Custom, colorful one bedroom eco-home on 5 acre farm in beautiful North Kohala
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.
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Just what we needed
It’s was so nice and quiet and had all these little touches that made it special and help you really unwind and relax. We loved to location and didn’t mind the drive. Loved the outside shower. The pullout mattress wasn’t the most comfortable for our son, so I would say it’s perfect for two people.
Sweet off grid Hale.
Amazing off grid living. If you love quiet, listening to your own music, watching lizards catch bugs and listening to the birds and roosters wake you in the morning, then this is your Hale. A great respite from the tourist areas of the big island, but close enough to good eating should you want that. We made our own meals most of the time. Mahalo!!
Restful & Secluded
This was our 2nd time staying here for a month over the Christmas-New years season. It was like returning home! We love Hawi and this home! The temperature in the Hawi area is a little cooler than to the south, but very pleasant. We enjoy the rural farm area of this location, but still only a 20 minute walk to downtown Hawi. Everyone we met in Hawi and Kapaau were friendly. If you are looking for a Hawaiian experience where you can get to know the local folks and escape the tourist "feel", then this place is for you. We enjoy the rustic feel of the home and it's coziness.
Cool spot and off grid experience
This is definitely a neat spot near hawi and a cool project going on. We appreciated getting to have the experience, loved the outdoor shower and getting to pick some fruits from the land and eat them. It is for sure something we would have especially loved before having children, the place wasn’t exactly toddler friendly.
It was not clear from the overview that this place was off grid. It said “powered by the sun” but that is different than off th grid. This would not have mattered so much except that the laundry scene was kind of shabby, and bc we have a toddler in cloth diapers that was a requirement of ours to stay somewhere so we could wash diapers. We still could but we had to start a generator that wasn’t exactly simple to get the washer going, and it need manual assistance to spin bc the spin slcycle wasn’t strong, also there wasn’t hot water and if uve used cloth diapers u know hot water is one of the only ways to get pee smell out! This is why only the 4 stars. We wish it had been more transparent bc we probably would not have stayed here this time had we known.
In the end we felt like this place should have been a little less per night, but this area of the island is expensive. Also we’ve visited n kohola before but this time it was crazy windy, don’t know if it was the time of year, or that this zone is extra specially windy or what, but it was pretty intense.
All in all our stay was pleasant, thank you
A lovely private getaway
We really enjoyed staying at Andrea's place. We were surrounded by beautiful green vegetation and the sounds of nature. A great place to come home to after a day of adventure. The solar power worked just fine for us and we liked the idea of being off the grid. Thanks, Andrea.
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.