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Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage

Overview

About the property

Cottage, studio + loft, 1 bath. Sleeps 1-4 on 2 beds (6 with 2 fold-away futons)

In the Hawaiian language, a kipuka is a kind of oasis. It can be an island of forest surrounded by lava fields, saved from volcano goddess Pele's embrace. Or a kipuka can be an opening within a forest, or even a dwelling, a home within the forest. This is our Kipuka -- a cottage, a vacation home for you here on Hawai'i Island (''the Big Island''). We look forward to sharing it with you, and we welcome your questions.v=9icohy0gyqY

Kipuka Cottage is in a native Hawaiian rainforest just a 7-minute drive from amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steaming glowing summit crater of Kilauea volcano. There are miles of hiking trails through lush forest and rocky volcanic landscapes. There are ancient historic sites, a volcano museum, art galleries, good restaurants, a wonderful community farmers market (don't miss the used-book store) -- and even a small bowling alley! A black-sand beach where turtles sunbathe is 30-minute drive in one direction. And 30 minutes in the other direction is the fun, funky, historic town of Hilo.

More Details

Owner
Bill Harby
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
May 18, 2017

About Bill Harby

We are your hosts, husband and wife Bill Harby and Marie-France Robert. Bill is an American freelance travel writer, editor and photographer who has lived in Hawai‘i for 31 years. He is happy to answer your questions about Hawai‘i. Marie-France is Swiss-Canadian, and works as the senior health, safety, and environment specialist for a multi-national company. We met in 1975 in Neuchatel, Switzerland, Marie-France’s hometown. After two memorable days together, we lost track of each other for 32 years. Then, after several marvelous miracles, we married in 2009, and now call both Volcano and Montmollin, Switzerland home.

Why Bill Harby chose Volcano

Bill designed and helped build this lovely (if he does say so himself) cottage because he fell in love with the Volcano area when he first visited it as a child. Years later, while living in Honolulu, he learned that this beautiful patch of secluded forest near Volcano village was available, so he bought it and began drawing plans for his dream home. Then he convinced his good friend Terence, a master carpenter to build it. Kipuka Cottage is the result. Bill lived there full-time for 7 years before getting married. He and his wife Marie-France now divide their time between Volcano and Switzerland. One day they will retire at Kipuka, but for now they are happy to share it with people who love custom architecture and interior design in a secluded dramatic natural setting.

What makes this cottage unique

Custom architecture and interior design. Secluded, but Volcano village and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park are just minutes up the road.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Bonjour

on part dans quelques instants, on voulait vous remercier de nous avoir donner la possibilité de decouvrir ce petit paradis. On a vraiment apprecier cet endroit unique. Maintenant on a une bonne idee de la maison de nos reves.

merci beaucoup

a tres bientot
Dec 2013
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Amenities

Ohia Estates Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Our deep, extra-long tub with big windows opening onto the forest offers the perfect way to end a day of exploring. We recommend using our bubble bath -- and bringing a bottle of champagne.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • Our loft is centered around one queen-size bed. Below in the main room, is a double-sized futon. We also have two fold-away foam futons that can be laid out on the living room floor or on the lanai in nice weather.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is only minutes away by car. Here you'll find an erupting volcano, miles of hiking trails ranging from easy 10-minute loops through native forest to back-country treks, an excellent visitors center and amazing art gallery.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 51 reviews
5

Lovely cottage in the jungle!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful quaint cottage in a lush rainforest setting. We were only there 2 nights but easily could stay for a week. The close proximity (10 min drive) to Volcano National Park was a huge bonus. We were able to drive in to see the crater late at night and at sunrise - seeing the park in different lights is beautiful and most people don't get to do it due to cross-Island travel. Volcano is a sleepy town, but we were early to rise due to all the hiking and biking we did in the park, so that didn't bother me. Farmers market in Volcano was a highlight. Very local and friendly. Also, Bill was very responsive and helpful with giving us tips and info during our stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Melissa, Thanks for taking the time to write. We're happy you enjoyed Kipuka. So glad you got to the farmer's market -- such a great way to meet the locals and enjoy good takeaway dishes. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
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4

Retreat in the Rainforest

  • 4 of 5

Major disappointment was only having one night on a fairly tight schedule and not availing myself of the bath opening to the forest, that would have been magical. I was a little worried about the top railing of the stairs, it's a little loose but easily rectified I'm sure. I never worked out if I could turn the fairy lights off? I've read the other reviews about window coverings and I understand that a choice might be good if you have several people staying who have different light requirements but it's pretty special waking up to nature. I agree the mattresses could be updated a bit, particularly if staying longer but for one night hardly an issue for us. Didn't really need the woodfire but I love setting and lighting a fire when it's raining and cozying up and watching the flames. I think this would be the perfect retreat for a few days to turn off from the outside and not feel you have to go anywhere. Grab some supplies before you head up and disappear for awhile.

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Peter, Thanks for taking the time to write. Yes, as you found, one night in Kipuka is not normally enough -- especially if you don't have time to enjoy our big bathtub! We hope you'll come back one day and stay longer. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time), Bill
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5

Awesome stay in an awesome place

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed in this really unique cottage in the rainforest just outside of Volcano National Park. It is well appointed and had everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. The front porch is a plus and waking up to the sound of chirping birds and views of the rainforest through the enormous windows was lovely. Close to Hilo, VNP, and Pahoa + coast, made day trips exciting without being draining. Communication with the owner was timely and helpful. Recommend the farmer's market and the tacos for breakfast on Sunday! Keep in mind that you are in the rainforest so if you see a bug or two it is just par for the course! This did not detract from a most enjoyable stay! Thanks! ~Sue

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Sue, Mahalo nui loa for taking the time to write. We're so happy you enjoyed our Kipuka Cottage and your time in Volcano. Hope to have your family at our little nest in the rainforest again one day! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
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5

Great Cottage

  • 5 of 5

It was exactly as described. We had a great time.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Awesome rental

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a blissful 4 days as a base for hiking in the volcano park area. We loved it so much, we also lounged around the house alot. It is exactly as pictured. Beautiful. Very artsy. Loved the outdoor art. The owners were very responsive as were the caretakers. Everything went well. The only thing I could think of that that would make it better would be a hammock somewhere and a bird feeder! We hope to come back again soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kipuka Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Kipuka Cottage is a very comfortable home away from home for 2-3 people. The setting is very pretty, with many birds in the area and lots of gorgeous vegetation. The owners very generously supply some spices for cooking, coffee and tea, shampoo, etc. It is very close to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, making it easy to explore there and the surrounding country side. We would highly recommend it to others!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Dale, We're so glad you enjoyed our little rainforest nest. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with others. Hope to have you with us again one day! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time), Bill Harby Kipuka Cottage
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Map

Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lava Rock Café
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Volcano Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lava Rock Café
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Punalu'u black sand beach
Car: necessary

Kipuka Cottage is in a native Hawaiian rainforest just a 7-minute drive from amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steaming glowing summit crater of Kilauea volcano. There are miles of hiking trails through lush forest and rocky volcanic landscapes. There are ancient historic sites, a volcano museum, art galleries, good restaurants, a wonderful community farmers market (don't miss the used-book store) -- and even a small bowling alley! A black-sand beach where turtles sunbathe is 30-minute drive in one direction. And 30 minutes in the other direction is the fun, funky, historic town of Hilo.

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Rates & Availability

Ohia Estates Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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1 night minimum stay
$165
$1,015
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.42%

Ask about one-night stays.
Do we charge for children? Yes. Children often put more wear and tear on the cottage than adults. Also, they use towels, linens, water and electricity like every guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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