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Heaven's Door; Your Hawaii Dream Awaits You. Private Home, Stream, Lake & Koi

Bedrooms 2
Property type house


About the property

Private House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

*Hawaii State Transient Accommodation License: TA-071-457-9968-01

*Hawaii State General Excise Tax License: GE-071-457-9968-01

We are very proud we have ALL 5-STAR reviews since first opening in 2007!

To our potential guests we say.....'Noho Ka Moe'uhane' or 'Live the dream'...If you are coming to the Hilo side of the Big Island to see waterfalls and experience the magnificent beauty of Hawaii's tropical wonders then this completely private and romantic property is for you. Save the beach experience for Maui, Kauai or Oahu. With a year round stream, small private lake teaming with fish and a second koi pond right outside your bedroom window 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 called the 'Gold Coast' (only two minutes off the main road). Passing through the gates, you drive along a private 425 foot long driveway surrounded by giant tree ferns, 100 ft. tall palms, wild mango and avocado trees and a beautiful year round spring fed stream. This is the first time since it was built that this unique private estate has ever been offered as a vacation rental. Don't settle for a B&B and/or sharing a home with owners or other guests on the same property. This gated 2 acre property is 100% private...Just you and nature. Come...Live Your Dream...Live Aloha (To Read More; click MORE DETAILS)

Heaven's Door has a lovely, 2/bedroom, 2/bath cedar home on it. It is the perfect romantic location for people who want to get away from it all. Fall asleep to the ramble of the stream running over the boulders and the sounds of the tropical jungle at night then wake to native Hawaiian birds singing and flitting from tree to tree in a stunning tropical forest. Heaven's Door is also very comfortable with 2 couples who want to enjoy the unique sights and sounds of a true jungle paradise.

Build a romantic fire in the fireplace or enjoy the private indoor cedar sauna (best with two but comfortable with four). The large master bedroom welcomes you with a comfy Pillow Top King size 'Perfect Sleeper' and in-suite master bath. Both bathrooms have full size tubs and showers. The second bedroom offers you a Queen Size pillow-top bed with a view of the lower pond and the sounds of 'liquid chatter' as the stream rambles by all year round. There is also a 'full size stacked' washer/dryer combo located inside the master bath suite. The master bedroom has a second koi pond just outside the large picture window where you can watch the koi. Both bedrooms look out onto a beautiful year round stream that runs completely along the perimeter of the property. There is a 79,000 gallon small lake, teaming with fish, both HUGE 30 year old Koi and GIANT Talapia, just outside the front door. You can feed the fish if you like, they do have two automatic fish feeders that dispense food to them twice daily but they always enjoy an extra treat from our guests. There is also an outdoor shower (cold only) 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 unique natural water features are often called 'Pele's Tears'. It is said of 'weeping walls' that 'Pele' the Hawaiian Fire Goddess who created the 'aina' (the land) is weeping for her children (the islands). We often see a beautiful and rare Hawaiian Hawk the 'Io (Pronounced...'Eo). She likes to come in the mornings and hunt crayfish out of the stream. Watch her from your morning breakfast table as she perches on one of the large stream boulders and enjoys her catch. There are only an estimated 1400-2100 of these beautiful birds of prey left in the Hawaiian Islands, most of those are here on the Big Island.

This lovely private property invites you to become 'one with the aina' (the land). The entire 2+ acres is it's own secluded valley and offers you absolute privacy. It cannot be seen by any other house and has only one private gated access. This vacation rental gives you the ultimate get away from it all experience without driving out to the middle of nowhere. We are close to the main Hwy. 19, very easy to find and NO 4-WD vehicle necessary. Although this is a tropical rainforest property we are NOT 'off the grid' like most similar water feature properties are. This house has Hawaii County Water and Electricity, we are NOT dependent on solar panels, generators or catchment water as many stream and water feature properties are. Unfortunately there is no cable TV offered in this area but we do have an extensive collection (over 300 titles) of DVD's including many boxed HBO and TV Series. We offer free Wi-Fi internet access via Verizon Modem and Cradlepoint Wi-Fi router. Internet service is reliable but depends on a cellular connection and is rather slow by todays standards. Not capable of streaming video or movies, but OK for checking your emails. Remember....You're on vacation:) You may find cheaper or more expensive rentals but there's only one "Heaven's Door"....Since first offering this property in 2006 as a vacation rental, we've had100% 5-Star reviews. That many years of positive reviews can't be wrong.

Location...Location....Location...."Heaven's Door" is very centrally located to all your sightseeing needs. The Hilo side of the Big Island is truly unique and offers unparalleled sightseeing. This property is located just off Hwy. 19 and is close to numerous waterfalls; Umauma Falls & two different zip line adventures, are all a short 3 min. drive away, Kolekole Park (5 min.), Akaka and Kahuna Falls (10 min.), Rainbow Falls and Boiling Pots (25 min) and beautiful Onomea Bay as well as Onomea Botanical Gardens (10 min.) and only 20 minutes from the quaint historical Hilo Town. Pick up local fresh fruits and vegetables at the wonderful Hilo farmers market Wed. & Sat. are their big days but there are always a few vendors during the the rest of the week.

Take a drive up to Volcano's National Park and experience Madam Pele (Hawaiian Goddess of Fire) up close and personal. Hike out to where the 'Aina' (land) is being born as Kiluea flows hot molten lava into the ocean. Check with the Park Rangers before hiking and you can also get updates on lava flows, etc. at USGS.GOV then navigate to Hawaii Volcanos Natl. Park.

Come...Share our piece of paradise and live the Hawaii dream!

Due to the fact that some future guests may be allergic, this rental is Non-Smoking!

*Unfortunately no children under 18 are allowed due to insurance restrictions because of the ponds & stream.

One of our guests did a complementary video of Heaven's Door during their stay. See the video link on this page. Click the 'Video' tab, located just above the main photo on this webpage. The video mostly focuses on the interior of the house and not so much on the unique surroundings of this tropical paradise.

Check out our 61+ All 5-Star previous guest reviews dating back to 2006.

NEVER SEND WIRE TRANSFERS! We do not ask for wire transfers. Beware of scams!

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 19, 2017

About The Owner

Ken and I 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.

The Owner purchased this house in 2006

Why The Owner chose Hilo District

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.

What makes this house unique

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


Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View
  • Lakefront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • King size beds (1) Master Bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Second Bedroom
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Hair Dryer, Iron and Ironing Board, Soap, Shampoo, Conditioner, Book Library, Extensive DVD Library, Lounge Chairs, Table, Beach Towels, Floor Safe, Flashlights.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(61 traveler reviews)

Heaven's Door; Your Hawaii Dream Awaits You. Private Home, Stream, Lake & Koi
average rating of 5.0 based on 61 reviews
Huntington, UT

Jungle Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property and was a fun, unique experience for us to stay. The driveway alone is enough to make it memorable. Think Indiana Jones / Jurassic Park. The location is a wonderful combination of "off the beaten path" and still close to "civilization". The home was furnished with everything needed to enjoy our time. It was a little chilly in the early mornings, but blankets were available (and the sauna!). Wireless was adequate for checking emails & texting. Anything else can and should wait! And to top it off, I was thrilled to see the Bond 50 blu-ray collection (although we only watched about 20 minutes of one Bond movie). Too much else to do.

We could not believe how lush and tropical the grounds are at Heaven's Door! The grounds are supreme (and private). Lots of birds, frogs and other animals. There is a beautiful stream running through the property that I enjoyed boulder hopping down. The pond fish were fun to watch, especially the predator fish. Once I found him, he kept an eye on me at all times! This is a beautiful, beautiful place. Location is excellent to explore the Hamakua Coast - so many wonderful drives and places to see.

Communication with Linda was excellent and having stayed at another of her properties, we know that she has an eye for exceptional locations. Staying at Heaven's Door will be one of the enduring experiences of our Big Island vacation. Thank you (and we hope you get feeling better soon, Linda :)

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jared and Kendra I'm glad that you've got to experience two of our unique rental properties now. What a wonderful review, I think you covered everything. I love the part about Indiana Jones meets Jurassic Park and the predator fish that keeps an eye on you. Indeed he does, you are the only thing in his world that's bigger than him:) Heaven's Door is indeed an "Exceptional Location that is off the beaten path and still close to civilization" believe me those types of properties are hard to find:) I look forward to seeing you on a future trip to Hawaii. Mahalo and Aloha Oe', Linda and Ken
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Exactly as promised.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for 3 nights as part of our Hawaiian adventure. Originally, we had booked a different home, south of Hilo, but thank goodness we found Heaven's Door! Secluded, yet within easy access of Hwy 19, it was the best base we could have chosen. Privacy, nature, and all the comforts of home in one location. Home was clean and well laid out. No A/C, but that was only a minor issue since once we opened the windows and made sure the fans were operating, it cooled down. (We hadn't yet acclimated to the humidity yet, so more our issue than the property's!) The bed was comfortable and the washer/dryer helped us keep our packing list limited!

Labeled instructions throughout the home made figuring out the lights/fans/koi feeding a breeze. Be sure to read the entire info sheet prior to arriving - it's very helpful. Linda had contacted me at booking - her care and love of the property is evident and Lindsey does a great job maintaining the home. While the houseis in a jungle setting, there is still an order to the plant life which creates a calm oasis in the wildness. It rained most evenings, but was sunny again the next day.

We didn't get to meet 'Io, but the heron stopped by as well as the cats, several geckos and some snails. We definitely recommend staying here if you are looking in the area.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha: Thank you for detailed review of Heaven's Door. It is indeed a comfortable house without A/C and is very pleasant with the windows open (good screens) so you can take in all the jungle noises:) We're so happy you enjoyed it as much as we do. Mahalo, Linda and Ken Martin
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Rainforest Home

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed here for part of our 5th anniversary and it was a great choice. We loved listening to the sounds of the rainforest through the open windows at night, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery & wildlife during the day.

There are no visible neighbors and the scenic drive from Hilo never gets boring. Just pulling into the driveway is quite an experience - with a vegetation covered rock wall to your left and an overlook of the stream valley to the right. We had to stop and get out of the car right there just to watch the stream and tropical birds.

There were tons of opportunities to take pictures around the property, but the pictures really don't do it justice - so we look forward to coming back again one day!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha: Thank you for your descriptive review of Heaven's Door. Indeed even the driveway is a scenic experience. You see my challenge trying to get photos that do this property justice:) We hope you do get to return on a future trip. Mahalo, Linda and Ken
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La Canada, CA

Solitude in a lush rain forest

  • 5 of 5

If you want to see the natural beauty of Hawaii get off the main road. Old Mamalahoa Highway here is one lane and very scenic, but not burdened by tourist traffic. Lovely home in the rain forest. Total privacy with no one near except frogs. Two bedroom, 2 bath, good kitchen. The tropical natural landscaping all around is fabulous from right around the house to the ridges far away and the stream can be heard while inside the house. Only cons were lack of dishwasher and feeble wifi but who needs that in paradise? Mahalo, Linda.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha: We're glad you enjoyed the sights and sounds of a genuine tropical rainforest. Unfortunately, the home has a very small septic system due to it's proximity to the stream that doesn't not allow us a dishwasher. Indeed the internet is slow, there is only one access option in this specific area via a Verizon modem:( Remember you're on vacation. Mahalo, Linda and Ken
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Private paradise

  • 5 of 5

A truly amazing setting and it provides a great base for exploring the amazing northeast of the island. We wish we would've stayed a week.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha: Thank you for the 5-Star review. Many people feel like you after their stay and wish they had put more time at Heaven's Door and the Hilo side rather than Kona:( Good tip for future travelers. Mahalo, Linda and Ken Martin
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Truly a Piece of Heaven

  • 5 of 5

Everything about this property is outstanding. Even the smallest details such as labelled instructions and notes answer any "how" or "what" questions one might have. We (4 adults) had a great week at Heaven's Door. It is also a great location for exploring the central and East side of the Big Island. The owner was very helpful with suggestions of places to see on our drive from Kailua Kona, where we stayed for our first week. The house is well equipped and comfortable. we enjoyed feeding the fish and feral cats.

Supplies of essentials - shampoo, detergents, paper products - was excellent.

It was an unique experience to hear the calls of the frogs / toads in the evening. Don't worry the do quiet down eventually.

The house is about 19 miles North of Hilo, so there is some driving involved to see the sights in and around Hilo, and Volcanoes National Park. The twice weekly Farmers' Market was interesting, though the produce was not high quality. We had fortunately picked a day for a helicopter flight over volcanoes and waterfall that was clear skies - the previous and following days were socked in with rain and low cloud. We went with Safari Helicopters.

The Tsunami and Lyman Museums are well worth a visit. There are supermarkets in Hilo - KTA and Walmart

Don't forget that you are in the rain forest, but we had 5 days without rain. I read that Hilo is the wettest city in USA, so we were lucky.

We do recommend this property, and would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your detailed and informative review. We're glad that you had a good stay at Heaven's Door. We do our best to give our guests a good quality stay for a reasonable price. This property is indeed a true slice of "Heaven on Earth" tucked into a living and breathing Hawaii rainforest. Mahalo, Linda and Ken Martin
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Nearest Airport
19 Miles
ITO - Hilo *House is 15 mi N. of downtown Hilo
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hwy. 19 (Belt Road)
Car: necessary

A short 20 minute drive takes you to the famous 'Hilo Farmers Market' where you can buy an assortment of fresh local grown vegetables, tropical fruits and flowers. Volcano's National Park is a must see for anyone visiting. With only a $10.00 park entry fee per vehicle it's one of the best bargains on the island. Be sure and walk through the 'Thurston Lava Tube' while you're there. There are two Botanical Gardens within a few minutes of this property as well as two different Zip-Line adventures. If you want to explore all of the diversity of the Hilo side of the Big Island this is the ideal central location to start your adventure from every day. Waterfalls, zip lines, botanical gardens, volcano, hiking and much more.


Rates & Availability

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

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.25%

Hawaii State Transient Accommodation Tax License: #TA-071-457-9968-01

Due to restrictions imposed on us by our insurance company (because of the stream/ponds) we cannot rent this property to anyone with children under the age of 18.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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