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Eco-Cottage Retreat on an Organic Farm with Spa Services Available Onsite

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Front of the eco-cottage with ohia forest in background.


Last updated: 08/26/2014
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Captain Cook cottage description

Relax into nature and all of the blessings of Hawaii at PapaLani; a serene 13+ acre organic avocado and macnut farm with an abundance of tropical fruit trees,veggies, herbs, flowers & berries.
Located 30 miles south of Kailua-Kona we have a perfect year-round climate, at 1600 ft. above sea level on the side of Mauna Loa Volcano (the most massive, active volcano on Planet Earth!). Savor the total seclusion and quiet. PapaLani is authentic Hawai'i, unspoiled by crowds and resorts. A great location that gives you many options for experiencing the Big Island's natural diversity. You are just 4 miles from the closest place to jump in the ocean and 15-minutes to Ho'okena Beach State Park for sunbathing and swimming with dolphins. A 20-minute drive brings you to the famous Pu'uhonua o'Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historic Park and Kealakekua Bay where you can kayak to Captain Cook's monument and snorkel with an endless variety of tropical fish and sea turtles & dolphins. We are only 65 miles from Madame Pele's live action at Volcanos National Park, 12 miles from KulaKai Caverns and Manuka State Park. There is also light hiking on the property where you can enjoy seeing all sorts of Hawaii's wildlife and plants. Feel free to explore the 30+ variety of fruit, nut trees & berries while at PapaLani. The commercial organic veggie garden may have produce available for purchase during your visit as well as fresh eggs and nuts . You can learn how to become more sustainable while you are here by seeing how we implement vermiculture (worms), raising chickens, permaculture, Korean Natural Farming, composting, mulching, solar, catching rainwater from the roofs for all water usage for the property, etc. you are welcome to roam the property and find a nice place to meditate & relax.

The Eco-cottage was just completed Dec 2012. It is mostly outdoor living so it is for the adventurous at heart. This is created to let you enjoy a natural setting ... relax and take in the nature that surrounds you. There are 2 large bedrooms with separate entrances so you can rent one space or both.. one bedroom has a queen bed and the other has a bunk bed with full and twin mattresses. In the winter time it can get cool at this elevation & the home is single wall construction so it is chilly at night (bring your warm snugglies). There is a large lanai with an ocean view, an outdoor kitchen with a full refrig, 2 burner stove, sink, dishes & basics you need for the kitchen as well as an outdoor grill. There is a bamboo walled outdoor shower and bathroom with an outdoor outhouse (see pic). Everything is kept clean and tidy although it is mostly outdoors so there are geckos, creepy crawlers, bugs around (if you are allergic to these things you may want to check into a hotel instead :)). High speed internet and long distance phone services are provided. There is also a full range of discounted spa services available on site for guests. check out for a full list of services. Everything is provided for you to take to the beach like lawn chairs, towels & coolers. Snorkel equipment available for $25/week. Organic fruits & veggies are available for purchase from the gardens & land.

Our water source is 100% rainwater caught from the roof of our home and stored in catchment tanks. County water is made available to you in the kitchen for drinking. We have solar panels which are hooked to the grid right now to provide some of the electric.

Because we are 1600 feet above sea level the winter evenings and mornings are sometimes cool (it can get down to 50 degrees sometimes...rare but true)... there is a propane heater provided that you can use but be sure to bring heavy socks or slippers and a thick sweatshirt or fleece. It warms up to 70's during the day... the summer evenings are much warmer.

Nikki (owner) lives on property in the ohana which is about 50 yards away from the cottage. If you'd like, she would be happy to give you a farm tour, let you know about Natural Farming, assist you in things to do, places to go and local happenings. If you prefer to have 100 % privacy that is fine too. The farm is a working organic natural farm with 17 chickens, 2 friendly outdoor cats, plants, trees & gardens so tending to the farm might be occurring during your stay. Your privacy is fully respected.

Property Type

  • 1 story
  • Cottage
  • 600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


          • Pets Not Allowed
          • Non Smoking Only

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

          • Bedroom 1


          • Bedroom 2


          • Sleeping Porch


          • Queen size Beds (1) Mauka suite has a queen bed, Double Beds (1) Makai suite has a double/twin bunk bed, Twin or Single Beds (1) Makai suite has a double/twin bunk bed, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) on the lanai there is a larger than twin futon available that doubles as a couch during the day...moreless

          Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

          • Bathroom 1


          • outdoor toilet and outdoor sink and shower

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Refrigerator
          • Coffee Maker
          • Toaster
          • Seating for 4 people


          • Washing Machine:

            Nikki can do a load of laundry for you (wash, dry & fold for $20) or the nearest laundry mat is 13 miles away....moreless

          • Towels Provided:

            Bathtowels, BeachTowels, kitchen towels as well as all bedding provided...moreless

          • Heating:

            propane heater available for use while you are present... ...moreless

          • Clothes Dryer:

            is an eco-dryer (clothesline only) :)...moreless

          Other Amenities

              • Nikki is a certified massage therapist and provides spa services on site for guests... if you would like to book a massage just let her know. Nikki takes people on tours or swimming with the wild dolphins. if you are interested in booking a tour or a dolphin swim let her know....moreless


              • Telephone:

                long distance included to canada and u.s....moreless

              • Internet

              Pool & Spa

                  • Sauna:

                    therasauna far-infrared sauna available on property $10/use charge or free with spa services....moreless

                  Outdoor Features

                  • Lanai / Gazebo:

                    the one you see in the picture. general outdoor living space...moreless

                  • Outdoor Grill


                  • Adventure
                  • Away From It All
                  • Budget

                  Location & View

                  • Ocean View:

                    oceanview in the distance from the Lanai...moreless

                  • Rural


                  • Restaurants
                  • Medical Services
                  • Basketball Court
                  • Cycling
                  • Deepsea Fishing
                  • Fishing
                  • Golf
                  • Hiking
                  • Hunting
                  • Kayaking
                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Sailing
                  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling
                  • Snorkeling/Diving
                  • Surfing
                  • Massage Therapist
                  • Swimming
                  • Laundromat
                  • Groceries
                  • Antiquing
                  • Beachcombing
                  • Bird Watching
                  • Boating
                  • Eco Tourism
                  • Horseback Riding
                  • Luaus
                  • Scenic Drives
                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Walking
                  • Whale Watching
                  • Wildlife Viewing
                  • ATM/Bank
                  • Fitness Center
                  • Hospital
                  • Tennis


                  Write a review 4.8
                  from 29 traveler reviews
                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  My Standard Rate
                  2 night min stay

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

                  Additional information about rental rates


                  • linen fee extra person $15 + tax
                  • cleaning per room $40 + tax
                  • Refundable Damage Deposit $125
                  • Tax Rate 13.41%


                  2 people can rent the whole cottage for $88/night or 2 people can rent just one of the rooms for only $66/night -with possible neighbor & share a kitchen/bath.

                  or you can rent the cottage for up to 4 people for $109 and additional people $20/night. christmas/ny week $20 extra/night

                  please specify your preference in your request &/or call me if you are confused 808-328-0181 (Hawaii time zone).

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                  Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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                  Last updated: 08/26/2014
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                  30 Miles
                  Nearest Airport
                  KOA Kailua-Kona
                  4 Miles
                  Nearest Beach
                  3 miles down the mountain to Milolii.
                  20 Miles
                  Nearest Golf
                  Punaluu Golf Course
                  13 Miles
                  Nearest Restaurant
                  OceanView or Captain Cook

                  Car: Necessary

                  Some things you can enjoy in the area within a very short drive include:

                  swimming with the dolphins in 4 bays, hiking at Manuka State Park or on the property, Hiking to Honomolino Beach where Elvis made the movie 'girls, girls, girls' is only 4 miles drive away. There south point, green sand beach, black sand beach, golfing, snorkeling at the best spots in Hawaii, Kayaking, coffee farm tours & Kulakai Caverns where you can go into some super large lava tubes.


                  Owner info

                  Year Purchased: 2003

                  About the owner: Aloha I'm Nikki. PapaLani Farms has been a labor of love since 2003 for me. We also have 2 cats (Sweet Pea and Whitey)and 17 chickens who live here. I have been doing body work since 1990 and have owned and operated spas ever since. If you would like to set up your stay as a retreat/cleanse just let me know in advance and we can make that happen.

                  Why the Owner Chose Captain Cook:
                  I purchased this farm because i am interested in creating a sustainable life & peaceful country living. I love to know where my food is coming from and be involved in the process. I like being away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the cycles of the moon. The farm is spacious and private and offers endless opportunities.

                  The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
                  I enjoy the fruit trees, gardening, herbs, vermiculture, raising chickens, making mulch/compost, creating a beautiful and safe environment for people to explore themselves and their connection with nature.

                  Contact us

                  Speaks: english



                  • Front of the eco-cottage with ohia forest in background.

                    Front of the eco-cottage with ohia forest in background.

                  • Mauka bedroom with a queen bed.

                    Mauka bedroom with a queen bed.

                  • Outdoor Kitchen

                    Outdoor Kitchen

                  • Composting Toilet

                    Composting Toilet

                  • Eco-Cottage when under construction...with gardens in the foreground.

                    Eco-Cottage when under construction...with gardens in the foreground.

                  • A couple of the chickens

                    A couple of the chickens

                  • a Banana Tree with the blue sky in the background

                    a Banana Tree with the blue sky in the background

                  • QuanYin awaits your arrival

                    QuanYin awaits your arrival

                  • some great cloud action

                    some great cloud action

                  • Makai bedroom with a double/twin bunk bed.

                    Makai bedroom with a double/twin bunk bed.

                  • Lanai with couches that pull out into double beds if you love to sleep outdoors

                    Lanai with couches that pull out into double beds if you love to sleep outdoors

                  • Outdoor shower & bathroom sink

                    Outdoor shower & bathroom sink

                  • some of the baby chicks who were born may 7 2013.. standing in their breakfast!

                    some of the baby chicks who were born may 7 2013.. standing in their breakfast!

                  • Sweet Pea and Whitey our 2 farm kitties

                    Sweet Pea and Whitey our 2 farm kitties

                  • some pumpkin squash

                    some pumpkin squash

                  • Avos... Yummm!

                    Avos... Yummm!

                  • some garden kale

                    some garden kale

                  • a Hawaiian sunset!

                    a Hawaiian sunset!

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                  This listing was first published here in 2012.

                  Date last modified - Thursday, August 28, 2014

                  $66 per night (USD)

                  2 Bedroom / 1 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 8

                  View calendar: Updated 08/26/14
                  Minimum stay: 2 nights
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