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Most Accessable Place To Explore All That Puna Has To Offer

Bedrooms 1
Space 600 sq. ft.
Property type studio


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms, 4 Sleeps

We have lived in this area for 25 years and know this area well. Our time here has been well spent. We have developed this patch of land over time and have createdf an atmosphere that is both pleasing and comfortable. We enjoy receiving guersts from many places and cultures and sharing our lifestyle. The cottage is a unique space created to make you feel relaxed and peaceful. We grow some fruits and vegetables and enjoy spending time with our animals (horse, donkey, dog and 3 cats. Kayo likes gardenig and visiting with friends. and Roby enjoys horseback riding and doing improvement projects

The cottage is surrounded with a natural ohia fores. Many wild flowers bloom throughout the year. March is the month when the lehua flowers start blooming. In the spring and summer months the orchids come into season. This country setting is full of attractions including the antics of the horse and the donkey as they plan in the pasture

More Details

Roby Laird
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Japanese
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Roby Laird

We move from Japan to the Big Island in 1991. We spent 6 years in Japan teach English. We enjoyed traveling around Japan and interacting with the culture there. Kayo was born there and we stayed at her family home on Okayama. While we were there we developed a host of friends from all over the world. We still have contact with some of the. Our friends from down under will be visiting us for a few days in July. Its always great fun to get together. We are both retired now. Roby completed a career in social work assisting people with mental health issues to get services they needed. Kayo work in a Japanese restaurant with her long time friend and recently retired.

Roby was born in Indiana and left that state never to return after graduating from high on 1966. The draft was taking people right out of high school at the time so Roby joined the Marines and served 4 years. After discharge from the service, He worked as a carpenter until he met Kayo. Never having been in another country, Roby decided he wanted to try living in Japan. We wen to Japan in 1980.

Kayo was born in Japan were she went to high school. After high school she went to San Jose Cal. to attend college. She spent 3 years there studying English. She returned to Japan to work for her brother in his coffee shop. She had opportunity to travel with a friend to visit her friend in San Francisco where she met Roby. We have been married for 35 years now.

Roby Laird purchased this studio in 1991

What makes this studio unique

The Puna district has an interesting history. Hilo and Kau'are linked both geographically and historically through Puna. Prior to the arrival of western civilization there were routes that connected these two very different areas of the island through Puna. The areas they traversed included some stands of fairly intact native vegetation with little modern development, offering a glimpse into the past. The Puna Trail evolved from a trail system generally known as the ala loa or ala hele which served not only to provide travelers with access to resources with a given ahupua'a, but also passed through the entire district of Puna This trail still exists today. One can access it at the end of Kaloli drive in Hawaiian Paradise Park.

After Hawaii's first forestry law in 1839 restricted the removal of sandalwood trees, cattle ranching and coffee cultivation became the leading commercial activities. Before 1900, coffee was the chief agricultural crop in the area in 1899, the Ola'a Sugar Company was founded and the coffee trees were uprooted to make way for sugarcane. Fifteen years later the farmers would return to planting coffee.

Macadama nuts and papaya were introduced in 1881 and 1919 respectively. Papaya and macadama nuts have become the leading cash crops of Puna. About 97% of the states papaya production occurs in Puna.


Kurtistown Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Some toliet items are available: soap, shampoo, hand cream
  • The bathroom has a tub/shower with sink and vanity.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Most Accessable Place To Explore All That Puna Has To Offer
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 reviews
Na'alehu, HI

Great Get-away Cabin, Wonderful Hosts

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for over 2 weeks when we first got to the Big Island in January. (We were waiting on our house purchase to close.) Cabin is very nicely appointed, wifi is good. Pets (Hoot N Annie) were welcome. You will enjoy Stormy (the horse) Moses (the donkey) and Cisco (the dog). Part of the charm! The hosts are super nice. It is a little of the beaten path, but is not hard to get to. Go! Stay! Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2015
  • Stayed: January 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Hilo airport is just 30 min by car


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Per night more than 2 $30 + Tax
Pet Fee $20
Tax Rate 13.42%

We charge an extra $30 per night per person for more than 2 people staying in Cottage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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