House, 5 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
About Sandra Reha
We stayed here on vacation and fell in love with this property 16 years ago. We decide to retire early and live off of the organic gardens here: we didn't know how to farm yet! The last 16 years has been so much fun and gone so fast; we actually believe we died and went to heaven because it has been so wonderful. . Rich is a retired electrical engineer/physicist with an interest in the Universe Story. Sandra is a retired teacher, holds a masters in transpersonal psychology, and is a master photographer (Google search on Sandra Lee Reha). Sadly, Rich passed away in 2010.
Sandra Reha purchased this House in 1998
Why Sandra Reha chose Pahala
As stated, We fell in love with the property. That feeling only grows as a beautiful life here continues. No street lights or signs ensures the rural life is perpetuated.
What makes this House unique
No pesticides have been used here for over 30 years, so the birds love everything, including free bananas, figs, other fruits, and we have hundreds of wild birds that return to our bamboo patches over night. There are no street lights in Wood Valley, and only a few houses, so at our 2400 foot elevation, the andromeda galaxy and the milky way are magnificent: better than I have ever seen anywhere. Children love to hand feed our tame goat, and some of our sheep herd. We have a harness for the goat to pull children around the property in our wagon. Last but not least is the spectacular Spring Water: bathe and drink the purest water on the planet, only a few minutes from its spring source with no storage or chlorination: only pure water.
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Beautiful natural unique experiece!
We stayed for 4 nights and used it as a great launching point for exploring the black sands, South Point, and volcano park. It was very quiet and relaxing to come home to each day. The place has lots of room to spread out and the back screened porch area is a lovely place to sit and listen to the night sounds and morning birds. If you love nature and want a unique Hawaiian experience away from the tourist areas, this is your place! Sandra is very sweet and we enjoyed meeting her. Highly recommend for adventurists!
This is a beautiful property! Very removed from the hustle and bustle of tourism, which is exactly what we wanted. The house was well equipped and the local store had enough to get us through. The gardening and landscape is lovely and so was Sandra! I would totally recommend and I would gladly stay here again.
Outstanding Place To Relax In The Wood Valley
We really enjoyed the relaxed feeling of this old plantation house and it's environs. The proprietor was kind and helpful. The the smell of the grapefruit trees blooming as one entered the house was spectacular. If you like civilized living on the edge of the jungle, this is the place. The outdoor clawfoot tub was quite a nice touch too. Highly recommend.
Peaceful Stay in Wood Valley
Larry and I love historic, character homes and this one was no exception! Lovingly restored by our host and her late husband, we were charmed by this peaceful country home. As each special detail revealed itself, we felt the stresses of home melt away. For just the two of us, it was a lot of house, but we each found those special nooks where we could settle ourselves and enjoy the serenity. The funky bath area stands out, of course, but there are others. Cool nights melt away as the sun rises on the little sunroom, which is the best place to capture the morning’s emerging warmth. Larry enjoyed the fruit trees and practiced his harvesting skills with the ‘picker tool’. Our host, Sandra, brought us a big bag of macadamia nuts which he joyfully shelled - this was not as easy as you might expect! Every day I wandered the property and surrounding neighbourhood in search of new flowers and blossoms, some to admire where they grew and others to bring back and enjoy. And then there were Sandra’s sheep!! Their contented bleeting could often be heard from the house, ramping up as they see you approach with food in hand. Four little lambs were born just before we arrived! What a treat to cuddle them - so cute. I’ve read past reviews on this home. Some say a couple of days here is enough - we were here for a week and would have happily stayed longer. This area has many interesting places to visit & explore, many off the beaten path. Some said not great for kids - wrong! This is a child’s adventure place, IMO! The most important thing to remember is you’re in a century home in the country. Don’t expect a modern house or the sterility of a hotel room. This is likely what we’ve heard referred to as ‘Old Hawaii’. We feel honoured to have had the opportunity to,stay here.
Dear Heather and Larry,
Wow! That is so telling it like it is. I know you went elsewhere
But thought this will be the high point of your trip. Do you have any idea how happy that makes me?
As you noted, me and my helper work so hard to make this the best experience for everyone and all ages. Of course it takes constant effort and sometimes in the semi-tropical location we might miss some detail. But believe me, we give it our best for our visitors. I'm so grateful you understood that.
It was a real treat to meet you both, I know the sheep sure
Thought so, too.
As I told you...I was overwhelmed with the beautiful flower arrangements you left throughout the house. Never looked
Prettier and thank you so much. I' learned a lot. I'd like to try and do as well. Thank you for your cleanliness.
As a couple you two have the best attitude toward life. Just
Wish you were my neighbors.
Hope to see you again.
So much love,
Stars, birds, valley view, and fruit!
We arrived in Pahala on a rainy evening after driving from Hilo leisurely with meals and stops along the way. The first pleasant surprise was to find the kitchen stocked with some basics for breakfast, snacks, drinks, and a meal in a pinch. There was a variety of citrus fruits as well and with the limes/lemons there was sugar to make limeade or lime sodas (seltzer in the fridge). Take advantage of neighbor's offer of farm fresh dozen eggs for $6 (coffee and bread available too, or all together in a bundle).
Sandra invited us to gather ready greens from the garden as well and threw in some avocados and mac nuts (can be eaten raw, or roasted out of both shells, and tossed with oil/salt).
Don't miss exploring the grounds around the house or spending some time checking out the stars at night (we didn't get out to Mauna Kea this time, so this was the best opportunity). We also took a drive around the loop of the valley though walking on the road is fine given how little traffic there is.
There's toys and games for the kids, but the nephew and nieces probably didn't even need those to be entertained in such an house that was interesting to the young and old.
The house is at 2500 ft. elevation, so when some of us tried baking we did get some dense/flat cake results that call for possible adjustments due to altitude.
We could have used an extra day here with time spent at the:
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit (rest of park closed due to volcanic activity)
- Punalu'u black sand beach and turtles
- Ka'u Coffee Mill - sample coffee and mac nuts and join a scheduled tour
Do note (shown in video) that the last bedroom is detached from the house - maybe trickier for those who get up in the night, but does provide great view of the stars at night.
It was fantastic. Beautiful, peaceful, unique.
We were worried about the volcano but we ended up hardly noticing it at all except for the red glow from the plane which was really cool. We swam with the turtles at the black sand beach, drank coffee at the local coffee grower up the street, had a fire under the stars and had a great time.
Aloha to this family. They were the best ever.
Fun, relaxed, accepting excellent travelers. It was
A total honor to have all. 9 of them here during these somewhat challenging times. They get it!!!
I want them back!!!
Scuba diving, Buddhist chants at temple 1 mile away, cliff diving into turquoise ocean at South Point 45 minutes, See the Awesome Milky Way without any light pollution. Diversity of plants, birds and flowers.