About this listing
We call it 'the Jungalo'. Jungle, fruit trees and lawn grace most of the acre. The cabin is clean, spacious, eco-friendly. It is located midway between the Kapoho tide pools, Volcano National Park, and charming Hilo.
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. If you plan to use the kitchen, be sure to pick up a block of ice when buying your food to keep everything cold and fresh inside the insulated ice chest. The propane stove has 4 burners but no oven.
The cabin is solar powered (only for charging electronics, run computers, and light bulbs). WiFi is provided.
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, guava, 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?
There are two cabins on the property. We live in the second cottage. 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. Most tasks can be done while you are off exploring.
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. 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 is a ceramic container of drinking/cooking water provided to get you started; there are several locations where you can purchase pure drinking water to fill your bottles.
To ensure a great 'fit' feel free to contact us 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
We enjoy meeting our guests and make an effort to catch up with them during their stay.
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.
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. I recommend a car.
Other things to note
We are pleased that we have had so many satisfied visitors at our 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. We have provided a binder with important and useful information that you will find in the kitchen. Please take a few moments to read it.
You will find a key to the dead bolt inside the lock box to the right of the door. The code is 1840 (same as the gate code). Please return the key to its box and use the two keys provided for you inside. One is for the dead bolt, and one is for the handle. Also please remove any cigarette butts.
Please leave your shoes outside at the bottom of the steps to keep mud and dirt off the steps and lanai.
Please be mindful that this is a solar-powered home. The solar system is designed to power your chargers, computers and the light bulbs; therefore, I don't supply any electrical appliances that heat, ie, toaster, toaster oven, crock pot, electrical coffee or tea maker, rice cooker. Also, you simply cannot use appliances such as curling iron, hair straightener, hair dryer or nail dryer. These and other heating appliances cannot be used on a small solar system like mine. You may use such things that do not heat such as electric tooth brush, water pik, blender, mixer, coffee grinder (none of these items are supplied by host.)
Thank you in advance for tidying up the place before you check out.
Smoking is allowed outside.
Aloha! My daughter, Julie, and I have recently become owners of this beautiful 'Patch of Paradise' on the Big Island of Hawaii. Almost 2 years ago, Julie and I visited the Big Island, rented the Dandy Little Cabin and met Ceryse. We absolutely loved her land and cabins; so when she decided to sell recently, we jumped at the chance to buy it. We are continuing to operate the airbnb that Ceryse started and will spend any spare time we can working on the landscape and doing constant upgrades to make this your dream vacation 'off grid'. We love to work outside, play hard and design and build garden art from recycled materials .
We look forward to hosting and meeting many visitors who want to come and enjoy this little this corner of paradise. We will do whatever we can to help you make the most of your vacation.
"We strive to achieve the Unique for those who are not satisfied with the ordinary. "