Beautiful Hawaiian home on 2 acres

House - Private room · Government Beach Road, Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States

The Space

This is a magical getaway located, 5 minutes from the Kapoho warm ponds, tide pools, Green Lake, Champagne Pond, 20 minutes from Kalani Oceanside Retreat and the Lava Flow area,The property is in the gorgeous protected Mango Grove---ancient giant trees over 100 years old, --plantings ordered by the King of Hawaii. Beautiful, clean, private, artistic. Gorgeous landscaping, Total visual privacy from neighborhood properties, surrounded by ancient huge mango trees, organic fruit orchard, 2 private upstairs bedrooms, each with its own lanai, each bedroom has a queen-size bed with memory foam mattress , One of the bedrooms has a queen hanging bed...amazing and restful! Spacious shared bathroom downstairs, outdoor garden hot shower, and extra bathroom sink and laundry tub outside. Lots of beautiful artistic details,..see photos! Bright airy spacious kitchen--indoor and garden eating areas!
Separate Tara Temple Cabin,serves as an additional bedroom, sleeps 2 or 3 dorm style...also suitable for small retreats/Yoga, meditation, studio.
The property has great reception for at&t Wireless, and T mobile..cellphones...other providers possible and has satellite internet with an ether-net connection for the guests' laptop..
Located .3 mile (three tenths of a mile) from the Kapoho end of the Govt Beach Rd...just past Papaya Farms Rd., 27 miles from Hilo, 9 miles from Pahoa.
Pahoa has many wonderful restaurants: Thai, Italian, Mexican, Vietnamese, Pacific Rim, a Natural Foods' store, a super market, gas stations, banks, fresh fish market, a public library, medical and dental offices.
Near-by are hot ponds, tide-pools, surfing, open ocean swimming, Green Lake, farmer's market, Champagne Pond, beautiful walks along the Mango Grove road.
The house and The Tara Temple can be rented separately, the Tara Temple cabin can sleep 3 people, the house can sleep 4 people.
There is 1 sweet// very shy short-hair outdoor Calico cat who lives on the property. Her name is Princess Bella, she never comes in the house.She is friendly but not pushy.
A public bus passes 1 mile away traveling from Pahoa, 3 times daily along the "red road" Hwy 137, passing the Hot Pond, Pohiki Beach, Kalani Oceanside, Kalapana, and back to Pahoa.
Minimum Stay: 2 nights. Even if the calendar shows already booked, the cabin may be available, so please inquire! Please inquire for seasonal discounts, monthly rates,

The Neighborhood

I love that the properties are large and that the tall trees offer beautiful shade and cooling breezes from the ocean. I love that the road is infrequently traveled and it is quiet and the sounds of Nature are plentiful and beautiful.I love that there are Organic farms nearby and there are several fruit stands, and sometimes people can buy fresh coconuts on the main corner.I love that my home is situated within a grove of ancient tall Mango trees planted by decree from the Hawaiian king over 100 years ago, and these trees are protected from being cut down!

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 4
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Extra people: $40 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $315 /week
Check In: 1:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • Tao's house is a great retreat in the forest, with artwork and plants everywhere you look. It's a good opportunity to limit contact with the outside world - the nights are incomparably dark though you could probably see the glow of the volcano on the right night. The frogs took a night to get used to - they are like a car alarm going off - but I grew rather fond of them. As others have mentioned electricity is at a premium, particularly on rainy days but internet is available at a bakery in Pahoa if the batteries have run low! Listen to Tao's advice on the local area, she's lived there for many years. It rains a lot on the Hilo side. As Tao suggested to me, it's good to book some nights in Hilo and Kona as the 2 hour drive across the island will quickly get old and there are arguably more things to see in Kona.

    I took a long time finding the house, mostly through tiredness, failing to trust the satnav and the lack of a navigator to read directions I think. It's not actually hard at all, when you reach Government Beach Road, turn left as per the directions. After crossing a mile of barren lava flows, I assumed I'd gone the wrong way and turned back, which was my mistake. Another half mile on, and everything makes sense! Do it in the daylight to avoid getting out to inspect every single mailbox number until you find the right one!

    March 2014
  • Tao has a good sense of hospitality and has been very helpful to discover the great surroundings of the region,

    February 2014
  • This is truly a very nice place, very remote and very quiet, you will love to hear the rain during the night and the birds welcoming the morning.

    I do not believe it will be difficult to find this place even during the night. Tao's directions were very good and I am sure I would have found it even without a GPS system, just keep your eyes open.

    IF you are heading back to the Hilo airport in the morning:Be aware that there is a traffic jam in the mornings, so you will need a bit more than 60 minutes to the airport (rush hour between (phone number hidden)am, not sure about the afternoon).

    February 2014
  • I really enjoyed staying at Tao's house. It is wonderful, colaurful, charming house with a huge garden in the jungle
    And one of the greatest things was the outdoor shower.
    The room is comfortable, with lots of light and a nice view.
    Tao is a caretaking, well expereinced, intelligent householder, you welcomes you in the morning with coffee, tea and fruits from her garden.
    She knows the area as its best and helped with recommondations.
    Near her house is Pahoa. A lovely town with restaurants and shops.
    And also the ocean is close.

    January 2014
  • What a beautiful and special place!!! I wanted to give a gift of a Hawaiian Dream Vacation to my parents, and in order to experience the lush rainforest of Hawaii we chose Tao's place. It is a beautiful serene place, disconnected from reality. The house is absolutely beautiful with lots of artistic touches and artwork. All living quarters are surrounded by glass windows, so even if you are inside, you can see the lush fruit trees and gorgeous flowers. The garden surrounding the house is beautiful with countless flowers and fruit trees. Tao is a great and the kindest host, she offers fresh fruit from her garden every morning, and even served us the most delicious young coconut water came from her trees. The house is self sufficient, runs with solar power and rainwater, and makes the experience even more amazing: you can disconnect from the outside world. We loved sitting in the garden in the dark, and listening the sound of coqui frogs through the night. My parents stayed in the large bedroom and me & my husband stayed in the swinging bed. Felt strange the first day, but I loved it eventually. Feels like you are in a boat :) The outdoor shower is great. Defintely would stay here again. ( Little reminder, in general Hilo side has lots of mosquitos, make sure you have enough repellent!)

    November 2013
  • Tao is a wonderful host and her home is a special place. It is a true peace sanctuary!
    If you are looking to get away and get off-grid and un-plug, this is the place to go. She does have running water and electricity which is a rarity in her area. Pahoa village is relatively nearby and if you need to you can get cell reception and wi-fi there.

    September 2013
  • It was such a wonderful experience at Tao's place! She is such a warm heart- person and bright with young heart forever;)
    While staying at her place, there are lots of amazing things that I can not forget such as a shower outside of her house surrounded jungle, floating in the hot- pond at night looking at the moon, looking at smoking coming out from bright orange lava at night of National park and relaxing at the beach of south Cona.
    I love the Mango room with such a comfortable bed :)
    If you want to stay away from tourists cloud, this is the perfect spot that you can really relax in true nature! I hope I can come back her place soon!!

    September 2013
  • Tao was the best host ever! I spent an entire week in her beautiful home and felt welcome from the very first minute. Tao is a loving and kind person who enriched my life in so many wonderful ways. We spent uncountable hours talking about life and I will never forget this time I spent in "paradise". The house is one big piece of art and just being there makes you feel at peace with the world. The aloha spirit is alive in every corner. If you are looking for a place to get back in touch with nature and yourself while being in a very clean and inspiring environment, I can highly recommend Tao's beautiful home. I am truly grateful that I met Tao. Thanks for this life-changing experience!

    May 2013
  • I had the pleasure of staying with Tao for my last night during a half-month visit to the Big Island, and I if it were my first night, I might never have left. The land is beautiful and welcoming, as much as Tao is. The house is really clean and artistic with whimsical but soothing colors and the bed and sleeping conditions were as comfortable as could be.

    I traveled throughout the Big Island during my time there and the Puna District is by far the most beautiful. The roads offer stunning drives with the trees and the shoreline, along with lava fields that can transport you to another world. My favorite, by far, is Lava Tree State Park. The weekend markets in nearby towns offer fantastic foods and local goods, and the Black Sands Beach, Kalani activities and town of Pahoa offer a variety of activities to provide a textured getaway and ideal Hawaii experience.

    March 2013
  • Great place to stay! clean, friendly and down to earth. Tao is wonderful!
    We especially liked the open air outdoor hot shower. This is an all solar home, no TV, and very peaceful.

    February 2013
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I'm Tao, I live on the Big Island of Hawaii on 2 beautiful acres. I've lived here 18 years. The landscaping and house are my on-going "art project" I enjoy hosting people from all over the world! I have taught English-as-a second-Language, art, meditation, massage, and I enjoy singing, music, and chanting. Guests here enjoy organic fruits from my orchard, going to the Warm Ponds near-by, and being in a nature sanctuary!
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