Saturday Farmer's Market, half block away. Owner Andre is great.
I stayed in the studio facing the street. On the narrow side lanai, just outside the sliding glass doors, you can see the Pacific. From the large shared lanai that is connected, there is decent quality snorkle gear of various sizes including fins. The coquis are a little loud at night (and roosters in the a.m.) so glad I brought my earplugs because you'll probably want to sleep with the windows open. The Farmer's market is mauka (toward mountain) about half a block. Andre, the owner, is always friendly and helpful. The place was clean and there were plenty of extra towels in the community pantry in the hall. Satin sheets on one of the beds was a pleasant surprise. You can slow down to Hawaii time here. Kehena Beach is a nearby "clothing optional" black sand beach that has a gathering and drum circle on Sundays (about a 2 mile walk each way). The surf is very powerful here so only very good swimmers should swim here (in my humble opinion). The warm ponds, Pohoiki Bay hot pond, and tide pools aren't far. It rains on this part of the island fairly regularly, but when it rains, it seems to not last very long; the sound is quite relaxing. The result of it being rained on regularly here is there is so much lush greenery and vegetation everywhere. This location is fairly close to a place where you can hear live music on some nights (Uncle Robert's). It's also fairly close to the point where Pu'u O'o lava is flowing into the ocean (get a tour guide). There's a terrific grassy lawn park at the entrance to this subdivision which is a great place to throw frisbees. Other notes about the studio: full sized fridge, microwave, DirecTV, The only sinks are in the bathroom and outside down at the bottom of the stairs. I'd rank the beds above average and seem relatively new. All their water (including bath/shower) is triple-filtered (plus UV filtered) drinking water. The rocks are sharp here so the only warning is you'll want to avoid running around in the yard or driveway barefooted. Hurry up and get there in order to slow down and stop. Amazing farmer's markets in Pahoa and Keeau. Got to try longan, rambutan, and papaya in Hawaii - longan and rambutan are exotic fruits that are aphrodisiacs; mildly sweet. Just beware, flies love their juices so I'd avoid eating them at the beach, or in the woods for that matter. When I return, I will strongly lean toward staying here again. Aloha!

December 2012
Nice, Big House near Kalapana Lava Flow & Kapoho/Kehena Beach !
Nice, Big House near Kalapana Lava Flow & Kapoho/Kehena Beach !
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