Kitchen / dining area with private deck.
3 guests
2 bedrooms
1 bed
1 bath
3 guests
2 bedrooms
1 bed
1 bath
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Great place to get away from it all! Panoramic views, steady cool breezes, wireless internet, electricity 24/7, great cell phone reception, pure drinking water, and no mosquitoes or coqui frogs make this place exceptional for Lower Puna. Easy bike ride to where molten lava pours into the ocean yet well off the beaten path where other rentals are located. This rental is a private apartment within a larger house, not an entire house. Please read detailed description thoroughly for more info.

The space

The Lava Sanctuary is in an extraordinary setting, resting on a 27-year-old lava flow, away from other homes, and is completely off the grid. The views of the ocean, nearby jungle, and lava activity are stunning. It is especially remarkable for Puna that there are no coqui frogs or mosquitoes here, nor ants to speak of. It's just a 10-minute walk to spectacular cliffs high above breaking waves, across one of the very few remaining strips of lush, pristine and undeveloped coastline in Puna. Only 40 minutes from Hilo, it is in the driest part of Puna, the southeast part of the Big Island. Here it is always breezy, and never feels hot. Unlike other accommodations on the lava, there is a modern bathroom with flush toilet within the unit, and there are real windows that can be closed when it gets really windy, as it sometimes does.

There is AC power 24 hours / day from 1400 watts of solar panels. Unlimited high-speed internet included. The property has great cell phone reception with both Verizon and AT&T, unlike much of lower Puna where there is no cell phone reception. Kitchen includes a 7-cubic-foot chest refrigerator, 5-burner cooktop gas stove, double sink, and 3-stage UV carbon block water filter for great-tasting drinking water.

This rental unit is a private apartment, comprising about 2/3 of the house. The host, Allan, lives in the far end of the house with a separate entrance. It is very simply furnished, zen style, with tapestries on one wall and a large area yoga mat in the living room. The furnished bedroom contains a full-size bed high enough to see the ocean while laying down. It's a firm newer mattress on a platform, without box spring. Sheets, pillows, comforter, blanket, and towels are provided. (There is no maid service during your stay.) Should you need an additional room, there is also a smaller room in the apartment with a view of the sunset and steam plume, containing only an REI "camp bed" (3.5" x 30" x 78") and a chair. (Please let host know if you will be needing to use this room). There is no couch or TV. If you'd rather do yoga and meditate than watch TV on your vacation, then this is your place. Musicians love the acoustics for playing music. There is a guitar available for your use at the house and sometimes a djembe drum as well.

The nearest bus is 3 miles away by roads and runs just 2-3 times a day, so having a car is a necessity here unless you love to walk a lot. The nearest town is Pahoa and takes 20 minutes by car. There is a large heath food store as well as a grocery store and many restaurants and specialty shops. Kehena Beach, Puna's popular black-sand nude beach, is a 15-minute drive. Allan is available to be your personal tour guide. The house is just 5 miles from where lava is currently pouring into the ocean.

Please inquire with the "Contact Host" button and do NOT click on the "Request to Book" button until after we have talked on the phone. This will actually expedite getting your message to me, and also allows more time for us to communicate before your reservation must be accepted or declined. If you message me your phone number, email, or website, it will probably be automatically removed from your message before I receive it, so let me know in a creative way how I can find your number. To show that you really did read this entire description, please also include the password "pahoehoe" in your message. I am NOT open to any rental arrangement that is not booked and prepaid through AirBnB. Please, do not come to this property without a reservation or appointment, out of respect for the privacy of those staying here.

Thank you; Aloha and Blessings!

Interaction with guests

I love to interact when guests want to connect, and I totally respect and appreciate it when they request solitude. I am happy to answer any questions guests have about all that there is to do here. I enjoy taking people on hikes.

Other things to note

Please note that the "cleaning" fee is not just for cleaning, as each rental requires a considerable amount of time of the host, well beyond washing the sheets and towels, regardless of how short the stay. So I still ask that you leave the premises as clean as possible. Thank you. :)

Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises

Extra people $45 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee $50
Security Deposit $250
Weekly Discount: 10%
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in time is 2PM - 8PM
Check out by 11AM

Quiet hours are from 10:00pm to 6:00am. Please refrain from using kitchen or shower during these hours. Registered guests only. Please conserve water; no baths please. While there is plenty of power for laptops or cell phones, appliances with a heating element such as a hair dryers, toasters, or irons will overload the system. Front door and rear deck screen door are to be kept closed at all times to keep crawling critters from entering house. There is plenty of air flow when you open the windows. The bedroom windows must be closed while guest is gone and whenever it rains due to the strong wind that comes with the unpredictable short rain showers. No smoking, pets, or use of candles or incense allowed on property.

Please plan to arrive before dark for your first time here. It gets dark at 6:00 pm in winter and 7:00 pm in summer. It can be difficult to find after dark. All arriving guests must check in between 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm.


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

11 Reviews

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Tom User Profile
March 2017
Allan's place is amazing. It's an adventure in itself where you can experience off-the-grid living on some of the newest land on earth. A kind soul, Allan is a welcoming host and a great tour guide around his part of the Big Island. If you aren't too claustrophobic, he might take you on a lava tube tour right by his place that ends at the ocean. We lucked out and even saw a whale surface! Alan's place is spartan but very clean, with everything you need for a simple, comfortable stay. I enjoyed the raised, window-height bed positioned to take full advantage of the constant ocean breeze. Alan is eco-conscious and very knowledgeable about sustainable living. Having designed and built his home, he is a wealth of information about living off the grid if that is something you'd like to explore. I highly recommend staying with Alan and hope to visit again.

Yuko User Profile
March 2017
Allan's place is super clean, organized and truly unique. We enjoyed the silence at night on lava field overlooking the growing lava in the distance. Great place for environmentally conscious people!

Suran User Profile
January 2017
Allan's place is truly a diamond in the rough. His one-of-a-kind home is built on top of a lava field. My husband and I chose to stay here on our trip to the big island because of its proximity to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. However, we got a lot more than we expected! Allan’s home offers unobstructed views in all directions of the sky, ocean, and lava fields. While standing on the balcony, we could see the plume of the lava flow into the Pacific Ocean off in the distance. Standing right outside of Allan’s house at night, my husband was surprised to see so many stars in the sky and the band of the Milky Way. Allan’s place may not be for everyone -though his house has a modern feel to it, it is minimally furnished and off the grid. However, these features of the home were big draws for me. I wanted to “get away from it all” and learn more about green living. Allan explained to us how his electricity comes from solar power and his water supply comes from the rain. Therefore conservation of these utilities during your stay is a must. He also requests that we compost all food waste which we were more than happy to do. Overall, Allan’s home is peaceful, quiet, clean and clutter free. The only sounds we heard during our stay were the sounds of the ocean waves and birds nearby. My husband (who is more of a city boy) particularly enjoyed the cool, refreshing breeze that came in through the windows of the house. Allan also offered a tour of a lava tube a short walkable distance from his home. This tube opens up to the ocean and the view was something out of a movie! I don’t normally write reviews for anything but I really believe that my stay at Allan’s house was a once in a lifetime type of experience. It had such a positive effect on my mood and mind. I want to thank Allan for opening up his home to us and allowing us to stay. Allan is a accommodating and gracious host. Thank you very much!
Allan User ProfileAllan is a superhost.
Response from Allan:
Thank you so much! I really enjoyed having you! You were such a sweet couple to host. Come again some time. :)
January 2017

Joshua User Profile
January 2017
We had a wonderful time at Allenʻs place. He has a beautiful home on the lava which he keeps very clean and neat. We will definitely be visiting his place in Kalapana again.

Jarvi User Profile
December 2016
I regretted only staying one night there. I loved looking out the lanai at night an see the glow of the lava at the distance with the stars brightly at the background.

Bob User Profile
February 2016
Deciding whether or not to visit the area was the hard part. After all, the folks on the Kona side of the Big Island asked why would I want to go to the east side of the island? It gets all the rain they said, but after reading Allan's intriguing description, I had to see what Pāhoa was all about. Reading about the Scenic Lava Sanctuary, I must admit, I had several questions before I was ready to book a stay. It didn't take long for my questions to be answered. One of which included, how can you be off the grid but still have fast internet? Allan had questions for me too. After a few brief exchanges by email and a phone call, a reservation was confirmed. By the (URL HIDDEN) didn't rain much at all! Arriving was coordinated by both emails and phone calls. His directions were accurate including that my (SENSITIVE CONTENTS HIDDEN) Maps/Apple Maps would not find his location. Every time I thought I was lost, the phone would have a txt msg with Allan checking in on me. It's a good ride to find his place but well worth the effort. It's not hard to find if you read the directions. As for the (URL HIDDEN) in a lava field...A BIG lava field. Yes, the pictures are accurate. I woke to quiet or the sound of a breeze. It's very peaceful. At night, I found something I wanted...silence. Stargazing is pretty simple and breathtaking too. There is no artificial light so the stars shine bright! Your room is properly sized with a bed, bookcase, desk with chair and a closet. The bed is higher than normal but you'll understand why because of the windows & breeze that will keep you comfortable. I found the chair and desk pleasant to do several hours of work. Sitting there looking out the window at the ocean several hundred yards in the distance is a sight I'll not soon forget. I didn't use the kitchen but Allan did go over the instructions in the event I had brought food to prepare. Allan is a very good host. He mainly stays in his portion of the house but if I needed something, all I needed to do was call his name and he would appear. The yoga mat in the living/kitchen area was large and my wife would have enjoyed the use of it, had she visited with me. The home was very clean. We sat at the kitchen table and talked for quite some time. His lifestyle is unique & admirable when it comes to how he has made commitments towards conservation & being eco friendly. I had many questions about the volcano, living off the grid, solar power and felt very comfortable asking him to educate me on the subjects. He offers a lava tube hike~ Pack a headlamp or flashlight - If you can't already tell...I really enjoyed my stay!

Barbara User ProfileBarbara is a superhost.
February 2015
Allan is a very low-key, mindful person, sharing his home and life-style with visitors. Allan was waiting for us to arrive, and personally showed us around, and gave us a double sided printed sheet with the explanations of the ways he uses and conserves things, energy, water, etc. He is very conscientious, and has been using a minimalist approach to impact on the earth for a long time, so it comes very easy and naturally to him. I've lived on a boat for a longtime in the past, and so slipping into those "no waste" ways was easy for me, but for others, it might be more than you want to attempt while vacationing. Allan's home is clean and spare, and situated on a beautiful lava field, which of course is also clean and spare. It is in an area where other homes also are pretty much off the gird, nights are quiet, and the night sky is easy to appreciate since nobody is wasting electricity on a lot of superfluous sound or lighting. We were there three nights, and one afternoon while sitting on the deck could see whales' spouts in the ocean off the point. Be prepared for sparse furnishings: there is a table and chairs for dining in the kitchen/living room, and a futon style double bed in the bedroom, and one deck chair. We were OK with it because we really liked Allan, his life-style, his place, and his place in the universe!
Allan User ProfileAllan is a superhost.
Response from Allan:
I'm really sorry I forgot to put out additional chairs on the deck. I keep them out of the weather when not needed. There is also a desk, chair, bookcase, and bedside cabinet in the bedroom. Really not much room for more without giving up the nicely padded living room yoga space, which many guests love. Thank you for your kind words. It was great having you!
February 2015

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Allan User ProfileAllan is a superhost.

I fell in love with Hawaii on my first trip here in 1988 and visited many times before finally moving here to stay in 2007 and buying some raw lava land to build my home on it. I particularly love living on the lava because I like wide open spaces where you can see for miles. I feel an expanded state of mind in this environment. Being so near an active volcano where the goddess Pele resides, there is a strong energy of transformation which can support whatever sort of healing, shift, or release is needed in your life. Outside of work, my activities include hiking, biking, swimming, dancing, yoga, and meditation.

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