Eco-cottage with almost all the comforts of home. Brand new, just finishing the building of it. there are 2 separate bedrooms, a lanai, full outdoor kitchen, outdoor garden shower & sink and an outdoor composting toilet (outhouse). this adventure is NOT for everyone... it is outdoor living with indoor bedrooms and can be cool at night & in the mornings in the winter (down to 60 degrees in winter).
Relax into nature and all of the blessings of Hawaii at PapaLani; a serene 13+ acre organic avocado and macnut farm with an abundance of tropical fruit trees,veggies, herbs, flowers & berries.
Located 30 miles south of Kailua-Kona we have a perfect year-round climate, at 1600 ft. above sea level on the side of Mauna Loa Volcano (the most massive, active volcano on Planet Earth!). Savor the total seclusion and quiet. PapaLani is authentic Hawai'i, unspoiled by crowds and resorts. A great location that gives you many options for experiencing the Big Island's natural diversity. You are just 4 miles from the closest place to jump in the ocean and 15-minutes to Ho'okena Beach State Park for sunbathing and swimming with dolphins. A 20-minute drive brings you to the famous Pu'uhonua o'Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historic Park and Kealakekua Bay where you can kayak to Captain Cook's monument and snorkel with an endless variety of tropical fish and sea turtles & dolphins. We are only 65 miles from Madame Pele's live action at Volcanos National Park, 12 miles from KulaKai Caverns and Manuka State Park. There is also light hiking on the property where you can enjoy seeing all sorts of Hawaii's wildlife and plants. Feel free to explore the 30+ variety of fruit, nut trees & berries on the property as well as the organic veggie gardens. You can learn how to become more sustainable while you are here by seeing how we implement vermiculture (worms), raising chickens, permaculture, Korean Natural Farming, composting, mulching, solar, catching rainwater from the roofs for all water usage for the property, etc. you are welcome to roam the property and find a nice place to meditate & relax.
At the eco-cottage there are 2 large bedrooms with separate entrances so you can rent one space or both... one bedroom has a queen bed and the other has a bunk bed with full and twin mattresses. There is a large lanai with a bit of an ocean view, an outdoor kitchen with a full refrig, 2 burner stove, sink, dishes & everything you need for the kitchen. There is a bamboo walled outdoor shower and bathroom with a composting toilet (outhouse). Everything is kept very clean and tidy. High speed internet and long distance phone services are provided. There is also a full range of discounted spa services available on site for guests. Snorkel equipment available for rent. Organic fruits & veggies are available for purchase.
Our water source is 100% rainwater caught from the roof of our home and stored in catchment tanks. County water is made available to you in the kitchen for drinking. We have solar panels which are hooked to the grid right now to provide some of the electric.
Because we are 1600 feet above sea level the winter evenings and mornings are sometimes cool (it can get down to 50 degrees sometimes...rare but true)... there is a propane heater provided that you can use but be sure to bring heavy socks or slippers and a thick sweatshirt or fleece. It warms up to 70's during the day... the summer evenings are much warmer.
Nikki (owner) lives on property part time in the ohana which is about 50 yards away from the cottage. If you'd like, she would be happy to give you a farm tour, let you know about Natural Farming, assist you in things to do, places to go and local happenings. If you prefer to have 100 % privacy that is fine too. The farm is a working organic natural farm with 7 chickens, 2 friendly outdoor cats, plants, trees & gardens so tending to the farm might be occurring during your stay. Your privacy is fully respected.
Interaction with Guests
i check the guests in and then let them be on their own... it is a working farm so i am around most of the time... i do not infringe on peoples privacy.. most of my guests are very friendly and like to talk a bit..
there really isn't a neighborhood... there are no visable neighbors because it is out in the country... it is nice that way because we don't have to deal with other peoples noise!
i suggest a rental car.. there is public transit that goes by the house a few times a day but rental cars are the way to go.
this is a working farm so it is a quiet, healthy, nature loving environment... so no parties, smoking, drugs or drama..we like to work with nature here so we try to be quiet and respectful of others always and are pretty early to bed/early to rise as a rule.... quiet hours between 9pm and 7am. No smoking on property. Veggies, nuts & fruit are available for purchase when available (just ask what is in season)... Mahalo
Staying at nikkis place was great.. We had been going all around the Island and were happy to just stay calm at the farm. It's à good place for that. I thought it was in captain Cook but in fact It's 20 miles South of it.. In the middle of nowhere... Good to relax and enjoy wild beaches!
We had a great stay at Nikki's Eco cottage. It was a convenient home base for exploring the west coast of big island, being right off the highway. Nikki was a good host, approachable and helpful. The lanai was a great space for relaxing outside and staying on a farm makes for an interesting travel experience. Clean and simple accommodations that I would recommend to others.
This was a wonderful spot on our trip. My mother and I were traveling through and we felt right at home and succluded at the same time. I loved the garden, chickens, and all of the out door amenities. Nikki made sure we were set up and had all you could ever need for cooking in the kitchen.
Perfect stopping place for our bike trip--about half way between Naalehu and Kailua-Kona. Full kitchen, nice bed, hot shower and very secluded. Nikki came by to see how we were doing.
Wonderful stay in the Eco cottage and farm at Nikki's place. Tropical and serene! Mahalo!!
We loved the cottage- what a beautiful place to stay. The beds were comfortable, the scenery was beautiful and Nikki is wonderful. My only regret is that our stay was so short! I cannot wait to return to get to know Nikki better and have a longer stay.
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