Arriving at Lova Lava Land at Night
Although most people are comfortable arriving at night, we've had more questions from these guests so want to offer some tips (especially helpful if you have never been to Hawaii before or are not used to camping or being away from bright city lights at night).
Most importantly, the gate/cable on the front of the driveway may be up so don't run into it! It is marked with reflectors. Directions for letting it down are in your welcome letter in the black mailbox.
Make sure to ONLY drive up the first hill and then immediately to the parking area. The parking area is your first right (then an immediate left into the parking lot) and is labeled with a solar light to light up the sign. All other paths are WALKING PATHS ONLY so it is particularly dangerous for other guests and impolite if you drive anywhere on the property at night instead of directly to the parking area.
Most people in Hawaii sleep with nature - awake when the sun is out and go to bed when the sun is down. Please be aware if you are arriving late at night that most likely others may be sleeping at the property and you should try to make as little noise as possible, particularly if you are walking close to a rental that is not yours. We've prepared this webpage just to assist with that - to prepare you so you aren't wandering around the property looking for things at night.
Since we operate 100% on solar light, there is limited night lighting on the property. You will be glad you brought a flashlight if you arrive at night, particularly if the moon is not out. If you didn't bring one, here are options for light we already have for you at the property:
- A portable solar lantern hanging in front of each rental
- A wind-up flashlight inside most rentals
- A portable solar lantern hanging in front of the bamboo bathroom
- A complete lighting system for the outdoor communal/kitchen area, this is turned on by a switch behind the solar panel on the middle front of the structure.
- As we take in rental income, we are continuously adding more night lighting options so more may be available by the time of your stay.
Seeing in the dark: human night vision is an interesting thing. Important to realize is that it takes some time for the human eye to adapt to darkness - but vision will become clearer, given the same level of darkness, within 5 minutes and you will get almost complete night vision after 45 minutes. If you are exposed to bright light, it will set back or start over the cycle.
Understanding how this cycle works will aid you in arriving at night, driving at night, and camping. A common mistake people make is that immediately exposed to a dark situation they try to light it up as much as possible so they can see at that very moment. This only delays or keeps one from developing their own natural night vision. Rather, the best thing to do is relax and wait a bit before your natural night vision starts to make everything clearer. Then you will need less artificial light to aid you in getting around at night. Try it - it's a fun biology lesson! :) By learning about our own natural night vision we've even been able to see enough to do construction at night without the aid of any artificial light!
Driving at night - drive at your own risk. Hawaii roads are not lit up like you may be used to. If you are new to an area & the roads, you should pay particular care & be particularly conservative if driving at night. Locals know these roads and most likely will want to drive faster than you - so drive with aloha and find a safe spot to pull over and let them pass. The road from Hilo is much straighter and easier to drive at night than the slower, curvier road from Kona.
In no way are we saying or implying that driving or arriving at night is a bad thing. Yet, if you have a choice in the matter, we would highly encourage you to drive & arrive during the day just because the scenery is absolutely amazing and you'll find it easier to get settled in your rental during daylight (thus your whole experience will be more fulfilling). BUT it is also completely possible to do at night. We just want to offer some helpful tips since many guests are arriving from international locations or used to big city night driving and this culture may be a little different for them.