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

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Property type cottage



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.

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Wendy and David Vance
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 February, 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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Naalehu in the Big Island Hawaii

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 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.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed
  • A studio apartment with a queen-sized bed.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • 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


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(11 traveller reviews)

Off the Beaten Track On the Island of Hawai`i!
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Stunning Property!

  • 5 of 5

We chose this property for our stay on the Kona side of Big Island. Although it was quite a drive from the city, it was a perfect location to see many of the beautiful sites on Big Island. The property is situated so that you feel like you are alone in paradise. The grounds are beautiful, and we enjoyed waking up to the beautiful sunsets and foilage on the property.We could watch the sunset while in bed through the French doors that lead to a beautiful view. We also enjoyed watching the equine grazing in the field. Our hosts were very informative and kind. The apartment has everything you would need for your stay. Even though this property is off the grid, David has it set up with instant hot water, a gas stove, satelite tv, washer/dryer. The studio is comfy and functional. We discovered that we were only 4 miles to the road that leads to the most spectacular green sand beach, as well as the southernmost spot in Hawaii (and the US). We had fun off-roading in the area. You are close to the entrance to Volcanoes National Park. Our stay couldn't have been better!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui for the kind words, Angela, and for booking with us! It was delightful having you folks here and we really appreciate that you left the guesthouse in such beautiful condition....
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Wonderful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

Very private and peaceful.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui, Brook! It was lovely meeting you and Said...and would we would welcome your return should you find yourselves in the the southern-most part of the US again! Aloha, Wendy
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Lovely Private Setting with Flora and Fuana

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

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

  • Review Submitted: Mar 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Hilo or Kailua-Kona
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Hana Hou
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage on Naalehu, Ka'u District

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Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £200
Cleaning fee £40 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.25%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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