Dandy Little Cabin (Hilo Side)

Cabin - Entire home/apt · 8th St, Keaau, HI 96749, United States

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.

Your host, Ceryse
50 Reviews
Response rate: 80%
Response time: within a day

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.

The Space

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. 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 and Richardson Beach Park.
When you drive onto the property, you will drive through mango, sapote, noni, banana, 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?

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.

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.

Getting around

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.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Minimum Stay: 3 nights
Weekly Price: $385 /week
Monthly Price: $825 /month
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate

Overall Guest Satisfaction

Check In
  • It's a very nice place with wide open view on the jungle. Not far from Hilo,the airport and the volcano park, it is a good play to stay to visit the south of big island. Moreover, Ceryse put a lot of information about what to do and what to see in the jungalow. We had a great talk with her at our arrival. She is such a nice person. For us, the jungalow is a piece of paradise on earth : the place is peaceful, surrounded by nature, quiet and clean.We loved hearing the song of the coqui frogs during the night and the rain of the roof. We highly recommend this place !

    June 2014
    Response from Ceryse:

    The jungle is interesting and always in transition. I am trying to add more native plants to the arroyo (crevice). It is such a magical feature on the property. It adds a lot of beauty to the outdoor shower experience.

    June 2014
  • My friend and I had a very pleasant experience staying at the Jungalo -- it was such a unique and wonderful experience. Waking up to the birds in the morning was such a delight. My favorite part was the outdoor shower -- it was so relaxing to have water flowing through my hair as I gazed upon the trees, birds, flowers, etc. The Jungalo was exactly as described and easy to locate with Ceryse's directions. The kitchenette was fantastic and had everything we needed. We regularly had breakfast and dinner in the Jungalo. I was thankful for the French press as I cannot function without my morning coffee! :) The block of ice in the ice box was super helpful and lasted us the three days of our stay, so thank you for that. The jungalo is such an amazing little cabin, I cannot wait to come back here!

    May 2014
  • Lovely place and super responsive to our needs. The accommodations we're just as described and really enjoyed the outdoor shower and kitchen extras!

    May 2014
  • My husband and I found the Dandy Little Cabin the perfect home base during the Merrie Monarch Festival and day trips to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Kapoho pools, Hilo beaches and Ka'u coffee tasting! We loved how open and airy the cabin is, especially the outdoor shower. Ceryse was friendly and responsive. We enjoyed our stay - perfectly relaxing and rustic!

    April 2014
  • We were really looking forward to staying in the open-air cabin and it did not disappoint. Each night we listened to jungle rain on the roof, exhilarating when it was heavy and lulling when it was soft. We loved waking to the birds and the light filtering in through the screens. Taking an outdoor shower in the jungle is magical, I wish I could have that experience every morning. The cabin was so comfortable, so clean, and had everything we needed. This is a beautiful area of the island to stay on, and the location is a nice balance of feeling remote while being convenient to Pahoa, beaches and Hilo.
    We would definitely like to stay here again.

    April 2014
  • The cabin is even cuter in person! It the perfect place to decompress and enjoy the sounds of the jungle. The landscape surrounding the cabin is lush and beautiful and makes a great view when taking an outdoor shower (my favorite part).
    Ceryse (email hidden), even stopping by our first night to put up a tarp to shield us from a rain storm.
    Not really any restaurants/bars nearby so I recommend stopping at a grocery and picking up some water/snacks/food/wine. We picked up some fresh veggies from the farmers market in Hilo and cooked a stir fry one night, just lovely.
    We made it to Volcano National Park, Richardson Beach Park and Hilo with ease from the cabin.
    I highly recommend staying here if you're looking to get away from it all.

    March 2014
  • We loved our stay at the Dandy Little Cabin. It is hard to imagine the peace we felt at night in the jungalo listening to the frogs at night and birds in the morning. Thanks Ceryse for creating (email hidden) for us to enjoy1

    March 2014
  • The DLC was an amazing place to introduce me to the big island. The cabin is perfectly situated for trips to Volcanoes National Park and Mauna Kea.

    The cabin had everything you could possibly need (coffee maker, pots, pans, stove, towels, etc). The place was very clean and immediately relaxing. The lot is filled with delicious fruit trees and is surrounded by the beautiful sounds of nature. Ceryse was very responsive, accommodating, and a pleasure to talk with. I highly recommend this location and will be returning on my next visit to the Big Island.

    March 2014
  • We enjoyed the well groomed property the jungalow sat on. One felt very connected with nature, which of course included our companions the frogs. It was music to us. This is truly a place for nature lovers who also like their creature comforts. Ceryse thought of everything from earplugs to sunblock to make her guests feel welcomed. Enjoy, we certainly did!

    February 2014
  • Ceryse's cabin was not only a unique and magical place, but Ceryse herself goes above and beyond to accommodate her guests. From an airport pickup, to a homemade breakfast, to a bus stop drop-off, she shared with us some true aloha. She made our time as easy and seamless as possible!

    February 2014
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Aloha! I have lived on the Big Island of Hawaii for almost 8 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. My profile photo is of me with my granddaughter. I look forward to meeting and making new friends through airbnb.
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