For the dates from October 1st through October 16th, there is a minimum stay of six nights.
A view of the main house with the extended common area to the right. We are powered by the sun, with solar panels on either side of the roof.
Banyan Tree Sanctuary is a VEGETARIAN healing ohana on the Kona, or west coast on the Big Island of Hawaii. We ask that while you are our guest, you refrain from cooking or eating any meat (beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey, fish, etc.) on the property. It is fine to eat and cook eggs, cheese, dairy, etc. We realize that although this will exclude some potential guests, it will also attract others who are comfortable with, or at least willing to try this type of lifestyle while staying with us, and we welcome you.
We enjoy year-round beautiful weather, with temperatures in the mid 70's to 80's, for the most part, with nighttime temps in the 60's. We have seven separate spaces (rooms & bungalows) that when added together come to over $900 per night. But as a complete property rental, the cost is $607 a night, and we can accommodate up to 14 people in the beds (if all are couples). However, if everyone needs their own bed and/or sleeping surface, we have a total of 7 beds. Each person could have their own room or bungalow if there were 7 individuals. In addition, there is a one time cleaning fee of $300, plus the host fee of airbnb, and then a Hawaii tax of 13.42% on the total rental charge, due upon arrival.
Normally, there are 3 full time owners/residents who live here and manage the property, so technically, you don't get the 'whole' property, as we continue to live in our spaces. You get the entire 3rd floor upstairs, with 2 bedrooms, you get the 3 bungalows, and you get 2 rooms on the first floor. You also get complete access to the Mothership, our 30' diameter 12-sided multi-purpose building. Also, we normally restrict the age of children to twelve or older, but if you rent the entire facility, there is no age restriction for children.
Please look at the pictures of the spaces available to see what is included.
We have a chlorine-free pool and Jacuzzi and an infrared sauna for our guests' use, and 3.3 acres of fruit trees, organic gardens, and many unique features, like a lava cave and sacred paths to walk on, as well as a nine hole Frisbee golf course. We are 15 minutes to downtown Kona with its restaurants, shops and nightlife, and 20 minutes to KOA, Kona International airport. Some of the best beaches on the island are less than 30 minutes away, including white and black sand beaches. Premier snorkeling spots and areas to see and swim with wild dolphins are less than an hour's drive from our door.
The entire property, and the pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, common areas, community kitchen, Mother Ship multi-purpose room with 70" screen TV; and with some guidance, areas beyond our property, such as the lava cave and enchanted forest.
Interaction with Guests
As little or as much as they choose to interact with us.
This is an exceptionally beautiful part of the Kona side of the island, it is actually called Kona Heavens! We are in a very quiet and peaceful neighborhood and we are the very last house on a dead end road, so we truly are a sanctuary. There are wonderful places to stroll right out of your door, and it is a very safe neighborhood.
No public transportation where we are, so please plan on renting a car.
Other Things to Note
At 1100', we are a little cooler than downtown, and get more rain, so bring an extra sweater and a poncho/umbrella. There is always sun to be found somewhere on the island, but it may not be right here. A headlamp/flashlight is also a good idea, although we have extras if you forget yours. Also a sturdy pair of shoes to walk on the paths is a great idea.
We are a small group of people sharing a very special and unique property on the Big Island of Hawaii. Since some of the areas are shared; i.e. the main kitchen, the dining area and some living areas, we ask that you respect any and all common areas and pick up after yourself. This includes, but is not restricted to: wet towels, shoes, backpack, laptops and other electronic devices, clothes, etc. Certain areas are available on a simple reservation basis, such as the Mother Ship, by putting your name and time of requested use on a little whiteboard by the door.
We are primarily a vegetarian community, and we ask that while you stay here, you refrain from cooking any beef, lamb, chicken, fish, turkey or pork products, including any type of bacon. We are also a NO SMOKING facility, so we ask that you please do not smoke in any part of Banyan Tree or on the grounds.
We have quiet time from 9pm to 8am, which means you are welcome to use the jacuzzi, pool, or common spaces after 9pm, as long as you are respectful and quiet in your movements. Although there is no requirement to do so, if you feel moved to spend some time in the gardens watering or weeding, we always welcome that kind of energy.
I am the business manager of a beautiful piece of property in Kailua Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, called Banyan Tree Sanctuary. I have traveled extensively in the US, and have spent time in every single state except for Alaska. I have also been to Canada, New Zealand and Fiji.
I am a compassionate vegan, and have been a massage therapist for over 30 years. I am a very strong advocate for compassion to all living things, and so choose not to inflict any suffering regarding my diet and lifestyle. Living on this property allows me to eat fresh ripe raw organic fruits and vegetables every single day, and I am incredibly grateful for that. To be able to go out in the morning and find ripe papayas, lilikoi, mango, and so much more, is a true gift. I am also a musician (percussion) and singer/songwriter. We have some drums and guitars at Banyan Tree Sanctuary, and our guests are always welcome to play these and join with any of our classes and events.
My motto is simple: love everyone, and do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Life is way too short to spend any time doing anything else!
This property is very special, and even with professional pictures, you can't get the full impact of this place without actually staying here. We currently have seven spaces available, from rooms on the first floor to a deluxe, complete suite with it's own private kitchen area, bathroom and lanai. We look forward to having you as our guests!