Very quiet, secluded open-style home. End of a gravel road, 2-1/2 miles from the Volcano Highway. Two Master BR upstairs, open-style kitchen and living area on the ground floor, with a wood-fired stove and a good supply of firewood. One-car garage. Secluded wooden 'Chofu' hot tub. Spacious 3-acre property with no nearby neighbors. Not recommended for families with children younger than 8 years old.
- House1600 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
2 Bedrooms, 2-1/2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4, views into tree-tops and stars at nigh
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, Mandarin
- Calendar last updated:
- Jun 24, 2018
About Dan Taylor
Retired National Park Ranger, devoted to forest conservation. I am intimately familiar with the nearby national park, and with most other recreational and cultural features in Hawaii Island. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of Hawaii natural and cultural history with travelers, and am happy to lead adventurous folks to places off the beaten track, if they ask. I speak a little bit of Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua), and I especially hope travelers from China and Taiwan will feel welcome here.
Dan Taylor purchased this House in 2007
Why Dan Taylor chose Royal Hawaiian Estates
This property is part of the mid-elevation rain forest of Hawaii, now being broken up by development. I built my house here because it is as close as I can get to the natural forest and still feel connected to it. The house is built with big windows that look into the nearby treetops during the day and into the stars at night. Hot water is heated by solar panels; electricity is powered by photo voltaic panels, with backup from the electric utility. The property is a dedicated Conservation Easement --the first of several in the community.
What makes this House unique
Most travelers think of Hawaii as a place for beaches and warm surf, a welcoming spirit, and glitter. A little known feature of Hawaii, equally important and not very extensive, is the native rain forest, which abounds with interesting plants and animals. There is no other tropical rain forest in the US. Here a traveler can step into the natural, wild forest just 40 feet from the front door, and can hear the calls of native birds and insects, while sipping a morning coffee on the lanai. There is no car traffic and no nearby neighbors to disturb the peace. There is nothing lovelier than soaking in the hot tub on a cool evening, during a full moon, in the nearly absolute silence of the forest night. This is the life I have chosen for myself, and I am pleased I can make it available to others.
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Great value and a very comfortable house!
Dan was very responsive to our questions, as we booked prior to the recent flare-up at Volcanoes National Park-he reassured us, gave us the true story of events on island, and made sure we had everything we needed prior to checking in. He left us a bottle of wine, and came to check on us the next day to make sure we were aware of all of the amenities the property had to offer. Outstanding stay from start to finish-we can't thank Dan enough, and we will be back!
Peace & Quiet Next to the Volcano National Park
Nice home with lots of room and peace and quiet. Loved waking up right next to Volcano National Park and sitting on the porch drinking my coffee - so exciting especially with the volcano erupting. The property owner is very knowledgeable of the area and a long time resident. Would recommend and would come back again.
Spacious homey hideaway!
Try and stay here every time we bring visitors to Volcano. Hidden deep in the forest, this unique home offers, peace, quiet and comfort. Access to Volcano National Park is only minutes away and Dan is a wealth of information! Waterfalls, historical Hilo and so much more to explore in the area or soak up the serenity of this location and relax. Thanks again Dan for a wonderful stay!
Pleasant and accommodating
Quiet getaway perfect for 2 couples with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms surrounded by tall ferns. Owner very accessible for questions and assistance. I will come back !
Always such a treat to stay at The Emerald Forest. It has become our favorite Volcano spot!
Such a gracious host, Dan Taylor is truly special. His Volcano home is spacious and comfortable with all of the emenities.
Loved this place! The house was huge and had many unique treasures. My daughter enjoyed the piano and gong. It is a trek to get there but so worth it!
Volcano Village is well known for local graphic arts and handicrafts that are related to nearby volcanoes and Hawaiian culture. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby, with dozens of interesting trails, guided walks, and activities, such as hula performances and artist seminars. Active lava flows are accessible for adventurous travelers.