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Upscale Retreat for Volcano & Ocean

Entire home/apt

7 Guests

2 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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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.

The space
Bathrooms: 2
Bedrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $20 / night after 2 guests
Security Deposit: $250
Weekly Discount: 18%
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The space

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).


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.

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 king
1 queen
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.

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.

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.


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 Petroglyphs .Horse 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!

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 4PM

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 :)



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




Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.

Safety features
Smoke detector
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher

3 nights minimum stay

21 Reviews

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Clarence User Profile
April 2017
Zoe has without a doubt been the best host across all my AirBnB experiences. While we did not meet her personally, her constant communication as well as all the little touches in the house to make it personal and a home for us were very much appreciated! The cookies and ice cream were delicious! Location wise it is felt secluded which we loved as it felt very private and surrounded only by nature. Drive in from the main highway is only 5-10 mins. The last stretch with unpaved road can be bumpy with potholes. The house was very comfortable with everything we could have asked for! Rooms were spacious and we were more than happy just staying in at times!

Danielle User Profile
December 2015
We walked in to still warm brownies and ice cream to go with in the fridge. That's a pretty great way to start a stay! Zoe's communication before the trip and during was impeccable, making sure we arrived safely and had everything we needed for a comfortable vacation. The space was perfect for our family of four with plenty of space indoors and out for us all to stretch out. The location worked well for us also as we explored Volcano National Park, dined in Pahoa and played around on the southeast coast.
Zoe User Profile
Response from Zoe:
Mahalo nui loa Danielle and family. What wonderful guests you were! I forgot to note for you that the brownies are our vegan, heart-healthy recipe, made from cacao products grown here on the island, traditionally eaten with the haupia (creamy coconut) ice cream. So happy you enjoyed them and your stay! Thank you for all your compliments and communication throughout.
December 2015

J User Profile
August 2015
We were delightfully treated to Zoe and Forest's beautiful cottage. Upon arrival we were welcomed with local fruits and flowers. The cottage is immaculately clean, both beds beautifully comfortable and a fully stocked kitchen. Every item in the home was thoughtfully available for notes to the kitchen layout. Unfortunately, we did not have an opportunity to meet with Zoe although Forest came by to warmly welcome us to The Big Island with local ice cream and homemade chocolate sauce. We would highly recommend emailing Zoe questions about places to visit prior to arriving or during your stay as she is extremely helpful, kind and knowable. Overall a magical trip indeed...

YanJiong User Profile
July 2015
Perfect 1st Airbnb experience. Big thanks for everything! Mahalo

Fernanda User Profile
April 2015
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!

Daniel User Profile
April 2014
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 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.

Wendy User Profile
September 2013
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.

Hawaii, United States · Joined in August 2012
Zoe User Profile

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.

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