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Gorgeous Modern Guest House & Pool, Published in the NY Times!

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Last updated: 12/19/2014
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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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”.

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.)

- 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


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Property Type

      • Cottage

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental


          • Alternative Lifestyle
          • Non Smoking Only
          • Pets Considered:

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

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

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          Other Amenities

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


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


              • Cinemas
              • Museums
              • Nude Beach
              • Restaurants

              Leisure Activities

              • Shopping
              • Sight Seeing

              Location Type

              • Mountain View
              • Ocean View
              • Water View

              Sports & Adventure Activities

              • Cycling
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Surfing
              • Swimming


              • Linens Provided
              • Parking Off Street
              • Telephone:

                Local calls are free....moreless

              • Wireless Internet


              • Catering Available:

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

              • Cooking Utensils
              • Kitchen
              • Microwave
              • Refrigerator


              • Deck / Patio
              • Lanai / Gazebo
              • Outdoor Grill

              Payment Type

              • Discover
              • Mastercard
              • Visa

              Pool / Spa

                  • Communal Pool


                  Write a review 5
                  from 26 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Dec 12 - Mar 1
                  3 night min stay
                  $1,463 $5,670
                  Merrie Monarch
                  Apr 5 - Apr 12, 2015
                  2 night min stay
                  My Standard Rate
                  1 night min stay
                  $1,150 $4,100
                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates


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

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                  Last updated: 12/19/2014
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                  40 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  Hilo (ITO)
                  5 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  0.5 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  Kehena Beach

                  Car: Recommended

                  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.


                  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.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english

                  Guestbook comments from the owner

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                  • Main house and Pool

                    Main house and Pool

                  • Guesthouse Living Area & Lanai

                    Guesthouse Living Area & Lanai

                  • View from the Guesthouse Lanai to the Pool Steps

                    View from the Guesthouse Lanai to the Pool Steps

                  • View of the pool

                    View of the pool

                  • Guest house lanai and main house

                    Guest house lanai and main house

                  • View of the Main house from the Lawn

                    View of the Main house from the Lawn

                  • The ocean view from the main lanai

                    The ocean view from the main lanai

                  • Stairway and interior shot of the Main House

                    Stairway and interior shot of the Main House

                  • Floor Plan of the Main House

                    Floor Plan of the Main House

                  • Guesthouse Interior

                    Guesthouse Interior

                  • Guesthouse Bath Interior

                    Guesthouse Bath Interior

                  • Guest House living area

                    Guest House living area

                  • View of the pool looking toward the Guest House garden

                    View of the pool looking toward the Guest House garden

                  • Guesthouse and Garden from the Pool

                    Guesthouse and Garden from the Pool

                  • Pool


                  • Garden and Terrace

                    Garden and Terrace

                  • Night shot of the pool and Living room

                    Night shot of the pool and Living room

                  VRBO #30871

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                  This listing was first published here in 2003.

                  Date last modified - Friday, December 19, 2014

                  $175 - $219 per night (USD)

                  1 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

                  View calendar: Updated 12/19/14
                  Minimum stay: 1-3 nights
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                  Member since: 2003
                  Speaks: english
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