Comfortable Green Living
Kristin and David’s vacation rental is a peaceful destination within paradise. Staying at their home, you get a feel for what it’s like to live like a local: green living, few tourists and peaceful comfort. The location is in a residential neighborhood that is quiet and at night the sounds of nature come alive, something you won’t hear in Hilo or Kona. It’s a short drive to Pahoa where you can get some great Thai food, espresso, groceries and essentials. I really liked the “throwback” culture of Pahoa; hope it’s not commercialized anytime soon. Hilo is about 30 minutes away and has some beautiful parks and well-stocked fresh produce at the farmers market. The residence itself has a nice design. The ‘traditional’ carport for enjoying the outdoors, a large wrap around deck and a very large yard great for examining local flora. The interior is new: kitchen cupboards laminate wood-flooring, vaulted ceiling, lots of closet space. It was clean upon arrival and there were plenty of cleaning supplies for keeping it so during our stay. The local hosts had fresh fruit and treats waiting for us. The best part of all was the exposure to “sustainability”. I hadn’t thought much about it until I experienced it. Water catchment and solar panels for heating the water; ways to live green and reduce your dependence on utilities providers, and that’s just a beginning. It was a great introduction to green living and has impacted my thoughts on sustainability in my own home. I have stayed in many homes on the islands through VRBO. I would highly recommend this property for 3 reasons 1) Green living/sustainability 2) local vibe and no tourist’s 3) comfort. If you need a fourth- its VERY reasonably priced!

September 2011
Paradise Getaway-  Clean and Affordable,
Paradise Getaway- Clean and Affordable,
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