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Spent a wonderful 5 days at the property which is literally on the edge of a lava cliff with unobstructed views of the Pacific. Saw countless whales feeding off the deck and would even hear their blowholes at night as they passed close to the cliffs. The property is quite a drive south of Kailua-Kona and the main resort areas but closer to Volcano and Hilo so it all depends on what you want to be nearer (everything is a drive to get to on the Big Island). It is a good 15 minute drive just from the main road down to the property given the elevation from which you start and the switchbacks, but the views are spectacular and the drive easy if you take it slow (also various farm stands along the way to stop and get fresh bananas, avocados and other fruits). The town of Oceanview is only 25 minutes away from the house if you need groceries/gas or want to go to their farmer's market on Saturday morning. You do need to bring in your own drinking water to the house since its on a catchment system (as are most houses on the island). Milolli state park is just 5 minutes drive down the road from the house where you can do some great tidal pool exploration. If you hike out to Honomalino Bay from there you will likely have the entire black sands beach and bay to yourself (the trail is now well marked, about a mile hike through very surreal landscape and forest). Unfortunately we didn't get to kayak or snorkel there or at the house as the seas were too rough (an unusual storm passed through leading to a lot of unusual wind and rain while we were there), but the sunsets, whales and quiet were wonderful. Definitely a great place to unwind and get away from it all. Kitchen is also well equipped so if you like eating in you'll have no problems doing so and then enjoying the view from the lanai or patio.
We really liked the quietness of this area, very peaceful and great for sleeping, watching the stars and the interaction of birds, geckos, and even some wild goats. It is a nice base for travel into Kona, or the other direction, Hilo or Volcano Park. Always nice to come back to our little nest, which is perfectly designed for a couple. The hot tub off the bedroom was always inviting and I wouldn't plan on a lot of cooking, as the kitchen is small but perfectly usable for small meals and incorporating the barbeque outside made it great. We loved the local papaya and avocado stands up and down the main road, just friendly neighbors sharing their bounty for just pennies. Our favorite grocery store was in Ocean View, Malama Market, on the right side of the road, which had almost everything anyone would want, local grass-fed beef, beautiful fresh produce, liquor, and wine, plus locally made desserts. Not to mention a very friendly staff. The caretaker at the Pineapple Express was great and very friendly, found out a lot from him by asking questions. There are neighbors, but they don't seem that close, a few watchful dogs on occasion, but nothing serious. We had unusual rainstorms while we were there which we thoroughly enjoyed, very exciting and very comfy in our little house on the hill.