|Space||720 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This rustic wooden mountain cabin is situated next to a forest, in a secluded spot away from the main house, on a 3.5 acre farm. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, it avoids the summer heat at sea level ('Cool and peaceful..' - Teri), yet is close to Kealakekua Bay (5 miles), kayaking, horse-riding, the Captain Cook Monument, Place of Refuge, and wonderful snorkeling. Ten minutes south is a small shopping center, with supermarket, Chinese restaurant, sandwich shop, bagel shop, etc. Three miles north is Kainaliu Town, with theater/cinema, Blue Ginger Gallery, clothing stores and other quaint places. One of the finest restaurants in West Hawaii (Keei Café) is less than 15 minutes away, and there are other lovely breakfast, lunch, dinner places and coffee shops nearby. From the cabin, a short walk across the property and along private paths through coffee fields leads you down a road that takes you through natural Hawaiian flora.
The 760 square feet cabin consists of a living-room, sleeping loft, bathroom, and well-equipped Hawaiian-style lanai kitchen with screens that look into the forest ('The forest is full of birdsong' - Claudia & Chan). A redwood deck is situated under the kukui and macadamia nut trees, and has a Polynesian gazebo. A charcoal barbecue ('An evening barbeque and wine on the deck - perfect' - Barbara & John) stands nearby. The cabin itself is a single wall structure built from exterior plywood. It does not have sheet rock and, like other Hawaiian-built cabins and coffee shacks, the plywood constitutes the inner and outer walls. Windows are aluminum and glass. The kitchen windows are wood, glass and screen, allowing for excellent ventilation.
The farm has three beloved and gentle dogs, three cats, sheep, and chickens. The farm critters are kept in an area at the upper south end of the farm, and the cabin is at the lower north end, some distance from them. From the cabin and its deck many of the sounds of the forest can be heard.
Guests will find fresh farm eggs, homemade bread, a fruit basket, Kona coffee, and other goodies to get them started.
Also worth noting - Jeffrey is an enthusiastic table tennis player. There are four clubs on the Big Island so if you play, bring your equipment!
Generally our guests' feedback is that the cabin is a comfortable place to hang out, read, watch movies and just unwind, or a cool base to return to after swimming, snorkeling and exploring the warmer locations elsewhere.
The proximity of the cabin to the forest means that there are a variety of forest sounds that can be heard - lots of birds in the morning, and tree frogs at night (especially in the wet summer months). As in any woodland setting, nature makes itself known!
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Phone number: (808)756-6418
Heide and Jeffrey Cumes have lived in Hawaii since 1988, and came to the Big Island in 1990. 'We bought our home in Captain Cook in 1993 because it is close to our work and we loved the privacy, the temperate climate at 2,000 feet, and the rustic feel of the place. We have always loved animals and this was the perfect place to have our dogs, chickens and a few sheep. Our two grandchildren, Koa (10) and Naia (7) live with their parents in Massachusetts. Naia means 'dolphin' in Hawaiian. Koa is seen in the picture with us when he was an infant. Both our two adult daughters, Claudia and Julia, live and work in Massachusetts. We wish they'd come to Hawaii more often...
We built the cabin in 2006 mostly for family and friends, but decided that since it was left unused for most of the year,and since people seemed to like it so much, we would use it as a vacation rental and maybe over time it would pay for itself.
What we love most about our place is that it is a refuge for us from the world of work we are both involved in. The property had only macadamia nut and avocado trees when we first bought it. Thanks to Heide's tireless efforts, it now has many different trees and flowers. Things grow like crazy in Hawaii!
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This Big Island home was absolutely delightful, truly perfect for our island getaway. The cabin is romantic and secluded, a home-away-from-home in the hills above Captain Cook, and has a truly beautiful aesthetic, with lots of thoughtful details. The kitchen is well stocked for making meals. We prepared our breakfast everyday on the gas stove, and there’s no lack of ways to make coffee--there’s an automatic coffee maker, French press, pour-over Melita, and an electric kettle, along with a generous starter supply of Kona coffee. Each morning we took our breakfast out to the gazebo in the yard, and had fun picking macadamia nuts to add to our oatmeal. There’s even a fancy macadamia nutcracker in the kitchen that my husband delighted in using.
The hum of the tree frogs at night is magical, and adds to the tropical feel of the place, and the elevation of the home means that nights are pleasantly cool. We slept well in the comfy bed with the sleeping loft’s windows open to the soft breezes.
Heide and Jeffrey were such gracious hosts, welcoming and available but never intrusive. The fresh selection of tropical fruit, homemade bread, butter and jam were a lovely welcome, and the information about the house and the island that were in the house were helpful, too. We made use of the washer and dryer, and appreciated the house being stocked with beach towels, beach chairs, and even a umbrella for use on picnics by the sea.
It’s a tropical paradise, one I’m SO glad we found. Thank you very much, Jeffrey and Heide. We can’t wait to return!
My husband and I spent a week in Heide and Jeffrey's charming cabin above Captain Cook. The cabin exceeded all of my expectations, and we had a wonderful, relaxing time. The kitchen has everything one needs to prepare meals, and we really enjoyed the fresh fruit, homemade bread, and jelly that was waiting for us on arrival. Heide suggested we try the Keei Cafe for supper, and it was the best meal we had on our entire trip, although we also enjoyed the Coffee Shack and Cafe Florian for breakfast. We slept so well! The upstairs bed and pillows were just right for us, and we dropped off to frog-song at night, and woke up to bird-song in the morning. Our one regret was that we only stayed for a week! Thank you, Heide and Jeffrey, for making our first trip to the Big Island such a memorable one!
Jeffrey and Heidi were perfect hosts in many ways. They provided bread and fruit for our late arrival so we didn't have to shop right away and they ensured that anything needed was provided immediately. Jeffrey invited us to play table tennis one evening against his automated table tennis "robot", and gave many helpful tips on improving our game. They even invited us for some ice cream - such gracious hosts!
The kitchen was very well stocked - teas, spices, even some food left over from previous guests that we could use. There were a few cooler nights, but the heater helped and we slept well. We shelled some macadamia nuts for our day trips and had a barbeque one evening on the wonderful gazebo. Thanks for your generosity and attention to detail!
Jefferey and Heidi were such a wonderful host. They are such a sweet couple. Jefferey and I had a great communication before and during our stay. They welcomed us when we arrived and showed us everything around the house.
The cottage was so cute inside and outside and it was very clean. They had everything we needed.
Me and my husband enjoyed morning coffee at the beautiful garden every morning. our kids loved to pick up some macadamia nuts and read their books at the Gazebo. our bed was so so comfortable.
We enjoyed coming home from our beach or hiking to this sweet home!
I would HIGHLY recommend this beautiful cottage !
Thank you so much, Jefferey and Heidi!
We hope to see you both soon!
From the Cutlip family
Our stay in the cabin was fantastic. Heidi and Jeffrey were very welcoming upon our arrival and wonderful hosts. The fruit basket, bread, eggs and jam were a treat. Everything you could need is provided (snorkel gear, books, cooking provisions, etc.). The cabin feels secluded but we enjoyed the proximity to Kona. The trailhead for Captain Cook (excellent snorkeling) was just minutes away. We look forward to staying here again.
This place is like paradise. You will find a beautiful wooden cabin in a lush garden with tropical fruits and two BBQ's. It is nice and quiet, the perfect place to relax after a day of sightseeing. The kitchen is great and has everything you can imagine, the bed is comfy and you will wake to the sounds of the forest in the morning. We just felt like home instantly. Heide and Jeffrey are fantastic hosts. They welcomed us with homemade bread and jam, even some eggs from their own chicken. The cabin has everything, from a hammock to snorkeling gear, boogie boards, books, ..........we loved it and we wish to come back here some time!!!
In the main house we have a table tennis (ping pong) table. Jeffrey is a competitive player and encourages enthusiasts to play with him and, if desired, get some tips on how to play. We also have a training robot which interested players may want to try. Table tennis is not only the most popular sport in the world (China's national sport) but is good for the brain. . You'll see the research. We have a small TT club nearby and guests are invited to come and play.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Rates are based on two guests. $20 per addition person over 18 years of age. $15 for children 6-18.
A 50% deposit required to secure the reservation. Payment can be made with a personal check or by using PayPal (choose the' Goods and Services' option). Checks should be mailed to Jeffrey Cumes, PO Box 1323, Kealakekua HI 96750. Our email address for a PayPal payment is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The balance can be paid after arrival.