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Main house and Pool

Main house and Pool View of the Main house from the Lawn Guesthouse Interior Guest house lanai and main house View of the pool Guesthouse and Garden from the Pool Guesthouse Living Area & Lanai View of the pool looking toward the Guest House garden Guesthouse Bath Interior The ocean view from the main lanai Night shot of the pool and Living room View from the Guesthouse Lanai to the Pool Steps Floor Plan of the Main House Pool Garden and Terrace Stairway and interior shot of the Main House

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Last updated: 03/31/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Kehena cottage description

Why not make your trip unforgettable by staying somewhere so remarkable that it made the front page of The New York Times?

On June 30, 2005, POHAKUNANI (Hawaiian for 'The Beautiful Rocks'), appeared on both the front page and inside the home section of The NEW YORK TIMES, having also been featured in the June issue of CALIFORNIA HOME & DESIGN magazine. With architecture by Craig Steely and interior & landscape design by Robert Trickey, Pohakunani also appears in two design & architecture books: ISLAND LIVING, by Linda Leigh Paul, (pub: Rizzoli), and MINIMALIST HOUSES by Simone Schleifer (pub: Taschen).

Why all this publicity?

When you see the sleek simplicity of the design setting off the jagged lava field, framing stunning views that sweep from the ridge of the rift zone down to the glimmering ocean, you’ll know why.

Please note that this listing is for the Studio Unit Guest House (sleeps 1 to 4) but you can also rent the stunning Main House (sleeps up to 8).

The automated calendar below tracks ONLY the availability of the Guest House unit, so if you're interested in the Main House, please contact us directly at 808 965-7710 or by e-mail here.

At 850 square feet, the private Guest House Studio Unit is spacious enough to feel like a real home, and floor-to-ceiling glass doors (opening onto the unit’s own lanai) seem to extend the space, capturing the lovely garden like a gorgeous painting.

At Pohakunani, you'll find a more stylish, tasteful and private experience than any of the other rentals in the area, at comparable prices. Here, you can enjoy all the wild beauty of this place from a comfortable and sophisticated vantage point.

Many of our guests find themselves just hanging around the deep-blue pool for hours on end, relaxing in the quiet, other-worldly beauty of the place (and most express the wish that they didn’t have to leave!)

With regard to Puna, if you haven’t stayed in this area before, you’ll be amazed to find such a truly heavenly and unspoiled part of “Old Hawaii” as these parts— Lush and green, yet drier and better for outdoor activities than other parts of Puna— You’ll see why residents think of it as “our little secret”.


GUEST HOUSE AMENITIES:
Use of the beautiful in-ground swimming pool; Handsome designer furnishings; Fully equipped kitchen & dining areas; Good quality Cal King & Twin beds; High thread-count sheets & fluffy towels; Satellite TV (200+ channels of programs & music); DVD player & VCR; Local calls on phone & internet access; Ceiling fan & dimmers on all switches; Large selection of books; Charcoal barbecue.

Arrangements can also be made for: Rental bikes & other sporting equipment; Tours & activities; Massage & bodywork (all at discount rates through our local connections.)

OTHER NEARBY ATTRACTIONS and SERVICES:
- Kehena Beach; Beautiful black-sand, clothing-optional beach (2 minute drive, 10 minute walk).
- 'Ahalanui;' Gorgeous natural warm pond, coconut grove, and park (15 minutes).
- Kalapana/Kaimu; Lava hiking, restaurant, small store (seven minutes).
- Kalani Retreat; Restaurant, café, yoga and hula classes, massage (five minutes).
- Kapoho; Snorkeling and Water Activities (20 minutes).
- Pahoa Village; Restaurants, stores, gas, banks, post office, etc. (20 minutes).
- The 'Red Road'; Bike or drive along our pristine stretch of coastline.

Keywords: Guesthouse Studio Unit; Single Rooms

Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Suitability

          • Pets Considered:

            Canine guests are possible for additional charges-- Must be socialized to interact with other small dogs....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only
          • Nude Beach
          • Alternative Lifestyle

          Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 3-4

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Catering Available:

            Meals can be arranged through our local connections....moreless

          • Cooking Utensils
          • Kitchen
          • Refrigerator
          • Microwave

          Amenities

          • Parking Off Street
          • Linens Provided

          Other Amenities

              • Phone with free local calls, High-speed wireless, Small/medium dog-friendly ...moreless

              Entertainment

              • CD Player
              • VCR
              • DVD Player
              • Satellite / Cable

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Communal Pool

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lanai / Gazebo
                  • Deck / Patio
                  • Outdoor Grill

                  Location & View

                  • Ocean View
                  • Water View
                  • Mountain View

                  Car

                      • Recommended

                      Activities

                      • Hiking
                      • Swimming
                      • Fishing
                      • Kayaking
                      • Snorkeling/Diving
                      • Cycling
                      • Museums
                      • Restaurants
                      • Cinemas
                      • Surfing
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Shopping

                      Other Activities

                          • Volcano viewing & personalized tours to many attractions available by arrangement and at varying, but quite reasonable costs. Private chef and other concierge services also available....moreless
                           

                          Reviews

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                          • Second Stay as Great as the First

                            Second Stay as Great as the First

                            • Guest Tom and Chris (United States)
                            • Date of stay 05/23/13
                            • Review Submitted 06/29/13
                            If you've never been to an Hawaiian island before, know that this one, particularly this east side of the Big Island is about witnessing earth's dynamic of new land forming and finding fantastic enclaves, not only of tropical vegetation, but settlements on a frontier of sorts, like the very cool and modern architecture of Robert Trickey's house amidst a 1955 lava flow. This was our second visit to Robert's house and a stay in his guest house proved, once again, to be really wonderful. It was pleasant to see that not much has changed since our prior visit in 2005(?). That trip of two weeks gave us ample time to really explore and understand much about the Big Island. As a result, this trip returning to a familiar spot had its advantages - less time running about, more time to simply relax and do nothing. We did of course enjoy catching some morning rays and brave the waves on good swim days at nearby Kehena beach. It's a 15 min walk from the house. Swimming there is a challenge as the bold surf makes getting in and out of the water difficult, but once beyond the wave-breaks and having learned that timing is everything, the depth and clarity of the water is astonishing. If you time it right you might swim with dolphins, though for us they proved elusive on both our trips. Almost everyday we walked the neighborhood for exercise, mornings and evenings. If you loop back and forth covering every road in the development it's about a mile-and-a-half. Often we'd extend the routine with a trek across the main road and through some wooded land to watch the sea while doing some body stretching on the bluff under the Ironwoods . Returning back to the guesthouse a cool plunge in the pool was always welcome. Robert's sweet dogs, Epoe and Aka, were always happy to see us. We read books, reclined on the couch with lanai sliders wide open, stared out at the lunar-like landscape of the lava from the main lanai, and enjoyed everything about Hawaii's fantastic climate, no matter what was going on with the weather. We missed Robert this trip as he was on the mainland, but all the special arrangements he made for us were handled graciously by Jim, a super-nice guy and friend in charge. Mahalo, Jim, ...Mahalo, Robert! We cherish our wonderful memories of times spent with you and your place in Puna Palisades.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers.

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                          • Carl & Sam

                            Carl & Sam

                            • Guest Carl & Sam (Atlanta)
                            • Date of stay 05/13/13
                            • Review Submitted 05/20/13
                            We've just returned from spending 4 wonderful nights/ 5 days at this hidden oasis of peace and quiet. Robert, our host, was spot on with his local information and his tips for making our stay more enjoyable.Comfortable and clean, with a beautiful setting, we couldn't have asked for much more.( Robert, we will tell all our friends). The only thing we have left is to decide when we'll go back next year to stay at this fine location!

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, adventure seekers.

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                          • Amazing!

                            Amazing!

                            • Guest Michele (Washtington State)
                            • Date of stay 02/04/13
                            • Review Submitted 02/18/13
                            Not only was the location perfect, the home was simply fantastic! Robert was incredible as a host and a fast friend! We really enjoyed doing Qigong each morning and the wonderful gifts of a beautiful and quiet location to simply, be. Not far from the house was Kalapani Farmers Market on Wednesday evening we enjoyed Kava and vegetarian and vegan eats and many artisan wares! It was complete perfection and we never wanted to leave! Thank you Robert!!! Thank you Epo and Aca too for sending great canine energy our way!

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, people with disabilities, girls getaway, sightseeing, age 55+, pet owners, adventure seekers.

                            Owner response: Mary and Michelle, you were totally awesome guests! I only wish we could have had more time together, because you are such kind and lovely people, and it was such a pleasure to be with you. Please come back whenever you can, and Ipo and Aka will be patiently waiting with sweet doggie kisses for you. Aloha, Robert

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                          • Beautiful secluded guest house

                            Beautiful secluded guest house

                            • Guest eeeyosh (Los Angeles, CA)
                            • Date of stay 10/08/12
                            • Review Submitted 10/14/12
                            Robert's spacious guest home was a great retreat in the more secluded Puna district of Hawaii. Robert was a warm and gracious host, and communication and logistics were easy to work out with him. The modern design is amazing, and I loved the big windows of the guest house allowing views of the beautiful garden. When we came, it was rained about everyday, which we were naively not so ready for, but the rains were brief. The home is located amongst the surreal lava fields, and coming from Waikiki, really has that rural island feel. The only thing that kind of detracted from the stay was the high humidity, but it's not something that you can do much about. Otherwise, a great stay and I'd definitely recommend for someone looking for a quiet relaxing getaway!

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing.

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                          • Above the norm

                            Above the norm

                            • Guest B & J (Sun Valley, Idaho)
                            • Date of stay 04/10/12
                            • Review Submitted 04/29/12
                            Far exceeded our expectations in every way. For anyone interested in architecture, fine design, and landscaping this was a paradise. Very clean and well appointed. Everything one would need for a comfortable stay. Owner was helpful in every way, but not obtrusive. A great place to relax, read, and enjoy the pool and beautiful surroundings. Several good restaurants about fifteen minutes away in Pahoa; especially enjoyed Kaleo's, Ng's (Thai), and the new Vietnamese place. A real treat!

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.

                            Owner response: Thanks, Bill and John, and we are a regular mutual admiration society, because you both were model guests-- It's so easy to be a good host when people are as well-mannered and appreciative of the details of the architecture and landscape, and the other features that make the house outstanding. I hope you come back very soon, and thanks for your kind & generous words. Aloha, Robert

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                          • Wonderful and beautiful vacation!

                            Wonderful and beautiful vacation!

                            • Guest IVLT (United States)
                            • Date of stay 02/12/12
                            • Review Submitted 02/22/12
                            Thank you for letting us stay at your cottage. We had an amazing time, and the rental was absolutely beautiful! Fantastic architecture and furnishings, and a fabulous location. It was a great jumping off point to see so many things, like the volcano and Waipio Valley. But, with it being somewhat remote, it was perfect for relaxing in the evenings after a long day of adventure, as well as just to escape everyday life. As a side note, the stars at the house are amazing and hypnotizing - we'll never forget the shooting star we saw on the first night that looked like a firework blasting across the sky. It was unbelievable.Truly a wonderful vacation.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, adventure seekers.

                            Owner response: Kristina, it was a delight to have you and Christian, and I'm so gratified that you had such a relaxing and rejuvenating time. Please come back soon! Aloha, Robert

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                          • Thanks Very Much!

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                            Thanks Very Much!

                            • Guest Nathalie
                            • Date of stay 09/11/11
                            • Review Submitted 10/31/11
                            It is such a pleasure to host such sweet and appreciative guests here at my house, and such an honor to be so kindly thanked and praised. Please come back any time and enjoy some more of Pohakunani and the Big Island's magic! Robert

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                          • Little piece of paradise

                            Little piece of paradise

                            • Guest Honeymooners (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
                            • Date of stay 09/11/11
                            • Review Submitted 10/30/11
                            When we unlocked the door to step foot into this VRBO - we were overcome with this guesthouse! The photos on this VRBO are very nice but they don't quite depict the amazing interior openess - comfort design - just on and on. We spent many hours on our deck, just relaxing and enjoy the pool - and further out a bit on the volcano grounds. It was very clean, and everything you need was there. There was only one actual rainy day out of 5 days staying. The owner Robert is a respectfull and warm welcoming host and we are so amaze that he gives us the chance to share a little piece of paradise with him. We are so lucky to have found this place and we enjoyed every part of it. Peacefull and breathtaking place is the least we can say. - Just can't say enough about this wonderful truly Hawaiian spot. We have been on other islands of Hawaii - but this is truly Paradise! Thank you so much Robert, one day we'll be back !! Recommended for:Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, age 55+.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, sightseeing, age 55+.

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                          • Rejuvenating retreat

                            Rejuvenating retreat

                            • Guest Rejuvenated (Topanga, California)
                            • Date of stay 09/15/10
                            • Review Submitted 10/14/11
                            My wife and I recently spent a wonderfully rejuvenating two week stay in the spacious and stylishly fitted guesthouse. We came for a healing and healthy getaway and found it to be the perfect location. The owner and housekeeper were wonderful, friendly and helpful and made us feel very welcome and comfortable. The extraordinarily designed house is atop a lava flow and beneath some of the brightest stars I have seen, giving you a feeling of well being and connection. We could not recommend it higher.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers.

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                          • fresh air and stylish setting

                            fresh air and stylish setting

                            • Guest suzie (vancouver, canada)
                            • Date of stay 04/18/11
                            • Review Submitted 05/25/11
                            This accomodation is very comfortable and stylishly appointed. It matched the listing photos very well. Our host was always helpful and friendly. Overall, the property was clean and well-maintained. Our lanai offered a relaxing view of beautiful plantings and wide-open sky; we enjoyed simple barbeques and star-gazing. Swimming in the pool was very refreshing, we did visit the nearby black sand beach and even dashed in for a quick dip - it's quite active and requires good swimming skills and or familiarity with the water. We slept very well, the mattress was extremely comfy. The kitchen area was easy to work in, with a very quiet fridge that I'd like to have at home! We both enjoyed the tiled walk-in shower and the ample counter and storage in the bathroom. Wireless access was much appreciated. The neighbourhood is quiet, and we enjoyed strolling around looking at people's beautiful gardens and the dramatic lava landscapes. We'd definitely recommend this to friends who enjoy quiet without distractions. It would work well for people with a young child, particularly for enjoying the pool. The nearest town, Pahoa, is useful for immediate necessities, eg laundry, banking, post office, groceries. Our main destination was the city of Hilo, which is a half hour drive away, for museums, shopping, and cultural activities.

                            Recommended for: Romantic getaway, people with disabilities, age 55+, pet owners, families with young children.

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                          Rental basis: Per property
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                          Dec 12 - Mar 1
                          3 night min stay
                          $219
                          $1,463 $5,670
                          My Standard Rate
                          2 night min stay
                          $169
                          $1,113 $4,140
                          * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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                          Fees:

                          • Pet Fee $50
                          • Cleaning $60
                          • Tax Rate 12%

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                          Location

                          • Nearest Airport: Hilo (ITO) at 40 Miles
                          • Nearest Beach: Kehena Beach at 0.5 Miles
                          • Nearest Restaurant: Kalapana at 5 Miles
                           

                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 2000

                          About the owner: I'm an interior & furniture designer, and I am lucky enough to live full-time at my beautiful house here on the Big Island of Hawaii's magical Puna coast.

                          Why the Owner Chose Kehena:
                          Pohakunani is the most stylish and beautiful property for rent on the entire Puna coast, and the setting and architecture combine to make it an unforgettable experience for all who stay here.

                          The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                          The pool is something most guests really appreciate, and the majority of properties in the surrounding area do not have them.


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                          Photos

                          • Main house and Pool

                            Main house and Pool

                          • Guesthouse Interior

                            Guesthouse Interior

                          • View of the pool

                            View of the pool

                          • Guesthouse Living Area & Lanai

                            Guesthouse Living Area & Lanai

                          • Guesthouse Bath Interior

                            Guesthouse Bath Interior

                          • Night shot of the pool and Living room

                            Night shot of the pool and Living room

                          • Floor Plan of the Main House

                            Floor Plan of the Main House

                          • Garden and Terrace

                            Garden and Terrace

                          • View of the Main house from the Lawn

                            View of the Main house from the Lawn

                          • Guest house lanai and main house

                            Guest house lanai and main house

                          • Guesthouse and Garden from the Pool

                            Guesthouse and Garden from the Pool

                          • View of the pool looking toward the Guest House garden

                            View of the pool looking toward the Guest House garden

                          • The ocean view from the main lanai

                            The ocean view from the main lanai

                          • View from the Guesthouse Lanai to the Pool Steps

                            View from the Guesthouse Lanai to the Pool Steps

                          • Pool

                            Pool

                          • Stairway and interior shot of the Main House

                            Stairway and interior shot of the Main House

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                          Date last modified - Sunday, January 19, 2014

                          $169 - $219 per night (USD)
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                          Sleeps 4

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