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Pele's Secret Garden~ Rain Forested Peace and Tranquility ~

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

~ Pele’s Secret Garden ~ an amazing experience!

Nestled in the heart of the Big Island's oldest Volcanic Rain forest, and atop world's most active lava field, lies our luxury hideaway of rest, peace and comfort. About 2 miles from the National Park entrance.

Take a stroll thru the forested neighborhood Estates and the tropical surroundings of this serene cottage home, that is secluded in a lush native Rain forest just 24 Miles South of Hilo, Hawaii, and adjacent to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, at a 3500 feet elevation above sea level, on the slopes of Kilauea, the most active volcano on in the US. Less than 1-hour drive from Hilo to both the Cottage home & Volcano Village.

Relax and unwind … be refreshed by the cool mountain air and embraced by the giant tree ferns, ohia trees and fragrant ginger that creates a lush contrast to the primordial volcanic landscape.

Enjoy... Long wrap around Lanais, and quiet sitting areas. Awaken to the Big Island’s cacophony of chirping exotic bird’s, soft rains and the Sunlight breaking thorough the clouds.

~ Pele's Secret Garden Accommodations ~

Our floor plan begins with 2 luxurious bedrooms, 2 full-baths, with guests enjoying our plush King & Queen-sized beds amidst a four-layer bedding, designed for absolute Comfort, plus Futon sleepers a Baby Crib and Highchair. Sleeps 2 to 6 Guests (example: 4 adults + 2 children).

We offer a spacious home with private bath, original art and furnishings, high ceilings, kitchen with energy efficient stainless appliances, granite counter tops and an exotic wood bar top, a wood-burning fireplace, private jetted tub in master bath, cable TV and video, Wi-Fi wireless internet, and a large 1000 ft wrap-around Lanai.

~ Pele's Secret Garden Cottage Home includes these Amenities for your Pleasure & Comfort:

• Our Signature Aloha Hospitality!

• Luxury, Private cottage Home, 2 bedrooms/ 2 baths

• Plush beds with 4-layer bedding

• Complementary Tropical Fresh Fruits, 100% pure

Hawaiian Coffee & Tea

• Jetted Tub in Master bath

• Wood-burning fireplace, logs provided

• Hawaiian Massage services, available in the local area

• Cable TV

DVD/Video Player

• Video & Music Library

• Full Kitchen (all Major appliances/utensils)

• Wireless Internet

• Gas BBQ Grill

• Great Restaurants in the Village area

• Flash lights & umbrellas provided

~ Volcano's Local Restaurants (recommend calling ahead for reservations):

• Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant

• Thai Thai Restaurant

. Ohelo Cafe Volcano Village's

~ The Must See Volcano & Hilo List ~ (Google it!)

* Volcano Winery - Complimentary Wine tasting, and select from 2 Guided Vineyard & Tea Farm Tours, includes Gift Pack!

* 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass - A unique Glass-blowing Art Studio tucked away in the Rain Forest on the slopes of Kilauea Volcano, at a 3000 feet elevation.

* Hilo Farmer's Market - Located on the corner next to Ruben's Restaurant, offers rows of vendors selling local/exotic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, locally-made gifts, etc.

* Volcano Farmer's Market - Every Sunday morning at Cooper Center (opens 6 AM). One of the Best Farmer's markets on the Big Island.

~ Volcano Village is an outlying small township with a eclectic mix of scientists, artists and local entrepreneurs in a village-like community with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. The village and its surrounding inhabitants blend imperceptibly into the lush Native forested landscape. The whole area has been designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve and Historic Site.

Volcano Village - a 'World Heritage Site' with nice restaurants, galleries and only 1 mile from the unforgettable Volcanoes National Park. Our wonderful Cottage Home being adjacent to both Volcano Village & the Park, is a perfect getaway for Adventure, Romance or as a retreat getaway. Easily accessible from both Hilo and Kona airports on the Queen’s Highway 11. Driving distance from Kona Airport, with no stops, is approximately 2.5 to 3.0 hours; whereas from the Hilo Airport is approximately 45 minutes to our driveway; and another 5-minutes drive to Volcano Village proper, depending on weather conditions.

~ About the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ~

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. The park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, offers scientists insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and visitors views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.

Over half of the park is designated wilderness and provides unusual hiking and camping opportunities. In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been honored as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.

The National Park Web site provides up-to-date information on volcanic activity, safety, schedule of park lectures/presentations, tours and hiking trails.

Keywords: Beautiful! Eco-Friendly, cozy, clean, fully loaded with the comforts of home.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 23, 2018

About The Owner

I so enjoy sharing my little piece of this treasured rainforest with people from all over the world and so appreciate their positive feedback.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose Ohia Estates

Our Luxury home was featured in Hawaiian Style Magazines 2008 Eco-Issue ~ built in 2007 with full awareness of environmental impact and the adaptability of the structure to the landscape. Complete with Solar Powered water heating system supplied by UV filtered rainwater working in Harmony with Nature and is less wasteful and Environmentally Friendly.

What makes this house unique

Our Reviews speak for themselves and keep us striving to make it your best possible visit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a fabulous stay! things we loved about Pele's Secret Garden: being "home" from the National Park in minutes, TOTAL silence at night (and total darkness!), sleeping on the side of a volcano, the feeling of being in a fainforest/jungle but being in Hawaii, the pireplace on a chilly night, this beautifully furnished home with so many comforts and luxuries, the fresh flowers throughout the house....and so much more....
Jun 2008
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Ohia Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • attached to each bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1) Comfy California King Bed that can be converted to two twin bed., Queen size Beds (1) Very cozy four Poster Teak Queen size bed., Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twin beds available when King Bed is not in use., Baby Cribs (1) New Portable Playpen can be used for sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Pele's Secret Garden~ Rain Forested Peace and Tranquility ~
average rating of 4.959596 based on 102 reviews
Nashville, TN

Splendid property

  • 5 of 5

If you are caught in steady downpours for six full days, as we were during our visit to Big Island, this is where you would want to stay! And you would definitely want to stay there when the weather is better. The house is fabulous, inside and out, elegant and designed with comfort in mind. It has everything one might need, and the warp-around porch is terrific place to hang out on good and bad days. Alternatively, you can cozy up in front of the fireplace. Unless you want to stay near the beach, it really doesn’t get any better than this.

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Big Mahalo for you beautiful review. You were a pleasure to host and I welcome you back anytime. Sincerely, Peggy
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Beautiful tranquil setting

  • 5 of 5

Everything you need and more for a pleasant vacation getaway. Convenient to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved the coolness and damp of Volcano

  • 5 of 5

A very nice home, surrounded with windows that showed off the tropical rain forest.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

First time renting thru VRBO. I'm always suspicious when it comes to reviews and photos of something that seems too "good". Well, in this case the reviews were spot on but the photos are a little understated compared to seeing it in person! It's just a stunning home in a very stunning setting.

From the moment we walked in, we felt like our best friends had let us stay in their beautiful home. It felt so welcoming and not sterile like rentals can be. We had just stayed at a five star resort in Waikoloa and we can honestly say we felt more comfortable at Pele's Secret Garden.

Peggy, the owner, was very easy to deal with. She even emailed me when we were there to make sure everything was ok.

Peggy and her home has definitely set the bar very high for us the next time we need a vacation home rental. Really wish we could have spent more than two nights!

  • Submitted: Jul 20, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aww, your words are so touching and I'm so happy that I could calm your suspicion using a rental site for the first time. I so much enjoy sharing my home with people like you who appreciate the beauty of this magical place on the planet that I am so blessed to be caring for. Mahalo, Peggy
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Beyond wonderful!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Your home exceeded our expectations!! Everything we could possibly need was made available.The bed was exceptionally comfortable. We loved sitting outside at night listening to the frogs that said" bo peep". We hope to return in a couple of years and stay at your magnificent home again!!! Thank you

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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What a nice place to spend your stay near to the Volcano National Park !

  • 5 of 5

This serene, independent house gets you in meditative mood immediately. The house was stocked nicely for comfort and the owner was extra responsive. We loved our stay for 2 nights.

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Volcano Golf course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 11
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Mauna Kea (seasonal)
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Punalu'u (Black Sands or Turtle Beach)
Car: necessary

Located within the 'Kilauea' area, one of the most Active Volcano in the US; with two eruption and most recent located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park of Halema'umau as the molten lava continues to reach the top of the crater floor. Pu'u Oo continues to rumble and flow, often times visible entering the Pacific Ocean. Come feel the pulse.

Visit the USGS Hawaii Volcano website for current updates and webcam.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.42%

Standard rates of $200/nt apply over a two night stay. Minimum 2 night stay @ $250/nt.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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