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

6 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 3 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday cottage in Naalehu - Waiola Guesthouse & Zen Garden

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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  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Wendy and David Vance
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
26 October, 2016

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.


based on 6 holidaymaker reviews

Off the Beaten Track On the Island of Hawai`i!
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews
Burns Lake


  • 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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Beautiful, peaceful property with exceptionally wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Review Submitted: Mar 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard and Leslie were wonderful guests and we thoroughly enjoyed hosting them. They were considerate and appreciative & left the Guesthouse in immaculate condition. We would welcome them back in a heartbeat!
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Simple elegance

  • 5 of 5

Waiola offers an escape from the typical island scene and ease of access to outdoor activities, including hiking at the amazing Kahuku State Park, Green Sand Beach, and Volcanos National Park. Sea Mountain golf is fun, cheap and scenic. The design and craftsmanship of the studio apartment are as impressive as are the views of the pastureland from the lanai. Saving the best to last, the hospitality and graciousness of Wendy and David were over the top. This includes buying and equipping a gas grill; Park Ranger expertise, fresh produce and a tour of Waiolo. Their vision and hard work are impressive. We stayed for two weeks and enjoyed every minute.

The hospitality of Wendy and David was over the top

  • Review Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Out of the crowds

  • 5 of 5

We loved this location! Just what I pictured Hawaii to be. I wish we could have enjoyed this beautiful cabin for a much longer stay. Going to sleep and waking up to the sound of birds was heavenly. Owners were very friendly and hospitable. The space was adorable and clean We would recommend this place to anyone. Hope we can return soon.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for better hosts or more lovely accomidations!

This sweet space is not far off the main road yet it feels worlds away from the beaten path on its own private and beautiful pastureland, with a faraway view of the ocean.

From your own private lanai you wake to breathtaking sunrises, a distant rooster crow, several birds calling back and forth and perhaps a horse neighing down in the pasture below.

We were not far from our daily trek into Pahola, Hilo, or Volcano National Park. So much to see and do! After leaving the big city of Kona at the airport and making our way south to the quiet open air of Na'ahelu we never ventured back.

Be sure to check out the amazing Puuhalani Bakery in the sweet little town of Na'ahelu.

Also check out the black sand beach on your way toward Hilo.

We had a tv in our room but didn't turn it on once.

The bath is nice with a picture window that makes you feel like you're showering outdoors in the tropics!

Wendy and David are So sweet and will make you feel like family.

We will definitely return to this amazing place!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Getaway Space

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about the hosts Wendy and David, and how they create a space that allows the individual(s) to either completely get away and satisfy a craving for retreat and relaxation, or how they open up the space to allow for a lively vacation. The space is full of grace and allows for a perfect meditation or a wonderful starting point to explore so many places in the south of this sacred island. The animals just add to the atmosphere. My new best friend in Hawaii is a total Ass, however, but he's the sweetest donkey I've ever met!

The sun wakes you up in the morning and the rain lulls you to sleep at night. Rocking on the chairs on the lanai overlooking the property and listening to birds, is the perfect way to start the day. It's serene, charming, clean, and comfortable. I highly recommend it for anyone wanting to do a peaceful retreat for themselves - it's enchantment takes you to another place within, entirely, and it's hosts provide you with whatever quiet space you need. It's full of grace, and I would definitely return again.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • 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

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
23 Nov 2016 - 28 Nov 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £205
Cleaning fee £41 + 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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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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