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Gateway to Lava Flows - Changing Vistas 'Music Cave of Refuge'

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Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

Lush Vegetation - Lava - Timeless Music and Ocean Rhythms

The home has been described as 'A Vacation within A Vacation': And what a vacation! Home offers SECLUSION for special occasions.

Read the reviews for guest's suggestions, quotes and kind feelings:

"We all agreed that this was our favourite VRBO that we stayed at during our Big Island trip. We miss it already."

The home has been complimented as the most complete, unique and best value for your Hawaiian Vacation: Your gift to yourself of a nostalgic memorable Hawaiian Experience.

"Yes Dorothy there is a place like Home!"

A Special Retreat with a welcoming lava terrace to the ocean!!!

Basic cleaning fees, no extra people fees and never a fee for information and help! The daily and weekly rates and cleaning include all costs minus the taxman and the HomeAway booking agent fee - Please read the reviews we are here so you can have the Most Unique Fun and complete vacation/holiday!

Property Description.

2000 square foot home and 3 adjacent lots with almost unlimited ocean vistas. The coast and lava field is always changing so each visit offers unique new adventures. Home is on a lush vegetation covered lot with coconut palm, breadfruit, banana, pineapple, lemon, lilikoi, macadamia, beautiful flowers and orchids: All opening to a lava terraced ocean front vista. The three adjoining lots have lava from the winter 1990 lava flow plus old and new vegetation to include avocado. If you look just 10 feet south and east of the house you will see lava where the 1990 lava flow stopped.

Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua 'Music Cave of Refuge' is the house second story: The exclusive premium small party (4 to 5 person maximum) vacation rental consist of approximately 1000 square feet with 2 unique bedrooms (2 queen pillow top mattress beds), a daybed in the living room and 2 upscale modern baths. A gourmet kitchen is where you will enjoy preparing your meals as you drink in the ocean views: Listen to the ocean as you cook and the rhythms of the palm trees or the jukebox with approximately 450 albums/CDs of timeless music.

Entertainment!!! Besides a full sized American Made Classic Jukebox with 6 bubblers to entertain you, you can watch a 3D movie on the 132 inch living room theater or watch a movie on a 92 inch screen in the kitchen and each of the bedrooms. If you want the complete movie atmosphere you can have popcorn from a theater popcorn maker and a beverage from a classic coke cooler at the Diner Route '66' Table. Wednesday night offers the famous 'Night Market at Kalapana: The Wednesday Farmers Market is a short 0.6 to 0.8 mile walk (lava route or road route) from the house.

Almost everyday features sunshine and more sunshine; often while you're sleeping, a rejuvenation shower occurs. Considered by many the most perfect climate on the islands: Sneak a peek at the Galileo thermometer on the breakfast bar and you usually will find a temperature between 68 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit day time or night time.

'Special 'Guest Book' Feature:'

The 'Guest Book' allows quiet time reading of shared experiences at The Music Cave of Refuge - 'Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua '

The Bauk Family allowed me to share this message from the “Guest Book' with you:

I share this message that is excellently targeted to the experience this special property was designed to create in this magical environment.

Hi Bob,

We have just returned home from our wonderful trip to Hawaii, so I apologize for the delay in replying to you.

We had a wonderful time staying at your property, and we took some flyers and will absolutely recommend it to anyone visiting the big island.

I will write a review online soon, but you are more than welcome to use the review from your guest book in your property description…



***Below is a shared experience from the “Guest Book”: The 'Guest Book' is specially designed to share with you - we encourage you to share your experiences and thoughts in the “Guest Book”. ***

“Thank you so much for fitting us in for the night - we just wish we had discovered this place earlier and spent more time here. After more than ten years working in the travel industry and traveling all over the world, staying in many types of accommodations - this property has to be one of the coolest, funkiest, most fun places we have stayed. We absolutely LOVED IT!!

Congratulations Bob on creating a fabulous eclectic environment. My four year old son just asked if we could stay here forever.


Julia , Jos and Alec Bauk”

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Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017

About Bob

Your Host 'Bob' has worked a decade overseas assisting people in nations ravaged by wars to rebuild their lives and nation. During the time overseas 'Bob' was called the 'movie man' not because he knew much about movies but because Bob would share a movie with everyone: Sharing a move led to sharing popcorn and sometimes teaching people of other nations how to make popcorn in a theater popcorn machine: Bob left many popcorn machines around the world and many friendly popcorn lovers. During those 10 years, Bob had little time to visit the wonderful home and retreat he wants to share with you. For Bob, relaxation was no longer than 21 days home at Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua - 'Music Cave of Refuge' and making Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua a special place of refuge to relax, reflect and share. Darlene our co-host would put back in order the projects Bob did not finish. Darlene lived during my long time overseas at my home in the downstairs living area: I am happy to say Darlene still lives in the downstairs unit of the home and can be your best guide to the islands or she can be invisible: Your Choice. Darlene managed a Hostel for more than 3 years that specialized in eco-tourism and hiking (a favorite stop for world travelers). Darlene has been an island resident for 26 years. Now that Darlene is retired it is wonderful to have her around as a friend and resource. I encourage you to consider the advantages of a home with such a great friend and resource: We hope you can relax as we do at Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua - with our Hawaii and World knowledge - We truly believe there is no finer place in Hawaii or the World.

Aloha and Mahalo from Darlene and Bob!

Bob purchased this house in 2004

Why Bob chose Hawaii

The area and home have some of the cleanest air in the World. Home location is approximately 1 mile from a weather point used as a baseline reference for World clean air data. There is sunshine almost every day usually when it rains during the day (not very common) the sun will always return. It is very common for late night and early morning showers allowing for a lush green environment during the very sunny days and it makes for very moderate temperatures never (almost never) temperatures exceeding the 80's. With the mild but steady winds, humidity is generally not an issue. The home offers Seclusion, Seclusion, Seclusion with beautiful surrounding areas. Just outside your doorstep are wonderful walking areas and scenic roads: When you return home the home environment and outstanding entertainment option offer almost a vacation in a vacation.

What makes this house unique

View the steam rising from the lava ocean entry and from the front lot view the lava flowing down the mountainside when surface lava is present. SECLUSION! CHANGING VISTA VIEWS! MORNING AND EVENING WALKS! Almost no one knows anyone lives here! Two isolated uncrowded beaches one a 5 minute walk and the other a 15 minute walk. Must be one of the best kept secrets and places on the globe.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(37 traveler reviews)

Gateway to Lava Flows - Changing Vistas 'Music Cave of Refuge'
average rating of 4.972973 based on 37 reviews
Crystal Lake, Illinois

Fantastic "Once in a lifetime" experience

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Music Cave of Refuge was a wonderful, once in a lifetime experience. The area and people truly became our home away from home. We found so much to do and see that we could've easily enjoyed another week! The home is one of the best values in the entire area and provides the perfect relaxing environment for your stay. Darlene is nearby and provided a wealth of information and suggestions for everything from what to do to where to eat and shop. The Music Cave of Refuge itself is decorated as well as any “Disney” property and made my wife and I feel 20 years younger. Fortunately we had our Son with us to figure out the remotes, and wealth of electronics. The home is very clean, comfortable and secure, easily handling the three adults we had during our stay. The two bedrooms with two full bathrooms served our needs well. The location is away from all of the typically touristy things Hawaii has to offer, but close enough that a day excursion can take you almost anywhere on the island. The local towns and farmers markets provide an insider’s view of what it is really like to live on the Big Island. We found that local restaurant prices were reasonable, and the food was excellent at every place we tried. During the evenings we returned to the cottage and relaxed with drinks on the lanai, enjoying the cool breezes and sounds of the ocean. After cocktails, we gathered in the kitchen and dining facilities to cook and eat at the home. After dinner we could watch a movie on one of the 3 “BIG SCREENS” with a tasty batch of popcorn. It was the perfect ending to the day where together we would plan for the next. If you want to really experience the real Hawaii, and rainforest settings with a view of extraordinary nature (Lava flow) that you may never in your life have a chance to witness again, then I highly recommend staying at the Music Cave of Refuge for your next vacation on the Big Island. Special thanks to Darlene for all your help as a tour guide, restaurant critic, and especially coming to find us when we got lost. You are truly special.

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always nice when you can come home to that special feeling of being home. We are happy the "Music Cave of Refuge" and our neighborhood provided that feeling and thank you for the kind comments on the extra services and information Darlene can provide. She so much enjoyed your visit. Relaxing on the lanai looking across the lava terrace to the ocean with a cool breeze and beverage is always a special time as you plan that next island adventure. We are happy you enjoyed the evening cooking dining in and enjoying popcorn and a movie on the big projection screens. A special thank you from Afghanistan. I am sorry I was not home to meet you and your family. I enjoyed our communications and thank you for your service. Mahalo Darlene and Bob
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Relaxing place

  • 5 of 5

Very well stocked place, more than what is expected. Lots of electronics, we enjoyed the jukebox. Walking distance to Uncle Roberts farmers market, quite the fun evening experience. Caretaker lives downstairs, she's very friendly with lots of helpful info about the area. She's a gem.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests enthusiasm was contagious. They were a great help and were able to relax and enjoy the many things we share with out guest like the Jukebox and projectors. It was nice to see they enjoyed our local gathering site "Uncle Robert's" and the hospitality, area and great local knowledge Darlene the caretaker and host provides. Darlene and I say a special Mahalo. Darlene and Bob
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San Diego

Mind blowing

  • 5 of 5

If you want to feel the true magic of Hawaii, this is the area to be in, and the Music Cave of Refuge, is the place to stay. Every thought of what a vacationer needs, especially families, is provided at the house. First the location is truly mind blowing. We stayed for 7 nights and could of stayed for another few weeks and still had plenty to see and do. If you want to hike to the lava flow this is the closest location. The parking lot to where you start the hike is a 5 minute drive from the house. Also a huge highlight, especially those who have children, is Ahalanui Park, a natural swimming pool that is sheltered from the waves and a wonderful place for kids to swim. The drive to and from the house to Ahalanui Park is spectacular, with tree lined country roads and priceless ocean views that connect with your soul. The town of Pahoa is a 15 minute drive and there are dining options and even scheduled daily events that are going on. Another highlight is Uncle Roberts farmers market on Wednesday nights, you can walk from the house and only takes 10 minutes. Locals gather at this weekly event with food from different countries and live music going on. Hilo is just a short 30 minute drive, with day trips to the north that you can see wonderful waterfalls. Volcano National Park is a 45 minute drive away, if you happen to have a 4th grader, check out the free pass that you can download on their website. Darlene is a wonderful hostess who makes sure that all your needs are met. The kitchen comes with anything a cook would need and beyond. A huge highlight, in the master bedroom is the view of the ocean beyond the lava. At night, the special treat is the frog orchestra and all the sounds. There are 2 bedrooms and I have 3 kids, so I was able to fit everyone comfortably, with the many comforters and blankets that are provided. The entertainment system in the house is amazing. The many streaming movie channels make for a wonderful relaxation after exploring all day. The house is so clean and kept up so well. Darlene even provided us with snorkel equipment for the whole family. Take it from me, I was a travel agency owner for 20 years, I have sent multitudes of clients to the Hawaiian Islands, and also been many times myself. However, this last trip was the best I ever had because I had never been to this part of the island. A true gem, with everything you need, and an amazing hostess that goes above and beyond your needs.

  • Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo! Thank you for taking the time to spend with us and to share with others. We are so happy you enjoyed this area of Hawaii, our home and hospitality. We listen sincerely to our guests and try to make the experience of this Magical Hawaiian Area home for people that like to explore the beauty of living and beauty of Hawaii. When you can relax; "Have some Comforts" and blend into the surrounds then you may find that special Hawaiian Zone. Thank you for the heart felt expression of special feeling. It was truly our pleasure to meet you and sincerely appreciate you sharing with others the exciting surrounds: The Welcome Mat and Hawaiian Atmosphere is here for your future adventures and travel. Mahalo; Darlene and Bob
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Unique, fun and comfortable home in Pahoa

  • 5 of 5

My family and I only spent one night at Bob's home in Pahoa, but it was really great! Darlene was a gracious and friendly hostess, and the house was clean and comfortable for a family of five. The popcorn maker, jukebox, and multiple big screen projectors with Netflix made the stay fun for everyone. The location was private and out of the way, and we walked out onto the lava field to the ocean, which was very cool. If you want to stay on this part of the Big Island, I highly recommend Bob's house!

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy to have this family stay with us even if the stay was to short. We were amazed and pleased during the too short one night stay they enjoyed our nearby Hawaiian Local Festival/Farmers Market. It was also nice to know they found the time to walk and see the lava field and interesting shoreline by the house. It is our pleasure and warms our heart when a family stays and crowds so much fun in a day and still enjoys a family style evening after being a tourist: Watches a move on one of the big move screens, makes popcorn and finishes with music on the jukebox in the relaxings surrounds of tropical breezes, tropical sounds and tropical fragrances. We were so pleased they found the time to stay with us. Mahalo from Darlene and Bob
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A family retreat in tropical paradise!

  • 4 of 5

Our school-aged kids thought the pahoehoe lava field was a playground! We snorkeled several beaches, toured the volcano national park and spent a day in Hilo. The drive back was a little far from the sights, but once back to the house, quickly forgotten. Such a comfortable space. Everyone slept well and had space to chill out. I enjoyed some awesome coffee out on the front deck, early morning, listening to the birds. Really special.

  • Submitted: Apr 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Great guest who used their brief time on the island to the max. Darlene the caretaker said they were out and about early and returned late; enjoying the many nice locations nearby and some distant locations. Mahalo Darlene and Bob
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Victoria, BC

Great for family time with the kids

  • 5 of 5

Our family of four (2 boys ages 9 & 11) truly enjoyed our stay. The home was clean and quiet (as long as you like the sound of the frogs at night, which we loved). Everything worked well. Darlene gave us great tips on restaurants (Kaleo's and Pele's Kitchen were both great) in Pahoa and went over everything with us when we arrived.

We enjoyed our days out and then being able to come back to a place that really felt like 'home'. We watched movies on the big screen as a family most evenings. We made lots of meals together and enjoyed creating a playlist on the Jukebox. The nights were cool enough (in March) to sleep in comfort, but still warm enough to chat on the lanai until late in the evening. There's an evening market a short walk away on Wednesdays which is totally worth checking out. The entire region of the island is really beautiful and we enjoyed using highway 137 to go snorkeling at the Kapoho Tide Pools. So scenic.

We all agreed that this was our favourite VRBO that we stayed at during our Big Island trip. We miss it already.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love to hear you were comfortable and felt like you were coming home after many of your exciting days on this side of the island. For being quaint and quiet; the Puna, Pahoa, Kalapana, Kaimu and Kapoho area offer so much! Enjoying a walk to the local Wednesday evening market for local flavor, relaxing on the lanai is more icing on the cake. Thanks for Sharing! Finally, thank you for sharing the restaurant information and shout-out to Darlene for how she is there for help recommendations and keeps the home clean so it can be shared with friend and thought by many as the best VRBO stay on the island. We enjoyed your stay and hope we will meet again! Mahao Darlene and Bob.
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Pahoa Town - 3 in town Bars many Restaurants
Nearest Golf
25.5 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd. Hwy 137
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Kalapana Village Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Kaimu Secret Beach and Kalapana Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Secluded narrow dead end ocean side road access approximately 600 feet off Hwy 137 (Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road - Red Road local name) - Home and all Ocean Front adjoining vacant lots are the secluded property at the end of the road: Adjacent to Hawaii Coastal Access and just steps from Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's Kalapana lava viewing area. When you exit the house and turn left (west on Hwy 137) you are 1/2 mile from Uncle Robert's Awa ('Kava') Bar and evening entertainment/concerts plus a weeky flea market: You can follow the groomed walking access to Kalapana Black Sand Beach. Point east on Hwy 137 and drive toward Kapoho: You will find Kehena Beach (non-officially sanctioned clothing optional beach) Kalani Oceanside Retreat (comprehensive environment, health and yoga retreat), SPACE (Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education), Pohoiki (Isaac Hale Beach Park) surf break, Ahalanui hot pond, and Kapoho tidal ponds. Head back west to the house then head north toward Pahoa on Hwy 130 (Pahoa Kalapana Rd.) and approximately 1.0 mile on your right is St. Damien's historic Star of the Sea Painted Church: Continue into Pahoa where there are many funky fine restaurants, the Akebono Theater and shopping. A nice stop if you want to take Hwy 132 (Kapoho Rd.) east from Pahoa is the Lava Tree State Park (great fissure in the earth and trees frozen in time by lava): Take the 1 mile circle hike/walk (bring mosquito repellent). Now if your adventurous; continue east to Kapoho and loop back to the house on Hwy 137. Summary of Area Activities: hiking (Lava Tree), snorkeling (Kapoho Tidal Pools), swimming (Ahalanui hot pond), surfing (Isaac Hale Beach Park), sunbathing (Kaimu Secret Beach and Kalapana Black Sand Beach - wonderful morning or evening walks from the house), and 3 weekly farmers' markets (2 Sunday and the local Uncle Robert's on a weekday evening- Wednesday). The Wednesday Farmers Market is a short 0.6 to 0.8 mile walk (lava route of road route) from the house.


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Cleaning $80 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

WELCOME! One day can be booked at $150/night only one month in advance or less. Please if you see we are not fully booked in the upcoming month please contact us for special rates. We so much want to share our home and give you an unforgettable stay in our Hawaii: We will work hard to find pricing that can meet your available time and short notice schedule. Bob

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Kaimu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Stone vanity top: Quality Kraftmaid Cabinet Nickel Fixtures
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Stone vanity top, Quality Kraftmaid Cabinet, Nickel Fixtures
  • Glass shower enclosures: Combination Shower/Tub - Fiberglass Easy Clean, Large Mirrored Medicine Cabinets, designer lighting, Nickel Plated Fixtures with single handle temperature protected shower heads. High quality cabinets.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Pillow Top Queen Mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Pillow Top Queen Mattress
  • Master 'Tiki' Peach Colored Bedroom: Bedroom has a Queen Pillow Top Mattress. High fiber count Egyption cotton sheets: Comfort Pillows. Master bath. Pineapple ceiling fan light combo. Tiki torch accents at bed corners (remote led flame type lights: Room Atmosphere is Special. 92 inch projection surround theater system (Netfix and Hulu Plus access). French doors with a fabulous Ocean View. Blue Colored Bedroom: Larger than the master bedroom. Again Egyption sheets, comfort pillows, pineapple ceiling fan and accent fan. 92' surround sound projection system (Netfix and Hulu Plus access). Yamaha Keyboard.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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