About this listing
If you want the most beautiful, stylish and elegant surroundings on your special trip to the Big Island, you must stay at Pohakunani Main House.
With use of the pool, sleek modern architecture and the amazing, pristine lava flow, you have it all!
Here's your chance to stay in the beautiful modernist villa and studio Robert Trickey created for himself in 1999, and which launched the career of AIA award-winning San Francisco architect Craig Steely (who has since built a number of impressive homes in Hawaii (though of course, this is the original, and still the best :)
The entire property has just undergone an extensive (and expensive!) remodel to freshen and sharpen the awesome beauty of this gorgeous gem of sleek modern design and the pool is truly magnificent in it's new incarnation.
This listing is for the 4-bedroom Main House, which sleeps up to 10 guests. (The studio unit Guest House is also available and is listed here on Airbnb in a separate listing.) If you have a really large party traveling together or just want the ultimate luxury of complete privacy, you can book both units simultaneously-- just contact us to see about availability for your dates.
Why not make your trip unforgettable by staying somewhere so remarkable that it made the front page of The New York Times?
On June 30, 2005, POHAKUNANI (Hawaiian for 'The Beautiful Rocks'), appeared on both the front page and inside the home section of The NEW YORK TIMES, having also been featured in the June issue of CALIFORNIA HOME & DESIGN magazine. Pohakunani also appears in two design & architecture books: ISLAND LIVING, by Linda Leigh Paul, (pub: Rizzoli), and MINIMALIST HOUSES by Simone Schleifer (pub: Taschen).
Why all this publicity?
When you see the sleek simplicity of the design setting off the jagged lava field, framing stunning views that sweep from the ridge of the rift zone down to the glimmering ocean, you’ll know why.
The pool wraps the front of the house, providing a lovely reflecting pond for the elegant, refined simplicity of the architectural volumes, and each room inside is characterized by rich color and an urbane mix of modern and antique furnishings.
At Pohakunani, you'll find a more stylish, tasteful and private experience than any of the other rentals in the area. Here, you can enjoy all the wild beauty of this place from a comfortable and sophisticated vantage point.
Many of our guests find themselves just hanging around the deep-blue pool for hours on end, relaxing in the quiet, other-worldly beauty of the place (and most express the wish that they didn’t have to leave!)
With regard to Puna, if you haven’t stayed in this area before, you’ll be amazed to find such a truly heavenly and unspoiled part of “Old Hawaii” as these parts— Lush and green, yet drier and better for outdoor activities than other parts of Puna— You’ll see why residents think of it as “our little secret”.
Among your guest privileges is shared access to the gorgeous Swimming Pool (fresh from it's recent complete renovation) and use of the lounge chairs and Lava Terrace area for sunbathing. The pool is not heated, but at the ambient temperature it is usually quite comfortable, (ranging usually between 76 and 84 degrees Fahrenheit.) Pool towels are provided.
The pool is an integral part of the overall architectural composition, running the length of the front of the Main House, as well as projecting forward in the direction of the Guest House, and because of it's proximity to the Main House, we ask guests in each area to be sensitive to the others' privacy as reasonably possible.
Interaction with Guests
Whenever possible, we greet guests in person for their check-in with a quick but thorough tour of the property and it's details and amenities. During the stay, we make every effort to be available to our guests, and to assist with any information or practical help so their trip is truly outstanding.
We're in a quiet and safe neighborhood called Puna Beach Palisades, which has a high proportion of custom homes and low density for a very relaxed and friendly experience. Kehena Black Sand Beach (which is clothing optional) is just a 10 minute stroll, and there are lots of nice walks and spots for quick car jaunts up and down the coast within 20 minutes of the house.
You'll want a rental car to visit the Big Island, as it is truly... Big! Guests sometimes comment that the distances are greater than they expected, so be sure to familiarize yourself with maps or some of the great guidebooks you can get online.
It's a very easy place to navigate, though, and we'll help you with any specific questions about places to see or things to do.
We don't have many rules here at Pōhakunani because Robert doesn't like to tell his guests "No", however those we do have are important, and your checking-in to the property implies your consent to abide by them.
1) Guests are expected to be diligent in conserving both ELECTRICITY (switching off all lights, fans and appliances when not in the immediate area) and WATER (showers of reasonable length, etc.) Hawaii has the highest electric rates in the nation, unfortunately generating most of it's power with fossil fuels, and we sometimes experience months of drought conditions, so your assistance in our conservation effort is greatly appreciated.
2) Only registered guests are allowed on the property unless prior and specific arrangements have been made (and for which there may be additional charges and/or terms.) Guests who have paid to partake in the privacy of a calm and relaxing environment deserve to enjoy it, and the additional liability created by extraneous guests is unacceptable.
(We do allow weddings and other parties and functions, and the property can be the perfect place to host them, but these must be separately arranged and priced, and no right to hold gatherings of any number or description should be inferred by your reservation of a stay.)
3) Smoking is permitted outside the units only, and please be mindful of others who may be downwind of you.
4) Any music, noise or festive vacation behavior such as overly boisterous laughter or the gleeful playtime shouts of children must be appropriately modulated and will be unacceptable after dark or at anytime it might disturb the peaceful enjoyment of neighbors or other guests.
The architecture of the property, being mostly hard surfaces, acts like a megaphone for most any sound, and the luxurious peace and quiet is something that guests treasure, so please help us maintain that quality for everyone's enjoyment.
5) We depend on you to let us know if anything is out of order, broken, or otherwise deficient so that we may promptly do whatever we can to ameliorate the problem. When you look back on your stay at Pōhakunani, we want you to be so utterly content that a 5-Star rating is the only possible option that encapsulates your time here.
6) Our Favorite Rule: Having fun is strictly encouraged :)
About the Host, Robert
I'm a designer and native Californian-- first 25 years in Southern California, the second part in San Francisco, and now loving my life in beautiful Hawaii.