About the property
- Cottage900 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
One bedroom, one bath, galley kitchen, sleeps 2
Rejoice in Nature, relax your mind and rejuvenate your soul at this secluded private cottage on a park-like estate at the 2400 foot level of Mauna Kea in Hamakua. Thoughtful and artistic decoration add to the pastoral feel of this solar powered two story dwelling with carport and covered lanai. A galley kitchen with cook top and refrigeration will allow on site meal preparation. The wood burning stove provides warmth on cool evenings and the queen bed upstairs and foldout full size futon sofa downstairs encourage peaceful rest. Wireless high speed internet access allows you to connect with your mobile devices to entertainment and communication options. The Hamakua district offers easy access to the beaches of the Kohala coast, a glimpse into plantation era life in Honoka'a town and Laupahoehoe, hiking and exploration in Waipio valley, shopping and cinema in Hilo and enjoyment of the open vistas not available to many in the Hawaiian islands.
We, as your hosts, are willing to share our knowledge of photo-voltaic power (all structures on the property are off-grid) and provide you with tours of our working art studio (raku ceramics and jewelry are produced here and marketed in several galleries in the state) gardens and monumental lily pond. As decades-long residents of the Big Island, we are happy to share our love of this land and its people and provide guidance for touring.
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- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 09, 2018
About Randal Sutton
We hail from the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, have called Hawaii home for 34 years and chose this area of the Big Island for its peaceful natural beauty. Residing on the same property, but out of sight of the vacation cottage allows us to provide privacy yet permits immediate response to any questions or problems that may arise from visitors. Having a long experience with hosting friends and family prompted us to offer our home to those who desire a more personal look at life in Hawaii than a hotel could provide.
Randal Sutton purchased this Cottage in 1994
Why Randal Sutton chose Paauilo
Paauilo mauka drew our interest and ignited our passion for its cool upcountry climate, vistas of Mauna Kea and rolling pastureland. A 'green' mentality and sensitivity to Nature is fostered by this off-the-grid area.
What makes this Cottage unique
Since we are working artists and avid gardeners, we enjoy sharing our knowledge of the land and our enthusiasm for raku-fired ceramics. The art studio which is housed in a former horse barn on the property is a space to which we welcome visitors.
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Tranquil spa-like atmosphere
We had a wonderful peaceful stay here. Randal was a great host.
Cute cottage, nicely appointed
Starting with the positives, the cottage was nicely appointed and very clean. The bed was very comfortable and we slept very well there. The host provided coffee which was quite good and the cooking facilities were more than adequate. The property was also very pretty although we really didn't get a chance to enjoy it much as the weather was poor. On the negative side, the place was very difficult to find at night. When we arrived, it was after dark and raining and we had difficulty finding it in those conditions as there were no lights. Further, as we got no cell phone reception there, we had to drive back to the main highway to call the owner to ensure we were in the right place. Also, due to previous storms, there was no internet service in the cottage. The owner offered to have us use the internet connection at the main house but this was not very convenient for us. We didn't really expect to be quite so "off the grid". Still, this was a very pleasant little cottage and an ideal spot for someone looking to really get away from it all.
Yes, the issues raised were indeed valid and correctly reported. I can understand that being off the grid is new to many but hope guests are aware of this in the property description. Detailed directions to the property are provided in advance and if aware of guests' arrival time, I will encourage a pre-twilight arrival for checkin. Lights in the cottage are illuminated for arrivals after dark, but dependence on emailed directions (rather than GPS) should allow a smooth arrival. Mother Nature at this time of year (our normal rainy season) is always a wild card and recent electrical storms were evidence of this. Even being off the grid isn't an assurance of self-sufficiency since our landline/ DSL service is in the hands of an often-overwhelmed Hawaiian Telcom. As much as we bemoan an occasional interruption of our water and telephone/ internet service, we are appreciative of the beautiful, quiet neighborhood in which we reside and hope visitors will be, as well.
The perfect spot!
We absolutely loved our experience of staying in Randall’s artistic and secluded cottage - it was just what we were looking for. The attention to every small detail was amazing — from the kindling and wood ready for a fire, to the comfortable bed, to the wonderful shampoos, to the fragrant cut flowers in vases. The quiet country/jungle setting is so beautiful, and Randy showed us great hospitality. The whole experience was a highlight of our Big Island trip, and we look forward to a longer stay next time!
A garden paradise!
What a perfect spot to center our exploration of the island. It is perfect to have breakfast at home, prepare a lunch for the day, and even fix a dinner. The birds, the geckos, and the coqui frogs add to the beauty. Randy and Zeke are the perfect hosts and make sure that every need is met.
Comfortable, Idyllic and Cozy
Mele Manu was comfortable, located in an idyllic setting and made a cozy retreat during a heavy rainstorm the day we arrived. The fresh cut flowers and orchids were a nice touch. The kitchen was well appointed and had everything we needed to make our own meals. We particularly appreciated the kitchen essentials (such as oil, salt, pepper, etc.) that were available for our use. The bedroom is located in the relatively large loft and as you would expect the roof slopes into the sleeping area. Mele Manu is truly off the beaten path and is a wonderful retreat. The 1.4 miles of one lane road to get to the cottage may be intimidating for some but we found that after a few times back and forth it was relatively easy to navigate during the day as there isn't a lot of traffic on it.
Tropical Garden Retreat
Charming, comfortable cottage near Honoka’a on the Big Island’s NE coast. Randal’s thoughtfulness was evident throughout the cottage: live and cut orchids, and flowers cut from the garden; lemons and oranges from their trees; robes and slippers; Occitaine bath products; and fresh coffee beans ready for the grinder. About 30 minutes east of Waimea, where there are a number of good restaurants and grocery stores, and close to the valleys, waterfalls, and tropical gardens along the Hamakua Coast, where the spirit of “old Hawai’i” begins. We stayed 5 nights, enjoying falling asleep to the sound of peepers and waking up to cool mountain air. The cottage is very comfortable for a couple and a great base for exploring the island. We’d strongly recommend it.
The Hamakua district is an historically agricultural and ranching area with plantation era towns, Buddhist temples, gift shops, cinema and vistas of the Pacific ocean and Mauna Kea, topped with observatories. Waipio Valley, with its spectacular overlook, black sand beach and taro ponds is a 13 mile drive away. Access to the valley is either on foot or via 4 WD vehicle (tour vans are available). Hiking beyond the valley along the coastline is challenging but visually rewarding. The Hawaiian Vanilla Company is 1 mile hike or drive away, can provide ecotours and has a gift shop. Waimea (Kamuela) is 20 miles away, nestled against the Kohala mountains and is the headquarters of Parker Ranch. The beaches of Kohala (Spencer beach, Hapuna beach and the resorts of Mauna Kea and Hapuna) are 32 miles by car. Laupahoehoe point, 20 miles by car, is a spectacular setting for a picnic at sea level and the former site of Laupahoehoe school where many lives were lost in the tsunami of 1946.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
A one time 90.00 cleaning fee will be added per stay. Nightly rate is for double occupancy. Additional occupants incur an additional fee of 60.00 per night per additional occupant.