- Location & Activities
So much to do, or just do nothing…
Kehena black sand beach
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Bananarama is set on Seaview Farms near the Red Road in the small Kalapana Seaview neighborhood 1/3 mile (5 minute walk) from the gorgeous ocean-front park and cliffs, and 1 mile from Kehena black sand beach. This is in the Puna district of the Big Island. One can easily spend a week within a half-hour drive of the cottage. The Red Road is an official Scenic Byway, and is the longest, least developed coastal road in all of Hawaii. Along the Red Road are many scenic locations, some accessible only by foot. Cottage is 45 minutes from Hilo airport and 2 hours, 15 minutes from Kona airport. This area is known for being very LGBT, vegetarian, and vegan friendly.
Within a 5 minute walk you can be in a rainforest or ocean-front setting with no sign of civilization. Even planes are rarely seen from this part of the island! Many people consider the Kehena area as one of the last places in Hawaii to truly get away from it all. Friendly and wonderful for tourists without a touristy feel and very little development. Here, nature dominates.
Nearby you can
- Hike or bike to the active lava flow, starting a 10 minute drive away. CLICK HERE for latest lava updates. Also click on “Multimedia” and “Maps” for more lava details.
- Swim with dolphins at nearby Kehena Beach
Hiking or biking to active lava flow starts just 10 minutes away!
- Take a personal tour and banana tasting on the property
- Snorkel in one of the best spots in the state at Kapoho tidepools
- Soak in Hawaii’s only natural volcanically heated warm ponds
- People watch or surf at Pohoiki, the premier surf spot in East Hawaii
- Hike coastal trails on newly formed lava or in rainforest
- Enjoy spectacular crashing waves, a lava tube, and a tidal lagoon at MacKenzie State Park
- Dine and dance at Uncle Robert’s outdoor awa bar with local food, drinks, crafts and live Hawaiian music
- Watch humpback whales from the ocean-front park and cliffs (December to April)
- Take yoga classes and enjoy up to 3 meals per day at Kalani retreat center, 1 mile away
- Explore many other sites including Secret Beach, New Kaimu beach, Mile Marker 17 scenic lookout, Tunnel of Trees near Kalani, Kapoho lighthouse and cinder cones, “Land of the Lost” drive through Wa’a Wa’a, Lava Trees State Park, Makuu Farmers Market, Champagne Pond, Mango road to Pahoa, Kama’ili winding back road through farmland, Green Lake and Mountain.
- Take a boat to the active lava flow and witness creation of new land as lava pours into the ocean
Within 1 hour drive
A car is strongly recommended to get around easily on the Big Island, including to and from Bananarama Cottage. A local bus stop is three blocks away with 3 times daily service to Pahoa, Hilo, and beyond.
The historic plantation town of Pahoa is a 20 minute drive away. It offers grocery, natural foods and drug stores, gas, and is home to some great foodie spots and affordable farmer’s markets with fresh local produce. Enjoy Thai, Mexican, Italian, Pizza, and other restaurants in Pahoa.
Cliffs at the front of Seaview