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 available.
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
Cave Tour Included:
Our Property has a unique feature--we offer a free guided lava tube tour with any three night (or longer) stay. Our guided cave tour is often the highlight of many guests' stay.
Description of Home:
Our liberal use of color, artistic decor and numerous screen windows make this home a very charming one-of-a-kind vacation rental, ideal for the outdoor nature-lover who appreciates home comforts away from home. The kitchen features a stainless steel commercial 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 are in the multi-level upstairs, nestled amongst the treetops.
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 if needed.
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 David, a local artist and builder. It is spacious, secluded, charming and 'green' in every sense! Surrounded by lush jungle foliage, the home is sustainably built with many reclaimed, recycled and salvaged materials, including native ohia logs salvaged from cleared land. Because David is such an innovative craftsman, he was able to find use for so many items we found over the years and incorporate them so beautifully into our rental home. Many of the building materials were left over from houses he had built. Even shipping crates have been re-formed into various furnishings.
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 9.
-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; Luxurious bedding, beautiful bath and hand towels, beach towels also supplied.
-On site Lava tube (cave) tour available
-Secluded, nestled in 9 acres of native forest
-DVD Player and Large DVD library--something to please everyone
-Outdoor Grill in Hawaiian-style Barbecue area
LOCAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
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.
A GREAT PLACE!
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.
A RELAXING STAY
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.
QUIET, BEAUTIFUL & LUSH
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.
-Onsite Lava Tube
-Snorkel gear, boogie boards, beach towels provided
-Washer and dryer
-Many beautiful beaches nearby
-Volcano National Park nearby
-Breathtaking scenic drives
We live next door
We are available when needed
(Text is best)
Contact us to schedule lava tube tour
(Free with three day rental)
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 offer an on-site lava tube tour. 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.
No Smoking or Pets
Respect for natural surroundings
No damage to house should be caused beyond normal wear
This is the most beautiful house I've ever stayed in. Not only is the driveway spectacular, but the house itself is like a little private paradise! I stayed in what I like to refer to as the tree house room, and every morning waking up was magical. David and Sharon were kind enough to show us where the lava tubes are, and we had a blast adventuring in them! Unreal! Definitely a perfect start to our year of living in Hawaii!
Sharon and David are awesome hosts, and their house is exactly as they describe. It's also very well stocked with everything you would need for a beach trip to cooking. The open air feeling to the house was amazing, and when laying in bed it felt like you were in the middle of a rain forest. They also had a great tourist manual about things to do, grocery stores, good restaurants, where to rent 4wd cars, directions to their house, etc. Overall you are going to be in good hands with Sharon and David.
Hawaii Forest Retreat was perfect for two couples who enjoy escaping from the tourist hubbub. The home is simple, but cozy, with everything you need to be comfortable...a very spacious kitchen and two large bedrooms (plus another bedroom that we didn't use), and one of the bedrooms has an included screen porch. The house is very private, you cannot see any neighboring houses. You feel like you are in the jungle, with frog, bird and gecko choruses. We enjoyed staying in this charming place.
Communicating with David and Sharon was quick and easy and we saw David briefly while we were there. This is an unusual, very rustic cottage. I would say that the photos make it seem more "quaint" than it is - it is truly rustic for an adventuresome family. We were booked for two nights but ended up staying only one for two reasons: 1) a big rain storm was predicted the next day and the long entry drive is unpaved with pretty deep ruts, so we were worried about getting in and out with our rental car; and 2) the "master" bedroom was fine, but the second significant bedroom has screens (i.e. no windows) which meant that my son and daughter-in-law felt like they were in the jungle including hearing jungle sounds all night - they, unfortunately, did not sleep well (the third bedroom had a musky odor due to the dampness and neither of the ladies wanted to sleep there). While it says that it is in the Volcano area, it is much closer to Hilo than to Volcano. It was much further from the Volcano National Park and further off the "main road" between Hilo and the Park than we expected. It is also not easy to find the driveway, particularly if you are arriving in the dark. All in all, a memorable experience.
Staying in David and Sharon's place is a really cool experience! There are so many large beautiful windows in the house that show off the fact that you are right in the middle of a rainforest! Lots of very loud frogs and insect noises outside all contribute to the outdoor experience. The house is spotless, beautifully furnished and really well provided for. David built the houses himself... amazing!
We visited the lava tube on site ourselves. One of the highlights of our trip for sure! We only had two nights and a lot to do/see with two small kids but David had some fantastic suggestions and basically curated a cool road trip for us.
We would definitely recommend staying here. Enjoy it!
I had a wonderful stay. The address sent to me & on air BnB was incorrect so we had a little run around finding it, it is in a different area than posted, about 20 min away. House was on a lovely property with fruit trees all over. David was so kind as to give us a tour of the lave tube on the property, of which was the best of any we had seen. This was a great and fun bonus to the trip. The Eco home in general was very comfortable and roomy. The house needed fans on humid days/nights that David provided on request, but non were resident on site otherwise. Loud frogs everywhere at night(outside). I liked the jungle feel but my friend was a little creeped out by night time noise, so I would recommend earplugs for sensitive sleepers. Not recommended for those, whom like my friend, get creeped out by seeing a few bugs(no mosquito's) or geckos here and there since its to be expected in a rustic(open aired/screened) eco cottage. My experience here gave me the jungle feel I was looking for & I would recommend this place to friends for sure!
About the Host, Sharon & David
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!