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Peaceful, Spacious Organic Farmhouse a Nature Retreat Spa Services Available

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Organic Farm and Spa Retreat

Relax into nature and all of the blessings of Hawaii at PapaLani (which means Heavenly Earth Mother in Hawaiian), located 30 miles south of Kailua Kona…

-Serene 13+ acre organic avocado and macnut farm with an abundance of tropical fruit trees,veggies, herbs, flowers & berries.

-Perfect year-round climate, at 1600 ft. above sea level on the side of Mauna Loa Volcano (the most massive, active volcano on Planet Earth!).

-Savor the seclusion and quiet, away from the crowds and resorts.

-4 miles from the closest place to jump in the ocean

-15-minutes to Ho'okena Beach State Park for sunbathing and swimming with dolphins

- 20-minute drive brings you to the famous Pu'uhonua o'Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historic Park and Kealakekua Bay where you can kayak to Captain Cook's monument and snorkel with an endless variety of tropical fish and sea turtles & dolphins.

-65 miles from Madame Pele's live action at Volcanos National Park

-12 miles from KulaKai Caverns and Manuka State Park.

-Light hiking on the property where you can enjoy seeing all sorts of Hawaii's wildlife and plants.

-Explore the 30+ variety of fruit, nut trees & berries while at PapaLani, much of which is available for purchase during your visit, as well as fresh eggs from the chickens.

If interested, you can learn how to become more sustainable. We practice vermiculture (worms), raising chickens, permaculture, Korean Natural Farming, composting, mulching, solar, water catchment, and more.

-Find a nice place to meditate & relax.

-Nikki is the land owner . She fully respects your privacy. She is happy to provide info about the farm, things to do, places to go, etc.

-The farm is a working organic farm, therefore farm work may be occurring during your stay, but again, your privacy is fully respected.

The farm house...

-Spacious redwood home has a 24'x24' living room with 4 skylights and a large lanai overlooking the avocado field.

-Fully furnished

-Large country kitchen is loaded with everything you'll need.

-Full bathroom indoors and an outdoor garden shower (heavenly).

-Full range of discounted spa services available on site for guests.

-Beach chairs, towels, boogie boards, noodles, umbrella, coolers, etc. available

-Snorkel equipment and Kayaks available for rent.

-Our water source is 100% rainwater stored in catchment tanks. Ten gallons of county water are made available to you in the kitchen for drinking; Refillable as needed.

-In December 2012 the eco-cottage was completed on the property. If you have a large group, you may want to rent both the farm home and cottage. The buildings are far enough away from each other for total privacy, yet close enough for families/friends to be together when you would like. If that is what you are looking for you can share 2 kitchens, 2 baths, 4 bedrooms with sleeping for 14 in beds. The eco-cottage reference is VRBO Listing # 434922

Keywords: home, house, farm house, farm, organic farm, guest house, guesthouse, flat, retreat, groups

More Details

Nikki Spencer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 23, 2017

About Nikki Spencer

PapaLani has been my labor of love since 2003... i am so grateful to steward this land. I have been doing all kinds of body work since 1995 so have a large variety of offerings if you would like. i have been interested in all aspects of health & wellness & will be happy to share with you.

Nikki Spencer purchased this house in 2003

Why Nikki Spencer chose Papa

I purchased this farm because i am interested in creating a sustainable life & peaceful country living. I love to know where my food is coming from and be involved in the process. I like being away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the cycles of the moon. The farm is spacious and private and offers endless opportunities.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy the fruit trees, gardening, herbs, vermiculture, raising chickens, making mulch/compost, creating a beautiful and safe environment for people to explore themselves and their connection with nature.


Papa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , outdoor shower , with additional outdoor garden shower
  • 1 full bath and additional outdoor garden shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • turquoise - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • futon couch in living room can be made into a double bed... then there are two other sofas...
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Snorkeling equipment available for $25/week rental. we have two 2 person kayak's available $40/day


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Peaceful, Spacious Organic Farmhouse a Nature Retreat Spa Services Available
average rating of 4.7868853 based on 61 reviews

Beautiful and BlissFULL!!!

  • 5 of 5

Papalani is a home away from home in a tropical paradise! Each time I experience Papalani Organic Farm it gets better and better!!! Nikki is constantly upgrading her farm with new garden designs, updating her eco cottages and tending to her landscaping. I feel the 'Aloha' dancing and drenched on her property, feeling it in each morsel of her delicious organic papaya and avocado. It is a very close drive to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Island and Nikki is a gracious, loving, happy, considerate and accommodating host. Thank you for the best time of my life! Aloha, Mahalo nui loa. I'll be back! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

we LOVED our stay at the papalani farmhouse....... it was clean, spacious, and was more than what we expected. We felt safe & welcomed. The farm is amazing with a variety of trees, plants & flowers. Nikki was a wonderful host & made us feel right at home. I cannot think of a thing to complain about.... we hope to revisit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The only part of our trip we didn't enjoy

  • 2 of 5

Fact: roaches in kitchen drawers. It's Hawaii, so not unexpected. Only saw 1 in the bathtub. Keep food in fridge.

Fact: Nikki asks guests to discard scraps in her compost bins.

Opinion: composting is environmentally responsible; not always convenient on vacation.

Opinion: Beds/pillows are the most comfortable we've ever had in a rental.

Fact: You will hear highway noise at all hours of day/night . 1st night I thought cars were driving to the property.

Opinion: Highway noise is only minimized by the ridiculously LOUD coqui frogs that screamed from dark to dusk. Not exaggerating. Take white noise if you intend to sleep.

Fact: When I braved the outdoor shower, a stranger walked up from the highway and began talking to me. Uh, ya. Really creepy.

Fact: We left the outdoor light on once, knowing we were returning after dark. When we returned, Nikki had turned the light off, which as far as we could tell is only accessible from inside the house. That was weird too.

Fact/Opinion: The way to the house is a quaint, uneven stone path through her herbal garden. If you can't leave a light on, be prepared with a flashlight.

Fact: Nikki provided us 2 bath towels, 1 each, for a 5 night stay. If you like to have a dry or fresh towel after a couple of uses, take your own.

Fact: There are 3 exterior entrances to the house: Kitchen, living room sliding door and bedroom. The sliding door locks do not work. It took us several days to discover the wood dowels behind the bookcase, and until the highway guy showed up, we didn't care. The exterior bedroom door is only a privacy lock that could be opened with a butter knife. Nikki said she never felt unsafe here, but we did. She told us we were crazy.

Fact: As noted in description, water is not potable. Typical for that area. Nikki provides county water for drinking.

Opinion: we found the county water difficult to use. It's a spigot with a small bowl on the floor to catch excess. Not possible to wash fruit or brush your teeth that way. We ended up buying bottled water at Costco, which for environmental reasons dislike doing. We recommend taking re-usable water bottles. We often felt washing our hands just made them more contaminated.

Fact: Shower temp randomly vacillates from normal to scalding to ice. We both have master degrees and couldn't figure out how to not holy *#(!) dance. Opinion: painful!

Fact: Critter noises in wall between blue bdrm & living room.

Opinion: Hr to Kona. Location good for so- out of spa

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: oh my goodness... i really don't even want to respond to this review as it is so off. i feel terrible about this negative energy ever being at Papalani Farm... i ask that you please read the other reviews to get other opinions... all i would like to say is that these guests told me upon exiting that if i didn't give them their full money back they were going to write a terrible review and sue me. i did not give them their money back and you can see what happened. i think this may be how they attempt travel around the world for free....
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  • 5 of 5

I love this place! We loved walking around the property and each time we did we discovered new delights. The beauty and the abundance is intertwined in the best way. Papayas, bananas, macadamia nuts, avocadoes and much more are everywhere. Very comfortable too. Spacious. The kitchen is well supplied with everything a cook needs. And we enjoyed grilling out on the lanai. I highly recommend coming here to renew your sense of connection with the natural world.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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an ideal blend between rural farm tranquility and tourist activities on beaches/excursions/volcanoes

  • 5 of 5

The main farmhouse at Papalani Farms could not have been a better place for my spouse and I to spend the first week of our Big Island holiday tour with some close friends. Nikki was there to answer every question, put us in touch with local inexpensive tour guides, and direct us to the best beaches and hiking trails. When resting back on the farm, we were supplied daily with the best of avocados, mangos, passion fruit, bananas, lemons and squash one has ever tasted.

Our days began in fresh morning mountain air with a cup of coffee or tea and quiet contemplation on the lanai, overlooking the marvellous Hawaiian landscape. After relaxing sightseeing activities during the day, we were supplied at night with magnificent star gazing around an outdoor fire, with some local music even thrown in to complete the atmosphere. I have never had a more relaxing holiday experience, and the fascinating locals and fellow farm guests were a big reason why.

If generic tourist hotels far removed from meaningful interaction with locals are not your cup of tea, then this place is probably for you. We completed our vacation with a few days at Hilo and then the northern part of the island, providing a diversity of activities and climate regions that are simply not available on the other Hawaiian islands.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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peaceful mauka farm provides perfect place to greet the day

  • 5 of 5

Papalani Farm's Farmhouse is a perfect vacation retreat for those seeking a rural rental away from Kailua Kona. The farmhouse has a beautiful lanai where you can enjoy fresh mountain air and hear native Hawaiian honeycreepers singing in the Ohia trees on the edges of the property while sipping your morning tea. Nikki is a warm and responsive host, and farm fresh fruit and vegetables complete the package.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
KOA Kailua-Kona
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Punaluu Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
OceanView or Captain Cook
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
3 miles down the mountain to Milolii.
Car: necessary

Some things you can enjoy in the area within a very short drive include:

swimming with the dolphins in 4 bays, hiking at Manuka State Park or on the property, Hiking to Honomolino Beach where Elvis made the movie 'girls, girls, girls' is only 4 miles drive away. There south point, green sand beach, black sand beach, golfing, snorkeling at the best spots in Hawaii, Kayaking, coffee farm tours & Kulakai Caverns where you can tour some super large lava tubes.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
additional guest cleanin $20 + Tax
cleaning for 2 $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

price for home based on amount of guests... above prices for 2 guests. additional $15/nite per extra guest and $20 for (1 time cleaning/linen fee for each extra guest) refunds after reservation is complete. thank you, Nikki

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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