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

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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 600 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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How The Rate Is Figured Below:

Rate is for Book-in time 3:00 PM or later and Check-out 11:00 AM (unless other arrangements approved).

Rate structure:

We do not add additional fees; therefore, there is only a very low basic cleaning charge and no extra fees to any rate quoted.

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More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 13, 2018

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 Pahoa

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.


Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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 ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
  • 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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Gateway to Lava Flows - Changing Vistas 'Music Cave of Refuge'
average rating of 4.923077 based on 52 reviews

Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed every moment at this Musical Cave of Refuge. The home was spotless when we arrived, with fresh flowers on the table, and Darlene gave us a very warm welcome with open arms. Every amenity you can think of was provided, and the home is beautifully decorated, providing a nostalgic atmosphere in a tropical paradise. Darlene gave us very useful information, and tended to our every need with promptness and genuine care. Bikes were provided, complete with good lights and helmets, and we rode them to the lava flow, a very fun and awesome experience. This hale was an amazing place to return to after a day of adventure on the island, and after a relaxing supper you can listen to wonderful tunes on the Rock-Ola bubbler jukebox or watch movies or TV on one of the many screens, complete with theatre popcorn. We have stayed at several other properties before, but this place is "hands down" the best home we have ever rented.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: When you can have a great Hawaiian adventure and return to a homey home you have experienced Paradise. We are so happy you enjoyed all the special touches like the Rock-Ola bubbler jukebox and enjoyed the unique experience of a bike ride to the lava flow. After all that bike exercise there is just something special about having a great meal in a well equipped kitchen in Hawaii and in a home that can feel like your home. Darlene enjoyed your stay very much and she is always excited if you every have the opportunity to stop for another visit. Mahalo from Darlene and Bob
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Calming Spot

  • 5 of 5

I chose this place from the reviews and pictures, and it lived up to them all. Bob and Darlene were more than obliging in outfitting the bathroom so that I could come. Darlene was a welcoming and informative hostess who couldn't do enough for us. All the decor and equipment keep me discovering new things every day. Two of us rode bikes every day going to the lava viewing, the long ponds, Pahoa and more. We make ice cream three times, trying different flavors using the local fruit. The snorkeling equipment was great and the cooler was extra handy. I enjoyed waking up to see the lava fields and the ocean each morning through the French doors in my bedroom. One of my favorite things was sitting on the lanai trying to identify birds in the afternoon which was make easier by all the birding info available at the house. Books on plants, history and people of Hawaii were in abundance as well as novels for escape. I haven't mentioned the huge movie screens, the jukebox,and the popcorn maker.

We would have liked to stay forever. Alas! But we do have the memories forever. Thank you Bob and Darlene for sharing this bit of heaven with us.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fun and homey

  • 5 of 5

Darla was friendly and helpful. The house was fun and functional

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Nice family; our home was one of a couple VRBOs the family rented. They were very busy and enjoyed the home's character and musical instruments: happy the home and the support was perfect for a busy family vacation. Mahalo
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a true gem!

  • 5 of 5

True heaven in every sense of the word! We will be back for sure!

  • Submitted: Jan 22, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wonderful guest and nice brief review; it really fits our area so well and how we present our property. "Heaven in every sense of the word!" Speaks to the location and pleasant walks and late evening early morning showers plus how we work hard to have the extras plus at the house so our guest can feel at home and more! Mahalo Darlene and Bob
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Just perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Just perfect! Home had everything you could need and more. Get both the lush green and the fascinating lava and ocean all in one place. Darlene our hostess goes above and beyond to make you welcome. Bringing us fresh fruit and great tips on where to go. Staying here made our first trip to Hawaii perfect!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so happy your first Hawaii trip included the "Music Cave of Refuge". Our area is classic older Hawaii with the famous Uncle Robert's Market and gathering place. Along with Uncle Robert's Area; the Kalapana Beach Area is the ancient gathering place for Hawaiians. A good choice for a first Hawaii visit. Darlene the host always provides Aloha. We makes sure flowers, coffee, fruit, popcorn and other Aloha touches are shared. Mahalo for letting us be part of your Inaugural Hawaii Visit. Aloha Darlene and Bob
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A fabulous place to stay!

  • 5 of 5

This was everything and more than we expected from previous reviews. The hostess Darlene is amazing and went above and beyond to help make our stay outstanding. The home is spotless, has so much to offer and our teens LOVED it. The juke box was a joy as well as the popcorn machine and movies to watch at night on the big screen. The location is perfect, you are close everything new on that side of the island. If you plan to see the lava at all first make a trip out to visit with Gary who lives near the flow. The wednesday night Pahoa market is also a must, we walked there from the house. A half day trip to Hilo for shopping at their market and stopping at some spots along the way via the coastal route was beautiful. Some highlights were the black sand beach, a lava pool park, tide pool/snorkeling park, lava tree park, the town of Pahoa which included two visits to the Tin Shack Bakery for breakfast & lunch. The weather was perfect unlike when we stayed near Lava NP on a previous visit, it's much colder and rainy there. This is a gem and great memories were made there. Thank you Bob & Darlene

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always nice to hear when young teens enjoy the home: We very much love sharing some of our generations quirky nostalgia with a touch of our generations mellow kindness. We enjoyed our guest so much and thank them for mentioning the Weather. The weather at the Music Cave of Refuge has been described as Magical and some of the best on the Islands: That is a secret we like to share. If you love a late evening shower 10:30 PM or early morning shower 4:00 AM and sunny days; you have found your heaven. We also like to compliment our guest on taking us all on a journey in their review. I do not get home as often as I like at this time in my life so when our kind guest share adventures and dining reviews I get to look forward to my next adventure when I am home. Finally thank you for mentioning our host and how Darlene keeps everything spotless and is willing to provide the extra touch. The kind words make us so happy: We enjoy sharing the Aloha! Mahalo 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.




Additional information about rental rates

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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