|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
The Original Rainbow Dreams Cottage - with a spectacular view, the only one like it on the Old Red Road. 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 directly faces the Pacific Ocean with stunning, 180 degree views thru palms and rare ocean mahogany trees. Situated amid a tropical garden planted with rare trees, fruits and flowers, this cottage is simply the best rental in the area.
Inside the private and well-appointed cottage, you will find vintage koa and other furnishings. It is set up with everything you need - with a kitchen, 1 bath, an outside shower, and two bedrooms with closets. All rooms have ample windows to let the natural tradewinds in and their is a large patio in front with a small screened lanai on the side.
With a direct view of the ocean, you may spend your whole vacation simply gazing at the waves, birds and sky, 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
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 cottage 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 and very powerful 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 and email. But for those that need to be connected, it's just a short drive in either direction to access the web and cell service.
I have spent two vacations here and plan to return as soon as I can. In this dreamy little cottage, David has provided such a welcoming and relaxing counterpoint to our stressful, technology-dependent world. You could spend your time just reading, strolling the beautiful garden and visiting the tide pools and mini-black sand beach across the street. The air is incredible and breezes from the ocean divine. And with the nighttime soundtrack of waves, tree frogs and gentle rain, you'll never sleep better.
But when you're finished decompressing you'll find plenty of fun nearby. My favorite activities within a short drive include yoga classes at Kalani, various farmers markets, the eerie beauty of Lava Trees park, and the bohemian scene at sunset on Kehena Beach. On my last stay here, at the "end of the road" at Kalapana we could witness the otherworldly glow of lava oozing down the mountain off in the distance. It's also a great "base camp" for the world of adventures the Big Island has to offer; within day-trip distances are Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Mauna Kea Observatory, Akaka Falls, the surf breaks at Hilo Bay, and much more.
As a foodie I was concerned about the somewhat remote location isolating me from good cuisine. I should not have been! There are a couple good restaurants in Pahoa and several more in Hilo. But I loved spending evenings in the cozy kitchen, cooking up the day's farmers market haul along with some fresh, locally caught fish (and don't leave without sampling the artisanal goat cheese from the farm up the road.)
Each of my stays here has been with the company of a friend and we found the two-bedroom layout perfect for two single people. For less than the price of one hotel room we each had our own space. It would also be great for couple, two couples or a small but adventurous family. Writing about this gem of a cottage makes me eager to go back!
This is a really special place. From the moment we arrived, it was an amazing experience. My blood pressure went down the second I smelled the air, laden with flowers. This is a stunning property, with an view that is beyond. The cottage is very well outfitted compared to other rentals I've stayed at, but isn't a "condo" - don't expect TV, phones, wireless, gadgets or any other noise beyond the sounds of waves, amazing birds and frogs and nature. I read 3 books - when do you get to do that now (one was 700 pages)! I walked, read, relaxed and generally decompressed from work and life. The town of Pahoa is funky, but super cute, and if you like Thai, Nings is fresh and truly great Thai - the town is minutes away. Overall, I couldn't recommend it more.
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!
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
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!
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 18 2015 - Jan 18 2016
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$65 + Tax|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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