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About the property

2 BR/1 BA + 500 sq. ft. Screened Outdoor Living Area




We are located about 20 minutes from downtown Hilo, toward the town of Keaau and Pahoa, however, WE ARE NOT impacted by this event, and we are not located on the East Rift Zone. The volcanic activity is isolated to Lower Puna, and Fissure 8 is located about 13 miles to the southeast and below us, which the lava flow continues from there downslope to the ocean.

We have never had any evacuations, warnings, and are several miles outside of any of these areas. We have not had ANY air quality issues, as the air is much better than the air quality of most cities on the mainland, which can be confirmed with air quality meters located throughout the island.

If you have any questions about our property or location to this activity, feel free to contact us. We are keeping our guests updated on our Coqui Cottage page with current information links.


REALAX AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF THE TROPICAL GARDENS AND FRUIT TREES, IN OUR QUIET AND PEACEFUL COTTAGE! Come experience the real, natural beauty and adventure of Hawaii at our cottage with so many amenities to help you explore, you may even request a customized itinerary at no charge, based on what your here to see and do.

2 BDRM / 1 BATH PRIVATE HOME WITH AN ADDITIONAL 500 SQ. FT. SCREENED LANAI AND PATIO DINING SPACE - With lots of extra amenities to help you explore this adventurous Island!

Welcome and enjoy our Tropical Island Cottage, on 1/4 acre parcel, in a peaceful neighborhood. The perfect place to see the beautiful, lush east side of the island. Stay in our peaceful garden retreat with fresh fruit we share with our guests from the variety of fruit trees and you are welcome to pick when ripe.

This is a newer home, and we give our full attention to detail with updates and maintenance being addressed at all times, so that everything is clean, organized and easily accessible. We have a professional team including Housekeepers, Landscaper, Pest Control, Maintenance, and Hospitality, to give you a resort feel, but in a private home.

We're happy to share our much appreciated previous guests comments in their reviews of their stay with us and their experiences of the island, please feel free to read through them.

LIVING ROOM AREA - with a 47 in. Smart TV, DVD, Dish Network, & Hi-Speed Internet/ WiFi.

queen pull-out sleeper in sofa.

KITCHEN- fully stocked with high quality dishes and cookware, and extras like crock pot,

baking dishes, rice cooker, veggie steamer, Keurig Coffee maker (and regular), and

lots more.

LANAI (PATIO)- Outdoor Living in the 500 sq. ft. Screened-In Lanai, with patio furniture and

dining table

LAUNDRY- Washer and Dryer for your use at no charge with laundry soap provided

2 BDRMS - 1st bedroom- California King, and 32 in TV.

2nd bedroom has a Queen bed

Additional Queen Pull-Out sleeper in the Living Rm. and a

Pack-n-Play Portable crib for the little ones.

The Cottage has a very comfortable warm "vibe" where family and friends come together and enjoy the open air screened Lanai, and tropical garden to spend time together to play games, visit and relax.


There is a separate studio cottage on the property that is now used as a longer term rental for 1 to 3 months, but only for professionals that are on the island for business such as scientist, geologist, medical personnel. They are working professionals that we closely screen and verify their professional assignments. They will not interfere with your space or privacy, and have a separate driveway, and their cottage does not share any walls to the main cottage.

If you have any additional questions about how the cottage is set up, or any of amenities available, feel free to let me know.

Cancellation Policy-

*45 Days or more = Full Refund**

*30-44 Days = 50% Refund**

* Less than 30 days- No Refund

*15-29 days before arrival- 50% of your payment may be applied to re-booking your dates

at any later available date within 12 months

** There is a non-refundable cancellation fee of $35 for stays less than a week and $50 over a week for reservations cancelled after 7 days of making the reservation.

*There is no charge for rebooking your dates, or subtracting days from your reservation 14 days or more prior to arrival date, less than 14 days will be subject to a $35 or $50 charge. There is never a charge for adding extra days as long as they are available.

Charges and Taxes-

All quotes will include the total charges, including all mandatory taxes and cleaning fee at the following rates:

Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET) - 4.25% (Tax ID# GE-044-205-4656-01)

Hawaii Accommodation Tax (TAT)- 9.25% (Tax ID# TA-044-205-4656-01)

Cleaning fee: $95.00


**Depending on current activity- THE ACTIVE FLOW** - Currently, you are able to see the night sky lighted by the beautiful orange glow, that is amazing in itself. But, there is also places driving from the cottage toward Pahoa and throughout the town that Fissure 8 is visible, and even though it's several miles safely away, you are able to see the lava flowing out of the fissure that has developed into a sort of cone that is over 170 ft. tall. The Civil Defense and State are working on a way to allow lava viewing safely, without jeapordizing the private property of ones in the affected areas. But, there are Lava Boat tours currently available.

This is an exciting place, and the only place in the U.S. that you can get this close to active lava creating more land and expanding the island.

**VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK- (Currently closed as of May 10th- we will keep you updated)

Whale Watching- (Seasonal) see the Humpback Whales migrating Dec-Mar. right from the shore- (10 mins)

Relax and take a Beautiful scenic drive through the lush green side and stop at one of the many magnificent waterfalls.

Rainbow Falls- (15-20 mins)

Akaka Falls and Nature walk- (25 mins)

Botanical Gardens (along the 4 mile scenic drive route)- (20 mins)

Kaumana Caves Lava Tube- Explore a huge lava tube in their natural state, and see the amazing way the island was formed, entrance is free. (20 mins)

Mauna Kea- Watch the sunset or sunrise and see what the island looks like from above the clouds at 10,000 ft. elevation and for those who love the stars there’s World Class Star Gazing with Narrated free tours, as the different planets rise. (1 hr drive)

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo- It's the ONLY natural tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S. and it's free! AND it’s is less than 10 minutes away.

Visit Black Sand Beaches almost guaranteed to see Turtles sun bathing...and there's so much more!

We are here to help you plan more than just your accommodations, we love to share any advice you need. We want you to be able to just relax and decide how you will enjoy this wonderful place!

Aloha and Mahalo!

John & Shauna

More Details

Shauna Knutsen
Member since: 2012
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 15, 2018

About Shauna Knutsen

We would like to introduce ourselves to you, our guests. We are John and Shauna Knutsen, we have two children Cindy and Zane, and our nephew Javin and he's the only one still at home.

We fell in love with Hawaii when we got married on Kauai, and have been coming back every since. There is no other place to us like Hawaii, its not just the beauty you see with your eyes, its the beauty of the humble people, the culture and the slowed down island time feel that allows you to truly relax and take the time to enjoy creation.

We love to bring our family and friends to enjoy this wonderful place, and even though all of Hawaii has so much to offer we decided on the Big Island- since it is so large and there is so much variety and so many climates- What other island can you be in a rain forest, an arid desert, an active volcano, on top of the tallest mountain from the sea floor (snow covered in winter), all on the SAME DAY! And even though all the islands are beautiful we feel that this island has some of the Best of the Best right here!

Shauna Knutsen purchased this house in 2012

Guestbook comments from the owner

Making this charming place available for world weary travelers was a kind and generous thing to do! Thank you for the clean sheets, nice towels, the complete instruction tips on what and where. You will find everything needed here and the best coffee beans this side of anywhere!

The cottage caretaker (Rich) has a good natured presence. I've told all my friends about you and Coqui Cottage. Don't be surprised if some of them beats a path to your door!
Jan 2013
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Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Cal-King Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Pillow-Top Med/Firm
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen- Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Pillow-Top Med/Firm
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Our Extras are what our Guests really appreciate: Queen size Hide-a-Bed in living room, Portable Crib / Playpen, Hi Speed Satellite INTERNET ACCESS, DVD, fully stocked Kitchen-all the little things you need, Hairdryer and all soap, shampoo/conditioner, Large Ceiling Fans, Washer/Dryer with laundry detergent provided, Beach Towels, Beach Toys, Boogie Boards, Cooler, Beach Chairs, Flashlights, Walking Sticks Umbrellas We also provide purified bottled water for our guests who prefer it to our house water. GuideBook, Coqui's Pick's for Day Trips from the cottage, Activity Brochures, and we welcome you with Keurig Brewed Hawaiian Blend Coffee and snacks to start off your first morning! In Consideration for our guests with allergies-No Smoking or Pets, please!


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average rating of 4.919643 based on 116 reviews

Great house—owners go above and beyond!

  • 5 of 5

Coqui cottage was a spacious, clean and charming house with an amazing screened in porch. Shauna went above and beyond with communication—letting us know as soon as it was ready for us to check in; offering extra inside info on what the area has to offer; and info about the volcano, including where to see the glow best. We only had one night and she was super fast getting back to me with any questions and tips. The kitchen was well stocked with cooking supplies and had a lot of nice little extra goodies like kona coffee and cookies. There was also a telescope set up on the screen porch if you happen to get a clear night (if not you get a beautiful lava glow from the porch). Kaleo’s in Pahoa was great. So was the Hilo farmer’s market. And the drive north up the coast and it’s waterfalls were amazing. So happy with the place and our stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great House!

  • 4 of 5

This house is exceptional! Perfect in condition and everything one could possibly need and more!!! Towels, boogie boards, snorkel gear, ice chest, flashlights, binoculars, water shoes, umbrellas, etc. Roomy, comfortable, immaculate and beautiful grounds. Just wish it had a bbq grill.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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Very clean, well organized, and super cozy

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at the Cottage. Everything was in well working order and it made our honeymoon better knowing that we are coming to a cozy home every night. We will recommend this to everyone we know.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was perfect for my wife and I’s first stay on the island! The location is about 15-20 minutes south of Hilo but close enough to a highway that making a trip into Hilo easy to do. The house has every possible ammenity that you could need! Oven, dishwasher, fridge, washer/dryer and more than enough pots, pans, and plates! Beach chairs, two coolers, and a assortment of other beach items were readily available. There is no AC but the nights were always cool and we never missed not having AC. The coqui frogs were present but I found them relaxing to listen to every night. There is no traffic on the street so you can easily relax to the sounds of the frogs. I would absolutely stay here again if I find myself back on the Big Island!

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
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  • 5 of 5

House exceeded our expectations. Even though there is no a/c, the house was comfortable at nights with fans operating and windows open. Owners graciously provided all the recreational and household goods necessary to make the stay comfortable. We even enjoyed the chorus of frogs and calls of the chickens, with responses from their friends up the mountain. Our main purpose for staying at this unit was to hike Kilauea, but with the park closed we used information from the owners to readjust our activities. The book of day trips and labeling of house fixtures made the stay much easier. We have been staying at VRBOs for over a decade and this unit was one of our favorites. The owners should be proud of the home, the grounds, and their efforts to provide information to their renters. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Great Location for Volcano National Park

  • 4 of 5

The house was clean and easily accommodated our family of 5. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is for sleeping. With no AC, you need to keep the windows open to catch the cool breeze. We heard the tree frogs chirping until the early hours of the morning and then the rooster at the crack of dawn. Then location was great and the owner was super friendly.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
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Nearest Airport
17 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ochidland, Pahoa Village
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
At the end of Makuu Street
Car: necessary

Waterfalls, Botanical Gardens, Rain Forest and Zoo, Telescope Star-Gazing Mauna Kea (best star gazing in the world), Snorkeling at Tide Pools, Black Sand Beaches, Hiking Lava Tubes and through Craters, Farmers Markets, Stroll through Old Historic Hilo Town, Museums, Japanese Gardens, Zip Lining over waterfalls, Helicopter Tours over Volcano, Nature Walks, Caverns, and so much more!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $98
Additional Guest Fee $5 per person per night
Property Damage Insurance $59

**During Merrie Monarch week there is a 4 night minimum stay, unless there are fewer than 4 nts. available on calendar. No further disc for Merrie Monarch.
NOTE * 3 or 4 night minimum stay- does not apply if there are less than the minimum nights available, just let me know and I will adjust your quote or reservation for as little as 1 nights stay.

*A few rules to bring to your attention- There is a strict NO SMOKING/PET policy. If there is evidence of pets, cigarette or marijuana smoke, inside the property it will result in forfeiture of damage deposit.

We understand accidents happen, and are very understanding of the minor things, please bring these to our attention, and many times it's not a problem. However, there is a chance that property damages or if the premises are left excessively dirty, it may result in partial or full forfeiture of the damage deposit.

There is a maximum of 4 adults to sleep comfortably, and we welcome children, up to 6 total persons. If you have a special situation, please get approval in advance. Otherwise, there is an additional $5 per day per person over 3, or $15 per person over the maximum of 6 persons, that may be charged if not approved in advance, and may be kept from deposit.

For any questions or special arrangements, feel free to call, text, or email directly at (760) 912-9117 we will do our best to accommodate you and your family or group in any way we can.

John and Shauna

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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