Chic Eco Yurt Home + Edible Gardens

Yurt - Entire home/apt · Lehua Circle, Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States

A little oasis in a remote (yet metro-close) area of tropical paradise. Simple, comfortable, + reasonably priced.

The Space

Welcome to my single-private rain forest home. Escape to simple living paradise with blooms + edible plants. Yurt lodging is beyond luxury camping with all the modern conveniences you need.

You are welcomed with a tour + a basket of goodies. Find herbs and blooms abound + see the corner food island that blesses you seasonally with bananas, passion fruit, mango and avocado. Chives, rosemary, Okinawan spinach, cherry tomatoes, + something seasonal are typically available to pick.

Step forward to semi off-grid + sustainable living. And if you are contemplating a yurt purchase, this is the perfect test with complimentary consultation to construct on Hawaii (or elsewhere).

Comfortably furnished for 1-3 people with one queen-size air mattress bed, two twin-size air mattresses + a futon (chair converts to bed). Because furnishings are mobile, there is room for additional sleepers.

Use of towels, toiletries, bedding, kitchen accessories, + condiments included. TV-monitor for movies supplied, or rent DVDs nearby. Find a full propane tank (last approx 1 mth for 2 ppl) when you arrive. Propane gas refills are DIY (6 miles from residence), or $40 service fee. Enjoy an aromatherapy bath, as tubs are rare in low-priced rentals! Purified drinking water is also supplied + refills are nearby. If needed, the Pahoa laundromat is only a 5-mile drive away.

There is satellite Internet + good cell phone connectivity. Please respect gigabyte limits or purchase additional memory.

No air conditioning; a ceiling and table fan help you enjoy the clean air. Water catchment plumbing is common in the rain forest + the yurt includes a tank-less hot water heater for sinks, tub + shower.

Although the windows and doors are screened, wandering geckos may appear during winter. They like to show off their enjoyable sport of eating mosquitoes + flies. Most like it when you talk to them :)

Simple + sustainable lifestyle here, composting is a natural in the tropics. You may find culinary linens made from worn textiles + most glassware consists of reused jars.

Typically, your stay requires a 3-day minimum advance reservation. (Because this is my home, immediate reservations are not available).

Feel free to inquire about service options. The kitchen may be stocked for your arrival. Catering, chauffeuring, guided tours, + delivery services are also offered by reservation.

Do be forewarned of wildlife sounds from nature! Coqui frogs + crickets sing to you during twilight while roosters crow (sometimes at odd hours) in the region. Most visitors love these jungle-type sounds while others prefer to use ear plugs. (There's a complimentary box of plugs in the medicine cabinet).

Neighbors have friendly pets + feral cats are common. Also know that nature's rainforest includes mosquitoes; -- keep door screens closed. Precautions + relief can be purchased at the local health food or drug store.

Observe exciting lava flow in Kilauea, about a 20-minute drive south. Check out the SPACE market in Seaview on Saturdays before noon (best to arrive by 9am). Famed Maku'u market is Sunday mornings. All Hawaii markets offer produce, fantastic prepared foods (that you can eat there or carry out), gifts, aromatherapy, + holistic services. Pana'Ewa Rainforest Zoo + Gardens is about a 20-minute drive north, near Hilo. More to share when you reserve!

PLEASE NOTE:
* Upon your reservation + arrival itinerary, a welcome tour is scheduled with driving directions + a digital guide of more things to see + do near Pahoa.
* For low-season renters:
Weekly Price: $385
Monthly Price: $1355 (=28 days)

Guest Access

Services and complimentary community swimming pool access require advance (but FREE) reservation; just ask!

Interaction with Guests

Each reserved guest receives a site link for check in/out process, driving directions + location info, Welcome tour upon arrival or the next morning is essential.

The Neighborhood

Tropical rain forest climate with short distance to shore, warm ponds + other island climates.

Getting around

Highly recommend that you rent a vehicle. The bus service is not dependably prompt.

Other Things to Note

The fish in the elevated lily pool love to be fed afternoons -- by the outdoor covered dining area. (Complimentary fish food; Seating for 2).

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $15 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $410 /week
Monthly Price: $1605 /month
Security Deposit: $110
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
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Cancellation: Strict

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  • We arrived to this lovely yurt at dark, and the space was lit up and welcoming. Delia, our host, left us a basket and a couple of key instructions for the space. She came by and gave us a nice tour the next morning, and she provided my husband and I with a lot of info about yurt living. The only downside- if you are a person who is not a heavy sleeper - was the flock (is that the right word?) of roosters and chickens down the way, who began crowing at 3 am and/or anytime there was a disturbance in the force. I would recommend bringing ear plugs, and you can have a good time.

    January 2014
  • Delia is a really sweet woman and obviously cares a lot about her yurt and the surrounding gardens.

    The yurt is really nice and has everything you need. It gets a bit cold at night but there are lots of blankets.

    The location is pretty far out and is in the middle of the country, but we didn't have trouble driving on the roads.

    The sounds of the coqui frogs are actually beautiful, but the roosters are terribly annoying and go all night - definitely take Delia up on her offer for earplugs.

    December 2013
  • We now know what a yurt is and would love to have our own ! Although maybe a bit too rustic for some people, we enjoyed the privacy of staying in this cozy giant 'tent' which is hidden amidst lush tropical vegetation, is simply but tastefully decorated and has all the amenities we asked for. It has a Fully equipped kitchen and a hot water shower. The air mattress was perfectly fine and we didn't mind the frog noises at night - they add to the experience. The only drawback is that tap water is not potable, but Delia will provide you with enough drinking water. We appreciated the welcome basket with fresh fruit, coffee and cookies. we highly recommend to stay in this place !

    November 2013
  • The Yurt and Rain Forest experience was wonderful for my friend and I. (We are both 69 years old and this was our first visit to the Big Island.) We chose to embrace nature's noises. The little "Coki" frogs and birds and roosters provided constant background music. The Hurt is like staying in a very nice permanent large tent with a good wood floor. The bathroom was very nice and the hot showers were appreciated. The rain forest plants start at the bottom of the steps and are very colorful and lush. The fresh fruit from the yard provided for us were delicious. A good experience. We recommend it to those looking for something different and a chance to enjoy the rain forest sounds and lush plants.

    September 2013
  • Although the ferocity of the mosquito attack during the 20 second walk from the car to the back door of the yurt took the excitement out of our arrival, once safely inside we were pleased to find that the yurt, seemingly almost brand new, was clean, pretty well equipped and had a lovely bathroom.

    It feels like staying in someone's house while they're away, with homely, personal items stored around the yurt and the cupboards and fridge containing condiments etc. which is useful if you want to cook. There were also new packets of lovely Hawaiian coffee and sugar waiting for us along with bottles of drinking water and a big bunch of bananas, though sadly they were not ripe enough to eat and we were unable to find any other fruit in the freezer or in the "edible gardens" advertised.

    We didn't miss having air conditioning and found the fans perfectly adequate, but we did miss our earplugs as, unlike the pleasant nocturnal jungle serenade we'd been expecting, the chirruping of the notoriously pesky "coqui" frogs is not unlike the sound of a car alarm and, apparently can reach 90-100 decibels (a lawn-mower) at a distance of half a meter. I think we got used to it after a while, or maybe the sound of the neighbours cockerels eventually drowned it out. Either way we were so dismayed to find ourselves lying on an under-inflated air mattress that we stopped noticing. When we called Delia to ask where the foot pump was she assured us that the mattress was in fact fully inflated and there was no pump. After an initial sense of humour failure, we decided that it was "an experience."

    We found some great places to eat in nearby Pahoa... and our trip up to the volcano to see it glowing red at night was fantastic and awe-inspiring. The lava flow had unfortunately changed to an underground route so we were unable to see it at the place were it sometimes flows over the surface and into the sea at (can't remember the name of that place). But there is a pleasant black sand beach near the viewing site where you can sit and watch the waves.

    All in all an interesting experience and much more like jungle camping than apartment living. If you're looking for something off the beaten track, rustic and don't mind the relentless onslaught of jungle wildlife then we recommend this place wholeheartedly.

    July 2013
    Delia
    Response from Delia:

    A brief tour after arrival can make a world of difference for a pleasant stay. From garden edibles to ear plugs and bedding choices, it is worth meeting up to learn yurt living in this rain forest ways :)

  • This is a great place to stay...clean, neat and with a beautiful garden.

    December 2012
  • An amazing experience. I had the pleasure of staying in the yurt for a week, using it as a base to explore Hilo and Volcanoes National Park. The yurt is well-furnished with a full bathroom, a nice kitchen space and enough room to place your belongings for the week.

    Location: The town of Pahoa is about five or six minutes from the yurt, and I recommend eating at Kaleo's and shopping at the local natural foods store. The yurt can be a little difficult to find at night, but once you have it down it's simple - just keep the lights on if you know you're going to arrive back there after dark.

    Delia is a fantastic host. She was there to meet with me the first morning, touring me around the property. She was responsive on every question I had in person and through texts. She had a banana cutting ready for all of the breakfast food and snacks I could ever want, and the passion fruits from her tree were quite tasty as well.

    Be forewarned, however: this is much more like cabin camping than renting a house or an apartment. You will be in a tropical rainforest. Also, bring earplugs - the neighbor's roosters didn't stop talking at night, and they start very early in the morning.

    Having said all of that - this is a great place to relax and experience yurt living and I would recommend it for those interested in getting away or trying something off of the beaten path. You won't be disappointed.

    October 2012
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I am a passionate gardener where my yurt home was erected on a tiny piece of Pahoa rain forest paradise early 2009. I "walk the green talk" by supporting environmentalism at home, in the community, and beyond. My yurt home is designed for simple, uncluttered sustainable living and is nearly off grid. Yurt dwellers tend to be outdoor enthusiasts and this is the perfect setting for spiritual work as well. Yurt living and construction consultation available; property sale negotiable.
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