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Sublime Forest Cottage Just Outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Last updated: 04/18/2015
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Volcano cottage description

In the Hawaiian language, a kipuka is a kind of oasis. It can be an island of forest surrounded by lava fields, saved from volcano goddess Pele's embrace. Or a kipuka can be an opening within a forest, or even a dwelling, a home within the forest. This is our Kipuka -- a cottage, a vacation home for you here on Hawai'i Island (''the Big Island''). We look forward to sharing it with you, and we welcome your questions. And here's our new video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9icohy0gyqY


Kipuka Cottage is in a native Hawaiian rainforest just a 7-minute drive from amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steaming glowing summit crater of Kilauea volcano. There are miles of hiking trails through lush forest and rocky volcanic landscapes. There are ancient historic sites, a volcano museum, art galleries, good restaurants, a wonderful community farmers market (don't miss the used-book store) -- and even a small bowling alley! A black-sand beach where turtles sunbathe is 30-minute drive in one direction. And 30 minutes in the other direction is the fun, funky, historic town of Hilo.

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Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 1000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

Suitability

  • Events Allowed
  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Unsuitable For Elderly Or Infirm

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 double, 2 sleep sofa /futon

    ...moreless

  • Our loft is centered around one queen-size bed. Below in the main room, is a double-sized futon. We also have two fold-away foam futons that can be laid out on the living room floor or on the lanai in nice weather....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Full 1: toilet, combination tub/shower

    ...moreless

  • Our deep, extra-long tub with big windows opening onto the forest offers the perfect way to end a day of exploring. We recommend using our bubble bath -- and bringing a bottle of champagne....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Arboretum
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Coin Laundry
  • Festivals
  • Forests
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Rain Forests
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Volcano
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Eco Tourism
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Roller Blading
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surfing
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    You can eat at our beautiful custom-crafted bar or outside on the covered lanai....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people

General

  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet:

    Free Wi-fi....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen:

    Fully equipped kitchen. We love guests who love to cook!...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Electric...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

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2 night min stay
$165
$1,015

Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Tax Rate 13.42%

Notes:

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Do we charge for children? Yes. Children often put more wear and tear on the cottage than adults. Also, they use towels, linens, water and electricity like every guest.


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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.


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Last updated: 04/18/2015
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Location

27 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hilo International Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Lava Rock Café
7 Miles
Nearest Golf
Volcano Golf and Country Club
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Lava Rock Café
18 Miles
Nearest Beach
Punalu'u black sand beach

Car: Necessary

Kipuka Cottage is in a native Hawaiian rainforest just a 7-minute drive from amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steaming glowing summit crater of Kilauea volcano. There are miles of hiking trails through lush forest and rocky volcanic landscapes. There are ancient historic sites, a volcano museum, art galleries, good restaurants, a wonderful community farmers market (don't miss the used-book store) -- and even a small bowling alley! A black-sand beach where turtles sunbathe is 30-minute drive in one direction. And 30 minutes in the other direction is the fun, funky, historic town of Hilo.

 

Owner info

About the owner: We are your hosts, husband and wife Bill Harby and Marie-France Robert. Bill is an American freelance travel writer, editor and photographer who has lived in Hawai‘i for 31 years. He is happy to answer your questions about Hawai‘i. Marie-France is Swiss-Canadian, and works as the senior health, safety, and environment specialist for a multi-national company. We met in 1975 in Neuchatel, Switzerland, Marie-France’s hometown. After two memorable days together, we lost track of each other for 32 years. Then, after several marvelous miracles, we married in 2009, and now call both Volcano and Montmollin, Switzerland home.

Why the Owner Chose Volcano:
Bill designed and helped build this lovely (if he does say so himself) cottage because he fell in love with the Volcano area when he first visited it as a child. Years later, while living in Honolulu, he learned that this beautiful patch of secluded forest near Volcano village was available, so he bought it and began drawing plans for his dream home. Then he convinced his good friend Terence, a master carpenter to build it. Kipuka Cottage is the result. Bill lived there full-time for 7 years before getting married. He and his wife Marie-France now divide their time between Volcano and Switzerland. One day they will retire at Kipuka, but for now they are happy to share it with people who love custom architecture and interior design in a secluded dramatic natural setting.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Custom architecture and interior design. Secluded, but Volcano village and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park are just minutes up the road.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • The sleeping loft is surrounded by windows.

    The sleeping loft is surrounded by windows.

  • Kipuka Cottage is surrounded by native forest

    Kipuka Cottage is surrounded by native forest

  • Relax, read, dream.

    Relax, read, dream.

  • Gourmets love our fully equipped kitchen

    Gourmets love our fully equipped kitchen

  • A hot bath, a cold bottle of champagne, the window open onto the forest ...

    A hot bath, a cold bottle of champagne, the window open onto the forest ...

  • Former guest Sara thinks we're cool!

    Former guest Sara thinks we're cool!

  • Blue dog likes to play.

    Blue dog likes to play.

  • Kipuka's owners, Marie-France and Bill on their wedding day.

    Kipuka's owners, Marie-France and Bill on their wedding day.

  • Kilauea Iki, one of our favorite hikes.

    Kilauea Iki, one of our favorite hikes.

  • Amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is nearby.

    Amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is nearby.

  • The hike across Kilauea Iki in the park is one of our favorites.

    The hike across Kilauea Iki in the park is one of our favorites.

  • A wild orchid outside the window.

    A wild orchid outside the window.

  • Kipuka at dusk. This exquisite photo by guest Tom Turner.

    Kipuka at dusk. This exquisite photo by guest Tom Turner.

  • The open architectural design gives a feeling of spaciousness.

    The open architectural design gives a feeling of spaciousness.

  • Part of our library of Hawai'i books.

    Part of our library of Hawai'i books.

  • Natural light fills the cottage.

    Natural light fills the cottage.

  • The lanai is a great place for morning breakfast.

    The lanai is a great place for morning breakfast.

  • Yes we have 'body parts,' and a nose for good Hawai'i literature.

    Yes we have 'body parts,' and a nose for good Hawai'i literature.

  • Just outside in the forest, the native naupaka mauka.

    Just outside in the forest, the native naupaka mauka.

  • Glowing Halema'uma'u crater is just a 15-minute drive away.

    Glowing Halema'uma'u crater is just a 15-minute drive away.

  • The rainforest tickles your face with mist.

    The rainforest tickles your face with mist.

  • The hike to the summit of Mauna Ulu is an open book to volcanic forces.

    The hike to the summit of Mauna Ulu is an open book to volcanic forces.

  • Hula performances take place regularly in the park.

    Hula performances take place regularly in the park.

  • We call her Nefertiti. She lives outside the bathroom, queen of all she surveys.

    We call her Nefertiti. She lives outside the bathroom, queen of all she surveys.

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Speaks: english, french
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  • Calendar last updated: 04/18/2015
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