About the property
- Cabin720 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
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: email@example.com
Phone number: (808)756-6418
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within two days
- English, Jeffrey speaks English; Heide speaks German too, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 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 Kealakekua
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! If you want more information than the website offers, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Everything is perfect.
Thanks so much for your review, Stuart - short and to the point.
It was great to have you and your family.
Jeffrey and Heide
Many thanks, Heide and Jeffrey! We had such a wonderful time at your lovely cabin and were so pleased to find it. We both spend a fair amount of time in hotels while traveling for work so something quiet and off the beaten path was exactly what we were looking for. It was the perfect spot for us. Thank you again for the wonderful fresh bread, fruit, jelly and mac nuts...above and beyond. It was a pleasure to meet you both, as well as your menagerie of fur and feathered friends, and we look forward to sharing your location with others.
Mahalo nui loa!
B & W
What a great review! It was wonderful having you, and we are so glad that you enjoyed yourselves, despite the bad weather! You left the Cabin sparkling - definitely went above and beyond. We hope you come back again when you feel like spending more time on this island.
Jeffrey and Heide
We loved the cabin and its secluded situation in what felt like it’s own garden. The eggs, bread and other provisions left were delicious and most welcome. The cabin was very cosy and comfortable and going to sleep to the accompaniment of the coqui frogs very restful.
Both Jeffrey and Heide were marvellous hosts and we loved the dogs too!
The dogs were sad to see you go, as were we!! It was really great having you, and thanks for your review. We hope to see you back in the future!
Jeffrey and Heide
Exactly what we wanted
The Koa cabin is the perfect get-away for those who are seeking relaxation, solitude and beauty. We were lucky to be able to stay in this very comfortable, clean cabin for 8 days. Heidi and Jeffrey have obviously put a lot of love and consideration into this place, making it feel like home. They have thought of everything to make it comfortable. Upon arrival we were greeted with enthusiasm, a big bowl of fruit, delicious loaf of bread with a jar of homemade jam. There is a macadamia nut opener in the kitchen and more nuts on the ground than anyone could eat although I gave it a good try. They answered all our questions, gave us helpful tips about the area and made us feel so welcome.
The lanai was our favorite place to spend our evenings. Every night after one of our adventures, my husband and I looked forward to sitting in the lanai, relaxing and staying warm and dry, even if was raining.
If you are looking for a comfortable, private place to stay, look no further. This is a slice of paradise.
I could write more about the delicious avocados and papayas that are yours for the picking but in order to appreciate the bounties this place offers, consider staying there. It is so worth it!
Thank you so much for taking the time to do this review. We hope the erratic weather did not mar your visit; it was a real pleasure having you, and we hope you come back in the future. Thank you too for leaving the cabin so clean; it's such a thoughtful gesture and makes our preparation for our next guests much easier.
Jeffrey and Heide
Best place to stay ever!!!
Your pictures do not do this place justice. Your cabin is beautiful and so are the surroundings. Jeffrey and Heidi are the best hosts too. They provide coffee, fruit, bread and so much more. We loved every minute here!! If you are looking for tranquility this is the place to be. We will definitely stay here again just for the wonderful feel of a home away from home. Don’t change a thing!!
Laurie & Mike
Laurie & Mike,
You said "don't change anything," but we would have loved to be able to change the weather. Usually it is sunny and bright, but you hit a wet patch and may not have had the full benefit of what Hawaii has to offer. You said it was fine and certainly did seem to use this time to relax, but more sunshine would have been nice...
You have been really great guests. You left the cabin perfectly clean and tidy - what a treat for us. Thank you.
We do hope to see you back next year!
Jeffrey & Heide
Peaceful, secluded forest cottage
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.
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
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
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are based on two guests. $20 per addition person over 18 years of age. $15 for children 6-18.