Laukapu Forest Cottage (LFC) is a spacious studio, vacation-rental cottage, a handcrafted "Work of Heart". LFC has a well-equipped kitchen and a private bathroom, with a tiled shower. Watch cable TV or connect to the smart LCD TV, make local calls on the phone, and enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi. The “back-front” porch is approached from the 70-foot-/21-meter-long covered “Walkway of the 1,000 Peaces".
LFC is very private, with the entry porch at the back of the structure, with a covered walkway leading up to that. The front porch is just one step above the forest floor, so, guests can step out under the forest canopy to watch birds or just look at the upland rain forest that surrounds the cottage.
Zugang für Gäste
Guests make themselves "at home" and have access to the entire space, which has one main room, with a cal-king bed with a memory-foam topper and a mattress warming pad and waterproof cover, and all linens and blanket and comforter, the armchairs and low table, the entertainment center, the banquette (for dining), the desk alcove, beside the bed, an armoire and a closet, one on each side of the bed, and the adjacent, private bathroom, which has a tiled shower, a medicine cabinet, stocked with first-aid items, shampoo and conditioner, electric hair blow-dryer, and, below the sink, a cabinet with extra paper supplies and a trash can with liner, and, hung on the wall, a shelving unit with towel hanging bars. There are fresh bath towels, hand towels, and washcloths, hanging, and extra towels, folded on the top shelf. The covered "back-front" porch, which has a table and two benches and a large armchair, offers indoor-outdoor space, for relaxing or eating meals.
The only area not accessible for guests, is the utility porch, where we store cleaning supplies and tools.
Interaktion mit Gästen
LFC is hosted by Kathryn and Kenneth, who live in the adjacent house, though Kenneth is usually working on a house-building or furniture building project. He built LFC, including all the built-in furnishing and the benches, table, and armchair on the back-front porch. Kathryn will greet you, after you have checked in, unless it's after dark, in which case, she will give you a phone tour of the cottage and arrange to meet you the next morning. She is available, if you have questions or requests, during your stay. Let her know if you are running low on supplies (the kitchen is furnished with less perishable breakfast foods, like hot and cold cereals, granolas, etc.) or if your trash or recycle or compost containers get full (she'll remove them for you). She does not disturb guests' privacy but wants to make sure they feel welcomed and are comfortable and aware of all the amenities they will have in the cottage.
Weitere wichtige Infos
Residents of Volcano Village actively participate in keeping exterior lighting low, so, the only street lights in the village are at the highway, where Wright Road and Haunani Road begin and go up through the village. Consequently, the roads are dark at night. On the smaller lanes, feral cows sometimes walk at night (really!), so, if guests are driving up to see the summit's underground lava lake, after dark, it would be a good idea to drive slowly and alertly through the village.
During Winter months, this cottage, at about 3860-foot/1176-meter elevation, gets cool, even chilly (sometimes as low as 35ºF/2ºC), so, guests can enjoy the infrared heater (the ceiling fan pushes the warm air back down and circulates it) and the mattress warming pad on the cal-king bed.
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I have lived in Volcano Village for over thirty-two years, but first came to Volcano in 1953, as a child, and visited Volcano, with my family, every few years, during the Summertime. I moved to Volcano in 1983. We've been offering vacation-rental lodgings, in our own cottages, for just over twenty years.
We host our cottages, making them homes-away-from-home, well equipped and stocked with the less perishable breakfast foods, with movies and documentaries about HVNP on DVD, with books and maps about the island and HVNP. I greet guests, after they check in, and give them a tour of their cottage and tell them about the HVNP and the east side of the island, to maximize their touring opportunities here.
We live across from the cottages' property and are available if guests have questions or requests, but we respect their privacy and do not knock on their cottage door, once they've been greeted and settled in, unless they ask for advice or aid.