energy and she is glowing from happiness, charm and energy. Also she has some mysterious inner strength that I fully admired.

There are no words to describe entire experience and I am already looking at my work schedule and credit cards, to see when we can go again.

Elizabeth and Mark

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
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Property: Lava Tree Tropic Inn
Address: Lava Tree State Park #3, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Pahoa
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
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Ranked #4 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Pahoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Lava Tree Tropic Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 5
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The Lava Tree Tropic Inn B&B has a wrap-around lanai (verandah) with three separate sitting areas where you can enjoy your morning coffee, relax with a good book, or just sit and take pleasure in the view. Rooms are nicely decorated and comfortable. ... more   less 
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