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Welcome to your beautiful, private island retreat! Walk through the sun-dappled yard as the steady ocean breezes embrace you. Be delighted as you enter this custom, open-planned vacation home, thoughtfully designed with high ceilings, ample windows and light-filled spaces. Allow the magic of the Big Island to enter your soul, as you feel yourself begin to relax and rejuvenate. The living room floor and entry has a surround of Chinese green slate, carpet in the center. The ceiling soars above while a view of the ocean is seen beyond the French doors as you enter the rear covered deck. Furnished in a relaxed/Zen style with a large sofa, a large quantity of pillows, a banana-leaf woven lounge chair, and a simple Asian cabinet which conceals the entertainment center (Panasonic 32' flat screen TV, Sony DVD player and Surround sound system). Furnishings are carefully chosen for comfort and quality.
Additional House Details: The kitchen has ceramic tile flooring, natural wood custom cabinetry with easy sliding drawers, a large pantry and refrigerator, wall oven, gas range top, granite bar with alabaster lighting, and custom wood-framed windows that slide easily letting in the nearly constant NE trade winds (the kitchen sits in the NE corner of the house). The dining room adjoins the kitchen, just beyond the bar counter. It boasts a Danish retro-modern teak and cherry wood dining table with six original matching chairs, new bamboo flooring, and it opens onto a great covered deck which has privacy and ocean views, plus an additional outdoor dining table and four chairs. The deck also has a sweet little love seat and a teak Adirondack chair.
The bedroom is private from the rest of the house and has incredible ocean views as well as sunrise and sunset vistas. The floor is slate tile and opens onto a sunny deck from the sliding glass door. One can occasionally see the red/orange glow from the lava flows in the west. Orange, tangerine, tangelo, and meyer lemon trees produce abundantly just outside. White pineapple patches guide the way to the new meditation pavilion while ohia, monkeypod, fig, loquat, dragon fruit, soursop, starfruit, plus many tropical flowers, grace the yard in their turn.
This house just feels right!
To Do Options & Recommendations: 10 minute drive to view lava river flowing into ocean with steam plume, swim with dolphins at Kehena Black Sand Beach, watch whales from the cliffs November-March, swim with or view turtles (honu) in Kapoho (15 minutes drive), star-gazing, warm ponds, tide pool exploration, steam vents, volcanic crater lake (Green Lake also called Hale Mahina), farmers' markets (SPACE market at Belly Acres on Saturday mornings; Maku'u Market on Sunday near Pahoa). Events and classes such as yoga, dance, and healing arts at Kalani Resort and also at SPACE.
Check in time is 4pm. Check out time is 11 am. You may request late or early check in/out and I can see if it's possible. Aloha.
I'm fortunate to have been a longtime resident of the wild and spectacular Puna Coast since 1981. I've witnessed the powerful and creative force of Pele firsthand, and I'm thrilled to share this unique experience with new visitors. I am a home builder and designer and I consider this one to be my finest. I love to cook, and designed the kitchen to be functional and beautiful. I love plants and enjoy gardening and landscaping, which is reflected in the park-like grounds. I hope you find my home to be as comfortable and yet inspiring as I have over the years. It is my joy to offer this home to you.
Lisa Bartoletti purchased this house in 1990
I built my former home here shortly after purchasing the lot in 1989. There's no other spot like it! It sits on a slight hill at the edge of state land, which is unspoiled 1955 a'a lava covered in grey-green lichen and dotted with young ohia trees, beyond which the blue pacific ocean beckons.... Kalapana is in the sun-drenched 'blue belt' of Puna, where it is more likely to be bright blue sky and gentle flowing breezes. The area is wild and free, where many report they can sense the creative volcanic energy.
My family of four stayed at the Pu'ulena House in Nov. 2012, and we had to say how amazing a time we had here! It is more gorgeous than even the great pics reflect, you will not be sorry for taking the time to stay here.
Everything here was just as promised, and the cleanliness, the architecture, the landscaping, the fresh fruit (Suha fruit is so pretty!) is truly unforgettable. It rains almost daily this time of the year, and each rain brought a rainbow of which my children and I adored. You can see the ocean over the lava field nearby and it is breathtaking, to see so much life evolve literally through the hardened lava was incredible to us.
The view of the stars was mind blowing, you will NEVER see so many stars in one sky on the mainland anywhere, it is so clear you can easily make out the milky way!!! The laundry machines in the house were very useful for my wife and kids. The loft area was a complete hit with our children also. The mediation pavilion (what I called it anyway) was truly serene, there was always a gorgeous gecko there with 3 vivid orange 'splashes' on their backs, so pretty!
Lisa gave us amazing information on the area and home, we ate at the local Kalapana Village Cafe and used the grocery store there and sincerely enjoyed the area and moreso the people!
Sleeping in the bed was very restful, and the music orchestrated by the frogs, lizards and birds at night was mesmerizing, we recorded the night sounds to have a re-playable memory of this amazing music from nature.
Our experience was unforgettable, and we will most definitely be back. The location made visiting everything on the East side of the Big Island so convenient, Hilo is a close drive, as well as the Volcanoes Natl Park, also you are extremely close to the Kalapana Lava Viewing fields which blew our minds as well.
If you are looking for serenity, Hawai'i Nei, and a place to stay on the East side of the Big Island, Pu'ulena House will not disappoint you!!
HIGHLY RECOMMEND, thank you Lisa, it was truly a surreal experience for my family! We will be back!!
The house has a design different from others , is very spacious and peaceful.
Best location to see flowing lava also it requires some walking at the time we were there.
The area is green and rain can be expected on this portion of the island.
All commodities are available and better to do its own cooking.
Lisa's house was the perfect place for me and my teenaged son for the week. It is close to great snorkeling and lava viewing, but also away from it all - especially because it is at the end of the cul de sac overlooking the lava field. My son loved the "man cave" in the loft - and we enjoyed biking around the area. The kitchen was well equipped, and we were serenaded every night by the coqui. We were sorry to leave!
We had a short, but wonderful stay in this lovely Kehena retreat. Beautiful and private house that worked out well for our group of four. We loved mornings and evenings in the backyard - relaxing in the meditation hut that overlooked the lava flow. The spacious kitchen and dining room were a treat - as were the beautiful, comfortable, and tasteful furnishings. Definitely planning a much longer visit next time! This part of Puna has so much to offer and is such a verdant and magical paradise!
Wonderful house on edge of lava fields. Grounds tropical. House very airy, with high ceilings. Lots of wood to give it character. It was easy to live in and did not look like a rental. You really had the feeling this was a home built with care for the environment. You do have to add your own privacy. No door to the master, so I hung a sheet over the opening, for instance. This actually added to the charm, as I felt like I was in my own breezy tent. I very much enjoyed my stay here and all ameneties are there also, like easy tv reception, for instance. Gas cooking, kitchen worked very well. Great experience!
My Partner, Nicole and I had the good luck to choose Lisa's home in the Puna distreict over several others we looked at and based on the 18 days we stayed there , our decision was the right one. A reminder that homes in this area south of Hilo ,in a country setting, will have occasional power outages,ants ,mosquitoes,and cell phone blackholes ........if you can deal with those ( remember you are in a tropical rural setting ) , it was a fabulous experience , not only at Lisa's home , but the area itself.The atmosphere and inhabitants slow down your pace and suddenly stress and tensions of city life fade .The home was clean and ammenities abundant to feel comfortable . Internet access very good ( i needed to be connected every morning ) comfortable furniture, the main bed ( ZZZZZZ) and Lanai ....excellent. Land line and TV more than adequate .....lots of fresh filtered water for kitchen and bathroom use.I have no hesitation to recommend Lisa's home for vacation use in this district ....As for the Puna district .....expect rain almost daily ( still warm and the sun does appear).coqui frogs.lots of places to go and markets to get that community flavor .....felt like a Kama'aina almost from day 1
Grant and Nicole
Kehena, Puna District, Big Island, Hawaii, USA (40 Minutes to Hilo, 1 minute to Kehena Black Sand Beach!) Lava and Volcano viewing nearby, take a trip by boat from Pohoiki to watch lava entering the ocean, or take a 15 minute lava walk to view it at sunset. A must-do in this lifetime! Tide pools abound, some are geothermally heated to bathtub temperature. Great corals and tropical fish. Kehena Beach has dolphins playing most mornings, they sometimes stay all day, spinning and jumping as you watch from shore or swim with them. Red Road hugs the coast and is great for biking. Explore the magnificence of unspoiled Hawaii. Kalani Resort (1 mile) offers classes in Yoga, Dance, and Art. Kalani has a buffet style breakfast, lunch, dinner,open to the public. They also have a great sauna and pool available. Enjoy Pahoa town for restaurants such as Thai, Tuscan (Italian), Mexican, and more.
Other Activities: shopping, health/beauty spa, wildlife viewing
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