We at Hawaiian Journeys offer unique and affordable vacation experiences, by using alternative structures known as Yurts.
Our Yurt, located on the big island of Hawaii, allows for more space and a vacation experience you'll want to share with others. The Yurt is fully furnished with queen bed, refrigerator, microwaves and more. It's like camping with all the comforts of home.
Welcome to Hawaiian Journeys....we invite you to join our Ohana for a vacation designed to be one you will remember for many years to come. Our accommodations are spacious, comfortable, unique and private. Invented over a 1000 years ago, a yurt is a comfortable, cozy building with great functionality.
We have modernized it, to include one bedroom, modern amenities and gorgeous views among cool and relaxing breezes. We are an eco friendly Inn. We recycle our gray water for plants and pineapples. Because of our location you will see more of Hawaii then if you stayed in Kona and you will sleep better. After all There is MORE to Hawaii then beaches and bars... and isn't a vacation supposed to be relaxing. Stay with us once, and I guarantee you will be back again. We have other one and two bedroom yurts available, please contact us for rates and details. To see pictures or our other yurts, go to our website.
Aloha from Al, Lisa, Donnie and Ohana of Hawaiian Journeys
I first came to Hawaii in 1970. Moved over in 1971 and built what is now the Blue Dolphin in Kawaihai and opened the first Italian restaurant on the Big Island. My 3 children were born here, and in 1985 moved back to the Mainland for family matters. Always with a mind to return back to Hawaii. I purchased property in Ocean View, HI in 2005 I've been building up the property in Ocean View the last 2.5 years and hope to be back living in Hawaii FULL time by 2011. Hawaii has ALWAYS felt like home, I love the people and the land and really look forward to coming home.
The Owner purchased this cabin in 2005
After living on the island, and experiencing all the things there are to do, I realized you need to centrally locate yourself so you can see more in the same amount of time. Ocean View is a great location for doing just that. No matter where you stay in Kona, you still have to come by Ocean View to see the Volcano, Southpoint, Greensands Beach etc...
All the comforts of staying in a hotel, but for less money, and more privacy. We have Snorkeling and Boogie Board Equipment. Big views, Clean Air, and a good nights sleep.
The yurt experience was truly great!!! The yurt was Clean & Comfortable!! The view was amazing. Owners Al & Lisa are wonderful people, enjoyed visiting with them. Peaceful place to relax. Felt right at home. Highly recommended !!.
We enjoyed ourselves so much we are going back for 2 more weeks.
The yurt experience was great Highly recommended .Clean & Comfortable. The owners Al & Lisa are wonderful people , enjoyed visiting with them .the view is great. Very peaceful place to relax. We liked it so much we are returning for 2 more weeks in March.
Get away from the tourist hustle. The yurt was great. Super clean, and quiet. Great location away from the bugs, and noise in Kona. The perfect Big Island vacation would be a few nights here to see the Volcano, and South Point, and a few nights in the Waikaloa area(if you can afford it) for the snorkeling. The yurt is fun and inexpensive, and Al and Lisa the hosts are great.
My wife and I stayed in a studio for 2 weeks and were very pleased with the accomodations in the yurt, the great view and the owner/ hosts. The stars were spectacular at night. Our yurt had cable tv, a barbeque grill, microwave and refrigerator which all came in very handy. We shopped at some grocery stores and brought some food and fruits back for the evenings. Since we retired last year, we do a lot of camping and this accomodation was even less than tenting in some of campgrounds on the mainland. Hard to believe!!! The reason for the low price was that you right in between Hilo or Kona, about 60 miles from each. That meant we spent a couple hours each day driving. However, we split our time between the 2 so if you stayed in Hilo and drove to Kona seven days you would have driven the same amount. The toilets are incinerator type which require a little training but weren't a problem . We would definitely stay there again.
My wife and I took our nephew and niece to Hawaii this past summer and wanted a non-resort experience. We loved our yurt and found the hosts to be great people with helpful stories and advice on where to snorkel, swim, hike, visit, eat, etc. The yurt is clean and the view is absolutely beautiful. I loved the fact that the owners were doing their best to stay off the grid (electrical) by powering themselves with wind generated electricity. The bathroom is in a separate building adjacent to the yurt. It is spacious but basic and the toilet incinerates all waste so there is no need for septic. Learning to use it takes a minute and is a fairly easy system to get. I really like the low impact living situation the owners have created.
The difficult part for us with two children was the distance we needed to travel each say to either get near Kona-Kailua or Hilo. By the end of the day we usually ended up driving at least 5 hours in the car which took its toll at the end of our second week. Besides that we enjoyed the friendly hosts and amazing views (3500 ft.). Plus if you are a star watcher you can't beat it - they were brilliant and the Milky Way was spectacular.
Thank you for the great yurt experience and sorry for the belated review
The location is convenient for exploring the Black Sand and Green Sand Beaches, South Point, Volcano and the Kona Coast.
We stayed in the charming studio yurt and it was plenty large and well equipped. Everything was clean and comfortable.
Our host had a good sense of humor and was helpful in making sightseeing and restaurant recommendations.
We loved the amazing star-gazing! Which you can do outdoors or through the skylight in the yurt. Watching the turtles frolic in the water on the nearby Black Sand Beach was a highlight of our trip. Kayaking and snorkeling with dolphins in Kealakekua Bay was amazing!
My only caveats: when you are tired from a day's sightseeing it is challenging to learn how to use new kinds of plumbing. That being said, this place is a God's gift to budget and eco-travelers!!!