Our Kurtistown Hawaiian Vacation Rentals
Though it’s now called Kurtistown for postal reasons, this area has traditionally been known as Olaʻa, and has been populous at least since plantation days. It’s more of a residential area than a town, though there are many businesses strung out along the highway between here and Hilo. There are many agriculturally-based places to visit in this area, as it’s the center of orchid production in Hawaiʻi. If you’re planning a visit to Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park and Hilo town, choose one of our great Hawaiian vacation rentals here for a quiet mountain stay in-between!
The most notable business in Kurtistown is J. Hara Store, and it’s worth a peek even if you don’t really need anything. It’s a true exemplar of a store that has “one of everything.” There cannot be many places this small that sell food, rubber slippers, and guns, but J. Hara Store does! The Hilo Coffee Mill, up the road in Mountain View, is a great spot to stop in and learn about “east side” coffee, the lesser-known (but just as good) cousin of the Kona brew. On Saturdays they host a lively farmers’ market, and of course you can buy coffee here.
Heading on towards Volcano, you’ll find Akatsuka Orchid Gardens. Not only can you see all kinds of rare and beautiful orchids here, but they also boast the world’s first Orchid Maze, and offer a farm and tasting tour. Those who enjoy the orchid gardens might also like the Fuku Bonsai Cultural Center, also in Kurtistown, where you can learn about the art of creating these specialty tiny trees.
Kurtistown is a great landing place for exploring upper Puna and the Volcano area! Book one of these homes for rent on Hawaii’s Big Island today!