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Tropical Round House on Big Island of Hawaii

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:8
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:2
  • Property type:Estate
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

About the Property

Private, 2 Bedroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4+) 3rd bedroom cottage available.

My Big Island home, near Kapoho and close to Pahoa, Seaview, Black Sands Beach, tropical thermal pools on the ocean, in Old Hawaii, is a unique, custom-built, round, house located in a clearing at the top of a long approach hill, on ten acres of completely secluded rain forest. Has a view of Mauna Kea and forested hills. It is completely private and in a very relaxed setting. The house is solar powered and equipped with all modern comforts and appliances. It has a spacious 500 sq ft. bedroom with a queen sized bed and a double bed and the second bedroom upstairs has a queen bed. There is also a double futon sleeper upstairs in the great room. Upstairs floor features huge kitchen, living room, with 3 sets of french doors that open onto a huge outdoor living room/ lanai/ dining room with also an extra sleeping futon (comfortable one ) for visitors and friends. The second private bedroom is upstairs and the huge master suite is downstairs. The open-plan design of the whole of the house works for a family, or small group, or for just two people. There is also a second cottage available for $30 per night if your party is larger. It is located right beside the main house and is comfortable furnished with a queen bed also. There is lots of art in our home, which is used just for guests, friends or exchangers, and it is beautifully, comfortably and completely furnished for your use during your stay. Cleaning services are available for a reasonable fee from our year-round, nearby caretaker. Security damage deposit can be covered at your option by a low cost VRBO or Homeaway policy. Simply ask.

The house will be beautifully prepared for you, and all ready for your tropical stay. Cleanliness is a most important part of your guest experience. Our home is equipped with washer and dryer. Ultra Clean always, unlike lots of others.

The kitchen is exceptionally well-equipped for dining and cooking, as I love to cook and when I vacation there myself I always shop and cook locally, with fresh ingredients.

We provide directions to our guests for doing the same locally, including all the special, nearby 'farmers markets,' and also info. on favorite places to dine nearby. Our open-style home has no need for AC, just the beautiful Trade winds and sea breezes that blow up the hill, gently, and throughout the house, though we also have tropical ceiling fans. The keynote here is 'comfort first' even though all furnishings are artistic and appealing. Bring a book or two to enjoy in the hammock! This is pure relaxation, which we all need, and love!
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Member since: 2012

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

Property Type

  • Estate
  • 1900 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 8
  • Events Allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    No one under 26 unless accompanied by a parent or guardian....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Not even on the deck. But allowed on ground so long as you mind your butt(s)!...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Bedroom 1: 1 queen, 1 child bed, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Has private entrance on deck and great view...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen

    This is an additional dwelling, a sweet Ohana cottage....moreless

  • 500 square foot bedroom is on lower floor with adjoining bathroom. Has single bed also. Queen size bed upstairs in great room also , has 'night privacy' and its' own bathroom. 2nd BR on deck on top floor( main floor) is located 20 feet from main floor bathroom....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Glass tile and luxurious copper fixtures upstairs with large black soaking tub. Huge slate shower with river rock floor in 'Pele's' bathroom which adjoins the master bedroom....moreless

Other Amenities

  • A deluxe breakfast basket is supplied on all week long rentals. The first and second level are connected by a long wraparound staircase so be comfortable with stairs if you choose our Tropical Round House. If you want, call one of our in house massage therapists for a wonderful in call massage during your stay....moreless


  • Books:

    Lots of choices including almost every guidebook written on the Big Island...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Simple to use....moreless

  • Game Room:

    Board Games...moreless

  • Games:

    Miscellanous Board games...moreless

  • Music Library:

    Bring your own! Plus USB plugin for your own device so you can pipe through Stereo!...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite internet...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Fits IPOD or someother player also. Bring your device and cable with USB for player. ...moreless

  • Television:

    TV using 36' screen in Master Suite is only for DVD use or apple TV (on your own account.)...moreless

  • Video Library:



  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Festivals
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Less than one mile from the house....moreless

  • Downtown:

    Nearest town is Pahoa, the little old sugar cane village. Very cute, almost everything you will need, including a half dozen good dining spots. Banks gas stations groceries etc....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Ours is Mauna Kea, the giant mountain as well of views of lush tropical rainforest set in tree cultivated small farm on a ten acre parcel. We have a 360 degree territorial view....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Less than one mile from the house....moreless

  • Resort:

    Near Yoga and other retreat centers, within a half mile....moreless

  • Village:

    Near the charming Old Sugar Cane Village of Pahoa much as it was over 100 years ago. This is our main local little town, with great dining shopping and so much more...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Dining:

    Indoor dining for eight and out door dining table for two-six...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    No AC needed. Not hot. House has ceiling fans....moreless

  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet:

    Ultra- Hi speed Satelite internet is provided....moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:


  • Living Room:

    Outdoors under veranda with indoor sofa reading and listening area...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Standard drip and coffee grinder is also provided....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Large, modern, with chef's gas range and fully equipped for gourmet cooking and serving....moreless


  • Deck / Patio:

    Our 800 square foot wrap around Ipe hardwood deck is a major delight in our home. Has huge two-person Pawley Island Hammock, also....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Indoor outdoor living on 800 feet covered of wrapround deck....moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    I have cleared three acres of the ten, have planted dozens of tropical trees and shrubs, and an orchard focusing on tropical fruits and flowering plants. Fruits and flowers abound!...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    On the deck....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


Write a review 4.9
from 25 traveler reviews
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Feb 27 - May 28, 2017
3 night min stay
May 29 - Sep 24, 2017
3 night min stay
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$1,150 $3,500

Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
  • Cleaning fee on departure (spotless house!) $175 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.97%


Rates are subject to change prior to booking. All rent is due in full, 60 days before arrival. I have a strict cancellation policy and suggest you purchase trip protection and vacation stay coverage at booking . Not a money maker for me but means if an emergency causes you to not be able to come, you will be happier. I like that.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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Last updated: 04/24/2017
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    "Fabulous! It is gated as you cross a private home owner's Association but a route of local r..."

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2.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Nearest Golf
Volcano Golf and Country Club
0.5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Highway 132
2.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
20 Miles
Nearest Ski
Mauna Kea (in winter) no lifts

Car: Necessary

Ours is a remote rural location close to many major attractions. We have easy access to local farmers markets where you can purchase island grown fruits and vegetables as well as many deliciously prepared foods, with island tastes and familiar favorites also. Close the charming village of Pahoa for Banks, Post office, Gas, Drug store, health food stores Farmer's Market, bookstore DVD Rentals and a couple good bars and great dining spots, store and large Grocery store, and Hardware store

Our house is only 15 minutes from a large natural rock, warm thermal pool and several other such small pools for delicious swimming, next to the Pacific Ocean. Ocean swimming and surfing is located only 20 minutes away by car. Also, great coral reef snorkeling. Located only one hour from Volcanoes National Park and not far from the mostly continuous active eruption of lava (which can also be viewed by helicopter or boat tour.) Two hours from Mauna Kea one of the largest mountains in the world and the largest measured from it's underwater base (year round snow) and home to many of the world's greatest observatories where you find a Star Gazing Visitors' Center for nocturnal adventures, and for amazing sunsets.

Our home is gated, and is special also for what you will not see. You will probably see no one at all during your stay, unless you want to.

The sun rises on one side of the property and sets on the other, with views often of Mauna Kea, with Hawaiian birdsongs at dawn and dusk. We have beautiful, territorial views as well in every direction and inestimable peace for our visitors. You will need a rental car, but a four wheel drive vehicle is not necessary, and there are no parking problems anywhere here.


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: I built this custom home over six years, with carefully selected Eco-friendly materials, and methods. It is 'off the grid' and has it's own fresh water supply and the electrical is all solar powered. It is an 'indoor/outdoor' open stye home perfect for the year round mild Hawaain climate with three sets of french doors that open out from the main great room onto a large 800 square foot Ipe'wooden deck under an extended roof where you will lounge comfortably, barbecue, read in the giant hammock or enjoy our outdoor living room, and outdoor dining table. There is an extra rental bedroom cottage on the property available for an additional small fee, which allows us to comfortably sleep 8-10. Ask about it.

Why the Owner Chose Pahoa, HI, USA:
The house is luxurious in look and feel, and is at the end of the road at the top of the hill on a gorgeous ten acre parcel and if you want, you will have no visitors( though our caretaker lives nearby if you need her.). It is clear and planted with fruits, spice nut and coffee trees and shrubs as well as flowers and is perfect seclusion in a setting of great natural beauty , with lots of room and is all your own, while you are there. You will not be disturbed by anyone. And except for visiting the local sites -warm thermal ponds, Mauna Kea Observatory, ocean swimming, gardens, waterfalls, and the volcano, you will not want to leave. This is the relaxed lush side of the Big Island and ours is the perfect place for lovers, friends or even individuals who want to truly get away from it all. A day and a night often feels like three, as time slows down for you there. Perfect counterpoint to the more touristed parts of this or any Hawaiin island stay. The house is wonderfully comfortable even luxurious in feel and the extra guest cottage will make it comfortable for one or two, or as many as 10.

The Unique Benefits at this Estate:
You will awaken to birdsong, a chorus at dawn and go to sleep to gentle sounds of the melodic tree frogs in the forst. The sun rises on one one side of our deck and sets on the other. Restful. Yet it is also a great starting point to explore nearby Kilauea and it's near continuous Lava flow since 1989. ( But do not worry, you are far from it's lava flow.) Or.. you can crank up your music on the" plug in your device to our sound system" as loud as you like. There is no one near enough to be bothered! Your private paradise for a relaxing stay. The master bedroom on the lower floor is roomy, over 500 square feet and the queen bed is so comfortable you will wish you could take it home with you. All bedding is luxury quality. A lot of people believe you sleep deeper and dream more, in a round house. We have found it to be true out there in our tropical 'piece o' paradise'.

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Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/24/2017

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  • Love Round Solar living!

    Love Round Solar living!

  • View of the Tropical Round House at the crest of the hill

    View of the Tropical Round House at the crest of the hill

  • Relax and Enjoy

    Relax and Enjoy

  • Fully-stocked Kitchen

    Fully-stocked Kitchen

  • Master bedroom sleeps extra person if you want.

    Master bedroom sleeps extra person if you want.

  • U pick bananas.

    U pick bananas.

  • Take a dip in the nearby warm thermal ponds next to the ocean.

    Take a dip in the nearby warm thermal ponds next to the ocean.

  • Visiting the live volcano.

    Visiting the live volcano.

  •  The Two story Round House awaits you.

    The Two story Round House awaits you.

  • Indoors, enjoy the formal dining room.

    Indoors, enjoy the formal dining room.

  • Outdoors, dining 'al fresco.'

    Outdoors, dining 'al fresco.'

  • Chef's gas range

    Chef's gas range

  • View from second story " Treehouse" bedroom window.

    View from second story " Treehouse" bedroom window.

  • Extra bedroom, ohana house available for $20 per night additional, beside house.

    Extra bedroom, ohana house available for $20 per night additional, beside house.

  • Akaka Falls - less than an hour away

    Akaka Falls - less than an hour away

  • Aerial view of Hilo Bay nearby.

    Aerial view of Hilo Bay nearby.

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017

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