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Oceanfront Cottage in Scenic 'Old Hawaii' , the Original Rainbow Dreams Cottage

(22 Reviews)

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View from Front Porch. Amazing view of the ocean. No other rentals compare.


Last updated: 05/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:1
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The Original Rainbow Dreams Cottage - with a spectacular oceanfront view, the only vacation rental so close to the ocean on the scenic Old Red Road (Rural Route 137). Our Cottage is situated on the beautiful Puna Coast of the Big Island. Set amidst a 150-year old 'kings' grove of coconut palms, the cottage directly faces the Pacific Ocean with stunning, 180 degree views framed thru palms and rare ocean mahogany trees. Situated amid a tropical garden planted with over 125 Palm Trees, exotic fruits and redolent with the fragrance of tropical flowers, this cottage is simply the best rental in the area.
Inside the private and well-appointed cottage, you will find vintage Koa, mahogany and bamboo furnishings. The cottage is set up with everything you need - a well-stocked kitchen, one full bath, an extra outside shower for washing off after the beach, and two bedrooms with closets. All rooms have windows to let the natural trade-winds in, and there is a small porch in front with a small screened lanai on the side to enjoy the balmy air.
Rainbow Dreams Cottage is the perfect eco-retreat, where you can really get away from it all. We are solar powered, so therefore there are limitations to this rental. Please read our reviews, since there is NO cell service, NO wi-fi, NO T.V. or even radio - just the beauty and the power of nature, the sound of the ocean and the ocean breezes. However, ALL of those services are just minutes away, up the road or in the nearby town of Pahoa.
With a direct view of the ocean, you may spend your whole vacation simply gazing at the waves, birds and sky, yet the cottage is the perfect base for exploring the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Big Island. All along the coast in the rural Puna District, you will discover special places to explore, from scenic parks to sheltered coves. Three miles from the cottage is exotic Kehena Beach, where palms and ironwood trees surround a lovely crescent of black sand. Two miles in the other direction is MacKenzie State Park, where steep lava cliffs form a rugged, rocky shore with dramatic crashing waves. Ahalanui State Park with a naturally-heated fresh/salt-water swimming pond is about five miles drive. This is a truly unique spot in one of the most beautiful areas of the Big Island in which to explore, enjoy and restore.
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Member since: 2007

Speaks: spanish
Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/21/2017

Property Type

  • Cottage
  • 900 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Not Suitable For Children
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Alternative Lifestyle
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, outdoor shower


Other Amenities

  • Eco Retreat, solar power, catchment water.


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities


  • Arboretum
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Nude Beach
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View:

    The front of the cottage faces a ever changing view of the ocean thru a grove of rare trees....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    A stunning view of the ocean, thru an ancient grove of rare mahogany trees. ...moreless

  • Water View:

    The view of the ocean from the cottage is one of the most amazing features of this place...moreless

  • Waterfront

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining Area


  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street


  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator


  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo


from 22 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
$900 $3,000
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $80
  • Tax Rate 13.41%


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Owner's cancellation policy:

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 05/21/2017
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35 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hilo Airport
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Kehena Black Sand Beach

Car: Necessary

Rare Hawaiian Bird Watching, Lava Viewing, Tropical Flora and Fauna, Turtle and Whale Watching, Dance and Hula Lessons Nearby at Kalani Honua, Snorkeling, Swimming at Warm Pond, Lava Tubes, Nature Preserve Malama Ki, Farmer's Markets, Organic Produce, State and National Parks, Zoo in Hilo


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2000

About the owner: We spend as much time as we can at this magical property and always find it to be transformational and rejuvenating. I grew up in New England, went to college in Philadelphia, and currently reside in San Francisco. I work for a nonprofit organization that supports the National Parks near the Golden Gate and helped to organize the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as the recent installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz.

Why the Owner Chose Pahoa, HI, USA:
We looked all over the State of Hawaii for our perfect place and found many areas that we loved, including Hanalei Bay on Kauai, and Hana, Maui, and this area reminded us of those areas, and we liked the nearness to Hilo, which is the second largest city in Hawaii after Honolulu. We especially liked the rugged quality of the Puna Coast and the primal feeling of the land in this area. Being "off the grid" and without cell service - turned out to be heaven. We have many repeat visitors, because people love coming back again and again to this very special and powerful place.

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
The Rainbow Dreams Cottage is extremely unique in its proximity to the ocean and its surroundings in an area that is entirely dominated by the beauty and serenity of the natural world. Also, the off-the-grid experience is becoming more and more unique as people need a place to unplug and get away from the daily bombardment of internet and email. For those that need to be connected, it's just a short drive from the cottage in either direction to access the web and cell service.

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Response time: Within a few hours
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 05/21/2017

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  • View from Front Porch. Amazing view of the ocean. No other rentals compare.

    View from Front Porch. Amazing view of the ocean. No other rentals compare.

  • Front Porch

    Front Porch

  • Left Bedroom

    Left Bedroom

  • Side lanai.

    Side lanai.

  • Small pond in center of yard.

    Small pond in center of yard.

  • Dramatic ocean view from front porch of cottage.

    Dramatic ocean view from front porch of cottage.

  • Typical day.

    Typical day.

  • Sunset sky.

    Sunset sky.

  • Side view from driveway.

    Side view from driveway.

  • View of front of Cottage, Porch.

    View of front of Cottage, Porch.

  • Bedroom


  • Bathrooom


  • Yard is full of tropical fruits.

    Yard is full of tropical fruits.

  • Small one lane road in front of cottage, often painted by local artists.

    Small one lane road in front of cottage, often painted by local artists.

  • Waves in view from cliff front across small one-lane road.

    Waves in view from cliff front across small one-lane road.

  • Watching for whales, turtles and dolphins.

    Watching for whales, turtles and dolphins.

  • Map of area and location of cottage.

    Map of area and location of cottage.

VRBO #152979

This listing was first published here in 2007.

Date last modified - Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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