Hale Hubner – Volcano Village
Accommodations: House, 1-bedroom + Queen size futon, 1 bath (Sleeps 4)
Rates: $99 per night (2 night minimum stay); 1-time $65 cleaning fee (1-2 guests); $80 (3-4 guests)
Website: http://www.vrbo.com/403855; http://www.halehubner.com
Contact: tel: (281)-944-LAVA (5282); Central Time
Pet Policy: Pets allowed with prior authorization from owner. Pet fee: $50 per pet (not refundable). Pets not permitted on furniture.
Fence: No (although there’s a fence along the back and an access gate in the front. Property is surrounded by lush rain forest foliage).
Yard: Small grass lawn near the staircase
Wireless Broadband: Yes
Suitable for Disabled Canines/People: No (Staircase to access)
February 2014 – Mahalo to owners Matt and Tara Hubner for allowing us to bring Kimo and Pepper to check out and review Hale Hubner, an affordable pet-friendly vacation rental that we just discovered. Located off the beaten path, but only 15 minutes away from Volcanoes National Park, this elevated house is a cozy 750 square foot studio-style with a vaulted ceiling and large picture windows. There’s covered parking (for smaller vehicles) and an outside staircase (14 step stairs) that leads to the spacious wooden deck. Since this is the only way to access the main living/sleeping area (perched among the tree tops), I would not recommend for disabled, older canines or people. All floors are wood; bathrooms tiled…with a few small floor rugs. There’s a wood-burning fireplace in the living room and electric fireplace and heated mattress pad in the bedroom perfect for those chilly Volcano days and nights. You might want to stop beforehand at True Value Hardware in Volcano Village and pick up a box of “fool-proof” easy start firewood. There’s a small grass lawn amongst the tall Hapu’u ferns and Ohia trees with the rainforest birds that I love flitting about. Kimo and Pepper enjoyed their time sniffing around the foliage. I would recommend this vacation rental to those with smaller, less active dogs; or, if you have larger, more active dogs, plan on taking them for long leashed walks along the road. Be prepared for rainy, muddy weather, which is typical of Volcano area.
OTHER AMENITIES: DVD player with movies, digital cable, and HD televisions, wireless high speed internet, telephone with free long distance. Kitchen is equipped with a gas oven and range, microwave, and full-size refrigerator; and is stocked with coffee maker (Bring your own coffee filters!), coffee grinder, toaster, blender, rice cooker, cookware, glassware, dinnerware, and silverware. There’s a queen size futon couch, sitting chair, and breakfast table with four chairs in the living room. Make sure to bring dog beds because there are no soft laying spots for them. Washer and dryer located in garage.
BRING: dog beds, poopie bags, leashes, old towels (to wipe down dogs), firewood & kindling, coffee filters, paper towels, thick and wooly socks, sweatpants, rain jacket, waterproof sneakers or hiking boots, charcoal and lighter fluid (if you want to use the BBQ grill)