Located in Kalapana this lovely home is light, airy and reminiscent of island living. From the stunning, starry nights to the rainbows appearing over the hills, this peaceful sanctuary is true paradise.
Enjoy an unforgettable 360 degree panoramic view from our Lava meditation room of the steam venting from the Pu 'u O 'o crater as it comes down the Pali, (escarpment where the lava flows down to the ocean) views of the lava glow at night and beautiful ocean scenery. Imagine relaxing on the lanai and watching the plume as the lava flows into the sea and feel the energy of Pele as she creates more land for the island.
Accommodations include tiled floor throughout the main living area, granite counter tops, large covered lanais for dining and relaxing , brand new queen beds (2) and the Lava meditation room with yoga mats, music and candles and a pull out double futon. (this room can also be converted into a sleeping room).
We have free internet bring your laptop and
(website hidden), DVD, CD
Less than a three minute walk will take you to the historic red road with its stunning ocean coastline. Five minutes to the right and you will reach the Hawaiian village of Kalapana where you can walk over the lava flow to a newly formed black sand beach. Check out the Kava Bar where you can drink 'awa' and find friendly local company or stop in the Café for a coconut milkshake. Less than a five minutes drive to the left is the famous black sand Kehena Beach which is known for its resident pod of dolphins.
Continue down the red road for one of the most beautiful Oceanside drives imaginable which will take you to Pohoiki Beach Park(local surf spot), geothermal hot ponds for soaking and tidal pools that will take your breath away as you snorkel in clear pristine waters.
Only nine miles away is the town of Pahoa with excellent, Thai, Mexican and Italian food. Don't forget to experience local flavors at the Sunday Makuu Farmer's market where you can buy fruits and vegetables from local growers, as well as the market in Hilo on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Your stay here will take you back to the Hawaii that you have always imagined.
Guests have full use of the property and house. Snorkle equipment, cooler flashlights and yoga mats provided
Interaction with Guests
I will not be on site
The bird's eye volcano house was beyond amazing. My family stayed for a week and had one of the best trips in memory.
The house is extremely clean and comfortable, fully furnished and comes with a full complement of kitchen equipment, grill (with charcoal and starter fluid), snorkeling gear, and washer and dryer.
The house is also close to the Kapoho tide pools and a black sand beach, and about 15 minutes from Pahoa (which has gas, several restaurants and shops, etc.). Cellular reception is marginal and the house's internet speed is limited (though email and web browsing are fine), but that didn't matter for our family vacation, since we had more time to catch up and do things outside.
If you're looking for a non-touristy place close to nature, this is the place for you.
Positives: Tracey was very communicative and welcoming, ensuring we had all the info for our trip to the Big Island. The house is very nice, airy, and in a nice (email hidden)d has ample utensils/kitchenware for cooking, or BBQ'ing outside, as well as a great bunch of outside space.
Negatives: Unfortunately for us, it was extremely hot and humid while we visited the island...so folks thinking about this house need to know it has no A/C nor does it have ceiling fans (unacceptable in my view for the price). I expected to do work by computer from this location, but there was not WiFi as advertised, but instead Verizon MyFi service, which is essentially a 4G router that accesses Verizon's wireless data network. While the owner encourages visitors to come and bring a laptop, when you get the house, the welcome book warns visitors THEY WILL BE CHARGED if they access any sites that use high amounts of data. So in the end, it's just best not to plan to use the service...it's very slow/unreliable, and it is not as advertised. Also, the house is in a nice place, but next door there's a creepy sort of "rugged individual" who lives under a tarp, runs a generator all night, and has a yappy dog that barked the whole time we stayed...we were a group of three guys staying at this house...and we were slightly creeped out by this rugged individual--even though he gave us no trouble at all. I would just caution groups of single women or folks with kids to at least think about this.
Verdict: Despite these critiques, the place is charming...so long as you consider the caveats above...check it out.
Thank you for your feedback. We strive to keep our guests happy with no sudden surprises and so value any constructive suggestions. Our house is in a location that is fortunate to have daily trade winds and so thus far an AC has been unnecessary. Normally one would open the sliders on each side of the main living area and bedrooms and experience a pleasant and refreshing breeze. We will keep our eye on the weather situation as with global warming perhaps weather patterns are shifting; in which case we will be happy to install ceiling fans. Our internet is a typical service for our area and is conducive to approximately 1000 e-mails a month and unlimited web browsing. We do have a restriction on streaming and downloading as this is a 5 gig account and the latter burn a lot of mgs. We do advise all of our guests of this prior to check in and also offer extra service for a small fee. In five years of running the business we have not had anyone request this or complain that the service was not adequate. It is unfortunate that Ray did not contact us to let us know he was experiencing issues with the internet because we would have been happy to assist. Our manager is always available to respond to any concerns. I am not a techie and so have explained the internet service in my advertising to the best of my knowledge. I will perhaps use Ray's language of the 4G router for future techie type guests so there is not any miscommunication. As for the person staying beside us. To the best of my knowledge this person was staying temporarily and is no longer there. Puna does have some colorful characters but it is generally very safe with lots of Aloha. We are in what is considered an alternative type of area. Most people love it but there are some who may not "jive" on it. I live there in the winters mostly as a single woman and have never felt uncomfortable or threatened. In contrast it is a much safer environment than any city I have lived in. I would encourage you to read our other guest reviews for a fairer perspective. Our house is excellent value for the money at $107 a night including tax. It is spacious, private and impeccably clean. Not to mention a very cool view of the surrounding area.
We had a great time at Tracey's home at Kalapana. We spent 11 days on the Big Island, and chose this location as it seemed close to the Volcano National Park, the coast, and easy access to Hilo. The house was beautifully maintained, very comfortable, clean and Tracey's directions were easy to follow.What we had not expected was what a wonderful village Kalapana is. We managed to travel 1800 miles round the Big Island during our stay there, but also spent a lot of time exploring the district around Kalapana. The coast drive from Pahoa via Kapoho and Kaima was very scenic, and the nearby "painted church" a surprise. We enjoyed our meals at restaurants at Pahoa, and loved our "local" - Uncle Robert's. We enjoyed the music, and food there, and the Wednesday markets were great fun. We were residents at Kalapana for only a short time, but were able to make friends with local residents, with whom we have established "Facebook" contact. We would certainly return there, and have no hesitation in recommending Tracey's Home.
Tracey's house was a wonderful and private rainforest oasis at the end of the world. We loved it! There was no lava flowing when we were there, but it was such an incredible area! Friendly people, a great Wednesday night market around the corner, and the lava fields and the red road are just incredible. The place was clean and comfortable, and it allowed for lots of space for the kids to have play space. The yoga room has a separate entrance, so a good third bedroom only for another adult, but it made a great play room for us. I would highly recommend this place for those who enjoy getting off the beaten track a bit, while still being accessible to amenities.
Canadian desiring a touch of the real Hawaii.
Why the Owner Chose Kalapana:
I chose this beautiful location in Hawaii for it's true authenticity and peaceful lush setting. When you wake up here, you feel that you have been transported to the Hawaii of days gone by. There is a great variety of activities from diving, swimming, snorkeling, sightseeing, and shopping. We are located in the country with the convenience of close shopping. This is truly the land of Pele as you can see the lava flow into the ocean from the deck.