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About Us

Aloha friends, we are the owners of the Lava Pond Lodge™. My name is Sarah, and this is my husband, Leo. We were mainland professionals with a dream to own and operate our own B&B.

After having visited the Big Island and the Lava Pond Lodge Bed & Breakfast in Volcano on our honeymoon, we 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 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 our dreams.


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, 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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