|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Opihikao was a beautiful old Hawaii settlement and it has retained an exotic aura. There is jungle all around and few houses. From the cottage you can walk to the ocean and check out the tide ponds and the powerful Ocean waves crashing on the lava rocks. The historic Opihikao Church ( 1823)with a local congregation is just a few blocks away. You are also only a few miles to a black sand beach, and so many other natural wonders, too numerous to list. Best snorkeling this side of the Island.
The Cottage itself has an open beam plan with enclosed bed and bathroom. The bedroom has access to the Lanai which sits high over the orchard of beautiful tropical views. You can pick your own fruits every day and eat them with your favorite beverage on the small table with chairs outside on the Lanai. Bananas and Papayas are year round, and there are always other fruits depending on season. Mangos, White pineapples, Citrus, etc.
The Orchard has too many varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices to list . Have you ever eaten a Rambutan? there are over 200 Rambutan trees!!!
The kitchen has Silestone countertops and a full size stove and refrigerator for preparing any kind and size meals. The cottage is solar powered with a backup generator located far away. And so it is quiet when running.
All appliances and lights are energy efficient. NOT PERMITTED : hair dryers, hot plates, irons or other high wattage appliances as these drain the batteries. Otherwise there is plenty of power for fridge, water pump and other electrical appliances in the cottage.
Hot water and stove are on propane.
This is a place to relax, enjoy nature, and come away refreshed and invigorated. Pahoa town is not far away for restaurants and shopping. And now cottage has high speed internet connection for your laptop or other Wifi connections
Keywords: Cottage is located just off Kamaili Road at Rainbow Orchards with over 45 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices. Pick your own fruit in season. Walk to Ocean
I am 69 years young, and now retired in Hawaii developing my Tropical Orchard.
I love it here. I am finally able to have chickens too. Also have three dogs, Occasionally there are wild pigs.
On the mainland I worked as the 1st Urban Forester of Pasadena, California for 11 years and another 10 years in Glendale, California as their Urban Forester. I was a Peace corps volunteer in Chile in 1968-70 and the Horticulturist of Raleigh , North Carolina before moving to California in 1978. I am happy to show guests around the orchard and help them with their vacation plans.
William Caudill purchased this cottage in 2010
I love the primeval area. The people, the relaxed living and the climate where I am able to grow so many things.
I enjoy range free eggs and fresh organic fruit.
Bill's cottage was absolutely perfect for our visit to the Big Island. All the other reviews seem to mention that it's really well designed and appointed, and it's true. The property is not an industrial agriculture type of orchard with rows of trees, but more of a 12-acre garden... which I think is a reflection of the nature of the whole Puna region; quite natural and a little wild, and very beautiful.
The cottage is a 40-minute drive to Hilo, and is close enough to be convenient for exploring, and far enough away to be a good escape from the city. We used it as our home base and from there visited Hilo, Kona, the Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (be sure to stay until after dark so you can see the amazing glow of the caldera), Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, as well as attractions closer to home like Uncle Robert's (RIP, Uncle Robert), the geothermally heated beach, and walks to lots of pretty spots just minutes from the door of the cottage.
The eggs and fruit Bill supplied were an added bonus. Now that I'm home, I keep buying papayas in the grocery store, but there is just no comparison.
I was sad to leave (even if it was to spend the rest of our vacation on Oahu... it's just not as relaxed as the Big Island), and I'd be happy to return anytime!
Really charming delightfully designed and decorated house. So tastefully done with the most
comfortable furniture and beds. To be surrounded with such beauty was so nurturing and the
produce was delicious. A few minute walk on the most peaceful road through the jungle to the
ocean where the whales were breaching. I mean really. What a treat!
Staying at this cottage was one of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii. The cottage was nicely decorated and well-appointed, with the added bonuses of a bounty of fresh fruit and eggs from the orchard/farm. Fresh flowers from the property were also abundant in and around the cottage. We enjoyed the quietness of the cottage and found the location to be perfect for exploring Volcanoes National Park, the Hilo area, and Mauna Kea. Bill was very helpful, providing information about local happenings and travel times to other locations around the island. We thoroughly enjoyed his tour of the various fruit plants he has on the property and learning about how he has managed to run a property off the grid. The macadamia nut samples he left on our pillows the first night were also savoured. Thank you, Bill, for providing us with a comfortable stay and a most enjoyable visit to the Big Island. We dream of returning!
Great accommodations. The cottage had every thing you would want in a quiet relaxing vacation. Bill went out of his way to help us find his place, including driving 20 miles from the cottage in the rain so we wouldn't get lost. Fresh fruits and eggs were in abundance. We can't say enough good things about our time there.
C and M
My husband and I were thrilled to arrive at Bill's tropical hideaway where we stepped away from the crush of tourists and activities, and we could finally unwind on Hawaiian time.
The house, grounds, and area are what you would expect from old Hawaii. The house is located a few miles off the main highway in a lush tropical area. You might feel a little lost after you turn off the highway, but that's just part of the grind fading away and the peace taking over.
We stayed in a spacious flower filled cottage with a quiet master bedroom. Evenings brought millions of stars along with the coqui frogs that would serenade us to sleep. Between the "heavenly" bedding and the gentle sound of a cross breeze or light rain, getting out of bed was tough each morning. Thoughts of sampling the fresh fruit from Bill's garden helped us make our way from the bedroom to start our day.
We hope to return sooner rather than later. Mahalo nui loa for an amazing, restful Hawaiian vacation and your generous ho`okipa (hospitality)!
Me ka `oia`i`o, J & R
Thanks for making our first stay on the Big Island a pleasant one. Like many of the other reviewers, there is much to do and explore on this side of the island in the Puna District. We definitely enjoyed the fresh fruit offering upon our arrival. My wife couldn't stop eating the papaya. It was so fresh. It is private and fairly easy to get around the area on the roads. My wife went snorkeling and we explored the black sand beach as well. This was a welcome stay for our first trip to Hawaii!
short drive to lava viewing in Kalapana, local farmers market on Saturday just 4 miles away in seaview, huge farmers market near Pahoa every Sunday. And a huge
night market in Kalapana every Wednesday night with live entertainment, not to be missed
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