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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

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 February, 2018

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 Naalehu

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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(28 traveller reviews)

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Off the Beaten Track On the Island of Hawai`i!
average rating of 5.0 based on 28 reviews
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Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This is the place to stay when you are looking for peace and quiet and really getting away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Feb-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely great

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful place to stay. Great suite in a beautiful setting.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place we have stayed in Hawaii over several trips

  • 5 of 5

Dave and Wendy have carved out an off the grid peaceful paradise. Wonderful comfortable cottage with views toward the ocean from high on the mountain. All creature comforts, quiet, the many birds entertained us.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Spot

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this rental over the holidays and loved it. This is the ideal spot if you like a scenic and peaceful place at the end of your day. This is a spacious studio unit with all the amenities. It is located on the south side of the island, therefore, it is a drive to most of the beaches and other sites. But the privacy and seclusion was well worth it. Wendy and David were spectacular hosts. My husband and I would highly recommend this place.

Mike and Michelle

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing place, amazing people

  • 5 of 5

A good place to start with this amazing rental is with its amazing owners - Wendy and Dave, thank you for sharing your homestead with us!

The cottage is well situated but also remote and it truely felt like we got away from it all. The view is superb, the photos simple can’t capture the feeling of waking up to the abounding nature, every window has a great view and the porch has the best! The space is immaculately kept and perfect for a couple’s getaway. The food processor was a lovely surprise and we used it to make fresh smoothies made from fruit we got at the local market; the washing machine was another perk.

Highly recommended!!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful and quiet

  • 5 of 5

We loved watching the sunrises from the back deck. The space is comfortable and cozy and a great place to come back to after a long day of exploring the island.

Wendy and David were great hosts, they gave a walk through of the home and showed us where everything was located. This home is off grid, relying on solar and rainwater, which is really neat! Even though its about 1.5 hours to Hilo and Kailua-kona, we would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo, Lalita! And we would welcome you back in a heartbeat! And thanks for booking with us; it was great to meet you both.
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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

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £35.8
Damage Deposit £179.02

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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