should I bring? - "Less is More!"
You can also look at our
Eco Travel Store to get more ideas!
you want to use our free wireless Internet, bring your laptop! Our wireless
service is fast and works great inside all the rentals and throughout the whole
*There is also an Internet cafe in Ocean View AND
Naalehu that offers computers & Internet for a fee, open limited hours
during the week.
you want to participate in our "No cleaning fee"
option, bring your own sleeping bags, pillows, bed sheet, & towels.
Otherwise, we will provide these things as part of the normal cleaning fee.
rental has a solar powered lantern for night use (and not to be taken off the
premises). There are also other solar lights around the property but if you'd
like more light, bring a flashlight (we like the
wind up or solar types)!
Our kitchen has very modest utensils (pots, pans, plates, silverware, grilling
utensils, can opener) for communal use. (There is a gas cooktop for boiling and
cooking in the kitchen.) If you plan to cook all your meals or are not willing
to wash utensils IMMEDIATELY after use, please bring your own.
If you want to try out our cool lava rock grill.
If you stocked up on a lot of items that need to stay cold. We have a small
communal refrigerator that only holds limited items. For those really on a
budget, it is cheaper to buy food in Kona or Hilo BUT there is a reasonably
sized grocery store a few blocks away from Lova Lava Land. We like to buy
larger quantities of non-perishable goods in Kona or Hilo then buy our daily
items that need refrigeration at the local Ocean View grocery store. Several
places in Ocean View sell ice for your coolers.
See our location page for more information about
the weather here. But in general, we survive with our bathing suits
and/or shorts/tank tops during the day and then 1 set of warmer clothes like
pants, a sweater, & socks for the cooler nights. If you are staying during
the winter months (Nov-March), the nights do cool off significantly, making it
nice and cozy with a set of warm clothes! If you are sensitive to cold or heat,
pack accordingly - you know who you are! :) But we generally think the weather
is nothing more than perfect here!
hat, & sunglasses! This is Hawaii and it's easy to get sun burnt so make
sure to protect yourself.
the Hawaiian standard $2 flip-flop will get you around here but you'll be MUCH
more comfortable with a pair of tennis shoes (disposable/old ones are better
since the lava rocks will cut into your nice expensive pair - be warned!). If
you plan on hiking, you must bring a pair of tennis shoes or hiking boots.
PLEASE remove your shoes before entering any rental!
We use the sun to tell what time it is here at Lova Lava Land and we actively
promote doing away with your watch while in Hawaii BUT for those of you with
specific time commitments, bring your own time device (or learn to use the
sun). Most cell phones get coverage here (particularly Cingular, Verizon, &
T-mobile) so you can use that for time.
You will see that we have all our electrical needs met by our beautiful Rufus
VW bus, who houses our solar panel electrical network. Rufus is glad to share
some of that sun power with you to charge minimal electrical devices like cell
phones & laptops (outlets located in the kitchen & bathroom and
soon-to-be in the yurt). PLEASE BE AWARE that conservation is key here - if it
has been cloudy for several days in a row or too much additional power demand
has been placed on our system, it will shut off. This means the water,
refrigerator, and lights will not work until the sun comes out again. Although
this has not yet been a problem, it could be if the power is not conserved
properly. So spread out your power usage and charge items during the daylight
hours rather than at night. Consider it a fun learning experience about
Stuff: Although there are fewer mosquitoes here than in the rainy sections of
the Big Island, they can be around - particularly early in the morning and
around sunset. If you are sensitive about this, bring clothes to cover you
during these periods or bug spray or whatever natural cure you subscribe to (we
like eating garlic). Sometimes you never see a mosquito here but if there's
been some rain, they can be around. IF you close your rental properly before
going to bed at night, you should not have a problem with mosquitoes inside
your rental. The netted windows on both the yurt and buses allow air &
breezes while not allowing bugs.
Other critters WILL come around if you leave food or crumbs out
to entice them. No different than camping anywhere else....but we do like to
keep food properly packaged and stored so as not to bring in unnecessary
Stuff: While Ocean View does have shopping to accommodate daily needs, it
doesn't have a large super-store like Wal-mart or K-mart that sells everything
under the sun. If you need something specific, we'd suggest buying it in
Kailua-Kona or Hilo when you arrive. Both towns have a Wal-Mart and several
major grocery stores and Kailua-Kona also has a K-mart. That said, we encourage
you to buy locally and with the small businesses if at all possible.
we forgot? If you still have questions about
something to bring or not to bring, contact us and
we'd be glad to help! Remember that over packing has officially been called a
personality defect by Lova Lava Land! :) Less is more and we want to help you
pack smartly! Easier said than done but it's never too late to learn!