First, my wife and I aren't big B&B stayers. So we are always a little apprehensive when we go to a new place. We landed in Hilo about 6:30PM, got something to eat and headed to Da Log House. It is starting to get dark. It is about a half hour outside of Hilo. To get there you start out on a major highway that turns into two lanes. It is dark. You turn off the highway and soon the paved road turns to one lane (stay to the right if someone comes from the other direction and let them pass). Turn again and the road turns to dirt. Turn again still dirt and it is now really bumpy so you have to slow down plenty. OK. Now you realize you are in the middle of freakin' nowhere. But soon on the left you see the house but the property is fenced and there is an automatic gate. We're tired, it's been a long day. A few uncomfortable thoughts go through my head - is this like Hotel California? - you get the idea. I push the button - the gate swings open. I hesitate. It had good reviews, right? We booked five days, what were we thinking? We drive in. We pull up to the front door of this beautiful log house. Out of the house comes this Hawaiian with the biggest smile on his face and just the friendliest guy you can ever imagine. We start to breathe again. He shows us to our room which was cozy but had everything we needed plus a beautiful deck with a beautiful view. We begin to relax. We sleep like bears during the winter. We tell Danny and Susi that we like to get an early start like 7 AM. No problem they say. We had these wonderful breakfasts with smoked meats and fruit and cereal and poi and poi toast and different jellies. And we start to get to know them and they are just the nicest hosts you can imagine. After we settled in we realized this not only is a beautiful house it is really a pretty good location. You are about 30 minutes from Hilo and about 35 from Volcano NP. But more importantly you are getting away from the tourist Hawaii and starting to see native Hawaii. Thanks to Danny we went to a wonderful farm market that also had a variety of foods outside of Hilo. On our travels we stumbled upon a beach where native Hawaiians were surfing and just hanging out. Breakfast conversations were so interesting because we could hear about Hawaii from someone who grew up here. The downside. Danny has chickens and one of them starts crowing about 5 AM. Usually lasts only about 2 minutes but with the window open it is like an alarm clock. Shoot the rooster and this place is definitely 5 stars. Even with the rooster we'd go back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Hawaiian Family owned Bed and Breakfast, Located in Hawaiian Acres, 11 miles south of Hilo, our Cedar Log Bed and Breakfast is nestled among the Ohia trees on the slope of Kilauea Volcano. Just a short drive from both Hilo town and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Da Log House is situated in a Hawaiian community where you can kick back and relax in a quaint and rustic atmosphere. ... more less