Stayed 11-13 Jul in order to visit Volcano National Park but VNP was still closed due to on going hazard.
We ended up spending one day at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach and Papakōlea Green Sand Beach. Departure day at Rainbow Falls, Boiling Pots and Hilo before checking into Kona.
A beautiful, secluded wood cabin surrounded by lush green tropical rainforest. The home really feels like a tree house as the rainforest is in close view from all the windows. Awesome deck for cold beer, BBQ and star gazing at night. I thought northern Ontario has stars but this place was amazing.
The owner had a well stocked kitchen, with all the basics you may need to cook. You have options by picking up groceries in Kona or Hilo before arriving or enjoy the many great eateries close by. They had a nice big cooler to borrow for your adventures.
WiFi works great and we did not use the Cable TV or the selection of DVD movies that was available.
Mahalo and enjoy!
This is a great place to stay if your plans include a visit to Volcanoes. After a few days in Kona, we found this to be a perfect place to relax and enjoy the other side of the island. After spending the day hiking in the park, it was great to relax with a book, a movie from Matt's extensive collection, or a glass of wine on the deck listening to the birds in the forest around us.
This rental is in a great location. It feels secluded, but it's only a few minutes away from Volcano National Park, 45 minutes away from Punaluʻu Beach (black sand), and 90 minutes away from Mahana Beach (green sand). The owners really thought of everything that visitors would need. They had a book full of suggestions for places to visit and eat. The home had a full kitchen with a toaster, microwave, stove, refrigerator and a pans/utensils for cooking. There were noodles, snorkel gear, binoculars, and heated blankets to keep you cozy on the chilly nights. I would definitely recommend this place!
After 8 days on the ocean on the Kona side, listening to the non stop wave action, Hale Hubner was quiet, private and a bit cooler. The house is well described & clean, communication was good and we had no issues... The windows and the deck were wonderful. We enjoyed a fire in the wood stove and used the BBQ on the deck as well. Everything worked as expected. I would not recommend checking in when it's dark, it is a very dark road and I was glad that we got there in the day light. The proximity to the park is great, very close. Keep in mind, it can be cooler here, so a sweatshirt is a good addition to your suitcase. The sheets were a little worn on the bed, but it was comfortable and we slept well. The entire house is not closed off to the ceiling, which gives it a nice open feel, you may hear your housemates using the toilet, not a big deal, but kinda unusual. It could have used a bigger coffeepot for 2 adults, it was a small drip machine. But, those are small observations, we had a great time, really enjoyed the house and the deck was amazing. We would return here if we were to stay in this area again. Thanks!
My husband and I had a wonderful stay at Hale Hubner. Our travel plans got really messed up, but this oasis on the Volcano was the perfect place to forget about lost bags, broken cell phones, and other travel woes. It's minutes away from the park entrance, and so it's perfect for multiple trips to the cauldera. The wood burning stove was perfect for warming the house on chilly nights, and I had some of the most peaceful sleep of my life in the cozy queen bed with my own heated mattress pad. This was a great place to stay if you want to get out of the tourist areas, have some space to relax, read, sleep, look at the stars, and enjoy the volcano. The house was neat and tidy, rental was easy and exactly as promised, it was clean, and everything was easy to use. We did the Lava Ocean Adventure boat tour - expensive and uncomfortable but worth every penny and bounce on the waves. It was about an hour drive from the house. We also drove to South Point and jumped off the cliffs into the Pacific - amazing and crazy all at once. If we had it to do again, I'd stay a full week and try to do more excursions to other parts of the island. But, this was a wonderful first trip to the big island. Definitely eat at 'Ohelo Cafe while you are there. The food was fantastic, some of our favorite of the whole trip. We went twice :) There are beautiful photos up all over the cabin, and it's clear that Matt and Tara love Hawaii and want to share this opportunity with others. Make your reservation today - you will be so happy that you did!
Once you drive the one lane road to this lovely cottage, it's a perfect place to chillax and a great location to explore the Big Island. Minutes from Volvano National Park--we went there sometimes twice a day! Lots of hiking and things to see around the volcano. And the glow at night is incredible. Also close enough for a day trip for a whale watching tour in Kona, or to the southern coast to see sea turtles on the black sand beach.
The cottage itself is gorgeous with wood floors, lots of windows, full kitchen, tastefully decorated with touches of Hawaii. The bathroom is stocked with supplies, so if you forget your toothpaste you can probably find some there. The deck is a little weather-worn and the trees have grown so you can't see much, but it was too chilly during our stay to use it. The photos online are accurate except for that. Instructions for the wood burning stove, kitchen appliances, tv, etc are all conveniently set out for you.
Volcano Village is very charming and the people are friendly. We found a restaurant for take out sandwiches and some shops to poke around in. Don't miss 2400 Farenheight where you can watch local glass artists create amazing pieces. We got to love the one lane road leading to Hale Hubner cottage, to have a glass of wine in that beautiful setting and talk about our adventures that day. If we ever get back to the Big Island, we will definitely be back!