Your path to the cottage, past the owner's house and shared outdoor shower.Light and bright, surrounded by nature.  Cottage is 370 sq ft with 9' ceilings.
Oliana Cottage :: Kalapana/Kehena Allergy Friendly
Oliana Cottage :: Kalapana/Kehena Allergy Friendly

Entire home/apt

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1 Bed

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About this listing

Off the beaten path near active lava flow at Kalapana and black sand Kehena Beach. Old-style Hawaii at its best, warm ponds, tidepools, tropical sights and sounds. 370 sq ft studio, 9' ceiling.
LOCATION: Hilo Airport (45 minutes), Kona Airport (3 hours), Volcano Park (50 minutes)
KITCHENETTE: Please see photos & make sure it is adequate for your cooking needs.
WEATHER: No air conditioning. Cooled by tropical breezes.

The space

Tranquil, Tropical, Private - Walk to Black Sand Beach - Studio with Kitchenette

The Oliana Cottage on the Hilo side of the island is located in upscale Puna Beach Palisades across from black sand clothes-optional Kehena Beach. This 370 sq ft cottage with kitchenette is located away from the street and behind the owner's house on a 1/2 acre lot. Located off the beaten path, along the Kalapana-Kapoho "The Red Road" scenic byway. You are just minutes away from Kalapana, Kapoho, swimming at the warm ponds, and snorkeling at the tidepools. You can hear the waves crash against the cliffs in the cottage and you used to be able to see the ocean from the driveway. The jungle now surrounds the cottage on three sides obscuring the ocean view.

Sunlight and gentle tradewinds fill this charming studio Cottage.
Please note that we are closest to the Hilo Airport (45 mintues). Kona Airport is 2-1/2 to 3 hours drive away.

It is a short hike down the cliff to the famous black sand clothes-optional Kehena beach. A five minute drive to Kalapana for a Hawaiian beach, convenience store, farmer's market (Saturdays) and live music on many nights, especially Wednesdays. The Oliana Point seen in the spectacular coastal photo above is literally across the street. Swim with the dolphins or whale watch in season.

The Oliana Guesthouse is smoke-free, pet-free, and cleaned and supplied with organic natural products containing essential oils for the comfort of those with allergies.

This studio w/bath has one queen-size bed, separate bath with large indoor shower, and a fully-equipped KITCHENETTE with small refrigerator (under the counter), microwave, toaster, 2-burner portable electric stove-top, blender, toaster-oven, Foreman electric grill, teakettle, and coffeemaker. Anything else you may need is available on request.

The Cottage and the main house share a hot/cold outdoor shower, in addition to the private shower inside the cottage. All linens 100% cotton provided. Free wireless internet and free domestic long distance (US, Canada, Mexico).

Iyengar-style yoga props may be borrowed.

Please ask about recommendations to local massage therapists, boat tours or guides for hikes to the lava.


If you came here from an Airbnb ad that said I am located in Hawaiian Paradise Park, that is not true. HPP, as we call it, is located 25 miles from here and is the largest subdivision in the US with over 8800 house lots. Puna Beach Palisades, where the Oliana Cottage is located has only 150 1/2 acre house lots, total, and maybe 50 house structures in the neighborhood.

Guest access

Enjoy the outdoor shower with hot water, shared with the front house.

Interaction with guests

Owner gives personal welcome orientation whenever possible. I'd be delighted to socialize. If that is what you want, let me know.

Other things to note

If you Book Same Day, I may need at least 3 hours to make-ready the cottage. Mahalo!

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The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Bedrooms: Studio
Beds: 1
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 12PM (noon)
Room type: Entire home/apt


Cleaning Fee: $60
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

Smoke-free, pet-free, fragrance-free for the comfort of those with allergies.
Check-in is 4pm and check-out is noon. One hour earlier or later can be arranged on request. More time than that depends on availability. Written guest manual and the internet password can be found under your key. Hawaiian-style, no shoes in the cottage.



Cancel up to 5 days before your trip and get a full refund, including service fees.

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

1 night minimum stay

147 Reviews

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Paul User Profile
June 2017
We had a lovely stay at Babette's place. She was incredibly sweet and helpful, even lending us her rice cooker. We look forward to visiting again the next time we vacation on Hawaii. Five stars!

Martin User Profile
June 2017
Was really good. Clean and it hasn't missed anything. Try to come her on Wednesday for uncle Roberts farmer market.

Gloria User Profile
June 2017
Babette's cottage is beautiful. It has everything you need for a perfect stay. It was a pleasure to stay in her airbnb. It was clean, close to the ocean and to the lava and a lovely place to stay in tranquility. We would definitely recommend this place to everyone who wants to stay at the south of Big Island!

Fang User Profile
June 2017
Babette was a wonderful host and her unit was just as she described. The unit has all the basic necessities (first aid kit and feminine products were a life saver!). It is great if you are looking for the "jungle" experience. We actually enjoyed falling asleep listening to the coqui frogs. Babette was also very communicative regarding the check in process and gave us ton of recommendations on things to do. The cottage does not have a AC unit, so it can get a bit warm , we slept with the fan on and the windows open which was fine. We had an amazing stay, I would recommend this place to anyone!

Aaron User Profile
May 2017
Babette was a wonderful host and her unit was just as she described. Babette had great suggestions on places to eat and things to see and do. Our favorite was a visit to the Kapoho tide pools, water shoes are a must!

Jacob User Profile
May 2017
My wife and I stayed here for two night so we could check out the sights on this side of the island. Babette was very nice and her place is very clean. It has the basic necessities and is great if you are mostly just looking for a place to sleep between all day excursions. This place is pretty far out of the way of most things, which is nice if you are looking to be a bit more secluded. The lava viewing area (Kalapana) was only a few minutes away though, so it was nice to be close to that in the evening. One thing to note, the frogs here are very loud and they do not let up at all for the entire night, so if you cannot fall asleep to the sounds of the "jungle" than you will have trouble here (and anywhere else where there are the coqui frogs)
Babette User ProfileBabette is a superhost.
Response from Babette:
Thank you Jacob for your review and the reminder about the coqui frogs. They have certainly spread all over the island by now. And they can be loud, especially inspired by the rain on nights when showers occur 4 or 5 or more times a night. They are definitely more quiet on dry nights. Another timely reminder to future guests - wifi out here in the middle of the Pacific is weaker and service more sketchy than the mainland US or even than in Honolulu or Hilo. Also there is no cell phone service in the cottage, but there is a landline telephone with free local and US, Canada, and Mexico long distance.
May 2017

Ray User Profile
May 2017
Babette was a wonderful host and her cottage was a great place to base ourselves while we explored the spectacular scenery. The cottage itself is exactly as described, extremely clean and lots of amenities. The location is just a short car ride to the lava view point and just across the road from a beautiful beach. Highly recommended!!
Babette User ProfileBabette is a superhost.
Response from Babette:
Thank you for your kind review. Glad you enjoyed this part of the island.
May 2017

Hawaii, United States · Joined in July 2011
Babette User ProfileBabette is a superhost.

Busy retiree from Texas. Founder and Director of the Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii. I moved to this part of the Big Island over ten years ago. In the photo, I am holding a tanpura. Also master musicians Parashuram Bhandari with sarangi, and Danny Birch with sarod.

I built the Cottage for friends and family to stay when they visit here. I began welcoming guests as a vacation rental in 2005.

From the Guestbook:

Thanks so much for sharing this space. Delightful! I wish we had more time to spend here, however we may return some day. Lovely and Comfy! -- L + A, Vancouver
-- Feb 7, 2012

Aloha -- This is such a sweet place to rest body, mind & spirit. Thank you for your essence. I will return again and again. Much love and respect, V
-- Feb 2, 2012

Thanks. What a wonderful place to explore an amazing island from. -- J, Calgary, Canada
-- Feb 2011

B, what a charming & lovely way to experience Hawaii for the first time! I love the "lonely Puna roads." It was just what I needed to relax and refresh my spirit. Thank you for your suggestions, your stories and your music. I hope you will visit me on the west coast sometime and I hope I can get back here to visit you again. Aloha until then, E -- July 2009

You are a delight and so is your cottage. I hope you will clear the calendar when I next call, because this will be my place every year! -- K, March 2009

It has been a true pleasure to experience your aloha spirit and your beautiful cottage. Thank you for the stunning orchids. Can't wait til our next visit. Mahalo. -- E+B , NYC 2008

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