About this listing
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. Then please read the detailed description to learn more about the experience.
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 and 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, and occasionally I have a caretaker or guest staying in the second cottage which is fairly near the jungalo. You can barely see the other building, but you may be able to hear voices, so please be mindful of your volume.
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. 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 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 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.
Smoking is allowed outside.
There is a large trash can near your parking area to discard your left-over food containers. Please remove them from the cabin and place them in there to avoid attracting pests into the cabin.