Pu'ulena House near Kehena Beach

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

The Space

Peaceful and private home with ocean and mountain vistas, half mile from the spectacular Kalapana coastline. Beautifully designed and cared for with a comfy zen decor and furnishings. Open design living, kitchen, dining. High ceilings, natural wood and clean white walls. Great bedroom with views and a separate "treetop" loft. High speed internet, satellite tv with premium channels. Great established landscape with lawn, fruit and flowers.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Accommodates: 5
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 3
Extra people: $10 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $800 /week
Monthly Price: $2600 /month
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Staying at Lisa's house was wonderful. Quiet, beautiful, plenty of towels and wonderful nature all around. We sat out on the lanai, had a beer and watched the sunset and the moon and stars rise the first night. We slept so well with sounds of nature all around us, screened large windows, and doors all over the house open, absolutely lovely! I woke up to the sound of birds and the sweet smell of nature with dawn. The mattress was great, and the house was simultaneously cozy/comfortable and spacious with all the air and light you could want. The loft with an extra sleeping space we dubbed the napping loft- warm with fresh air and cozy. We had several gold dust day geckos that we loved to watch and kept us company on the lanai and in the house. Great kitchen, well equipped. About 15 minutes outside Pahoa, where there is a great natural grocery store, and some great places to eat. Just a little down the road from the house is a black sand beach (Kehena), not too far from Kapoho Tide pools-(get there before 10 if possible- you might have them to yourself) and the drive along that coast is astonishingly beautiful, lush jungle, small farms, and lava flow of different ages. We felt perfectly situated to explore. We saw loads of rainbows, and the rain we did have while there was that amazing tropical rain- one big rain cloud that would pour down on one side of the house, then the other and continue on it's way and the sun would shine at the same time as it rained, perfect rainbow conditions. Lisa was great and checked in to make sure everything was going well. It was a gift to stay there, we hope to come back again at some point soon! Thank you, Lisa for opening your lovely house to us!

    March 2014
  • What can I say but come stay here!

    The house is beautiful and spacious - bigger even than the photos make it appear. It sits on the edge of a gorgeous (older, safe) lava field and that's the view you'll wake up to every morning. It is nicely furnished and the kitchen is well appointed. As one previous reviewer noted, it is a little under an hour from the airport and Hilo. It is, however, in one of the most beautiful parts of the island - one that I've gladly returned to on each of my past few trips. As long as you aren't expecting to be a stone's through from Hilo, you'll be thrilled with your choice.

    March 2014
  • The house is very beautiful. It is, however, located in a remote part of the island - 20 minutes from Pahoa, the nearest town, and close to an hour from the airport. There is no cellular connectivity at the house and the house phone only accepts incoming calls. Lisa lives in Santa Fe, but her sone lives two doors down and is very responsive in case of issues.

    February 2014
  • The house was lovely. The peaceful energy that we soaked up on the back deck and yard was priceless. We loved that part of the island!

    November 2013
  • Lisa's house is, on the whole, a great little place for exploring the southeast side of the big island.

    ---Things we loved---

    Location: For exploring the southeast side of the island it's really a great location - right along the main road of a few great attractions. Some of the things we enjoyed most down there were the black sand beach, tide pools, lava heated swimming areas and the Champagne Ponds. It's ~30-40 minutes south of Hilo and the main road leading to Volcano National park, but a very easy day trip to the volcano if that's what you're looking for.

    View: awesome, secluded area looking out onto your own lava field with the ocean in the distance. The hammock and gazebo were a great place to read in the morning and enjoy breakfast

    ---Things to improve---

    It's worth noting that the house has more of a 'cottage' feeling to it. I haven't stayed in other places on the east side of the island so I can't compare, but it felt more like a country cottage in the details and finish. The bed was okay, but the frame wasn't very sturdy. Lastly, there weren't any blinds in the bathroom or the main bedroom... this is fine during the day, but at night is a little weird - the two rooms look out onto a barren lava field, so there shouldn't be anybody out there looking in, but I had a tough time convincing my wife of that. Adding some blinds to those rooms would be a great improvement!

    Overall a beautiful part of the world and an enjoyable stay. I would recommend it if you're looking for something on the east side of the big island.

    November 2013
  • We had so much fun staying at the Pu'ulena house over our honeymoon. We stayed at resorts most of the time, but enjoyed our 2 days here near Hilo. It was really quiet and nice to make dinners in for some rest and relaxation. We loved the design/style of the home. Beautiful views from the windows in the bedroom and a nice big deck. Lisa send detailed directions, things to see in the area and how to navigate around the house - that was much appreciated! The house is a bit of a drive from Hilo, but we enjoyed exploring along the way. Thanks for the great stay!!

    October 2013
  • This is an absolutely beautiful house!! We just loved staying here and wished we had made our stay longer. The craftsmanship of the house is incredible and Lisa has the house stocked with everything you might need. I especially love the beautiful view out of the window in the shower. What a wonderful treat to wake up in the morning and take a shower while looking at a beautiful view. The bed was also really comfortable... great mattress.

    May 2013
  • Lisa really has a lovely property, thoughtfully decorated and well kitted out. Obviously in a location that is so ideally situated to investigate nearby volcanic activity or just to relax in idyllic surroundings in back yard or nearby [1 mile or so] Kehena Beach. She provided helpful and thorough online documents near to arrival about house and area and was quick to reply to my queries about what clearly is the only fault with the house -- a pretty temperamental internet connection which coupled with patchy cell reception can leave the traveller wanting to get away from it all, rem, that bit more away from it all. But otherwise a highly highly recommended place to stay and I wouldn't let it put you off.

    May 2013
  • This was a beautiful place. It was light, clean, and wonderful as a place to nestle on the East side of the Big Island. Pahoa definitely has some great sites, so it is a good place to visit.

    January 2013
  • Our party really loved the beautiful property and very picturesque part of the Big Island. The house is stunning and very well set up for guests. Lisa was extremely helpful and provided fantastic instructions and local tips which made our stay even more wonderful. Highly recommended.

    December 2012
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Newbury Park High, University of Hawaii, Santa Barbara Holistic Health Institute, Bellas Artes San Miguel de Allende
Lomi-lomi Massage, Property Management, Artist
Friendly and helpful, I will do my best to be sure you are comfortable during your stay at Pu'ulena House on the Big Island of Hawaii, or at Canyon Road in Santa Fe. I split my time between the two places. My creative expression is seen in all the spaces listed. I use airbnb often when i travel (Los Angeles, San Miguel de Allende, Tucson,...) and can relate to the needs of a traveler. While in Hawaii I enjoy swimming in tide pools and in the open ocean. Painting and drawing the human figure is another passion. I designed, built and decorated Pu'ulena House and hope to try my hand at it once more in this lifetime! In Hawaii, I served on the board of Kalapana Sea View Estates for several years and was instrumental in the development of the neighborhood park, pavilion and tree plantings. I love life and the people in it.
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