Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-640-7927

World Class Garden Residence

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,350 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

Located on the rugged and picturesque Puna coast of the Big Island, Hale Mohalu Guesthouse is a garden residence in paradise. The lush and verdant district of Puna provides the idyllic setting for this unique botanical retreat.

Situated on twenty-two landscaped acres, the guesthouse commands sweeping ocean views to the east where the sun rises from the Pacific Ocean bathing the expansive garden and stone terrace in the early morning light...If you can pull yourself away, venture out to the nearby geothermal warm pools or the black sand beach for a sunrise swim.

Beautiful Mango wood floors, custom made furnishings from Bali and exceptional art combine to create an experience that is truly unique in the world of vacation rentals. The residence is nestled into a private botanical garden with extensive palm, bamboo, orchid and bromeliad collections, all staged within the context of manicured sweeping lawns and ocean vistas.

Property managers are onsite, comfortably situated away from the main residence to ensure your utmost privacy.

Fresh tropical floral arrangements, all gathered from our exquisite garden, will greet you throughout the entire house. Beautiful linens, comfortable beds and a well equipped kitchen await your arrival.

More Details

Property Manager
Davis Dalbok
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 15, 2018

About Davis Dalbok

The owner, Davis Dalbok, creator of Living Green in San Francisco, California, has made his home available as a retreat for discerning guests to enjoy the beauty of the island.

Guestbook comments from the manager

wow this was the best. first of all the photos dont decribe how beautiful it is. this a a huge area with a lychee farm on it. there is a driveway that looks like an botanical gardens and the room is fantastic. every detail is well done. and mike he is such a nice guy. so if you dont book this than it is your own fault. i wanted to stay longer but the journey must go on. i dont know how he has done it but its a piece of paradise. thanks a lot mike for this wonderful experience. aloha anne and clemens
May 2015
  • 1 of 1


Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1350 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Fitness Room / Equipment
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Wood Deck
  • alternative lifestyle
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
At the top of the property a 80 tree lychee orchard is yours for the picking, when in season. We also have avocados 8 months of the year, and apple, cuban, and williams bananas, papaya, lilikoi(passion fruit), abui, star fruit, mountain apple, limes and various citrus, cashew, guava, and much more. Due to living in the tropics and on an active volcano, we do have Hurricanes once in a while and a potential for Lava flow. All very low chances but if an evacuation is order for the area becau. We will not be able to issue a refund..It can be used for future trip.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(57 traveler reviews)

94% Complete
3% Complete
1% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
World Class Garden Residence
average rating of 4.9298244 based on 58 reviews
Arroyo Grande, CA

Relaxation and Restoration...oh ya!

  • 5 of 5

When we first drove through the gate, we were in awe. The botanical gardens are just beautiful! Words cannot describe the beauty, you have to experience it for yourself.

Mike, the caretaker of the gardens and residence the past 18 years, greeted us when we arrived. He made sure that we knew we could reach out to him any time with questions and concerns. He then left us to enjoy our privacy, which we did.

One afternoon we explored the Hilo/ Pahoa area. Enjoyed that too, but couldn’t wait to return back to our home, Hale Mohalu. We lived on the lanai, loved the salt water tub on the deck. The rain showers at night were impressive as we come from drought stricken CA. Loved just listening to the rain, birds, wild pigs and frogs. The sounds, scents and memorable.

The guesthouse itself is beautifully decorated. (I’m stealin some ideas ;-)))

Davis, the owner and developer, is one talented man.

Guy and I will return. We are looking forward to it.

Thank you, we are grateful, Mike.


  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Beautiful tropical oasis!

  • 5 of 5

This place is truly special. The grounds are an incredible tropical botanical garden! Our three teenagers loved watching the boars who passed through every morning and evening, and we were thoroughly charmed by “Stella”, the kitten who checked in on us regularly.

The house is beautiful and fun and quirky. I loved discovering new details throughout the house each day. It was well-equipped and comfortable. We cooked breakfast and dinner there each day, did our laundry, and enjoyed the hot tub on the deck.

When we first arrived, we were greeted by Michael and given a brief tour of the place. We didn’t see him again, and he was responsive to texts when we had questions.

We found the book about the house (located in the kitchen) very helpful with its sample daily itineraries and detailed information about the house and the gardens.

Since we planned to explore the entire island during our 5-day stay, the location was great for us. We didn’t feel the need to be steps away from the perfect beach or have resort-type activities available to us. At the end of each long day of exploration and activity, this tranquil paradise was a place to which we looked forward to returning.

It was a wonderful vacation!

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

As close to paradise as you can get on earth

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed that place tremendously, the warmth, the breeze, the smell, the ambiance, the soaking tub and of course the coqui frogs at night. We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Awesome location! Quiet jungle paradise!

  • 5 of 5

As all the other reviews will say, the gardens have to be seen to be believed. Large open grassy areas, beautiful flowers and colorful plants to wander through, plus fruit and orchards. We spent the evenings walking the property with the kids, and it was totally safe for the kids (2yo, 4yo, 5yo) to explore while we BBQ'd.

They have a small hot tub now which was great, and not on the listing. It is right off the back porch.

Finding it would definitely be easier in the daytime the first time around, but after that you will know right where to go with no issues.

One of the showers does face the back porch with nothing but a sliding glass door for privacy, so with our situation (two families) we just let each other know that one of the adults was going to shower there, or we took turns using the private master bathroom.

We want to go back already. It is definitely on the Hilo side as far as weather, but it was such a relaxing atmosphere to hang out and enjoy. You feel like you are on your own tropical island. We spent a few days here and then drove to Kona side for some sunnier days and it was a perfect combination. The Kona side is not nearly as lush and beautiful, so we were so happy we worked in some "jungle" time.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Overland Park

True paradise

  • 5 of 5

The moment we entered the property through the winding, lava rock filled driveway, we were immediately in awe of the beautiful landscape. Then, upon entering the house we couldn't help but admire the beauty of the interior decor, the furnishings, and the fresh flowers presumably cut recently from the nearby gardens. As we stepped onto the patio balcony (with access from essentially all areas of the home... including the bedrooms and bathroom (yes, through the shower!), we felt we were truly in paradise as we continued to admire the beauty of the patio flowers, nearby gardens and trees, and the distant sight of the pacific. At night, we drifted to sleep to the sounds of the coqui frogs and midnight rain showers, and woke up every morning to the sounds of the Hawaiian birds and rainforest. The property had everything we needed to call this place home (stocked kitchen with most everything needed to cook including spices and hawaiian flavors, gas grill, laundry, beach towels, fins, snorkels, water shoes, etc..). Mike (property manager) greeted us upon arrival, let us know he'd be available if needed but was out of sight otherwise, and even took the time to talk to us about the property and even set up the salt water filled hot tub for us to enjoy. We were free to roam the 20+ acre property and pick any available fruit as we desired (we enjoyed fresh avo's, papaya, and citrus during our stay). You must enjoy nature and wildlife, the beauty of being offgrid and far away from city lights, and know you are essentially in the middle of the rainforest to truly enjoy this escape (ie, geckos surround the home, bugs flock to the lights at night, mongoose and pigs are a daily sight, and the resident cat Stella will accompany you as you're outside). The location was convenient for us to make trips to the volcanos, southern tip of the island, but also make drives towards hilo markets when needed. The nearby markets and eateries are limited in Pahoa, but this wasn't an issue for us since we enjoyed cooking meals at home. Our trip just ended, and we're already looking at our timeline to make another escape to this property. If you like resort style vacations and accommodations, stay away. But if you prefer being in isolation away from it all, accompanied only with nature and the comforts of home...this is true paradise! Thanks again, Mike!

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Lovely property!

  • 5 of 5

The property is lovely and the house is open and bright. We had 6 adults and a child and had ample room. We were able to do meal prep easily. Mike was very helpful and always available.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo, Hawaii
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Puna District of Big Island.

Near town of Pahoa.

Lava nearby for viewing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150

1. Smoking is NOT allowed indoors, Smoking is allowed outside only.
2. People other than those in the Guest party set forth above may not stay overnight in the property. Any other person in the property is the sole responsibility of Guest.
3. The house and property privately owned; the owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illness that occurs while on the premises or its facilities. The Homeowners are not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from their use of the premises or others whom they invite to use the premise.
4. Keep the property and all furnishings in good order
5. Only use appliances for their intended uses
6. PETS are not permitted. Pets are currently on the property. Cats are kept outdoors but occasionally guests do let the cat in. The house is cleaned very well and has hardwood floors, which helps in reducing the amount of allergens in the air. Anyone with severe feline or canine allergies should consider this before renting.
7. Housekeeping: There is typically no daily housekeeping service. While linens and bath towels are included in the unit, daily maid service is not included in the rental rate. Daily maid can be provided at a daily rate of $30.00. Weekly cleaning can be provided for $150.00 We do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the units. Only designated beach towels (orange towels) can be taken off premises.
8. [Water and Septic: The [cabin/property] is on a catchment and septic systems. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper.
9. Noise: Please no loud noise after 10pm.
10. Insects: Please be aware that the house is in a lush forested area of the island and can susceptible to insects. Typically these insects are outdoors but can occasionally

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties