The mango house is just right for a couple or even a few guests. Lots of glass and plenty deck space, a huge kitchen stocked with organic breakfast fixins' and very private. Come see for yourself!
The bedroom on the second floor has beautiful, comfortable furniture, and tropical views in all directions.
This two story cottage is simple yet well-crafted with hand-painted floors and lots of glass. The Mango House is perched on the 1950's lava flow and located on the same 11 are organic farm as Your Hawaiian Retreat and the Avocado Tree House. The upstairs is one large living area with a king bed loft and a hand-made queen bed from Bali. A sofa futon converts into an extra bed when needed. The downstairs is one big kitchen with a dining table for six. Your kitchen is stocked with organic breakfast fixins; eggs, whole grain bread, fresh fruit, coffee, tea and all condiments. This is a great place for the adventurous as the coast is moments away. Quaint Pahoa town, six miles away, has many good eateries, natural food store, grocery store, churches and farmers markets. Located just 25 miles south of Hilo, home of our major airport and the University of Hawaii. We grow our own (vegetables), milk the goats and feed the chickens... life on the farm is good. Come see for yourself.
Only the young at heart are welcome.
Please search for Your Hawaiian Retreat, Pahoa, Hawaii to find more pictures and information about The Avocado Tree House, Elvira's Ohana House and the Mango House.
The kitchen comes stocked with all condiments and organic breakfast fixins (eggs, whole grain bread, fresh fruit, local honey, coffee and tea) so you can prepare your own breakfast at your convenience. Free wifi on property, and unlimited use of landline phone in the owner's house, as there is no cell phone signal on our land. Guests are free to explore the property and pick food from our large fruit orchard and gardens.
Interaction with Guests
We will check you in at the time of your arrival and be available in our own house for any advice on sightseeing, requests, and questions you may have.
An additional 13.4% Hawaii Room Tax will be collected before departure.
Other Things to Note
Have no fear, we are not in the path of the lava. We generate our own power and water. You will be safe with us!
We had an amazing time at Elvira and hughs! If you're looking for some peace and quiet,an opportunity to experience hawaii in an authentic way this is a place for you. No crowds or tourists just relaxation and aloha!
The Mango House was a little piece of paradise on an already beautiful Island. The accommodations were clean, spacious and decorated with many beautiful touches. The house has beautiful views and we enjoyed most of our meals on the amazing upper deck. The house itself was stocked with anything you could need from fresh organic eggs, bread, butter to lots of toiletries. We arrived later than we had expected but Elvira took lots of time to get us settled in and answer any questions we had. They provided us with maps of the area, boogie boards to use and gear to go snorkeling at these great Tidal Pools Elvira suggested. They were kind, readily accessible and extremely welcoming. I hope we are able to come back one day to see them again. We would recommend The Mango House to anyone. It will make you fall I love with The Big Island even more. Mahalo Elvira and Hugh for the amazing hospitality.
We had a fantastic, sadly too short stay at the Mango House. I would have loved to stay longer and just spend time at and around the house. The place is really unique, being located quite remote from the nearest village. The house is simple (one large kitchen/eating area and semi-outdoor bathroom area downstairs; one large living/sleeping area and toilet upstairs), but beautifully designed with a lot of love for detail. Even though the electricity comes from solar power, the water from rainwater and there is not much "high-tech" (like air conditioning, electric coffee maker or electric kettle), we did not lack for anything! There were frogs singing in the evening, birds in the morning, cute geckos all around. Elvira was a wonderful host, our kitchen was stocked with purified drinking water, delicious organic foodstuff for breakfast and fresh fruit. During our stay she brought us fresh coconuts, papayas and some banana bread, and even saved us some turkey for dinner as we arrived late on Thanksgiving evening. Thanks again! :)
We stayed 13 nights in the Mango House and it was gorgeous! We woke up with the sunrise and the birdsong. You hear there nothing but the sounds of nature. That was so relaxing. The very bright and spacious room had a stunning view into the tropical nature and over some pineapple fields. The house was very clean, airy and cozy. When we arrived we had fresh flowers and fruits on the table and breakfast stuff in the fridge. The kitchen was full equipped and there were four different sleeping possibilities.
Elvira and Hugh are the best hosts you can imagine. They are a very unique and hospitable couple with great attention to detail. The attentive Elvira ensured that we had everything we needed (e.g. fresh fruits, water, snorkel gear). They gave us perfect recommendations for the surrounding area.
We could pick all kinds of fruits from the beautiful garden and Elvira cracked some coconuts for us. That was fun and a real taste experience.
The next village “Pahoa" is a short drive away. There is everything you need (supermarkets, ATM’s, petrol station, laundromat, restaurants).
It was an unforgettable stay. We highly recommend this accommodation. It’s a real gem!
The Mango House is a wonderful place to stay in Puna. It's comfortable, clean and has a beautiful view of native ohia trees, the farm and the ocean. Elvira and Hugh are extremely friendly and made me feel very welcome. I needed to stay in a place with a kitchen so I could make my own meals because of my special dietary needs. The Mango House worked out very well. The kitchen is very well equipped and pleasant to use. I was in Puna for work, but I just wish I was on vacation so I could have enjoyed the scenery and farm more! One small note of caution - the house is out of cell phone range for the most part. This was a little inconvenient for me as I was working. (It wouldn't have been an issue for me at all if I was on vacation.) Elvira and Hugh make their personal landline available for use for domestic calls, though, so if you need to make calls while you're on the property you should have no problem.
What an amazing place! The Mango House is a dream... falling asleep to the sounds of coqui frogs and waking up to rain on the roof. There really isn't anything better.
If you are looking for a/c and can only sleep if it's dead quiet, you might want to consider staying at a hotel. If you want authentic big island hospitality and feel, this is your place.
Hugh and Elvira were wonderful hosts and did everything in their power to ensure we had a good stay on the big island. With so many helpful tips, we made the best of our 1.5 day stay. I highly recommend at least 3 or 4 days on the big island though. It's close enough to the things you need but just removed enough that you don't feel too much like a tourist.
The fresh fruit every morning was fantastic and Elvira even bought some soy milk for me for our stay.
The mango house is full of windows and the view is so peaceful. The trade winds and the ceiling fan really do a nice job of keeping everything relatively cool.
We'll be coming back in the spring next year and will definitely make a point of staying much longer so we have more time to relax and more time to visit with our hosts.
Puna and Pahoa have stolen my heart and I can't wait to come back!
Mahalo Elvira and Hugh!
Aloha Hugh and Elvie! Thank you so much for the excellent stay at your place. I was just looking through my photos from Big Island and your place was definitely a major highlight. Thanks especially for all the fruit and breakfast food and for providing such a clean and spacious property. Thanks also for doing an amazing job of looking after my parents after I left. They came back very happy and full of stories about the retreat and the delicious smoothie you made for them. I'll def be back with my husband for another visit. Jenny
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The hosts and owners of Your Hawaiian Retreat are Hugh and Elvira Johnson. Hugh grows organic ginger and turmeric up the mountain and Elvira manages the retreat.