Guest Comments


Very communicative before our visit

Jan 2017

An amazing getaway just moments from Hawaii Volcanoes NP! 

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 

My wife and I stayed in Kipuka Cottage for several days during our Hawaii honeymoon. If you plan on exploring Hawaii Volcanoes NP or anything on the Hilo side of the Big Island, there is no better location than Kipuka Cottage. The beautiful timber framing of the cottage, ample natural light from all of the windows, and private rainforest setting all contribute to the ambience of this unique home. The house was filled with eclectic touches of art and decoration and you're in for a surprise at every turn! Unlike most vacation rentals, Kipuka Cottage truly reflects the character of both the location and the owners. We absolutely LOVED the wood stove, and made good use of it to warm up on those chilly rainforest evenings. Bill was a consummate host, and was very communicative before our visit to make sure we knew everything we needed to know about the home. The cottage is just a few short minutes from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes NP, which made it easy to return "home" throughout our days at the park to rest and relax in between sightseeing. Kilauea was putting on quite a show when we visited, I highly recommend visiting the Jagger Museum overlook of Halema'uma'u Crater after dark to view the glow (and perhaps lava fountains) of the lava lake! Amazing!




Wouldn't look elsewhere if we go back to Volcano.

Jan 2017

“We absolutely loved the cottage! The setting, charm, aesthetics and coziness were amazing! Wouldn't look elsewhere if we go back to Volcano. It was the perfect size for our family of three and incredibly well stocked. Tim and Jami the caretakers were immediately available when I couldn't access our welcome letter with all of the instructions. A huge bonus having someone nearby. Thanks again Bill for a lovely stay. ”

Kelley, California


A hidden gem

Feb 2017

We loved staying here - a hidden gem nestled in the rainforest, close to Volcano National Park and other popular destinations. Peaceful, clean, amazing architecture! Loved waking up in the loft looking out over the forest! Would highly recommend!

M. Bond

Ontario, Canada


ce petit paradis


on part dans quelques instants, on voulait vous remercier de nous avoir donner la possibilité de decouvrir ce petit paradis. On a vraiment apprecier cet endroit unique. Maintenant on a une bonne idee de la maison de nos reves.

merci beaucoup
a tres bientot

beautiful, romantic and perfectly homey

March 2013
Thanks for letting us share your treasure at Volcano. It was amazing!
You're place was the highlight of our week in Hawaii. It was so beautiful, romantic and perfectly homey. As I report about my vacation to my friends at home, the thing I tell them about the most is the cabin in the woods, with an A-frame on all sides and windows all around. We so appreciated the fireplace all set up for us the first night we got there and all the extras from bubble bath to spices to extra blankets and firewood. The day we got there was my birthday and it was truly the best birthday ever. We stayed up late by the fire and it was magical.
 My boyfriend was tickled by your sense of humor on the signs from the ghost disk player to tricking our friends by dimming the kitchen light with our knee. We like a good laugh. :)
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing place with us. I'm going to pass your info along to some friends, if that's ok. We are so grateful and hope there will be another opportunity to visit again next year. My only complaint is that we couldn't stay longer (oh, and an 11am checkout would be nice).
I'll put a great review on
Thank you a thousand times!

Sydney, California



Even better than we had expected

March 2013

Aloha Bill!

My family and I had such a WONDERFUL stay at your beautiful Kipuka Cottage,  it was even better than we had expected. We loved everything from the HUGE windows to the quirky decor, we loved falling to sleep listening to the pounding rain and waking up to the beautiful, lush surroundings of the natural landscape. It was a great home base, not too far from everything else, but you still feel like a million miles away from civilization. We had a great time on Hawai'i Island, we fell in love with it. The people are so warm and welcoming, it was a great change of pace from the frigid northeast (and I'm not talking about the weather)! If I could go back today, I would! I can't say enough good things about our vacation, friends and family are still hearing about it from us. 

Nicole, New York


There wasn't anything we wished was there but wasn't

Kipuka Cottage was our first stop on our vacation.  I was apprehensive about being in the rain forest on the start of our journey.  But it was a unique and amazing experience which was enhanced by the design and location of your house.  Instead of feeling pent in by the rain, the covered patio, tree house loft & large windows made you feel a part of it (but warm and dry).  We spent 3 days in Volcano hiking - sometimes to the tune of 10 & 12 miles a day.  Coming "home" to the house to a martini on the deck and a cooked meal, reading, and writing, planning out the remainder of our stay with your great books - it was all so easy with your well prepared/stocked kitchen & house.

My husband is an architecture buff.  He went nuts over the design, took tons of pictures, and some inspiration.  He keeps talking about how much he liked the large sliding glass door.  I loved all the details - the bust looking in the bedroom window, a head under a cake cover and the glass head full of glass (I purchased my own glass head when we returned).  Also the interior details, ceramic hands, great use of space (with the small stove, etc.).  We both agreed that there wasn't anything we wished was there but wasn't. ...




We've already suggested others stay at the cottage

Hi Bill,

Steven and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Kipuka, and we've already suggested others stay at the cottage if they visit the Big Island! Some things we particularly enjoyed:

 - the craftsmanship and detail put into the cottage: wood construction windows, the beautiful front glass sliding door, beautiful wood beams and ceiling, etc.

- free long distance phone use (found it very handy)

- wood burning fireplace (we used it most mornings)

- the wonderful bathroom/soaker tub

- the beautiful, peaceful surroundings

We found everything we needed (and more) at Kipuka Cottage and it really exceeded our expectations. There is absolutely nothing we thought could be improved, as our stay was exceptional. Steven wrote an entry in the guest book so hopefully you and Marie-France will get a chance to read it.

Thanks again for providing such a wonderful escape for us!

Kelley, British Columbia, Canada


The pictures online do not do this beautiful place justice

The pictures online do not do this beautiful place justice. We loved every moment of the stay there. Hawaii was a beautiful place and nothing we could of ever have imagined. My fiance and I got the relaxation that was much needed there. We met alot of locals and they were a big help on our travels on the Big Island. We explored the entire island in 7 days and it was amazing. We will be returning hopefully around June of next year. Our visit will hopefully bring a new chapter of our lives. We loved it so much there that my fiance and I have decided we are moving to the Big Island as soon as he retires from the army. Thanks again for opening your beautiful home to us and we will never forget our wonderful vacation. The cottage was made from a dream, and we lived it for 7 days.  ~ Crystal and Donald


You really feel like you are in the trees

What amazed me is how transparent the space is upstairs with all the glass.  You really feel like you are in the trees.  Thanks again for sharing your cottage with travellers.  Hotel rooms just don't compare! ~ Paul, Edmonton Canada