Port Angeles, Washington
December 15, 2003
We stayed at the lovely Hale O Pulelehau, on the outskirts of Hana. The location was wonderful, out of reach of the tourist bustle of town. And the property was fantastic. The 12 acre parcel is also a flower farm with 10 resident cows, who for some reason like to listen to guitar music.
The owners of Hale O Pulelehau are Bob and Maddi Getzen, assisted by their son, daughter-in-law, and adorable granddaughter. Because we stayed on the property for three months, we got to know this loving family very well. We felt like part of the family. I even got to be the "auntie" to the baby. Bob is an artist. He designed and built the vacation home, along with his son, over a period of 8 years. Maddi and son run the flower farm and care for the cows. The daughter-in-law is a schoolteacher.
Hale O Pulelehau has two bedrooms, each with queen size beds, and a loft with two twin beds. The master bedroom has its own bathroom with jacuzzi tub. There is a modest living area and a nice kitchen with all cooking supplies provided. The large refrigerator and industrial-type stove are impressive. There is cable television, but we rarely used it, since it was so much nicer to be outside and exploring the Hana area. The living area also has a bathroom. Going up the spiral staircase, the loft has a couch/play area that can also be used for sleeping in addition to the two twin beds. There is a half bath in the loft.
By far the best part of the house is the deck. This deck is huge, and has lounge chairs and tables to sit around. The views are lovely, and it is a great place to watch the brief rains pass by, followed by the often-visible post-shower rainbows. Make sure to plan for a cookout, as there is a nice propane grill on the deck!
I highly recommend this vacation property. You will not meet nicer people than these. They will give you a tour of the farm, and happily answer all your questions. The house is clean and comfortable, complete with everything you might need. A quiet and beautiful location near Waianapanapa State Park, Hale O Pulelehau is a wonderful place to stay.
From journal Hana Practicalities