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

Bedrooms 1
Space 720 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 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 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 10, 2018

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 Captain Cook

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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Captain Cook Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
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 ...
  • Toaster
  • 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 ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The proximity of the forest adds to the cool, peaceful setting.


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'We Loved This Romantic Getaway for Two !' - Testimonial.
average rating of 4.894737 based on 38 reviews

Do yourself a favour, stay here!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the cabin and wish we could have stayed longer. Heide, Jeffrey, and two of their dogs greeted us with homemade bread and jam, fresh eggs and cheese, and showed us around, highlighting everything we needed to know. There was an incredible basket of fruit in the kitchen and many thoughtful touches throughout the cabin itself, which has an awful lot of character. The coqui frogs sang us to sleep at night and we loved waking up to the chorus or roosters, hens, and other birds in the morning. If you are considering staying here, do yourself a favour and book it! It was by far the best vacation rental experience we've had. Heide and Jeffrey are outstanding hosts and we hope to meet them again someday.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were amazing in your warmth and your ability to enjoy the cabin and environment. We were particularly impressed with the fact that you hiked down to the Captain Cook monument! Thank you for leaving the cabin so clean. It was a pleasure having you! Jeffrey and Heide
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A tropical dream come true! 5 Stars+

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Melissa & Elliott, Thank you for the wonderful review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your vacation so much and that we were able to contribute to that. It was great having you here and seeing how you made use of the cabin and the gazebo. One of the things we enjoy about having this little vacation rental is meeting people like yourselves who are capable of taking so much joy from their experiences. We are looking forward to seeing you again! Much aloha, Heide & Jeffrey
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Toronto, ON

Peaceful, secluded forest cottage

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week at the Koa Cabin. It was spacious but cozy and spotlessly clean. Just a few highlights:

Afternoons sitting on the manicured lawn

The birds (too many to mention but favourites were the pair of saffron finches that visited the picture window every morning and the flock of waxbills that bathed in the eavestrough every afternoon)

The brilliant starry night skies

The cool evening breezes

Being greeted by the dogs and Cheez Whiz the cat

The incredible welcome plate of fresh fruit (and home baked bread with lillikoi jam)

Our hosts, Jeffrey and Heide, who have the hospitality gene in spades

Trips to Hookane beach

If we ever return to the Big Island we would love to stay at the Koa Cabin again.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a treat it was having you both here for a week. Heide and I are so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks too for noting down all the birds you identified in the guest book. In addition to being such warm and interesting people, you were amazing in the way you left the cabin. If it was spotless when you arrived, it was even cleaner when you left!! Amazing, and much appreciated. We certainly look forward to seeing you again in the future! Heide and Jeffrey
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Cute little hideaway

  • 4 of 5

Great cabin surrounded by the sounds of frogs and macadamia nut trees. The hosts, Jeffrey and Heide, are lovely and accommodating. We were a group of 3 and had a wonderful time with everything we needed. We especially loved all the fresh fruit and avocados and fresh bread when we arrived, what a treat! I would definitely recommend this location to someone who wants an experience off the beaten path.

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you guys had fun! We appreciate the review and want to thank you for leaving the cabin in such good shape. Having guests like you makes the whole endeavor so much more enjoyable! Best wishes, Jeffrey and Heide
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Ventura County

True serene escape

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at this "secret hideaway" - Jeffrey and Heide were amazing host. They thought of everything to make the Koa cabin a home away from home. We got there quite late and were not prepared for the darkness but Jeffrey was quick to come out of the house and guide us through the one-way grassy road! My 7 year old son loved the cabin and wants to come back already. Heide made fresh bread and jam and fresh eggs which we enjoyed so much, along with the Kona coffee. Thank you so much for your welcome - even showing Mateo the mongoose! It sure was memorable.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Secluded, quiet, beautiful, all the conveniences of home (and more) . Great friendly hosts.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here and would have stayed longer if we could have. The area is quiet and felt very private (very relaxing ) the space is very well thought out with all the conveniences of home (and more) we loved the fruit and the chickens running around. The kitchen was perfect for cooking meals and having some extra condiments and things around was so very convenient. Bed was comfy and we got good use out of the snorkels. Amazing spot if you love quiet and nature (but also close to conveniences of captain cook areA) Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review! We really enjoyed having you here and hope to see you again in the future. Also, we hope your continuing travels over the next few months are very rewarding! 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates are based on two guests. $20 per addition person over 18 years of age. $15 for children 6-18.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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