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42 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Photos and Description of this 2 bedroom holiday home in Royal Hawaiian Estates - Emerald Forest

2 Bedrooms, 2-1/2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4, views into tree-tops and stars at nigh

Very quiet, secluded open-style home. End of a gravel road, 2-1/2 miles from the Volcano Highway. Two Master BR upstairs, open-style kitchen and living area on the ground floor, with a wood-fired stove and a good supply of firewood. One-car garage. Secluded wooden 'Chofu' hot tub. Spacious 3-acre property with no nearby neighbors. Not recommended for families with children younger than 8 years old.

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible

Dan Taylor
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, Mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
11 October, 2016
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About Dan Taylor

Retired National Park Ranger, devoted to forest conservation. I am intimately familiar with the nearby national park, and with most other recreational and cultural features in Hawaii Island. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of Hawaii natural and cultural history with travelers, and am happy to lead adventurous folks to places off the beaten track, if they ask.

I speak a little bit of Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua), and I especially hope travelers from China and Taiwan will feel welcome here.

Dan Taylor purchased this house in 2007

Why Dan Taylor chose Volcano

This property is part of the mid-elevation rain forest of Hawaii, now being broken up by development. I built my house here because it is as close as I can get to the natural forest and still feel connected to it. The house is built with big windows that look into the nearby treetops during the day and into the stars at night. Hot water is heated by solar panels; electricity is powered by photo voltaic panels, with backup from the electric utility. The property is a dedicated Conservation Easement --the first of several in the community.

What makes this house unique

Most travelers think of Hawaii as a place for beaches and warm surf, a welcoming spirit, and glitter. A little known feature of Hawaii, equally important and not very extensive, is the native rain forest, which abounds with interesting plants and animals. There is no other tropical rain forest in the US. Here a traveler can step into the natural, wild forest just 40 feet from the front door, and can hear the calls of native birds and insects, while sipping a morning coffee on the lanai. There is no car traffic and no nearby neighbors to disturb the peace. There is nothing lovelier than soaking in the hot tub on a cool evening, during a full moon, in the nearly absolute silence of the forest night. This is the life I have chosen for myself, and I am pleased I can make it available to others.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This family were the perfect guests. They found peace and quiet, away from their urban environment, and enjoyed the space and seclusion they wanted. They enjoyed visiting the national park nearby, both during the day and especially at night, where they could see the glowing vent of Kilauea Volcano after dark. It is an amazing sight!

The three adults and two pre-teen boys had plenty of room. I look forward to a return visit.
Oct 2013
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based on 42 holidaymaker reviews

average rating of 4.928571 based on 43 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved it! It was a beautiful property out in nature, away from traffic, and very private which was just what we wanted. It was also very reasonably priced.

Thank you, Dan!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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It's a spacious 2 bedroom home. The owner -- who will meet you at the house -- is gracious.

  • 4 of 5

The house is located off a long gravel road which may be a problem for some. If you're looking for solitude, this is the house for you.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing, cozy, with plenty of room. Dan was incredible!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful!!! Waking up to see the beauty of Hawaii right outside our window was an incredible experience. Each night it cooled down and Dan provided plenty of firewood for our use. It was truly a home away from home. Close enough to all the areas we wanted to see, but far enough away to keep the feeling of home.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
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Nice large house very secluded property

  • 4 of 5

The house is nice and large. It is located at the end of a cul de sac next to park land. No barking dogs , frogs or chickens. So, yes it is very very quite. We enjoyed the soaking tub on one evening. I did have some trouble getting the fire going but once I did everything went well. Interior is very comfortable to relax and read or watch tv. It is approximately 15 minutes give or take to the park. My suggestion is to find the house during the day and become familiar with the route because at night it might get tricky to find the house. The bottle of wine was great and overall a very nice weekend.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming House in the Rainforest

  • 5 of 5

Our family of five spent two nights at this spacious house in the woods in August and had a very pleasant stay. Dan was a terrific host and met us on arrival and provided us with everything we needed. It is remote (down a long gravel road) but well situated for visiting Volcano National Park (maybe 10 minutes away). The house is beautifully decorated and well furnished. Dan even helped us fix a flat tire on our rental car on our way out (thanks Dan!) I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the park, which was also great!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private, quiet, and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Dan's place for a little over a month, and found it a perfect place to appreciate mid-elevation Hawaiian forest. At the end of a long driveway, the property backs onto forest reserve. The only sounds we heard were the wind, rain, and the singing insects and birds. The house is comfortable, with upstairs bedrooms and baths with nice views of the forest. The kitchen had everything we needed to make our own meals over the month. Dan is a friendly host, and we enjoyed getting to know him. Thanks for everything, Dan.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Volcano Golf and Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hawaii Route #11
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Car: necessary

Volcano Village is well known for local graphic arts and handicrafts that are related to nearby volcanoes and Hawaiian culture. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby, with dozens of interesting trails, guided walks, and activities, such as hula performances and artist seminars. Active lava flows are accessible for adventurous travelers.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Royal Hawaiian Estates, Kona Coast

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Refundable Damage Deposit £205
Tax Rate 9.25%

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Royal Hawaiian Estates in Puna District

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , twin wash basins
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , twin wash basins
  • Two bathrooms, with shower, two wash basins, one toilet in each bathroom. Hardwood floors.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Two master bedrooms, on second floor; Queen-size beds. Hardwood floors, with area rugs, dressers, chairs, mirrors, closets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby, and is the primary attraction in this part of Hawaii. This house is on a 3-acre lot, in a remote and partially developed, rural subdivision. Lots are mostly forested. A 30,000-acrea natural forest reserve is adjacent; nearest neighbor is 300 yards away. This part of Volcano is exceptionally quiet and serene. The property is a conservation easement grant, intended to maintain the native forest in perpetuity

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