Jaya's sustainable garden home

House - Private room · Papaya Farms Road, Pāhoa, HI 96778, United States
Jaya C.
Your host, Jaya C.
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The Space

The bedroom is a screened in yet private 18X20 room in the upstairs of my home, overlooking 360 degrees of lovely gardens. There is a queen bed, a desk, massage table and a large carpet/space for stretching/yoga. There is a shared bathroom and kitchen downstairs. Stairs are somewhat steep and can get wet during heavy rains.

The house runs on solar and water catchment therefore a conservative approach is appreciated. Filtered and county water are available for drinking and cooking.

This is perfect for someone who is looking for a very peaceful/quiet green space for retreat. There is no TV, but some internet access can be coordinated.

Guest Access

My home is located on the East point of the big Island of Hawaii in close proximity to ocean access, good snorkeling and warm ponds. It is 14 miles from kalapana where there is often lava viewing access. Only 8m from Pahoa town and 30m from Hilo.

Interaction with Guests

I am happy to offer tea/coffee, coconut water and whatever fruit happens to be abundant on the land. You may also enjoy a tour of gardens and the experience of harvesting seasonal fruit together.
I am also happy to provide some guidance and support regarding local daytime activities and places to enjoy over breakfast.

Please note that I have responsibilities other than airbnb which i must tend to. Though you are very welcomed to ask questions at any time, please be prepared to take care of your needs once you have received your welcome and basic orientation.

When I am available, some meals can be provided if requested in advance (lunches $7.00/ supper $15.00)

If you have any interest in learning more about self-sustainable living, you may be able to spend a day with me doing garden projects, harvesting preparing and enjoying meals from the land for a sliding scale fee ($50-100/day).

The Neighborhood

This jungle neighborhood is very safe, quiet and friendly. There are no electric/telephone wires, aggressive dogs, or fast traffic; it is peaceful to walk about. Across from my place is Josannah's farm where fresh produce can be purchased. A local farmer's market happens on Fridays one mile from home en route to swimming locations.

Getting around

There is a bus that comes by the four corners of Kapoho (1 mile from home) twice a day. This is a slow roundabout way to get around, but possible. A rental car is your best option in these parts.

Other Things to Note

Energy/body work (incorporating forms such as Swedish massage, holistic pulsing and reiki) are available upon request (suggested donation $40/hour)

Please look me up (Jaya Dupuis) on-line @ fineart (website hidden) if you are interested in viewing different lines of my art work.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $440 /week
Monthly Price: $1850 /month
Cancellation: Flexible
Pet Owner: Cat(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • I had a wonderful time staying at Jaya's. The top floor room was large and the bed was so comfortable! I slept great with a nice breeze coming through and the jungle noises all around. It was a perfect retreat for me and there is ample room for a couple. If you are travelers who don't wish to stay in a touristy trap kind of hotel with outrageous rates and are willing to enjoy the simple pleasures, Jaya's is the place to be. There is great snorkeling nearby and the National Volcano Park is only about a 45 minute drive. There's also a nice black sand beach just off the "Red Road" nearby that goes along the coast. And don't forget to jump in the warm pond 10 minutes away for a relaxing soak. McKenzie Park is also nearby. It is a beautiful wooded area next to the ocean and a great place to take photos of the waves crashing into the cliffs. You might even catch sight of a whale or two at the right time of year. I did.

    I would recommend Jaya's place to anyone who wants to be adventurous on The Big Island- and it IS big and beautiful. Whether you like a quiet peaceful retreat or just want a place to lay your head at night, this is the room to book. Jaya is very knowledgable of the area and goes out of her way to be helpful and answer any questions you may have regarding day trips and fun things to do. And if she is not committed to other tasks, she is very generous with her time; well deserving of a little extra consideration upon checkout. And by the way- some of the exotic fruit that grows at her well manicured property tastes fabulous! Jaya spent quite a bit of time explaining what fruit was ready for consumption and how to pick it. It was fun to harvest and then eat it all up. Jaya even showed me how to open a coconut with a machete. And that was after we pulled down several coconuts with a 30 foot stick with a hook on the end. That was FUN! And a nice drink of fresh coconut milk in the morning, courtesy of Jaya, is a great start to the day. Had a blast- just book it.

    February 2014
  • Jaya is most hospitable and gracious, introducing us to a sustainable, homesteading way of life. Waking up to country sounds and tasting of the fruits of her gardens was such a beautiful way to start our day. Her extensive knowledge of the island led us to places not in guide books. We would recomend highly Jaya to anyone looking for a place off the beaten path.

    January 2014
  • A Simplicity Feast!

    Nature, beauty, culture, adventure. . . .whatever is drawing you to the big island, add a stay at Jaya's place to the list. Worthy as a destination on its' own merits, Jaya's jungle homestead may just top your list of reasons you would return to Hawaii. Jaya's thoughtful presence, natural teaching style and sense of fun had my daughter and me picking fruit, chopping coconuts and sharing stories in no time. The room she provides seems purpose built for writing, yoga, reading, meditating or other quiet pursuits. As soon as we settled in, the quiet energy invited us to get still and contemplate matters big and small. Thank you Jaya, especially for the gift of your valuable time.

    December 2013
  • A lovely experience. Jaya is an incredibly kind and welcoming host. Her time permitting, you may get a full property tour and and a tasting of the food/fruit she grows! Possibly pick and open your own coconut! (we did!)
    Its a solar powered home, so think eco-lodge (glamorous camping) more than hotel. The house was incredibly clean. Full Bathroom with a hot shower. Huge screened in bedroom that kept the bugs out. The bed and pillows were comfortable for both my husband and myself.
    Only 5 minutes to the boat ramp for the Lava Flow tour! Convenient!
    Jaya is knowledgable of the area and can suggest activities/places to go, based on what kind of an experience you are looking for. She gave us directions to some amazing Tide Pools, Warm swimming Pools, etc.
    Bring earplugs if the noise of the jungle may bother you.
    Its inspiring to see someone actually living the self sustainability that many of us are thinking about.
    Highly recommend, for an 'off the beaten path' experience.
    Our iPhone led us right to her driveway with the address she provided.

    May 2013
    Jaya C.
    Response from Jaya C.:

    Thank you so much Tiffany and Tony for such a positive and articulate review. I am touched! So glad you enjoyed yourself, and hope to see you again sometime.

    May 2013
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I have been developing a sustainable farm here in Koa'e/Kapoho for 22 years. With a Master's degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, I have been dedicated to restoring native lowland rainforests of Hawai'i. As an artist, I also like to carve out a little time for painting and drawing when possible.
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