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1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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1 bedroom
1 bed
1 bath
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This private and serene cottage on a beautiful two acre retreat is just where you want to be at the end of the day. Only 6 miles from the best Kohala Coast beaches on the dry and sunny side of historic Waimea Town.
A beautiful space with everything needed for a relaxing and quiet stay.
Queen bed, fully equipped kitchen with dining area, beautifully tiled bathroom with shower. Outdoor Gas BBQ and sitting area.
Complimentary washer and dryer, WiFi and on site parking.

The space

The Zen Hale is the perfect home base for your exploration of the Big Island. The unique serenity of this one bedroom, one bath cottage offers ocean and mountain views enhanced by cool breezes and mild temperatures. Luxuious linens adorn the separate bedroom and a beautiful stone shower appoint the bathroom. A separate laundry room with washer and dryer is available for use.

You will find yourself minutes away from the best beaches on the Big Island. The largest of Hawaii Island’s white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach, has consistently been rated on numerous international Top Ten lists. Mauna Kea Beach, a perfect crescent of golden sand leading to calm water, has been voted among the Top 10 beaches in the U.S. Both offer great conditions for swimming, sunbathing, bodyboarding and snorkeling.

Beyond the beaches, Hawaii offers a host of outdoor activities and sightseeing oppportunities. Head to the Paniolo Town of Waimea and visit the many shops and galleries. From there is the perfect starting point for a trip to the Volcano National Park or a glimpse of the stars and planets at Mauna Kea Observatory.

There's no better way to experience the amazing cultural diversity of Hawaii Island than to visit one of the farmers’ markets that take place all arround the island. You’ll find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables used in Hawaii Regional Cuisine, exotic varieties that are as intriguing as they are tasty plus an eclectic collection of prepared foods.The market is also a great place to pick up handmade artwork or a unique gift and strike up a conversation with the artist who made them.

When you're ready for some relaxation and "Aloha", come home to the Zen Hale.

Let us know if you will be celebrating a special occasion or have a certain needs. We will do all we can to accommodate your request. You will always feel welcome and long to return to our unique retreat.

If our calendar at the Zen Hale is full, please contact us as we have other beautiful homes that may be available for your desired dates.

Aloha and Mahalo

Guest access

You'll have the privacy of this adorable cottage, an area outdoors that is equipped with a gas BBQ grill and seating. You can also use the laundry room that is on premise and complimentary.
We provide free WiFi and cable television.
Off street parking is provided.
Beach gear available.

Interaction with guests

We like to provide our guests with privacy but we are available when needed.

Other things to note

The Nightly and Weekly Rate Includes The 13.5% Hawaiian Hospitality Tax Hawaii Tax I.D. # W00501720-02

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Free parking on premises

Cleaning Fee $95
Security Deposit $195
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (0-12 years)
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 10AM


This is a non-smoking home and property. Abuse of this policy will result in the loss of your security deposit.


Deposit is returned within 7 days of departure barring any losses, damages or abuse of this contract. Please report any damages to owner upon arrival and before departure.

Guest shall allow Homeowner access to the property for purpose of repair, cleaning and inspection. Homeowner shall exercise this right of access in a reasonable manner.

There is a designated, off street parking spot for one vehicle. Vehicle is to be parked only in this designated spot.

We experience many climates on The Big Island. Our location is on the sunny side of Waimea Town and we enjoy warm days and cool evenings. Weather can be a factor of any travel and we do not extend weather related refunds.

You may use the property for vacationing only. No weddings, parties or functions. You may not use it for any illegal, improper or offensive activity. People other than those in the Guest party set forth in the short term rental agreement may not stay overnight.

Quiet time to be observed from 10:00 pm to 8:00 am.

There is a laundry room provided for our guests. Hours of operation are from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm daily. Laundry detergent is provided. If you need different hours let us know and if we can accommodate you we will.

Bugs and pests are a normal part of our life in the topics both inside and out. You can do your part to keep them to a minimum by keeping screens and doors closed at all times. Also do not leave food sitting out or dirty dishes in the sink as these will attract ants. We do have pest control on a regular basis but our climate does promote pests. If you are having a problem please call us and we will do what we can, but as we said, pests are part of tropical life.

There is no house phone but there is cell phone reception and free Wi Fi.

The home is cleaned before and after your stay but maid service is not included. If you would like maid service during your stay, we can help you arrange it at your own expense.
Linens and towels are provided. Beach towels are the only towels that may be removed from the premises.

We supply hand soap in the bathroom and kitchen, toilet tissue, laundry and dish soap to get you started but unlike a hotel we do not replenish supplies during your stay. Shampoo and body products are NOT provided. There may be foil, plastic wrap, paper towels and storage bags left behind by other guests but we do not supply these items.

Please take all rubbish tightly sealed in bags to the trashcans. Please help our environment by placing garbage, glass and recycle items in the properly marked can.

This vacation rental property is privately owned. The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illnesses that occur while on the premises or its facilities. The homeowner is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from the use of the premises by themselves, their children or others whom they invite on the premises and hereby waive any claim of liability or negligence against the homeowner for any accidents, injuries or illness that may occur while on the premise or its facilities.


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3 nights minimum stay

14 Reviews

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Nicole User Profile
July 2017
This property was beautiful with great views of the mountains and the ocean. We loved our early morning walks and the evening sunsets. Be sure to understand the location is off the beaten path, so it's perfect if you are wanting to avoid the tourist shops and resorts.
Rose & Matthew User Profile
Response from Rose & Matthew:
Hello Nicole, So happy you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale and the property. Being off the beaten path but still only 4 miles from Waimea Town and 5 miles from Mauna Kea beach is exactly why we chose this location. Thank you again for your stay and review. We hope to see you again on a future visit to Hawaii Island. Aloha and Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
July 2017

Daniel User Profile
June 2017
The place was as described. I would stay again and recommended to anyone visiting the big island.

Kimberly User Profile
April 2017
The small house is perfect. Roomier than the pictures. Perfect location just outside of Waimea. Beautiful setting. Very quiet and peaceful. Perfectly set up. I only met Matt while there, super friendly and helpful. Check in and booking was a breeze. Would gladly recommend to friends and colleagues.
Rose & Matthew User Profile
Response from Rose & Matthew:
Aloha Kimberly, So happy you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale. It sounds like you experienced all that we strive to provide to our guests. We hope to see you on your next Hawaii Island visit. You'll always be a welcome guest. Aloha and Mahalo, Matthew
April 2017

Stephen User Profile
September 2016
The hosts made me feel welcome the first day with a greeting card and handing me a couple of papayas and a lime.
Rose & Matthew User Profile
Response from Rose & Matthew:
Aloha Stephen, Thank you for being an ideal guest. We hope you will visit Hawaii Island again and allow us to be your hosts. We enjoy sharing our fruits and veggies from our lush 2 acres. You mentioned how "serene" the Zen Hale and property was......that's exactly what we strive to provide for all of our guests. Aloha and Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
September 2016

Fidelia User Profile
August 2016
We stayed at Zen Hale five nights in August 2016. We made our booking at the last minute, and Matt was helpful answering questions very quickly, and he was quick to respond to every query during our stay. After staying at Zen Hale, we stayed three nights at a resort in Kona, and we pined for Zen Hale! Kona was a culture shock after the peacefulness of Kamuela. Zen Hale was the perfect place for our exploration of the Big Island. It is actually very centrally-located for exploring the island's best sites, and as the description says, close to the best beaches. Waimea, only 6 miles away, is a great little town with good food and amenities. If we hadn't been so excited to tour around seeing places, we would have been content to just be at Zen Hale. The views are spellbinding and a joy to wake up to each morning. The cottage is so lovely, very tastefully and expertly crafted & decorated. And the stars at night are an unreal wonder! The hosts have thought of everything too. Not only do they provide a fully stocked kitchen and a copy of the best Hawaii guidebook, but they also provided beach gear including big beach towels, chairs and boogie boards! It would have been nice to meet Matt & Rose, but I didn't even see them once even though (I think) they're living in a house on the farm very near Zen Hale. The flipside of this is that our experience was very private, and it felt like we had their paradise all to ourselves. A few recommendations to visitors: 1) If you're at all interested in the stars/cosmos, go to the Keck Observatory office in Waimea. You'll get a fascinating free tour! 2) If you plan to hike out to the Kilauea Pu'u 'O'o lava flow, bring a flashlight or headlamp per traveler. A big mahalo to Matt & Rose for sharing their heavenly place!

Heather User Profile
July 2016
Super cute, clean and nicely furnished cottage in a great location for exploring the Northern part of the island. Matt was a great host. The cottage is very warm to be in during the day but did cool down nicely in the evening and night. Very close to awesome beaches!
Rose & Matthew User Profile
Response from Rose & Matthew:
Aloha Heather, I'm happy you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale. We were definitely experiencing some warmer than usual weather during your visit. Our 1700' elevation is normally the perfect condition for warm....but not hot days....and cool nights. Perfect for sitting outside counting stars or sleeping indoors. Thank you again for allowing us to be your hosts. We hope you will visit us when you travel to Hawaii Island again. Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
July 2016

Nan User Profile
March 2016
Matthew and Rose made us feel very welcome with good instructions and some friendly interactions; we enjoyed meeting them both. Zen Hale was a great location for us to explore the northern part of the island, including beaches and coastline. The property, with wonderful plantings, trees, birds, beautiful chickens, and wonderful views was wonderful to spend time relaxing within. Walks on the quiet road in the surrounding residential area of large properties were enjoyable in the cooler evenings. Most nights the skies became clear and filled with stars; it's wonderfully dark there. Zen Hale was a perfect size for the two of us, with a small kitchen for simple meals, a very comfortable bed with a wonderful view of the trees and the night sky, a nice shower in the bath, and open space for eating, yoga, and stretching The birds were a joy, as were the beautiful heritage chickens. We enjoyed the farmer's markets in Waimea and beach time during many days.
Rose & Matthew User Profile
Response from Rose & Matthew:
Aloha Nan, It was our pleasure to be your hosts while you visited Hawaii Island. We are very happy that you enjoyed your Zen Hale stay and took advantage of all the natural beauty of our property and this part of the island. You will always be a welcome guest and we hope to see you on your next visit. Much Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
March 2016

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Moved to the Big Island 10 years ago from Portland, Oregon. I have lived all around the U.S. but I feel that this is my true home. Rose and I just spent an amazing month in Nepal and India, but the best part was coming back to Hawaii. In 1999, while attending an alternative building design seminar in Cottage Grove, Oregon, I was introduced to the concept of permaculture. Although the original focus of permaculture was sustainable food production, over time the philosophy of permaculture has expanded to encompass economic and social systems. Today I have my Permaculture Design Certification and also my Permaculture Teacher Training Certification. My passion now is working to make our Big Island property an example of permaculture design, and in cultivating Bodhisattva Healing Gardens to become a place where these healing ideas are shared.

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