Named for the spring on the land, Waiola (Water of Life) is a romantic hideaway, a peaceful retreat, an artist's getaway or a perfect stay-cation. Stone walls, taro lo`i (the garden plot that taro was grown in), a trail, and a stone house site from ka wā kahiko (ancient times) tell the story of the Hawaiians of old who lived here and worked the land. Waiola offers cozy comfort for two with a studio cottage in a pastoral setting.
The Guesthouse includes a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, queen sized bed, and satellite TV with HBO.
Waiola sits above a six-acre pasture with an `ōhi`a lehua forest as backdrop. The lehua is the flower of Hawai`i Island and is honored in both song and chant. A zen view of the ocean is visible through the `ōhi`a trees. Located at 1800', the climate is temperate with occasional rain at night. Evenings and mornings can be cool and you will appreciate a sweater or light jacket.
If you are looking for a truly unique Hawaiian experience away from the hustle and noise of tourist destination spots Waiola is for you.
We are mainland transplants: David from the Chicago area, Wendy from New York. We are island residents of 40 years, twenty on Maui and twenty on Hawai`i Island. We loved Maui and found it hard to leave until we were offered the caretaker/manager position at Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s Tibetan Buddhist retreat center, Orgyen Dechen Chöd Dzong, in Ka`ū, the southern-most part of Hawai`i Island. Until we came to Ka`ū we weren't sure what we were looking for but we certainly knew it when we found it—beautiful, rural, rugged, small-town Hawai`i.
We are eco-concious and knew we wanted to build 'green.' The nature surrounding us is the source of our water and energy. The electric system powered by the sun provides all the standard amenities. Soft rain water is triple filtered and UV sterilized.
We love gardening and animals, grow some of our food, and are the caretakers of the chickens, goats, donkeys, horse and dogs that complete the picture.
Wendy and David Vance purchased this cottage in 2000
We fell in love with rural Hawai`i Island and found eleven acres of possibility covered impossibly densely in an invasive tree called wililaiki or christmasberry. It is a scourge on the Island, crowding out many of the native forest trees and plants that make up the critical habitat of native birds and insects.
Not knowing what we were signing up for, we purchased the land in 2000 after David climbed to the top of a huge `ōhi`a tree and saw the bright blue ocean in the distance.
We were advised to simply hire a D-10 and bulldoze everything, but there was an old dry-stack stone wall along the ahupua`a (the land division that runs from a mountain top to the ocean) boundary between Kawela and our land in Wai`oma`o that we were unwilling to risk to the dozer’s blade. David starting hand clearing the wililaiki from the perimeter of the wall, and the unfolding began.
He carved tunnels through the wililaiki tangle so that we could get from one end of the property to the other and every tiny patch of blue sky that was revealed by the felling of another christmasberry was cause for celebration. And we found more walls. And archeological sites. And 100-year old `ōhi`a lehua trees. And other native flora that was just waiting for sunlight to start to thrive again.
And the unfolding continued and now there are two dwellings, a lush pasture, farm animals, a green house and pets and we look forward to sharing it all with guests who are looking for a comfortable, cozy eco-friendly place to reconnect with nature.
My husband and I were visiting from the island of Oʻahu to get away from the city for a few days. Wendy and David's place was just perfect. The apartment itself is beautiful and has everything you need. It's quiet, private, and clean, and comes with an absolutely stunning view. Beyond the house itself, the location is great -- there are lots of interesting things to see in the area; great hikes and beaches. Wendy and David are great hosts. They were very welcoming and gave us some excellent tips for what to see/where to go. We'd love to come back!
Thank you, Wendy and David, for providing such a lovely space! This was the best place we stayed on the island - it was very clean and well stocked, and Wendy and David were friendly and available while also providing a lot of privacy. The space is beautiful (we love the bathtub and window) and the view over the pasture was delightful - we felt like we were staying in a treehouse! Thanks for sharing this little slice of paradise!
We were greeted by David and Wendy upon our arrival and they meticulously explained the home. This was much appreciated as it was dark when we arrived from Santa Fe (a long trip). There was a bowl of fruit in the kitchen, coffee and eggs in the refrigerator and we felt welcome there right away. The property is in a great location for exploring the area around South Point, Black Sand Beach, Green Sand Beach and the Volcano. We had a wonderful stay.
All the best, Richard
We really enjoyed our stay with David and Wendy. The accommodation was fantastic and so peaceful. Woke up in the morning to birds and a cup of coffee on the deck. It is in a great location to explore the South of the Big Island. Great places to explore and if we are back on the Big Island we would love to stay there again.
Wendy and David met us one morning with fresh eggs, and avocado ( which are the best we have had yet). anyhow great stay and would recommend it to anyone who will be staying in the South area of the Big Island.
Thanks again David and Wendy
The guest apartment is very comfortable and is nicely equipped. Wendy and David were very welcoming and helpful. The lanai looks over a lush valley and is wonderful for relaxing. We highly recommend this property!
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£203|
|Cleaning fee||£41 + Tax|