Heaven's Door a Completely Private Tropical Estate, Stream & 2 Ponds
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Hawaii License #W01460418-01***Our guests say more about this fabulous property than we can. One guest wrote in vrbo guest comments...'I was a bit nervous about our first vacation rental, many owners overstate their properties. There is no way the listing could overstate this home - every aspect surpassed our hopes & expectations. My biggest regret is not planning more daylight hours at this rental - it's a worthy destination unto itself.' To read more, scroll down to, 'Guest Comments' These are a great source of info. for potential guersts, they're like E-Bay feedback; as owners we cannot delete or edit our reviews. All our reviews are 5-Star! We also have 24 interior/exterior and nearby photos at the bottom of the page.
To our potential guests we say.....'Noho Ka Moe'uhane' or 'Live the dream'...If you are coming to the Hilo side of the Big Island to see waterfalls and experience the magnificent beauty of Hawaii's tropical wonders then this private and romantic property is for you. Save the beach experience for Maui, Kauai or Oahu. With a year round stream, small private lake teaming with fish and a second koi pond right outside your bedroom window this is the tropical Hawaii you only see in movies; unspoiled and totally private, just you and the sights, sounds and smells of a lush green tropical paradise. This home is located in one of the most pristine tropical areas on the Big Island called the 'Gold Coast' (only two minutes off the main road). Passing through the gates, you drive along a private 425 foot long driveway surrounded by giant tree ferns, 100 ft. tall palms, wild mango and avocado trees and a beautiful year round spring fed stream. This is the first time this unique private estate has ever been offered as a vacation rental. Don't settle for a B&B and/or sharing a home with owners or other guests on the same property. This gated 2 acre property is 100% private...Just you and nature. Come...Live Aloha
Heaven's Door has a lovely 19 year old, 2/bedroom, 2/bath cedar home on it. It is the perfect romantic location for people who want to get away from it all. Fall asleep to the ramble of the stream running over the boulders and the sounds of the jungle at night then wake to native Hawaiian birds singing and flitting from tree to tree in a stunning tropical forest. It is also very comfortable with 2 couples who want to enjoy the sights and sounds of a jungle paradise.
Build a romantic fire in the fireplace or enjoy the private indoor cedar sauna (best with two but comfortable with four). The large master bedroom welcomes you with a comfy Pillow Top King size 'Perfect Sleeper' and in-suite master bath. Both bathrooms have full size tubs and showers. The second bedroom offers you a Queen Size pillow-top bed with a view of the lower pond and the sounds of 'liquid chatter' as the stream rambles by. There is also a 'full size stacked' washer/dryer combo located inside the master bath suite.
The master bedroom has a second koi pond just outside the large picture window where you can watch the koi. Both bedrooms look out onto a beautiful year round stream that runs completely along the perimeter of the property. There is a 79,000 gallon pond, teaming with fish, both Talapia & 30 year old Koi just outside the front door (Sorry no fishing or swimming in the ponds). You can feed the fish if you like, they do have two automatic fish feeder that dispense food to them twice daily but they always enjoy an extra treat from our guests. There is also an outdoor shower (cold only) for those who like to enjoy nature at its best.
Just outside your living room windows, across the pond there is a weeping wall, constantly running water down its rough lava face. These unique natural water features are often called 'Pele's Tears'. It is said of 'weeping walls' that 'Pele' the Hawaiian Fire Goddess who created the 'aina' (the land) is weeping for her children (the islands). We often see a beautiful and rare Hawaiian Hawk the 'Io (Pronounced...'Eo). She likes to come in the mornings and hunt crayfish out of the stream. Watch her from your morning breakfast table as she perches on one of the large stream boulders and enjoys her catch. There are only an estimated 1400-2100 of these beautiful birds of prey left in the Hawaiian Islands, most of those are here on the Big Island.
This lovely private property invites you to become 'one with the aina' (the land). The entire 2+ acres is it's own little secluded valley and offers you absolute privacy. It cannot be seen by any other house and has only one private gated access. This vacation rental gives you the ultimate get away from it all experience without driving out to the middle of nowhere. We are close to the main road and easy to find and NO 4-WD vehicle necessary. Although this is a tropical rainforest property we are NOT 'off the grid' like most similar properties are. This house has Hawaii County Water and Electricity, we are NOT dependent on solar panels, generators or catchment water as many stream and water feature properties are. We have satellite TV by Dish Network (Satellite may experience periods of disruption, due to location and weather) with a 32' Flat Panel HDTV in the Living Room as well as a 32' Flat Panel TV w/VCR/DVD in the Master Bedroom (Sorry no satellite in the bedroom). We also offer free Wi-Fi internet access via Verizon Modem and Cradlepoint Wi-Fi router. Internet service is usually reliable but does depend on a cellular connection and may be slow or interrupted at times.
A short 3 miles back down Hwy. 19 to Kolekole Beach Park will give you the opportunity to swim in a huge waterfall that drops into a stream. This waterfall is located in a City & County Park and admission is free. It is rarely found by tourists and is easily accessed by car with a nice paved road (no hiking required) it even has a rope swing. (Always be cautious of flash floods when swimming in steams & waterfall areas)
The Hilo rain forest side of the Big Island is truly unique and offers unparalleled sightseeing. This property is located 15 miles North of Downtown Hilo off Hwy. 19 and is close to numerous waterfalls; Umauma Falls & two different zip line adventures, are all a short 3 min. drive away, Kolekole Park (5 min.), Akaka and Kahuna Falls (15 min.), Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots (25 min) and beautiful Onomea Bay as well as Onomea Botanical Gardens (10 min.) and only 20 minutes from the quaint historical Hilo Town. Pick up local fresh fruits and vegetables at the wonderful Hilo farmers market Wed. & Sat. are their big days but there are always a few vendors during the the rest of the week.
Take a drive up to Volcano's National Park and experience Madam Pele (Hawaiian Goddess of Fire) up close and personal. Hike out to where the 'Aina' (land) is being born as Kiluea flows hot molten lava into the ocean. Check with the Park Rangers before hiking and you can also get updates on lava flows, etc. at USGS.GOV then navigate to Hawaii Volcanos Natl. Park.
Be sure to take a drive out to Kapoho and snorkel in a pristine Marine Preserve with fabulous coral and tropical fish. Don't forget the geothermal hot pools are just down the road after snorkeling.
Come...Share our piece of paradise and live the Hawaii dream!
All our rentals are non-smoking properties!
*Sorry no children under 18 due to insurance restrictions because of the ponds & stream.
One of our guests did a video of Heaven's Door during their stay. See the video link on this page of this house interior. Click the 'Video' tab, located just above the main photo on this webpage
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Visiting Oahu's North Shore? We also have a Laie Beachfront studio (Sleeps 2) for $115.00 per/nt or $775.00 per/wk see our listing VRBO #35796. Also on Oahu's Windward Side a Ko Olau Mountain Waterfall view studio called 'Jurassic Park' VRBO listing #45480 at $95.00 per/nt.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only:
- Minimum Age Limit For Renters:
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- King size beds (1) Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Second Bedroom
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- Wood Fireplace:
- Linens Provided
- Parking Off Street
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Hair Dryer
- Living Room seats 6
- Towels Provided
- Iron & Board
- Satellite / Cable:
- DVD Player:
- Video Library:
- CD Player
- Wireless Internet:
- Lanai / Gazebo
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Lake View
- Mountain Biking
- Medical Services
- Horseback Riding
- Massage Therapist
- Deepsea Fishing
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Surf Fishing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Botanical Garden
- Bird Watching
- Whale Watching
- Sight Seeing
- Eco Tourism
- Scenic Drives
- A short 20 minute drive takes you to the famous 'Hilo Farmers Market' where you can buy an assortment of fresh local grown vegetables, tropical fruits and flowers. Volcano's National Park is a must see for anyone visiting. With only a $10.00 park entry fee per vehicle it's one of the best bargains on the island. Be sure and walk through the 'Thurston Lava Tube' while you're there. There are two Botanical Gardens within a few minutes of this property as well as two different Zip-Line adventures. If you want to explore all of the diversity of the Hilo side of the Big Island this is the ideal central location to start your adventure from every day. Waterfalls, zip lines, botanical gardens, volcano, hiking and much more....moreless
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Highlight of our trip!
Highlight of our trip!
We want to thank you again for allowing us to stay in your beautiful home while we visited the Big Island. No matter how amazing the sights of our day were, we always found our surroundings when we got home breathtaking! Pictures simply cannot do its beauty justice. We could not have imagined a more perfect place. The notes and instructions left around the house were also very helpful and thoughtful, and really showed the pride and care you have in your property.We will be recommending you to all of our friends!
- Guest frisco11 (Texas)
- Date of stay 07/01/08
- Review Submitted 07/15/08
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Paradise within Paradise
Paradise within Paradise
The pictures and description do not do Heavens Door justice. My husband and I stayed here for 6 nights in May. When we first arrived we just stood next to our car and just stared. You feel like you are in your own private paradise! The house is perfect and there is not anything we would want to change. In addition to the lush grounds the fish pond is a little perk with fish that are eager to see you every time you come outside to visit them. We are eager to come back to Hawaii and will certainly want to enjoy the little bit of heaven provided by Heavens Door.
- Guest Holly G.
- Date of stay 05/14/13
- Review Submitted 05/29/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Glad you enjoyed the serenity of Heaven's Door. We (owners) are visiting here ourselves this week from Oahu. We often forget how private, quiet and serene Heaven's Door is until we pull up the driveway. It's always special, no matter how many times you see it:)
Love this Place!
Love this Place!
This is the second time we've stayed here and loved it even more this time. It is very private, and like the description says, you can't see any neighbors. The yard is absolutely beautiful. I enjoyed feeding the fish and the cats. One of the feral cats is brave enough to come in the house for treats (she loved cooked tuna). The house and yard are very well-maintained. Lindsay, the gardener/cleaner does a great job and is very friendly. Although secluded, there's lots to do nearby. Some of the things I'd recommend are the farmer's market in Hilo for lots of fresh fruit, snorkeling at Richardson Ocean Park, exploring the Kaumana Caves in Hilo, Volcanoes National Park, Mauna Kea, and the Waipio Valley. Linda, the property owner, is great to deal with. She's very professional and provides lots of helpful information. This time we made a point of spending time relaxing in the yard enjoying the wonderful sights and sounds. I will definitely recommend this property to friends and family. Looking forward to staying here again!
- Guest Krista (Saskatoon, Canada)
- Date of stay 05/03/13
- Review Submitted 05/23/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: Aloha: Thank you for choosing to stay with us again at Heaven's Door. Nothing says more about a property than return guests. Glad you were able to meet "Bitsy", she is one of 7 feral cats that we've trapped and had spayed/neutered. She is the only one that is somewhat friendly, perhaps with time and more guests like you she will turn into a "socialized kitty". Hope to see you again next year:) Linda
Fantastic Location and home
Fantastic Location and home
We highly recommend this home, deep in the beautiful rainforest near Hilo. Great location, comfortable home with all the amenities. Couldn't have been a better experience. We will absolutely stay here again when we come back!
- Guest Craig & Joni Young (Woodland Hills, Utah)
- Date of stay 02/14/13
- Review Submitted 04/11/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Garden of Eden (no snakes allowed)
Garden of Eden (no snakes allowed)
Thank you Linda & Ken for a wonderful week in a Garden of Eden. You thought of everything, and we loved being able to feed the Koi Pond, and make friends with the cats. This is a truly amazing property, and the love you have shown to it is so evident. Thanks for sharing it with others.
- Guest Heidi-B (Beaverton, Oregon)
- Date of stay 02/17/13
- Review Submitted 03/16/13
Recommended for: Pet owners, adventure seekers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Owner response: Aloha and thank you for your great comment. We love it when guests try to make friends with our feral cats and enjoy the friendly fish that follow you around the pond area. We have trapped the wild feral cats on the property and had them spayed/neutered so they don't reproduce. We are happy to supplement them with feeders, they are an important part of the ecosystem in keeping unwanted pests away. Aloha Oe', Linda and Ken
We rented this house for our honeymoon and very happy that we found this cozy place. Just you and nature, what else do you need for the honeymoon? The house is well equipped, just stay and enjoy every day with all flora and fauna around :) Many thnks to Linda, she is a wonderful host.....And all the best! Looking forward to come back.
- Guest Martin & Irina (Norway)
- Date of stay 12/30/12
- Review Submitted 01/23/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Congratulations again on your Hawaii wedding and thank you for your wonderful review. We are always very pleased when our guests enjoy our Heaven's Door as much as we do. Mahalo and Aloha Oe', Linda
A True Gem
A True Gem
Even though we arrived at night (and in a torrential rain), we were immediately blown away by the magic of Heavens Door. From the enticing road leading to the house, the beautiful surrounding rain forest, and the large teaming koi pond to the house itself we were amazed at the beauty of this property. If anything the reality surpassed the listing description. And I should mention we were there a full week in the rainiest month (November). We were able to buy just-caught ahi tuna at the fish market and fresh vegetables at the farmers' market in Hilo and cook our dinners in the well-equipped kitchen, enjoying the rain forest view as we ate. The beds were comfortable, bathrooms squeaky clean, and the sauna was much appreciated after a rainy day in Volcano NP (especially by our Swedish friend). Short ride to Akaka Falls, Botanical garden, four-mile scenic drive, and Hilo. Easy trip to the Kona side for excellent beaches, snorkeling and sun. The owner was very pleasant to deal with and we found the many notes in various parts of the house informative and entertaining. We also enjoyed feeding the fish and feral cats. Obviously, we will be recommending this property to family and friends.
- Guest J&B (Tucson, AZ)
- Date of stay 11/15/12
- Review Submitted 11/25/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
"Heavens Door" is a true oasis. It is totally private and so lush and tropical. We went to the Tropical Botanical Gardens (which is wonderful) but felt like we were living in our own tropical garden. The house had everything we needed and was very comfortable. When it did rain we were very cozy inside. This is a must see property.
- Guest Bee (Tucson, AZ)
- Date of stay 07/27/12
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
My husband and I stayed here Dec 2 - Dec 6 2011 it was truly heaven just loved the sounds of the frogs and the water wanted to sign the guest book but did not have a pen they had everything we needed if we come back I will definately want to stay here again thanks for sharing your home we had such a fabulous time super clean and maintained best house of our vacation stayed at 4 different one I highly recommend this home
- Guest cindy (Edwardsville il)
- Date of stay 12/02/10
- Review Submitted 01/22/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.
Was a bit nervous about our first vacation rental, many owners overstate their properties. There is no way the listing could overstate this home - every aspect surpassed our hopes & expectations. My biggest regret is not planning more daylight hours at this rental - it's a worthy destination unto itself - I can't wait to return & will send my daughters to it on their upcoming honeymoon's. Here's what we found: Owner: Linda was very professional. She responded to phone & email contacts promptly & completely before, & after, I was confirmed. She walked me through the process step by step & sent a helpful packet of information with directions, home & surrounding location details. She is very detail oriented, providing inside the home small unobtrusive notes that answer just about everything a guest would need to know as they use the property (how to turn on the sauna, what silverware/towels to use for outings, how to operate the electronics, etc). She has thought through deeply all the scenarios of her guests & provided answers or supplies for every situation & need. Never being disoriented, uninformed or lacking something essential made the difference between a frustrating & a relaxing vacation. It felt like our home. Home Condition: The home & surrounding grounds are very well maintained. I can't think of a single thing that felt dirty, or worn out. The pictures don't do it justice. Rooms are large, furniture is clean & in great condition, tubs are clean & supplied with TP, shampoo, conditioner & body wash. Huge glass wall windows in most rooms bring the sight and sounds of the forest right indoors. Home Amenities: You will want for nothing. Kitchen is well stocked. Every detail has been thought of (CD's with Hawai'ian music, maps, coolers for outings, flashlights hanging by each bed, spices in the cupboards, food to feed the Koi, hose to wash the car, etc). I think the only things we bought last week for use at the house was food & laundry detergent. Location: Only downside to being on the Hilo side is the hour drive to the Kona side for great beaches, but the drive is beautiful & there is tons to do & see on the Hilo side, & . The property is insanely perfect. 100% private, at the end of a gates long winding drive through pristine rain forest surrounded by towering cliffs, no nearby homes, waterfalls, koi ponds a swimming hole in the stream, flowers & fruit everywhere. It is pure eden. Problems Encountered: Amazingly none! It won't disappoint
- Guest GeneMonkey (Mapleton, Utah)
- Date of stay 10/15/11
- Review Submitted 10/26/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Wow...What a fabulous review, thank you for all your kind words about us (the owners) as well as our property. We are always very happy to hear that our guests enjoy "Heaven's Door" as much as we do. Mahalo, Linda and Ken
Due to the stream & lake, our insurance does not allow for any guests under 18. Hawaii License #W01460418-01 *$135.00 per/nt Discounted $875.00/wk (1-2 guests) *$20.00/Per Extra Guest/Per Nt. *$175.00 per/nt or Discounted $1,185.00/wk. (4 guests maximum) *There is a one-time $100.00 cleaning fee. *Applicable Hawaii State GE and TA Taxes will be applied. *45-30 days prior to check in - forfeits deposit amount unless rerented *Less than 30 days to check-in forfeits 100% unless rerented.
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Year Purchased: 2008
About the owner: We retired from our lives on California's Central Coast in 1991 to move to Hawaii. Since then we have lived on Oahu's North Shore. We are fortunate to have our children and grandchildren also living here in the islands. We are active with multiple animal and children charities and are grateful to be living in such a special place.
Why the Owner Chose Hilo:
Since we live full time on Oahu's North Shore we chose Heaven's Door as a second home for ourselves. Living on the beach is wonderful but we thought a tropical hideaway just a short 40 min. flight from Oahu would be the ideal getaway. One of the best things about Heaven's Door is that it is not dependent on solar or generators and it was indeed difficult to find a country property with a stream and water features that was actually 'on the grid' with County water and electricity. The search went on for 3 years to find this unique and pristine property but it was was well worth it.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
Don't get me wrong, we love our home at the beach on Oahu, but going over to the quiet town of Hilo and the serenity of Heaven's Door is truly a Hawaiian experience even for those of us who live in Hawaii year round. I can't begin to describe the peace that comes over us when we get to Heaven's Door. There are no other sounds except the wind rustling the palm trees and the birds. At night my husband likes to listen to the frogs and crickets something we don't have at the beach. This tropical paradise is our favorite local getaway even though we spend a lot of our time there fixing, fine tuning and caring for the property. We are fortunate to have a wonderful caretaker who does the gardening and cleanings for us and only lives two miles away. I encourage you to experience Heaven's Door for yourself, you won't be disappointed. Check out the guest comments from other people just like yourself. Aloha Oe', Linda and Ken Martin
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Enjoy nature at its best in this beautiful tropical oasis. Stream, ponds & more.
5-Star dining view of the tropical canopy, stream, pond & Japanese Tea House
After a day sightseeing, build a romantic fire & relax on the couch & watch TV.
Relax in a spa quality, private indoor cedar sauna (best with 2 but room for 4)
(Bedroom #2/Queen) Enjoy the sounds of 'liquid chatter' from the stream below.
Enjoy the huge 30 year old giant Koi in the pond just outside your door.
Try an invigorating outdoor shower surrounded by nature & lush tropical foilage
Huge, ancient trees like this one line the 400 ft. private driveway
Umauma Falls backdroped by snow capped Mauna Kea (Feb) just 3 min down the road
Beautiful Onomea Bay and a wonderful scenic drive are less than 10 min away.
Rainbow falls is always a sight located just outside of downtown Hilo. Dec/2011
Whatever you do on your Hawaii vacation, just be sure to have fun:)
A stream fed 79,000 gal. pond just outside your door with a Japanese Tea House
Don't miss your favorite show or game with Satellite TV on a 32' Flatscreen HDTV
Read our guest comments about this exquisite King Size 'Pillowtop Sleeper'
Cook with fresh vegetables from the Farmers Market in the spacious open kitchen
The spring fed crystal clear stream babbles by the house year round *April photo
The pond and the fish are both relaxing and fun to watch. You can feed them!
An endangered 'Io', Hawaiian Hawk has made her nest in our trees the past 3 yrs
Beautiful pink banana flower blossoms. There is a grove of banana's in the yard
Akaka Falls is a spectacular 400+ ft vertical drop and only a short 10 min drive
Check out "Nameste" the white tiger at the Hilo Zoo & Botanical (Free Admission)
For the adventurer there are 2 zip line companies within 5 min. of the property.
Winter waterfalls abound at this unique property.
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