The 1344 square foot Aloha House is located in Nanawale Estates on a quiet street surrounded by home owners that live quiet lives resulting in a restful atmosphere for relaxing and sleeping to prepare your body for the next day full of activities.
Greetings from the Aloha House staff. We are committed to doing our best to make your visit with us very comfortable. Any comments and/or suggestions that you offer to improve the services to our guests will be welcomed with much appreciation so feel free to extend them.
You will find a fully equipped kitchen to prepare your favorite meals and snacks. For starters, we provide tea, hot chocolate, and some Hawaii-grown coffee beans and a grinder to get your day going. Enjoy !
Attire in Hawaii is very casual and a washer, dryer, and iron is provided to minimize the amount of clothing you need to bring with you. Extra linens and towels are in the linen closet to change as you wish. Daily cleaning is not provided unless you specifically request and agree to pay for it.
The Big Island offers much to see and do overall. The Puna District contains a lot of those offerings and it's close proximity permits easy access to other districts so that a short trip will let you enjoy what they have to offer. After a full day of activity and sightseeing, you can return to the peaceful tranquility of Puna, throw your choice of fish, steak or some veggies on the grill, grab a drink of your choice and relax. In addition to the kitchen grill, a small BBQ grill and tools are provided to be used outside if desired. Please keep the outside grill at least 3 feet away from any side of the house when using. May be used in carport if cars are moved to driveway.
In Nanawale Estates, within a short walk from Aloha House is the subdivision office and park which contains a swimming pool and a clean safe play area for children. A pass which is needed for visitors to utilize the pool will be provided by the Aloha House staff. Due to the recent fire in Pahoa, the Pahoa Farmers Market has moved to this spot in Nanawale on Sundays, 7:30 AM - 2:00 PM. Very convenient to pick up a few fruits and veggies.
The next few paragraphs will provide an idea of some of the immediate entertainment spots. Literature at the Aloha House will provide data on other spots throughout the island.
Going south on 130 for about 9 miles will bring you to the parking spot of the viewing area of lava from the Kilauea Pu'u O'o when it is actively flowing. From there you have the choice of viewing from that spot, hiking, or renting a bike to travel up to 4.5 miles for a closer view of the lava entering the ocean. Guards will be posted to instruct you about safe areas. I encourage you to follow their instructions.
As you exit Nanawale Estates, going left on Hwy. 132 for 1 mile you will find the Lava Tree State Park. Lava trees in the park were created by lava flows in 1955 and 1960. Lava trees form when fast flowing pahoehoe meets wet ‘ohi’a trees. As the flow drains away it leaves thick coatings of lava tubes which replace the dead trees. There is a nice walking path through the park which will provide many opportunities for picture taking with the lava trees as backdrops. If you get off of the walkway beware of huge chasms created during the explosive eruption of 1790.
As you leave the park and continue on Hwy. 132 for a short distance you will arrive at a fork in the road. Taking the left fork for approximately 4 miles you will come to a 4-way stop. Continuing through the stop will dead end at the Cape Kumakahi light tower and the ocean. This is the eastern-most part of the island and according to The Ultimate Guide book of the Big Island, scientists use the air here as a test for “virgin air”. It states that air from here is considered as pristine as any in the world and it is analyzed by governments around the globe and used to compare to their air. Taking a right turn at the 4-way stop you will be on Hwy. 137 or better known as the famous ‘Red Road’ which leads to the Pohoiki boat ramp, a popular place for surfers. About halfway between the 4-way stop and Pohoiki boat ramp is the Ahalanui State Park. It contains a spring and ocean fed pool volcanically heated to 90 or so degrees. A favorite place to picnic, read, relax and swim. You may have trouble leaving once you have experienced this Pele bath. The Isaac Hale Beach Park is just a few miles farther at the Pohoiki boat ramp. It is worth spending some time there watching the surfers tackle the waves and the very small children in that very big ocean on their ‘boogie boards’. If you are brave enough you might get in the ocean yourself.
From the boat ramp, you can continue on Hwy. 137 along the shoreline to Kalapana or take Pohoiki Rd. back past Nanawale to Pahoa. From the Nanawale exit to Pahoa, about 1 mile, there is a Baptist church and a New Hope church. Just inside Pahoa is a Catholic church. Pahoa is a small village with lots of very good restaurants of all kinds. There is a community swimming pool in Pahoa, post office and gas station. Follow the Transfer Station Sign to view the recent 2014 lava flow in this area. On the other end of Pahoa, about 3 miles from Nanawale is the Malama Marketplace, a small strip mall containing a grocery store, hardware store, business center and more eating establishments.
From Pahoa Take Hwy. 130 North for 9 miles to Hwy. 11 and then 6 miles to Hilo. There are several churches of various denominations along Hwy. 130. On Sundays, there is a large Farmers Market right on the highway about 3 miles north of Pahoa Village. In addition to fresh veggies and fruit, there are many souvenir stands. Plan to go early and stay all day.
On Wednesday nights going South from Pahoa on Hwy. 130 to Kaimu/Kalapana there is another type of market gathering at “Uncle Roberts” consisting of a variety of food and souvenir stands along with live music, dancing, and home-made ice cream to die for. It is about 8.5 miles south from Pahoa, just before you enter the lava field, you will come to a fork in the road. Take the left fork and proceed to the STOP sign. Turn right and proceed a short distance to the end of the road. Starts about 5 pm and goes till it ends. The earlier you go the better parking space you get. Sorry, it is only open on Wednesday night.
If you are here on an all day rainy day, I suggest you check out Imiloa Astronomy Center. a fantastic place to spend several hours in. Very educational for both adults and children. 3 different movies about the skies of Hawaii, a large area to stroll through with all kinds of buttons to push for information ( take a ride in the taxi) and enjoy an ONO lunch in a pleasant dining room with reasonable (URL HIDDEN) get there, take Hwy 11 north to Hilo. At the first traffic light that you get to, before the shopping Mall, Kawailani St., turn left and proceed straight to the 4-way stop sign which is Komahana st. Turn right for approx. 1.5-2 miles (large green sign and traffic light, part of the University), turn right. Go to the second street and turn left into parking area. Enjoy !! Sorry, it is closed on Mondays.
Accès des voyageurs
The entire property is available to you during your stay with us. The house has 1344 sq. ft. of living space , a large 2-car carport with attached bathroom/laundry and plenty of parking space on 16,080 sq. ft. of yard to play in.
Échanges avec les voyageurs
I live on the next street with an attached backyard to the Aloha House. The maintenance/caretaker lives in a house next door to the Aloha House. One or both of us will be available to you at all times if needed .
There is a telephone in the house for your convenience with free long distance throughout the United States, Canada and many other countries. It is advisable that you keep your cell phones charged because the house phone will not be active if we have a power failure. WiFi is available throughout the space. An ethernet cord is available in the LR to enable computers not equipped with WiFi to connect to the Internet. W00537162-01
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The Aloha House is located in a single-home residential subdivision and is surrounded mostly by home owners living very sedately which results in a good restful atmosphere for sleeping to prepare your body for the next day’s activities. Please respect others and keep noise level down after 10 pm.
There are no large dangerous animals or snakes of any kind to contend with, however, Hawaii is blessed with abundant bounties of wild fruit and an outcome of a sizable number of rodents. We ask that you put all trash and garbage in provided containers and keep screen doors closed at all times to prevent them from entering the house. We take care to keep maintenance updated to eliminate problems but there are two invaders that manage to sneak thru the smallest of cracks, geckoes and palmetto bugs. Neither are harmful but both can be an undesirable nuisance. Many people who live here consider a gecko in the house as good luck as they eat small bugs. Others capture them with bare hands and replace them outside. I have seen some of the children open the gecko's mouth and attach it to their ear lobes for earrings. Personally, I prefer to prevent them from entering into my house if possible.
Smoking is not permitted in the house but may be done outside. Please put butts in butt cans.
Aloha, This is Mary Alice. I am a retired Civil Service Federal Employee after 28 combined years of working with the Air Force, Dept of Defense and the Census Bureau. The major portion of my career position was with computers, starting as an Operator then as a Programmer and finally as a System Design Supervisor Analyst. I thoroughly love working with the computer as noted by my logo picture on all of my web sites. It is an actual picture of me taken while employed with the DOD. I am a little older now but still love computer work. I have told my family "when I get too old to live alone, buy me a new laptop, a corner in a nice rest home and I will be happy".
After retiring from government work I moved to Hawaii and continued working with the computer from home in self-employment, preparing legal documents for clients which they are permitted by law to prepare themselves ie., taxes, power of atty.'s, trusts,, wills, etc. Until Match 2015 I was also a Signing Notary helping others refinance their mortgages. I loved meeting the owners, viewing their beautiful homes and seeing the relief in their faces knowing that someone was helping them during the great real estate tumble that we all took. In March the recent lava flow in this area which threatened to go across the highway forced me to make a hard decision between giving up the notary part of my business or taking a gamble on the lava stopping and renewing my license for 4 more years. Gambling is not my forte so I gave it up and chose to spend my efforts on the Aloha House as a means of making new friends and helping people enjoy their vacations. The lava did stop flowing and added an additional viewing location about 3 miles from the Aloha House.
In Hawaiian 'aloha' means love, mercy, compassion and pity depending on how it is used. If said to you upon arrival it means 'Greetings with love'. If said upon your departure it means 'Go with love, compassion, mercy or pity' whichever applies. It is used as the name of our house to display how the house was prepared and how we want you to accept and use it. Make it your place to love, play and be happy during your brief escape from the grindstone.
Any spare time that I have is spent as a family historian researching our family genealogy. I am an active world class member of Ancestry, Family Search and a number of other web based genealogy sites; an active member listed on Cambridge Who's Who and Worldwide Branding. I consider close family contact to be the most important thing in life Any guest in my house is always treated like family and I would love to have you visit with me. If you have thought about doing your own research but don't know how I will be glad to help you get started. If you are already 'in it' and would like to compare notes I'm up for that also.