Our private cottage is on 1 acre, gated & secure. Affordable comfort. Natural terrain, native trees, no 4-wheel needed-East Hawaii. Ideal for VNP, current lava flow, stargazers, birders & beachers. Clean country living = Live Local. Solar powered.
Hale (pronounced ha-Lay) is the Hawaiian word for dwelling/home. Eco Hale is a cozy studio ensuite layout with separate enclosed indoor bathroom, built for visiting ohana/family and friends. Accommodates no more than 2 INTREPID travelers and is very spacious and secure for the Solo adventurer. NO additional cleaning fees. Surrounded by manicured native vegetation you'll sense a closeness to our natural ecosystem. Windows are positioned to allow the surrounding view and light to enhance your stay. Designed and furnished as a small footprint with special comforts; sustainable bamboo flooring and custom tile work. On demand H2O provides hot showers. Please see the reviews. This is an eco friendly system using far less power than traditional systems where the water tank is constantly heating. Neat, yes? Wet-bar kitchenette includes microwave, cooking utensils and dishes, coffee press, ice cooler and a 3.5 cu.ft. mini-fridge. Complimentary coffee, tea, fruits and citrus when in season. Cupboard spices are complimented with fresh garden herbs as available. The Breakfast bar is on the covered deck. You can cook with a gas burner, BBQ or microwave. We provide umbrellas and flashlights for use on property and for use during night-time Volcano trips; an evening watching Halemaumau glow in VNP is unforgettable. You are welcome to use boogie boards, snorkels, coolers, beach chairs, walking sticks, ponchos, etc. during your stay.
1/2 way between Hawaii Volcano National Park and historic Hilo town; 20 miles either way. This is an option for eco-travelers, trekkers, hikers, glampers and gampers or tenting in the Volcano National Parks high altitude and colder temperatures. Farmers markets weekly and weekends in Keaau, Makuu/Pahoa, Hilo and Volcano Village. Check-in is between 3pm and 7pm; all others can be arranged prior to arrival via email although we prefer no check-ins past 8pm.
You will receive a lock code for the front gate, parking instructions and Hale entry instructions post confirmation/pre-arrival. You are free to enjoy the trails on the property. Owner lives in a separate unit. There are no shared amenities; however solar power is shared by both the main home and your Hale. We will not run the back up generator after 9pm or before 7 am; we typically do not run the generator at all. This is an Emergency Only back-up system.
Interaction with Guests
Privacy is mutually respected. We are familiar with the Island of Hawaii and are passionate about the lifestyle and culture. Let us know pre-arrival of your special interests. We certainly have our opinions post arrival for destinations and activities; although our active lifestyle may not allow for daily commentary.
The Puna district is huge triangle area encompassing territory between Hilo, Volcano, Pahoa and Kalapana. Almost all of the volcanic activity happens in this region. The area also contains the largest remaining untouched Ohia forests in the islands. This is a unique area and is relatively undeveloped maintaining it's origin. Agriculture is still a large part of the subsistence economy. We are located close enough to Hilo for provisions and dining and a world away from the fast track at the resorts. Locals Beach Parks: Onekahakaha, Carlsmith, Lokoaka Wilderness, Leleiwi, Kehena Black Sands/Black Sands & green sea turtles, Green Sands, plus. Warm Pools: Ahalanui, Kapoho Bay/Champagne Ponds, Pohoiki, plus. Snorkel: Kepo'okalani, Kumukahi, Kalapana, plus. AND a long list of trails, hikes, botanical gardens, parks, waterfalls and of course, lava. The previous are East Hawaii accessible for one-day adventures returning leisurely to the comforts of Eco Hale. Reference books and maps are provided for your use. The current Lava Flow has been downgraded to a "Watch" on March 25, 2015 and no longer threatens businesses or residents in Lower Puna/Pahoa area. For the past 32 years since the Eruption began, our neighborhood has NOT been in the flow path.
Normally distance/mileage matches drive time in east Hawaii Island due to the smaller population base and distinctly less traveled paths. There is a public transportation bus service limited to the major roadways around the island and as such does not service this neighborhood; 5 miles off Hwy 11. Stargazers info: a 4-wheel drive is required to visit the Observatories atop Mauna Kea summit (43 miles from Hilo/70 miles from Kona) OR researching tour companies for a one evening trip may be most cost effective for you.
Other Things to Note
Secure 4G Wireless WiFi provides Internet to our rural rainforest location and is currently at No Charge for ONE gig per booking accommodating email and general info. Almost "Digital-Detox", but up to you. Too slow for Media/Streaming. Example- Netflix, Hulu, Gaming, etc. Additional access will be payable pre-departure at $15 per gig. Various free Hotspots in Hilo, Volcano and the greater Puna area are additional options. Guest must bring their own lap top or NotePad. Mountain View Video, 6 miles from Eco Hale offers Movie Rentals.
This is a tropical climate. We co-exist with the frogs, birds & bees, chickens and watch animals.
Items Left Behind will cost $40 of my time, plus appropriate postage & insurance if you require. Payment will need to be pre-mailing with a cashiers check or money order.
No smoking allowed in the Hale. No additional guests at any time.
Quiet hours are 9pm-8am, although you may come and go as you wish. You have your own private driveway/parking.
The honor system is observed in regards to conservative electrical & wifi use.
Check in is between 3pm-7pm. Special instructions are required for check in after 7pm. We prefer no check-in after 8pm; however Kona flight arrivals can be late so PLEASE let us know what time your flight is scheduled to arrive. Special rates apply during the two week holiday of Christmas and New Years.
Nightly rates do not include HI State tax of 13.41% payable on arrival.
Our No Cleaning Fee Policy is possible because of the courtesy, consideration and attention that previous Guests have extended to Eco Hale pre-departure; Mahalo/thank you.
Wonderful stay at an amazing place with unbelievable nice hosting! This place will be a highlight in every vacation. Thank Kaeo and Karl for all the nice food and service.
Wer erfahren möchte was Aloha bedeutet, ist bei Kaeo und Karl richtig. Es sind wunderbare Gastgeber. Die Unterkunft ist traumhaft.
Kaeo and Karl are the best hosts one can imagine! There are so many lovely details like fruits and cookies and even a welcoming board with our names on.
All you need is provided in the small bamboo house, and the bathroom is so cozy with it's big glass wall through which you seel the rainforest garden.
The place is very far from the mainroad so one just hears the birds and coquis in the night. And the rainforest garden is really very beautiful.
Kaeo sent a very understandable description of the way in advance so we didn't have any problem to find the location.
I really can recommend the place when you like to have it quiet and closed to nature. A great experience. Thank you both for all!!
Kaeo greeted us when we arrived and showed us around the Eco Hale, making sure that we felt comfortable and knew where everything was. The tiny house was furnished with lots of supplies for cooking, extra bedding and warm clothes, lots of books about Hawai'i, and plenty of gear for the beach. There were also binders of information about the Hilo/Puna area. Since we had traveled from Seattle, we found all of this stuff really helpful! Kaeo had also left fresh fruit and snacks for us in the kitchen as well as flowers in the bathroom. Our evenings in the rainforest were super-relaxing -- a perfect counterbalance to our days snorkeling, hiking, and swimming. We had lots of privacy, but also we knew Kaeo and Karl were close by in case we needed anything. By then end of our week's stay, we felt really spoiled, in fact! They made our trip to Hawai'i extra special' and we're already looking forward to our next stay at the Eco Hale.
My husband and I enjoyed our stay. The night sounds of birds and crickets combined with the morning little lizards on the trees outside greeting us made a peaceful vacation. Excellent location if you want to spend the day at the Volcano National Park (20 min)-try the Iki trail or visit nearby Hilo-45 min away. Hilo has the rainbow falls, small beach parks with great snorkeling (we saw 7 sea turtles). The location is about 2 hours to Kona and the west coast--the built up resort side with the restaurants and coffee plantations- so think about where want to spend time most on the island.
From the moment we arrived, Kaeo made us feel welcome. There were all sorts of treats, fruits and drinks waiting. Even oranges for fresh squeezed oj and fresh baked yummy bread. The place is small but Eco friendly and well done for space, especially the bamboo and window bathroom area--note the bathroom is separate from room (via the porch/lanai). The hosts were so responsive-we had an issue with the shower and Karl fixed it right away.
There are kitchen supplies for cooking on the outdoor gas burner, a small fridge, coffee maker and French press.
They also have beach chairs, beach towels, snorkel gear, flashlights and other items that are helpful. All in all a nice place and wonderful hosts!
We had a great time staying at the Eco Hale. It is conveniently located close to Volcano, but a bit far from Hilo and the beach areas. The drive off the main road over to the property is somewhat intimidating at first. However, waking up to the lush rainforest surrounding the Eco Hale makes the extra miles well worth it. The Hale was spotless, very comfortable and had everything we needed. It is located separately from the main house on the property, with it's own driveway; making it feel like a private cottage (loved that!). Kaeo was a formidable host and had many little touches that made our stay memorable. It is easy to see that she and Karl put a lot of heart building the Hale and making it so unique. Thanks again for everything!
A great place to do the most important part of a vacation - relax. A nice blend of natural and simple, but at the same time very comfortable and clean. There has clearly been a lot of thought in the design and layout of the building, grounds, furnishings and decorations which all make for a very pleasant stay. The building is situated such that the main house is largely obscured, and yet there are views all around of the rain forest. This was our base for exploring volcanoes park and the Hilo area, but we had trouble leaving before noon because we were so comfortable enjoying our lazy mornings at Eco Hale. We also enjoyed Kaeo's hospitality from all the fruits and rum raisin breads waiting inside to the veggie lasagna our first night, and advice on local sightseeing.
The bed was very comfortable, other than a few tree frogs (which I found rather pleasant) it was very quiet which made for a great sleep.
They have also equipped the room with all sorts of items for both cooking while you are there (pots and pans and utensils as well as spices, sauces,etc.), as well as enjoying activities in the area (snorkels, masks, fins, beach chairs, rainjackets, flashlights, beach towels).
they have really put a lot of thought and effort into making it a very warm and comfortable place to enjoy.
We look forward to a return trip.
Kaeo is an enthusiastic gardener,occasional travel agent, sometimes Hula Girl, Hawaii born, ambassador to the culture, caregiver, former Ad exec and sometimes 'pretty good cook'. She has lived on Oahu, Maui and now the "best"-Island of Hawaii. I've hiked hundreds on miles on ALL the islands, in past days: Mauna Loa, Waimanu, Polipoli, Waihee, Wailau, Hauula, the Koolaus & Wainae Mountains. A kayak trip to Kalalau circumvented the difficult 10.8m hike. Karl is a master tile setter and works on all phases of the Carpentry, Remodel & Building Industry. He built Eco Hale; we estimate using at least 60% re-purposed materials. He also built our home in Mountain View and worked with his family numerous times on the Mainland and Hawaii to build their homes. He is a Huge sports fan (Raiders in particular). Karl comes from a family that simply needs their toothbrush when someone announces "Road Trip"; hence thousands of miles visiting U.S. parks, cities and sights. Our romance began on the island of Maui and our adventure, commitment and curiosity to/for one another continues. We love the entrepreneurial, independent alternative lifestyle and very much enjoy sharing our slice of paradise in the rainforest.
UPDATE - June 27 Lava Flow, NO impending danger to our property. Visit USGS Kilauea for daily updates. The lava flow is in LOWER Puna and has been downgraded to a "Watch", no longer a Warning.