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'We Loved This Romantic Getaway for Two !' - Testimonial.

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Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

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!

Transient Accommodations Tax #: TA-162-345-9840-01 email:

Phone number: (808)756-6418

Keywords: Cabin

More Details

Jeffrey Cumes
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, german, Jeffrey speaks English; Heide speaks German too
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Jeffrey Cumes

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...

Why Jeffrey Cumes chose Kona Coast

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 makes this cabin unique

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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(28 traveler reviews)

'We Loved This Romantic Getaway for Two !' - Testimonial.
average rating of 4.892857 based on 28 reviews


  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review, Elisa. We enjoyed meeting you and having you stay. We look forward to seeing you again. Jeffrey & Heide
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Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Simply paradise!

  • 5 of 5

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!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having you, T & E. Heide and I are so glad you had an enjoyable stay. When you come from so far away, finding a comfortable 'home away from home,' as you put it to us, is so important. And it was great getting to learn something about your lives in Germany. Finally, thank you so much for leaving the cabin in such great shape!! Best wishes, Jeffrey & Heide
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  • 5 of 5

I would recommend this place and we hope to come back.

Everything was thought of, the cabin is beautiful and quiet ( the frogs at night did not disturb us at all)

Heides bread and jam and fruits and egg's tasted so good and warmed my heart.

We made wonderful daytrips from there and the owners gave us great tips .

The surrounding garden is beautiful , the cabin is big and comfortable with lots of Hawaii books - so no need to bring one. Our stay was magical and we hope to come back , the owners are the nicest people and very kind and thought of everything.

Would love to come back - we stayed 8 days in the cabin.


  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Marianna, Thanks so much for the review. It was a real pleasure having you - perfect guests who left the cabin impeccable. We look forward to having you back! Best wishes, Heide and Jeffrey
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Albany, CA

The best VRBO!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent 8 nights at Koa Cabin. We had stayed there several years earlier, and our wonderful memories influenced our choosing West Hawaii for this vacation as well. The location of Koa Cabin is stunning -- a huge expanse of land rich in foliage (macademia nut and avocado trees, beautiful flowering plants) that is extremely private. On the grounds, it is possible to sit at a picnic table outside the cabin, or have breakfast or dinner in the beautiful bamboo gazebo (at night, plug in the light string - magical.) My husband loved reading and dozing in the hammock! We picked up macademia nuts and used the special nut cracker to crack them, eating them with Heide's freshly baked bread and with the papaya, avocado, bananas, dragon fruit, guava and other fruits, piled high in a welcoming basket! The kitchen is marvelous, and it was a joy to create a dinner from fresh Hawaiian ingredients! I loved the sounds of the forest, including the tree frogs! Heidi and Jeffrey are the most hospitable, wonderful , caring hosts I have experienced in years of renting VRBO's. I could go on and on -- and have, actually, to my friends here who certainly wish they could fly to Hawaii and stay a week in Koa Cabin!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the excellent review. It was a great pleasure having you!! Warmest aloha, Jeffrey and Heide
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The best Birthday ever

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful week at the Koa Cabin for my birthday. Jeffrey and Heide have a beautiful property with fruit and nut trees and quite the collection of animals. The property was easy to find away from the main highway, but still near things like grocery stores or local Farmers Market. Heide (and dogs) greeted us upon our arrival and showed us around the place. Heide had many great recommendations for things to do nearby including the best snorkeling spots and hiking trails. We loved their dogs and cats and enjoyed the sounds of the jungle late at night. The Coqui frogs are noisy at night, but we loved it. Every night we would grab a flashlight and try to spot the little guys clinging to low branches or even outside the front porch. I also love chickens and every morning we would see the flock come through the yard on what I can only assume is "bug patrol". Sipping coffee on the front steps in the morning watching as they scratch at the ground and cluck at each other I found myself thinking, "this is better than television".

It was wonderful to have fresh eggs, bread, jam, and Kona coffee ready for us, and all the fruit and Mac nuts I could ever want (literally an endless supply as they are growing on the property) this way we had to purchase minimal groceries for the week. We spent a lot of time traveling to different parts of the island so it was nice to have things like tuperware, reusable water bottles, and an ice chest for us to pack snacks for the day.

Jeffrey and Heide are wonderful people and so hospitable, we cannot wait to come back and visit.

-Mandy and George

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi George and Mandy, What a lovely review! We also got a kick out of your entry in our guest book, with illustrations, and your 'top five' lists of things you liked on this vacation. Thank you too so much for the book on Hawaiian birds that you bought for the cabin! We hope it gives lots of pleasure to future visitors. We are looking forward to seeing you again next time you visit Hawaii. Heide and Jeffrey
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A little piece of Paradise.......

  • 5 of 5

We arrived late at night but Jeffrey & Heide were there instantly with fresh baked bread, jams & wonderful exotic fruit for our breakfast. This place is indescribably beautiful, exotic & off the beaten track which was important for us!

A very comfortable cabin with every imaginable convenience from coffee makers to washing/tumble dryers all set in a wonderful garden full of fragrant flowers & fruiting trees, many of which we'd never seen before. It was perfect!

A great base for our time in Hawaii - we loved Jeffrey & Heide who were so charming & helpful & invited us for a family meal & their 3 dogs who visited us often.

We loved picking & shelling Macadamia nuts fresh from the tree & we particularly liked the frogs.....very peaceful dozing off to sleep to a musical chorus each night!!

Thank you for sharing your piece of Paradise with us. Xx

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the trouble to write your review! It is particularly welcome because the previous review we received was not a good one, and we wondered whether the negative comments were because of the increase of the coqui frogs, or a reflection of the unique perspective of that guest. Only one of the 23 reviews we have received was not a 5 star review, and we are heartened by yours because it indicates that not only are the coquis NOT a deal-breaker, but that most of our guests find the ambiance to which they contribute exotic. Beyond all that, we want you to know that it was a pleasure having you and we hope to see you again. Jeffrey & Heide.
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Keahole Airport

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.


Rates & Availability

Captain Cook Cabin Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates are based on two guests. $20 per addition person over 12 years of age. $10 for children age two to twelve.

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: The balance can be paid after arrival.

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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Captain Cook Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower (no bathtub), washbasin and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size bed (1) The Sleeping Loft Has a Queen-sized super-comfortable 16 Inch memory foam bed. Romantic. Baby Cribs (1) The sturdy crib is available as a standard feature in the cabin., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The living-room sofa converts into a comfortable double bed ideal for one person but okay for two if they can handle 'cozy.'
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The proximity of the forest adds to the cool, peaceful setting.

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