Enjoy the amazing and beautiful natural setting on a pristine lava flow from 1955 from the comfort of the Pohakunani Guesthouse, with it's sleek modern architecture, comfortable furnishings, swimming pool-- Perfect for relaxing or sight-seeing!
On your special trip to Hawaii, why not stay in a beautiful, modern architectural gem with world-class style, rather than the usual places with pedestrian, coconut-themed decor?
This listing is for The Guest House at Pohakunani, which is a complete, self-contained, private studio unit with kitchen, bath, dining, living, and outdoor lanai areas. It has two private entrances, and sleeps up to 4 guests.
(The Main House, which sleeps up to 10 guests is also available, in a separate listing here on the airbnb site.)
POHAKUNANI, ("The Beautiful Rocks") is the Hawaiian name of The Robert Trickey Residence and Studio, designed and built by Mr. Trickey in 1999 with AIA award-winning architect Craig Steely. Stunningly sited at the edge of the 1955 lava flow, the house has been published four times to date, including the front page of the New York Times and in the book "Minimalist Houses" by Taschen Books.
Access to the pool is included in your guest privileges, and is shared with the Main House. As the pool is an integral part of the overall architectural composition, you'll see pictures of the Main House as well as the Guesthouse in this listing.
Amenities of the Guesthouse include a Cal King bed as well as two super-high quality twin fold out beds (not the cheap kind!) a full kitchen with large refrigerator and full-size gas range and oven, and all pots, pans and accoutrements for real cooking.
There's a desk area and free high-speed wifi as well as free long distance calls in the US are included. Satellite TV with over 200 channels of programming and music and a dvd player with a small selection of movies (please feel free to bring your own).
The bathroom is European style with no separate shower enclosure, very modern and sleek, and all towels and linens are of course, provided.
The unit enjoys a private lanai looking onto the lower lawn and there is a small charcoal barbecue for your use. Free off street parking is also provided.
After a day of exploring Kilauea Volcano or swimming with dolphins at nearby Kehena Beach, you'll return to the comfort of your chic oasis, and relax in the pool or perhaps have a drink looking out over the lovely garden and the pristine lava field.
"As a host, I love sharing this magical place with my guests and I think they appreciate having a more sophisticated and stylish living environment while visiting this wild and exotic locale. They're pleasantly surprised at how large and pretty the Guest House is, and the pool is a real plus-- Most other places in this area don't have them. The lava field surrounding the house is a real surprise for most people, too-- They just can't get over how beautiful rocks can be!"
Come and experience something different and beautiful when you travel to the Big Island-- Remember-- Where you stay is pretty much the sole factor you can influence, so make it count!
Smoking is permitted outside the unit only.
Your assistance in conserving electricity and water are greatly appreciated.
Except by prior arrangement, only registered guests are allowed on the property.
Having fun is strictly encouraged.
Wow! What an amazing place. You can't go wrong when you stay in the guest house of a respected interior designer. We absolutely loved our stay in Robert's Guest House. The guest room and the garden are a real joy both early morning and early evening (days were spent out exploring Puna and Volcanoes National Park). We BBQed in the garden all three nights. The location is remote, but not isolated. It's a short (gorgeous) drive along the beach road to Ahalanui (swimming) and Kapoho Tide Pools (amazing snorkeling, perfect for kids). Pahao the closest village (15 minutes by car) has good coffee at Sirius and a few restaurants, and Volcanoes National Park is less than an hour away by car. And Robert wasn't kidding when he said the house was next to a lava flow. The house is on the 1955 lava flow, providing an amazing view from the pool and guest house garden. If you are spending anytime in Puna, this is the place to stay.
what should i say...;-) we enoyed our stay very much - it is one of the most stylish places we ever had. location is very good, if you want to stay in the area of HILO and the vulcanic activities. robert did all he could do for us, and was availlable when we needed something ! we only can recommend this place and will come back again !
Beautiful home in a gorgeous setting. Very private feel and close to a lovely black sand beach. About 30 min drive from main commercial area in Pahoa where there are restaurants and shops. Host very accomadating. Had some issues with phone/cell service but it was nice to be able to fully check out.
My boyfriend and I stayed at Robert's amazing house for several days in February and loved it. This house and the surrounding area turned out to be our favorite place we stayed on the Big Island. Initially we planned to use it as a jumping off point to visit the attractions on the east side of the island and while great for that, we had more fun staying local and cycling, hiking and snorkeling. The coastline was rugged and gorgeous. The area is unspoiled by tourist traps. We'd see whales on a daily basis. If you're looking for a relaxing and authentic experience in Hawaii, this is your place.
Additionally, Robert was super gracious and accommodating. He honored our privacy while checking in to make sure we had everything we needed. In short- a perfect host!
We're already planning our return for next year. Can't wait!
Robert made us feel very welcome and was extremely helpful and informative. Overall the house was just as described and very accommodating for our group. It had everything we needed and a beautiful setting. We didn't spend much time at the house as we were mostly off on adventures and exploring the island. The location is beautiful. It is definitely a very remote area so if you're looking for nightlife or a quick trip to a store it's not super convenient.
We really enjoyed this property. The guesthouse is very clean and modern, well equipped with everything you need. Plenty of privacy, the grounds and pool are spectacular. Robert and Bobby gave us just the right amount of attention, there when we needed them but left us to ourselves. We explored all up and down the coast, walked the neighborhood, it is a great base for your vacation. Highly recommend. Ask Robert to play the piano for you, he is very modest but shouldn't be.
Robert's House is a work of art. Built in a enclave close to the lava fields and coast line its a unique location. The whole neighborhood is your own hippie/ retiree world with fantastic landscape and interesting people. if you want to get away from it all this is the place. If you need your starbucks or indoor mall that's a 30 min drive away. The guest house is your own private slice of Hawaii away from the tourists and resorts. Make sure to visit the hot pools by the beach and the neighboring towns close to the volcano. rent the whole house for a family friends reunion .
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