About this listing
Set in its own landscaped acreage, Hale Pono retreat rental has the luxurious conveniences of the best hotels in a slice of perfect old Hawaii, conveniently located for visiting all the East side of the Big Island has to offer. 20 minutes to Hilo.
All-inclusive rates NO HIDDEN FEES! Rates INCLUDE 13.42% Hawaii taxes AND cleaning fee.
$20 per additional guest after first 2 guests ($15 per additional guest for stays over a week, $10 for stays over a month).
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QUIET AND LUSH IN ITS OWN ACRES OF TROPICAL GARDENS at the end of a palm-lined, private, gated driveway, Hale Pono is a brand new, eco-friendly garden retreat home. In a peaceful location off the beaten track, where tropical rainforest meets the jungle on its way down to the ocean.
HALE PONO ENJOYS A PLEASANT JUNGLE/RAINFOREST CLIMATE gently kissed by the trade winds - only 20 minutes from Hilo airport, closer to all the island has to offer! If you choose to fly into Kona Airport, you will have a spectacular 2 hour drive to Hale Pono with endless beautiful sights on your way home! Every island road is unique: passing desert, mountain, ocean, forests, lava-rock fields, rolling ranchlands, quaint towns and villages.
EASY ACCESS TO EVERYTHING ON THE BIG ISLAND - 25 minutes from Kilauea Volcano Park; 20 minutes from Hilo or Pahoa; 15 minutes to the ocean and great ocean hikes to hidden beaches; 30 minutes drive to surfing, taking a helicopter ride over the island, ancient petroglyphs, lava-walks and zip-lining over the waterfalls; 1 hour drive to South Point, Punalu'u and the green-sand beach; 90 minutes drive to Mauana Kea Observatory, Waipio Valley or The Parker Ranch; 2 hours drive to the West-Side of the island, Waimea or Kohala.
OR STAY HOME, TAKE HIKES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, RELAX
in the house and gardens, stargaze at nights - choose to have grocery delivery, rideshares to town or bus stops, massage sessions, healing sessions and breakfast/evening meal service. When you are ready, start your island adventures!
. Sleeps 7 on comfortable beds:
1 optional super-comfy inflatable queen with mattress-topper (goes in seating area)
1 optional twin/single bed for an extra person in either bedroom
. 2 full bathrooms with large tubs, showers, basins and toilets in each, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer provided
. All-local harvested wood trim and floor
. Fully equipped kitchen, bakeware, cookware, utensils, etc.
. Dining area with extendible table, seats 8
. Seating area for 7 people
. Laundry room (washer, dryer, laundry sink, laundry soap provided)
. Plenty of closet space in every area
. Plenty of parking
. Hawaii art and crafts enhance the natural features of the home
. Built so it is naturally air-conditioned by the trade winds
. Ceiling Fans in every room
. 6 acres of tropical gardens & ancient ohia forest
. Catchment rainwater for your household needs, filtered & treated for your convenience (plenty of bottled water provided for drinking)
. Hawaii jungle sounds to lull you to sleep each night
. Wake up to birdsong every morning
PLEASE NOTE: Hale Pono is NOT in Volcano Village, as shown on the map, it is 20 miles towards Hilo on Highway 11.
AIRPORT SHUTTLE AND RIDES INTO HILO TO PICK UP RENTAL
bicycles or rental vehicle, or just to explore and enjoy! Rides to the 'Hele-on' island bus routes - where $1 will take you on any single bus trip, from home to Hilo/Pahoa/Volcano/Ka'u or from one side of the island to the other!
HALE PONO'S EXCELLENT OHANA MEALS SERVICE CAN PROVIDE you with home-cooked daily meals and/or a grocery shopping service of your choice of available local, regular, and international groceries!
IF YOU ARE RENTING A VEHICLE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO rent locally, and recommend to rent an AWD vehicle or 4x4 - it will give you far more flexibility for your island adventures; scaling the Mauna Kea summit, visiting Waipio Valley and some of the wilder beaches and beauty spots.
THE HOME IS SET ON A VERY BEAUTIFUL, TRANQUIL, BUMPY lava-rock trail - 0.5 of a mile to paved road in the ocean direction and 0.7 of a mile to paved road in the volcano direction, so your 4x4 will make the drive home easier, too.
HARPERS RENTAL IN HILO RENT NEW 4X4s - WE'VE HAD GOOD rental experiences with them. The the bigger car rental companies rent soft-top jeeps which are great fun for island driving (be sure to book any vehicle well in advance). Try Aiona Rentals in Hilo for older, more affordable vehicles.
A FLAT SCREEN TV, BLU-RAY DVD PLAYER ARE AVAILABLE
and, usually, access to wireless internet and Netflix, although the last two are dependent on the local internet service being available and it is not always reliable. There is good 4G service in the area for your smart phone.
. GROCERY DELIVERY $10
. OHANA MEALS - BREAKFAST $5-10, DINNER $10-20, DESSERTS $5
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO DO AND EXPERIENCE ON the Big Island, guests often decide to stay for several weeks to enjoy the adventures and experiences. We encourage you enjoying our wonderful island - so Hale Pono's daily rates go down the longer you stay!
WE ASKED FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SHARE THEIR TREASURED Big Island memories with us, here are a few of the responses: Volcanoes National Park . Lava Walks . Lava Viewing . Lava Tubes . Ocean Swimming . Kayaking . Paddle-Boarding . Surfing . Black Sand Beaches . Green Sand Beach . White Sand Beaches . Spear-Fishing . Charter Traditional Hawaiian Canoe by Moonlight . Swim with Wild Dolphins . Snorkel . Swim with Wild Giant Turtles . Ocean Walks . Zoo . Botanical Gardens . Manta-Ray Night Swim . Sacred Sites (Heiaus) . Lava Tree State Park . Helicopter Rides over the Island and Volcano! . Place of Refuge National Park . Big Island Candy Company (best choc-dipped Macnut Shortbread in Hawaii!) . Mac Nut Farm Tours . Coffee Plantations & Tasting . Vineyard . Magnificent Waterfalls . Ancient (website hidden) Riding in Waipio Valley or Waimea Ranchlands . Rodeos . Parker Ranch (largest ranch in the USA!) . Volcano-warmed Hot Ponds . MERRIE MONARCH HULA FESTIVAL . Museums . Mauna Kea Observatory . Imiloa Observatory . Hula Performance . Hula Classes . Free Public Pool . Movie Theaters ($1 up!) . Bowling. Restaurants . Gyms . Zip-lining over Waterfalls . Bonsai Cultural Center . Eateries . Farmer's Markets . Artists' Studios . Orchid Merchants . Wild Orchids (the Big Island is known as the Orchid Isle) . Ancient Mango Groves . And more, so much more, there's something for everyone here on Hawaii Island!
Peaceful, quiet, neighborly area - please keep noise levels reasonable for time of day, mahalo.
Locally harvested wooden floor is a gem - please treasure it with care - do not pull your rolling suitcases over it, mahalo :)
PLEASE TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES, HAWAII-STYLE, INDOORS, MAHALO
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LOCK THE GATE WHEN YOU GO IN AND OUT, MAHALO!
Illegal drug usage, aggression or behaviour unacceptable to the hosts or neighbors - will lead to you leaving immediately with no refund for unused nights :(
Please let us know in advance:
. If you want us to arrange for an older, local 4x4 to meet you at the airport ($250 per week, $60 per day) or at Hale Pono, as the rental guy requires some paperwork, service not always available
. If you will be joining us for any meals see Hale Pono's website for details or contact Zoe
. If you need any groceries picking up for your arrival
. Which extra beds you need set up
PLEASE ENJOY, AND PICK, ANY FRUITS OR FLOWERS FROM THE GARDEN :)
We loved our stay! We felt very much at home, it was a breath of fresh air after Waikiki. The house is very clean, comfortable and well equipped. The location is great to explore the south part of the island as it is between the volcanoes, waterfalls and beach. We slept listening to the sound of nature and the kids had lots of space to play. Zoe was a great hostess, recommend ordering the bread and banana bread, yum!
The place is immaculate, with beautiful tropical flowers and fresh fruit to greet you. The place is also incredibly well-stocked with supplies ranging from all sorts of place settings to cooking supplies to lots of ziplocks to allow us to bring and store food on our daytrips. They also provide bottled drinking water since the tap water is not drinkable in this area.
We didn't get to meet Zoe at all while we were there, but that was fine for us as we didn't particularly need anything and felt that the privacy was great. There was good communication via email at all times. She graciously offered a lot of itinerary advice and recommendations by email. We ended up getting an intermediate SUV (not 4WD) instead of a regular car based on her description of the road to get there (part of which is in pretty bad shape) and were thankful we did.
Please do note that the house is NOT in Volcano, but closer to Keaau, which is between Volcano and Hilo. She did note that in the confirmation email too to double check we knew that that was is the case, and the location actually worked better for us since we stayed here while visiting both Volcano and Hilo. The house itself is only about a 5 minute drive from the freeway, so that was convenient too. The actual address is apparently inconsistently shown on maps, but we were able to get it to show up correctly on Google Maps and so used that with our phones for navigation and it worked very well. I would not hesitate to come back here if we go back to the Volcano area.
We loved our stay at Hale Pono. The location was convenient to both the volcanoes and Hilo. Driving our 4x4 to and fro was a little adventure. The accommodations were perfect – beautiful design and decoration… the best materials and supplies throughout. Way beyond expectations, we don’t think Zoe forgot a single item, big or small…. From rubber gloves to post-its, you name it, it was there… Fresh fruit and freshly-baked still warm bread were added treats. We would go so far as to say that, if we were to build a house of our own, we would do it exactly the same way! To sum it up, extremely thoughtful…. We cannot imagine a more perfect place or host.
This was a wonderful place, just as described. Very clean and well managed by your charming host, Zoe.
The reservation was canceled 6 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.
Very CLEAN, very nice decors and most of all friendly, thoughtful folks run this place. Zoe has responded quickly to all of my questions and although we stayed only one night, we love the place! Full kitchen, laundry room, huge front yard with a pretty drive way all you ourselves, fresh flowers, awesome Hawaiian treats, including fresh papayas awaited us as we arrived late at night.
About 30 minutes from volcano park and about 20 minutes from Hilo airport. This was our first trip to Big Island, so we stayed at a resort the rest of the time, but will definitely come back the next time. 4x4 strongly recommended! We switched to a Yukon XL last minute from a minivan and was worth it.
Did not get to experience their ohana meals, but fresh laid eggs and bread here is awesome. As a reference two families, four adults and children ages 4, 12 and 14 stayed with no problem and kids had a blast.
About the Host, Zoe
Hi, I am Zoë, a Brit who feels completely at home here on the Big Island. This amazing place with the very best people you'll ever meet, so many terrains; jungle, desert, rainforest, jungle, rolling ranchlands, snow-capped mountains and Kilauea, our very own live volcano, making the Big Island bigger every moment as lava falls steaming into the ocean; twelve of the world's sixteen weather patterns; green, black, gray and white sand beaches; the world's highest mountain (from the seabed up!), warm ponds heated by the volcano under the palms nestled by a sun-soaked ocean, snorkeling, kayaking, caving, climbing, surfing, paddle-boarding, zip-lining, hiking, swimming, farmer's markets, national parks, and so much more... delicious local foods; beauty, beauty and more beauty; magnificent waterfalls, ancient giant mango groves, the stark black lava rock, the clear blue skies and the warm waters of turquoise ocean. Giant turtles, spinner dolphins and whales who swim wild and free with us as we play in the ocean! We enjoy them all.
We are family oriented with many friends and family, local and international, who often stay at our home. We enjoy a simple island lifestyle, gatherings of good company, good music, good food and we prefer to live alcohol-free and smoke-free. We have five dogs, Koa, Maui and Lilikoi, all of whom are well-socialzed and well-behaved. We're a low-tech family, no broadcast TV, no video games, although we do have the internet and Netflix for the movies we love to watch together.
As a family (however many of us there are at home!) we play board games, any games, sing, write, create arts and crafts, garden, cook, bake, and spend time in the great outdoors of the Big Island, cycling, hiking, swimming, kayaking and boogie-boarding, amongst other things. We cook our food from scratch, using local or home-grown ingredients as much as possible. We encourage you to try the delicious local food whilst you are here, ours and all the island has to offer; I can heartily recommend Hilo's 'Bueno Burrito' for a a healthy, good-value meal and the best Mexican on the island, 'Bar Hime' for the best Sushi, 'Ken's House of Pancakes' for some local diner-style color and many more...
COUNSELING AND COACHING: I am a UK-qualified psychotherapist specializing in intensive, short-term therapy for eating disorders and obesity; I can work with most issues (including alcohol, drugs and quit-smoking) as well as being a parenting coach, life-coach and health-coach. Please ask if you need support in moving forward in some area of your life or need to let go of something which isn't serving you anymore. If I have availability we can set up times to work together when you are here and continue when you return home, if necessary.
MARRIAGES AND CEREMONY: I am licensed to officiate for all regular ceremonies in the State of Hawaii. I have a broad experience in creating profound, heartfelt, personal ceremonies for all of life's milestones and rites of passage; naming, blessings, transition into adulthood (at any age!), partnership, marriage, vow renewal, wealth creation, calling in (of an ideal partner, of a new life circumstance, etc), divorce, awake wakes, funerals and burial/spreading of ashes. You can combine any of these with your stay at Hale Pono at a separate cost. If you are interested in any of these ceremonies, please contact me to discuss further.