About this listing
Our private cottage is on 1 acre, gated & secure. Affordable comfort. Natural terrain, native trees, no 4-wheel needed-East Hawaii. Big Island = 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. 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, seclusion and privacy. 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.
-Our Island style Breakfast features various fruits, baked sweet bread and juice at No Additional Cost. 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, flashlights and binoculars for use on property and for use during night-time Volcano trips; an evening watching Halemaumau glow in VNP is unforgettable. Currently Kilauea's Lava Lake is 130 feet below Crater floor and glowing at night.
-You are welcome to use boogie boards, snorkels, coolers, beach chairs, walking sticks, ponchos, etc. during your stay.
-TWO Night Requests, please contact us. Request dates MUST be Next to an Existing Reservation on either their Arrival or Departure dates. Special rates apply If your dates are not adjacent to an existing reservation.
-Rates vary and change frequently based on Season, Availability, Length of Stay, Requests and/or may be deeply discounted or higher than the average rates per night.
We are part of the "Tiny House Movement". Please see our Reviews to read how 'small' can accommodate with lots of amenities and big Aloha.
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: Maria's on Hwy 11, Keaau, Makuu/Pahoa, Hilo and Volcano Village. Check-in is between 3pm and 7pm. Other times can be arranged prior to arrival via email although we prefer no check-ins past 8pm, we understand Kona flights are late arrivals.
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. Kilauea Volcano, in Haleamaumau Crater is experiencing levels of red lava lake activity. At around 150 ft below the Crater floor, she is spectacular for day and night viewing in Hawaii Volcanos National Park, particularily during a new moon! 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.
15-20 miles in any direction from Eco Hale you typically will find much different weather patterns and vegetation growth. Eco Hale is half way Between Hilo (shopping & provisions) and Hawaii Volcano National Park (stunning and inspiring).
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. Please let us know if you need to arrange additional gigs: payable before check out 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.
As a rural development "off-the-beaten track" your Holiday can be one of a kind but please remember, this is a Country Living location-Hawaiian style. Please ask yourself, "Self, is this Rural Country location with lots of Privacy on my bucket list?" Read our Getting Around Section for additional details.
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 and 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% which is Payable On Arrival.
-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. Please let us know if you need to arrange additional gigs: payable before check out at $15 per gig.
-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.
From Dec 17, 2015 - Jan 07, 2016 the minimum stay is 6 nights.
PAMPERED AND PRIVATE! Kaeo and Karl are the quintessential hosts - with fresh fruit, home made treats and lots of Aloha spirit. We spent four days basking in the tastefully decorated ohana enjoying cool mists, lush rain forest sights and sounds after beaching and hiking. Unbeatable choice.
Thank you very much for the cute welcome note, fruits, and pastry!! Your place is amazing! Location is great; we loved falling asleep with the sounds of nature! I've forgotten what it felt like :)
Had an amazing time at the "Eco-hale"! Karl and Kaeo were lovely hosts - very welcoming and full of knowledge about the local area. The hale is beautifully presented and very comfortable for 2. Everything has been thought of - snorkelling gear and boogie boards, plenty of things to cook on, umbrellas, beach towels, torches... I could do on. Kaeo had also stocked up on all the essentials for us (like salt, oil, condiments etc) as well as provided home baking and fruit for us! We felt so looked after. Location is abit out of the way - which means it's very quiet but also abit of a drive to get anywhere but the place more than makes up for it. Our best Airbnb stay so far :)
Indeed, we are spoiled at our hideaway on Hawaii Island. So happy you found us. Eco Hale south to Volcano Natl Park=18.1 miles. Eco Hale north towards Hilo/Kea'au (provisions)=12.7 miles. The Adventure is the Journey Malama pono/take care Aloha nui loa/big Aloha K & K
I can express how amazing our experience was at Eco Hale. Absolutely beautiful space and a perfecting launching point for all the fun in the area. Kaeo was very helpful and accommodating! We hope to return again!
My wife and I enjoyed our stay emensly. The accommodations were as described, clean and very comfortable. Kaeo and Karl were wondeful hosts. Freshly made breads and fruits were provided at check in for our stay and they were delicious. They provided attentive service while at the same time giving us privacy. They even baked a birthday cake for my wife's birthday. The separate cottage style room was set in their lush, tropical rainforest property. Very peaceful and quiet. The nightly rain and coqui frogs made sleeping great. When/if we return to the big island, Kaeo and Karl's Eco Hale will be our accommodations on the Hilo side of the island for sure.
A perfect location to go for hikes to the volcano nationalpark! Its a realy beautiful decorated and clean Room/Bathroom in the middle of a Rainforest (looks- and sonds like Rainforest) just beautiful!!! Dont wait and book it now! Kaeo came outside and showed us all things about the place...how to park, how to close the (email hidden)e was very helpful. We didnt talk much about what things we can do in this area, but there are many recomanded things which you can find in a book. Thank you again for this little paradise, the sweets, the lemonade and all the small welcome-signs!!
We absolutely loved it here! Kaeo is the most delightful hostess! She made us feel so welcome and cared for, the "best host award" is well deserved. This gorgeously hand-crafted bamboo home is very clean, supplied with snacks, beach gear, warm clothing (for those cold volcano viewing nights) and anything else you could possibly need for your stay. The one acre yard is full of trees, plants, flowers and cute Coqui frogs. We wished we could have stayed here longer and would come back in a heartbeat!
About the Host, Kaeo & Karl
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.