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MAILE TREEHOUSE ' Hands down, the best part of our Vacation'

Bedrooms 1
Space 980 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Full Studio Upstairs/ Separate entrance-bd-bath-lanai downstairs / 1-4 Occupancy

CLIPPED COMMENTS--- If I was to design a dream vacation home, I would copy the Maile Tree House down to the smallest detail // Unforgettable stay // WOW! Absolutely spectacular // Couldn't have picked a more Magical place to stay.. decor remarkably creative, the bedding & furniture very cozy, and the garden was beautiful with hidden surprises through-out. // Words can't express it // The pictures will never do it justice // After your place the other one we rented on the beach in Oahu couldn't compete!.. truly don't know how you can rent it to strangers // The house is just perfect, down to every last detail // Warm wood tones, cushy furniture, modern ammenities.. with whimsical touches..a place to truly relax // My husband asked what the best part of our trip was, I said the tree house, he said, 'That's exactly what I was going to say!'..quite a statement for him.. I miss it already // I continue to think/ daydream about the house // Fantastic experience, exceeded all our.....

There is an option of another 2 person Suite downstairs that does not have ALL the amenities of the Treehouse, but is a charming, bright and lovely alternative. Please view our personal web site for details. Aloha, and enjoy your holiday, wherever you go!!

MORE CLIPPED GUEST COMMENTS: We found the attention to detail in every nook and cranny of the house warm, inviting and cozy. // The most personable accommodation we have ever enjoyed // Most memorable one yet (15th anniv.) // Slice of Heaven // Our new favorite place // First time I've stayed at a Bed and Breakfast and my back hasn't hurt in the morning // I still sigh every time I think about our wonderful time there // Amazing bed // Architects spend careers trying to create what we call “sense of place”.. you have created a powerful sense of place // If this were my house, I would never be able to rent it out-wondering if you have a background in hospitality..maybe the Four Seasons..everything is so thought out // An inspiring place // Wonderful Gardens!.. Mysterious places to discover // Very romantic // Amazing job // Warm and beautiful // A wonderful vision // Unique house with distinct touches. Clever design // What creativity // Scenery gorgeous- the layout perfect // Magical, beautiful, peaceful & perfec

HOUSE DESCRIPTION: The upstairs Studio, Maile Treehouse--was custom built to bring the Rainforest in with it's abundance of large windows. There is a view from every room and in all directions, wood construction throughout and custom everything! The built in fireplace is two sided with a rotating flat screen above so that you can view both TV and fireplace from the living room, bedroom, and the lava rock surrounded jacuzzi tub. The tub is set in a bay window just steps away from the cozy Bed, with cozier still-- heated mattress pads. These are among the many touches we have added to make your stay as luxurious and delightful as possible. Tall ceilings, rich Brazilian cherry floors, built in bookcases and cabinetry, skylights..., built with our hearts as well as our hands--for the purpose of passing on a feeling and experience of Volcano that will be as warm and memorable for you, as it is to us.

Me ke Aloha Pumehana,

Leslie and Michael Hess

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Leslie Hess
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
20 October, 2017

About Leslie Hess

ALOHA! We hope you'll enjoy our home.

Leslie Hess purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Leslie Hess chose Volcano

Having lived here over 30 years, Volcano remains our favorite getaway.. so finally in 2003 after searching to buy a getaway that we could also use as a vacation rental.. it became clear we needed to build what we wanted. We spent 4 years of weekends driving up from Waimea, to hand clear and hand build our labor of love. We finished July of 2007! Everyone who has stayed has felt the care and enthusiasm that we have put into our version of the perfect getway.

Guestbook comments from the owner

08/ 26

Fabulous place, stunningly beautiful, loved it all. What a perfect way to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary!

Your home is perfect.  The attention to detail is wonderful.  Sure got a kick out of the different 'finds' during our stay. This home was part of making our second Honeymoon remarkable.

Golden, Colorado


This was truly one of the nicest experiences in our life. Being able to 'truly get away' along side all the lovely touches you have thought about made this a truly amazing and fantastic stay. We will be back next year!

Paula and Ruchi

San Francisco, Ca
Aug 2013
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MAP MARKER INCORRECTLY INDICATES ACTUAL HOUSE LOCATION ... SO IS NOT SHOWN Nestled in the Ohia trees of Volcano Village one mile outside of Volcano National Park, recently announced #1 visitor attraction in Hawaii offering hiking trails, visitor center, museums, talks, cultural and informational events. 6 restaurants in the Village from Fine to Down Home local style-occasionally with music. Local theater performances including musicals and professional concerts as well. Artist Galleries and events. Renown Sunday Farmers Market. Local Golf and Winery. Beaches 30 min. each direction. The oceanfront town of Hilo is 30 minutes with all a town has to offer.

Other Activities: Volcano National Park and Park Activities, Museums, Hiking, Artist Galleries and Events, Sunday Farmers Market, Oceanfront city of Hilo 35 min away


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Volcano Village in Volcano

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Please do not instant book for more than 2 guests... inquire first for correct quote. Read the first pages of the guest book upon arrival
  • WE DO have a cancellation refund policy in our Agreement. The plug in options on the site do not apply.
Location Type:
  • mountain
  • village
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Jacuzzi , Custom Sink-Shower-Jacuzzi in Bedroom--Seperate from WC
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Both Showers have big windows opening out to the Trees, Upstairs Tub sits in a Bay Window. Bedroom has Artist made vessel Sink / wall mount Hairdryer and magnifying Mirror / Two person jacuzzi tub with pass through to Shower. Separate WC accessible from main living area and/or bedroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , Can be EITHER King or two Twins--Seperate Entrance bd/ba
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , With Heating Mattress Pad
  • Upstairs is Maile Treehouse - A Full Luxury Studio with a Queen Bed and heated mattress pad- each side separately controlled ------------------------- Downstairs is an optional 2nd bedroom -- the Garden Suite, separate entrance bedroom, see our webpage. This second bedroom is not suitable for children as it is actually separate.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • veranda
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 2 deck chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Jacuzzi
  • Whirlpool
  • Jacuzzi ...
  • caves
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • snorkelling
  • caving
  • surf fishing
Smart TV, Espresso Machine, robes, washer/dryer/detergent, campfire pit, guitar, flashlight, warm jackets, umbrella, garden shoes, beautiful chess/cribbage and other games, coffee-hot chocolate-tea-popcorn, Eruption DVD, Hawaiian music and other, Hawaiian history-stories-interest Books and other, Guest book with hiking and extensive area information


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MAILE TREEHOUSE ' Hands down, the best part of our Vacation'
average rating of 4.982143 based on 255 reviews
Sydney Australia

Highlight of our Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a trip to the Hawaiian Islands and by far the highlight of our vacation was our time spent at Maile Tree House. Since returning, we have raved about this beautiful, warm and cosy home to anyone who will listen.

We were thrilled to discover something new about the house each day and loved uncovering all the little 'surprises'. The vases of fresh flowers in every room were an especially nice touch.

Although the pictures on the website are lovely, they cannot possibly capture the uniqueness of this perfect piece of paradise. It has to be seen to be believed!

Thank you so much Leslie and Michael for not only your warm hospitality but for the wonderful lasting memories from our time at Maile Tree House.

-P & A, Sydney, Australia

  • Review Submitted: Oct 27, 2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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Elegant retreat in the jungle

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely retreat convenient to volcano. The house is extremely well designed, and we kept discovering new clever features. Everything was just perfect, and I'd highly recommend this lodging to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Boston, Massachusetts

Beautiful, magical, Aloha spirit!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two days at Maile Treehouse to celebrate our anniversary, and it is truly a magical place. Beautifully decorated with many whimsical touches, peaceful, and close enough to Volcano National Park and Hilo that you can always find something to do. Leslie and Michael are thoughtful, gracious hosts. I can't recommend this place highly enough. Thank you, Leslie and Michael for providing such a lovely place!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at the Maile Tree House for three nights a little over a week ago. What a beautiful and peaceful place! The whole house and grounds are immaculate. The decorating is wonderfully unique. Everywhere you look there is something else that you didn’t notice before. The photos do not do it justice, it looks so much better in person. The flowers everywhere (inside and out) are amazing. There were books everywhere and my wife made good use of several of them. She really enjoyed the book with Buddha quotes and philosophy. There can’t be a better place in the world to read it either. Very cool!

The distance to Volcanoes National Park is about a mile or two. It is a very short and gorgeous drive to watch Mother Nature creating herself. We spend a day and a half in the park and thoroughly enjoyed our hikes and drives.

We were left a note saying there was sausage in the fridge and some macadamia nut pancake mix there for us. There was syrup and butter in the fridge too. Very nice (and delicious) touch.

Besides having a beautiful and immaculate home the owner Leslie is a pleasure to deal with. My questions before we arrived were promptly answered. Leslie even saved our vacation!

We left Maile Treehouse after spending seven nights on the Big Island (four on west coast) and went onto Oahu for a week. Upon unpacking I realized that I lost the case that contained my camera(s) SD and Micro SD cards! I frantically went through all my belongings before calling Leslie. She just happened to be at the house to do a couple of things so Leslie looked and found them!! (I placed them under some neatly folded towels in a basket in the kitchen)

Leslie then went out of her way to mail them back to me. Leslie, you really saved my vacation as I would have been upset if my images of Kilauea bubbling up lava at night never made it home. It was one of the most impressive sights of Mother Nature I have ever seen! Thank you very much Leslie!

I doubt that you can find a nicer place, or better customer service in Volcano Village.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Romantic 35th anniversary getaway

  • 4 of 5

Unique property!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Truly Magical

  • 5 of 5

This was our favorite place that we stayed while on the islands.The setting was beautiful and the treehouse was perfect in everyway. So much care and thought went into making this place magical. Thank you for this once in a lifetime experience.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Volcano Village, Puna District

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

booking fee (refunded for personal or echeck pymnt £18.96
Refundable Damage Deposit £189.55
cleaning fee £63.18
Tax Rate 13.42%

$185nt for 1-2 Adults
plus $80 cleaning fee and taxes

$225nt for 2-4 Adults w/ additional downstairs Garden Suite (king or twins bedroom/bathroom/lanai )
plus $120 cleaning fee and taxes

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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