Opihikao House Rental Photos and Description
House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)
The Original Rainbow Dreams Cottage - Spectacular View, the only one like it on the Red Our Cottage is situated on the beautiful Puna Coast of the Big Island. Set amidst a 150-year old 'kings' grove of coconut palms, the cottage faces directly to the Pacific Ocean, where stunning sunrises set the tone for each day. Situated amid a tropical garden, this cottage is simply the best rental in the area.
Well appointed, with vintage koa and rattan furniture, this solar powered cottage sits among the majestic grove of century old palms, planted by the native villagers of Opihikao. d
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
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- alternative lifestyle
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About David Shaw
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
Why David Shaw chose Opihikao
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.
What makes this house unique
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.