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Off the Beaten Track On the Island of Hawai`i!

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights

Overview

About the property

Waiola is a Studio Apartment On Eleven Acres With an Ocean View.

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.

More Details

Owner
Wendy and David Vance
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2017

About Wendy and David Vance

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

Why Wendy and David Vance chose Ka'u District

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.

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Naalehu in the Ka'u

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Comfort-height commode
  • Bathroom has an extra-deep tub and shower, pedestal sink and a comfort-height commode.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • A studio apartment with a queen-sized bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming

Reviews

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(21 traveller reviews)

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Off the Beaten Track On the Island of Hawai`i!
average rating of 5.0 based on 21 reviews
5

Wonderful!!

  • 5 of 5

Just left today, unfortunately. The cottage was perfect and well appointed. The hosts were wonderful. Very quiet and beautiful setting. My husband loved the shower and says it was his favorite part of the stay. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tucson, Arizona, USA
5

Quiet and Secluded

  • 5 of 5

if you like hearing the birds in the morning through an open window rather than the a/c unit blowing cold air in a hotel room, this place is for you. The cottage is well appointed, the grounds are pretty, the location is out of the way and it is quiet.

Dave and Wendy met us in the driveway and showed us around. They were helpful jn every way.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

It is about 40 minutes from Volcanoes National Park.

The cottage is on the second story, so there are steps.

Bryan and Beth, Tucson

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great meeting you both, Bryan and Beth ...thanks for the kind words! Mahalo for booking Waiola, we enjoyed meeting you. Aloha, Wendy and David
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5

Lovely, peaceful setting

  • 5 of 5

Serene property with lots of privacy. We loved watching the birds, donkeys and horse roam the property. Cozy, well appointed space that was perfect for two. David and Wendy were wonderful hosts!

  • Review Submitted: May 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo, Liz, for the lovely review and for booking with us. It was great meeting the 2 of you! A hui hou. ...
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Leechburg, Pa, USA
5

Wonderful and secluded

  • 5 of 5

We loved it here. So clean, so well equipped, and away from it all!

Zero complaints about this place.

Highly recommended!!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo, Tom! Thanks for the kind words and thanks for booking with us... Aloha, Wendy and David
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5

Incredibly private, beautiful and peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

We were so amazed at how lovely the cottage was! And the grounds around it were beautiful! This cottage is off the grid and the owners have done a marvelous job of providing everything we could need. The birds were lovely! The gardens gorgeous. We were so sad to leave!

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Excellent

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful spot and property. Wonderful

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Hilo or Kailua-Kona
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Punaluu
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Hana Hou
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Punaluu
Car: necessary

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Naalehu, Big Island Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Nightly Rate
6 Nov 2017 - 7 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
£113
for 1 night
From
£71
£512
 
 
Nightly Rate
6 Dec 2017 - 7 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
£185
for 2 nights
From
£71
£512
 
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
£113
for 1 night
From
£71
£512
 

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £37.04
Damage Deposit £185.2

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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