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.
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. Bus not running as of July, 2018.
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.