Sabra also sent me another (second) review privately. I have included it in this post (below) and both reviews are very important and worthy of being read by future guests. The point she is trying to make, though not entirely physically accurate, is absolutely emotionally accurate for most guests over the age of 50. We don't know Sabra's age, nor does it matter, but what we do know, is that it is our experience over the 12 years of hosting is that most people over the age of 50 that stay here feel exactly the same way.
Our Driveway. It is absolutely impossible for us to change the fact that our driveway is long, steep, and absolutely unavoidable. If you have any sort of walking trouble, standing issues, back or knee problems, balance/coordination issues, or similar problems, this driveway may seem unwelcoming or be unsafe for you to traverse on a daily basis. Only you know yourself, and it is worth taking a moment to think about this real safety concern. Saftey is #1 here. And we want you to have a wonderful and safe experience on our island no matter where you stay. So, if you think that this might complicate your stay here, please consider looking elsewhere for another wonderful Airbnb without this limitation.
As for Parking. Parking is on the street, it is completely free of charge, and the 30 or so spots immediately in front of our home are first come first serve, which, on occasion, can become temporarily unavailable. We do have a long standing back-up plan for such times, that works just fine, and there is never a time when there is no parking, but again, for whatever reason, most older people end up having a problem with free-of-charge street parking. So, again, if you think that this might prove to be a problem with your stay here, please consider looking elsewhere for another wonderful Airbnb without this limitation.
Sabra's second review below:
Brendan really works at being a good host. He is present and helpful. He considers his guests as “extended family” and encourages them to use (Hidden by Airbnb) to communicate with him and among themselves during their stay. It has the feel of a “co-op house” or nice hostel. There were group meals and movies if you wanted to participate. Most of the guests that I saw were under 40. They were all personable. People stay there for months at a time! My personal challenge was the very steep, bumpy, lava rock driveway. Brendan is clear about this but being newly post knee replacement it proved to be my daily “EST” experience....but I made it through without any problem except for morning fear of navigating down it. Brendan was also right about the parking situation. If you have a car, be prepared to hunt for a legal space and a long walk.
Thank you Brendan for your ohana spirit.