About this listing
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.
We stayed four nights at Pohakunani and it was an experience we'll never forget. The home is absolutely stunning -- amazing architecture, beautiful interiors, breathtaking landscaping, gorgeous lanai and pool with amazing opportunities for stargazing -- and the surrounding lava rock is otherworldly. It's a special place, above and beyond your ordinary rental. Pahoa is also a hidden gem -- there's fantastic snorkeling, tide pools, thermal pools, and a black sand beach just a stone's throw from the house. The best part? Robert is an incredibly gracious host; he's responsive and thoughtful both before and during your trip. We feel lucky to have met him and grateful to have stayed at his unique home while on the Big Island.
Robert was so kind and considerable. My family had really great time. The place was a little bit far from Hilo. However, it was easy to find the modern style house at the road.
Robert was so kind and helpful with directions and getting us settled in! He had everything ready for us including a beer to relax! Such a great place that he designed. He kept in touch via message while we stayed to ensure we had everything we needed to enjoy our stay.
We really enjoyed staying at Robert's place and truly did feel at home. Robert was great at making any accommodation that we needed and was always quick to reply to any of our many communications at a moment's notice. We must say that this is one of the best AirBNB experiences we have ever had. The place is absolutely gorgeous and it really takes your breath away, the photos don't do it justice. It's a piece of art! We enjoyed being able to use the pool, as well. I highly recommend the guest house!
Robert is a great host and his house is beautiful and artistic. Definitely the place to stay when you visit big island!
This place is fantastic! It's like staying in another world on the big lava field. Robert's design aesthetic is top notch, and staying here is like a little trip into architectural digest. He's just a short walk away from a gorgeous black sand beach, that's 100% worth visiting. Also, a quick drive to great tide pools for snorkeling and the hot springs! One thing to note is that access to coffee/grocery/restaurants is about 25 mins away, so make sure you make a stop in town to grab some stuff before your arrival!
We had a wonderful week long stay at Robert's guest house; it is exactly as described and shown in the photos. The bed is very comfortable, the grounds/garden serene, the pool refreshing, and the host a 'perfect' host; very welcoming with plenty of suggestions on what to do, yet respects your privacy.
The architecture is lovely and the guest house is set back from the main house enough to feel like you have the place to yourself.
The location is a bit of a drive to any town; there are some nice walks, but you will find yourself driving around to explore for the most-part. We took advantage of the great space to sit back, swim, read and unwind.
We look forward to visiting Robert again!
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