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Tropical Paradise at the Oceanview Banyan House with wraparound lanais

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 full Baths Including a Private Outdoor Shower, (Sleeps 5-6)

Big Island Vacation Houses presents: The Banyan House. This lush, tropical oasis is located in beautiful North Kohala and offers an immersive Hawaiian experience removed from the tourist traps and bustle of other locales. In fact, it may have you believing you're a local.

A large variety of lush flora envelopes and divides the property, including hibiscus, birds of paradise, orchids, ferns, palms, an awesome banyan tree and fruit trees offering the freshest mangoes, papayas, bananas, and avocados that are yours for the picking. Savor oceanic, pastoral or jungle views as tropical birds sing, geckos chatter, the island breezes caress the trees, and the resonance of the tide rhythmically whispering in the distance.

The Banyan House is two stories of luxury, housing an impressive 9 foot solid koa-slab island in the 1st floor kitchen, large first & second story lanais (including a screened in area on the second story that can be used as a third bedroom), two queen sized bedrooms, 1 full bath with 1/2 bath plus separate private outdoor Bali Stone shower that is great after a day at the beach.

You are a short drive from the historic town of Kapaau, home of the original King Kamehameha I Statue. The charming downtown area has great art galleries and several wonderful restaurant as well as Kamehameha Park which has great tennis courts, a public swimming pool, a skate park and wonderful children playground. There is even a small public golf course you can play on for a nominal fee. A short drive in the other direction leads you Keokea Beach Park, which is a great spot for a picnic. Continue on and you come to the end of the road at the stunning Pololu Valley Overlook where you can enjoy a spectacular view hike down to the valley.

A few minutes past Kapaau is the colorful town of Hawi, known as North Kohala’s biggest little town. It is home to a weekly farmer’s market that we think is one of the best on the island. Be sure to sample local varieties of popular fruits, like apple bananas, strawberry papaya and in season, super sweet white pineapple! Hawi is also the bicycle turnaround for the annual Ironman World Championship held every October and has a great selection of unique shops and tasty restaurants. The world famous Bamboo Restaurant is consistently voted one of the best restaurants on the island with a great lineup of live music featuring award winning Hawaiian musicians. There are also wonderful alternative healing practices located here, with massage therapists , acupuncture specialists, naturopaths, herbalists, and a variety of yoga styles represented.

North Kohala is perfectly located to take advantage of many fun activities including scenic coastal rides on horseback or ATVs, the Kohala Zipline, Kayaking the Kohala Ditch and hiking trails galore. Head up the mountain road to Waimea and experience one of the best scenic drives in the US, with incredible views of Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and its observatories and a birds eye view of South Kohala with all its resorts and white sand beaches. The beaches in Kohala are the best on the island, including world famous Hapuna beach (Conde Nast rated it one of the top 10 beaches in the world), scenic Mauna Kea Beach, child friendly Spencer Beach Park and local favorite Beach 69.

This private Eden reveals three other private houses spread out over 2 acres and presents a variety of accommodations, as each house offers it's own distinctive floor plan. The entire property sleeps 18-20. Please view our other rental listings at VRBO/215410, VRBO/152916 and VRBO/452049. The listing for the whole property is VRBO/481173

See a video tour of the Banyan House by clicking on 'Video', which is located at the top of the page in the main photo's section.

Keywords: House, Vacation, Big Island, Jungle, Kohala, Pololu, Paradise

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Makapala House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , toliet and vanity with private outdoor bali stone shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full Size Futon Located in Screened in Area On 2nd Floor
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
The home is innovatively designed and features custom workmanship, prized Hawaiian woods, fine art appointments, cathedral ceilings with an open-concept design, stylish furniture, indoor and outdoor bali-stone showers. It is also fully equipped with beach equipment including chairs, umbrellas, coolers, beach towels, boogie boards, snorkel, fins and masks.


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Tropical Paradise at the Oceanview Banyan House with wraparound lanais
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A beautiful house in a relaxing, out-of-the-way spot

  • 5 of 5

Four of us stayed at the Banyan House for 6 days around New Years 2018. It's exactly the remote get-away place we were looking for, and we had a great time! If the volcano figures prominently in your plans, however, you'll be doing a lot of driving (5 hours round trip, not including any driving/hiking between sites at the volcano). The house itself is beautiful and well maintained. One of us, who owned a restaurant, points out the kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, and utensils. We all appreciated the jungle feel. You will hear the ocean, birds, and cattle as you go to sleep and wake up (a plus for us, perhaps not for you). You will find geckos and spiders going about their business on the lanai. It's a 10 minute drive into Hawi for markets and a few shops and restaurants, or the farmers market. Even though you can hear it clearly, it's a 20 minute walk from the house to a place to sit and look at the ocean (Keokea Beach Park). That is not a place you'd want to go in the water due to rocks and surf. The best swimming beaches are a 45-minute drive towards Kona.

A few words on the layout: the downstairs has a kitchen/den great room, with bar stool seating at the kitchen island. A dining table and sitting area is on the lanai that wraps around the kitchen, though we didn't eat out there due to mosquito concerns. There is also an outdoor grill. A half-bath is on this floor, as is an outdoor (but private) shower. Some of us appreciated the novelty of taking a hot shower outdoors in a rainstorm. Others were less thrilled with the novelty at night when there wasn't enough light to tell if any wildlife was in the shower with you. Upstairs are two bedrooms and a full bath, plus a screened-in part of the lanai with a futon couch (with doors providing full privacy) that can act as a third bedroom. Note that all bedrooms are on the upper floor with one bathroom. If someone sleeps in the lanai area, they have to go through the upstairs bathroom or one of the bedrooms to get into the house. There is a smaller house for rent that shares a front porch, a screened in sitting area, and a laundry room between the two houses. The two houses do not share any walls, and we never heard or saw the other guests.

Overall, this was a perfect place for several people to relax in nature and hang out, with an occasional visit to a quiet one-street town.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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off the grid luxury

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I and our young adult son had a cozy and relaxed stay in this spacious, quiet and well built home with territorial and ocean views from the large covered decks. I enjoyed night time fresh air lounging/reading in the screened outdoor sleeping room and morning/evening meals on the decks and the outdoor shower. Practically at the end of the road, you can hike down to the beach at the end and be back before the island viewing crowds begin showing up. It's a nice family run spot and Mike the neighbor/builder and manager Erin are both friendly & helpful.


  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful house in a perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week -- with the extended family. Sunrise at Pololu Valley, lazy relaxing on the two lanais, drives to great beaches at Mauna Kea, Hapuna and Mile 69, helicopter trip from Hilo to the volcano, more lazy relaxing back a Banyan House watching amazing birds. Fabulous week -- thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very good

  • 4 of 5

Great location however too dark inside, needs more lighting and prehaps walls painted light color, seating not conducive for watching movies. We liked the remote location, quiet with the birds singing in am. Not much fruit available as stated In property description.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gorgeous jungle getaway

  • 5 of 5

We (5 travelers) had an amazing stay at the Banyan house over this past Thanksgiving break. Personally, it was my first trip to Hawaii so I was not sure exactly what to expect. The house location is situated in more of a tropical 'jungle' environment on the northern point of the Big Island. There are coconuts, banana, avocado, Chinese cherry trees growing throughout the forest surrounding the property. When we arrived we were greeted by the house caretaker, who toured us around the property and even let us harvest a few delicious treats from the forest, that happened to be in season. What a warm and friendly welcome, and the perfect way to begin our trip!

The owner emailed us with some super helpful suggestions on hikes to take in the area, as well as some favorite local restaurants. I think we tried them all, and they did not disappoint :)

There is a hike about 10 minute drive from the house, down to Pololu Valley, that has an amazing sunrise on clear days. We woke up every morning for this. It is a beautiful cliff side hike down to a black sand beech, and should not be missed. We also traveled to some of the local beaches that were suggested. The waters were calm, and there was some great snorkeling to be done through the lava rock and reefs surrounding the beach. The house provides lots of snorkel gear and other beech gear as well!

All in all we had an amazing stay at the Banyan house. We will be planning another trip in the future. Thank you for all the great memories!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

We (two couples) spent a great 11 days at Banyan House in late April 2015. It is a delightful location for a non-resort experience of the Big Island. As others have noted, the house itself is lovely, with pretty much everything you could ask for, and we spent many pleasant mornings and evenings there. It’s within walking distance of Kekaha Kai State Park and a short drive to the Pololu Valley Lookout and its trail down to a black sand beach. The small towns of Kapaau and Hawi are nearby, and we enjoyed the local restaurants, the Saturday farmers’ market, and getting fresh eggs from a small farm close by.

Mike Bailey, the local caretaker, was a great help to us as well, giving us tips on good beaches, places off the beaten path to see, and even hacking open coconuts for us. One evening he screened a movie for us on the side of the small church next door.

We got great weather, with the occasional rain coming in mostly at night, and we spent a lot of time on the lanai just enjoying the breezes, the sound of the breaking waves, the birds, and even the occasional cow or two in the field of tall grass a short distance away. The banyan tree that dominates one side of the yard is truly a wonder.

As for driving, it was about 45 minutes down the Kohala/Kona side to the Mauna Lani and Waikoloa resort areas, and along the way there is a good place to get fresh fish for grilling back at the house. The beautiful drive from Kapaau or Hawi to Waimea takes about 35 to 40 minutes, and you can continue on over to the Hilo side of the island from there.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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February 17, 2018


The Big Island's North Kohala district is the discriminating travelers' best-kept secret. Experience 'Old Hawaii' in the charming historic towns of Hawi and Kapaau, with artists' shops, galleries, and delightful cafes. Historic sites - the famous statue of King Kamehameha, state parks, tropical gardens, Pololu Valley - with its majestic views, black sand beach, and scenic hiking trails. Or kick back, and enjoy some of the island's best beaches. Whale watching is seasonal (December through April), but the sea turtle sightings occur year-round.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150

No refunds within 30 days of arrival

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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