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Studio cottage, centrally located.
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.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 14 days before check-in.
Damage and Incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
No smoking - No smoking allowed anywhere on the property.No smoking allowed anywhere on the property.
Max guests: 4 (sleeps up to 4 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter: 18 - Must be 21 to rent a car, which is required here.Must be 21 to rent a car, which is required here.
- The existence of neighbor dogs and roosters is disclosed in my ad. They are common in Hawaii. Please do not leave low-star reviews for them.
- Please use the sound machine or fans to muffle the roosters, dogs and nature sounds if they bother you.
- Please do not leave lights on or fans running while you are out for the day.
About Karla Nava
We are Joel and Karla Nava. I'm 54 and he's 49. Joel and I have been married for 20years and we have one son between us, Lakota, who is 20. 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 Keaau
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 guest 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!