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Secluded * Centrally Located * Old Hawaii Feel * Relaxing Lanai * Onsight Owner

Keaau, HI, USA
  • Studio784 sqft
  • Bedrooms0
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 nights

Studio cottage, centrally located.

A private, separate structure, studio cottage situated at the back of a one acre property. Vaulted wood ceilings with exposed beams and optional dim mood lighting are two wonderful features.

Garden views surround from the 384sqft. lanai, giving you peace and privacy. Included on the lanai is a hammock for 2 (up to 500 lbs.), a portable gas BBQ grill that can be taken with you for day trips, patio furniture with mosquito net umbrella cover, wheeled cooler, beach mats, beach towels, snorkels and masks, beach chairs, 2 boogie boards, large beach umbrella and 2 large umbrellas for rainy days. The lanai is 8 feet wide and runs along two sides of the cottage, extending the living space. A roof overhang of 4 feet protects the lanai on rainy days so you can still enjoy being outside without getting wet.

There are many sounds of nature all around us, primarily Hawaiian dove, coqui frogs at night, crickets, birds, and other frogs. We have small hobby farms on each side of us, so you will also hear their dogs, ducks, goats, chickens and roosters. I realize roosters can be very annoying if you are not used to them, so I have two fans in the unit that can be used to help muffle the sounds. As of March 14, 2017 there is also a sound machine with 10 different sound scenarios that is very effective in covering the roosters crowing. The neighbors have also lessened the number of roosters as well. Roosters are very common throughout the Puna district - I've even heard them inside the Hilo airport post office! If roosters are a concern you want to avoid, be sure to ask your potential hosts about their own or neighboring roosters.

Inside sleeps up to 4 with a queen-size bed and full-size sleeper/love seat. The sleeper is a very comfortable foam mattress with no bar to jab you in the back all night. It can fit up to 3 medium-sized people as a love seat, 2 as a bed. The queen bed is medium firmness with a center reinforcement for back support and I've added a foam/memory foam pad for added comfort.

Dish satellite TV and internet are included. The TV is a 39" LED/HDTV with 120 channels.

Full kitchen with gas stove, oven, refrigerator. It is fully stocked with pots and pans, utensils for eating and cooking, rice maker, microwave, coffee maker and coffee, blender, bagel sized toaster, 25 spices, and purified water dispenser. Dishes are a service for 4, including plates, bowls, wooden salad bowls, large coffee mugs, glasses, wine glasses, shot glass, and kiddie cups.

The bathroom has a shower stall, pedestal sink, laundry basket, plenty of towels, hand towels and wash cloths. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and baby wash are also provided. The medicine cabinet contains a First Aid Kid, peroxide, and various OTC medications for headache, allergy and itching. Our property also features tankless hot water heaters, so you will not run out of hot water.

You are welcome to use the washer and dryer located in the carport. Laundry soap, bleach, and dryer sheets are provided as well.

We provide the book "Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed" so you don't miss any off-the-beaten-path places of interest.

Although our location is central to Hilo, the Volcano and the coastlines of lower Puna, this is the BIG ISLAND - it is not The Island of Convenience, lol. In other words, there is no getting out of long drives no matter where you stay. But the drives are along long stretches of rural highways with very few stop signs or stop lights, so it isn't as long as it seems in terms of time. If you're here long enough, you'll get used to it!

Getting here is super easy, and on paved roads the whole way. We look forward to seeing you!

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns that I may not have addressed here.


Karla Nava

Member Since 2015
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About Karla Nava

We are Joel and Karla Nava. I'm 53 and he's 48. Joel and I have been married for 20years and we have one son between us, Lakota, who is 19. I also have 3 other adult children in the mainland and 5 grandchildren. Joel works in I/T and I have been a homemaker for the past 10 years. We took our first vacation to Kauai in 2006 and decided then that we had to live in Hawaii - but which island? So from there we vacationed on Maui in 2010, and Oahu and the Big Island in 2013. We decided that the Hilo side of the Big Island would be home. After a lot of saving up, we returned to the Big Island in Feb 2015 to purchase our new home!

Karla Nava purchased this Studio in 2015

Why Karla Nava chose Hawaiian Paradise Park

We chose this property because it is central to Hilo, Volcanoes National Park and Pahoa. It also had a separate guest cottage that we could turn into a vacation rental for extra income. It is unique in that it has 4 separate structures on the property - the main house, a detached carport, a work shop, and the cottage in the back. (The work shop will not be used while guests are visiting.) We love the tropical lushness and the affordability factor compared to the other islands.

What makes this Studio unique

Unique benefits for this location is being so close to an active volcano and having 11 of the 13 climate zones right here on one island. You don't have to travel far to be in a whole new world and we love that. If you wake up to endless rain in Hilo, go spend the day on the Kona side or make your way above the clouds and watch the sunset on Mauna Kea! Tip: You will be told that you need a 4WD vehicle to go to the summit of Mauna Kea and this is true, but only after you've reached the Visitor Center at the 9000ft. level. You can drive a non-4WD up to the Visitor's Center but the ascent can be very rough on vehicles, so I recommend that you stop and rest the car every mile or two for about 5 or 10 minutes. The Visitors Center is at the 6th mile. Things to see and do at this level are walking a path through the rare silversword plants and hiking to the top of a cinder cone hill to get a view of Mauna Loa, the clouds below and the sunset. The Visitor's Center also has a gift shop and hot drinks for sale. As for the property itself, we fell in love with the spacious lanais that allow you to enjoy sitting outside in the cool breeze and just taking in all the sounds of nature no matter if it is the heat of the day or if it is pouring rain. All of our dinners are had out on the lanai! Another great feature is the tankless hot water heaters - no running out of hot water!


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 0 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
      • Bedroom 1
        1 queen, 1 double, The double bed is a comfortable full sized sofa/sleeper.
      • Queen bed, nightstand with lamp and alarm clock, desk with comfortable chair and lamp, dresser, closet with extra sheets and blankets, ironing board and iron.


      • 1 Bathroom
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, shower, outdoor shower
      • Shampoo/Conditioner, Body Wash, Baby Wash, plenty of towels, hand towels and wash cloths, First Aid Kit, peroxide, various OTC meds for headache, allergies and itching.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Mouna Kea is visible from our yard when it isn't covered by clouds.
        • Near The Ocean
          1.5 miles to the lave cliff ocean shore. Great place to watch the ocean and look for sea turtles. You can sometimes hear the ocean from the unit at night.
        • Rural
          Located in Hawaiian Paradise Park, which is a subdivision of one acre lots close to the lava cliff coast.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Linens Provided
                      Queen and full sized sheets, blankets and quilts.
                    • Air Conditioning
                      There is no A/C, however, 2 stand-up, oscillating fans are provided.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      Unlimited free Wi-Fi.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Gas heated.
                    • Living Room
                      Love seat/sleeper that sleeps 2, coffee table, 39" LED/HDTV.
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                      Bath towels and beach towels.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Top loading. Located in the carport area. Laundry soap, bleach and dryer sheets provided.
                    • Free Wifi


                        • Coffee Maker
                          ...and coffee, half 'n half, and sugar, too!
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Service for 4 with plates, bowls, salad bowls, coffee mugs, coffee, glasses, wine glasses, kiddie cups, plastic ware, wine opener, can opener, potato peeler, pastry brush.
                        • Kitchen
                          Full kitchen with coffee maker, coffee, blender, rice maker, microwave oven, toaster, spice rack.
                        • Microwave
                          Full size.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          About 25 spices, coffee, sugar, flour and olive oil.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Full size refrigerator and top freezer.. Stocked with a half dozen eggs, butter, half 'n half and a complimentary bottle of white wine. I will substitute the wine on request.
                        • Stove
                          20", 4-burner gas stove.
                        • Toaster
                          Bagel sized.


                            • Dining
                              Dining can be in the living room on the coffee table or on the lanai furniture.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 4 people


                                • Books
                                  Children's books availabe
                                • DVD Player
                                  No DVD library, but RedBox rentals are available in Keaau, Pahoa or Hilo.
                                • Games
                                  Backgammon, checkers, a Hawaiin word game.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  120 channels Dish, DVR
                                • Stereo
                                  Boom box to plug your device into to listen to your own music.
                                • Television
                                  39" LED/HDTV
                                • Toys
                                  Trampoline for the kids.


                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      384 sq.ft. lanai, complete with lanai furniture, hammock for 2, gas grill, wheeled cooler, beach mats, beach towels, beach chairs, boogie boards, snorkels, 7' beach umbrella, 2 oversized umbrellas.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Garden views with palm trees, gardenia bushes, lots of pink flowering bushes and trees, wild orchids, red-flowering ohia trees, rustic lava rock grounds.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Portable gas grill. You are welcome to take it on extended day trips.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Snorkels and masks for 2 adults, 2 children


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible


                                            • botanical garden
                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • restaurants
                                            • zoo

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • beachcombing
                                                • bird watching
                                                • boating
                                                • horseback riding
                                                • photography
                                                • scenic drives
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking
                                                • wildlife viewing

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

                                                    • ATM/bank
                                                    • fitness center
                                                    • groceries
                                                    • hospital
                                                    • laundromat
                                                    • massage therapist
                                                    • medical services

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • deepsea fishing
                                                        • fishing
                                                        • hiking
                                                        • kayaking
                                                        • sailing
                                                        • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling
                                                        • snorkeling/diving
                                                        • surfing
                                                        • swimming

                                                          House Rules

                                                          Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                          Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                          Cancellation Policy

                                                          100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                          53 Reviews


                                                          Latest reviews

                                                          Nice cottage

                                                          Dan C.

                                                          We (my wife and I) stayed for two night's in Karla's cottage. We really enjoyed it. Karla was very communicative and was there to meet us when we arrived with a bottle of wine and macadamia nuts. The location was convenient to Volcanoes NP and to Mauna Kea. There are grocery stores not too far away. The setting is very peaceful and there's a hammock! There is no air conditioning but we did not need it. We were quite cool at night with fans. Great place!

                                                          Great little hideaway

                                                          john g.

                                                          Had a chance to stay on both sides of the island. Hilo is definitely more lush and more rain as you can imagine. This little place was a perfect spot to relax before the next days big adventure. Place is very private. Sure there are roosters, but we loved them as we have chickens etc. back home. Karla was very thoughtful with everything we could need including a bottle of wine and chocolates. She was also very courteous of our privacy and never knew she was there unless we needed something. I would highly recommend this VRBO for someone looking for a little more rural setting with easy access to the Hilo/Volcano side attractions. Can't wait to come back!

                                                          Great location

                                                          Jordan T.

                                                          We had a great experience here. Centrally located on the Hilo side for all your adventures. It’s a great bargain. Everything we needed was provided. VERY cool ambiance. We loved feeling like the jungle was around us. We would definitely stay here again!

                                                          Like some of the other reviews have mentioned, the neighbors have roosters. We didn’t have a problem with it because we had the fans on all night.

                                                          The only thing that could have made this place any better is AC.

                                                          Great place!

                                                          Ann Marie N.

                                                          Karla was the gracious host who provided all the ammentiies you might possibly need. The cabin felt homey and relaxing. Bring earplugs for the roosters, and you're good to go! Okay... The earplugs are for you, not the roosters. 😊� But overall, a lovely place. Mahalo!

                                                          Love Hawaii. Karla is a very nice host. We received an inviting reception. Would stay here again.

                                                          Herb P.

                                                          The property was beautiful. Very nicely kept. The cottage is so much better than the pictures have captured. Equipped with all you would need for your stay.

                                                          Looking out from the nicely equipped Lanai is lush greenery. Sitting on the Lanai with a cup of coffee enjoying the sights and sounds was relaxing. We were very comfortable. My wife and I loved the accommodations and would stay again. We would and will recommend this property to our friends and family. Loved it!

                                                          Secluded retreat near to activities. The best!!

                                                          Jocelyn H.Kenora,Ontario,Canada

                                                          We loved this little cottage in the woods. Karla has thought of absolutely everything you could need. Well maintained, well organized. It’s just the sweetest little dwelling. Between Keanu and Pahoa, 20 minutes from Hilo. Perfect.

                                                          We had terrible weather and still will remember this place with fondness. Amazing value compared to other 2 places we stayed on this trip. Thank you Karla for having created this special place.


                                                          Keaau, HI, USA

                                                          Located in Hawaiian Paradise Park 25 minutes to Hilo, 15 minutes to Pahoa, 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park and 40 minutes to the lower Puna coast. Enjoyable places and activities in the Hilo/Puna area include Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, lava tube caves, Mauna Kea Observatory, Hilo and Maku'u markets, Panaeva Rainforest Zoo (free!), hiking and night viewing Kilauea crater in Volcanoes National Park, Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, shopping in Pahoa, Ahalanui warm spring pond, Kapoho tide pools, and lots more.

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                                                          Hawaii state law requires us to charge tax at the rate of 13.41%.

                                                          53 Reviews
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