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“Nice rainforest hideaway”
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20 reviews
View of the house from the backyard
Living room
Open floor plan
The kitchen is fully equipped
Dining room
Back Deck
Backyard
Hot Tub
Upstairs hallway
Master Bedroom, with a king size bed
Master bathroom
Second bedroom, with two full size beds
Laundry room
Second bathroom on the second floor
Third bedroom, with a queen size bed
Bathroom downstairs
Propane fireplace
View from Street
Sign
Hot Tub in the Forest
Protea flowers
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Rental Home -
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8
Volcano, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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tubeye
Bucks County, PA
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Nice rainforest hideaway”
Reviewed July 30, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Very nice, clean home. Beautiful design and great covered deck. Comfortable beds. Kitchen has the basics. Had an issue with the bathroom shower curtain and manager fixed it same day. Cooked at the house several nights so broken dishwasher was a downer but no big deal. Perfect spot for exploring Hawaii Volcano National Park. A few restaurants nearby. Limited grocery options. Recommend stocking up in Hilo. Got a gallon of milk at the general store, $9.88 and it expired in 3 days.

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Traveling group: Teenagers
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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hjcohen50
Waimea, Hawaii
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Another great stay!”
Reviewed July 21, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

This is our second stay this year and the unit continues to deliver a great experience. Fresh fruit and coffee start the day as we enjoyed the beautiful grounds and foliage surrounding Hale Ma' ukele. The unit is our starting point as we continue to explore the Volcano Park and numerous sites along this side of the Big Island. We look forward to our next visit.

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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hjcohen50
Waimea, Hawaii
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 hotel reviews
“Great stay as always.”
Reviewed March 4, 2015 for a stay in March 2015

Our stay at Hale Ma' ukele was wonderful as always. This was our fourth visit and it has become our go-to location when we visit the Volcano Park area. The house is beautifully situated among the huge ferns and is well equipped. Most importantly, each time we have stayed, the house has been meticulously maintained and well cleaned. The hardwood floors and furnishings provide a relaxed feel and the decor is tastefully done. The owner continues to deliver a first-rate experience which we thoroughly enjoyed. We will be back again.

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Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Australia
Reviewed December 10, 2013 for a stay in October 2013

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A romantic getaway
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Welly_Chi...
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 5 Contributor
84 reviews
42 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Peaceful and comfortable, owner easy to deal with”
Reviewed October 27, 2013 for a stay in September 2013

We were two couples staying here planning to do the National Park as well as the lava hike. I have been in two minds on how to rate this lovely house, seeing all the glowing reviews and me having a slightly more negative stay. I will be honest.
First the positives:
1) Peace and quiet - couldn't get more peaceful and away from the crowds here.
2) The house is lovely - I would love to live in this house back here in NZ; it's clearly lovingly built with beautiful timbers, and the layout works well.
3) Provisions - lots of stuff provided in the fridge and cupboards. Heaps of towels etc provided, bedrooms nice and simple (photos are accurate).
4) Owner easy to deal with and book with (slight mis-understanding with arrival times - It's 3pm, but the email I was sent said 2pm, which surprised the housekeeper). Payment was by paypal. Good instructions otherwise.
5) Location - couldn't be closer than in the park itself. It's 5 mins from the park entrance, and maybe 45 mins from Hilo. But there are not many eating options nearby. We cooked one night and ate at the Volcano House restaurant the other night, inside the park.

Now for the not so positive aspects:
1) There were a lot of small roaches running around the kitchen. I have emailed the owner and he has said he'll look into this, so this may be a one off problem, as other reviews haven't reported the issue. We had to store everything in the fridge.
2) Damp / mouldy smell - this house is in the middle of the rainforest, but possibly the house hadn't been let in a while because the smell was pretty strong when we arrived and didn't really dissipate. But again maybe we were in the off-season, as other reviewers haven't noted this. I'm probably also being picky now - the house was really tidy and mostly clean but the windows and window frames could do with a good clean - flyspots, dirty windowframes etc. We didn't try the spa pool.
3) We tried to use the barbeque but it didn't work. We called the housekeeper who to her credit came over straight away and replaced the gas, but it never worked the two days we were there, so we had to cook our steaks on the stove.

These issues are resolvable, so if I would stay here again if they got sorted.

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Liked best: Peace and quiet, and that we had the whole house to ourselves
Liked least: Uninvited guests and the smell
Traveling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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CT
Reviewed September 9, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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Sydney
Reviewed August 25, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

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