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Upscale Adventure Retreat between Volcano & Ocean

Bedrooms 2
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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About the property

Sleeps 7, Easy Access to All the Big Island has to Offer!

All-inclusive rates NO HIDDEN FEES! Rates INCLUDE 13.42% Hawaii taxes AND cleaning fee.

$20 per additional guest after first 2 guests ($15 per additional guest for stays over a week, $10 for stays over a month).

Deposit of $250 held until after departure (we have always returned the deposit in full so far).

QUIET AND LUSH IN ITS OWN ACRES OF TROPICAL GARDENS at the end of a palm-lined, private, gated driveway, Hale Pono is a brand new, eco-friendly garden retreat home. In a peaceful location off the beaten track, where tropical rainforest meets the jungle on its way down to the ocean.

HALE PONO ENJOYS A PLEASANT JUNGLE/RAINFOREST CLIMATE gently kissed by the trade winds - only 20 minutes from Hilo airport, closer to all the island has to offer! If you choose to fly into Kona Airport, you will have a spectacular 2 hour drive to Hale Pono with endless beautiful sights on your way home! Every island road is unique: passing desert, mountain, ocean, forests, lava-rock fields, rolling ranchlands, quaint towns and villages.

EASY ACCESS TO EVERYTHING ON THE BIG ISLAND - 25 minutes from Kilauea Volcano Park; 20 minutes from Hilo or Pahoa; 15 minutes to the ocean and great ocean hikes to hidden beaches; 30 minutes drive to surfing, taking a helicopter ride over the island, ancient petroglyphs, lava-walks and zip-lining over the waterfalls; 1 hour drive to South Point, Punalu'u and the green-sand beach; 90 minutes drive to Mauana Kea Observatory, Waipio Valley or The Parker Ranch; 2 hours drive to the West-Side of the island, Waimea or Kohala.


in the house and gardens, stargaze at nights - choose to have grocery delivery, rideshares to town or bus stops, massage sessions, healing sessions and breakfast/evening meal service. When you are ready, start your island adventures!

. Sleeps 7 on comfortable beds:

1 king

1 queen

1 optional super-comfy inflatable queen with mattress-topper (goes in seating area)

1 optional twin/single bed for an extra person in either bedroom

. 2 full bathrooms with large tubs, showers, basins and toilets in each, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer provided

. All-local harvested wood trim and floor

. Fully equipped kitchen, bakeware, cookware, utensils, etc.

. Dining area with extendible table, seats 8

. Seating area for 7 people

. Laundry room (washer, dryer, laundry sink, laundry soap provided)

. Plenty of closet space in every area

. Plenty of parking

. Hawaii art and crafts enhance the natural features of the home

. Built so it is naturally air-conditioned by the trade winds

. Ceiling Fans in every room

. 6 acres of tropical gardens & ancient ohia forest

. Catchment rainwater for your household needs, filtered & treated for your convenience (plenty of bottled water provided for drinking)

. Hawaii jungle sounds to lull you to sleep each night

. Wake up to birdsong every morning

PLEASE NOTE: Hale Pono is NOT in Volcano Village, as shown on the map, it is 20 miles towards Hilo on Highway 11.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE AND RIDES INTO HILO TO PICK UP RENTAL bicycles or rental vehicle, or just to explore and enjoy! Rides to the 'Hele-on' island bus routes - where $1 will take you on any single bus trip, from home to Hilo/Pahoa/Volcano/Ka'u or from one side of the island to the other!

HALE PONO'S EXCELLENT OHANA MEALS SERVICE CAN PROVIDE you with home-cooked daily meals and/or a grocery shopping service of your choice of available local, regular, and international groceries!

IF YOU ARE RENTING A VEHICLE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO rent locally, and recommend to rent an AWD vehicle or 4x4 - it will give you far more flexibility for your island adventures; scaling the Mauna Kea summit, visiting Waipio Valley and some of the wilder beaches and beauty spots.

THE HOME IS SET ON A VERY BEAUTIFUL, TRANQUIL, BUMPY lava-rock trail - 0.5 of a mile to paved road in the ocean direction and 0.7 of a mile to paved road in the volcano direction, so your 4x4 will make the drive home easier, too.


A FLAT SCREEN TV, BLU-RAY DVD PLAYER ARE AVAILABLE and, usually, access to wireless internet and Netflix, although the last two are dependent on the local internet service being available and it is not always reliable. There is good 4G service in the area for your smart phone.



THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO DO AND EXPERIENCE ON the Big Island, guests often decide to stay for several weeks to enjoy the adventures and experiences. We encourage you enjoying our wonderful island - so Hale Pono's daily rates go down the longer you stay!

WE ASKED FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SHARE THEIR TREASURED Big Island memories with us, here are a few of the responses: Volcanoes National Park . Lava Walks . Lava Viewing . Lava Tubes . Ocean Swimming . Kayaking . Paddle-Boarding . Surfing . Black Sand Beaches . Green Sand Beach . White Sand Beaches . Spear-Fishing . Charter Traditional Hawaiian Canoe by Moonlight . Swim with Wild Dolphins . Snorkel . Swim with Wild Giant Turtles . Ocean Walks . Zoo . Botanical Gardens . Manta-Ray Night Swim . Sacred Sites (Heiaus) . Lava Tree State Park . Helicopter Rides over the Island and Volcano! . Place of Refuge National Park . Big Island Candy Company (best choc-dipped Macnut Shortbread in Hawaii!) . Mac Nut Farm Tours . Coffee Plantations & Tasting . Vineyard . Magnificent Waterfalls . Ancient Petroglyphs .Horse Riding in Waipio Valley or Waimea Ranchlands . Rodeos . Parker Ranch (largest ranch in the USA!) . Volcano-warmed Hot Ponds . MERRIE MONARCH HULA FESTIVAL . Museums . Mauna Kea Observatory . Imiloa Observatory . ?Hula Performance . Hula Classes . Free Public Pool . Movie Theaters ($1 up!) . Bowling. Restaurants . Gyms . Zip-lining over Waterfalls . Bonsai Cultural Center . Eateries . Farmer's Markets . Artists' Studios . Orchid Merchants . Wild Orchids (the Big Island is known as the Orchid Isle) . Ancient Mango Groves . And more, so much more, there's something for everyone here on Hawaii Island!

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2017

About Zoe

Hi, I am Zoë, a Brit who feels completely at home here on the Big Island. This amazing place with the very best people you'll ever meet, so many terrains; jungle, desert, rainforest, jungle, rolling ranchlands, snow-capped mountains and Kilauea, our very own live volcano, making the Big Island bigger every moment as lava falls steaming into the ocean; twelve of the world's sixteen weather patterns; green, black, gray and white sand beaches; the world's highest mountain (from the seabed up!), warm ponds heated by the volcano under the palms nestled by a sun-soaked ocean, snorkeling, kayaking, caving, climbing, surfing, paddle-boarding, zip-lining, hiking, swimming, farmer's markets, national parks, and so much more... delicious local foods; beauty, beauty and more beauty; magnificent waterfalls, ancient giant mango groves, the stark black lava rock, the clear blue skies and the warm waters of turquoise ocean. Giant turtles, spinner dolphins and whales who swim wild and free with us as we play in the ocean! We enjoy them all.

We are family oriented with many friends and family, local and international, who often stay at our home. We enjoy a simple island lifestyle, gatherings of good company, good music, good food and we prefer to live alcohol-free and smoke-free. We have three dogs, Koa, Maui and Lilikoi, all of whom are well-socialzed and well-behaved. We're a low-tech family, no broadcast TV, no video games, although we do have the internet and Netflix for the movies we love to watch together.

As a family (however many of us there are at home!) we play board games, any games, sing, write, create arts and crafts, garden, cook, bake, and spend time in the great outdoors of the Big Island, cycling, hiking, swimming, kayaking and boogie-boarding, amongst other things. We cook our food from scratch, using local or home-grown ingredients as much as possible and encourage exploration of the local culinary delights!

Zoe purchased this lodge in 2012

Why Zoe chose Volcano

We chose Hale Pono because we love the peaceful location and how well it was built, using local resources, like the wood floors, and careful attention to the things that matter living in a tropical climate.

What makes this lodge unique

Beautiful retreat-like setting, off the beaten track

Natural air conditioning as the house is built in orientation to the trade-winds.

On stilts, so there is good airflow around and under the structure and it discourages bugs.

Gorgeous hand-laid, locally-harvested and processed wood floor and trim.

Two full bathrooms

A large kitchen area

Large carport and dedicated Laundry Room

Guestbook comments from the owner

***** TripAdvisor online verified review - 5 stars

Though Hale Pono is a little off the beaten path it's completely worth the drive! We stayed here overnight while on a trip to see the Volcano and couldn't have picked a better spot. The charming and cozy home was immaculately clean and filled with all the comforts of home. Zoe, our host, was incredibly warm and greeted us with a freshly baked chocolate/cherry cake and haupia ice cream that we devoured for dessert. The property itself is gorgeous and really a perfect little slice of paradise. Our family lives on the Big Island and even to us it truly felt like a tropical escape! We really enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it to anyone!
Jan 2013
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
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Upscale Adventure Retreat between Volcano & Ocean
average rating of 5.0 based on 27 reviews

Well presented property in the rain forest

  • 5 of 5

After a long flight from the UK we were met and guided to this lovely property in the forest late at night. Zoe had laid in some supplies for us, even though we hadn't ordered anything, so we didn't have to rush about shopping on our first morning. In two fantastic weeks exploring the Big Island we spent a lot of time at the Volcanoes National Park which is only 25 minutes up the road. We also visited the Kona coast for snorkeling and whale watching, although that is somewhat further away (2 hours by the saddle road). All in all a great base for our holiday, which went past only too quickly.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
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San Francisco

Raised the Bar

  • 5 of 5

After reading others' reviews, I see that they highlighted all the aspects that easily earned this vacation locale its five stars. All future rentals will be held against this standard. I can't imagine a more comfortable, cozy, welcoming, perfectly maintained place.

  • Submitted: Nov 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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S.F. Bay Area

Top Notch

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed at 5 different vacation rentals through out the islands and this is by far the beset because:

- interior is very very clean (floor is dustless, bathroom is not moldy, kitchen is not greasy,

- bedroom is super comfortable

- pantry is stocked with the essentials

- kitchen very functional (has cook ware for us to cook steamed blue striped bass, Kauai shrimp Kahuku style, and chicken long rice)

- laundry washer / dryer are brand new; stocked with detergent

- smart TV with Pandora, Netflix, Hulu...

- super comfy sofa

- and the most important reason is that this place is very very clean

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
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Family Vacation in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our weeklong stay in Hale Pono immensely. It was the perfect spot from which to explore all that Volcanoes National Park, Hilo and the East side of the Big Island have to offer. Even Mauna Kea is a comfortable day trip. If we have one regret, it's that we didn't take greater advantage of Zoe's cooking. The meals and snacks we did have were delicious and the haupia pie is not to be missed. Our kids felt right at home and the little touches, like the toys, games and books were well used.

We hope to have the opportunity to visit again soon. Mahalo Zoe!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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East Brunswick, NJ

Our luxury home from home for exploring the Island

  • 5 of 5

This rental is a great location to explore the whole island from. Our luxury private sunshine hideaway and still under five minutes to the two highways. We booked half our trip staying at another rental on the West side of the island and ended up we cancelled that one and stayed the whole time at this rental because we know when we've found a good thing! The other reviews say it all about how awesome this rental is, I would only add that it is outstanding value for money and we are so happy that we were in one place the whole time. The island is so small you can drive everywhere in no time flat and the drives are all amazing. Don't waste your money renting in Kona - we've been to the island before and never found a better rental or hotel, east or west side of the island.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
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Ripon, Yorks, UK

What a place!

  • 5 of 5

We took a long time to find a place that sounded like it would suit all six of us in the family. Hale Pono fit the bill! What a place! We used it as our luxurious base camp for exploring Hawaii Island. Most places of interest were 15-30 mins drive and nothing on the island is more than a two-hour drive, with plenty to do and see on your way. The weather at the house was spectacular. The house was beyond all of our expectations and a great deal of thought had gone into special touches just for our family. We travelled from the U.K. and it was worth every jet-lagged mile! We stayed two weeks and only wish we could move in. It was great to meet Zoe and her family who run this all so seamlessly. Communication was excellent and easy, place was a dream, beautiful easy location, perfect weather, delicious food. We're completely rejuvenated and looking forward to coming back one of these days! Mahalo nui loa.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Russ and family! Thank you for the lovely review, you were wonderful guests, it was great meeting you all and I am so happy you enjoyed your stay.
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Hilo municipal or Volcano
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highways 11 and Highway 130
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Blanes Drive-in
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Car: necessary

Hale Pono is located in a tranquil rural area where Tropical Rainforest meets Jungle its way down to the Ocean. Located on its own 3 Acre Ohia Forest lot, within a larger property, Hale Pono is very secluded. Its long driveway leads out to a gate on a traditional Hawaii Lava-Rock Track (paved road starts in 0.7 mile towards Volcano and 0.5 mile towards the ocean) . The area is very quiet, very green, always in bloom. Fruit trees abound and the neighborhood is friendly and laid back. Ancient ohia forest screens the ocean view. There are local walks in nature, breathtaking ocean walks, wonderful Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Mac Nut farm tours 15 minutes drive , Hilo (paddle-board, surf, swim in the turquoise ocean with giant turtles, spinner dolphins and whales, visit museums, botanical gardens, Imiloa Observatory, waterfalls) and Pahoa (wonderful, unique old town, great charaters, great eateries) are 20 minutes drive, Volcano National Park is 25 minutes drive, most attractions (Warm Ponds, Snorkelling, Lava Tree State Park, Mauna Kea Observatory, Swimming with wild Spinner Dolphins, Black Sand Beach, South Point, Horse-riding in magical Waipio, Rodeos at Parker Ranch, etc.) are between 25-90 minutes drive. There's plenty of parking at Hale Pono - we recommend a 4x4 or bicycle for the road and for widening your scope of adventure - a 4x4 is needed for Mauna Kea stargazing and some of the more spectacular remote beaches. There are places to hire bikes in Hilo and Hale Pono's shuttle can ride you there. Older local 4x4s can be rented for $225 per week and be waiting for you at the airport or delivered to Hale Pono. The Hele-On bus travels the island, can carry 2 bicycles and is only $1 per trip! In general there is plenty of parking at reasonable rates (or free) everywhere on the island

***PLEASE NOTE, Hale Pono is NOT located in Volcano Village, it is about 20 miles down Highway 11 towards Hilo, in a warmer and less damp climate (lower altitude, closer to ocean)***


Rates & Availability

Volcano Village Lodge Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250

Our rates are ALL-INCLUSIVE (of 13.42% Hawaii taxes and Weekly Cleaning Fee).
We NEVER load our rates, they are the same good deal year-round!
$155 per night, $900 per week, $3400 per month.
$250 RETURNABLE damage/loss/breakage deposit (so far we have always returned the deposit in full)
$20 ($15 for stays over a week) per person per night for each additional guest after the first 2 guests

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Volcano Village Lodge Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • 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
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing

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