About the property
- House750 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
Custom, colorful one bedroom eco-home on 5 acre farm in beautiful North Kohala
Looking for an authentic Hawaii experience? My home is a one bedroom custom cedar home on a 5-acre farm in North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii. The property is private and peaceful, but is only a mile into town.The house is powered by the sun and serenaded by the soothing sound of the wind in the palm trees. When the moon is out, the dance of the moonlight in the palms is magical. Fruit trees—mango, lichee, jaboticaba, avocado, star fruit, custard apple and more—grace the property. Fully equipped kitchen and lots of counter space.
Visit the Farmers Market under the banyan trees on Saturday morning and bring some local fruits and veggies back to prepare your farm fresh meal. Don't want to cook? Enjoy one of our local coffee shops or restaurants about a mile up the road. The house has a wonderful outdoor shower and tub, and also an indoor shower and bathroom. Comfy California king size bed with a magical canopy of lights.There are many off the beaten track hikes in North Kohala and you can swim off Mahukona pier ten minutes down the road. The island's best beaches are a half hour drive, as are world class resorts and restaurants. The property is home to a native Hawaiian taro growing project—it is a real working farm with taro, pigs and chickens.
If you are a writer, reader, artist, enjoy meditation or just appreciate being in a natural setting you will find the quiet and privacy of my home to be a haven.
This is not your typical vacation rental, but is my wonderful home—a true home away from home. There is only one bedroom, so it is best suited to a couple, but younger children can be accommodated by setting up a futon bed in the living room.
There is also small cabin and tental (tent cabin) with a shared bathroom and kitchen on the property. This is also available for rent if you have additional family members, teenagers, or are looking for budget accommodations. Ask owner.
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- Mar 12, 2018
About Andrea Dean
Aloha! I was born and raised in New York, but have lived in Hawaii for 25 years. You could say that I am a real island girl, since I was born on Long Island, but now reside on Hawaii Island. Becoming the steward of such an amazing property is a dream come true for me. I am a storyteller and social entrepreneur. My company is Sustainable Initiatives—I work on projects which support the growth of a local, sustainable economy…with a sweet spot for growing the local food system. My projects include work with traditional crops (breadfruit and taro) and the fostering of our community food system in North Kohala. My writing has been published in many Hawaii-based magazines and blogs. I am currently working on a collection of personal essays and developing myself as a performance artist. I am known for my personal educational projects, having embarked upon a number of “eat local” experiments and then reported to the public on my experience. Here are 4 of my favorite things (I have 10, but the word limit!) 1. Chanting: Paramahansa Yogananda says “Chanting is half the battle.” Its true. Devotional chanting is such an easy, joyful shortcut to meditation. I lead kirtans and enjoy going to other people’s kirtans. 2. Dancing: Sweat your prayers, ecstatic dance, a night out with the girlfriends, right in my own living room. Any dance is a good dance. 3. Chocolate: I just heard that smiling releases 2,000 times the amount of endorphins than chocolate. I smile when I eat chocolate, so… 4. Champagne/Proseco: (often enjoyed with chocolate) My grandmother used to listen to Don Ho when I was growing up. I think the subliminal message of tiny bubbles may have brought me to Hawaii and instilled a lifelong love of the bubbly
Andrea Dean purchased this House in 2013
Why Andrea Dean chose Hawi
I have been dreaming of having a sustainable homestead for 25 years, and my dream just came true! It quiet, beautiful, plentiful with fruit.
What makes this House unique
This is not a sterile vacation rental. It is a cozy, colorful, artsy and comfortable Hawaiian farm home.
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Unique, spiritual, roomy one room space with separate bedroom, nice location
I missed the parking spot in front of the house and went round to the tree alley, either place seems fine, but I think its easier to get to the front door from the top side. I loved that this was Andrea's house, and still is part-time, because all her love and good energy is apparent. She has a book she wrote that is fun to read about her mid-life crisis and journey forward. The furniture is comfortable, the colors are wonderful - all sorts of wood. The outdoor shower was my favorite - don't miss using that. Delightful! We had a lot of clouds so used power kinda fast. Still, when we needed to charge we turned on the generator; I never felt power deprived. If you want TV bring your laptop and some movies. This is nicely off-grid.
The sustainable farm next door - well I'm not a pig-farmer but the confines were a little disturbing to me (one large hog in a 2' wide space where it could not even turn around). But perhaps that is something that is done for a valid reason. The goats are all tied by their necks to posts - so for an animal lover it was not my favorite thing to see.
Sightseeing! The Hawaii ruins past the little airport (drive into the airport) were well worth the visit - even with our 4WD the large pools of water had us walking the few miles to and fro. Go if you can. And sunset there was fantabulous.
Hawi is nice little town to shop and eat. Polulu Valley 10 miles to the end of the road is a lovely looking place, it was too slick to walk down to the beach our day - but interesting that from there to Waipio Valley there are something like seven valleys between and a footpath that the Hawaiian royals and company used to walk. A retreat area for them. You can see the paths on the side of Waipio. Waikoloa is not far away and the beaches down that way are awesome. There is a lot to see and do so do your research and pick out what you have time for. It is indeed a BIG island so we stayed in three different points (10 days) and were able to really cover a lot of history and beauty in one trip.
Away from it all yet a mile from sweet little town.
We would stay here again in a flash...feels like you are in the middle of a jungle (which, I guess, you are). The very small town a mile away has nice gallerie, two very good restaurants, and a great ice cream shop. Two little grocery stores plus the Saturday farmers market can provide you with what you need, or there is a bigger grocery store that has everything 2 miles from Hawi. The house is unique and lovely and had just been "deep cleaned" (or perhaps Andrea keeps it this way for herself!).
Beautiful private little off-grid house. Loved the outdoor shower. Great kitchen facilities.
Secluded and rustic.
The residence is charming. The bed is quite comfortable. The linens are nice. The shower has good water pressure. There are no black out curtains, no tv, no microwave, no toaster, and no coffee pot. The owner is gracious. If you use too much electricity, you have to go start the generator. So be advised. If you don't mind the rustic, it is quiet and no one can see you. If you want to go see the goats and pig, etc, you are welcomed to. We meant to, but did not get around to it. If you stay here, you must go into town (Hawi) and have dinner at "Bamboo". We had the most fabulous island grown grass fed beef there.
Glad you enjoyed your stay in the country! To clarify for future guests: The house is on solar power. We do have a coffee cone that is used for making coffee, as an electric coffee maker draws too much power. The caretaker on the property is there to start the generator if it's cloudy for a day or so, so guests don't have to do that. The electricity will not ever go off with regular use (charging laptops, cell phone, lights, etc.) If you bring in other equipment (medical devices, toaster, coffee maker, etc..) it's best to check with us first.
“Quiet, artsy, eco_home” is a perfect description.
The house sits in the middle of verdant growth on a cooperative Hawaiian farm. It has everything needed for a comfortable stay although a little more tired than the pictures suggests. less than a mile away, is a fun town with are galleries and a few nice restaurants Andrea was very responsive on the phone and kindly mailed us an item we left.
Very Quaint and Private
Loved the location. House is very cosy. Living off the grid was a great experience. Will return!