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Bedrooms 1
Space 485 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property


The Zen Hale is the perfect home base for your exploration of the Big Island. We are conveniently located on the sunny side of Waimea Town only a 10 minute drive to the best Kohala beaches and minutes from HPA. Our convenient central location is ideal for setting out on day hikes or exploring all the sites on Hawaii Island. The unique serenity of this one bedroom, one bath cottage offers ocean and mountain views enhanced by cool breezes and mild temperatures. The kitchen is fully furnished with full size refrigerator, large convection/toaster oven, microwave and a 2 burner state of the art induction cook top. Luxurious linens adorn the separate bedroom and a beautiful stone shower appoint the bathroom.

Use the gas BBQ outdoors to prepare the local foods purchased at the farmers market then relax while viewing the blanket of stars. A separate laundry room with washer and dryer is available for use and laundry detergent is provided.

You will find yourself minutes away from the best beaches on the Big Island. The largest of Hawaii Island’s white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach, has consistently been rated on numerous international Top Ten lists. Mauna Kea Beach, a perfect crescent of golden sand leading to calm water, has been voted among the Top 10 beaches in the U.S. Both offer great conditions for swimming, sunbathing, bodyboarding and snorkeling.

Beyond the beaches, Hawaii offers a host of outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities. Head to the Paniolo Town of Waimea and visit the many shops and galleries. From there is the perfect starting point for a trip to the Volcano National Park or a glimpse of the stars and planets at Mauna Kea Observatory.

There's no better way to experience the amazing cultural diversity of Hawaii Island than to visit one of the farmers’ markets that take place all around the island. You’ll find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables used in Hawaii Regional Cuisine, exotic varieties that are as intriguing as they are tasty plus an eclectic collection of prepared foods.The market is also a great place to pick up handmade artwork or a unique gift and strike up a conversation with the artist who made them.

When you're ready for some relaxation and 'Aloha' there is nothing better than coming home to the Zen Hale

Let us know if you will be celebrating a special occasion or have a certain need. We will do all we can to accommodate your request. You will always feel welcome and long to return to our unique retreat.

If the calendar at the Zen Hale is full, please contact us as we have other beautiful homes that may be available for your desired dates.

Aloha and Mahalo

Matthew and Rose

• Bookings canceled at least 60 days before the start of the stay will receive a 100% refund.

• Bookings canceled at least 30 days before the start of the stay will receive a 50% refund.

Tax ID# W00501720-02

More Details

Member since: 2009
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:
April 23, 2018

About Matthew

Moved to the Big Island 10 years ago from Portland, Oregon. I have lived all around the U.S. but I feel that this is my true home. Rose and I just spent an amazing month in Nepal and India, but the best part was coming back to Hawaii. In 1999, while attending an alternative building design seminar in Cottage Grove, Oregon, I was introduced to the concept of permaculture. Although the original focus of permaculture was sustainable food production, over time the philosophy of permaculture has expanded to encompass economic and social systems. Today I have my Permaculture Design Certification and also my Permaculture Teacher Training Certification. My passion now is working to make our Big Island property an example of permaculture design, and in cultivating Bodhisattva Healing Gardens to become a place where these healing ideas are shared.


Rose Riedesel, L.M.T.

Brennan Healing Science

Licensed Message Therapist

Cranial Sacral Therapist

Intuitive Wellness Coach


Matthew purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Matthew chose Kamuela

We chose our property for the excellent climate and the proximity to the best beaches and easy access to Waimea town.

What makes this cottage unique

We have State of the Art High speed Wi-Fi Fiber optic internet service that runs @ 1 GB speed.


For those of you with Wi-Fi sensitivities we have personal routers and router tamer bags with an on/off feature. We also have ethernet ports for hardwire connection.

There is no better place to take a nap in the afternoon or enjoy an evening of star gazing. Our elevation of 1700' provides breezes and milder temperatures and the perfect culture for organic farming.


Kamuela Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 485 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is a full bathroom with shower. Hand Soap/Body Soap/Shampoo Provided Toilet Tissue
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Studio - 1 queen
  • The bedroom has queen size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Rose Riedesel, L.M.T. Brennan Healing Science Licensed Massage Therapist Cranial Sacral Therapist Intuitive Wellness Coach 808-885-6230


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.769231 based on 26 reviews

Wonderful, peaceful and sweet studio

  • 5 of 5

From the moment you pull up, you know the Zen Hale is going to be something special-- from the sweet walkway, to the beautiful outside, to the studio with everything you need, but too much. The word "sanctuary" comes to mind. Ideally located in what I think is the BEST place on the Island-- between Waimea and the gorgeous Kohala beaches. We didn't spend that much time in the cabin, because exploring the area was so awesome-- but the time we did spend was heaven. Crazy good value for the cost. We will return!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Dacia, Rose and I are so happy you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale "Sanctuary". When a guest says they will return it confirms that we are offering the best experience, clean space and ideal location at a great value. Thank you for this opportunity to be your hosts. You were great guests and we hope to see you again on your next trip to Hawaii Island. Mahalo, Matthew
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Rural beauty close to beaches and town

  • 5 of 5

Zen Hale became like home within a day. The most private of the cottages, nestled among fragrant flowering trees. This retreat is at about 2,000 foot elevation, ten minutes from astounding beaches, and five minutes from restaurants of Waimea. View of mountains if clear. Comfy bed, tiled shower. Birdlife in the mornings, wonderful hosts. Informing values: conservation, Zen, minimalist, seemed like a persistence of the sixties. Coffee beans and French press supplied! We liked it!

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, We love it when our guests refer to Zen Hale as "Home" and we are so happy you enjoyed your stay. The Zen Hale is truly a private a serene space away from the crowds but still centrally located to all the Island must see sights and only minutes from the best Kohala Beaches and Waimea Town. We practice maintain an organic 2 acres and love to share the fruits of our labors. A comfy bed and fresh coffee in the morning definitely add to the "home" feeling. We hope you'll visit again. We enjoyed being your hosts. Aloha and Mahalo Matthew and Rose
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Nice private quiet cottage

  • 4 of 5

Nice cottage, clean, pretty, close to Waimea. No complaints.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Renee, We're happy you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale. We always hope our guests find the cottage to be clean, private and pretty and we're please that you did. It is in a great central location and being only 4 miles from Waimea Town is a plus. Thanks for being a great guest. We hope you'll visit again. Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
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Iowa, USA

A quiet and private delight of a cottage close to the beaches!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed at the Zen Hale for 9 days and loved it! It is so close to so many beaches - 10 minute drive or so. We would leave early in the morning and go to the beach (or go touring if it was rainy) and then come home and make dinners here. We did eat dinners and lunches out in Waimea, which is about 10 minutes the other way. This place has all you need to make great dinners! We found a fish market close by too! We loved the privacy here, how safe it was and how quiet. Matthew and Rose were only a text away if we had a question. We saw a rainbow out the front door one day. Another morning we saw a flock of turkeys. This is a great base to see this side of the island - the beaches, Waimea and the Parker Ranch and all the other places that I can't remember their names because every town seems to have a K's, H's, A's and O's in it! It was really hard to leave this place, but we did and spent the other half of our stay on the Hilo side of the Big Island. Thanks Matthew and Rose for everything!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Becky, We are so happy you enjoyed your Zen Hale stay. Your review indicates you took full advantage of our great central location and got to experience so many of the reasons we chose this location to live. Zen Hale definitely offers the perfect spot to return to after a day of beaching and exploring. Thanks for being such great guests. We hope you'll come back and allow us to be your hosts on your next trip to Hawaii Island. Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
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beauty, peace, comfort

  • 5 of 5

very beautifully decorated inside and comfortable. Kitchen area is small yet workable, and I liked the gas bbq outside The bed and bedroom area are very sweet. The whole space, inside and out, is peaceful and quiet. fantastic land and views from the outside . 10 min to the beach, 10min to the town/stores. yes, wife and I loved it.

  • Submitted: Dec 22, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Matthew, Rose and I are happy you enjoyed your Zen Hale stay. It sounds like you experienced everything we try are hardest to offer each of our guests.....Clean, Comfortable, Quiet and Peaceful all on the perfect Big Island location. Anytime you're ready to return you will be welcome guests. Mahhalo, Matthew and Rose
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Paintsville, KY

Adventures in Paradise

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable home away from home. Very relaxing and quiet. Would have been better with a/c and ottoman . Highly recommended for anyone seeking this type accommodations.

Thank you Matthew and Rose.

Billy and Lorene

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Billy, We're happy you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale. Air conditioning is not usually an issue due to our elevation at 1700 feet and the cool breezes we experience. The Zen is a very private and quiet sanctuary on our 2 acre property. A nice retreat away from the hustle and bustle of Kona and so many tourists but only minutes from the best Kohala beaches and Waimea Town. Thank you again for the opportunity to be your hosts. You'll always be welcome on your next Hawaii Island visit. Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Red Water CAfe
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Mauna Kea Resort
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Mauna Kea Beach
Car: necessary

Waimea, also called Kamuela, is the largest town in the interior of the Big Island, and is the center for ranching activities and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). This historic area full of rolling, green pastures is still home to cattle, cowboys and ranches. The Parker Ranch in and around Waimea is the largest privately owned cattle ranch in the US, and the annual Fourth of July rodeo is a major event.

But there is more to Waimea than just paniolo. This area is now home to a thriving community. You’ll find one of Hawaii Island’s finest chefs at Merriman’s Restaurant. Peter Merriman is three-time finalist in the prestigious James Beard Awards for Best Chef and is one of the founding members of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. You can also find the Kahilu Theatre here, a 490-seat cultural mecca on Hawaii Island featuring performances by renowned musicians, dancers and artists.

The Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, held annually in the first week of February, has recently become another major event of the town. In the center of town you can find Hawaiian art at the Isaacs Art Center and the Wishard Gallery.

Waimea is also home to the headquarters of two astronomical observatories located on Mauna Kea, the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. It is also headquarters of the International Lunar Observatory Association

To explore the road less traveled, the Kohala Mountain Road (Highway 250) leads north from Waimea to the charming town of Hawi. Most visitors miss this beautiful drive, but it’s a scenic way to get from Waimea to Hawi and the stunning Pololu Valley Lookout, which showcases breathtaking coastal views of the Hamakua Coast.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $195
Tax Rate 14.41%

Abuse of this policy will result in loss of security deposit.
Deposit is returned within 7 days of departure barring any losses, damages or abuse of this contract. Report any damages to owner upon arrival and before departure.
Guest shall allow Homeowner access to the property for purpose of repair, cleaning and inspection. Homeowner shall exercise this right of access in a reasonable manner.
No other persons except those indicated in rental agreement may stay overnight
QUIET TIME 10:00 PM TO 8:00 AM
The home is cleaned before and after your stay. Maid service is not included. We can help you arrange it at your own expense.
Please take all rubbish tightly sealed in bags to the trashcans. Place garbage, glass and recycle items in the properly marked can.
This vacation rental property is privately owned. The owners are not responsible for any accidents, injuries or illnesses that occur while on the premises or its facilities. The homeowner is not responsible for the loss of personal belongings or valuables of the guest. By accepting this reservation, it is agreed that all guests are expressly assuming the risk of any harm arising from the use of the premises by themselves, their children or others whom they invite on the premises and hereby waive any claim of liability or negligence against the homeowner for any accidents, injuries or illness that may occur while on the premise or its facilities.
Thank You

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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