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I have been developing a sustainable farm here in Koa'e/Kapoho for 23 years. With a Master's degree in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science, I have also been dedicated to restoring native lowland rainforests of Hawai'i.
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Jaya is a very sweet and accommodating host, and generous with delicious home grown fruits. The place is clean and as described, albeit, fairly isolated and can be a little difficult to find in the dark when first arriving.
Jaya makes you feel more like a friend than a customer. She taught me about organic farming and native Hawaiian plants, which both fascinate me, as well as freely offered a few species of fruit from garden that I had never even heard of, let alone tasted. Feel free to ask about interesting places along the coast to explore, such as the Kapoho tide pools, Ahalanui warm springs, and Pohoiki. I actually live on the Big Island and wanted to explore the Kapoho area more and definitely had a memorable time doing so. So, I certainly recommend a stay at Jaya's house.
The place was exactly as described and Jaya was very responsive, very kind, welcoming, and accommodating.
I was right in the heart of jungle, so if you're looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this is the perfect place.
I enjoyed my stay tremendously, and would definitely stay again if I return to the area.
Come visit and see the amazing views, listen to jungle sounds, eat endless amounts of delicious fruits (papayas, apple bananas, abiu and what ever you can imagine), hike, bike and enjoy the great nature.
We recently left Jayas place and it was so badly hard to! Jaya really tried her best and we felt like home right away!
We got a lot Recommendations what to do, and got to places where the locals use to go. We also had great conversations and a lot of fun with her!
Jaya also has a great garden and grows her own vegetables and fruits - which we got served for breakfast by the way! It's been a great experience to spend time at someones place who lives with her own Resources of water, energy, food etc! thank you Jaya! We had a great time! MAHALO :)
A wonderful and inviting home and host. Enjoyed the open air, fresh breeze and fresh fruit. Thank you Jaya for the great conversation and hospitality.
We stayed here for three days and it was so difficult to leave- we liked it so much! There is a beautiful tropical garden around the house with almost every imaginable fruit tree. The house/garden is located in a very lush, tropical forest area that is famous for its huge, ancient mango trees that were planted by early missionaries around 1830s. It is worth coming to this area just to see these magnificent trees. Jaya is a wonderful hostess, very helpful and full of great suggestions about the island. She was also very generous by treating us with very delicious fruits from her garden that were in season – starfruits, papayas, abiu fruits, star apples, apple bananas and many others – it is really a fruit paradise! The room was on the second floor with screened windows - it was very spacious and comfortable (including bed), with a shared kitchen and bathroom/shower downstairs. The windows provided a gentle, pleasant breeze which was especially refreshing during the night. Thank you, Jaya for sharing your wonderful home with us and we really look forward to coming back!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.