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Off the Beaten Track On the Island of Hawai`i!

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 500 sq ft
Property type cottage

Overview

About the property

Waiola is a Studio Apartment On Eleven Acres With an Ocean View.

Named for the spring on the land, Waiola (Water of Life) is a romantic hideaway, a peaceful retreat, an artist's getaway or a perfect stay-cation. Stone walls, taro lo`i (the garden plot that taro was grown in), a trail, and a stone house site from ka wā kahiko (ancient times) tell the story of the Hawaiians of old who lived here and worked the land. Waiola offers cozy comfort for two with a studio cottage in a pastoral setting.

The Guesthouse includes a fully equipped kitchen, washer and dryer, queen sized bed, and satellite TV with HBO.

Waiola sits above a six-acre pasture with an `ōhi`a lehua forest as backdrop. The lehua is the flower of Hawai`i Island and is honored in both song and chant. A zen view of the ocean is visible through the `ōhi`a trees. Located at 1800', the climate is temperate with occasional rain at night. Evenings and mornings can be cool and you will appreciate a sweater or light jacket.

If you are looking for a truly unique Hawaiian experience away from the hustle and noise of tourist destination spots Waiola is for you.

HAWAII TAX ID NO: 124-689-8176-01

More Details

Owner
Wendy and David Vance
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 20, 2018

About Wendy and David Vance

We are mainland transplants: David from the Chicago area, Wendy from New York. We are island residents of 40 years, twenty on Maui and twenty on Hawai`i Island. We loved Maui and found it hard to leave until we were offered the caretaker/manager position at Lama Tharchin Rinpoche’s Tibetan Buddhist retreat center, Orgyen Dechen Chöd Dzong, in Ka`ū, the southern-most part of Hawai`i Island. Until we came to Ka`ū we weren't sure what we were looking for but we certainly knew it when we found it—beautiful, rural, rugged, small-town Hawai`i.

We are eco-concious and knew we wanted to build 'green.' The nature surrounding us is the source of our water and energy. The electric system powered by the sun provides all the standard amenities. Soft rain water is triple filtered and UV sterilized.

We love gardening and animals, grow some of our food, and are the caretakers of the chickens, goats, donkeys, horse and dogs that complete the picture.

Wendy and David Vance purchased this cottage in 2000

Why Wendy and David Vance chose Naalehu

We fell in love with rural Hawai`i Island and found eleven acres of possibility covered impossibly densely in an invasive tree called wililaiki or christmasberry. It is a scourge on the Island, crowding out many of the native forest trees and plants that make up the critical habitat of native birds and insects.

Not knowing what we were signing up for, we purchased the land in 2000 after David climbed to the top of a huge `ōhi`a tree and saw the bright blue ocean in the distance.

We were advised to simply hire a D-10 and bulldoze everything, but there was an old dry-stack stone wall along the ahupua`a (the land division that runs from a mountain top to the ocean) boundary between Kawela and our land in Wai`oma`o that we were unwilling to risk to the dozer’s blade. David starting hand clearing the wililaiki from the perimeter of the wall, and the unfolding began.

He carved tunnels through the wililaiki tangle so that we could get from one end of the property to the other and every tiny patch of blue sky that was revealed by the felling of another christmasberry was cause for celebration. And we found more walls. And archeological sites. And 100-year old `ōhi`a lehua trees. And other native flora that was just waiting for sunlight to start to thrive again.

And the unfolding continued and now there are two dwellings, a lush pasture, farm animals, a green house and pets and we look forward to sharing it all with guests who are looking for a comfortable, cozy eco-friendly place to reconnect with nature.

Amenities

Naalehu Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
General:
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Comfort-height commode
  • Bathroom has an extra-deep tub and shower, pedestal sink and a comfort-height commode.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • A studio apartment with a queen-sized bed and a fold-out single sofa bed. There is also a baby travel crib available.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

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5

"Tree House" in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

You can gauge the quality of a vacation based on how hard the re-entry is the following week.

It's been a rough week.

David and Wendy were superlative in their hospitality, meeting us at the gate of their "Off The Beaten Track" property, bearing gifts of beautifully ripe avocados and delicious farm-fresh eggs–all from their estate. They kindly toured us around what my wife came to call "The Tree House," due to the spectacular views from every window on the second floor. They gave us a brief history of the property, of their lives, and a few recommendations of things to try while on the island. The location was remote, on the south side of the Big Island (it's not just a clever name!), but it provided easy access to both the Kona/Captain Cook side and the volcanos/Hilo side. The drive time was a worthy trade-off for all of the great things we got to experience. Plus, it was a beautiful drive, no matter where we went!

It was hard to leave, but here's to hoping we'll be back. If we do return, we wouldn't consider staying elsewhere. Aloha, Wendy and David!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui Jacob! You two were great guests and we thoroughly enjoyed meeting you. Thanks for booking with us...y'all come back, ya heah!
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5

Quiet oasis perfectly positioned for volcano exploration and reflection

  • 5 of 5

I came here for a “healiday” and to observe the anniversary of my husband’s death. The large property and tidy, well kept accommodations, along with its location away (far away) from the hubbub of tourism made it the perfect place to go at my own pace, meditate, reflect, and launch into an all volcano trip. My time here coincided with an intense amount of activity at Halema’uma’u. It’s a pretty drive — 50ish minutes to the overlook — that takes you through Old Hawaii. I’d wake early, make tea, do yoga, and head out to the volcano to watch the lava. I came during national parks week, so there were many ranger guided hikes into and around the various craters. The weather was very wet when I came, but I loved it. And Wendy and David were great hosts. They were always available, but left me to my own devices and solitude. I’m grateful they thought to make this little house available and was very content here.

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo, Felicia! We really appreciate your kind words. Thanks so much for booking with us..
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5

A relaxing stay off the grid

  • 5 of 5

This property was beautiful and the hosts are so kind! We loved staying at their beautiful farm guest house and watching the rescue horse and donkeys and all the birds from our retreat. Can’t wait to be back

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

This is the place to stay when you are looking for peace and quiet and really getting away from it all.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Absolutely great

  • 5 of 5

Such a wonderful place to stay. Great suite in a beautiful setting.

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best place we have stayed in Hawaii over several trips

  • 5 of 5

Dave and Wendy have carved out an off the grid peaceful paradise. Wonderful comfortable cottage with views toward the ocean from high on the mountain. All creature comforts, quiet, the many birds entertained us.

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
65 Miles
Hilo or Kailua-Kona
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Punaluu
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Hana Hou
Nearest Beach
11 Miles
Punaluu
Car: necessary

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Rates & Availability

Available
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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50
Refundable Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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