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Bedrooms 1
Space 485 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property


The Zen Hale is the perfect home base for your exploration of the Big Island. We are conveniently located on the sunny side of Waimea Town only a 10 minute drive to the best Kohala beaches and minutes from HPA. Our convenient central location is ideal for setting out on day hikes or exploring all the sites on Hawaii Island. The unique serenity of this one bedroom, one bath cottage offers ocean and mountain views enhanced by cool breezes and mild temperatures. The kitchen is fully furnished with full size refrigerator, large convection/toaster oven, microwave and a 2 burner state of the art induction cook top. Luxurious linens adorn the separate bedroom and a beautiful stone shower appoint the bathroom.

Use the gas BBQ outdoors to prepare the local foods purchased at the farmers market then relax while viewing the blanket of stars. A separate laundry room with washer and dryer is available for use and laundry detergent is provided.

You will find yourself minutes away from the best beaches on the Big Island. The largest of Hawaii Island’s white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach, has consistently been rated on numerous international Top Ten lists. Mauna Kea Beach, a perfect crescent of golden sand leading to calm water, has been voted among the Top 10 beaches in the U.S. Both offer great conditions for swimming, sunbathing, bodyboarding and snorkeling.

Beyond the beaches, Hawaii offers a host of outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities. Head to the Paniolo Town of Waimea and visit the many shops and galleries. From there is the perfect starting point for a trip to the Volcano National Park or a glimpse of the stars and planets at Mauna Kea Observatory.

There's no better way to experience the amazing cultural diversity of Hawaii Island than to visit one of the farmers’ markets that take place all around the island. You’ll find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables used in Hawaii Regional Cuisine, exotic varieties that are as intriguing as they are tasty plus an eclectic collection of prepared foods.The market is also a great place to pick up handmade artwork or a unique gift and strike up a conversation with the artist who made them.

When you're ready for some relaxation and 'Aloha' there is nothing better than coming home to the Zen Hale

Let us know if you will be celebrating a special occasion or have a certain need. We will do all we can to accommodate your request. You will always feel welcome and long to return to our unique retreat.

If the calendar at the Zen Hale is full, please contact us as we have other beautiful homes that may be available for your desired dates.

Aloha and Mahalo

Matthew and Rose

Tax ID# W00501720-02

More Details

Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
15 August, 2017

About Matthew

Moved to the Big Island 10 years ago from Portland, Oregon. I have lived all around the U.S. but I feel that this is my true home. Rose and I just spent an amazing month in Nepal and India, but the best part was coming back to Hawaii. In 1999, while attending an alternative building design seminar in Cottage Grove, Oregon, I was introduced to the concept of permaculture. Although the original focus of permaculture was sustainable food production, over time the philosophy of permaculture has expanded to encompass economic and social systems. Today I have my Permaculture Design Certification and also my Permaculture Teacher Training Certification. My passion now is working to make our Big Island property an example of permaculture design, and in cultivating Bodhisattva Healing Gardens to become a place where these healing ideas are shared.


Rose Riedesel, L.M.T.

Brennan Healing Science

Licensed Message Therapist

Cranial Sacral Therapist

Intuitive Wellness Coach



Matthew purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Matthew chose Kohala Coast

We chose our property for the excellent climate and the proximity to the best beaches and easy access to Waimea town.

What makes this cottage unique

There is no better place to take a nap in the afternoon or enjoy an evening of star gazing. Our elevation of 1800' provides breezes and milder temperatures and the perfect culture for organic farming.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Waimea in Hawaii County

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 485 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • The bathroom is a full bathroom with shower. Hand Soap/Body Soap/Shampoo Provided Toilet Tissue
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Studio - 1 Large Double Bed
  • The bedroom has queen size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • Racquetball
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Rose Riedesel, L.M.T. Brennan Healing Science Licensed Massage Therapist Cranial Sacral Therapist Intuitive Wellness Coach 808-896-2620 roseriedesel@gmail.com


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.8421054 based on 19 reviews

Comfy cottage in Waimea

  • 5 of 5

A little higher elevation provides clean drier air and tropical breezes most of the time. The owners have equipped it with all one would need and the cottage is set away from several other dwellings on the property allowing for more privacy. For those who wish to avoid the radio frequency pollution of a wifi signal, laptops can be plugged directly into an ethernet line in the cottage and the wifi left off.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Madison, WI

Relaxing secluded place

  • 5 of 5

We stayed three nights, as part of our 2 week tour around the Big Island. We did our own cooking with food purchased at farmers markets - which was possible as all equipment was provided, including two induction burners. It was secluded, quiet, with WiFi. We spend the day travelling the island but in the late afternoon it was great to hang out, cook, and enjoy the coolness of the area. The space was a little hot after a sunny day but opening up windows and the two main double doors cooled things off very quickly. Visually the insides were beautiful. Great Place!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Chris, Happy you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale and found all the amenities to your liking. We also love the numerous farmers markets and preparing the local foods. Sure hope to be your host again on a return trip to Hawaii Island. You'll always be a welcome guest. Aloha and Mahalo, Matthew
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Great getaway spot close to Waimea and beaches

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I had a great stay here for a few nights and would highly recommend. It is the perfect size for 2 people and had everything we needed. We were on the go most of the time, but there is adequate kitchen supplies for anything you might need to cook. They also provided a beach umbrella, beach chairs, towels and a small cooler to use for our (frequent) trips to the beaches. We highly recommend Beach 69 which is a 12 minute drive and has great natural shade and amazing snorkeling.

The cottage is perfectly located between the beaches and Waimea town on a beautiful piece of land overlooking the hills and the ocean. We would highly recommend this place and hope to come back!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha John, I'm happy you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale and took advantage of everything we try to provide our guests. I appreciate what considerate and tidy guests you were and hope to be your hosts on a future visit to Hawaii Island. Mahalo, Matthew
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Perfect Hawaiian Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly our peaceful time at Zen Hale, and visiting the surrounding beaches, horse ranches, fish market, hiking trails!

Very cozy and peaceful. Owner super nice.

Couple of small suggestions: needs new hammock and firmer mattress.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A wonderful little house in a perfect location.

  • 5 of 5

If we come back to the Big Island this is where we will stay again! Great place, beautiful surroundings and great property owners and hosts.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hello Ann-Christine, So happy you enjoyed your Zen Hale stay and we certainly hope your will return for another Hawaii Island visit. You will always be welcome and we offer a 10% discount to repeat guests. Thank you again for the opportunity to be your hosts. Aloha and Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
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Very cute, cozy, clean cottage, away from tourist crowds.

  • 4 of 5

Matthew was a gracious host, Lynette an accommodating assistant (tho in Arizona and a different time zone, which wasn't clear when I tried to contact her), the property is peacefully adjacent to a fruit farm and green hills. Received a lovely fruit basket on the 4th day of our stay. Would have liked larger windows to admire the scenery from inside, and to let more light in on dark dreary days (admittedly rare). Nice accessible washer/dryer. DVD player unreliable; suboptimal volume when DVD did work--did not communicate this to Matthew. Bed was ok but not totally comfortable for 2 people of different weights (sagging into the middle). All in all, a peaceful getaway!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm happy you enjoyed your stay at our peaceful and quite Hale Elizabeth. "Cute, Cozy and clean" is what we strive to offer to each of our guests.....the lush and private property definitely provides a relaxing space away from crowds while still being close to the best Kohala Coast beaches and Waimea Town. The ripe fruits and veggies from our gardens is a bonus we always like to share. Lynette is my sister and she helps Rose and I with reservations and assists guests with arrival information. When she is not here in Waimea she is spending time in Arizona with her family. Even though there is a 3 hour time difference when she is in Prescott, she will always make herself available to a guest. I'm happy she was able to answer your call and help when you arrived. I don't know what the issue with the DVD was but I have replaced it and would have done so while you were here had I known you were having difficulty. Living in this paradise has always been my dream and is a plus for my guests because I'm generally here to help with their requests immediately or as soon as possible. Beds are a highly personal preference and I apologize that you didn't find it to your liking. We have never had a prior complaint about it being uncomfortable Thank you again for allowing Rose and I to be your hosts and for taking the time to write a review. I encourage everyone to read all the reviews of Zen Hale. I promise you won't be disappointed if you come and be our guest. Aloha Matthew
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Red Water CAfe
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Mauna Kea Resort
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Mauna Kea Beach
Car: necessary

Waimea, also called Kamuela, is the largest town in the interior of the Big Island, and is the center for ranching activities and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). This historic area full of rolling, green pastures is still home to cattle, cowboys and ranches. The Parker Ranch in and around Waimea is the largest privately owned cattle ranch in the US, and the annual Fourth of July rodeo is a major event.

But there is more to Waimea than just paniolo. This area is now home to a thriving community. You’ll find one of Hawaii Island’s finest chefs at Merriman’s Restaurant. Peter Merriman is three-time finalist in the prestigious James Beard Awards for Best Chef and is one of the founding members of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. You can also find the Kahilu Theatre here, a 490-seat cultural mecca on Hawaii Island featuring performances by renowned musicians, dancers and artists.

The Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, held annually in the first week of February, has recently become another major event of the town. In the center of town you can find Hawaiian art at the Isaacs Art Center and the Wishard Gallery.

Waimea is also home to the headquarters of two astronomical observatories located on Mauna Kea, the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. It is also headquarters of the International Lunar Observatory Association

To explore the road less traveled, the Kohala Mountain Road (Highway 250) leads north from Waimea to the charming town of Hawi. Most visitors miss this beautiful drive, but it’s a scenic way to get from Waimea to Hawi and the stunning Pololu Valley Lookout, which showcases breathtaking coastal views of the Hamakua Coast.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Waimea, Big Island Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Aug 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £73.83
Damage Deposit £151.55

Abuse of this policy will result in loss of security deposit.
Deposit is returned within 7 days of departure barring any losses, damages or abuse of this contract. Report any damages to owner upon arrival and before departure.
Guest shall allow Homeowner access to the property for purpose of repair, cleaning and inspection. Homeowner shall exercise this right of access in a reasonable manner.
No other persons except those indicated in rental agreement may stay overnight
QUIET TIME 10:00 PM TO 8:00 AM
The home is cleaned before and after your stay. Maid service is not included. We can help you arrange it at your own expense.
Please take all rubbish tightly sealed in bags to the trashcans. Place garbage, glass and recycle items in the properly marked can.
This vacation rental property is privately owned. The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illnesses that occur while on the premises or its facilities. The homeowner is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from the use of the premises by themselves, their children or others whom they invite on the premises and hereby waive any claim of liability or negligence against the homeowner for any accidents, injuries or illness that may occur while on the premise or its facilities.
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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