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Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2015
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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


Kaimu House Rental Photos and Description

Lush Vegetation - Lava - Timeless Music and Ocean Rhythms

The home has been described as 'A Vacation within A Vacation': And what a vacation! Home offers SECLUSION for special occasions.

The home has been complimented as the most complete, unique and best value for your Hawaiian Vacation and a gift to yourself of a nostalgic memorable Hawaiian Experience.

!!! Special retreat for Honeymooners !!! or Even an intimate wedding retreat on the lava terrace

NO ADD ON FEES... No cleaning fees, extra people fees and never a fee for information and help! The daily and weekly rates include all costs minus the taxman - Please read the reviews we are here so you can have the Most Unique Fun and complete vacation/holiday!

Property Description.

2000 square foot home and 3 adjacent lots with almost unlimited ocean vistas. The coast and lava field is always changing so each visit offers unique new adventures. Home is on a lush vegetation covered lot with coconut palm, breadfruit, banana, pineapple, lemon, lilikoi, macadamia, beautiful flowers and orchids: All opening to a lava terraced ocean front vista. The three adjoining lots have lava from the winter 1990 lava flow plus old and new vegetation to include avocado. If you look just 10 feet south and east of the house you will see lava where the 1990 lava flow stopped.

Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua 'Music Cave of Refuge' is the house second story: The exclusive premium small party (4 to 5 person maximum) vacation rental consist of approximately 1000 square feet with 2 unique bedrooms (2 queen pillow top mattress beds), a daybed in the living room and 2 upscale modern baths. A gourmet kitchen is where you will enjoy preparing your meals as you drink in the ocean views: Listen to the ocean as you cook and the rhythms of the palm trees or the jukebox with approximately 450 albums/CDs of timeless music.

Entertainment!!! Besides a full sized American Made Classic Jukebox with 6 bubblers to entertain you, you can watch a 3D movie on the 132 inch living room theater or watch a movie on a 92 inch screen in the kitchen and each of the bedrooms. If you want the complete movie atmosphere you can have popcorn from a theater popcorn maker and a beverage from a classic coke cooler at the Diner Route '66' Table. Wednesday night and at this time an added Friday night offer the famous 'Night Market at Kalapana: The Wednesday and Friday Farmers Market is a short 0.6 to 0.8 mile walk (lava route or road route) from the house.

Almost everyday features sunshine and more sunshine; often while you're sleeping, a rejuvenation shower occurs. Considered by many the most perfect climate on the islands: Sneak a peek at the Galileo thermometer on the breakfast bar and you usually will find a temperature between 68 and 82 degrees Fahrenheit day time or night time.

'Special 'Guest Book' Feature:'

The 'Guest Book' allows quiet time reading of shared experiences at The Music Cave of Refuge - 'Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua '

The Bauk Family allowed me to share this message from the “Guest Book' with you:

I share this message that is excellently targeted to the experience this special property was designed to create in this magical environment.

Hi Bob,

We have just returned home from our wonderful trip to Hawaii, so I apologize for the delay in replying to you.

We had a wonderful time staying at your property, and we took some flyers and will absolutely recommend it to anyone visiting the big island.

I will write a review online soon, but you are more than welcome to use the review from your guest book in your property description…



***Below is a shared experience from the “Guest Book”: The 'Guest Book' is specially designed to share with you - we encourage you to share your experiences and thoughts in the “Guest Book”. ***

“Thank you so much for fitting us in for the night - we just wish we had discovered this place earlier and spent more time here. After more than ten years working in the travel industry and traveling all over the world, staying in many types of accommodations - this property has to be one of the coolest, funkiest, most fun places we have stayed. We absolutely LOVED IT!!

Congratulations Bob on creating a fabulous eclectic environment. My four year old son just asked if we could stay here forever.


Julia , Jos and Alec Bauk”

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We do not add additional charges; therefore, there is not an add-on cleaning fee to any rate quoted.

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More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Bob (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 3, 2015

About Bob

Your Host 'Bob' has worked a decade overseas assisting people in nations ravaged by wars to rebuild their lives and nation. During the time overseas 'Bob' was called the 'movie man' not because he knew much about movies but because Bob would share a movie with everyone: Sharing a move led to sharing popcorn and sometimes teaching people of other nations how to make popcorn in a theater popcorn machine: Bob left many popcorn machines around the world and many friendly popcorn lovers. During those 10 years, Bob had little time to visit the wonderful home and retreat he wants to share with you. For Bob, relaxation was no longer than 21 days home at Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua - 'Music Cave of Refuge' and making Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua a special place of refuge to relax, reflect and share. Darlene our co-host would put back in order the projects Bob did not finish. Darlene lived during my long time overseas at my home in the downstairs living area: I am happy to say Darlene still lives in the downstairs unit of the home and can be your best guide to the islands or she can be invisible: Your Choice. Darlene managed a Hostel for more than 3 years that specialized in eco-tourism and hiking (a favorite stop for world travelers). Darlene has been an island resident for 26 years. Now that Darlene is retired it is wonderful to have her around as a friend and resource. I encourage you to consider the advantages of a home with such a great friend and resource: We hope you can relax as we do at Pila Ho'okani Pu'uhonua - with our Hawaii and World knowledge - We truly believe there is no finer place in Hawaii or the World.

Aloha and Mahalo from Darlene and Bob!

Bob purchased this house in 2004

Why Bob chose Kaimu

The area and home have some of the cleanest air in the World. Home location is approximately 1 mile from a weather point used as a baseline reference for World clean air data. There is sunshine almost every day usually when it rains during the day (not very common) the sun will always return. It is very common for late night and early morning showers allowing for a lush green environment during the very sunny days and it makes for very moderate temperatures never (almost never) temperatures exceeding the 80's. With the mild but steady winds, humidity is generally not an issue. The home offers Seclusion, Seclusion, Seclusion with beautiful surrounding areas. Just outside your doorstep are wonderful walking areas and scenic roads: When you return home the home environment and outstanding entertainment option offer almost a vacation in a vacation.

What makes this house unique

View the steam rising from the lava ocean entry and from the front lot view the lava flowing down the mountainside when surface lava is present. SECLUSION! CHANGING VISTA VIEWS! MORNING AND EVENING WALKS! Almost no one knows anyone lives here! Two isolated uncrowded beaches one a 5 minute walk and the other a 15 minute walk. Must be one of the best kept secrets and places on the globe.

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights
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based on 19 traveler reviews

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Gateway to Lava Flows - Changing Vistas 'Music Cave of Refuge'
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
Calgary, Canada

Great Escape

  • 5 of 5

We spent three great weeks here! Bob was really responsive as we were making our arrangements, providing lots of helpful information, and detailed directions and maps for driving. It really helps to get here before dark, as the road into the property is easy to miss. Darlene, the housekeeper, was a treasure of information and was so helpful and friendly. She provided fresh flowers throughout our stay, and kept the coffee supply full - so nice. Once here, it was like being at home - only much cooler. Everything was clean, the rooms were spacious. The tropical motif throughout, the jukebox with thousands of great songs, the popcorn maker, the video projectors, wow. The kitchen has everything you want (except for a blender - we went out and bought a small one, to make our daily smoothies). A few steps away is the lava flow - we loved walking on it at different times of the day. And a short walk down the road are the Wednesday and Saturday markets at Uncle Robert's. Interesting people watching, and not to be missed. A beautiful drive on a roller coaster road up the coast brings you to several good day spots, where we spent many days relaxing, reading, swimming, and snorkelling. You're a short drive to quirky Pahoa and the Maku'u Sunday market. And you're in a good place for exploring the eastern side of the island as well, as we did day trips to Volcano, Hilo, and Mauna Kea. All in all, a very good experience. Thank you for the memories.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I felt bad that my bookings were so tight that I did not have the 3 extra days for our guest that they requested for their stay. I was so thankful they selected to stay and was more than happy to provide information plus the chance to introduce them to Darlene the host. I knew Darlene could provide the extras and even more special island information. A special thanks for the blender suggestion. I am a week away from going and will Make Sure one is in the house: being the shop mechanic type I use the food processor for more than intended. Thank you so much for choosing to stay with us and it makes us happy when you can feel at home. Mahalo from Bob and Darlene

Family Stay for Five

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay, there were a lot of things to do and see this side of the Island is not as touristy. The seven days on this side were just as enjoyable as Kona side before this. House is in a location were you can have some privacy. Our family really enjoyed being able to kick back and watch the big screen in the evenings with some popcorn, after a busy day of exploring. The juke box was a hit in the mornings has all kinds of songs. There is a very well equipped kitchen my daughter made Ice cream a few times it was awesome. We will definitely would consider a visit in the future if we go to the Big Island again. Would of liked to explore the area right out the front door on the lava flow's a little more if we would of made time. You must drive down 137 from the house the canopy from the jungle covers the two lane road, one of the most scenic drives we had, also saw some dolphins on this drive. Would of been awesome to to be at the lava's edge and sat watching the surf crash with a sunset or rise. We had a pretty good tropical storm our last night there and were packing with candles and flashlights, Tree's down on the road and everything, The house is well sheltered and you could see the palms swaying aggressively, Darlene was lots of help anytime asked, she offered candles during the power outage. Thank You Darlene for being there when we needed you!

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What fantastic adventure seeking and exploring guest. They planned so well and never missed a minute of the fabulous Big Island; hiking. biking kayaking, snorkeling, swimming and even a candle lit tropical storm event. It was great to hear they had time to explore the home and use the many features, ice cream maker, popcorn maker, large screen theater and then jump start the next day with the juke box. Thanks for mentioning the fabulous highway 137 the home is just tucked away from on the ocean side and the lava field between the home and the shore cliffs and your regret not having more time to walk and explore the near home tropical area, lava area. beaches and surf on the ocean cliffs. Darlene was happy to help and your adventures made her day. A Big Mahalo from Bob and Darlene.

Cool House in a Beautiful Location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I only stayed for a night before a flight out of Hilo the next morning but what a great evening we had. Wish we would have spent more time there (spent a little more time at Volcano winery than we had planned :). The house was clean, the beds great, and the entertainment systems throughout the house were amazing. All of the memorabilia and décor throughout the house just added to our enjoyment. Perhaps the most enjoyable part of our stay was the proximity of an old lava flow, basically out the front door just across the street. Maybe a 10 minute walk brings you to the ocean and beautiful views. Also a couple of black sand beaches. Could have explored the lava for hours. The terrain is rough as is expected but pretty easy to walk on. Darlene was great to work with and very accommodating

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guest were well planned to see as much of the island during their trip. We were happy to accommodate the short stay so they could see our side of the Big Island and then depart via Hilo to the mainland. We are happy to see the relaxed, comfortable and interesting home atmosphere provided a pleasant but too short of a stay in the magical tropical lava and ocean infused environment. Darlene and I enjoyed the pleasure of working with them to easy the stress of the last day on island preparing to leave Paradise. As mentioned by our guest, the environment at the home and it's natural surroundings was so relaxed, fascinating and interesting they wish they could have stayed longer. We so much enjoyed their interaction with us, the home and nature; we hope a longer stay is in the future. Mahalo Darlene and Bob.
Kalispell, MT

Home away from home

  • 5 of 5

I can not say enough about how great our stay was. The minute we drove up, it is somewhat difficult to find in the dark, I felt at home. The beds were so comfortable. We rocked out to the juke box almost every night. The house was incredibly clean. Darlene, the caretaker, is a wealth of island information and makes you feel like you have been friends forever. If you are looking for a quit secluded place to stay, you won't be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: From a guest that lives in a VERY Beautiful part of the world to hear the home is a "Home away from home"makes us Smile. We treasure our guest as friends and work to make our guest smile and feel at home. We were so happy when this guest chose our home and so eloquently shared our home as their "Home away form home": We thank this guest for inviting new friends to the sounds of the "Music Cave of Refuge".
San Francisco

Unforgettable Experience!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have been to Hawaii many times but never The Big Island. I looked at many places but was continually drawn to The Music Cave Of Refuge because of its proximity to the lava. It's literally steps away and every walk you take is different. (bring water/hiking shoes) It is indescribably beautiful and thought provoking. I miss the crackle under my feet and seeing something different every time. The cliffs are gorgeous.

The caretaker, Darlene is very knowledgeable about the flow since she experienced it first hand. She is there when you need her but is never obtrusive. She went out of her way for us many times and is the salt of the earth. She is genuine, fun and eager to help. I can't say enough nice things about her.

There were fresh flowers upon arrival which was a nice touch. The house is very clean, comfortable and well equipped. If you're a foodie, this kitchen is the place for you. There were lots of gadgets and three coffee makers which was my only concern! It was fun eating while jammin' to the juke box.

Even though you don't go to Hawaii to watch TV, you MUST watch some movies and especially the 3D ones. (Don't forget to turn the glasses on!) What a treat to have a movie screen in your living room.

The area is really lush and beautiful. We took lovely drives and hit the Kopoho tide pools twice. Again, bring good shoes and snorkel gear.

I highly recommend a visit to Volcanoes National Park. When you get back to the Music Cave Of Refuge, you will be even more in awe of the beautiful lava right in front of you and the wonders of our planet and volcanoes in particular. I was moved in such a way from this experience that finding words to explain it sells the experience short so I won't try.

Lastly I'd like to say something about bang for your buck. When you have this much square footage, two bathrooms, two bedrooms, a beautiful kitchen, a juke box and movie screens you just can't beat the price for this home. My husband and I would love to return and hopefully we'll make that happen.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Like our guest we can never fully describe the experience of the Lava, Lava Fields, Pele' and this special Music Cave of Refuge environment. It was so well said in this review that even if you did not plan on taking in the diversity of the environment and the many things to explore plus so many extras and nice touches in the home with emphasis on the kitchen: You feel free to let yourself go and explore the island and home. This is an amazing value in location diversity and home activities. We believe it is the best value and fun on the islands and love the confirmation of our belief this review provides. Again, a thank you for noticing the extra touch of a friend and helper like Darlene. Both Darlene and I are happy your special time was spent with us and so much hope life offers the chance of more special times and another visit with friends. Mahalo Darlene and Bob

Great Hilo-side destination!

  • 5 of 5

I was on a girls getaway. Our objective was to spend a few days on each side of the island. The rental turned out to be an amazing destination. We particularly enjoyed the local night market, and walking on the lava fields in front of the rental. The amenities in the place were incredible. On a rainy evening we listened to the incredible jukebox, watched Avatar in 3-D and made popcorn using the movie popcorn maker. What a treat! Darlene is a friendly, helpful and attentive hostess. We also lucky to meet Bob, the owner, who furnished and decorated this fascinating place. He also made helpful itinerary suggestions.

Beds are extremely comfortable. The rental exceeded my expectations. I would definitely recommend to a friend.

  • Submitted: May 5, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a first for me, meeting guests as they arrive and to see the excitement when they first viewed this special Hawaiian location and home. We try hard to explain the amenities on the website but never do as well as our guests that provide their experiences. A delayed flight allowed me along with Darlene the opportunity to share some of the special points of interest in the area with our guests. Reading our guests review illuminates how a well appointed vacation rental adds the extra dimension to a Hawaii vacation and in special times like a girls get away can be the highlight of the escape. Thank you for sharing and highlighting our Hilo side of the island destination. Mahalo Darlene and Bob


Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Pahoa Town - 3 in town Bars many Restaurants
Nearest Golf
25.5 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.1 Miles
Kalapana Kapoho Beach Rd. Hwy 137
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Kalapana Village Cafe
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Kaimu Secret Beach and Kalapana Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Secluded narrow dead end ocean side road access approximately 600 feet off Hwy 137 (Kalapana Kapoho Beach Road - Red Road local name) - Home and all Ocean Front adjoining vacant lots are the secluded property at the end of the road: Adjacent to Hawaii Coastal Access and just steps from Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park's Kalapana lava viewing area. When you exit the house and turn left (west on Hwy 137) you are 1/2 mile from Uncle Robert's Awa ('Kava') Bar and evening entertainment/concerts plus a weeky flea market: You can follow the groomed walking access to Kalapana Black Sand Beach. Point east on Hwy 137 and drive toward Kapoho: You will find Kehena Beach (non-officially sanctioned clothing optional beach) Kalani Oceanside Retreat (comprehensive environment, health and yoga retreat), SPACE (Seaview Performing Arts Center for Education), Pohoiki (Isaac Hale Beach Park) surf break, Ahalanui hot pond, and Kapoho tidal ponds. Head back west to the house then head north toward Pahoa on Hwy 130 (Pahoa Kalapana Rd.) and approximately 1.0 mile on your right is St. Damien's historic Star of the Sea Painted Church: Continue into Pahoa where there are many funky fine restaurants, the Akebono Theater and shopping. A nice stop if you want to take Hwy 132 (Kapoho Rd.) east from Pahoa is the Lava Tree State Park (great fissure in the earth and trees frozen in time by lava): Take the 1 mile circle hike/walk (bring mosquito repellent). Now if your adventurous; continue east to Kapoho and loop back to the house on Hwy 137. Summary of Area Activities: hiking (Lava Tree), snorkeling (Kapoho Tidal Pools), swimming (Ahalanui hot pond), surfing (Isaac Hale Beach Park), sunbathing (Kaimu Secret Beach and Kalapana Black Sand Beach - wonderful morning or evening walks from the house), and 3 weekly farmers' markets (2 Sunday and the local Uncle Robert's on a weekday evening- Wednesday). The Wednesday Farmers Market is a short 0.6 to 0.8 mile walk (lava route of road route) from the house.


Rates & Availability

From $100 Per night

Kaimu House Rental Rates

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Base Rate
1 night minimum stay
Winter and Winter Holidays
Nov 23 - Mar 5
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.41%
Notes WELCOME! Please if you see we are not fully booked in the upcoming month please contact us for special rates. We so much want to share our home and give you an unforgettable stay in our Hawaii: We will work hard to find pricing that can meet your available time and short notice schedule. Bob

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Kaimu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Stone vanity top: Quality Kraftmaid Cabinet Nickel Fixtures
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Stone vanity top, Quality Kraftmaid Cabinet, Nickel Fixtures
  • Glass shower enclosures: Combination Shower/Tub - Fiberglass Easy Clean, Large Mirrored Medicine Cabinets, designer lighting, Nickel Plated Fixtures with single handle temperature protected shower heads. High quality cabinets.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Pillow Top Queen Mattress
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Pillow Top Queen Mattress
  • Master 'Tiki' Peach Colored Bedroom: Bedroom has a Queen Pillow Top Mattress. High fiber count Egyption cotton sheets: Comfort Pillows. Master bath. Pineapple ceiling fan light combo. Tiki torch accents at bed corners (remote led flame type lights: Room Atmosphere is Special. 92 inch projection surround theater system (Netfix and Hulu Plus access). French doors with a fabulous Ocean View. Blue Colored Bedroom: Larger than the master bedroom. Again Egyption sheets, comfort pillows, pineapple ceiling fan and accent fan. 92' surround sound projection system (Netfix and Hulu Plus access). Yamaha Keyboard.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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