Scenic Lava Sanctuary near ocean

House - Entire home/apt · Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States

Great place to get away from it all!

Your host, Allan
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Great place to get away from it all!

The Space

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. Vog (natural volcanic air pollution) is extremely rare, a few days a year, thanks to the wind blowing it the other way 99% of the time.

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 other portion of the house is closed off and vacant during summer months while host is away. 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 Me" button BEFORE clicking on the "Book It" button, and enable the call-back feature when you make your first inquiry, so that we can have a phone conversation before you click on "Book It". THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. The voice connect feature can not be later enabled after the inquiry is already started. Do not attempt to just message me your phone number as it will be removed from your message before I receive it. And 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!

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Futon
Accommodates: 3
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $20 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 5 nights
Weekly Price: $475 /week
Monthly Price: $1500 /month
Security Deposit: $250
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Strict
  • 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.

    January 2014
  • 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.

    November 2013
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Heartwood Institute
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 53.
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