Comfort in the Rainforest

House - Private room · Nanawale Boulevard, Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States

The Space

The Hale Pili La`au (House at Forest Edge) is perfect for “talking story” after exploring the natural beauty of the Big Island. Located in Nanawale Estates, it is central to our community pool which you may use during your stay (two blocks away), black sand beaches, dining and shopping in nearby Pahoa Village, natural hot baths, and volcano viewing. This brand new home is surrounded by the Nanawale Forest Reserve. Your stay will be informative and relaxing as you enjoy the many comforts of this special home in our special place called Puna. Use it as a base to explore the entire east side of the island! Bus schedules will be available in your room as well as maps to local attractions and various brochures.
The house has open-beam ceilings throughout with beautifully finished pine wood, tile flooring in the living and dining areas, and wood floors in the bedrooms. Granite and marble countertops adorn both kitchen and bathrooms. The rental bedroom has a very comfortable twin bed and an astronomy-themed décor, highlighting the fact that the Big Island is the premier place in the world for astronomy. The private bathroom, for your use only, is just outside the room. The office is appointed with two glass-topped desks and comfortable office chairs just waiting for you and your computer. High speed wireless internet is provided. Netflix and an eclectic DVD library are available for your enjoyment. The kitchen has top-of-the-line appliances with a double-door refrigerator, dishwasher, full/stove with oven, microwave, coffee press, and restaurant-quality blender for drinks and juices. Everything you need for cooking and dining is provided: multiple sets of dishes, wine glasses, pots, pans, etc. Fresh island foods, sold at the local farmer's market, will taste delicious at the oak trestle table with 4 comfy chairs near the bay window in the dining area. After dinner, enjoy a movie or music with drinks and unusual island snacks you discover in Pahoa Town in the cozy living room. If you snagged some fresh island fish, either by hook, or at the local fish market in Pahoa, you can grill it outdoors and enjoy it on the spacious lanai as the sun sets in the West (Komohana). Keep an eye out for the Hawaiian Hawk that frequents this part of the forest reserve. Please note there is also a small kitty named "Keiki Bear" who claims the house as her own, so people with cat allergies would not be comfortable, however cat lovers will meet a very sweet feline.
The house will nurture you and invite you to open the windows and breath in the sweet forest air. You're invited... Come stay at the edge of a magnificent `Ohi`a forest and have a truly Hawaiian experience...

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $25 / night after the first guest
Weekly Price: $210 /week
Monthly Price: $850 /month
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Gail is an extremely kind and gracious host. Her home is very warm and welcoming, and she has really thought of just about everything that a visitor to Hawaii would need to be comfortable. She has lived on the Big Island for many years and knows a lot about the area. She also provides a great set of maps and a very recent tour book to help newcomers get around.

    I spent three weeks at Gail’s home—a long time to have someone in your space—and I would love to return. She and Derek are such rich resource people for anyone interested in learning more about the local culture of Hilo and Puna. I really appreciated all of their knowledge and generosity. They shared delicious fresh fruits from their home orchards and markets, several that I had never tasted before.

    It was a wonderful stay in the rainforest, and I would thoroughly recommend Gail’s listings to all future guests. Mahalo, Gail!

    February 2014
  • Gail was an amazing (website hidden) room was peaceful and comfortable.Gail has a beautiful home in the rainforest.
    I felt blessed to spend time with her and in her home.Sweet frog lullabies, a cat friend, rain showers.I will book again if room is available sunshine, beauty,peaceful and convenient location.
    Recommend to friends and fellow travelers. Loved getting to know
    Gail ,fun very interesting look forward to visiting again!

    February 2014
  • Awesome!!! Cosy room, quiet atmosphere, I got a good handful of sleep and Gail and Derek are so nice and had so many good information about Puna and Hilo to share. Great place to stay! Perfect basis to explore.

    January 2014
  • Gail's place is very comfortable and she is a wonderful host. Great for solo female travelers, as it is safe and you'll feel at home. Thanks for the netflix and morning coffee :)

    January 2014
  • Great place to see the Puna district. Gail's place, house and our room, was clean and comfortable. Nice breakfast, friendly and communicative host! Plus good tips to explore the lesser known sights. Thanks Gail!

    January 2014
  • Gail was a great host. The BnB is located in the Puna area, minutes away from Pahoa and a short drive to the tide pools. It's also nearby the Lava Tree State Monument and a cute gardens. This area is incredibly lush and definitely worth the visit. Gail was fantastic and drove me to Pahoa one night to pick up fish and chips in Pahoa. She made two great breakfasts and was very accommodating, including letting my use her laundry facilities. I recommend this lovely place in the rainforest with the incredible sound of the Coqui frogs at night!!

    December 2013
  • Gail has great energy and is an adventurous and open-minded soul. I had a very comfortable evening in her welcoming home and enjoyed her luscious foliage and adorable/intelligent Miss Keiki Bear.
    Thank you, Gail!

    December 2013
  • Gail has been a wonderful host! Her place was a perfect local spot. We loved to stay in the middle of a rainforest and ear the sound of the frogs by night. We fee really comfortable in her place and had a great time in this part of the island.
    Gail help us to find amazing places to do snorkeling and her presence was great! Hope to see you in switzerland one day!

    Nathalia and Chloe

    November 2013
  • Nice place to stay! Gail is super friendly and threats you with using everything you need.Super nice, felt like you're staying with a friend. She's also very helpful about sightseeing!

    November 2013
  • Gail was a great host. Very helpful and considerate. We soon felt like old friends. i highly recommend staying with Gail. Everything was just great!

    November 2013
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Taylor Center, UH Hilo, Eastern Michigan University
Aloha, I can't live without beauty, nature, music, books, and family and friends! I love to travel myself and therefore love to host folks from the rest of the world. I will do my best to make your stay everything you want it to be. My life motto is "Make the world a better place for its having allowed you to walk through it..."
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