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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 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 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
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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
  • 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
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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World Class Garden Residence
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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
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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
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Santa Cruz, CA

Luxury off the grid

  • 5 of 5

We loved the amazing gardens and made juice from the fresh fruits around the property. The house is beautifully decorated and a peaceful, relaxing setting on a huge private property. We found the house close to the lava hike which was incredible and the restaurants in Pahoa. We'd love to stay longer next time.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful manicured grounds. Loved our stay away from everything except the beauty of Hawaii.

  • 5 of 5

The home was amazing even when inside it felt like we were outside because of the amazing views and Windows. We loved the patio, watching for wild pigs and listening to the coqui frogs. It's a little peace of heaven.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful relaxing home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

Finding the place made me feel like we were lost in the jungles of Hawaii. When we did find it, and driving up from the gate to the house, I never seen or been in a more beautiful garden besides seeing it on tv or magazines. The entire family was in awe of how beautiful and breath taking it was. Every morning there was fresh fruits to enjoy. The walk around the property was great. There was so much to see. Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely property

  • 5 of 5

The property and grounds are absolutely lovely. The grounds are so well cared for. Lots of flowers, orchids, and other interesting plants. They have also put together an informative book on the property and work they've done to remove invasive species and restore the native fauna. The house is well layed out, very comfortable to settle into, lots of natural light, lots of beautiful Balinese art, and all 4 of us found the beds comfortable (This includes two men with horrible backs!). Mike had put two large bowls of oranges and avacados in the kitchen for us, overall a really nice property. Mike was very personable and very accomodating. My daughter got sick the night before we were to arrive and we were able to push our stay a few days. The directions are excellent but I would recomend arriving in daylight. We enjoyed the frogs and all the noise, it was part of the charm, but bring ear plugs if it might be a problem. Some earlier complaints about energy use no longer apply as they have upgraded the battery storage. Of course you still need to be mindful. If you are looking for a property in the area I would certainly recommend this one!

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo, Hawaii
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Directions to Hale Mohalu

From Hilo - Take Hwy 11 about 4 miles south to Kalapana/ Pahoa Turn Off and make left onto Hwy 130 toward Pahoa.

When you reach Pahoa stay on Hwy130.

You will come to a stoplight.

From the stop light go about 4 miles until you see a scenic outlook sign and shortly after that an orange diamond shaped sign with a side ways T on it that says Kamaili Rd.

Immediately after that you will see a sign that says Ophikao 5.

Make a left here.

We are 2.6 miles from the turn.

We are located on the left side of the road.

You will see a green and red sign that says

13-698 Opihikao Rd.

If you reach the 10mph sign you have gone to far.

If you are using Google maps to find the place please enter- Malama Road, Pahoa 96778 and it will bring up our driveway. Do not enter Malama street, you will get lost.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 13.42%

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.

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