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Luxuriously Appointed Bali Temple Has 160 Degree Ocean Views!

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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 1 Bedroom + Sunroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 5)

Gorgeous and Well-Appointed Bali Temple offers 160 degree Ocean Views and a wonderfully relaxing and peaceful Hawaii experience that will leave you fully rejuvenated.

Bali Temple is truly a unique and special place to land in Hawaii, and is known for its dramatic setting, beautiful architecture and luxuriously well-appointed amenities.

Bali Temple is located right on the 1993 lava flow which has created 160 degree expansive Pacific Ocean whitewater views for your enjoyment. There is a private black sand beach a few hundred yards away to enjoy year round sunrises and sunsets and watch the humpback whales breaching during the winter months.

Bali Temple was completely remodeled in 2007 and enjoys a fully equipped modern kitchen, double vanity sinks, 6’ spa bathtub, granite, gorgeous Mahogany wood trim accents, expansive picture windows looking out to the ocean, large mirrors, a covered lanai, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, 100% cotton bedding, and thick bath towels.

There are many spectacular sites to visit during your stay: visit Kehena Beach, a gorgeous black sand beach where you may be lucky to swim and snorkel with wild spinner dolphins, and your (non) clothing is optional. Snorkel in the tide pools of Kapoho. Check out the numerous Volcano Touring activities such as: Volcano National Park, Lava Tree State Park, Lava Boat Tours, Lava Hikes, and the Geothermal Heated Hot Ponds. Experience an abundance of shopping for the true tastes of Hawaii with its abundant selections of fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers, and unique gift items at either Maku'u Market in Pahoa (Saturday), S.P.A.C.E. Market in Seaview (Saturday morning), the Kaimu Market (Wednesday night, and ½ mile away from Bali Temple!) complete with Hawaiian music, and the Hilo Farmer's Market (Wednesday and Saturday). Acquaint yourself with the Island flora with a tour at the Botanical Gardens, sightsee and explore numerous waterfalls, Whale Watch from the lanai, indulge yourself with fine Dining, and dance it all off at Ecstatic Dance on Sundays at Kalani, and then the Drum Circle on Sunday afternoon at Kehena Beach. There are numerous Yoga Classes, Pilates Classes, and massage therapists ready to treat you!

Dining options from Bali Temple are numerous: Right in the neighborhood is an authentic Ava Bar, serving up the local and relaxing Kava beverage, with the Kalapana Village Café is right next door, open til 9pm. Kalani Honua is 4 miles down the Red Road for delicious meals too. 8 miles up the road is Pahoa Town, with numerous options in Italian, Thai, Sushi, Mexican, Kaleo’s Bar and Grill, coffee shops, etc. Hilo is 30 miles for many more choices.

When my visitors depart Bali Temple, they feel refreshed, invigorated, and much more vibrant then when they arrived. The air along our coastline has been measured to be the cleanest in the United States! The lush greenery and scenic coastline areas are inspiring.

I look forward to your visit at Bali Temple…see you soon!

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  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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December 9, 2016
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About Rachaelle

I fell in love with Kalapana/Kehena 20 minutes after my arrival! I have been all over the state, and have found no other place to be so close to the ways of old Hawaiian Living… the people of this community are happy and friendly and the way of life is still relaxed and laid back. There is as much of a social life in the Lower Puna area as any big city!

I fell in love with this property in ’06 and purchased it with the idea of creating a sanctuary to grow old in. Prior to my ownership, this property was a part of a Buddist’s Meditation Center and it was direct oceanfront. In the 1990 lava flow, the property was preserved as the lava swept along the shoreline, taking out the beaches and forming new ones. This newly created land now belongs to the state. There is approximately 200’ of lava between Bali Temple and the Pacific Ocean!

I saw myself living at this property forever, so I renovated it for 2 years in the style I wished to live, and it shows!

Living on an active volcano on the 2nd largest mountain on the planet (next to Mauna Kea, the other volcano of Big Island) has its benefits…there is a magnetic energy here that many feel to be “Supercharged”, lending itself to the dynamic and creative spirits of our community members.

Rachaelle purchased this house in 2006

Why Rachaelle chose Hawaii

Kaimu enjoys the best weather on the island, according to most Hawaiians. More Hawaiians lived here then in any other location!

Balmy nights, and 45' of rain each year, with sunshine filled days. No air conditioning or heating is needed; I fell in love with Kalapana/Kehena 20 minutes after my arrival! I have been all over the state, and have found no other place to be so close to the ways of old Hawaiian Living… the people of this community are happy and friendly and the way of life is still relaxed and laid back. There is as much of a social life in the Lower Puna area as any big city!

What makes this house unique

A natural setting as dramatic as that which Bali Temple enjoys is rare. The energy of the active volcano, whose lava flows just 10 or so miles away, is truly invigorating.

Walks along the coastal bluffs directly in front of Bali Temple give you the experience of what Hawaii was like long ago...unihabited, wild, and sensual, with the 'Techni-Colors' of Hawaii's vivid ocean and sky blues, white puffy clouds, bright greens of the vegetation, and the sound of the crashing waves you hear all day and all night.

At night, you will be in awe at the number and brightness of the star-lite skies!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Luxuriously Appointed Bali Temple Has 160 Degree Ocean Views!
average rating of 4.9375 based on 32 reviews

Romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

The Bali Temple felt like and was a luxurious getaway. Beautiful view of the ocean across the lava fields from the palatial four poster bed, nice bathroom with fluffy towels and jacuzzi, comfortable sitting and dining areas, and well equipped kitchen. Thoughtfully decorated and stocked without feeling awkwardly lived in, it was a wonderful spot for our last 3 days on The Big Island, from which we explored Puna, Volcano, & Hilo. Hilo Bay Cafe was delicious but make sure to get an outdoor table. Loved the Ahalanui thermal pool in the evening, snorkeling at Kapoho tide pools, and walking to Uncle Robert's Market. Be here for that on Wednesday night! It was a highlight of our trip. Had hoped to see the flowing lava nearby too but it was not a 30-45 min walk from the parking area as the guards told us, but more like a couple hrs. After about 4 miles w/o appropriate sun cover or hydration, we turned back. After nightfall would be better than early morning but expect a significant hike in the dark. We loved the Bali Temple and would love to return someday to do things we didn't get to do in the area like the lava tree park, Champagne pond, hit the galleries and shops in Hilo, the botanic gardens and waterfalls north of Hilo, the black sand beach nearby, and return to Uncle Robert's.

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and relaxed with beautiful view of both lava and ocean

  • 5 of 5

We found the perfect spot to spend a week on the Big Island of Hawaii. We walked to the ocean over the lava and in general learned what it is like to live with a volcano.

We traveled to local beaches, parks, and the friendly community of Pahoa. We also took short trips to the Volcano NP, Mauna Kea with all it's clear skies and religious history, and the shore north of Hilo with botanical gardens and waterfalls.

We cooked ourselves in the complete kitchen, with condiments and other dry goods, or enjoyed the restaurants of Pahoa. Great sleeping with the comfortable bed and the ocean breezes.

Rachaelle is a gracious host and handled any issues, mostly before we noticed them.

There is still some updating to be done , but it did not affect our 50th anniversary celebration.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Somewhat disappointing.

  • 3 of 5

Expansive views of dramatic oceanfront landscape, solitude, distinctive decor and furnishings; Bali Temple has everything you seek in a vacation rental. Unfortunately, it is also in need of a thorough cleaning and some updating.

Upon our arrival we encountered a number of housekeeping and maintenance issues. The owner, Rachaelle, responded immediately and was able to resolve several issues the very same day but others lingered for the remainder of our two week stay. From reading previous reviews we got the impression that Rachaelle occupied the lower floor of Bali Temple as a permanent resident. This is no longer the case and we can only speculate that the condition of the property was better managed while she lived there.

Also, those that prefer to prepare their own meals like we do may find the assortment of mismatched pots and pans and kitchen utensils lacking.

In terms of location Bali Temple is ideally situated for those that prefer to be off the beaten path and are willing to sacrifice easy access to some of the major tourist attractions and other parts of the island.

All in all a wonderful rental that is just in need of a little TLC.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I appreciate this guest's feedback, and especially the suggestion for new pots and pans, which are now on the way. I strive to always improve upon the experiences my guests have at Bali Temple. If any potential future guest is in question about this 1 review that is not 5 star, please feel free to reach out to me personally to discuss the details of this review and the actions taken to step up Bali Temple. Almost every guest that has ever stayed at Bali Temple is thrilled, amazed, and their expectations of the experience has been exceeded. Aloha, Rachaelle
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Discovered hidden treasure

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful place cannot be accurately described in words. It must be experienced to truly understand the glory of it's surroundings. Upon entering Bali Temple for the first time, it took my breath away. The owner, Rachaelle, who is a beautiful, peaceful soul herself, had the windows open letting the soothing ocean breeze circulate through the home. The views through the multitude of spacious windows welcome you to paradise. The amenities and décor were simple luxury. I knew right away I had made the perfect choice. The location is perfect. Just far away enough to feel secluded and safe, yet close enough in all directions to find whatever it is you're looking for. I adventured out everyday, and am blessed to have experienced places and people I will never forget. This home was the perfect sanctuary to come back to after a long hot day of visiting volcano trails, waterfall trails, glorious beaches, even a visit to a local winery. I assure you. You won't regret making the decision to visit this hidden treasure.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cool place! Awesome view of lava flow!

  • 5 of 5

The bali temple was definitely an experience to remember. My wife and I really enjoyed our time here during our honeymoon. It was very clean and neatly decorated. We felt very comfortable staying here. If you are looking to get away from it all and be in a very secluded area, than this is the place for you. It is in the thick of the some forest adjoining the lava flow, so be prepared for some bugs to sneak in at night if you have the lights on.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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A beautiful home away from home in a tropical paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We've been home three days and I miss this home already... what a treat to find such a wonderful place to stay on our first visit to Hawaii. This home had everything I was looking for - peace, quiet, beautiful surroundings, nicely appointed comforts of home, great living spaces, and awesome outdoor views. Plus the ocean is just a short walk away. Nothing blocking your view from taking in total paradise at it's best. 6 days was just not enough - I could have used a few more!

A great retreat that is secluded enough but a short drive to many of the local amenities. You CANNOT miss the Wed. night market/music or the geothermal ponds - they are something you will never find in a "resort" town. Come visit the real Hawaii that I dreamed about not a row of commercial hotels. This home was our home base for exploring Hilo, tropical botanical gardens, amazing waterfalls, volcano national park, a day trip to Kona (coffee farm and sea horse farm), amazing ocean view drives and so much more.

I can't recommend it enough and hope to be lucky enough to visit again. Be advised you are in a tropical area so you may see the occasional gecko, bug, etc. There is no air conditioning, just fans, so the humidity and tropical environment can take some getting used to if you're not prepared for it.

Rachaelle is a wonderful host and has really created a beautiful place to enjoy your time in paradise.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so wonderful to host you here at Bali Temple, and you are welcome to return anytime!! I hear you on the humidity and heat this summer. I have been in Hawaii for 23 years, and not experienced this humid and hot weather ever before. There have been record breaking temperatures. I built this home, knowing we need no AC, and up until this summer, I have not. So, in case this ever happens again, I have ordered an AC unit for Bali Temple, and it is on its way out here. It is the kind that can be moved around from room to room, so my future summertime guests will be more comfortable.
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Hilo Airport

Numerous Volcano Touring activities available at Volcano National Park, Lava Tree State Park, Lava Boat Tours, Lava Hikes, Geothermally Heated Hot Ponds, abundant shopping for Hawaii's fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, flowers, and unique gift items at either Maku'u Market in Pahoa, Uncle Robert's Wednesday night and Saturday morning Farmer's is located .75 mile away, and the Hilo Farmer's Markets throughout the week, Botanical Gardens Tours, Waterfalls exploration, Whale Watching from the lanai, Fine Dining, Ecstatic Dance on Sundays at Kalani, Drum Circle on Sundays at Kehena Beach, Swim with Wild Spinner dolphins at Kehena Beach, Yoga Classes, Pilates Classes, receive a massage.


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Kaimu House Rental Rates

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Dec 15 2016 - Apr 30 2017
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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350
Cleaning $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.5%

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Kaimu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Easter King size beds (1) comfortable!, King size Beds (1), Single Beds (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

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