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Opihikao was a beautiful old Hawaii settlement and it has retained an exotic aura. There is jungle all around and few houses. From the cottage you can walk to the ocean and check out the tide ponds and the powerful Ocean waves crashing on the lava rocks. The historic Opihikao Church ( 1823)with a local congregation is just a few blocks away. You are also only a few miles to a black sand beach, and so many other natural wonders, too numerous to list. Best snorkeling this side of the Island.
The Cottage itself has an open beam plan with enclosed bed and bathroom. The bedroom has access to the Lanai which sits high over the orchard of beautiful tropical views. You can pick your own fruits every day and eat them with your favorite beverage on the small table with chairs outside on the Lanai. Bananas and Papayas are year round, and there are always other fruits depending on season. Mangos, White pineapples, Citrus, etc.
The Orchard has too many varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices to list . Have you ever eaten a Rambutan? there are over 200 Rambutan trees!!!
The kitchen has Silestone countertops and a full size stove and refrigerator for preparing any kind and size meals. The cottage is solar powered with a backup generator located far away. And so it is quiet when running.
All appliances and lights are energy efficient. NOT PERMITTED : hair dryers, hot plates, irons or other high wattage appliances as these drain the batteries. Otherwise there is plenty of power for fridge, water pump and other electrical appliances in the cottage.
Hot water and stove are on propane.
This is a place to relax, enjoy nature, and come away refreshed and invigorated. Pahoa town is not far away for restaurants and shopping. And now cottage has high speed internet connection for your laptop or other Wifi connections
Keywords: Cottage is located just off Kamaili Road at Rainbow Orchards with over 45 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices. Pick your own fruit in season. Walk to Ocean
I am 69 years young, and now retired in Hawaii developing my Tropical Orchard.
I love it here. I am finally able to have chickens too. Also have three dogs, Occasionally there are wild pigs.
On the mainland I worked as the 1st Urban Forester of Pasadena, California for 11 years and another 10 years in Glendale, California as their Urban Forester. I was a Peace corps volunteer in Chile in 1968-70 and the Horticulturist of Raleigh , North Carolina before moving to California in 1978. I am happy to show guests around the orchard and help them with their vacation plans.
William Caudill purchased this cottage in 2010
I love the primeval area. The people, the relaxed living and the climate where I am able to grow so many things.
I enjoy range free eggs and fresh organic fruit.
We loved staying at Bill's Rainbow Orchards Cottage. It was so comfortable, spacious, and surrounded by such lush and colorful vegetation it made you feel like you were in a magical treehouse. Bill left us delicious eggs from his chickens and an array of ripe fruit to enjoy. He was friendly and helpful and provided advice and everything else we needed. I loved sitting on the deck in the morning with my coffee and watching the geckos. I fell in love with the geckos! The Puna coast is a gorgeous part of the island, especially if you love getting away from the tourist crowds and being immersed in a jungle atmosphere. The snorkeling at the tide poos was great, especially for the coral, and the lava heated pools were really amazing. Check out the black sand beach down the road for swimming.
Our family of four had a very pleasant stay here. Bill was very accommodating, helpful and friendly. The house was well equipped, comfortable, and close to many of the places we wanted to frequent. We would definitely stay here again.
was fortunate to have spent a week in early October at Rainbow Orchards. This is one of those location, location, location situations. I’ve visited Puna six times over the last three years. IMHO, Bill Cauldill, the owner, chose the absolutely most idyllic spot on the island when he established his orchard and guest house over a decade ago. The cottage is easily accessible from Kamaili road, yet tucked back enough for privacy. It’s perched about 20 feet off the ground to take advantage of the breezes that come off the ocean, about 1/4 mile away. This is rural Hawaii, with no stores, bars, movie theaters, restaurants or golf courses for tens of miles. You have papaya groves, dramatic coast line, black sand beaches and a spring fed salt water warm pond instead. It’s 15 minutes up the hill to town for supplies, restaurants, etc. and a tough uphill slog without a motor transportation. I would definitely recommend this accommodation and am looking forward to booking another week for myself in the spring.
Bill and his cute and friendly dog Bear welcomed us to their property where we had the chance to feel truly relaxed surrounded by greenery, birds singing, free range chickens, fruit trees and a really welcomed lack of crowds, just locals and the real Hawaii live there. Bill was very welcoming, informative, generous and accommodating, and Bear was always smiling and wagging his tail like a happy dog living in paradise. There are plenty of things to do on this side of the island and all the activities are just a short drive from Bill's comfy cottage.
Bill's cottage was absolutely perfect for our visit to the Big Island. All the other reviews seem to mention that it's really well designed and appointed, and it's true. The property is not an industrial agriculture type of orchard with rows of trees, but more of a 12-acre garden... which I think is a reflection of the nature of the whole Puna region; quite natural and a little wild, and very beautiful.
The cottage is a 40-minute drive to Hilo, and is close enough to be convenient for exploring, and far enough away to be a good escape from the city. We used it as our home base and from there visited Hilo, Kona, the Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (be sure to stay until after dark so you can see the amazing glow of the caldera), Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, as well as attractions closer to home like Uncle Robert's (RIP, Uncle Robert), the geothermally heated beach, and walks to lots of pretty spots just minutes from the door of the cottage.
The eggs and fruit Bill supplied were an added bonus. Now that I'm home, I keep buying papayas in the grocery store, but there is just no comparison.
I was sad to leave (even if it was to spend the rest of our vacation on Oahu... it's just not as relaxed as the Big Island), and I'd be happy to return anytime!
Really charming delightfully designed and decorated house. So tastefully done with the most
comfortable furniture and beds. To be surrounded with such beauty was so nurturing and the
produce was delicious. A few minute walk on the most peaceful road through the jungle to the
ocean where the whales were breaching. I mean really. What a treat!
short drive to lava viewing in Kalapana, local farmers market on Saturday just 4 miles away in seaview, huge farmers market near Pahoa every Sunday. And a huge
night market in Kalapana every Wednesday night with live entertainment, not to be missed
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