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Hibiscus Cottage nestled in private Puna Rain Forest

Bedrooms 2
Space 720 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

2 bedroom/1 bath cottage, private yet centrally located in the Puna District

My two bedroom cottage is nestled in the rain forest 30 minutes south of Hilo. It’s private and secluded yet centrally located for all that the Puna district has to offer.

The ¼ acre property is surrounded by large Eucalyptus, Ohia and Avocado trees. Nestled amongst those are a large variety of plants and fruits including: bananas, pineapples, pomelos, tangerines and many tropical flowers.

The cottage comfortably sleeps 2-4 people and has two bedrooms. The front bedroom is off the kitchen, has a full sized bed, a private sliding glass door to the front lanai and direct access to the bathroom. There is a folding screen that can be used for extra privacy from the rest of the house. The back bedroom is entered through the french doors, has a queen sized bed, and private access to the backyard.

The kitchen is fully equipped with a fridge, stove, microwave, dishes, all cooking dishes and utensils as well as some of my favorite cookbooks. I have a satellite TV, DVDs, CDs, books and internet for your at home entertainment. There is a boogie board and snorkel gear as well as beach towels for your outdoor adventures.

Enjoy day outings to Warm Ponds, Tide Pools, Volcano National Park and numerous farmers markets, then come home to your tropical getaway and fall asleep to the lulling songs of the coqui frogs.

TAT/GET License #W50814334-01

More Details

Emily Carr
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 18, 2017

About Emily Carr

I'm Emily. I instantly fell in love with the island the first time I was here and left with one goal in mind, to find that perfect piece of property and move as soon as possible. Only several months later did i find Hibiscus Cottage and couldn't believe how lucky I was. I hope to someday move here, in the meantime I want to share my little slice of heaven with you. I live in Boulder City Nevada just outside of Las Vegas and am a Stage Manager at Cirque du Soleil.

I hope you enjoy the cottage as much as I do.

Emily Carr purchased this house in 2013


Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Front Bedroom - 1 double
    Back Bedroom - 1 queen
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Hibiscus Cottage nestled in private Puna Rain Forest
average rating of 4.780488 based on 41 reviews

Nice cottage in the green

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our vacation in the green, Hibiscus Cottage was cosy and neat. Close to Puna and Volcanoes NP. Mahalo, looking forward to our next stay with you!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Looking forward to having to stay again as well!
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Good value but don't like the mildew

  • 2 of 5

The house is nice and has everything you need but we were quite disturbed by the smell of mildew which was especially poignant in the back bedroom. We pointed this out to the owner who advised to use the dehumidifiers to get rid of the smell. But that didn't do anything for it which could also be expected. I think the house has mould problems somewhere in the structure, and that would need to be found and sanitized to get rid of the smell. So if you are sensitive to spending time in the smell of mildew I would advise you to choose a different property. Otherwise this is a nice place which offers good value for money. We couldn't get over the smell though so unfortunately didn't enjoy our stay.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I was quite concerned as soon as these renters informed me of the smell because I had not experienced it before and neither had my care takers, so I was worried about what was happening. I had the house inspected immediately and there was no evidence of a mildew issue in the house or the structure nor was there evidence of a mildew odor. The house is located in the middle of a thick, wet rainforest which produces quite a bit of fragrance from the rain, trees and plants, this is my best guess at what they were experiencing. I do take all concerns very seriously and address them when presented. In this case though I am unable to change the fact that my home is located in a tropical environment. I am deeply sorry that they did not enjoy their stay, the sole purpose of opening my home as a rental is to provide a cozy place for travels to call home and to share the aloha. I've never failed to accomplish that until now and I hope I'll never fail again.
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A Great Place to Stay in Puna District

  • 5 of 5

My wife, 4 year old son, & I spent a week at Hibiscus Cottage while exploring the Eastern side of Hawaii. The cottage was perfect for our needs, it is clean, tidy and nicely decorated. Pretty much everything that a small family needs for a stay in Hawaii is at the cottage (including snorkelling gear & boogie boards)!

The yard is great with fresh Passion fruit available around the back, a huge avocado tree on one side, plus bananas and pineapples (if they are ripe).

The property can get a little hot inside during the day, but it wasn't a problem as we were out most of the day, and at night it cooled off nicely (with the help of the ceiling fans). The local Coqui frogs take a little getting used to, as they are a bit noisy...and there was a cockerel or two nearby which seemed to crow very early..but that was easily solved with earplugs! There were a few mosquitoes around in the early evening, but some repellent and appropriate clothing kept them at bay.

The cottage is situated on a quiet road, about 5-10 mins from Pahoa, and about 20-30 mins from Hilo. It is nicely situated for visiting the lava flows at Kalapana, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. For snorkelling/swimming the Kapoho tide pools, and Ahalanui Beach Park were a hit with my 4 year old.

I would certainly stay at Hibiscus Cottage again, and think it was a bargain price-wise!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Little paradise

  • 5 of 5

What a lovely cottage! It was so well decorated and we loved all the windows, with the (screened) windows open it feels like sitting outside. It was wonderfull to sit and hear the jungle sounds.

The beds were very comfortable. We were glad with the laundry machines.

The cottage felt very private in the beautiful garden full of fruits. The little bananas were delicious!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Great location and adorable.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage.

  • 3 of 5

Nice place, but looks bigger in pictures. Layout is odd. A bit stuffy. The place could really use an air conditioner. Overall nice amenities. Good place for the money.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
One time cleaning fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

Damage deposit will be returned on the following business day after check out is complete.

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.