I spent a few days at Volcano Village on my way from Hilo to Kona. It was the PERFECT place to stop on my journey of the island. From the moment I arrived I felt like I was home. A peaceful relaxing oasis in the rain forest! Minutes away from Volcano National Park I was able to visit the park during the day and also in the evening when you clearly see the lava lake. Kelsea gave me directions to a Black Sand Beach 30 minutes South of the property. The snorkeling and privacy at the beach was like nothing I've ever experienced! This property is a must for anyone visiting The Big Island.
We had a great time on the Big Island At Ma'ukele Lodge. Raven and Mark were perfect hosts with lots of information for us to explore the island. A wonderful room and a great breakfast. A stones throw from the lave flow.
Our family (2 adults, girl/boy 16/15) stayed in 5 places - resorts, inns, B&Bs - on our trip to Hawaii, and we all had this place as our favorite or runner-up. Knowing my family, that's saying something! Vacationing should relax you, and should allow you to do more than just "visit" a place; it should have you assume the rhythm and cadence of the area. No place did either of these as effectively as here. The Lodge is quirky and relaxing (we all slept best here, even without AC), and the innkeepers are all that and quite knowledgeable too - Mark is an encyclopedia of everything Big Island-related - and from the first night when they broke out the wine, they had us. They were a big reason why our trip was so successful. Sunrises on the short lava cliffs overlooking the beach - a short walk through their back yard - were not to be missed. The surfsound at this place was the best we experienced anywhere - not only the waves hitting the lava ledges, but tumbling the smooth lava stones as it receded... Perfect. Any place can provide lodging, but there are few places that truly actively help you to achieve what you came on vacation for... This is one of them. Mahalo Raven and Mark!
Rayven and Mark are great hosts full of information and pleasant discussions. They truly made us feel welcome, we even extended our stay. We stayed in the King Suite, which was clean and had so much character to the smallestdetail.
Ma'ukele Lodge was truly a unique and amazing experience...tropical, jungle-like, lava landscape, ocean view and access. Raven and Mark are such wonderful and welcoming hosts. We felt like friends as soon as we met them. We LOVE how they keep their home open all the time. Raven has done an amazing job of decorating, including the outdoor area with shower and tub. She is so generous with her guests, leaving them chocolates and drinks stocked in the frig. She makes an amazing breakfast at the most convenient time for her guests. Mark's knowledge of the area and history is so interesting. Truly kind and loving hosts. The location is so perfect...near the best snorkeling we've ever done, beautiful black sands beaches, hot ponds, the viewing of the volcano, and Uncle Roberts! Thank you Raven and Mark!
This is a great place to stay to see lava flows and snorkeling with a close drive. Enjoy the open air rooms (no air conditioners a plus as no loud mechanical noises, only frogs), fun exploring lava beachfront, breakfast with ocean sounds and views. The breakfast is tops!!
Wir waren zuerst ein bisschen skeptisch aber was wir dann vorfanden und erlebten war wirklich außergewöhnlich. Angefangen von der Zimmereinrichtung über die Lage und nicht zuletzt die herausragende Freundlichkeit und den Superservice von Raven. Nichts, aber auch gar nichts fehlte. Raven erfüllte jeden Wunsch. Selbst wenn wir zum Frühstück Thunfisch essen wollten, wir hätten es nur vorher sagen müssen und sie hätte ihn frisch besorgt und zubereitet. Tolle Tipps für die Erkundung der Umgebung. Tolle Atmosphäre, alles offen, natürlich Türen und Fenster mit Fliegengitter zu. Keine Klimaanlage, was auch wirklich nicht nötig ist. Schon spannend abends die Natur zu erleben, den Regen prasseln zu hören, das Rauschen der Brandung. Auch das quaken der Frösche, was keineswegs störend ist. Wir sind trotzdem immer schnell eingeschlafen. Einfach naturnah und klasse. Wir können Raven und das Ma'ukele Lodge jedem nur wärmstens empfehlen. Wir waren zuerst ein 4 Tage auf der Kona Seite dann drei Tage bei Raven. Heute würden wir es umgekehrt machen und länger bei Raven bleiben. Bei Raven selbst sieht und spürt man noch, dass sie "ein Kind" der Flower Power Zeit ist.
My husband and I stayed at Raven's place last week. She and Mark were amazing, warm, friendly and welcoming people who made us feel at home from the moment we stepped into the door, and had some great tips for us to explore the area. The house is right on the beach (although the now hardened lava flow took over most of the beach, but there is still some left to enjoy), surrounded by a lush tropical garden. I really loved Raven's decorating skills. The house feels very creative and bohemian. Every part of the house is thoughtfully decorated with an eclectic mix of colors, fabrics, and accessories brought from her travels, but still feels very balanced and put together. Raven was a great hostess. She made us yummy breakfasts in the morning, served on the lanai (deck), overlooking the garden and the ocean. We stayed in the Lava room, which was in the main house, so we shared the living space and deck with Raven and Mark, but had our own bathroom. If you prefer more privacy, ask for one of the other rooms. There's no airco (there's fans) or TV, but who needs that if you can watch the ocean :). Mahalo Raven, for a great stay! We will hopefully be back soon.
Raven was a fantastic host, and the room, including the outside shower and tub, were spotless and charming. Perhaps most dramatic was how a flow of pahoehoe lava went right down the beach beyond the back yard. It is a dramatic location.
We loved our stay at the Ma’ukele Lodge. We stayed in the suite with our private entry and bath. The outdoor private tub and shower made for a truly tropical setting. The relatively secluded location near the “end of the road” made this an adventure. The dark starry nights, lava covered beach, and sounds of crashing waves were great. Raven’s breakfasts were delicious. She and Mark were wonderful hosts. Their interesting conversation and stories made for a unique stay. We would not hesitate to stay here again. Mahalo.
It was hard to find the place at night. GPS does not show the place on the map. So we had a hard time finding the place on the first day. It was a bit far from everything else. The lady owner was warm and friendly and easy to talk to. The breakfast was delicious.
This is the most special place we have ever stayed! Raven & Mark made us feel like family and went above & beyond to ensure our vacation was incredible. The grounds were spectacular, with the amazing waterfront a few steps away. The water is rough here, so not the place for swimming, but the PERFECT spot to take in incredible sunrises, and shooting stars at night! Mark gave us maps daily of insiders spots for snorkeling, swimming and sightseeing that was exactly what we were looking for. This place is a nature lovers dream! If you are looking for a resort type experience, this is not the place, its a regular house on incredible grounds-- the outside/nature is what makes place so special thhat we can't wait to go back!
This is a B&B with character--a lot of thought and imagination has gone into the rooms, especially the Hawaiian Suite, where you feel like you're living in your own private jungle. We never slept better and felt transported into some kind of dream. Raven and Mark are warm, "real" hosts who get to know their guests as individuals and help them discover the things that fit their interests. It's a perfect place to really experience the wild Puna coast.
We stayed at Ma'ukele Lodge as part of our honeymoon. Raven and Mark did an amazing job to make us feel comfortable and welcome in their home. They were both so kind and caring. Raven's breakfasts were extremely delicious, and Mark made us a health-lovers smoothie. To truly experience this amazing lodge, you must stay at least 2 nights. This will give you time to truly take in everything- the outdoor shower/bath, black lava beach, Raven's book collection, the special treats and teas kept in your room, and so much more! Thank you so much for having us!
There were quite a few places to stay for this trip. I am absolutely glad I picked to stay with Raven and Mark. They were awesome hosts, and I don't think I would have found better on the island. If you get a chance to visit, you are winning if you stay here. For the first time in all the travels that I've been on, I definitly plan to remain friends with them. Great job guys.
Although they had water leaking problems and it was one of the hottest summers ever due to the several storms that passed the island, the entire experience was so unique and interesting that the one night has become the highlight of our week on the big island. We can't stop talking about the comfortable, relaxing evening on the lanai where I was able to enjoy a cigar, a nice drink and the company of our hosts and other visitors to the lodge. That was only topped by the fantastic breakfast that Raven served along with the free entertainment from the geckos. We also got a great recommendation for dinner in downtown Pahoa at Kaleo's Restaurant. We highly recommend this restaurant. Just keep in mind that although Ma'ukele is very close to the Volcano National Park, it is still 40 miles from the entrance to the park.
We had an amazing stay, the house is located just a few steps from the ocean, the garden is luxurious and the hosts are just fantastic ... we wished we could have stayed longer. We stayed in the Hawaiian Suite, the outside bathroom is great... This place is definitively a place to recommend.
This lodge was just beautiful and so peaceful. The views of the water while eating breakfast makes this lodge the perfect getaway from all the stressers of the real world! The outside bathroom was the perfect touch to make our stay that much more authentic to the Big Island. I would definitely stay here again when I return. Thank you Raven and Mark for being such amazing hosts!
This place is exactly where you want to stay if you want real Hawaii far away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki beach. The suite offers indoor/outdoor Hawaian style living with large screened windows allowing the breeze to blow through all day and night. With an option of an outdoor shower amongst the thick rain forest and flowering trees. Raven was an excellent house, and paid great attention to pour needs and made us very comfortable. Her breakfast made of local fruits, most of which were grown on her property was exquisite. Mark's knowledge of Hawaiin culture, botany, and surfing are second to none. We got an education in local plants and invasive species, Hawaian culture and politics and of course surfing. Mark took us surfiing to a local spot (not ao much for beginners) and we had an awesome time in the large surf!!! Raven and Mark have everything you need for your vacation. They even lend you surf, and snorkle equipment...and anything else you may need to enjoy your stay.
We had a wonderful stay here in Feb.2015. Raven and Mark are very welcoming and are extremely accommodating. I don't think you could find better hosts. Ravens breakfasts on the deck were always great. The tour Mark took us on to the small tide pools etc. was a highlight of our trip. His knowledge of the local area, plant and sea life is excellent. I would highly recommend Ma'ukele to anyone who wants to experience the real Hawaii.
We stayed Dec 31 - Jan 3 and had a wonderful time during our stay. Raven and Mark were very accommodating and informative of the island and Hawaii. We stayed in the suite with the outdoor bathroom and it was absolutely beautiful! There is so much room and the garden is so serene! Raven sets up the room to make you feel as comfortable as possible with a welcome basket of fresh fruit and other snacks, a fridge with water and juice and other amenities that I never would have expected from a BnB. Mark is very passionate about Hawaii, he shared many stories with us and provided several hand drawn maps with locations to visit and things to do! It was so nice to have someone local provide us so much information about the area as we were only on that side of the island for 3 days where the rest of the stay was on the Kona side. My husband and I were so fortunate to have all of this information to fully explore that part of the island! I wished we would have spent more time on this side of the island as it was my favorite side of the island based on the different landscape! it is absolutely beautiful! I would recommend anyone to this BnB! If you are not so sure about the outdoor bathroom, there is also a bathroom in the main area that you can use. It is definitely worth the experience at least once to stay in this suite! I hope to visit again soon!
We enjoyed our upper floor stay. The property is nicely landscaped and the blue ocean is only steps away. We selected this location as it is ocean front and about 1/2 mile from the Kalapana Wednesday night market (family friendly) that goes from 5pm to 9pm. If you haven't been to the Wednesday night market, this is a must do! Excellent Hawaiian music, hula, food vendors, jewelry / flower / souvenir / incense / and the vendor list goes on. The town of Pahoa (off the main road) is also special, especially the restaurants. We would definitely return and we enjoyed our hosts. The bed is very comfortable and the sheets are lovely. Our private bath was equally nice with hot water on demand. Our hosts provided snacks and water bottle in our room. In the morning we enjoyed coffee, papaya with berries, yoghurt and pancakes. Our hosts were relaxed, engaging and helpful. We look forward to returning.
We were so fortunate to find the Ma'ukele Lodge near Kalapana on the Big Island. We stayed there for two weeks and felt very much welcomed and at home thanks to our hosts Raven and Mark. The lodge is in a quiet and beautiful setting with beautiful views of the ocean and a newly formed lava/black sand beach. The region is lush with greenery and fresh fruit is abundant. Every morning we were treated to a fabulous, healthy breakfast (provided by Raven, our lovely host) on a beautiful deck with ocean views. Raven and Mark went above and beyond to make our stay memorable and special. Raven's attention to detail was appreciated. Additionally, she is a fascinating person with a unique background. You won't find this local knowledge and attention at resort hotels or big B&Bs. Mark took us a on a few tours of the area including a generous drive up Mauna Kea (where we took the little hike to the peak and to the permafrost lake). We feel like we have made new friends and will definitely go back. If you want to explore the active volcano, this is a great place to stay. At Ma'ukele Lodge you can hike over lava flows into old Kalapana, visit the interesting Painted Church (on foot), explore the many sights to be had along route 137 (also good for runners and cyclists) and you are very close to the spectacular Pahoa town. Some people want to be closer to the highway, but we liked being a bit more isolated. It was a true getaway.
I would just have one word to say: "WOW"! This place is so amazing, my only dream is to go back there. Let's start by the place: Ma'ukele Lodge is a lovely wooden blue house in the middle of cocounut trees and all kinds of exotic plants. The house is right next to the ocean, you just have to cross the beautiful garden and you arrive on lava fields where waves are crushing (it's too rough for swimming). And the room: you must have the Hawaiian Suite with its confortable beds and with its outdoor bathroom and shower. Being able to shower in the middle of exotic plants, birds singing and coqui frogs at night (but still with privacy) is a wonderful experience! We felt sooo relaxed at this place and so close to the nature, it was just perfect! And finally, but not least, the hosts, Raven, and Mark were so nice, welcoming and helpful. We sat with them on the deck watching the ocean and chatting. Mark told us everything there is to do around the island and told us great stories on Hawaiian people. Raven is a perfect host, cooking delicious breakfasts (indeed the banana pancakes are delicious) and leaving sweets and flowers in our room so that we felt even more welcome at their place. Every other place we slept on this and other islands in Hawaii after staying here felt so neutral then... Thank you Raven & Mark for sharing thie piece of paradise with us and others.