I was born and raised in Honolulu on the Island of Oahu. I am the oldest of 3 children born to parents of Hawaiian, Chinese and Japanese decent. As a keiki I remember visiting my Tutu (granny) and Grandfather who lived in Hilo and having a great appreciation for the Big Island. Some of my best childhood memories are formed from these visits. As an adult I resided for a few years on Kauai but primarily on Oahu where I have watched my island home grow into the bustling metropolis that is now Waikiki/Honolulu. From selling tours in Waikiki, to working in popular hotspots such as the International Marketplace and Hard Rock Café I immersed myself in hospitality and tourism as so many of us do living in a tourist destination. The conversations with people I have met over the years has been a great way for me to explore parts of the world without having to leave my island home I love. A much needed vacation brought me to the Big Island and Volcano Acres Ranch for the first time. An unfortunate accident leaving me with broken bones and stiches actually kept me there for an extended period of time while I healed. The thought of healing in the peace and tranquility of the Big Island, seemed like a better option than my apartment in hustle and bustle of Honolulu so that’s what I did. Several months after returning to Honolulu, I missed the Big Island and wanted to return. Volcano Acres Ranch provided me the opportunity I was looking for as your co-host and ranch hand. For those of us fortunate enough to live in Hawaii it is common for us to use the word Aloha. We use it to say hello and goodbye and even in expressing love, but the word means more than that. It is a way of life. I want to share that way of life with you when you visit so you can take a little bit of our paradise home with you!
Volcano Acres Ranch Bed & Breakfast is located in the quaint village of Volcano, Hawaii. The ranch sits on 5 secluded acres in the rain forest, yet we are just a few minutes to the entrance of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and minutes from the center of town. Volcano is 27 miles from the Hilo airport and 96 miles from Kailua Kona.
The property combines the integrity of raw materials and natural elements with the warmth of modern accents to create a casual comfort. In a nod to Hawaiian culture local woods like curly koa in the doors, door frames, window sills and cabinets are used throughout the home. Ohia hardwood , slate and curly koa laminate cover the floors. Lodge poles and open beam ceilings all add to the rustic elements. Plush area rugs, quality mattresses, fine linens and a range of spa amenities help soften the look to provide a feeling of casual comfort. Choose from a private bungalow that offers the choice of one or two bedrooms or our master suite with a wealth of amenities such as a private lanai and Jacuzzi jetted tub. There is something for every budget. Afternoon treats, an assortment of beverages, and personalized service to help make your vacation memorable are always complimentary.
THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA
At Volcano Acres Ranch the Spirit of Aloha can be found where ever you want to find it! Relax in our rustic luxe inspired atmosphere and plan your adventure through Hawaii Volcanos National Park and the surrounding areas. Stroll the ranch grounds, watch the koi swim in our pond, get to know our goats, spend quiet time with your partner or just be lazy. This is your vacation, enjoy it your way!
START THE DAY RIGHT
Be sure to bring an appetite! The complimentary all-you-can-eat breakfast is a gourmet delight featuring local ingredients from farmers markets and local artisans. If you appreciate a cup of good coffee or tea, you'll get to sample some unique flavors of Hawaii. Breakfast is served at 8 A.M
I was born and raised along the Arizona/Nevada border between Bullhead City, Arizona and Laughlin, Nevada. I graduated from Arizona State in 1995, and started a 20+ year career in the hospitality industry. In April of 2002, little did I know it but my life would be forever changed. I took my first trip to Hawaii to visit a friend who lived on Oahu. From the moment I stepped off the plane, I knew I was home! In September of the same year I moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to Honolulu, Hawaii where I planned everything from intimate weddings to city wide corporate events. Realizing I was spending more time working and less time enjoying the beautiful islands I lived on I made a life changing decision. I eventually transitioned from being in the hospitality industry and began utilizing my customer service skills for a new career in real estate. I worked in real estate coordinating escrows and learning the business while continuing to plan events and conventions in the hospitality industry. In 2005 I worked as a licensed Realtor on Oahu and The Big Island of Hawaii while working as an innkeeper at a friend’s Bed and Breakfast right here in Volcano. After a short time, I moved back to the mainland to Las Vegas, Nevada to be closer to family where I continued my career in real estate. Returning frequently to Hawaii to visit friends, hike and explore, I always felt like I was coming home. During each visit I would fill my heart with the aloha of the islands that I love so much which would carry me along until the next time I could come. Unable to push my fate away any longer, I am returning to Hawaii to be your innkeeper and host at Volcano Acres Ranch Bed and Breakfast. I am looking forward to talking story with you and helping you have a vacation to remember!