OCEANFRONT ECO-RETREAT COTTAGE IN SCENIC 'OLD HAWAII' PUNA

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David Shaw

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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OCEANFRONT ECO-RETREAT COTTAGE IN SCENIC 'OLD HAWAII' PUNA

Opihikao House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

Rainbow Dreams Cottage

Rainbow Dreams Cottage is situated on the beautiful Puna Coast of the Big Island, approximately 30 miles southeast of Hilo. Set amidst a 150-year old 'kings' grove of coconut palms, the cottage faces directly to the Pacific Ocean, where spectacular sunrises set the tone for each day. Just a few hundred yards down the road is the picturesque village of Opihikao, which consists of a Congregational Church and an emergency phone.

With a direct view of the ocean, you may spend your whole vacation simply gazing at the waves, yet the cottage is the perfect base for exploring the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Big Island. Hilo is the orchid growing capital of the world and is home to several magnificent botanical gardens, museums, galleries, and restaurants. The main attraction of the area is Volcanoes National Park, a 45-minute drive away, where you can see active lava flows and witness the formation of the newest land on the planet. The closest town to the cottage is relaxed Pahoa, a quick ten minute drive away, with several grocery stores, a large farmer's market, a health food store, banks, restaurants, and other conveniences.

All along the coast in the rural Puna District, you will discover special places to explore, from scenic parks to sheltered coves. Three miles from the cottage is exotic Kehena Beach, where palms and ironwood trees frame a lovely crescent of black sand. Two miles in the other direction is MacKenzie State Park, where steep lava cliffs form a rugged, rocky shore. MacKenzie Park also has interesting hiking trails and accessible lava tubes for spelunking. Five miles from the cottage is Ahalanui State Park with a naturally heated fresh/salt-water swimming pond. And, a little further down the road is Kapoho Tide Pools for some of the best snorkeling on the east side of Hawaii.

Rainbow Dreams Cottage is the perfect eco-retreat, where you can really get away from it all. We have been proudly off the grid since 2000, operating with alternative energy - solar power and catchment from the rain for water. And, without any major resorts or condominium developments nearby, you'll find yourself surrounded by the beauty of old Hawaii and immersed in the splendor of tropical paradise.

Keywords: Cottage, ocean front, house, vacation rental, paradise, tropical, quiet, scenic, eco retreat, Puna, Ophihikao, Hawaii, Pahoa, Kehena, Red Road

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Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • alternative lifestyle

David Shaw

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We spend as much time as we can at this magical property and always find it to be transformational and rejuvenating. I grew up in New England, went to college in Philadelphia, and currently reside in San Francisco. I work for a nonprofit organization that supports the national parks near the Golden Gate and helped to organize the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge.

David Shaw purchased this house in 2000

We looked all over the State of Hawaii for our perfect place and found many areas that we loved, including Hanalei Bay on Kauai, and Hana, Maui, and this area reminded us of those areas, and we liked the nearness to Hilo, which is the second largest city in Hawaii after Honolulu. We especially liked the rugged quality of the Puna Coast and the primal feeling of the land in this area. We have many repeat visitors, because people love coming back again and again to this special place.

The Rainbow Dreams Cottage is extremely unique in its proximity to the ocean and its surroundings in an area that is entirely dominated by the beauty and serenity of the natural world. Also, the off-the-grid experience is becoming more and more unique as people need a place to unplug and get away from the daily bombardment of internet, email, and other ways that we constantly connect in the communications age. But for those that need to be connected, it's just a short drive in either direction to access the web and cell service.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Property Reviews

Oceanfront Eco-Retreat Cottage in Scenic 'Old Hawaii' Puna
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews
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Oceanfront Eco-Retreat Cottage in Scenic 'Old Hawaii' Puna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p152979vb
808 936-9883
Opihikao Puna District
Northern California
5

Get rid of a few "modern" amenities--and grab a great getaway!

Get rid of a few "modern" amenities--and grab a great getaway!
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
Geesh, I hate to review this VRBO property. You see, I'm an honest person so I can't tell you it's anything other than the most relaxing place we've ever stayed--but when I do that it may get so many reservations that we'll be hard-pressed to get to stay here again. Sigh... (save a week or two for us, David, please?).

Admittedly, this isn't the place to stay if your dream Hawaiian vacation looks like late nights at Waikiki bars, a tourist lua'u or snapping a quick photo of one "must-see" site and then moving on to the next. Nope--if that's your idea of Hawaii, this will disappoint you.

If, however, you are anticipating a chance to get to discover, explore and absorb a bit of "old Hawaii"--complete with a few mosquitos, dark tropical nights and the salt of surf spray in the air, well, then you've found *your* dream at this property.

Solar power means the cottage is a bit more dimly lit with fewer bulbs at night--but there are plenty of candles. No TV or Internet (not even Verizon cell coverage) but the cocqui frogs and whispering palm fronds are guaranteed to provide better evening "entertainment" than those ever will. The kitchen is petite but well-designed, the mattresses are quality as are the linens and the bathroom is clean and lovely. Plenty of storage for suitcases in the two closets (who wants to be reminded of going home by seeing them out all the time?).

The view from the living area is relaxing--the sea sparkles just across the old road, green lawn unrolls like a magic carpet leading you to fruit trees, flowers and even a pond packed with lilies and surrounded by tropical flowers. What's not to love?

David was great to work with, both before the trip and during it. The notebook provided on-site isn't your usual VRBO "book of rules." Instead it offers a depth of information about the area, including history, plants, culture and nearby areas to explore. Venturing out, we enjoyed the pocket black sand beach just up the road, visiting with friends who live around the corner, the Wednesday evening gathering at Uncle Robert's up in Kalapana and snorkeling at the tide pools in Wai Opae.

Mainly, though, we spent our vacation relaxing, playing ukulele on the lanai and recharging ourselves; the cottage provided exactly what we needed to do that. We'll be back!
Helpful votes: 1/1
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Oceanfront Eco-Retreat Cottage in Scenic 'Old Hawaii' Puna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p152979vb
808 936-9883
Opihikao Puna District
san diego CA
5

Old Hawaii comes alive

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2012
My girlfriend and I stayed for four nights during the late summer of 2012. We absolutely fell in love with everything about the property. The size of the cottage is perfect for two people (four would be more than comfortable as well). The view from the lanai was so wonderful that we ended up not moving from our chairs for hours on end. We just enjoyed decompressing from the real world and spending time together. Everything was in excellent condition, the bed was comfy and the outdoor shower was terrific; although I may have given the female caretaker a bit of a surprise when she was walking up the side of the property! We both turned away in alarm! :) We cannot wait to return, thank you for making this amazing property available for such a reasonable rate. Ken and Tracy, San Diego
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Oceanfront Eco-Retreat Cottage in Scenic 'Old Hawaii' Puna
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p152979vb
808 936-9883
Opihikao Puna District
San Francisco
5

Love Love Love This Special Place

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
We arrived exhausted and this place worked its magic. The amazing ocean view, beautiful grounds and nicely decorated cottage were even better than described. And, we loved visiting the nearby black sand beaches, great snorkeling, delicious restaurants (especially Thai food), and fantastic farmers markets in Hilo, Maku'u and Pahoa. Having no internet and cell phone at the cottage was heavenly to unplug from the pace of the workaday world on the mainland. And there are internet cafes and cell service within a short drive down the road and the nearest town. We really loved this amazing place and can't wait to come back again soon. The view is transfixing - we saw dolphins from the front porch!
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
Owner's Response: Thanks very much! We hope that you can come back and enjoy more time at the Cottage in the future.
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo Airport
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Rare Hawaiian Bird Watching, Lava Viewing, Tropical Flora and Fauna, Turtle and Whale Watching, Dance and Hula Lessons Nearby at Kalani Honua, Snorkeling, Swimming at Warm Pond, Lava Tubes, Nature Preserve Malama Ki, Farmer's Markets, Organic Produce, State and National Parks, Zoo in Hilo

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Availability & Rates

Opihikao House Rental Rates

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$110
$735
$1,950
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Amenities

Opihikao House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Water View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Linens Provided
Kitchen:
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchen
  • Cooking Utensils
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2)
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Balcony
Suitability:
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • alternative lifestyle
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • zoo
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • churches
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • shelling
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • antiquing
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • swimming
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • wind-surfing
  • hiking
  • rock climbing
  • fishing
  • spelunking
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • deepsea fishing
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
Notes:
Eco Retreat, solar power, catchment water.
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