'Heavens Door' Private Tropical Estate, Stream & Ponds *32 Reviews, All 5/5 Star
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- Minimum stay:1 night
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Hilo house description
If you are coming to the Hilo side of the Big Island to see waterfalls & 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 and koi pond 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 (only 2 minutes off the main road). Build a romantic fire, enjoy the spa quality indoor cedar sauna or relax in the Japanese Tea house & read a book while listening to the stream, the possibilities are endless. Stay connected with our free high speed WI-FI. Be sure to scroll to the very bottom of this site to read all the details and see all 12 photos. We guarantee vacation memories to last a lifetime
'Romantic Retreat With A Fireplace & Indoor Sauna': Build a romantic fire in the fireplace or enjoy a steam in the private indoor cedar sauna. The master bedroom welcomes you with a Serta 'Perfect Sleeper' Eastern King sized bed with an adjacent master bath. Both bathrooms have full size tubs and showers. The second guest bedroom offers you a Queen Size pillow-top bed. Fall asleep to the crickets singing and the soothing sound of the stream running over the rocks. It is also one of the few houses on the Hilo side of the island that does not have a metal roof (less than 1%). Metal roof you say? If you have stayed on the Hilo side before and found yourself wide awake in the middle of the night to the clatter of rain on a metal roof, then this is the house for you. It has a quiet conventional shingle roof.
'Two Ponds And A Weeping Wall': The master bedroom has a large Koi Pond just outside the window and the koi will be stirring and waiting for you when you wake up and give them a treat. Both bedrooms look out onto a beautiful year round stream that runs completely along the perimeter of the property. A second large pond (79,000 gallons) with talapia and huge 30 year old koi, is just outside the front door. There is also an outdoor shower 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 places are often called 'Pele's Tears'. It is said of 'weeping walls' that 'Pele' the Hawaiian Fire Goddess who created the 'aina' is weeping for her children (the islands). We often see a beautiful and rare Hawaiian Hawk (Pronounced...'Io). She likes to come in the mornings and hunt crawdads out of the stream. Watch her from your table as she perches on the large boulders and enjoys her breakfast.
'Become One With The Aina (the land)': This lovely 2+ acre 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 way in and out. The bordering sides of the property are steep valley walls. This vacation rental gives you the ultimate 'get away from it all' experience without driving out to the middle of nowhere. We are NOT off the grid. This house has County of Hawaii Water and Electricity, we are NOT dependent on solar, generators or catchment water as most rain forest properties are.
This property is located 15 miles North of Downtown Hilo and easily access by all paved Hwy. and roads. 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 use caution in any stream or waterfall.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Non Smoking Only
- Pets Not Allowed
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
- Not Suitable For Children
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- The master bedroom welcomes you with a 'Perfect Sleeper' King sized bed with an adjacent master bath. There is a beautiful koi pond just outside your bedroom window. The second guest bedroom offers you a Queen Size pillow-top bed and lovely views of both the stream and the pond in front of the house....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Satellite TV by Dish Network, 32' Flat screen HDTV (Living Room). 32' Flat screen HDTV and DVD in Master Bedroom (sorry No satellite in bedroom, DVD only). We provide wireless internet access via a Verizon wireless 3G modem, you must provide your own laptop. There is no charge to our guests for internet access. Free local, outer-island and US Mainland long distance calls. Guests placing calls to Canada or Internationally will be charged actual costs, after we receive the billing. Mahalo, Linda and Ken Martin...moreless
- CD Player
- Satellite / Cable
- Music Library
- DVD Player
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Botanical Garden
- Rain Forests
- Horseback Riding
- Bird Watching
- Eco Tourism
- Sight Seeing
- Whale Watching
- Scenic Drives
local services and businesses
sports and adventure activities
- Freshwater Fishing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Jet Skiing
- Mountain Biking
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Surf Fishing
- Water Tubing
- Pier Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Deepsea Fishing
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
forms of payment
- Accept Credit Card
- Activities Guide
- Local Maps
- Local Restaurant Guide
- Wireless Internet
- Iron & Board
- Parking Off Street
- Towels Provided
- Alarm Clock
- Ceiling Fans
- Hair Dryer
- Local Activities Guide
- Paper Towels
- Basic Soaps
- Toilet Paper
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Clothes Dryer
- Water Cooler
- Filtered Water
- Pantry Items
- Cooking Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- 4 Ring Stove
- Porch / Veranda
- Small Cooler
- Gated Community
- Beach Towels
- Large Cooler
- Wood Deck
- Unscreened Porch / Veranda
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
ReviewsWrite a review
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: Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
Incredible house located in a setting straight out of a child's storybook. As we look at our photos and videos from our stay at Heaven's Door it just doesn't seem real. There is nowhere else like this. We had a fantastic time going everywhere on the Big Island for eleven days with this as our base. Perfect!!!
- Guest Doug (Long Beach, CA)
- Date of stay 12/13/13
- Review Submitted 01/05/14
Owner response: WOW!…….What a great review. What can I say, thank you for your wonderful comments. We are always pleased when people enjoy Heaven's Door as much as we do. Mahalo, Linda and Ken
This is a fantastic place to get away from everything while still being close enough to easily get to some fantastic sights. The koi pond was certainly a highlight! You can tell the owners take a tremendous amount of pride in the property and it's amenities. The pictures do not do justice to the true beauty of this place! It's clean, well maintained and simply relaxing.
- Guest (2) Mandy Choens J.
- Date of stay 11/15/13
- Review Submitted 12/16/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
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: Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.
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: Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, families with young children, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
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: Age 55+, adventure seekers, pet owners, romantic getaway, girls getaway, sightseeing.
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: Age 55+, adventure seekers, romantic getaway, sightseeing, families with teenagers.
"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
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|Year Round Rate (1-2 guests)
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2014
1 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
*$135.00 per/nt or $875.00 per/wk (2 guests)
*$175.00 per/nt or $1,185.00 per/wk (4 guests) **Additional guests $20.00 each (max. 4 total)
*We normally do not have a minimum night stay (Some exceptions apply.)
*For Merry Monarch Festival, Christmas & New Years, please call for rates & minimums
*There is a one-time $100.00 cleaning fee.
*13.25% Hawaii State GE & TA Taxes will be added.
$135.00/nt - $875.00 (with 2 guests) or $175.00/nt - $1,185.00/wk. (with 4 guests)
Due to the stream & lake, our insurance does not allow for anyone under 18 on property.
We accept Visa, Discover and MasterCard as well as personal checks and money orders. Sorry we do NOT accept American Express, PayPal or Bank wire transfers. Please never list any credit card numbers on your email request.
- Cleaning: $100 + tax
- Tax Rate 13.25%
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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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A year round stream borders the property and keeps the ponds filled with fresh cool water.
Relax and enjoy watching the the koi and talapia or just read a good book
Winter waterfalls abound on this 2 acre private property (Feb. photo)
Satellite TV by 'Dish Network' on a 32' flat screen TV in the living room.
Master Bedroom awaits at the end of the day with this comfy King Size Sealy Posturpedic, pillow top.
A spa quality cedar sauna is perfect after a day of hiking or sightseeing
Morning sunlight streams through the canopy onto the stream and ponds.
Enormous, ancient trees reach skyward through the canopy.
Giant tree fern line the driveway and hillsides of this private estate
Caldera crater at Volcanos National Park (a 50 min. drive from the house)
The bright pink banana flowers burst open before the banana pod emerges
Beautiful Onomea Bay (10 min drive)
Lakefront home, private, gated, just you and nature at it's best.
Have dinner or cocktails overlooking the rain forest, stream & pond
Relax and snuggle by a romantic fire after a day hiking or sightseeing
Lots of room in this well stocked kitchen. Glass cooktop, oven, microwave and full size refrigerator.
Second bedroom (Queen pillow top) overlooks the stream, pond & tropical flowers
Feed our giant koi
Fragrant yellow ginger
year round spring fed stream borders the property.
Impatients, Fragrent Ginger
Beautiful birds of paradise by the lower pond
Kolekole Beachpark and water fall (5 min drive)
Snowcapped Mauna Kea with Umauma Falls in the foreground (3 min. drive.)
2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
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