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

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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.

More Details

Owner
Tam Hunt
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, Spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
17 October, 2017

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 Puna District

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in the Keaau in the Hawaii County

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

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Cozy cabin in the jungle not far from the airport and attractions
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews
Anchorage
5

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: Jan 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 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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4

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: Oct 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

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: Aug 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow, so glad you enjoyed it so much! You're welcome back any time.
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5

Perfect off-the-grid nature home

  • 5 of 5

We LOVED this place! Stayed here for 9 nights in early April and loved every minute of it. The property managers are wonderful and made us feel at home as well as provided us with some incredible fruit.

The location was perfect. Easy to get to the National Park, Hilo, Mauna Kea and even to the Kona side of the island. We really enjoyed the peacefulness and privacy of this place as well as the wonderful sounds of nature each morning and evening. And can we talk about the best part of it all - the outdoor lava shower! Perfect in the afternoon with the sun shining down on your while the rain water is pouring over you. Just fabulous!

The only recommendation I could give, Tam, is to have a little more room for the guests personal items. A few of the drawers and hutch were occupied with your stuff and we would have appreciated that little bit more room since we were there for 9 nights.

We would definitely come back to this place in a heart beat! Thanks for sharing this special place with us and don't build your house too close to it. :-) The improvements outside are just wonderful as well. Loved the outdoor area to sit at your magnificent table especially under cover.

Mahalo! Hope to see this place again one day!

  • Review Submitted: May 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Becky! Glad you enjoyed your stay so much. We will figure out how to ensure guests have enough clothes storage space :)
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Anchorage
5

Very happy return visitors!

  • 5 of 5

This was our second stay at the green cabin! We enjoyed it so much the first time and were excited to stay here again. The location is perfect.....close to everything on the east side but far enough away to enjoy privacy. Geckos in the cabin keep you on your toes....they are quick and tricky to get back outside, but thats part of the charm of living "Hawaii".

  • Review Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great to have you back, Aimee! I'm staying in the cabin now and making it even more comfortable, for people as well as the geckos :)
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4

Great stay

  • 4 of 5

The cabin is a great isolated place. In the middle of the woods, clean and well equipped. The manager is a pearl, very helpful and welcoming. We had a great stay there is not for the many mosquitos that were around. Hopefully this was a temporary problem as it looks like the entire region had a bit of an infestation. Other than that, it was a great stay, perfect for visiting Volcano park and the east coast of Big Island.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Francois, glad you enjoyed your stay! There are mosquitoes there, as I describe in the property description. We do provide plenty of bug spray and candles to limit them and there is also a bug zapper on the house, which if used each night keeps the population down significantly. Did you turn the zapper on?
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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£284
for 3 nights
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£469
£1,303
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £45.49
Pet Fee £22.74
Property Damage Protection £44.73

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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