zen garden room

Other - Entire home/apt · Kaloli Drive, Keaau, HI 96749, United States
Your host, Bryn
72 Reviews
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The Space

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. Electricity is available, and there is a small refrigerator and coffee maker. Earplugs to block out ambient noise of neighborhood traffic are included.
I supply towels, shower accessories, and coffee or tea in the room. I have an extra futon, if needed for an additional guest or child.
Wireless internet is available, 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. 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. Another spectacular phenomenon is the lava flow from Kilauea Volcano. I will let you know if the flow is active at the time of your visit.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: $10 / night after the first guest
Cleaning Fee: $20
Check In: 2:00 PM
Check Out: 12:00 PM (noon)
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s) and Cat(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • The zen garden room was as shown on pictures and the outdoor badroom is really a different experience! :-) Unfortunately in this great place you have to get used to traffic noise. But the room was very well prepared (earplugs, bugspray, headlamps, towelsk snorkeling-gear,...) So we felt really welcomed!
    Bryn is simply the BnB-host in perfection! :-) She's so happy, friendly and helpful with good advices. In the morning we always enjoyed her breakfast and to chat with her & her husband. She made crumbled eggs of her own hens mixed up with fresh spinach. On top of this fresh self grown delicious bananas and papayas!! :-) Thanks a lot for all!!

    July 2014
  • My wife and I stayed at the amazing ZEN room for five nights on our honeymoon. I simply can't state enough on how good of an opportunity it was to stay with such a wonderful host and an axing property that will leave your feeling home in Hawaii.

    Bryn and her husband , Gave us such wonderful insight every day on local spots for sightseeing and we never would have experienced The Big Island in such a powerful and affordable experience with them and their property.

    The breakfast every morning is the best you will have anywhere on Hawaii and the fact that it is included is amazing.

    We can't wait to come back soon!

    Scott and Jess Sacks

    June 2014
  • It was late at night when my Mum and I arrived to Kea’au (we also got a little lost), however Bryn was only a phone call away and was more then happy to direct us. When we got into the room it was all ready and set up for us. The towels with headlights for any bathroom needs (as it is an open outdoor bathroom - CUTE), and candles around the room. Breakfast was available at a time convenient to our needs (which was delicious). I absolutely loved 1. Being out of the city 2. Being in a relaxing atmosphere 3. Interaction with hosts 4. The BATHROOM!! 5. Delicious breakfasts. Also, because Mum and I were in Hilo for the Merrie Monarch festival and didn’t have any tickets for the competition/festival - Bryn had offered us some for the very last night, with an extra night in the Zen Room.. we decided to return to Waikiki - BUT, isn’t that just LOVELY!!!! Thank you for the wonderful stay Bryn...

    April 2014
  • Bryn,
    thank you for this wonderful stay in your home.
    We had a great time with you.
    To all, if you want to stay in this beautiful area, stop in Bryn.
    The place is really quiet and it's good to live and the shower under starry skies is an unique experience!
    Every morning Bryn has prepared us a homemade breakfast. This is a truly amazing person who deserves to be met.
    Note, taxes AND the breakfasts are included in the price!

    Thank you very much Bryn!
    > We will send you an email with some recommendations on Paris. We hope to see you on this occasion. See U soon!

    April 2014
  • Bryn is a wonderful hostess. Her dogs Lucy and Bailey were also part of the welcome committee, although not allowed into the zen garden room. : ) The zen room is very very cute, and we would hope to build such a welcoming space on our property one day. Bryn has also build one of the coolest outside lava rock bathrooms I've ever seen. Shower with hot water, sink, and toilet in this neat lava rock open to the sky area with total privacy feel. She's got just the right balance of gold fish pond areas to eat mosquito larvae, so bugs were not as much of a concern as I worried. Wifi in the big house in the morning where we could (website hidden) with loved ones, and Bryn made us a great breakfast! Thank you Bryn!

    April 2014
  • Bryn was such a lovely host, we really enjoyed our time there. Unfortunately the weather wasn't too kind to us, but that didn't stop us from using the outdoor bathroom! We mastered the umbrella, torch and toilet paper perfectly!
    Even though on the same property as Bryn we still felt very private and secure. Beautiful gardens, super cute pets, delicious breakfast, fresh fruit and not far from Hilo. Thank you, would recommend to others :)

    April 2014
  • Absolutely LOVED this spot! Got to have breakfast and talk story with Bryn. She is an amazing host! Taking a HOT shower in the cold Hilo rain is reason enough for us to want to go back there, and having her as a host made it that much better. It was everything we expected and much, much more. I hope we get the chance to do it again soon! Of course, the rain wasn't AS nice of an experience when you're doing your business, but even that is an experience in itself. She does have an umbrella available for such an occasion. There aren't enough good things I can say about our experience with the Zen room but I hope you all take the opportunity to stay there if you can.

    March 2014
  • We stayed for one night in Bryns zen garden room and enjoyed our stay very much. Especially the outdoor bathroom was a unique experience. Bryn is a very nice host and she prepared us a wonderful breakfast.

    March 2014
  • Bryn and Danny are the best hosts EVER! They made us feel very welcome and our stay in hilo was even better because of them (and because of the three lovely dogs)! The Zen room was really clean and cozy and we felt at home immediately! The outside bathroom is just amazing....Bryn made delicious breakfast every morning and it was a good start in the day :) both gave us useful tips where to go and what to do every day. We already miss the zen room and this amazing couple and we wish to come back "home" one day :) we can definitely recommend staying at Bryns little paradise!

    March 2014
  • This place was beautiful! The only negative thing I could possibly think of is that I didn't stay for more than 1 night. We arrived late (without issue because of Bryn's excellent directions), and Bryn came out to meet us and was very helpful showing us around. The room was precisely as pictured, and I can't describe in words how delightful the outdoor bathroom was (you MUST experience it). She made us a delicious breakfast and helped us make plans for our day in Puna, letting us borrow snorkel gear. It was just a great experience and I'd recommend it to anyone.

    March 2014
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Roseburg High School, University of California, Santa Cruz
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. Two 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. Last year Danny and I traveled to New Zealand, Tasmania, and Victoria Australia - enjoying stays at Airbnb's along the way! My motto is to love what you do, and give back what you can.
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