About This Listing
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. 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. Haleamaumau Crater in Kilauea Volcano is currently experiencing HIGH levels of red lava lake activity, spectacular for day and night viewing in Hawaii Volcanos National Park. 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. 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.
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.
-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 Mar 1 - May 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 2 nights.
We just loved staying here.
We only met Kaeo during our stay and she is an incredibly welcoming, mindful and warm hearted person - she made us feel home from the moment we arrived. Actually the whole communication has been super smooth and easy too.
We got a detailed description about the way and Kaeo was there to show us around when we arrived. What can I say, everything was provided in a very special and cute way!
The cabin has the cozy bedroom with a very comfortable bed and a kitchensink. There is space to store some luggage and food too, but you will find almost everything there to use too. Kaeo stocked the fridge with some goodies and fruits - we enjoyed so much.
Next door, connected by the open air veranda and cooking-bar, there is the very special bathroom. The glass to the jungle is so great, kind of jungle shower-feeling! The bathroom is so clean!! As the whole cabin is.
It was the 49th acommendation we stayed in, during our round the world trip and it has honesty been the most clean and most spiritual one.
Everything is there- clean linen, good towels, quality toiletries, complimentary food items, the "good night chocolate", fresh fruits, drinking water, Big Island Information, a meditation place with a yoga mat, bodyboards, snorkeling gear, nice dishes and cooking items, great and fast gas cooking plate ...
The place is laid back, super calm and quite far away from everything. We loved the crickets chirping and jungle sounds during the night. Hilo is about 30-40 minutes to go, and there are some great organic food stores and a farmers market.
The wifi is slow and limited and I haven't been prepared there will be an additional tax to pay due to departure when we booked. It was mentioned at least in the confirmation, but I just haven't seen it. It can be very cold up there near Mountain View too.
Kaeo and Karl were very welcoming with our Little One too. The cabin is small but nevertheless they arranged her a cute and cozy mattress and provided a lovely book!
The energy there is lovely and inspiring. This place is just a gem and ideal for some relaxed time, hiking the volcano and enjoy open air cooking with a view.
We all can highly recommend this pristine place - it is full of love and flow.
Thank you, dear Kaeo and dear Karl!
So special! Eco Hale is perfect. Kaeo and Karl are fantastic hosts and very loving. Kaeo made us dinner the first night which was fabulous and also left us some treats which were fabulous. She didn't know this, but our anniversary was on the 18th and she brought us a big piece of chocolate cake. It made me so happy and we felt spoiled. The house is super clean and I just loved everything about it. The natural soundtrack of the birds, frogs and rain are so soothing. We utilized the kitchen for 4 meals and they had everything we needed as far as cookware, dishes, salt, pepper, etc. The gas on the burner ran out and they were so quick to replace it for us. Literally the most loving/giving people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. They left us with fruit as well and there is a cool tree house that we ate dessert on one of the nights. Its just very peaceful and great to see that part of the island. The location is about 20 minutes to Hilo and 20 minutes to the Volcano park. Kaeo and Karl, thank you so much for the hospitality!! We will be recommending to all our friends that come for a visit.
This place is just magic. It is quite an adventure to get there but once you arrive in this beautiful garden you will just love it.
As it was my first airbnb experience I was very excited. But everything was just perfect. Kaeo was super friendly and gave me a great and warm welcome. She had great advice for what is there to do. I got a very delicious dinner at the first evening. And thanks for all the fruit!
Everything you need is in that beautiful house, even a rainjacket !!! :) actually I forgot mine on Oahu so I was pretty happy for that one. I suppose Kaeo and Karl put so much love in this house - you definetely will feel that everywhere!
The bathroom is just great and very clean! You have plenty of privacy and if you get to catch Kaeo you have some nice chats! (I didn't get to know Karl but I am sure he is just as lovely as Kaeo is)
I had a really wonderful time there and enjoyed the dark nights with a lot of birds :-)
Mahalo for this unique experience which I will always keep in my heart!
We were immersed in a Hawaiian rain Forrest, cozy in our cottage. Besides a spacious bathroom, the cottage had a comfortable bed, small refrigerator, some delicious food and local fruit awaiting us and on a covered porch a delightful camp stove on which I cooked breakfast each morning. Kaeo and Karl were friendly, very helpful and accommodating, stocking the cottage with everything one could need including binoculars that I had forgotten. We would gladly come again.
What an awesome stay! My husband and I desperately needed a vacation and Kaeo & Karl's hale in the rainforest was absolutely superb. We were lulled to sleep by the coqui frogs every night, stuffed full of incredible food and fruit, and felt completely pampered by our hosts. It was indeed very private, very comfortable, and very clean.
They had absolutely everything you would need for fun on the island: a cooler for picnics, boogie boards, snorkeling gear, beach towels, sunscreen, recommendations for places to see and things to eat -- all of it. They had plenty of coffee, snacks, and fruit to get us through most of our meals (I'm still full, oof!)
They managed to be delightful hosts, but gave us plenty of privacy. We communicated by leaving notes on the outside table (where they refill the water jug and take away your compost). They often left fresh flowers when we were out - it was lovely! The icing on the cake was when they did a load of our laundry for free halfway through our stay (It was desperately needed!).
You won't go wrong staying at this wonderful place!
If you want an authentic Hawaiian experience, and to feel the true meaning of “Aloha”, look no further. Make your plans to enjoy time at this sweet rainforest retreat aka: Eco Hale.
Like so many others who’ve attested to the sincere hospitality shown by hosts Kaeo and Karl, I fully concur. It was exemplary. (You can trust these reviews!) They give you everything you need, including your privacy. And so easy to work with, flexible and accommodating.
Having said this, listen up: this place is not for everyone! It is very unique and best suited to intrepid and savvy travelers. This is not a Hilton/ Disneyland version of Hawaii. There is no room service, or ice, but there is good wifi! It’s situated in dense tropical rainforest which is what I loved about it BEST! Think: remote, private, rain, sunshine, more rain, birdsong, rain, sunshine. Quiet. Comfortable. Ah, bliss!
(Rain is considered a blessing in Hawaii, it is beautiful to hear and see, smell and feel. But no worries, you tan-seeking sun-worshipers, the sunshine makes a strong presence known as well... they take turns.
If your dream is to experience Hawaii - the “real” Hawaii - rest assured, you will find it at Eco Hale. Go ready to slow down and enjoy paradise.
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.