About this listing
Furnished studio cottage that is part of the Hedonisia Hawaii Community. Ideal for one or two people. Full kitchen with new stove/oven, new fridge and a range of kitchen appliances. Private ensuite bathroom with solar hot shower and bath.
This cozy cottage is located in the Hedonisia Hawaii Sustainable Community. We are in a beautiful secluded and relaxed rain forest environment. We don't usually have traffic jams here! In fact driving in this area is very pleasant with many attractions nearby.
We offer a more back-to-nature alternative to the hotel based 'concrete tourism' that has over developed much of Hawaii.
Other FEATURES & BENEFITS of the Jungle Cottage:
* Only 4 miles to ocean and outdoor Ahalanui ocean warm ponds!
* Parking & Utilities included.
* Wireless Internet Access Included
* Ensuite: Private Solar Hot shower, Bath & Toilet
* As an Eco-Friendly Vacation Rental we strongly encourage Guests to Recycle.
* Jungle Cottage has a complete kitchen with most appliances.
* Fully furnished with Queen bed.
* The location is very unique; the cottage is next to a 250-year old volcanic crater with a trail that descends into the rain-forest below.
As a guest on the property you also have access to all the community areas. Usually there are a number of travelers and other eco-tourists to socialize with!
However, because you are renting a private cottage you enjoy your own separate facilities so you can go back to your own private space whenever you want!
Last but not least the Jungle Cottage is located right beside a gigantic 33 meter deep volcanic crater. It is an old dormant crater with a fully formed jungle at the bottom. We have built a unique hiking trail to the bottom and the lava tube located within.
Because it is part of our property, this is a private natural attraction that is not open to the general public. And it is located right next to your bedroom window!
The rest of the community has shared facilities but the cottage has it's own kitchen and bathroom. Guests staying in the cottage are welcome to come join us in the back if they wish to 'hang out' in the general community!
Interaction with Guests
The lodging is part of the Hedonisia Hawaii Sustainable Community. We have a team of community members that run operations and are there to help you with any questions you might have. They will also be giving you a tour of our property that includes edible rain forest plants and our volcanic crater!
We are in located in the Puna region about five miles from Pahoa town and five miles from the ocean. Our nearest attraction is the Lava Tree State Park about one mile away.
There is limited public transit in this part of Hawaii but the bus does come nearby a few times a day on it's way to town (Pahoa and Hilo) and down toward the beaches.
Guests and Volunteers are responsible for their own transportation. We recommend renting a car as there is only a skeletal bus service in this area. It is the one price of serenity in this secluded corner of Hawaii!
Other Things to Note
TAX INCLUDED IN PRICE!
For discounted rates on extended weekly stays there is an additional three hour a week community support shift commitment.
1. More than 48 hours notice cancellation fee: 25% of booking.
2. If you cancel with less than 48 hours notice then a 50% cancellation fee applies.
(website hidden) is not our policy to issue refunds if a Guest decides to leave after completing more than a third of their stay. However, we will make certain humanitarian exceptions and issue a partial refund on a case-by-case basis.
CHANGING DATES or ACCOMMODATION
If you wish to change your arrival and/or departure dates or lodgings at Hedonisia Hawaii please note that there is a $10 processing fee. In addition, we are only able to change dates or lodgings based upon availability.
Termination of Stay: We offer very affordable rates to stay at our relaxed and friendly sustainable community. However, we reserve the right to terminate the stay of a Guest based on violation of any of the following:
- Loud or socially disruptive behavior that is detrimental to the harmony of the community.
- Damage to any facilities, lodgings or appliances on the property without offering at least partial compensation.
- Failure to follow good hygiene. Everyone MUST clean up after themselves!
- Failure to pay for stay. Guests must pay in advance for accommodation.
- Any threatening or aggressive behavior that causes any discomfort to any community member.
- Failure to respect the privacy, property and personal space of any other Hedonisia community member.
If Guest is asked to leave they may request a Compassionate Refund. Refunds are not normally given but exceptions can be made based on the behavior of the guest upon departure.
We booked this place for a one week stay on Big Island.
The listing is at the Hilo Side of BI, approx 15 minutes to the beach park, 25 minutes to the beautiful hot pools. It's close to Pahoa, where we found an amazing Island Naturals foods market, a laundry, post office and a farmers market.
The surrounding is nice and the house is 'Jungle Cottage' is really big with a comfy bed, a huge kitchen, inside and outside eating area and a fan. We did not meet Mojo during our stay.
Unfortunately, this has been the most unsatisfying Airbnb experience so far, as the house was in a very bad condition and not clean. The volunteers living there are taking care for the house but the cottage definitely needs general maintenance, there is a lot of mold and many things should be renewed.
After having complained, the owner sent the volunteers for an additional cleaning and they did what they could.
The space is super big, the wifi works pretty good and the communication with the communities members is easy and friendly. It absolutely is a quite place.
Because of the condition I would not book the place again.
At our jungle location there is naturally occurring mold on most plants on the property and on any surface that is left alone for a couple of weeks. That is what happens in a rainforest.
The vast majority of our Eco-tourists understand that and enjoy the beautiful aspects of living in green, lush nature. They appreciate that, as a ‘green’ community we do NOT want to continually use bleach in a futile attempt to sanitize nature.
It tends to be the “normal” tourists used to climate controlled environments who we have the most difficulties with. ‘Normal’ tourists tend not to care about how many chemicals are used as long as everything looks ‘clean’!
We were hesitant to accept this reservation because our eco-tourist community is not really setup for families with children who tend to be more fussy in general and looking for a standard hotel experience.
Additionally we got the sense during their stay that they were complaining in an attempt to get a discount by hinting they might give a negative review.
According to our Intern Manager report on these guests: “It was also very difficult to read their satisfaction because they were happy and friendly with us during interactions and they did recognize that we put in some extra effort to do what we could.”
In other words, they seemed to be happy with our response to their concerns. They even bought a case of beer for the interns who re-cleaned the place after they complained. And then after they write a very mixed review!
For future guests please note that this is a tropical rainforest and we are an eco-community. Though we use natural cleaners, they tend not to kill mold as effectively as bleach. However, bleach is a hazardous chemical so we try to only use it about once every 3 - 6 months or when absolutely necessary! This means a healthier vacation in the rainforest for you!
Our lodgings are open air so most tourists are not affected as they might be if they were sleeping in a close confined space. However, if you have any acute sensitivities to mold then please take the necessary precautions or medications.
We never met Mojo as he's traveling abroad this spring, but his community was super helpful and friendly. We had small inconveniences in the cottage, that Mojo and his team immediately took care of. Overall, it's a beautiful experience.
I had a really nice week at Hedonisia. the cottage is private and quiet (except for Nature's sounds) and was furnished with everything I needed. I especially appreciated the fast Internet, the ceiling fan and the big refrigerator. The bed was comfy and the solar shower worked fine for me. Mojo and the staff were very friendly and helpful. Thank you so much!
I can recommend the Jungle Cottage to any single or couple who are interested in how sustainable communities like Hedonisia in Hawaii work, or want to be close to the different shorline activities of Lower Puna on Big Island and are not looking for "typical" tourist accomodations. You really can see the crater from the window!
Mojo and Gail were wonderfully warm and gracious hosts. We were traveling with my partner's 8 year old and Gail, completely on her own initiative, dug up crayons, paper, a bouncy ball, and hula hoop for her to play with. She also collected a bunch of shells and brought them over with some string in case she wanted to make a necklace. They just found a new baby wild boar and had adopted a kitten to be his friend and we really enjoyed playing with them both.
We stayed in the jungle cottage, a sparsely furnished studio apartment on the edge of the community. The accommodations were simple and rustic, but functional and comfortable. For us it was the perfect mix of privacy, letting us dictate the amount of shared interaction, as well as welcoming us with smiling open arms whenever we did join the common areas.
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About the Host, Mojo
Our names are Mojo and Linda and we own Hedonisia Hawaii, a sustainable community retreat in the Hawaiian rain forest. At our community we offer ecofriendly lodgings two of which are featured in the Airbnb website.
Hedonisia is a sustainable community practicing "green tourism" in Hawaii.
As a social enterprise community we also manage websites that deal with women's reproductive rights and gender equality in the world. We may live "out here" in the middle of the Pacific but we are very much engaged in what is happening "out there" in the world!
Every year we travel to Europe and the East Coast of the US to visit our families and also to network, research and write for our web projects. So we are also open to Home Exchanges!
To sum us up in a nutshell. We really enjoy making a living from business activities that also serve environmental or social goals. It allows us to truly live according to our ideals instead of just working some job to pay the bills!
At our community we offer a Community and Feminist Enterprise workshops as well as a Community Manager Internship where others can learn how to do the same!