The rooms come with lots of amenities and extras. Below are just some of what is available and a bit about some things to consider when visiting the windward side.
Amenities and Extras
Apartments come fully furnished cooking and dining utensils; food staples such as salt, pepper, oil and sugar; linens and towels and more. Both the 1-bedroom and studio apartments have their own private bathroom and kitchenette.
We also have lots more available for you to help you enjoy your stay:
*Cable TV, wireless internet in both rooms.
* An outdoor gas grill and utensils.
*Three bicycles. A ‘bicycle built for two’, a child’s bike and an adult 10-speed.
*A shared “dry” sauna.
*Backyard patio, table and picnic area.
*Snorkeling and beach gear.
*Maps and guides.
*and much more.
Additionally, the windward (Hilo) side of the Big Island is a paradise, but few paradises come without a few… inconveniences. Come prepared and you’ll be fine.
It rains a lot on the windward side. Hilo is the wettest city in the U.S. with an average of 126 inches a year. Some parts of this side of the island get over 200 inches. It rains 275 out of 365 days a year.
Now, the good news. First, all that rain? Makes for an amazingly beautiful lush green paradise. Also, summers get less rain than other times of the year. Also, we have a secret… it doesn’t rain all day. When it rains, it will rain in the night and mornings, but afternoons are free and sunny. We get to the beach nearly daily for much of the summer.
Just make sure to bring an small umbrella and perhaps a rain poncho. We will have a few umbrellas at the house for your use, but it’s always good to bring your own.
Yes, there are mosquitos in paradise (or is that an oxymoron?). Make sure to bring the mosquito repellent of your choice. We have citron candles and mosquito coils for your use while on the back porch.
There are times of the day when they are worse and times of the day where they are non-existent. It has to do with humidity, wind and temperature. A cool, breezy evening will be better than a humid still afternoon. We’ve found that the mosquito activity forecast at weather.com is a pretty good indicator of when to worry about mosquitos or when to plan a cookout. Btw, we’ve rarely had problems with mosquitos at the beach .
Coqui (pronounced ‘coke key’) Frogs
Coqui frogs are small tree frogs with a big voice. They are native to Puerto Rico, but were introduced to Hawaii accidently in 1988. Hawaii’s lush climate was a perfect home for the frogs which have spread throughout the islands and love the Hilo side. Apocryphal stories say they came to the big island on some houseplants imported by Kmart, but they could have come any number of ways so we won’t blame Kmart for that .
They came to our area in 2009 when we heard the first ones. They are now established in our area and working their way North. You will hear them at night. They will be hard to miss. Some people find them annoying, some find them endearing and add to the feeling of being in a tropical paradise (there is a program to eradicate them and the inevitable group trying to save them). If you are someone easily bothered by night creature noise, you might want to bring some ear plugs. Otherwise, enjoy the nighttime serenade.