Treehouse at Kilauea Volcano

Treehouse - Entire home/apt · PO Box, Volcano, HI 96785, United States

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. You will be in another world here.

Your host, Mahinui
29 Reviews
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within a few hours

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. You will be in another world here.

The Space

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.

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)

Guest Access

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.

Interaction with Guests

We live on another part of the island. We regularly come across to maintain the treehouse, and sometimes are in volcano during your stay. If we are, we try to meet you. Otherwise, we are available by cell phone, text, email. Two people are locally available to respond in person to any of your needs, and generally one of us will greet you on arrival to show you around. 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 our local staff to let them know when they can come up and take care of the place.

The Neighborhood

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.

Getting around

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. If you want to use the hot tub, we must heat that as well.

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Cleaning Fee: $75
Check In: 4:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • This place was absolutely amazing! It was like living in the jungle separated away from civilization with all the luxuries! Nothing but positive vibrations and awesomeness! Definitely do add this to your bucket list!

    July 2014
  • This is one of the most memorable places we have ever stayed. It's exactly as described and has everything you need - wonderful to have so much privacy in the outdoors.

    May 2014
  • Every little detail was absolutely perfect and of the highest possible quality. From the outdoor shower to the most luxurious bed you'll ever have the pleasure to be in, this was by far the most amazing place I will and have ever stayed in. The host was very pleasant to speak with, makes you feel right at home. They even leave you a few papayas and some fancy chocolates and banana bread upon arrival. Just above and beyond all expectations! Would recommend in a heartbeat!

    May 2014
  • What a great experience this was. If you want something different and exciting, this is the place. It was like being a kid again, camping out in a treehouse but in style and luxury. It is a perfect place to stay when visiting the volcano. Only 5 or so minutes to drive to the National Park, where you can arrive early before the hoards of tourists you are treated to viewing the park in near solitude. The treehouse itself is very comfortable and cosy and at the end of the day the hot tub was an absolute treat. I highly recommend this place!

    May 2014
  • Amazing and completely unique place to stay! Such a cozy place to enjoy with someone special. The hot tub (Japanese style soaking tub) was the perfect place to relax and recuperate after a day of hiking through the nearby Volcanos National Park. If you have never had that chance to have an outdoor shower, you must try it! It is such a great feeling to have a hot shower in a tropical misty rainforest early in the morning. The mini-kitchen area provided enough space for simple meals for breakfast and dinner.

    Gail, Robert, and their helpers were fantastic for the entirety of our stay. They were easily reachable when if we had any questions about the quirks of the treehouse or needed advice on where to go nearby for food or fun.

    As with any "off the grid" style building, low-level maintenance was part of a daily ritual. The host was great at making sure everything was fixed or cleaned up while we were out enjoying our vacation. 100% stress-free for us. Fresh towels, topped-up drinking water, and a piping hot tub were always waiting for us when we got back.

    Other items:
    Easy to get to. Much closer to Hilo than Kona if you have a choice of airports.
    Great fireplace.
    Good cell phone reception.
    Steep ladder up to treehouse and into bedroom area (likely challenging for anyone with mobility issues).
    Tight fit up the ladder to the bedroom (my 5'10 180lb frame fit ok).

    Overall, EXCELLENT place to stay for your Hawaiian honeymoon. If we get a chance to go back, we will be quite sad if someone else beats us to this one-of-a-kind paradise.

    May 2014
  • Gail & Robert were terrific hosts, very communicative, extremely knowledgable, and fun!

    April 2014
  • We stayed at 3 places on the big island during our honeymoon and this was definitely our favorite! Here's why: close proximity to the national park, super quiet and tranquil neighborhood (only sounds we heard were birds and rain), very romantic setting that made us feel like we were isolated in the rainforest, showering outside IN the rain (so cool!), the hot tub in the deck, all the interesting architectural details of the house itself, and the wonderful hospitality of the host and Rose and Noe, who made sure we were taken care of. There were fresh fruit and other goodies in the kitchen when we arrived, and we were so happy to see that they provided tea, coffee, and hot chocolate too!

    This is the perfect place to truly get away from it all and experience the volcanoes and the east side of the island. If you are visiting the big island you should definitely stay here for at least two nights!

    April 2014
  • This is one the best AirBnb experiences we've had to date. The treehouse is so charming and so well designed. I never thought I'd want to duplicate this experience to live in myself, but after this trip it is certainly a goal for the future. You truly feel as though you are in the jungle even though a main roadway is a few hundred feet away.

    There was a small but good supply of fresh fruit, breakfast goodies and Kona coffee and once you add a bottle of champagne, we had a great breakfast. Minutes away from the Volcano State Park, it was a fantastic jumping off point for our Volcano-centric portion of our trip. Can't recommend it enough!

    April 2014
  • This is a fantastic place to stay. Be sure to stay more than one night to benefit fully from this incredible setting. The path to the house is beautiful and secluded. The outdoor shower is wonderful, as is the hot tub. Everything was perfect.

    March 2014
  • Three house was super cool. Definitely as awesome as expected and close enough to some small businesses and a great Thai restaurant that you wouldn't have to go too far for dinner. We loved the small set up, the hot tub was heated daily for us and the proximity to Volcano National Park made it a pleasure!

    February 2014
Per Month
Subtotal Total

Add a profile photo to Instant Book this listing.

Save this listing to review later.
Saved 4920 times
University of California, Berkeley, Sir Francis Drake High, UC Berkeley
Mahinui Na Lani
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 (website hidden). 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!
View full profile
Response Rate
Response Time
within a few hours
Calendar Updated
Similar Listings