Hale Mala was the perfect base for our family from which to explore the Big Island. It is only 20 minutes from Hilo Airport but we felt like we were in the country on a huge block on a quiet road with no neighbours in sight. At night there was no sound but the tropical rain on the roof and the coqui frogs in the garden. With our rental car it was easy to reach the main attractions of the Big Island: it is a bit over an hour to Mauna Kea and close to the Volcanoes National Park, and less than half an hour to the Kilauea lava flow. The gardens were beautiful, lovingly landscaped and maintained with pride. The house itself was beautifully presented and the deck and gazebo out the back were a highlight. The kitchen was well equipped - we cooked a delicious meal of Hawaiian kajiki (blue marlin). There was plenty of room with 3 bedrooms, good Wifi and a big TV. The place has a really nice feel and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a relaxing and authentic stay on the Big Island rather than the 'touristy' resort experience.