A stately and comfortable Queen Anne–style mansion, Hale Ohia was built in the 1930s as a summer home for a wealthy Scotsman (the property is listed on the State Historic Register). The namesake Ohia cottage, large enough for a family, has a full kitchen. Cottage 44 is the cushiest of the group, converted from an old redwood catchment tank; it's naturally lighted, beautifully designed, and completely private. Continental breakfast is placed in your refrigerator while you're away in the afternoon so that you can enjoy it at your leisure in the morning.
There are 12 rooms in a variety of settings including cottages and a main house, all with different layouts and personality, able to accommodate a variety of travelers. The décor also differs based on the room, but in general it’s got a comfy Hawaiian vibe that is a bit outdated, but still looks nice. Rooms in the main house have heated floors and heated towel racks, a nice amenity that reflects the surroundings.
Bathrooms also differ based on the type of room, but most of them offer a bit of simple luxury. Some have jacuzzi tubs for warming up on chilly Volcano nights.
The lobby and office reflect the quaint charm of the rest of the property.
Continental breakfast is included in your stay and some rooms have kitchenettes, but there is no on-site dining.
The continental breakfast is delicious, but pretty light – juice, local fruit, and homemade bread – so if you’re headed out for a day of hiking you’ll need to grab something extra before lunch time.
You will need a rental car to get around the Volcano area and the island.
A great spot for grab and go breakfast or lunch is Eagles Lighthouse Café (3 minute drive) for both standard lighter fare and more Hawaiian leaning dishes like a fried rice breakfast bowl. Keep things a little lighter at Café Ono (3 minute drive) where you can find health conscious fare in an old Hawaiian garden estate.
Thai Thai Bistro & Bar (3 minute drive) offers up local brews for a great price, tropical cocktails for a decent price, and a Flaming Thai Thai with an extra little kick. Volcano Winery (8 minute drive) offers tastings of their island inspired, island grown wines every day of the year for a small fee.
WHY WE LIKE IT
These cottages, set on beautifully manicured grounds that are surrounded by rainforest flora, are exactly what you think of when you think of storybook dwellings. You could easily imagine Little Red Riding Hood visiting her grandma or Goldilocks testing out the various beds here. That little extra bit of magic isn’t easy to find just anywhere.