Makua Room - Rainforest Paradise

House - Private room · Elepaio Road, Volcano, HI 96785, United States

This is the premier room in the house. The huge window opens frames the forest outside, and you will have lots of room to spread out. You will enjoy a full kitchen, huge shower (fun for couples) that also has a view to the forest and cloud-like bed.

The Space

Located only 2.5 miles from the entrance of the Hawaii Volcanos National Park, in the village of Volcano (not in Mountain View, and not in the community across the road from Volcano - this is the real thing). One mile each way from the Cooper Center and Volcano Art Center.

Escape to a secluded rainforest paradise, where the only noises are raindrops on the many skylights and birds in the morning. Located in the cozy little village of Volcano, you are only about a mile away from the entrance to the Hawaii Volcanos National Park, making this the your perfect home base to explore the park and spend evenings by the fire. We are only 45 minutes from Hilo and the Hamakua coast, and about an hour away from South Point and the wonders of its wild beaches (including the famous Green Sands Beach).

You will have a private room with a queen size bed in a fully equipped home with kitchen, wireless broadband, free laundry facilities, a warm fire stove, a beautiful and sunny covered lanai (outside porch), verdant gardens, board games and a shower room to die for. The only place in the house without a view to beautiful greenery is probably underneath your bed. After a visit to Madam Pele, you will come home to a cozy spot where the stars are so bright it looks like you could touch them. The pictures do not come close to doing this beautiful place justice

Come enjoy the cool mountain climate of Volcano, visit its arts center, drive down Chain of Craters Road, wander outside amongst the giant tree ferns or just retreat for a couple of quiet days to relax and recharge your batteries.

Guest Access

Bread, jam, coffee & tea are always available for breakfast. Fully stocked kitchen- toaster, blender, slow cooker, salad spinner, all cooking utensils, etc.
Books, movies, & games in common areas for down time.
Extra towels, sheets and blankets in laundry room.

Interaction with Guests

Melissa, the caretaker of the property, does not always stay at the residence but is a phone call/text/ or email away. When she is in the house, she does her best to provide a balance of hospitality & privacy.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2.5
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $550 /week
Monthly Price: $2400 /month
Cleaning Fee: $40
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • We stayed for two nights in the Makua Room, which is downstairs. Melissa and Alex were extremely helpful prior and during our stay. The house is lovely and located a few miles from Volcanoes National Park. As others have mentioned, it's best to arrive when it's light out as the first time navigating can be tricky. It was a bit cold in our room especially at night. We knew there was a fire stove in the living room, but we were mostly in the bedroom and didn't want to leave a fire unattended. If you're sharing the house with others, the walls can be a little thin. Overall, we enjoyed our stay and the hospitality.

    April 2014
  • This is a great home, and is exactly as described: a rainforest paradise. We stayed in the Makua Room, which is the larger downstairs bedroom, and had the place to ourselves for two of the three nights we stayed there. The setting is gorgeous and they have a romantic two-person shower room with full view of the surrounding rainforest.
    The location is a little tricky to find; when you book, Alex will send you directions and I recommend following them rather than using the GPS, which may lead you to a neighboring house. Melissa knew we were arriving after dark, and kindly left the light on for us, which helped. We also used the directions and noted that the GPS would have led us elsewhere.
    We stayed during the rainy season, and it was cold several nights. Alex and Melissa left wood for us and money to purchase more (which we didn't need). There is a small wood-burning stove in the kitchen which can be used to heat the place.
    Overall, this was an excellent experience and a wonderful place to stay. I highly recommend it.
    On a final note, we rented a compact car, and it was able to handle the "off road"-style road leading to the property, even in the rain, so no 4-wheel drive is necessary unless you want it for other uses.

    April 2014
  • What a beautiful, secluded house! Melissa was there during our stay but it felt like we had the place to ourselves. We used a washer and drier to do our laundry after a rainy day on mountains bikes and warmed up by the fire place. Some great books were available on the shelves.

    Melissa gave some great suggestions for the way back to Waikoloa via southern route. Classical music, yoga mat, then some toast and jam with a cup of coffee made our morning magical.

    Great place to spend a night while you're exploring Volcanoes Nat Park.

    March 2014
  • We stayed in this lovely paradise for two nights while exploring Volcano's National Park in March. Great house with lots of light and windows looking out into the rainforest. We were able to cook, wash clothes, and do yoga in a beautiful retreat-like setting.

    March 2014
  • It is a gem! Everything was set when we arrived and we would have stayed longer (if possible). The location in the rainforest is wonderful, it is fully equipped for six and very personal decoration and touch.
    Our GPS had some problems to find the spot, the tip to arrive at daylight was helpful.

    March 2014
  • Stayed for 3 nights at the Makua Room while visiting Big Island and I can surely say that we enjoyed being cooped up in the house as much as exploring the Island! The house is beautiful. I love the huge picture windows, the woodwork and most especially the serene surroundings with only the sounds of birds to disturb your thoughts. We never met Alex or Melissa who looks after the house but both kept us abreast of what to expect. Melissa kept in constant touch checking how we were doing and making sure we are enjoying our stay, which is huge. The house is equipped with everything you can possibly need including earplugs should you need it.

    Travel Tip: Finding the house is a bit tricky (but fun! - kinda like a treasure hunt) so try to arrive when it is light out; Get groceries in town if you can as we only saw one convenience store and although there are several restaurants in the area, I believe they close pretty early except for Thai Thai which closes at 9pm (but pricey). If you can afford it or if you want to splurge for a special event book the whole house. Hubby and I lucked out because we had the house to ourselves for the first 2 nights and there is no comparison when you have your private rainforest retreat. Will definitely stay here again and again and again!

    March 2014
  • What a great and convenient place to stay near the volcano national park! The house is really neat, with big windows over looking the beautiful lush rainforest. The house is very comfortable, clean and with all amenities. The fridge doesn't make that much noise as others claimed.

    Melissa, our host, is one the the sweetest people I have meet. She went above and beyond providing us with information and she made us feel very welcome. I would definitely consider coming back here for our next trip to the Big Island.

    March 2014
  • Absolutely STUNNING house! This is my dream house. The Makua Room is gorgeous and Alex and Melissa were fantastic to communicate with. They were quick to respond and provided an itinerary for the drive up from Hilo. This is an ideal place to visit the volcano because you're only a few minutes from the park and tons of other hikes. The kitchen is great and stocked with everything you need. There are a couple grocery stores in town but if you're coming from Hilo you'll save a bit of cash by shopping down there. I would love to come back and rent the whole place out! The only downside is it there is NO insulation between the ceiling/floor above you so the upstairs neighbors are incredibly loud. We wore earplugs and could still hear them one morning. Because of that, I think I'd recommend an upstairs room if it's a full house. But I'd still stay here because it's gorgeous, relaxing, and a great deal. Thank you for such a wonderful stay!

    March 2014
    Response from Alex:

    Thanks for the tip about the noise, Kara. We will look into ways to cut the noise (maybe thick rugs) and also leave a good neighbor reminder to those who stay upstairs.

  • Our stay at Rainforest Paradise, February, 2014, was very pleasant. We occupied the Makua Room. The home has an interesting floor plan with many windows and lots of beautiful wood used throughout. (Fabulous down stairs bathroom door and fabulous stair case). The grounds were well kept and the home felt secluded, and peaceful. Restaurants in Volcano were close and the entrance to Volcano National Park was close. I recommend this location to anyone who is in search of a quiet, restful retreat. We will certainly inquire of its availability next time we stay in Volcano, Hawaii. Thanks Alex for sharing your lovely home. Richard and Judy, Captain Cook, Hawaii

    February 2014
  • Great place to stay in the small village of Volcano and a short drive to Volcano National Park. It's a fantastic setting in the rainforest; the house is quite unique with great views and in excellent condition. There are 3 bedrooms; one down and two up. Big kitchen available to guests if you want to do some of your own cooking. The shower will accommodate 4. The BnB is located on Elepaio Road, which is unpaved so you’ll want to drive carefully to avoid hitting bottom with your vehicle. Broadband WIFI available at no charge; most hotels in Hawaii charge extra for this. Also washer & dryer, if you need to do laundry. Thanks Alex for a great place to stay on the “Big Island”.
    Dennis & Carol

    February 2014
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I am Brazilian, originally from Recife, and have lived all over the world in the past few years. I used to live in Atlanta, then London, Hong Kong and now got a chance to do a project in Rio. I am an AirBnB host in Hawaii and have stayed in several places in my trips. Best, Alex
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