Guest Reviews

Ohia Paniolo Cottage

Review #23147300 “Large Hot Tub, Comfy Beds, No Cleaning Fees ”
Georgeous Green Touch of Heaven
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
This property was amazing. Owners also were incredible. Visited about 1 week ago, but for the last 3 months, Bernadette sent me frequent updates with links to the changes going on due to the eruption of lava from fissure 8 and the status of Volcano National Park. She even offered cancellation if I requested that. We decide to visit the big island and it was so wonderful – beautiful island with lots of variations in landscape and beaches.

This property is beautifully kept, with breakfast treats and fruits left for us to enjoy – what a wonderful touch. Our family of 4 loved the place, you can tell it was lovingly cared for like home. The BBQ and hot tub were nice touches especially after a long day out in the sun. We enjoyed our stay here and highly recommend to others visiting this area. Bernadette and Cliff were wonderful hosts, Thank you.

Date of arrival:
July 20, 2018



Ohia Plantation House

Scheduled Arrival: June 14, 2018

I tried to give a review on VRBO but because we didn’t actually stay it wouldn’t let me. I just wanted to thank you Bernie. Some of my family was fearful about staying so close to the volcano action and I was unsure of what to do. You reassured me that it was fine, but you understood the worries of the young parents in our family for their babies and did not hold us to the reservation and returned our deposit even after I told you not to. I just want anyone who is considering renting from you to know that you can be trusted, that you have integrity, and that you genuinely care about your customers. If Bernie says, it’s fine. IT’S FINE. There’s a lot of fear of the unknown and that’s why tourism is so down in Hawaii right now, but we had our usual great time on the Big Island (and are looking forward to going again when we can) and I want to reassure people who are considering going that no one wants to put you in danger. If you have a question, ask Bernie. She’ll tell you the truth. Thank you, Bernie!

June R. & family

Ohia Paniolo Cottage

Wish that we could have had more guests like this. They were awesome and never gave up on us. Left us an awesome review. They stayed at Ohia Paniolo Cottage. Take a few seconds to read their review.

Review #22609126 “Large Hot Tub, Comfy Beds, No Cleaning Fees – Just 5 Minutes from National Park”

Beautiful cottage!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The cottage was beautifully appointed and our host made us feel right at home. Fresh fruit and other goodies were waiting for us upon arrival, and the hot tub was primed and ready. Hot tubs are not what one usually thinks of in Hawaii, but the weather near Volcanoes nat’l Park can be very cool, especially if you are in the middle of a cloud captured by the mountain. The orchids in the house and porch areas, and growing on the tree ferns were beautiful.

Speaking of volcanoes, before we arrived, and while we were there, our host kept us fully informed as to what to expect from the active volcano. Having been there (the park) many times over a 30 year period, I pretty much knew what to expect, but her concerns about our safety and enjoyment were greatly appreciated. We had about 10 – 12 quakes of varying strength each of the three days we were there. After the first couple, they became a matter of daily routine.

So, what to do when the volcano is uncooperative – visit Hilo (neat old town with good restaurants and farmers’ market), botanical gardens and Akaka Falls, macadamia nut plantation, picnic on Coconut Island, buy orchids at Atkatsuka Orchids to carry home or ship, or drive the other direction and spend time at Black Sand Beach and Punalu’u.

This is a tough time for the people who make their livings around the volcano. Please support them! Plan your visit based on facts and not some of the sensationalized news stories.

Reviewer location
New London, PA
Date of arrival
June 27, 2018


We truly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful home. The lush green outdoors to all the special touches you’ve done indoors. We all enjoyed the welcome gifts of fruits, bread and drink along with the fresh eggs and pancake treat.

Thanks for being so accommodating. We couldn’t ask for anything more.

Date of Arrival: June 12 – 14, 2018



Review #22177264 “No Cleaning Fees, Privacy with a Hot Tub & Fireplace at Lava Tube Hale”

Very clean and cozy renovated home—very comfortable and such a unique location!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Great little cottage! Renovated, clean, all the amenities. A private oasis in a gorgeous setting. Bernie took excellent care of us—very responsive, and she went above and beyond to communicate during the weeks leading up to the recent activity with the volcano. Nothing to be concerned about with recent steam/ash plumes, and it’s nowhere near the lava activity 20 miles to the south. Go and visit and see old Hawaii at its finest. Loved Volcano Village. Beds were very comfy, loved the nice touch of sweet bread and fresh fruit. Bernie has thought of everything. Highly recommend Lava Tube Hale!
Reviewer location
Date of arrival
May 23, 2018




Review #2215291 “ Hot Tub, Fireplace, Privacy & No Cleaning Fees – 2.7 miles from National Park”

Lovely escape at the Volcano
★ ★ ★ ★ ★
The Ohia Plantation House is the most welcoming vacation rentals we’ve ever been to. Bernadette goes way beyond expectations to create an oasis of relaxation. Hot tub, sweet Punalu’u bread, fresh fruit and so many little ways to say aloha. We just loved every minute!

We arrived 2 weeks after the new lava activities. Bernadette kept us updated about what was happening via email. Rather than stating her own opinion, she send us to USGS links and local residents talking about the situation. She offered to let us break the contract with a full refund. She provided ash masks and so much good information. We were committed to coming and we had an absolutely amazing time. We never felt in any danger. There was no ash fall. Bernadette’s ongoing updates made us confident the trip would be safe.

Reviewer location
Date of arrival
May 27, 2018




We truly enjoyed your beautiful home. The peaceful setting was a relaxing change from our week in Honolulu.

It was a disappointment to not be able to visit the park, but it gives us a reason to come back. Thank you for all of the special touches that has made us feel at home.

Date of Arrival: May 25, 2018

Elizabethton, Tennessee



First off… most comfy master bedroom ever! A beautiful tropical setting we never get to see in dry San Diego.

Kilauea is active right now. We saw some steam and ash driving past the caldrea on Hwy. 11, pretty incredible. Now headed over to the east rift zone to try and see the live lava flows. Why not People? This is a once in a lifetime stuff and we all need stories to tell. 

Go live your lives, take chances and enjoy everything around you!!

Date of Arrival: May 21, 2018

San Diego, California



Mahalo for your kindness and generosity!! My Ohana truly enjoyed your beautiful home.

I felt so spoiled by the real ALOHA SPIRIT that is present here. This is such s wonderful memory for my ohana and myself

Date of Arrival: May 14, 2018

Oahu, Hawaii


Ohia Paniolo Cottage

Date of Arrival: April 20, 2016

Everything you could ask for and even more!

This vacation rental was such a wonderful and generous surprise – a beautiful impeccably furnished and totally stocked living quarters you have to love!
After hiking trails and getting drenched by rains, we were exhausted and ready to just crash when we found ourselves here and amazed! Fresh fruits, a loaf of bread and wine, a hot tub and 2 soft beds with beautiful Hawaiian quilts, a great bathroom and shower, and a gas fireplace for the chilly night, and we wished we’d booked a whole week here! Not to mention the gift of a FedEx packageful of brochures to whet our appetite for our trip that arrived a few weeks before we left; along with a notebook full of information about at the house and almost everything we’d want to visit on The Big Island – we felt well-informed and more appreciative of the variety of possibilities Hawaii has to offer! We absolutely experienced the radiance of the Aloha Spirit that so made us fall in love with Hawaii! Thank you so much for one of the best stays ever!!!



I didn’t want to leave Ohia Plantation House our Volcano vacation rental home!

My family and I adored Bernie’s house. It was so cozy and Bernie provided all sorts of little touches (fresh eggs, bath salts, fresh fruit, bath robes) which made us feel very at home. Being a mile from the National Park was what influenced our selection of the Ohia Plantation House, but the house itself turned into it’s own attraction! We used the fireplace every night, washed up our travel clothes, and ate in as often as possible. The house has windows everywhere and they were open at all times to enjoy the wonderful breezes. Truly delightful – thank you, Bernie for your hospitality. We will be back!

Date Of Arrival: March 22, 2016

Cliff and I enjoy providing our guests with a place that they can feel like it’s home. We hope that we have made their dream vacation a reality. Volcano Vacations Hawaii works hard to accomplish our guests needs.