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

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


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:
29 March, 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 Ka'u

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 2
  • pets not allowed
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 ...
  • 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


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Off the Beaten Track On the Island of Hawai`i!
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews

Relaxation in Tropical Lushness

  • 5 of 5

The bad thing about writing reviews and giving places 5 stars is that they are liable to be difficult to book the next time you come to visit! However, Wendy and David, are excellent hosts and their quiet, little gem is lovely and therefore both deserve all accolades.

I wish VRBO allowed videos and photos, because I have so many beautiful scenes that I could share. The home is small, but perfect for two people. It is clean and seems new. We cooked several meals here--the kitchen is set up well. We did laundry here--they have a nice washer and dryer. We enjoyed the sun on the lounge chairs and we sat on the balcony looking over the treetops at the ocean. We did explore a bit, taking in the green sand beach and the farmer's market. Mostly we just relaxed and this place is perfect for that with the sound of the breeze in the treetops and sweet birdsong.

Wendy and David are very good with their communication and gave us guidance on things to see and do--they also shared fresh eggs with us, a nice bonus. We enjoyed our stay here and would stay again.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful spread of land and guest house

  • 5 of 5

The guest home is separate from their home and very private, it is a beautiful charming space that was even better than we expected from the photos, wonderful experience. Welcoming, warm, very sweet people very helpful with all our questions about the area, Very clean space, and their resident donkey was a joy to walk the fields with. Much Thanks to Wendy and David for a wonderful stay. Mahalo

  • Review Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Thoughtful and responsive owners. Delightful cottage, very tranquil surroundings and centrally located (equidistant from Kona and Hilo). Ka'u is the "quiet" district of the Big Island, so a great place to experience rural Hawaii, and get away from the mega-resorts and mainland flavor up north. Highly recommend this off-the-beaten path little paradise in paradise!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Prices & Availability

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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Nightly Rate
22 May 2017 - 26 May 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Nightly Rate
6 Nov 2017 - 7 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
Nightly Rate
6 Dec 2017 - 7 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £201
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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Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Hilo or Kailua-Kona
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Hana Hou
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Car: necessary


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