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About Us

Aloha friends, My name is Sarah, and I am the owner of the Lava Pond Lodge™. I was a mainland professional with a dream to own and operate my own B&B.

After having visited the Big Island and the Lava Pond Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Volcano on our honeymoon, we both fell in love with Hawai'i Island and the property. I had previously been to all six islands and Hawai’i Island had held a special place in my heart. After taking my husband Leo here, it sealed the deal. It took us a couple years to sell our lovely home in New England and get all our ducks in a row to take the leap into fulfilling my dreams.


I just started a new and exciting journey and am now a Travel Agent. If you need travel arrangements or a custom-tailored travel experience made for you, I will find you the most competitive rates possible and be your single point of contact. Not only do I have a passion for travel, but I also have a passion for travel planning.

It has been an incredible journey the last couple of years, and I have met hundreds of travelers from all over the world. I love exchanging travel stories with our guests as I have been an avid traveler for many, years having been to over 35 countries on 6 continents. It has been a pleasure meeting so many different people. I look forward to meeting you when you visit us.


Why change a good thing?

We purchased the Lava Pond Lodge in early January 2021 and we are extremely excited for what this endeavor has instore for us. We are leaving the property for the most part unchanged and only making minor updates here and there. Why change a good thing if it is working, right?


During these uncertain times we are very COVID minded and echo the messaging on the Big Island. We are going to great lengths to keep our 'ohana safe and are Covid Compliant. As our guests you are a part of our ohana (family) and we want you to be comfortable and safe when you visit us.

Our goal:

Is to continue to build onto the great reputation that the Lava Pond Lodge is known and adored for. Warm and friendly hosts, breath taking surrounds and convenient location to nearby sites. We are also looking at becoming closer with community and culture as we establish and grow our ohana on the Big Island.  We support local businesses and will always give back where we can when we can. 

Mahalo - Sarah & Leo Ochoa        

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