About this listing
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!
Elvira and Hugh have a wonderful, organic farm and great "earth momma" feel going on at their property. We really enjoyed our stay at the Mango House. The fridge had local, organic eggs as well as butter and more. The table was beautiful with their own fruit (lychee, papaya and tiny bananas) as well as "Thai Tulips" that they grow. (The items change with the season, I'm sure.)
Kona coffee (whole) was available with a grinder - as well as honey and sugar. It was MORE than promised and we loved it. The hosts were kind enough to allow my kids to roam and enjoy the property to the FULL extent. Hugh even took quite a liking to my "pig loving" son and tried to help him find a boar. He did get to see the pig mud wallow and some tracks - so that was very cool.
If you would consider yourself a "hippy" or a "crunchy - granola" type person - then this is an AWESOME place to stay. I would bring bug spray (there are a lot of flying bugs in the evening when the wind dies down) - and the place IS organic so of course there are a lot... (but they allow you to use bug spray). It rained every night - which was FUN for us (since we live in drought prone California). The frogs sing to you as do the birds. You can see the ocean from the place - and some sunset (but not white water).
The upstairs had a huge ceiling fan -- which keeps you cool at night. There is no A/C. Also - since its self sustaining (a plus in my book) - be prepared with a flashlight (the power can be overtaxed if you turn on too many things at once). The WIFI was great - powerful and fast.
One of my favorite things about staying here was access to MANY local sights that most tourists never see. Volcano heated pools on the ocean's edge, Lave-tree forest, a beautiful painted church, tree tunnels and local fruit stands/honey stands, etc. Of course, its ALSO pretty close to Volcano National Park (about an hour away) - so we went there one evening to arrive near sunset so we could see the "glow" from Pele's house in the crater. It was awesome! Also - the Mango house is SO close -- that we went back the next day and then could do all the hiking and touring at the Volcano Park that we wanted. We saw the walk-through lava tube, drove the rim, went to the "end of the world", saw rare Nee Nee birds (Hawaii's endangered state bird). All in all -- an AMAZING, rural, Big Island home run.
If this sounds like stuff you'd like to do -- with kind hosts who live out in the rain forest -- then go visit Hugh and Elvira at the Mango house.
Mango House is a real off the grid, middle of nowhere experience. The house is very comfortable, but was a little chilly while we were there due to the rain and 60s temps that week. I never expected to have to wear a thick shirt in bed on Hawaii! Elvira left some fantastic fruit for us and brought us the most amazing smoothly on our last morning. The noise from the birds and frogs is amazing.
My wife and I had a great time at the farm. The house was magical and Hugh and Elvie were great hosts, treating us like long lost friends. This was the experience we were looking for when we booked the Mango House after spending several days in touristy Kona. Plenty of places to explore along the coast when you are not relaxing on the farm. Highly recommend this rental!
We had a tour of the Mango house by Hugh, who is gracious, charming and extremely likeable. There was a huge bowl of fresh Organic fruit on the table along with the fridge stocked with Organic eggs, creamer, butter, and english muffins. The Mango house is so comfortable, inviting and charming. It seemed just like home. Elvira kept the fruits and breakfast items well stocked. We found Elvira to be such a lovely, helpful sincere person. Elvira and Hugh were always available for questions, great insight and advice on local activities and locations to enjoy. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, we felt safe and comfortable all the time. It was sad to leave! We plan on a return vacation to the Mango house.
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.
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About the Host, Elvira And Hugh
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.