About This Listing
This is a custom designed treehouse, built by the same crew you see in Treehouse Masters on TV. The Jurassic attitude of the rainforest is preserved on the grounds. The Pu'u O'o eruption in East Hawaii does not threaten the treehouse or park access.
Here is the living room. The TV shows video and plays music. The red leather chairs may be rearranged into a love seat for snuggling.
Mahinui Na Lani hangs in ohia trees growing over a lava tube in the rainforest that extends into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The treehouse was conceived as a companion to our rainforest pavilion, a Bali style structure a couple of blocks away, intended as an intimate wedding venue. Both may be reserved, and there are a couple of photos of the pavilion included in this series.
The treehouse is accessed via a path that is about 100 meandering feet in the forest, lava boulders set into the side of the lava tube, and ladders. The ascent is somewhat steep once you reach the lava rocks. For your safety and comfort, we provide day packs to transfer whatever clothing is needed for your stay from your luggage into the abode. There is a special recessed corner dedicated to your stuff, with hooks for clothes, and a couple of night stands with drawers that can hold less bulky items. It's Hawaii, and the climate is mild, the atmosphere everywhere very casual. We also provide bathrobes.
The treehouse itself is built on two levels, connected via a ship's ladder. The main level includes the living room, with two chairs and an ottoman, flat screen for viewing films & playing CDs, built in indoor window table & stools, small kitchen, outdoor shower, and composting toilet & vanity. The indoor fireplace is a Jotul propane stove vented to the outside. Outdoors on the lanai there is a cedar hot tub, and a teak table and chairs for al fresco dining in the trees. The upper level is also upper canopy, with birds actually flying around beneath you sometimes. There is a queen sized bed with a memory foam mattress, the tiny "closet corner" and another lanai. The windows other than the french doors onto the lanai are stained glass, made by a local artist.
The house was built primarily of recycled materials. The fir floors and redwood and cedar siding were once a church.
This particular area is adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea has been active for decades. There are hiking trails in and around the park through rainforest, desert, volcanic devastation, even a path with footprints preserved from an eruption over a hundred years ago. There are petroglyphs. Less than a mile from the treehouse there is Volcano Village, with restaurants and art galleries, a couple of places to buy gas. The entrance park itself is about two miles away. The neighborhood is rainforest, with many unbuilt upon lots. The reason there is no view of the treehouse through the forest is because the rainforest is very dense. There is the floor, very jungly with ginger, native ferns, and trees. Mid canopy are the tree ferns, some twenty feet tall, and over a hundred years old. The upper canopy is a mixture of ohia trees with red lehua flowers, Hawaiian holly, and others.
We are asked from time to time if more than two people can stay in the treehouse. We can especially understand that families would like to bring their children to share this experience. the treehouse is a two person space. Everything is designed to be a honeymoon experience. While it is possible for more than two people to sit together and chat, only two can sleep over. There is no rollaway bed, nor is there room for one or for any other furniture beyond what is there already.
Hall of Fame:
The treehouse has been featured in Extreme Cribs, on episode 13.
The Ellen Show: Kim Douglas's Tropical Vacation
Ke Ola Magazine Volcano Tree House story in July - August 2011 edition
Trip Advisor: One of the Ten Most Romantic Places to Stay (global selections)
Treehouses of the World, Travel Channel European segment, by Treehouse Masters series
blogs and news articles published globally
You will have access to the entire property, including the small structure below the treehouse near where you park your car. You may safely lock your luggage inside that room and use the day packs inside during your stay.
If you use a CPAP machine, please contact us prior to making a reservation.
There is only one treehouse on the property.
Interaction with Guests
We live nearby and come by regularly to maintain the treehouse. It is likely we will meet you on arrival. Otherwise, we are available by cell phone, text, email. When we are away, someone else who lives locally will be available to greet you and take care of your needs. The treehouse requires daily attention because it is off grid. This is generally done between 11 am and 4 pm, and most guests are away for that portion of the day. We do ask that if you are staying all day at the treehouse, that you communicate with us to let us know when one of us can come up and take care of the place.
The neighborhood is mostly old growth rainforest with a few houses here and there. When you drive up, you will notice there are neighbors across the street and next door. You will forget about them once you walk through the moongate and enter the world of the treehouse. Sometimes of a late afternoon and evening you may hear a local hula halau practicing. We hope you find the sounds of laughter and Hawaiian language and music adds to the ambience.
A rental car is a necessity. While there is public transportation, it is long slow trip up the mountain. The park is a couple of miles down the road, and so large you will want to drive and not attempt to walk. Volcano Village is about a mile up the road. You might like to stroll up and back. If walking into the village for dinner, a flashlight for your return is an absolute must.
Other Things to Note
When you decide you want to stay at the treehouse, you are coming to a place unlike any other. There are other treehouses, but each is unique. This treehouse is off grid. This means it requires hands on service, every day. For most people, this is a seamless thing that happens while they are off adventuring. Every once in awhile, people come and do not want to leave, at all. We understand, but we do want to let you know that we must enter the treehouse on a daily basis to service the composting toilet. The hot tub also requires attention.
The treehouse is in the forest. It is inside the trees, and this means easy critter access. To keep them outside, we carry your rubbish away and make sure your food is stored adequately.
Spiders are residents of the forest. They are food for the birds. If you love the birds, please tolerate their food supply. We empty the house of spiders daily but we do not poison. The spiders come back at will. They are small, and stay in the corners. They leave evidence of their visit in the form of webs. We do our best to be inhospitable to them, but they persist.
When there is weather, like hard rains and winds, from your perch in the trees you will experience the sound and feel in ways you may have not before. The house is tight - the weather does not enter if the doors and windows are closed. But the sounds can be formidable. You will feel close to nature.
A word about fees:
In addition to the room charges, there is Hawaii tax of 13.42% effective 2010. Tax payment will be due on arrival.
The $85 cleaning fee repeats after one week as there will be a complete change of linens, and there are daily services for your comfort of garbage removal, hot tub attention, and off grid systems maintenance.
There is no smoking inside or outside the treehouse. Thank you for respecting this.
Please do not burn any candles other than in the holders provided, and be careful not to leave candles burning out of your sight.
Off grid necessities: In a normal house, there is unlimited power, water, and gas. In the life you come from, internet streams through cable and is also limitless. Here, we are not connected to anything other than the trees and our own off grid systems. Power failures at the treehouse are actually less common than on the mountain for grid connected houses, but they can still happen. There are candles in the treehouse for your use, and the hot tub will ordinarily still be hot. The heater will still work. The off grid experience is always a little different, and we are available to resolve any issues that arise. If you elect to use our wireless connection, please note that it too is not unlimited. There will be a charge for any use over one gigabyte during your stay. Internet available beginning March 4 2015.
And finally, before using the hot tub, please shower. And no bath salts, or other goodies in the hot tub. Just you. :)
Hard to find words to describe our experience at the tree house. Gail made us feel incredibly welcomed from the moment we arrived - providing us with fresh banana bread and everything we needed for breakfast the next morning. The proximity to the green/black sand beaches is hard to beat and that's not to mention the less than 5 minute drive to the volcano national park. If you are staying in the area this airbnb is a must! Thanks Gail for allowing us to enjoy your slice of paradise!
A unique experience like no other! We had a fabulous stay and my only regret is that we weren't able to stay longer. The location is perfect for visiting the volcanoes and the treehouse was exactly how the listing described, if not better. This was the highlight of our trip. STAY HERE!
What can I say other than AMAZING! You're only five minutes away from volcanoes national park and volcano village yet you feel total privacy in a secluded rainforest. The treehouse itself is absolutely beautiful. There was even a TV with a library of DVDs and music to choose from even though you will most likely never turn it on! Gail was very easy to get in touch with and was a great help recommending points of interest nearby. Our caretaker Rose was fantastic! She showed us all of the ins and outs of the treehouse and explained everything we needed to know about our off the grid experience. If you're looking for a truely unique and romantic big island experience, I can not recommend this location highly enough.
The treehouse is amazing! We had a great stay there. It was easy to find and really well located for the volcano national park. And if you're looking for something a bit more unusual and quirky then this is definitely the place to stay!
We met Gail and Robert at the treehouse and they were both really helpful and friendly. They gave some good suggestions for places to visit whilst you stay. We ate at the Kilauea Lodge and the Volcano House and would recommend both.
Although the treehouse is off the grid you're certainly not slumming it when staying there. The heater works great and the outside shower is amazing, and there even optional wifi is you need it. We're very happy that we were able to stay there on our trip to the big island.
My husband and I found the tree house to have everything that we could need, not only for everyday living, but also for a relaxing visit. The property is gorgeous and well kept and there was a nice assortment of staples for our breakfast. The hot tub was nice and warm for an evening soak every day. I particularly enjoyed the small deck off the bedroom. I highly recommend staying here. My husband and I both agree that this is the best accommodations we have ever stayed at.
Our host Gail was very accommodating. When we arrived at 8 pm she still came out to the treehouse to show us around and answer any questions we had. The treehouse was stocked with breakfast essentials which allowed us to enjoy slow-paced mornings. You just can't beat the view, from the bed, of the sun coming up through the trees every morning. This place was perfect for a romantic getaway full of quaint characteristics and ultimate seclusion.
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About the Host, Mahinui
Aloha. My husband Robert and I offer a Big Island wedding destination near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We offer a full service wedding, with everything from the conch shell blowing to the honeymoon at the treehouse, and photography too.
We have two property locations. One contains the treehouse, and the other the wedding pavilion and main house. The main house can serve to stage the wedding and it can also house guests of the bride and groom.
For the photography, we go to places on the island that are particularly photogenic. We offer this service to both those who married with us and those who are married elsewhere and come to the Big Island to honeymoon.
For an up close and personal view of what we do, you may visit us online at Rainforest Weddings on Face book. There you will find photos, updates on what is going on here on the island, and comments from people who have been (email hidden) Lani. Mahinui Na Lani was recently featured on MTV Extreme Cribs. The treehouse was featured on the Today Show, and has been written up in Keola Magazine. Forbes has mentioned it in an article about our builder, Roderick Romero.
We also work with other amazing Big Island venues if you are looking for a larger wedding celebration.
We welcome any travelers who are seeking a wonderful place to stay on the Big Island. Aloha!
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