WHAT’S UP WITH THE VOLCANO?Guest access
The national park is OPEN and the crater is STUNNING! They are continually evaluating new trails and sites within the park and opening them up to visitors - we'll message you before your stay with the latest!
Even outside the park, there is much to do! Our little Volcano Village is the perfect spot to relax. Slightly cooler with less humidity and no vog, it’s a hidden rainforest retreat! Volcano Village is a small town just Hilo side of Volcanoes National Park. We are a beautiful little artist community and great resting spot for seeing the east side of the island with it's rainforest, orchid gardens, winery, hiking trails, farmers markets -- simply an amazing place. Perfectly between the green and black sand beaches, the uniqueness of Pahoa, and old Hawaii in Hilo town . We hope you will come discover it for yourself, and love it just as much as we do!
Now, a little about the house -- it is such a cute little oasis!
Blue is completely off-grid. Electric is by solar and water is by catchment. There is a decent cell phone signal. Unplug and unwind! Enjoy some wine by the fire and a little meditative garden time in the rainforest!
Some features of Lil Blue:
· Fresh Volcano produce delivery
• A ‘smores station with custom chocolates, made by us, of local Volcano ingredients - how else can you fully enjoy the fire pit?!
• House is situated on the lot to provide maximum privacy
• Spacious lanai with fire pit, grill, and outdoor dining area
• Ample Parking
• Headlamps for nighttime exploring
• Guidebooks, magazines, and various other reading material
• Board games (be a kid again!)
• Outlets (3-prong and USB)
• Cooktop, refrigerator/freezer, and outdoor grill
• Cooking basics including coffee, tea, sugar, pancake mix, farm fresh local eggs when available, pasta and rice, oil and vinegar, water, sweet treats, and a welcome bottle of wine.
• French press, percolator, and Italian espresso coffee makers and tea kettle
• Queen size bed with clean linens
• Twin size futon-style couch with extra blankets
• HD TV and bluray DVD player
• Screened windows
• Good cell service
• Bathroom with real toilet (no composting toilet!), shower and small sink
• Toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, and body wash
• Bath and beach towels
• Wave board and miscellaneous beach equipment
• Safe for your valuables
BEFORE YOU BOOK
Lil Blue is unique. Please read the section below, just to make sure it’s the right special place for you!
1. Accessibility. Blue is a “traditional” little house in that it has a lofted bedroom. To get to the bedroom you will have to climb some narrow steps (but they are steps - not a ladder!). There are also two steps from the ground to the lanai to reach the front door.
2. Water. We put the rainforest to good use! Rainwater is collected and used to run the house, which is perfect for showering and doing dishes, but not for drinking. Bottles of drinking water are provided.
3. Lighting. All our electricity comes from the sun. The batteries charge up during the day and are stored for use at night. Turning off lights or electronics when not in use will help the energy last. We do ask no hairdryers, curling irons, or heat generating appliances due to their heavy load on the system.
4. Temperature. At 3,500 feet, Volcano can be a bit wet, and the temperature is about 10-15 degrees cooler than at the coast, and can get quite cool on clear nights. We find it refreshing — a break from the heat and humidity and a chance for seasons in Hawaii! It can also be wet in the rainforest, so dress in layers and bring rain gear. An umbrella is provided. There is a propane wall heater - please follow the directions when using. Lots of blankets are provided.
5. Location. Located on just over 1/2 of an acre surrounded by Ohio trees, hapu’u ferns, and lots of ti and hibiscus. There are few lights, which means spectacular stargazing when the sky is clear. Headlamps are provided for those late night hikes, and motion sensing lights guide you along the lanai.
6. Connectivity. Time to let go of all your wires and obligations! There is no wifi, but there is good internet single with Verizon (we have not tried other carriers). We do have a DVD player with lots of movies for evening entertainment.
7. Wildlife. All of Volcano is a rainforest and with it comes wildlife. There are lots of birds in our forest, including pheasants which like to wander around in little packs. You’ll see them along the road and sometimes in the yard. They are fun to watch!
You will have your own key and have the whole place to yourself. Your own tiny Hawaiian paradise.Additional notes
Lil Blue is available for longer term stays for less than you'd pay for a few days at a fancy resort. You do not have to stay for all 31 days, but must book for that period of time. There is so much to do on the east side of the island, it would be a great launching point for your adventures. Weekly cleanings and linen changes are provided.Guest interaction
There are some small, convenience-style stores in Volcano, but you might want to pick up some groceries before you arrive. There is also a farmer stand which does custom orders you can schedule ahead of time and pickup the day you arrive. If you are interested in this service, please let us know and we will send you the brochure. We do have a nice selection of cooking basics offered free of charge. Please ask us if you need a complete list.
We welcome everyone and would love to have you stay with us!
TAT: (Phone number hidden by Airbnb)
We live in Volcano and would love to welcome you to your new home. Our past interaction with guests has ranged from sharing dinner and wine, to hardly seeing them at all! Wherever you fall on the spectrum, if you need anything during your stay, we're just a phone call or text away.Neighborhood overview
Lil Blue is located 35 minutes from Hilo and about 2 hours from Kona. It’s in a quiet neighborhood on about 1/2 of an acre, surrounded by lush rainforest and lots of native plants.Public transportations
Just across the highway is Volcano Village where you will find several restaurants, a community center, Volcano Art Gallery, and the wonderful early morning Sunday Volcano Farmers Market.
Though only three miles from the entrance to Volcanoes National Park, we are in a very safe area and are fortunate to be upwind from the crater, typically providing very good air quality.
This is a big island and a rental car is required to get the most out of your experience.