I can't describe the experience any better than my guests. Please take a look at the many reviews my awesome guests have left in the review section.
Jungalo is situated on one acre of tropical fruit trees, shrubs, and jungle plants. Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are visible from the front steps.
This ohia post screen home is just perfect for creating the sensation of living outdoors. One bedroom, one bathroom, OUTDOOR shower, kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is equipped with all the cooking and serving ware you need. An ice chest with a block of ice is provided to keep your food cold and fresh.
Keeping it simple our solar powered home is a great escape from the constant intrusion of electronics. High tech is an illusion here. You can use your cell phone for the web.
Hilo is 25 minutes away, the quaint little towns of Pahoa and Keaau are about 10-15 minutes where you will find a variety of restaurants. The warm pond and tide pools of Kapoho are only 25 minutes. Walk or bike to the shore at Kaloli Point. Volcano National Park is 30-40 minutes.
Swimming and sunning can be had at the tide pools, at Pohoiki, Kahena Beach, Ho'okena Beach, and a few beach parks in Hilo--Puhi Bay, Carl Smith and Richardson Beach Parks.
When you drive onto the property, you will drive through mango, sapote, jack fruit, macadamia nut, banana, coconut palms, Captain Cook pines and citrus trees near the front. As you walk from the parking area you will see a pineapple garden and breadfruit tree to your right. Entering the jungalo you will instantly notice the openness of the cabin. Although the kitchen has exterior walls, the bedroom and living space are surrounded by screens (no windows or shutters) which allow the fresh air to circulate freely. Living on the windward side of the big Island in such a fashion will provide you with anything from sunny and warm to rain forest weather. What are you looking for during your visit to Hawaii?
Many guests have commented about the privacy they have enjoyed while staying in the jungalo. However, recently, I have hired a caretaker to help take care of the grounds and needs of the guests once they have arrived. The caretaker's cottage is not that visible from the jungalo, but still in hearing range. Living in a screen house does have it's down side when it comes to neighbors. If you need more privacy, check with me . . . . there are times when the caretaker is away from the property for a few days.
Also, please be aware that this is a farm/garden/orchard which requires pruning, weeding, feeding, mulching and many other tasks to be performed regularly. We will post the mowing and weed-eating schedule so you will know when the yard maintenance man will be coming. Other work will go on almost daily, but is not noisy or intrusive.
Does the sound of rain on the roof lull you to sleep? As you know the Hilo side of the island gets a lot of rain, particularly in the winter months. At the jungalo, you can enjoy the unmuffled sound of light to heavy rain on the metal roof. Light to medium rain is a lovely sound. Heavy rains are something else! We love it. Remember to bring a warm sweater or hoodie to wear inside the jungalo for those rainy and cool nights. Socks are provided if you forget yours.
The jungalo is only a few feet above sea level, so you will rarely see temperatures below 65 degrees F (18 C). Nor will temperatures rise much over 85 F (29 C).
Most homes in the area use rainwater; and, although it is filtered, it is not for consumption. There are a couple of bottles of drinking/cooking water provided to get you started; you may either refill them at nearby county spigots or purchase a supply from the store.
To ensure a great 'fit' feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all.
Ask about the fruit that is in season. At times there is plenty to share.
Interaction with Guests
I enjoy meeting my guests and make an effort to catch up with them during their stay. I am happy to meet my guests in Hilo for a swim/snorkle to see the turtles and reef at Richardson Beach Park or have them stop by to sit on the lanai, talk story and look out at the ocean. Please text me if this is of interest to you.
The neighborhood is near enough to the beach to hear the surf at night or walk to the shore. There are no street lights, so you will not have light pollution - which makes star gazing very good. We have good neighbors. If you should see our neighbors across the street working in their yard, ask for a tour. Their yard is better than the botanical gardens!
There is public transportation that will pick up and drop off about 2 miles from the cabin. It is a nice walk through the neighborhood. Buses do not run on Sunday.
Other Things to Note
I am pleased that I have had so many satisfied visitors at my cabin and hope to have many more. Please make sure you read everything about the space to make sure this is a good match for you. The 'jungalo' experience is not for everyone; but if it is for you, you will enjoy it immensely.
You will receive instructions by text message or via airbnb message board to receive your keys. When u leave, please lock the door and replace keys where found.
Please leave your shoes outside at the bottom of the steps to keep mud and dirt off the steps and lanai.
I am not charging a cleaning fee so thank u in advance for tidying up the kitchen and keeping food and drinks in the dining/kitchen areas.
I needed a very affordable place to stay last minute, and Dandy Little Cabin fit the bill. It was an adventure staying there. It really was like camping in the jungle, but with the screened-in walls, and roof, it was very comfortable and so pretty. Being off-grid meant there was no microwave,TV, fridge, etc. You must stay aware of the power you are using (I only put one light on at a time at night so I wouldn't run out), but it is a lovely clean place. It is essential that you have a flashlight (I used my smartphone) because walking from the parking place to the cabin is pitch black at night. The sounds of the jungle were wonderful; so many birds and frogs! I felt safe and serene there.
Caretaker Eric is very nice and brought me a big block of ice for the cooler, which was necessary for food. He was always available for questions but wasn't a bit intrusive.
We were welcomed by Eric when we arrived and he was very understanding when we had a tire emergency to fix before checking in. The jungalo was similar to the description. There were no surprises. We enjoyed the unplugged feeling and being in a beautiful area. The night sounds were louder than we expected, but earplugs were provided and helped. We loved listening to the birds in the mornings. We liked the outdoor shower. The property is full of fruit plants that are enjoyable to look at. We were visited by a gecko on the steps to the jungalo. It was very humid in that area so we did use the fan on a low setting during the nights. It's very much like being in nature but with the protection of being screened in and very eco-friendly. We had a relaxing time here.
Our stay at the Jungalo was idyllic, especially the torrents of rain at night on the tin roof. (When I got back home, I missed this evening lullaby.) We found our iPhone GPS was mostly useless in finding the place, but host Eric was great in guiding us in the first night.
The sights and sounds of the rainforest raised my Big Island memories of former days, lovely. One of the special treats was the outdoor shower: the ohia forest, the birds, the sounds—exquisite.
Be ready for wet weather. Our towels were damp after day one but a second set were provided. For a longer stay (we spent 8 days), we would have had to hit the Kea'au laundramat for a dryer.
We'll return, no doubt. Be ready for a truly Hilo-side Big Island experience!
My husband and I loved the jungalow and didn't want to leave! We would sit for hours just listening to nature,best show on ever! We loved the outdoor shower as well
We found the Dandy Little Cabin exactly as it was described and shown in the pictures! It was a wonderful sanctuary during our trip to Hawai'i. We particularly enjoyed that the cabin was open air and off the grid. Oh and the outdoor shower is a slice of heaven!! Ceryse made sure to check in via text throughout our stay to make sure we were happy and comfortable. Sadly, we did not get to meet our excellent host but felt very cared for just the same. Would be delighted to stay again sometime if we make it back to Hawaii!
ceryse was very helpful and accommodating for our stay! the jungalo is a unique place.. especially if you are into being eco-friendly. showering outdoors is a fantastic experience.
Très belle expérience dans le petit jungalo. Très bon accueil, le lit est super confortable, la douche extérieure aussi très agréable.
Aloha! I have lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for almost 9 years and love nothing better than to meet others who want to come and enjoy this little corner of paradise and help them make the most of their vacation.
I enjoy growing many delicious tropical fruits on the land surrounding the cabin as well as various ornamentals. Everything is lush and green and always in transition.
I enjoy playing tennis and golf; I ride a rip-stick and a scooter. Watching and listening to the ocean are simple pleasures that I indulge in often as well as kayaking with dolphins and whales. I am in awe of the beauty and ruggedness of the Big Island and want to know it better.
I am in a relationship with a wonderful gentleman and feel very lucky and blessed.
I look forward to meeting and making new friends through airbnb.