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Cozy cabin in the jungle not far from the airport and attractions

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Off-grid living in the jungle but still conveniently located. My tiny cabin is fifteen minutes from Hilo and the airport and is centrally located to Volcano National Park (25 minutes), Puna and Red Road (35 minutes) and Hilo and the Hamakua Coast.

This house is an example of sustainable entirely off-grid living in Hawaii. It has a 500 watt solar system and batteries for power, water catchment for water, a lava rock outdoor shower with hot water (propane, yes, there is some fossil fuel use even here), and a rainwater-fed outhouse with flushing toilet for doing your business. It's a one-room cabin on three acres about 15 minutes from Hilo airport and centrally located to all that East Hawaii has to offer, from the Kapoho warm ponds to the active Kilauea volcano to the Hamakua Coast.

I'm biased, but this tiny house makes me very happy just hanging out. I visit regularly (I live mostly in Santa Barbara) and I work on writing projects or just putz around the place landscaping or doing home improvement projects. It rains regularly, a delicious warm rain, which keeps it lush and full of life.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a two-burner stove that works very well, a medium-sized fridge and a large sink. It's a lot of fun to cook in! There's also a little grill for use on the lanai if you want to go native and cook some local ahi in ti leaves on the grill (a local specialty).

There are no visible neighbors and it's pretty jungly so if you like walking around in your birthday suit in nature, or just to the lava rock outside shower, this is the place for you.

This is a one-room cabin (16x16), with covered deck (lanai, 8x16) that's a good size for two people. There's also a futon for guests to sleep over.

If you're interested in experiencing pristine Hawaii this is a great place to do it. My place offers the convenience of being only five minutes from Keaau, and only two minutes from a 7-Eleven, the J. Hara convenience store with the best fried chicken ever, and fifteen minutes from Hilo, but also out in the country with only one neighbor who isn't even visible or audible. Birds abound, as well as geckos and coqui frogs. There are some mosquitoes but use the smoke rings available in the cabin and you'll be good to go.

It rains almost every day at least for a little, which is how it stays so green, usually in short heavy showers that give way to sunny skies before too long. It's always warm, though, so it's not an inconvenient rain like it is in colder climates. 70s to low 80s is the temperature range all year 'round.

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Tam Hunt
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
12 July, 2018

About Tam Hunt

I'm a renewable energy lawyer and writer (fiction and non-fiction) and I live both in Santa Barbara and at this little house near Hilo.

Tam Hunt purchased this house in 2014

Why Tam Hunt chose Keaau

Lava viewing is thirty minutes drive from the house and then a four hour hike or half hour bike ride (if you rent bikes). It's worth it!

The Red Road area of coastal Puna is also half an hour away and is world class and just plain gorgeous. There are many yoga sanctuaries (Kalani, Hawaiian Sanctuary, etc.) and workshop centers in this area, as well as rich jungle, local fruit and a ton of other cool things going on.

Volcano National Park is 20 minutes away and is a must see. There are oodles of trails in and around the park for avid hikers.

Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, two of the largest volcanoes in the world (with Mauna Loa still classed as active) are nearby and hikable.

The Hamakua Coast north of Hilo is also a must see and an amazing scenic drive.

Hilo town, just 15 minutes away, is the biggest city on the island (and the second biggest in Hawaii) and is well worth a visit, particularly to Pineapples restaurant or Moon & Turtle restaurant. Queen Liliuokalani Gardens is stunning with a mix of Hawaiian and Japanese aesthetics. Be sure to check out Coconut Island. There are also a bunch of nice small beaches and swimming areas as you drive east of Hilo. Definitely check out Richardson's Beach.

Pohoiki ocean access is thirty minutes away and offers a boat ramp, swimming area for kids and surfing all year round. There's also BBQ and camping areas. As well as a secret hot spring tub if you can find it...

Kehena Beach on the Red Road is a clothing optional black sand beach that is always nice for snorkeling or just lounging on the beach people watching. Sunday's go off in particular, with a large drum circle.

Kalani is a yoga and retreat center that also has epic ecstatic dance every Sunday morning at 11. This is a two hour moving meditation (no talking, drugs or alcohol allowed) to great music with beautiful people all around. It's excellent soul therapy.

Ahalanui warm pond is a large public hot spring-fed pool a little further up the road.

What makes this house unique

Quiet and secluded jungle cabin with only one neighbor. Outdoor rain-fed shower.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Keaau in the Puna District

Property Type:
  • house
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • smoking allowed
  • Wireless Internet
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • wheelchair inaccessible


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Cozy cabin in the jungle not far from the airport and attractions
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

AAA - An amazing adventure

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. Everything you need is there. The highlight is definetly the open air shower!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you appreciated our place Martin! It is pretty special and always improving :)
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Property was amazing! Well maintained and met all of our needs.

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying here. Nice to be able to live a simpler life for a few days. Very clean and well maintained with enough of the modern comforts to not feel like we were roughing it. Outdoor shower was great and just a relaxing place to be away from everything. Great location, close to Hilo and Volcano Natl Park. Thanks so much!

  • Review Submitted: 21-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A tiny jewel in the middle of nowhere to relax from daily stress

  • 5 of 5

Although Tam‘s Cabin is a little bit difficult to find (Pikake Street, at the end and then on the left side), it really is worth to stay there. First you might feel isolated and lacking of some luxurious standard, but there is everything there what you might need except wifi. Especially the nightly sound of geckos and birds, the rain shower and the chance to do a barbecue on the front porch we enjoyed a lot.

We definitely recommend the Cabin in the Jungle to everyone.

Next groceries store/gas-station is approx. 10 minutes away, whereas it might take you 20-30 minutes to get to Hilo town or airport.

Thanks Tam for everything!!

  • Review Submitted: 11-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Another great visit!

  • 5 of 5

We had another wonderful visit to the "cozy cabin"! Tam has made many great additions to the property since our last visit. We love the many beautiful Rainbow Eucalyptus trees surrounding the property. Being off-grid feels amazing!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to host you for your third trip! Always nice when people appreciate the simple off-grid living that the tiny house offers.
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Beautiful clean, well-appointed cabin

  • 4 of 5

We spent three very enjoyable nights in this spotless guest house. It's equipped with everything you need- pots, pans, cutlery, bottled water, extra blankets and sheets... It's close enough to town that you can easily get anything you want, but far enough out of town to be out of the crowds. We didn't thinking being off-grid compromised comfort in the least, and the accommodation is a bargain. We would definitely recommend it to friends or family.

The yard includes an outdoor shower with hot water, a flushing outdoor toilet and sink, a charcoal grill (BYOC) and a nice, large covered platform with a picnic table. At dusk there's a wonderful loud chorus of frogs, crickets and the neighbor's chickens that gradually dies down. The solar-powered cabin is equipped with 110V power even though it's off-grid- so there's an electric coffee-maker, hot plate, TV and BlueRay player, lights and a ceiling fan. Lots of gorgeous geckos live on the porch.

The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because the cabin isn't in a remote jungle, but rather in a brushy wooded neighborhood of 5 - 10 acre lots on the outskirts of town with an abundance of "no trespassing" signs. Although it's not loud enough to be any bother, the main highway is close enough that you can hear some traffic and the neighbors are maybe 200 yards away so you can easily hear their dogs and chickens. This might be actually comforting for city folks, but it's definitely not a wilderness or very rural setting.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honeymoon of a lifetime

  • 5 of 5

My new wife and I stayed at the cabin for three weeks for our honeymoon. It was the most amazing experience anyone could ever imagine!

Tam was always in communication before, during and after our stay making sure everything was ok. Ingrid and Amon(property managers) were extremely welcoming and helpful during our stay.

The rainstorms and the coqui frogs were the only sounds every night...and can we talk about that "out of this world" lava rock shower!!

This truly was the getaway of a lifetime.

Secluded in its own jungle but close enough to gas stations and grocery stores.

We hope to one day come back to this cozy cabin and enjoy the real feel of Hawaii!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, so glad you enjoyed it so much! You're welcome back any time.
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in the Keaau, Big Island Hawaii

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2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Property Damage Protection £44.59
Cleaning fee £56.69
Pet Fee £22.67

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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