Volcano Village sits at the edge of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where the daily spectacle will fill you with awe. And after a long day of volcano trekking, you will let out an equally long sigh of pleasure at the village’s eco-friendly lodging.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is Hawaii’s single World Heritage Site. And its 230,000 acres are an International Biosphere Reserve that rise from the sea to the top of Mauna Loa volcano, at 13,677 feet.
And this year the park was honored with a Hawaii Green Business Award, in recognition of its many conservation and energy-saving efforts.
Volcano Village is as unique to the Big Island of Hawaii as its fiery neighbors in the park. Don’t miss looking around. We especially like the gallery and cafe called Volcano Garden Arts, owned and operated by an internationally known artist named Ira Ono.
Where should you stay? Volcano Rainforest Retreat. Owners Peter and Kathleen Golden have spent 20 years perfecting their paen to the stunning natural beauty that surrounds them. They’ve come a long way from the beginning, when pathways were cleared with machetes so as not to disturb more of the undergrowth than absolutely necessary.
They have created a quartet of guest cottages that seem to have grown up organically, in total synchronicity with the ferns, colorful orchids and soaring ohia tress that surround them. But you will not feel like you are roughing it.
Every cottage is different, but they all are handcrafted of sustainable redwood and cedar. Their art-filled and luxurious interiors are discovered along the retreat’s wandering pathways.
It’s hard to choose among the cottages, but if pressed, we especially favor The Sanctuary, with its hexagon shape to give peeks into the forest from every angle. Also, Bamboo Guest House has a fantastic kitchen if you’re in the mood to create. There’s an o’furo (a Japanese soaking tub) at both. And eco-friendly measures include organic breakfast options, natural bathroom condiments and green pest management and cleaning.
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