About the property
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)
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
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- Apr 21, 2018
About William Caudill
I am 73 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
Why William Caudill chose Opihikao
I love the primeval area. The people, the relaxed living and the climate where I am able to grow so many things.
What makes this Cottage unique
I enjoy range free eggs and fresh organic fruit.
Sports & Adventure Activities
Staying in the real Hawaii
We had a great stay in this quite large one bedroom house, surrounded by trees and flowers. Bill had two bowls of fruit waiting for us when we arrived, and eggs from his chickens. We could not see any other houses, which we appreciated. So private. Unfortunately we had A LOT of rain the week we were there, but we’re close to the hot pond where we soaked several times, between rain storms. When we weren’t seeing local sites we enjoyed sitting on the wrap around porch, reading and listening to the birds. No TV and no cell coverage, but good WiFi so we could still check in with friends and family. We had 4 geckos with us in the house, and many more outside. While this type of accommodation isn’t for everyone, we found it to be be very relaxing.
There was an accurate description of the property and of the owner Bill
This is a wonderful experience if what you are looking for is something unique and off the grid. You do need to be aware that conservation of resources (water and electricity) is important. There are no electrical gadgets, including washing machine, that many people take for granted. There is good internet. The accommodations are comfortable. The ability to open all the windows and enjoy the ocean breeze and jungle sounds was enjoyable to us as well as being away from city lights. Bill supplied us with delicious fruit and eggs from his farm. He also took the time to give us a tour of his property and the many things he grows. He was available to meet any of our needs. We found our stay there very restful because life was simplified and we would return. It's a pleasant walk to the ocean to watch sunrises or sunsets. It is conveniently located to great snorkeling and Volcanos National Park.
A lovely quiet place out in the jungle yet a short stroll from the ocean.
Spacious for two, comfortable and clean.
We enjoyed our stay here, even though we enjoyed/survived the wettest night they'd had here in many years! (3 inches of rain overnight!) We loved the home and surroundings. It was very private and Bill was very helpful and friendly. We even enjoyed the frogs!
Relaxing in the Rainforest
Bill was a wonderful, kind host! He made our 15th Anniversary special by leaving us a bottle of champagne for the occasion. Not only did he give put out 2 bowls of fruit and a bottle of honey from his orchard, he also gave us a tour of his orchard as well as show us the orange tree that we could pick from to make our breakfast juice. Yummy! One day we even made mimosas! We enjoyed the house geckos and being serenaded to sleep by the frogs at night. Bill was very kind to share with us things to do in the immediate area. Definitely go to the local Uncle Robert's Hoolaulea Night Market on Wednesday where you can get a cocktail, dinner from local international vendors, buy fruits/veggies and pick up a few souvenirs. Be sure to get there around 4pm to get a close parking spot and seat for the local entertainment. Also, visit the Farmer's Market on Keeau-Pahoa Rd (Rt. 130) at the 8 mile marker on Sunday from 8am-2pm. They have lots of food vendors and souvenirs. Other things to see from that side of the island: Volcano National Park, Punalu'u Black Sand Beach (see the honu turtles), Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Co., Hawaii Botanical Tropical Garden, Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, Pe'epe'e Falls, The Hawaiian Vanilla Company Lunch & Tour. Things to see on the Kona side of the island: Big Island Bees Tour and Kona Joe VIP Coffee Tour. Definitely make the drive north of Kona to the Hawaiian Loa Luau at the Fairmont Orchid. The food and entertainment was excellent plus it had beautiful scenery.
The house is very nice and will be even nicer when finished. It is a bit hard to find so make sure you get there during the day as there is no cell reception of any kind. The fruit from the orchard was fantastic and the owner is incredibly gracious and hospitable. Just be sure you like the geckos as there are everywhere, check your bags for stow aways.
Short drive to lava viewing in Kalapana. And a local , enormous farmers market near Pahoa every Sunday which sells everything, and has many food vendors and entertainment. Also there is a huge night market in Kalapana every Wednesday night with live entertainment, food, and much more. Not to be missed. 8 miles away. There is also an eco retreat called Kalani , 4 miles away, which has activities such as yoga, dance, and cultural activities.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
a $95.00 reservation deposit is required to insure your stay. full payment balance on arrival. Payment by cash, check, money order, or paypal.