Private Tropical Coqui Cottage Retreat**Return of the Lava $99 Special Rates

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Return of The Lava- Lava Viewing Returns


Last updated: 10/23/2016
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
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Property description

BOOK NOW!!! SEE THE NEW ACTIVE LAVA FLOW- YOU CAN NOW SEE LAVA FLOWING AT THE NEWLY OPENED LAVA VIEWING SIGHT!!! This is super exciting news! So, in celebration we are offering special rates for all unbooked nights on our calendar for July 1- Oct. 31, 2016 of just $99 a night or $599 week!

So TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OUR SPECIALS AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE LAVA ON IT'S WAY TO THE OCEAN (As of 7/1/16 it is just 2 miles from entering the ocean) We never know how long this spectacular sight will happen, but it has been working it's way down the mountain to be close enough for us to see without a helicopter tour for several months now. We will keep this sight updated with any changes to the flow.

KAMA’AINA DISCOUNT 10% (Does not apply to special rate)

THE COQUI KAI COTTAGE IS A 2 Bedroom + 1 Bath PRIVATE HOME ON OVER 1/4 OF AN ACRE IN A COUNTRY SETTING- In Peaceful Garden Like surroundings with a separate caretakers studio on site for any of your needs.

Welcome and enjoy our Island Cottage in the centrally located 2 bedroom tropical retreat 'THE COQUI (Ko-Key) KAI COTTAGE' the perfect place to see the beautiful east side of the island and hear the small Coqui Tree Frogs sing you to sleep at night!

The cottage was built in 2006, and it is a very well maintained and refreshed at least yearly with preventive maintenance on anything that needs attention (including the appliances). We have completely refurnished, painted and updated the cottage, with a tropical decor including bringing a little of the outside in with a huge hollowed out tree stump dining table. We wanted to give you the feeling of your Tropical Hawaiian Vacation while you are indoors or outdoors! There is also a very large (500 sq. ft.) screened in Lanai (patio) so that you can enjoy patio dining or playing cards, or board games - rain or shine- while looking out at the tropical flowers, and a garden view of the outdoors, with sometimes Bananas, Papayas, Pineapple, and Guava that you are welcome to pick if it's ripe!

This is a private home -The Master BR has a California King, an Armoire and closet for your clothes, and a 32 in. TV/DVD. The 2nd bedroom has a Queen size bed, a dresser and closet for your clothes.

In the open floor plan Kitchen, living and dining rooms, there is a Queen size Hide-a-Bed for our little Keiki's guests. There is a 47 in. Samsung Smart TV with Blu-Ray DVD so that you can stream your music, pictures, and Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, etc. We offer Hi-Speed Satellite Internet and WiFi so that you can keep in contact with family and friends.

The Kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, cooking and baking dishes, microwave, crock pot, rice cooker, coffee maker, and also a Keurig Coffee Maker (with complimentary Kuerig Hawaiian coffee and goodies at your arrival), Toaster, Blender, etc. Full size refrigerator and bottled water dispenser.

In the enclosed screened in Lanai there is a washer and dryer for your use at no charge with laundry soap provided There are also some children’s beach toys, boogie boards, flash lights for exploring lava tubes, umbrellas, and a cooler to take with you for your day trips.

We are 20 minutes from Hilo Airport and Hilo Town

Here are a few of our favorites things to see and do and distance from the Cottage:

Volcano National Park- See the Kilauea Caldera, explore the many miles of hiking trails, lava tubes, Visitor Center, Guided Nature walks with park ranger, Museum, and our most favorites are hiking through a rainforest to the floor of a dormant volcano crater and then returning at night to view the glow of the crater, it’s amazing! - (25 mins)

Kopoho Tide Pools and Wai’opae Marine Sanctuary- Some of the best snorkeling in huge pools filled with coral and amazing fish on the east side of the island. (25 mins)

Ahalanui Park and Warm Ponds- A beautiful and free naturally heated thermal pond with water up to 90 degrees depending on the tide. Just down the street from the Kopoho tidepools. (25 mins)

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- (20 mins)

Kaumana Caves Lava Tube- Explore a 23 mile long (the whole length is not accessible, but there’s plenty to explore and enjoy) lava tube in it’s natural state, and see the amazing way the island was formed. (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 a few Turtles sun bathing.

Don't forget the culture of 'Old Hawaii'--- in Pahoa Village visit the old wooden boardwalk and dine at quaint restaurants & feel like you've stepped back in time; or stroll through downtown Hilo Town learn about the history and tradition of Hawaiian Culture through live shows, storytelling, music, film, and Hula by visiting the Historic Palace Theatre since 1925, the Tsunami Museum, Art Galleries, local Farmer's Market with organic fruits and veggie's, and don't forget the Shave Ice! So many things to do for every type of traveler.

We provide our recommendations of places to eat, shop, Day Trip's and Activity Brochures, car rental companies, timing your vacation, and helping to personalize your vacation to your families lifestyle. We are here to help you plan more than just where you’ll sleep, so you can take the time to relax and decide how you will enjoy this wonderful place.

Aloha and Mahalo!
John & Shauna

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

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%
Hawaii Accommodation Tax (TAT)- 9.25%
The total of these two taxes are charged at a total rate of 13.42% per Hawaii
Hawaii Tax I.D. No. W79537571-01
Cleaning fee: $95.00

*Note* We can not waive or reduce any of the above fees, either for a longer or shorter stay. Taxes must be paid, and cleaning is paid at the same rate whether or not you use it much. We have to leave it ready for the next guest feeling sure that it has been cleaned to the same standards that you would want during your stay, even if it wasn’t used “much”

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Property Type

  • House

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Children Welcome:

    Portable Playpen / Crib for your extra little ones...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    No Smoking Policy strictly enforced indoors or in enclosed Lanai. Thank you for your consideration of our guests....moreless

  • Pets Considered:

    Service Dogs are welcome- Ask owner for details...moreless

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king

    Cal-King Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Pillow-Top Med/Firm...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Queen- Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Pillow-Top Med/Firm...moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • 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!...moreless


  • Books:

    Guidebooks, and Binders...moreless

  • DVD Player:

    Blu-Ray DVD ...moreless

  • Game Room:

    Large Screened in Lanai 500 Sq. Ft of area to eat, play games, and for young ones to play and hang out...moreless

  • Games:

    Board Games and Cards...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    (2) Dish Network TV and Satellite Internet Provided through Wild Blue/ Via Sat/ Excede...moreless

  • Television:

    (2) 47' Flat Screen HD TV in Living Room and 32' Flat Screen HD TV in Master Bedroom....moreless

  • Toys:

    Some Childrens Beach Toys, Boogie Boards, Beach Chairs and Cooler for hikes, Flash Lights, binoculars and umbrellas for exploring lava tubes, caverns, and viewing lava at night. ...moreless

  • Video Library:

    Several Movies for your entertainment and some educational dvds...moreless


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Playground
  • Recreation Center
  • Restaurants
  • Winery Tours
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Mountain View

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming


  • Dining:

    Indoor Dining Table and Counter Seating and additional Open Air (Fully Screened Lanai) Patio Dining Table...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people


  • Clothes Dryer:

    No Charge for Use of Washer or Dryer - Fabric Softener Sheets Provided...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    High Speed Satellite Internet ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Queen Size Hide-A-Bed with extra sheets and blankets....moreless

  • Parking:

    Private Driveway- can fit 2 cars...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    No Charge for use of washer and dryer - Laundry Soap Provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    Standard Coffee Maker and Keurig Brewer...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Cooking Utensils Provided including dishes, pots, pans, for cooking and baking, Crock Pot, Rice-Cooker, Blender, Standard Coffee Maker, and Keurig Brewer, Toaster, and Bottled Water in Dispenser...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator:

    Full Size Refrigerator w/Freezer...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas 4 burner stove/oven...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    500 Sq Ft. fully screened ...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden:

    Grass, fruit trees, and flowers for your enjoyment, even pick your own fruit when ripe. Just ask the caretaker and he will help you to know when it's ready for your enjoyment....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    BBQ Available upon Request. Just let us know and we will have it ready for you for a small refundable cleaning fee of $20 that will be refunded to you before you leave....moreless

  • Porch / Veranda:

    Covered/Screened in Lanai/Patio with a dining table for 4....moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Special Lava Rate
Jul 1 - Oct 30, 2016
1 night min stay
$599 $2,100
Fall Rate
Oct 31 - Nov 15, 2016
2 night min stay
$650 $2,100
Winter Rate
Nov 19 - Dec 21, 2016
3 night min stay
Winter Break
Dec 22 - Jan 2, 2017
4 night min stay
New Year Winter
Jan 3 - Mar 31, 2017
3 night min stay
Spring Rate
Apr 1 - May 31, 2017
3 night min stay
$675 $2,100
My Standard Rate
3 night min stay
$675 $2,100
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Cleaning Fee $95 + tax
  • Tax Rate 13.42%


Please contact us for 10% disc. for Kama'aina or any other special pricing or discounts and we will happily adjust the rate for you.

Dec. 23, 2016 - Jan. 03, 2017 and 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.

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.

Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking

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Last updated: 10/23/2016
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Hawaii Volcanos National Park, Lava Viewing, Lava Tree State Park, Waterfalls, Natural Warm/Hot Ponds, 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!


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2012

About the owner: We would like to introduce ourselves to you, our guests. We are John and Shauna Knutsen, we have two children Cindy and Zane, but only Jayvan our nephew is 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!

Why the Owner Chose Pahoa, HI, USA:
We chose this area since we love the beauty, the tropical rain at night, the Coqui frogs singing, and the area is centrally located to our favorite places! And we love the easy going friendly laid back atmosphere.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
This house having the private and separate cottage that our Gardener stays in. it allows our guests their privacy while being close enough to take care of things and be there in case we need him for our guests, puts our mind at ease. We also like the quiet, country feeling so that when you get up and look outside you see nature, you hear the birds, and not the hustle of the city.

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Speaks: english

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  • Return of The Lava- Lava Viewing Returns

    Return of The Lava- Lava Viewing Returns

  • Private Yard Out of Front Door (Left), Fruit Trees in Far Rear of Back Yard

    Private Yard Out of Front Door (Left), Fruit Trees in Far Rear of Back Yard

  • Open Floor Plan

    Open Floor Plan

  • Bathroom- with full size shower

    Bathroom- with full size shower

  • Master Bedroom- Armoire with TV and DVD inside

    Master Bedroom- Armoire with TV and DVD inside

  • 2nd Bedroom with Queen Size Bed & Portable Crib/Playpen in closet

    2nd Bedroom with Queen Size Bed & Portable Crib/Playpen in closet

  • Akaka Falls- (441 Feet Tall) This view is accessible by a short walk

    Akaka Falls- (441 Feet Tall) This view is accessible by a short walk

  • Punalu'u Black Sand Beach- Many Sea Turtles Frequent Here

    Punalu'u Black Sand Beach- Many Sea Turtles Frequent Here

  • Rainbow Falls- (Right in Hilo Town) Walk Right up & Enjoy!

    Rainbow Falls- (Right in Hilo Town) Walk Right up & Enjoy!

  • Beautiful Display of Lava Meets Wave! Unique to the Big Island!

    Beautiful Display of Lava Meets Wave! Unique to the Big Island!

  • Welcome To The Coqui Kai Cottage

    Welcome To The Coqui Kai Cottage

  • Street View Of The Coqui Kai Cottage

    Street View Of The Coqui Kai Cottage

  • Banana, Pineapple, Guava, and Papaya from our Garden - To Share w/ You When Ripe

    Banana, Pineapple, Guava, and Papaya from our Garden - To Share w/ You When Ripe

  • Front Entrance

    Front Entrance

  • Master Bedroom with California King size bed

    Master Bedroom with California King size bed

  • Hawaiian Sunset

    Hawaiian Sunset

  • Screened in Lanai (approx. 500 sq. ft.) BBQ covered on left, & Extra Dining

    Screened in Lanai (approx. 500 sq. ft.) BBQ covered on left, & Extra Dining

  • Relax & Enjoy!- Natural Thermal Warm Pond meets the ocean by a Protective wall

    Relax & Enjoy!- Natural Thermal Warm Pond meets the ocean by a Protective wall

  • Sea Turtle (Honu) Cruising

    Sea Turtle (Honu) Cruising

  • Sunrise at Waiopae Marine Sanctuary aka Kopoho Tidepools- GREAT Snorkeling Spot!

    Sunrise at Waiopae Marine Sanctuary aka Kopoho Tidepools- GREAT Snorkeling Spot!

  • Lava Meets the Pacific at Dusk

    Lava Meets the Pacific at Dusk

VRBO #441988

This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Sunday, October 23, 2016

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