We really enjoyed our stay in Pahoa. Perched on the second floor with a peekaboo view of the ocean we spent a lot of time relaxing in Elfy and Manfred's wonderful apartment. The unit was immaculately clean and furnished with the basic amenities as well as some special considerate touches. The king sized bed was so comfy, the kitchen had everything we needed including a dishwasher! Our hosts were so nice and helpful but we never had any need for assistance the place is so well set up. We appreciated the snorkeling equipment and chairs ready to borrow and used the washer and dryer several times. The internet in this location is a bit spotty, but we had plenty of books to read and it was good to "unplug". This is a second floor unit and I would not recommend it for anyone who has mobility issues. It is very well set up with windows on all sides and views. The location was a great base to explore the Hilo side of the Big Island. We found some great snorkeling at the Kapoho tidal pools about 15 minutes down the road. There are not many good swimming beaches nearby but we had access to swimming at the tide pools and the beach parks in Hilo. We loved exploring Hilo which has cute vintage shops a great selection of local food and beautiful garden parks. We went to several farmer's markets and they were all great! Wonderful fresh produce and lots of food and crafts. The Pahoa market on Sunday is especially nice. We didn't buy much produce as we were leaving in a couple of days but it had a bunch of resale booths that were fun to explore. Live music and good food and friendly people, we spent a fun morning there. There was also the very fun street fair at Uncle Roberts on Friday night, literally at the end of the road on the southern shore. From the parking lot (on the lava flow)we could see the steam coming up from the lava pouring into the ocean about 10 miles away. Uncle Roberts is an open air bar/restaurant hosting the Friday evening combination street fair, food fest and live local entertainment. The place was packed with locals, a colorful mixture of "hippies" and people like us escaping the mainland. Pahoa is not touristy. We did not see a single resort on this side of the island. But you do have easy access to the Volcanic park and the beautiful rocky coastline and the amazing peace and quiet. We came to the island for rest and relaxation and that is what we found. Thank you to our hosts for providing such a great place for us to stay.
Mediterranean style Ohana Rental SUITE/LOFT 650 sqft Ocean View. # 830163