Welcome to the east side of Hawaii Island!
We live in a residential neighborhood just a couple of blocks from the main Puna highway 130.
Our garden zen room, with queen sized bed, is a stand-alone room-sized octagon building across our one acre property from our house. It has its own driveway, and is completely fenced in from the road. The zen room has an adjacent private rock-walled outdoor bathroom complete with toilet, hot shower and sink. There is a small refrigerator and coffee maker. I have snorkels and masks for you to use. Earplugs to block out ambient noise of neighborhood traffic are included by the bed.
I supply towels, shower accessories, and coffee or tea in the room. I have an extra cot, if needed for an additional guest or child.
Wireless internet is available near or in the main house, but not in the zen room.
We are located 25 miles from Volcano National Park, 5 miles from the town of Pahoa,12 miles from the lava viewing area in Kalapana, and about 10 miles from Hilo town. There is lots to do in Puna, including great snorkeling at the Kapoho tidepools, a very relaxing swim at the Ahalanui Hot Pond, and the famous Wednesday Night Market in Kaimu at Uncle Robert's. Check out my Guide Book! It is best to have a rental car, as island public transportation is not convenient, and there are so many places to see! Beyond Puna, it's a short drive to waterfalls by and above Hilo. Mauna Kea summit can be accessed from Saddle Road. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is recommended to see the summit, but you can get to the Visitor's Center in a regular car, and enjoy a beautiful sunset and access to telescopes and a ranger talk about the stars. It's a heavenly sight!
Other Things to Note
We are located half way between the villages of Kea'au and Pahoa - each are five miles away in opposite directions. Grocery shopping is available in both villages, but the best restaurants are in Pahoa. Our favorite is called Kaleo's, and it's at the end of the Pahoa Village main street.
The district of Puna is a full of natural beauty, including wonderful pools for snorkeling, a large volcanically heated natural pond and one of the most scenic drives in the world, highway 137.
We are located about 45 minutes from Volcanos National Park, where you can hike trails, have a great meal at the hotel inside the park, and view the spectacular red plume from the lava lake inside Halemau'mau Crater.
If possible, please check in initially before 9 pm. or make special arrangements. We keep the gates closed when no one is on the property because of our dogs. The dogs are very friendly, but are not allowed inside. Shoes are taken off inside. Smoking outside only, and please leave no trace. I will make breakfast for you - eggs from my chickens and fruit from my garden- anytime after 8 am, or earlier if you let me know the day before. Before leaving, please bag up all your trash. I have a separate container for recyclables.
Everything was perfect when we arrived! Bryn provided turn by turn directions because my phone GPS was off a little. The breakfast she made for us every morning was delicious and like no other. She provided us with a list of her favorite spots and restaurants to visit which were spot on. The best part of the stay is the outdoor shower which makes you appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature at her finest! When we come back, I'd definitely book again at her place!
Had a great time in the zen garden room - loved the outdoor shower and the space Bryn created. Bryn and her husband are lovely! Thanks!
The interaction with the hosts (Bryn and Dan) were excellent. They were very casual about us staying there and left us to our own devices (but offered to show us around). The room was terrific and the outdoor bathroom has inspired me to build my own someday despite living in Michigan where it snows 1/3 of the year.
Bryn made us breakfast! Also clean. It was delicious. They have three dogs and two (?) cats that are all adorable and calm.
The house is right next to the road and results in hearing car traffic but traffic was almost non existent at night and Bryn provided ear plugs in case we needed them. WE DIDN'T! Wonderful wonderful experience, I would recommend this place to anyone.
We absolutely loved staying in the Zen Garden Room. It was as tranquil as the photos suggest and the description is 100% accurate. Things like the outdoor shower, Bryn's art and friendly animals helped to enhance the experience beyond the typical.
Maps, snorkels, towels, fresh ground coffee, Bryn was always one step ahead of us, we didn't need to ask for anything over our six night stay.
What made the stay even more memorable was Bryn's and Danny's hospitality. The friendliest people you could ever hope to meet. From the very first morning we looked forward to the delicious home-made breakfast and the conversation. They made us feel so at home and had suggestions for day trips that you won't find in any guidebook.
We can't recommend the Zen Garden Room highly enough. If it wasn't 7000 miles away we'd make a point of staying there regularly.
Bryn's zen house embodies everything she is as a person: loving, open, caring, kind, welcoming, and gracious! I didn't expect an airBnB stay to be one of the highlights of my trip, but it certainly turned out that way. Both Bryn and her place were such a beautiful wake up to me of why I was in Hawaii, which was to connect with the simplicity and openness of the heart.
She made me a wonderful breakfast the next morning, mostly from the fruits of her yard! We then had a lovely morning chat, where I felt like I was talking to some archetypal mother of unconditional love (whoa!). Seeing her Zen house is something you have to do in person. It made me want to immediately go home and redecorate my place :)
Overall I am soooo grateful for that experience, and I have no doubt if I'm ever back there again I will try and stay again. Thanks Byrn!
We were excited to have our second experience with Airbnb on Hawaii. We previously stayed on the Kona side, then the Hilton. Our Airbnb studio was better than Hilton. We arrived and basically everything looked fine. The room was very noisy from the road noise. Thank you for the ear plugs. The outdoor shower was great. The outdoor under the stars toilet??? In such a rainy place not funky just odd. The allergy to the cats wasn't your fault. No place to sit but the bed. No wifi ok. Could be very nice. I just got back from three months backpacking in China and my needs are low but I can't recommend your place.
Bryn is a very gracious host. Our comfort level was 100%. There was no disappointment in the accommodation as what you see on the listing is what you get. Loved the outdoor shower, rain or shine. Using the toilet was a bit more tricky in the rain holding an umbrella and toilet paper to keep dry. The only negative was traffic noise but we were provided with ear plugs which helped.
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I am a retired schoolteacher living in Hawaii with my husband, Danny. I enjoy photography, painting, and gardening. I enjoy growing some of my own food, like papaya, coconut, pineapple and vegetables. A few years ago I traveled to Italy for a month, and stayed at an Airbnb apartment in Siena. The experience made me realize that, I too, need to be hosting on Airbnb! I've been hosting since late November, and what a wonderful experience it is. Two years ago Danny and I traveled to New Zealand, Tasmania, and Victoria Australia - enjoying stays at Airbnb's along the way! Last year we did the same in Peru and Ecuador.
My motto is to love what you do, and give back what you can.