Front EntrywayPlantation Style Dining Area

Entire home/apt

8 Guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

Entire home/apt

8 Guests

3 Bedrooms

4 Beds

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About this listing

Our beautiful cottage, often described by guests as a treehouse, is a spacious, sprawling, rustic retreat nestled in native Hawaiian forest, featuring a stainless-steel restaurant range and a beautiful upstairs dining lanai. We are central to many east Hawaii destinations, including Volcano National Park, Hilo and Pahoa. Wifi Included

The space

Tucked away in 9 acres of native Hawaiian forest, this unique and beautiful vacation retreat is perfectly located for exploring the East side of Hawaii island. Our spacious vacation retreat is secluded and perfect for nature loving adventure seekers.

We are centrally located between three popular East Hawaii tourist destinations--Volcanoes National Park, Historic Hilo Town and Pahoa with it's tide pools, warm ponds and lava flow. Between Highways 11 and 130, we are 20 minutes to Volcanoes National Park, 15 minutes to Pahoa and 20 minutes to Hilo

Description of Home:
Our liberal use of color, artistic decor and numerous screened windows make this home a very charming one-of-a-kind vacation rental, ideal for the outdoor nature-lover who appreciates the feel of living in nature but with the comforts and conveniences of modern life.
The kitchen features a restaurant grade stainless steel wolf range--to the delight of our guests who love to cook. The living and dining area and kitchen are downstairs, and the three bedrooms and two bathrooms are upstairs.
The house is supplied with everything you need to relax and enjoy your stay, including snorkel gear, beach towels, a cooler, candles, extra blankets, soaps, kitchen condiments...
Wifi is available (limited)

Relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of the forest, explore our lava tube, or head out for a day trip. From our vacation retreat many guests enjoy touring the National and State Parks, snorkelling at the amazing Kapoho tidepools, exploring the steam vents, and volcanic warm ponds, shopping in the quaint village of Pahoa, or heading to beautiful historic Hilo town. With everything to do and see, this stay at our beautiful cozy Hawaiian home will be a vacation to remember.

Our vacation home is designed and built by The owner, a local artist and builder. It is spacious, secluded, charming and earth friendly, in every sense! Surrounded by lush jungle foliage, the home is sustainably built with many reclaimed, recycled and salvaged materials, including native ohia logs from cleared land. Because David is such an innovative craftsman, he was able to use so many reclaimed items and incorporate them so beautifully into the rental home. Many of the building materials were left over from houses he had built.

Children Welcome : The home is ideal for families. Children love the layout of the house! Lots of board games and dvd's for kids (of all ages)

-3 Bedrooms, 4 beds, sleeps up to 8
-Covered carport, just a few steps from the main entrance
-Front walkway draped in beautiful mini lights--be sure to use them at night!
-Stainless Steel Restaurant Stove
-Stainless Steel Fridge
-Eco-washing machine, located in the spacious lower bathroom for your convenience
-Linens Provided; bedding, bath and hand towels, beach towels also supplied.
-On site Lava tube (cave) to explore.
-Secluded, nestled in 9 acres of native forest
-DVD Player and Large DVD library--something to please everyone
-Snorkel Gear

Sight Seeing

Explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, snorkel at Kapoho Tidepools, and Richardsons Beach Park, explore the on-site underground lava tube caverns, hike out to view the lava flow at Kalapana, take a day trip to Kailua Kona, view Hilo's beautiful waterfalls, shop at nearby natural foods store and farmers market

Additional Guest Reviews:

Guest: Tucson traveller (Tucson)
Date of Stay: 05/31/12 Review Submitted: 06/06/12

Very spacious and clean and nicely decorated. You are in the midst of a rainforest with birds and frogs and beautiful flowers. The hosts were very helpful - great tips for Volcano and Puna. Awesome snorkeling in tide pools about 30 mins away.

Recommended for:Sightseeing, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.

Guest: Paul (Detroit)
Date of Stay: 04/07/12 Review Submitted: 04/15/12

My wife and I had a great stay! The description of the home is very accurate - tons of space, private setting, artistically constructed and decorated. We really had everything we needed. The location is perfect home base for sightseeing on this side. David is very friendly and had a lot of good tips for us as newcomers to the Big Island. Highly Recommended!

Recommended for:Families with teenagers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, families with young children, adventure seekers.

Guest: Steverino (Honolulu)
Date of Stay: 03/17/12 Review Submitted: 04/15/12

My girlfriend and I stayed for a week at this rental. We had a marvelous time. We were far away from the usual day-to-day life in Honolulu and enjoyably so. Our hosts were always there when we needed them but were very circumspect about leaving us our privacy. One of the highlights, though, of the trip was a trip to a series of lava tubes there on the property, led by the owner and his two young sons. Yes, it's a rainy location, but one needs the rain at times for cuddling, watching movies, sleeping deeply, and growing the great green rainforest all around. Highly recommended for those of you, like us, want to escape into a different world for a while.

Recommended for:Sightseeing, romantic getaway, age 55+, girls getaway.

Guest: Cindy (Keaau, HI)
Date of Stay: 09/01/11 Review Submitted: 02/12/12

I am so blessed that my family and I had the opportunity to stay here. It was exactly what we needed. My favorite room was the master bedroom, waking up to pink hibiscus seen through the huge picture window, and the gentle cooling breeze. The location was perfect for getting around Puna too. It was right in the middle, so we could go up to Volcano National Park, and zip down to Pohoiki, the Hot Pond, Kehena Beach, the cliffs in HPP, and then go into Hilo for whatever we needed. Thank you Dave and Sharon for your hospitality, for showing us around, and for helping us adjust to life in Hawaii!

Recommended for:Adventure seekers.

Guest: Old J. C. (San Diego, CA )
Date of Stay: 11/04/11 Review Submitted: 01/23/12

I had the pleasure of staying at this rental for ten days this last November. The unit has a great location almost between Hilo and Volcano in addition to being very near the quaint village of Pahoa. It is also in close proximity to the following magnificent parks: Lava Tree, Isaac Hale and MacKenzie. For the really adventurous, the property actually has on premises access to a vast network of underground lava tubes that seem to go on forever. If you are looking for a cozy, comfortable place in a beautiful rustic and tranquil Hawaiian setting, this is the place for you. I plan to stay there whenever I am on the Hilo Side of the Big Island.

Recommended for:Sightseeing, families with young children, adventure seekers.

-Wifi available
-Onsite Lava Tube
-Snorkel gear, boogie boards, beach towels provided
-Washer and dryer
-Many beautiful beaches nearby
-Hiking opportunities
-Volcano National Park nearby
-Farmers Markets
-Breathtaking scenic drives

We live next door
We are available when needed
(Text is best)

Our rental is a short drive to Hilo,
Pahoa, and Volcano National Park.
No matter what direction you want to go, fun adventures await 15-20 minutes away.
Our location has moderate temperatures- not as hot as Hilo or Kona, with cool nights.
We are in a forested area; everything is lush and green, with tropical flowers everywhere.

We have an on-site lava tube to explore. Our lava tube is often the highlight of our guests' Hawaii vacation.
Please let us know if you wish to schedule a tour and please give us a few days' notice so we can fit your tour into our schedule.

Guest access

-Spacious private three bedroom home
-Nature lovers welcome here
-Wifi (limited data plan)
-Onsite Lava Tube to explore
-Snorkel gear, boogie boards, beach towels provided
-Washer and dryer
-Many beautiful beaches nearby
-Hiking opportunities
-Volcano National Park nearby
-Farmers Markets
-Breathtaking scenic drives

Interaction with guests

We live right next door
We are available when needed but give guests their privacy
Contact us if anything is needed
(text is best)
Guests most often contact us if directions are needed, for trash and recycling pick up and if more drinking water is needed.
We are also available to give suggestions and answer questions.

Other things to note

We have an on-site lava tube. Exploring our lava tube is often the highlight of our guests' Hawaii vacation.
Please let us know if you wish to see it and please give us a few days' notice so we can make time to take you to the entrance. Plan on setting aside a little over an hour.

The space
Bathrooms: 1.5
Bedrooms: 3
Beds: 4
Check In: Anytime after 2PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Entire home/apt


Extra people: $7 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: $65
Weekly Discount: 8%
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 2PM

Self Check-In so guests may check in any time after 2pm.
Please let us know when you need more drinking water, household supplies, or trash/recycling pick up.
Wifi is limited data plan so no streaming movies.
No Smoking or Pets
Respect for natural surroundings
No damage to house should be caused beyond normal wear
-Thank You



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Safety features
First aid kit

2 nights minimum stay

58 Reviews

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Juliana User Profile
April 2017
We loved this place. I slept so well with the cool night air coming in and the sound of the coqui frogs at night. My kids loved the place, and the lava tube tour was the highlight of my son's trip to the Big Island. If you are coming for the volcanoes, this is a great spot. David was helpful and responded quickly to everything, including when we accidentally locked ourselves out. (Whoops! I was embarrassed, but he got us back in quickly, and was quite nice about it.) The setting is rustic, and you will see lizards and bugs, but we expected that, since it is in the middle of rainforest. The house was clean and well equipped.

Meenal User Profile
April 2017
Great house, authentic hawaii experience. Great for somebody who wants to get away from the city and connect with nature

Genevieve User Profile
April 2017
Sharon & David's home is in a magical location, but one that is easy to access. We woke up every morning surrounded by birdsong, and spent every sunset listening to the birdsong slowly change to a chorus of chirping frogs. Several of the rooms have open-air windows with screens but no glass---it keeps the bugs out, but you feel like you are right there in the forest. The master bedroom has a perfect indoor bower that feels like a treehouse. We also loved cooking on the super-powerful gas stove and were able to cook comfortably for our party of 7. It was a relief to eat home-cooked food after days of eating all meals in restaurants. There are laundry facilities on-site (not sure if they are in the listing), which was also very convenient. We wished we had planned to stay longer. We were there 3 days / 2 nights and could have spent a lot more time exploring that part of the island. It was a perfect location to access Volcano, and also the tide pools at Puna.

Joselyn User Profile
March 2017
When it says jungle, it definitely means jungle! Beware that cell phone service is very spotty.

Barbara User Profile
March 2017
We enjoyed the secluded and rustic cottage. It was convenient for our volcano adventures.

Gabriela User Profile
February 2017
Great location for Volcano area! Loved reading the tips that Sharon & David provided :)

Max User Profile
February 2017
Great place, an oasis in a perfect location for exploring the Island. Wonderful for any adventurous travellers.

Hawaii, United States · Joined in December 2012
Sharon & David User Profile

We are Sharon and David and we live on the same 9 acres as our vacation rental, so we will be your distant neighbors! We have three children (ages 8-12), three dogs, and a guinea pig. David is a builder and artist, Sharon works for a non-profit community health center and the children are all Waldorf educated and swim for a swim team. Our weekends are filled with swim meets and beach outings!

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