|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Spacious rooms with many windows and huge surrounding lanai create a relaxed and refreshing atmosphere in this lovely retreat known locally as 'Cedar House.' The house was designed with two completely separate apartments, one on each floor. You can reserve the entire house with 5 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, 4 baths; or reserve just one apartment, i.e. the entirety of one floor.
The garden apartment on ground floor offers three bedrooms, private surrounding lanai, and immediate access to the carefully tended yard. The balcony apartment on second floor offers two bedrooms brushed by gentle tradewinds and colorful views of plumeria, bougainvillea, hibiscus and coconut palms. Each apartment has two bathrooms (both tub and shower), a fully equipped kitchen, private laundry facilities, DVD and wide-screen satellite TV, reliable high-speed internet, king-size bed, and additional bedroom(s) with queen-size bed(s). There's off-street parking for your car.
A five-minute stroll takes you from your Cedar House lanai to the friendly tidepools of Wai'Opae Marine Conservation District, where you can snorkel in coral gardens with curious turtles and tropical fish. Explore the quiet roads of Vacationland (that's really its name) and neighboring orchid farms. Or wander down Red Road to soak in the geo-thermally heated, spring-fed oceanside pool at Ahalanui Park about a mile away. Continue south from there along Hawaii's newest gorgeous coastline, and there's a chance (Hawaiian goddess Pele permitting) you'll see red-hot lava flowing into the sea near Kalapana. Stop along the way to walk among the ironwood trees on spectacular bluffs above wild waves at MacKenzie Park. Or sun-bathe with the locals in the cozy atmosphere of Kehena's clothing-optional black sand beach.
Then check out the shops and fine restaurants (Thai, French, Italian, among others) in Pahoa town, eight miles inland from Cedar House and on the other side of Lava Tree State Park. If it's Sunday, you might want to see what's happening at Maku'u Farmers' Market nearby. You'll find fresh vegetables and fruit with lots of local color there.
Within easy driving distance (30 miles north) remember the historic old town of Hilo with its antique stores, restaurants, university lecture series, concerts, state-of-the-art planetarium, and more. At the planetarium you can see how ancient Polynesians used their knowledge of the heavens to navigate the uncharted Pacific (travelling to and from Tahiti for centuries before European sailing ships arrived). Associated displays of on-going volcanic activity show how these islands were formed in the first place. Relax or picnic in the peaceful parks near Hilo's harbor, where downtown streets were inundated a generation ago by tidal waves memorialized now in the Pacific Tsunami Museum.
An hour's drive south along Hawaii Belt Route 11 takes you to the most active volcano on earth, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Visit the Kilauea Volcano Caldera, Thurston Lava Tube, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory, or hike the many trails through protected wilderness. In another direction, you might find yourself looking at the snow-capped peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea rising nearly 14,000 feet above sea level (elevations comparable to the Colorado rockies) and more than 30,000 feet above the ocean floor. From there it's an easy drive back to your Vacationland retreat.
My husband and were getting married, and while we live here on the Big Island we needed enough space for all the family and friends coming from the mainland. We rented both levels and it was wonderful. My husband was dying to sleep in the hammock and had to fight my oldest son who slept there every night for one afternoon. Mom has disabilities so the downstairs was perfect for her. We have always loved the tide-pools and having them there to share with my family was wonderful. We were able to host a family get together there with plenty of room on the lanai. In fact, the lanai was where we spent most of our time. I am currently making my husband build me one of our own. My family also loved the Warm Ponds right down the road and my mother was able to get in the water. The house was lovely, clean, well stocked with everything that we could possibly need. The little front yard gave the kids a nice place to play. The house is located close to some of favorite spots as locals. The owners and manager were helpful and polite. It was a true blessing and great time for all of us. I was so saddened to have to leave Cedar House. It is like a large lovely cabin in the tropics. Because of the space and amenities, we wanted for nothing the whole week (except to stay longer). We will definitely stay there again even though we are only 11 miles away. This is the perfect place for the perfect getaway of any kind. Thanks to the owners and managers for providing such a lovely place to stay. Mahalo
The house was great, and everything was better than the description. The property was very clean, well maintained and I thought it was much better than any motel. The tide pools were absolutely wonderful, although next time I will were something other than flip flops. We will be returning again.
We stayed in the upstairs, which was delightfully spacious. Wood cathedral ceilings with skylights, carefully screened from neighbor houses, surrounded by beautiful plants, everything we needed right at hand. More lanai than we knew what to do with. A block from the ocean, two blocks from the best tidepools we've seen, and amidst the wonderful groves of old trees still existing on the east side of the island. Stock up on food before you arrive, as it's a good distance to any shopping!
i think my august stay was my fourth or 5th at this location this year and i have stayed in prior years.
i cant say enuff positive things about this place.
the location is fabulous. the hot ponds are down the road, the tidal pools are a top three snorkel adventure on the big island, and if you get bored you can go to champagne ponds to snorkel which is down the road.
i always think of this area as old hawaii and if you drive the red road to kalapana you will i think agree.
the cedar house, is the best bargain in this area. Since i have stayed at a number of other places in the area i think that i am well qualified to make this comment.
i actually prefer the lower 3 bedroom unit when i'm staying for a while since i dont have to carry all the food upstairs. it has a little less light, but normally on my stays i'm only inside to cook, sleep, or use the facilities. i prefer the al fresco sense of being outside and spend my time when at the unit just enjoying the geckos and the glorious landscaping while i am ruminating on solving the worlds problems.
i have never really had a problem while staying and the other guests have always been cool. i have been here when people smoke outside, which doesnt bother me, but if it did and i was in the upper unit there is more than one place to sit on the wrap around lanai and one area you cant be bothered by smoke.
kitchen stuff is more than adequate though i have noticed some pot tops which appear to be orphans which i dont know whether guests are taking stuff.
helpful hint : only the two units share the password for the wifi. this is extremely uncommon for the area as normally wifi at places you rent down here are unsecured and for me is is big deal.
an as inane as this sounds, the cedar house has a smoke dectector which alot of places that i rented in this dont. ask if this is an issue for you before you rent a place in this area.
We rented the downstairs unit the 2nd week in June with another couple. The apartment was spacious, clean and very well appointed with everything we could have needed. We were also provided with sports equipment to use outdoors and on the water. The kitchen was stocked with all the utensils and service items we needed to cook at home when we wanted, and there were several restaurants in the area for nights out. We immensely enjoyed the deck with its comfy chairs and tables and incredible views of the lush gardens. The vegetation around the house is magnificent. In case you want to leave the comfort of your home away from home, there are activities galore. The tidal pools are a very short stroll from the house and afford wonderful snorkeling opportunities. There is a natural hot pool and several beaches a short drive away. We enjoyed a local market in the area very much. For my husband, Volcanic National Park and a trip to Mauna Kea to observe the stars were the highlights. It was a fantastic vacation and I would recommend Cedar House to lovers of natural beauty. We hope to return in the near future.
6 of us rented Cedar house for a week in May and had the best vacation ever! We "drew" a room in the upstairs apartment and took advantage of the well stocked kitchen to cook for the crowd. All of us ate on the airy deck in the tree tops, until one rainy evening when we were forced inside--only to realize that the dining room table was a perfect place to eat before watching a video on the tv in the living room.
A fourth couple joined us and insisted on cooking dinner downstairs and claimed to have an even better patio--the competition was on. The last two nights we flipped a coin to see which area to eat in.
The tide pools were so close that anybody who wanted to could take an hour or two to snorkel without having to organize an event.
The whole week was great--plenty of privacy and lots to do. We all want to go back--we decided that the house was so well situated and designed that we would invite a 5th couple next time. And have a schedule for who gets to cook! This time we never even wanted to go out.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Cleaning Fee||$100 + Tax|
Rent the entire house (5 bedrooms, 4 baths) for $200/night plus $200 cleaning fee, plus Hawaii state taxes.
State taxes consist of 4.15% state excise tax plus 9.25% transient accommodations tax; i.e. total tax = 13.4%
VRBO button for "Instant Quote" does not include a refundable security deposit ($150 for each apartment). Assuming no damages, this deposit is returned within 10 days of checkout.
The refundable security deposit ($150) is due at the time you make a reservation. All remaining charges (rent, cleaning fee, Hawaii state taxes, i.e. the total calculated for VRBO's "Instant Quote") become due six weeks prior to scheduled arrival. If reservations are made within 6 weeks of arrival date, all charges (rent, cleaning fee and taxes in addition to deposit) must be paid within 3 days.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
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