About this listing
Rainbow Bee is located on our formerly active, 5 acre honey bee farm with lots of fruit trees - cozy and serene with an earthy elegance that you will love. It has two glass sliding doors that open onto a large deck & overlooks a lily pond.
The cottage has one spacious bedroom with sitting area, a country style kitchen area, a dining room and a bathroom.
The bedroom itself is about 300 sq ft with a queen size bed, a pull out couch, a small table and chairs, and a TV & DVD player to enjoy a movie after a day of exploring. There is also wireless and cable internet in the room.
Rainbow Bee Farm Cottage is converted from the tour/education building of our once active honey farm where for the past 20 years we produced a world famous gourmet honey - Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey. (We recently retired from and sold the honey business.)
If you so desire, Richard ( 30 years a professional beekeeper) can provide you a 2 hour tour experiencing the workings inside a living beehive. Right out side your room. ($60 per couple)
Rainbow Bee Farm Cottage is located in Ahualoa, a bucolic country, farming and artisan community. Nearby community includes an award winning goat cheese farm, an estate grown coffee farm that produces the best coffee we have ever tasted, an organic green tea farm, an alpaca farm and an internationally know pottery studio and a blown glass artist studio. With advance notice, we can arrange for you tours of any of these farms and studios. You will love the adorable alpacas or goats, the unmatched aroma of Hamakua coffee and the exquisite landscaping at the coffee farm. Or may be you will enjoy learning the ins and outs of a Japanese tea ceremony. Let us know in advance and we will do our best to arrange for you a memorable experience at one or more of these special artisan farms.
We are just three miles from Honokaa, a quaint historic town on the North East side of the Big Island of Hawaii. Honokaa main street shops offer a large variety of creations by local artists and artisans. Several cafe/restaurants in Honokaa serves delicious healthy food made from fresh local ingredients.
Ahualoa is a great destination to explore the hidden gems of Hamakua Coast.
Honokaa is 12 miles from beautiful Waipio Valley Lookout, the most visited place on Big Island, second only to Volcano. You can walk down the Waipio Valley or drive down if you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle. (Be prepared to do a vigorous hike up if you walk down the valley.) Down in the valley you will see a black sand beach with a stream flowing across the beach out to the ocean. There are often wild horse roaming around in the valley. Waipio is also a great surfing spot. You can also hike to a waterfall from the beach.
There are plenty of options to tour in and above this beautiful valley - a mule drawn wagon tour, horseback riding tour or ATV tour for those looking for more adventure. For the energetic visitors, you can also hike down into the valley which is not difficult. The challenge is coming back up from the bottom.
A scenic drive down the Hamakua Coast gives you views of beautiful waterfalls and coastline. Historic Hilo town is 43 miles down the Hamakua Coast. Hilo is a beautiful old town that still has centuries old wooden storefronts – many of which are on the National Register of Historic Places.
A stroll down the Hilo's Banyen Drive is not to be missed. This majestic, banyan tree-lined street at the shoreline of Hilo Bay is known as the "Hilo Walk of Fame" for the banyan trees planted by celebrities, including Franklin D. Roosevelt, Richard & Pat Nixon, Amelia Earhart, and many other important individuals, including religious leaders and politicians both from Hawaii and around the world. These trees have withstood several tsunamis and spread their broad canopies near the edge of the shoreline. It is a pleasant walk under the shade and incredible beauty of these trees and view of the ocean. your stroll can continue into classic example of an authentic Japanese garden that is enjoyed by both locals and visitors.
About 26 miles in the other direction (northwest) towards Kona is Hapuna Beach, one of the most beautiful and accessible beaches on the island.
Other things to note
Ahualoa is at 2200 feet elevation. In winter time, the weather will be much cooler than you would expect in Hawaii. It also can have rainy spells in the winter. Winter temperature ranges from 60-75 during the day and 50-65 during the night. Summer is the most gorgeous season in Ahualoa. There are lots of sunshine but never too hot. Temperature during is around 70-75 at day time and 60-70 at night time. The occasional showers make the air fresh and the area lush & green.
While the cottage is heated by an electric fireplace and we provide plenty of blankets and comforters to keep you warm, we suggest that you bring some warm clothes.
If you have time to expand your adventure we can provide you an exquisite place to stay at the most visited place on Big Island - Volcano. You will fall in love with our cozy, mountain, retreat cottage there. Our Volcano Mountain Haven is a wonderful one bedroom cottage located 3300 feet altitude, just 5 miles from the entrance of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/1783243.
We will be most happy to host you at either or both of our magical cottages here on the Big Island of Hawaii. And don't forget you don't have to busily run around exploring, you can just retreat and relax in the quiet of either of our two cottages.
Candice and Richard are the hosts of two vacation rentals, Volcano Mountain Haven in Volcano and Rainbow Bee Farm Cottage in Ahualoa near Honokaa,
Candice born in Hong Kong and a Canadian citizen has been a CPA and a business manager. Richard born in New Jersey has been a lawyer, mediator and creator of an award winning gourmet honey. Candice loves hiking and dancing and is passionate about health and diet. Richard loves writing, hiking and wood working and is passionate about helping to make this world a better place.
In our recent past we were the creators and owners of a small artisan apiary in Hawaii and produced award winning gourmet organic honey, Rare Hawaiian Organic White Honey.
For many years, we brought sweetness into the lives of people through this delicious and healthful gourmet honey that we produced. We have recently passed the honey business to new owners. Now our goal is to bring sweetness, serenity and beauty to people who visit the Big Island of Hawaii through sharing our two beautiful cottages, in Volcano and Ahualoa. We want to offer an elevating, serene, bucolic experience to people who visit the Big Island of Hawaii by sharing our two beautiful cottages, in Volcano and Ahualoa.
We love Volcano. Volcano was our retreat place whenever we needed a break from the hectic life of running our honey business. We love the mountain air and the tranquility in Volcano. Hiking up Mauna Loa is one of our favorite hikes in Hawaii.
After we sold the business, we put our energy in finding a cottage in Volcano so that we could have our own retreat place. Now we are sharing our retreat cottage with our special visitors
We love our cottage very much. The original owner did a fabulous job in creating this beautiful cottage and keeping it in pristine condition. We did some minor improvements to make it even more comfortable and beautiful. We feel very fortunate to have been able to find such a gem. We treasure it and enjoy it. We hope you do too.
Rainbow Bee Farm Cottage is located on our formerly active, 5 acre honey bee farm and is also where we live. After the business was sold, we converted the education / tour building to a guest suite. Ahualoa is an artisan farming community. It is off the beaten path but has lots of hidden gems to be explored.
We live a holistic life style as much as possible. We meditate together and dance together. We grow our own vegetables, eat mostly natural and organic food, use natural non-toxic cleaning products, recycle what we can while practicing kindness towards ourselves and every living thing on earth. We love nature and try to be with nature as much as we can.
We would love to meet you, have you experience the beauty of our cottages and perhaps, by way of introduction, take a moment to share our common passions or philosophies, in brief meaningful conversation.
Candice & Richard