Pohakunani; Large Main House w/Pool

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

If you want the most beautiful, stylish and elegant surroundings on your special trip to the Big Island, you have to stay at Pohakunani, with it's sleek and lovely modern architecture setting off the pristine lava flow.

Your host, Robert
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If you want the most beautiful, stylish and elegant surroundings on your special trip to the Big Island, you have to stay at Pohakunani, with it's sleek and lovely modern architecture setting off the pristine lava flow.

The Space

Here's your chance to stay in the beautiful modernist villa Robert Trickey created for himself on the edge of an awesome lava flow from 1955. This listing is for the entire Main House, which sleeps up to 10 guests; The studio unit Guest House is also available and is listed here on airbnb, too, and as it's been offered for a longer time, check out the reviews there to get a sense of what the property is like: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/156021

With architecture by Craig Steely, the acclaimed San Francisco architect, and interior design by Robert Trickey, this is truly an amazing place to stay.

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, at comparable prices. 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”.

Interaction with Guests

I always greet my guests in person and give them a tour of the property and make sure they feel comfortable with the details and amenities.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 10
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 6
Extra people: $75 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $2600 /week
Monthly Price: $8600 /month
Security Deposit: $800
Cleaning Fee: $200
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Robert has designed a beautiful modern home in an absolutely stunning location. The house is tastefully decorated, very comfortable, and benefits from incredible views in the surrounding lava flow. Robert is very welcoming and we really felt at home!

    April 2014
  • We went here for a group trip, and Robert was a very accommodating host. The location on the lava rocks was very cool, the architecture is amazing, and we enjoyed our stay very much! Highly recommend coming here instead of getting a hotel room.

    March 2014
  • Terrific host, amazing home, perfect location!

    Hands down our best trip to the Big Island. Robert was an gracious host during our stay, with extraordinary attention to detail, in both his beautifully appointed home and in making sure we had everything we needed during our trip. We were particularly interested in taking a 4WD drive down into Waipio Valley which Robert went so far as to call his friends for perspective. We always felt like we were in good hands getting recommendations and if we ever needed any assistance… before, during, and even after.

    The house is beautiful on the inside and out. It's PERFECTLY situated, close enough for a relatively short radius to a lot of really cool places but remote enough to be amidst nature. The lava flow it's built on is truly a sight to see (on a huge lanai). The ocean is just a stone's throw away, running alongside a scenic road en route to the house. We particularly enjoyed the more 'local' feel on the Hilo side (in contrast to Kona side that we found to be commercial / resort-saturated in past visits) --- and the house's particular proximity to everything was perfect. It made going to some must-see sights (Volcanoes NP, Waipio Valley, Mauna Kea, Akaka Falls, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden) far more enjoyable not having to traverse a far larger distance coming/going. In fact most times I was surprised by how little time it took that were able to easily add in a destination on the fly without a ton of planning or uncertainty…

    Would highly recommend staying at Pohakunani!

    January 2014
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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.
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