About this listing
Experience the magic of old Hawaii in a unique setting of great beauty, character and comfort.
We offer a stylish guest house with a pillow-top queen bed, bathroom with garden shower and lanai living area with an aquarium and steps to the inviting swimming pool.
A refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are provided for your use. Enjoy a meal on your room's lanai overlooking the pool and gardens.
There are pool and beach towels. For snorkeling, we provide masks, snorkels and fins to help you enjoy the outstanding opportunities close by.
The Guest House is one of several buildings in an extraordinary architectural compound. The buildings surround a courtyard with a swimming pool, enclosed gardens and a lagoon with fountains. The complex sits in a spectacular landscape of exotic plants and blooming flowers. Numerous works of Asian art are on display in the gardens.
Mangolay is a private, peaceful world in the center of a beautiful tropical rainforest. We are close to the ocean in a setting that is a part of Hawaii as it used to be.
Solar-powered, environmentally conscious.
Close by are numerous attractions: volcanically-heated hot pond, tide pools with wonderful snorkeling, ocean coves, a clothing-optional black-sand beach and unique Hawaiian weekly markets. Pahoa Town, a 12 minute drive, offers a colorful atmosphere and several good restaurants.
Hilo and Volcano National Park are easily accessible and offer a variety of attractions.
Mangolay is truly a paradise in Puna, a unique opportunity to stay in a very special magical place.
Our guests are welcome to enjoy the pool and the spectacular gardens.
Interaction with Guests
We will personally welcome you on your arrival. We invite you to join us at day's end on the lanai for a glass of kava or wine.
Check in before 9 pm, please advise us of your approximate arrival time.
What an experience!! On our 6 week journey this was our absolute favorite place to stay, without a doubt. You will not be disapointed!! This is like a resort, and you will have the most welcoming and kind hosts you have ever had. We had a very nice room with a fridge, microwave, coffee maker and they have a big bbq that we could use for free. A nice bathroom, with an outdoor shower! Everything is very clean!! Just outside the door you have a nice pool. They have three very friendly dogs, Felicia is going to be your best friend as soon as you arrive.
It's not often you get an opportunity like this - a wonderful place with even more wonderful hosts! If some of our friends are going to the Big Island we are not gonna recommend this place - we will force them to book!!
My son & I had the great privilege of staying with Dennis & Paul for nearly two weeks recently. Before posting a review I wanted to have time to be introspective about our experience as it would be a crime to neglect to share what we know to be true with others. Now with that being said, I won't touch on everything but being a former AP journalist I am known to be thorough in my writing & will try to do justice to Mangolay, a Garden of Eden.
LOCATION: You'll need a rental car & it's about 30 minutes from Hilo airport. It's easy to find & these gentlemen man the phone until your arrival. Still you should initially go during daytime. Feel free to pick up hitchhikers as is the local custom. We picked up dozens and they were fun, polite, young hippie types who know the land well, are eager to share their knowledge and are probably staying nearby anyway. Once you check in you are close to a major estuary where we saw a giant leatherback tortoise, rocky beaches, lagoons, Champagne Pond & tons of small farms to buy exotic produce. Go visit "Smiley" for some killer papaya!
HOSPITALITY: Paul & Dennis go out of their way to make you feel home at their private resort. The 3- acre grounds are tropical lushness (ginger, hanging lobster claws, anthuriums). These gents are treasure troves of Hawaiian history, sightseeing, food, culture & so on & will educate you well! They invited us to a splendid al fresca curry dinner & we laughed all evening at their animated stories. Should you need anything they will try to accommodate as I needed a topical solution which Paul found quickly! One evening they gave us white pineapple which they grow on their property and it was damn near a spiritual experience. I've craved it ever since!
CLEANLINESS: 10 stars. Clean, organized & well appointed. Fresh fruit. Nice linens & heavy towels. The only thing better than dining al fresca is showering outside with a certain lovely burgundy orchid.
THE RED CARPET TREATMENT ... came when Paul said we were going on an adventure. With a gleam in his eye Paul drove us through jungles full of ruins on the worst road ever! Next we hiked through steamy, emerald jungles, over ridges of loose volcanic rock, through another forest of sharp-leaved hua, an evil form of hibiscus. But we were rewarded to finally "discover" an enchanting lagoon full of rainbows, water & serenity. Mind you, during two weeks we swam with manta rays, dolphins and even a few barracuda but the afternoon Paul escorted us to our secret lagoon was and is my best memory of the entire trip! You won't find it on Google maps. I tried!
FRIENDSHIP: We miss Paul & Dennis. They were erudite, upbeat, gracious & funny beyond compare! But travelers should know that there are canines on the property who were wonderful....I miss Miss Felicia & Petra!
What is paradise? Stay at Mangolay and you will know. One of the most beautiful homes and the most amazing setting for an island adventure. My boyfriend Terry and I came here after two days in Kona. We entered an area that can I can only describe as dichotomy - a home as breathtaking as the mythical Shangri-La, surrounded by a lush, almost primitive jungle of green. The sounds of the coqui frogs greeted us as we finally made it to Mangolay. Dennis and Paul greeted us with a warm welcome and we spent time with them on their beautiful lanai getting to know each other. Terry, being a landscape architect in San Francisco, found much to share with Dennis and Paul. Their hospitality is unrivaled. In and around Pahoa there is much to do and see for the adventurous. There are beautiful beaches, and don't miss the charm of Pahoa. We made Mangolay home base after a long day of site seeing all over the east side of the island. A perfect way to end the day was a dip in the beautiful pool. The guest house where we stayed was a perfect couple's retreat and everything was more than what was expected. Oh, and I have to add that our four legged hosts, especially Felicia, were divine as well! Adorable! Needless to say, if there is another chance to come back, we will. We will miss you Dennis and Paul!
My first Airbnb experience, I really enjoy stay with them. Excellent house, nice people. I hope to stay with them again. Highly recommend.
A garden of Eden... This describes Paul's and Denis' place very well! the room/bathroom are really nice and the gardens are outstanding! The two are great hosts- very friendly! Although it takes you a while to get to Mangolay, the extra bit of travelling is worth it!! We would definitely recommend a stay there!
Whole-heartedly recommend Dennis and Paul's paradise. It's off-the-beaten path, to the point that when we sat down for dinner our first night in Pahoa, my mind scrambled for the correct language to address the staff. The bungalow is perfect and the landscaped three acres surrounded us with tropical wonder.
They are fabulous--gave us great recs on activities and eats. Unparalleled selection of snorkel gear. Great with communication and directions too. It's about 15 minutes to town and probably best navigated by daylight the first time. We visited Volcano twice in our four day stay and thought the drive was very (website hidden): Outdoor shower! And great coffee! xox to Miss Felicia, the hostess with the mostest :)
Our stay was fantastic! Great place, great hosts, great location. Paul and Dennis were very accommodating by our late arrival. Such gracious hosts and provided a lot of helpful information about the area and we also spent an evening of interesting conversation over wine. The place rivals the world's best boutique hotels set amongst a tropical backdrop. We were sad to go and can't wait to return!
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About the Host, Dennis And Paul
Dennis and Paul share the property with 3 large and very friendly dogs. Dennis is an architect specializing in solar powered homes. Paul is an avid gardener and expert in tropical plants. They have traveled the world extensively experiencing its diverse cultures and natural wonders. Meeting new people and sharing conversations are very rewarding. Mangolay features a large collection of unique art and crafts from around the world. They enjoy living in Hawaii and sharing their experiences and recommendations with their guests.