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.
The Lava Sanctuary is in an extraordinary setting, resting on a 23-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 raised bed high enough to see the ocean while laying down, with upholstered double-size foam 4"x 52" x 72". Sheets and blanket are provided. Should you need an additional room, there is also an unfurnished room in the apartment with 3 long cushions in the closet to sleep on, each 3" x 23" x 54". 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.
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 blank-sand nude beach, is a 15-minute drive. Allan is available to be your personal tour guide and occasionally takes very small groups out to see the active lava flow when it is just 2-3 miles from the house, as it's an ideal starting point for this adventure.
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. 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. I am NOT open to any rental arrangement that is not booked and prepaid through Air BnB. 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!
Quiet hours are from 9:30pm to 6:30am. During these hours, guests are not to use the kitchen or shower. 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 are not allowed. Outside doors are to be kept closed at all times to keep crawling critters from entering house. There is plenty of airflow from opening 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. In lieu of a cleaning fee, guests are expected to take their trash with them when they leave, and to leave the place just as clean as it was when they arrived (except for laundering of sheets and towels, which is provided), as if they were staying at a friend's house.
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.
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!
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!
My wife and I stayed with Allan for almost a week. It was our first visit to Hawaii. Allan made us feel welcome from the moment we got there. He's more than willing to share his knowledge of the area, but he is certainly not intrusive. The house itself is tidy, bug free, and stocked with some basics for cooking.
As far as the house's surroundings, you have to see the lava flats in person to truly appreciate the splendor. It's really a fantastic place.
Any prospective renter needs to read Allan's house rules, because they are there for a reason. The unique house site means that there are limited resources. Personally, we were fine with the restrictions, and had no problems. But you should read and respect them. It's about being green for real.
The quiet hours are also important. The lava flats are wonderfully free of human caused noise, especially at night. We enjoyed sitting on the lanai, sipping some wine from the local Volcano Winery, and listening to the distant crickets, surf, and nocturnal birds. Having to listen to blaring televisions, or drunken fools would only ruin that for the entire community. Sound carries that far. Besides, after a day on the beach, or hiking the lava tubes, the silence really relaxes the mind.
So, to sum it up, we would gladly stay here again. If you want constant touristy glitz, look elsewhere. If you want a place to really experience the effect Hawaii can have on the soul, stay at Allan's place. And don't forget to lay on the lava flats and stare at the stars until you're dizzy. You can't do that in the city.
Allan's place is unique, you'll stay right on the beautiful lava field in a house off the grid, powered by solarpanels and collected rainwater to maintain water supply. It is nice and quiet, and you'll have a very tranquil experience staying here. It is a very special feeling to get up in the morning and take a walk on the black lava.
Allan is a nice host that is happy to answer to any questions and show oyu around, but gives you all the privacy you need.
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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 meditation, yoga, hiking, dancing, and swimming. I have been a vegetarian since age 22 and am now 54.