About this listing
This nicely kept workers cottage is in the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt, yet we grow delicious avocados, citrus, cacao, coffee and an assortment of citrus, al the while integrating it into the natural landscape. We use no pesticides ever.
Newer private fully appointed cabin awaits the chance to spoil you Hawaiian Style. In S. Kona near the best snorkeling spots in the islands. Plush king bed, full kitchen and "green" design.
This is a working farm as are the neighboring parcels. Visitors are invited to learn and participate in the farm activities as part of your stay We pay a nice wage or it can be credited to your account if you elect to join in. This is what we call Agricultural Tourism.
The ocean views here are spectacular and we are only less than two miles to the nearest and quite private beach, Kaohe aka Pebble Beach.
The cottage is nestled in forest and coffee plantation land and in season guests are free to pick fruit, avocados and bananas.
We have just added a LED TV and its gets the local channels. If you have a laptop and a HDMI video connection you can stream all kinds of movies and shows via our internet WIFI.
The kitchen is huge and with the full size stove one could even bake something BIG.
The well known beaches and diving snorkeling spots are 6 to 12 miles away. Dont leave here without snorkeling Honaunau Bay aka Two Step. Its is the best in the islands.
We are at 1500 feet and winter nights can be cool 60"s so come prepared.
The nearest convenience store is 7 miles aways and a full market 12 in Captain Cook.
Please read the cottage terms and become familiar with Air BNB terms and fees. In the BNB terms, please note "As a Guest, you are responsible for leaving the Accommodation in the condition it was in when you arrived"
The cottage occupancy is 2 only. Do to local restrictions, I am not able to grant exceptions.
Also be advised included in the rental fee inclusicve is 13.25% state taxes ( accommodation and GET)
Local knowledge will help make for a pleasant stay............. Aloha Kakou !!
Guests are welcome to hike around the farm and experience the integration of agriculture into the natural environment.
Interaction with Guests
I very much enjoy sharing Hawaii nei. I am happy to teach our guests the in and outs of farming in Hawaii as I am earner to get people out on the land to appreciate how unique agriculture is in the Islands.
The adjacent parcels are agriculture too, yet many natural forests and plants abound.
A car is a must. Just please drive slow on our community road. There are some children and lots of wild birds.
Other Things to Note
Access to the ocean is nearby in several spots. Don't miss them.
Sorry no pets and NO smoking inside or out. Completely off the grid and self contained so conservation of power and water is the key to the realm.
Have no worries it works well and has plenty of power for simple needs of the visitor. The terms of the rental cannot be altered once the rental has begun. Please keep the cabin clean to avoid pest problems. Please be reminded the Air BnB terms of agreement require the rental be left in the condition it was in on check-in. This excludes the linens they may be placed on the table on the lanai.
My wife and I have taken two-week vacations in Hawaii over the past four summers, and have spent the last two of these at Dr. Rick Bennett’s rental property, located uphill from his residence on the hillside in South Kona, Hawaii. We have been extremely happy with our stays at Rick’s! The location is gorgeous, with great deck views of ocean sunsets, and convenient to some of the best snorkeling on the island. The cottage itself is very comfortable and private, with a great bed and nice kitchen. It is high up enough to get cool mornings and evenings which are a relief from the heat down at the beaches. Rick is a very gracious host who is very responsive to any needs you might have, and is extremely knowledgeable about what the island has to offer. We would not hesitate to recommend this rental to anyone we like! Especially if you’re into snorkeling, and gracious simple living that is also very marvelously off the grid – electricity and hot water are both from solar power!
If you want to get a taste of the "real" Hawaii, this is the place to stay. It's a comfortable, off-the-grid cottage with a beautiful view of sunsets over the ocean. Being off the grid means that if you stay there you will have to conserve water and consider your electricity usage. But the water was hot, and the battery that stored the solar power remained full the entire time my husband and I were there and we used as much electricity as we needed.
Rick is very knowledgeable about Hawaiian culture and history and is happy to spend some time discussing them. This made our stay much more interesting.
The cottage is about 10 miles or so from access to restaurants and groceries, so planning ahead is a must if you don't want to spend a lot of time going back and forth to Captain Cook. However, it's also just a few miles to the best snorkeling on the island and another nice beach for swimming. The vibe in the area is also wonderfully laid-back and unlike any of the other parts of Hawaii or Maui that we stayed in. It was our favorite part of the island.
Rick met me at his own driveway (Wrong turn-in)! A very affable and gentle giant, who carefully walked me through a self-contained, off the grid spacious cottage on the mountainside - a 5A., self-sustaining coffee, fruit & vegetable farm.
I loved my 4 days there, and the pleasant farewell at the end. It is indeed a place embedded in the Hawai'ian way, a time and a culture not often evident in the shoreline crush & pace.
It was damp on the mountain, but it was also not backbreakingly hot. Altogether a wonderful experience.
We had a very late flight into Kona, Rick generously let us show up after midnight even though we were not scheduled until the next day. Good directions, worked just fine even though it was very dark and we were tired. Next day he promptly greeted us and showed us around the place and gave us great advice on local area. This is a great place to get away, if you want to spend time south of Kona to southern end of big island.
What a beautiful place! Spacious, well stocked, beautiful tropical garden/environment, ocean view and quiet.
Interesting to experience how an off-grid cottage is designed, what it takes to operate it and how confortable it is! With a little care there is always enough power and (warm) water.
Rick was a great host. He gave us a nice introduction and was always available for questions.
We had a great holiday!
My husband and I had an great time in Rick's cabin. The space was clean, comfortable, and stocked with everything we needed including snorkeling gear. It was interesting to learn about the off-the-grid water and energy systems that make this cabin sustainable. The view was spectacular and we were close to snorkeling spots and great beaches. Rick gave us good advice about where to go and made us feel very welcome. I highly recommend this place.
We spent four days at Rick's place and loved it! This is an experience of Hawaii that you will not get in your condo or your resort. It is far enough south to be off the beaten tourist track. When you sit on the lanai to watch the sunset (and sip your glass of wine) you will not hear another human sound. There are birds and frogs making their music but no cars or noisy neighbors. The view is stunning: you are looking down a verdant hillside, rich greens and reds, fruits and flowers growing everywhere and the view rolls out to the Pacific. We loved this place. It is accurately described. It is off the grid but everything worked beautifully. There was always power and warm water. Rick visited and let us know he was available if there were any questions or problems. He left us oranges to make fresh juice for breakfast but otherwise he was respectful of our privacy. If you cannot be without your microwave for a few days then this is not the place for you but if you want to get a feel for the non-tourist version of Hawaii and if you want to see how comfortably you can live with barely a carbon footprint, this place will amaze you.
About the Host, Rick
I am a semi retired academic yet still working as a small farmer and consultant in the health and nutrition sciences. The Hawaiian culture and spirit is a blessing and inspiration. I love this life, the culture. Just wish I had a lovely Hawaiian wahine to share it with.