SPACIOUS HOUSE IN AN EMERALD FOREST

Dan Taylor

Speaks mandarin, english
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights
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SPACIOUS HOUSE IN AN EMERALD FOREST

Opihihale House Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedrooms, 2-1/2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4, views into tree-tops and stars at nigh

Very quiet, secluded open-style home. End of a gravel road, 2-1/2 miles from the Volcano Highway. Two Master BR upstairs, open-style kitchen and living area on the ground floor, with a wood-fired stove and a good supply of firewood. One-car garage. Secluded wooden 'Chofu' hot tub. Spacious 3-acre property with no nearby neighbors.

Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible
  • pets not allowed
Dan Taylor (Owner)
Advertiser since 2013
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About Dan Taylor

Retired National Park Ranger, devoted to forest conservation. I am intimately familiar with the nearby national park, and with most other recreational and cultural features in Hawaii Island. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of Hawaii natural and cultural history with travelers, and am happy to lead adventurous folks to places off the beaten track, if they ask.

I speak a little bit of Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua), and I especially hope travelers from China and Taiwan will feel welcome here.

Dan Taylor purchased this house in 2007

Why Dan Taylor chose Opihihale

This property is part of the mid-elevation rain forest of Hawaii, now being broken up by development. I built my house here because it is as close as I can get to the natural forest and still feel connected to it. The house is built with big windows that look into the nearby treetops during the day and into the stars at night. Hot water is heated by solar panels; electricity is powered by photo voltaic panels, with backup from the electric utility. The property is a dedicated Conservation Easement --the first of several in the community.

What makes this house unique

Most travelers think of Hawaii as a place for beaches and warm surf, a welcoming spirit, and glitter. A little known feature of Hawaii, equally important and not very extensive, is the native rain forest, which abounds with interesting plants and animals. There is no other tropical rain forest in the US. Here a traveler can step into the natural, wild forest just 40 feet from the front door, and can hear the calls of native birds and insects, while sipping a morning coffee on the lanai. There is no car traffic and no nearby neighbors to disturb the peace. There is nothing lovelier than soaking in the hot tub on a cool evening, during a full moon, in the nearly absolute silence of the forest night. This is the life I have chosen for myself, and I am pleased I can make it available to others.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This family were the perfect guests. They found peace and quiet, away from their urban environment, and enjoyed the space and seclusion they wanted. They enjoyed visiting the national park nearby, both during the day and especially at night, where they could see the glowing vent of Kilauea Volcano after dark. It is an amazing sight!



The three adults and two pre-teen boys had plenty of room. I look forward to a return visit.
Oct 2013
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Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
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Reviews

Reviews

5
based on 4 traveler reviews

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SPACIOUS HOUSE IN AN EMERALD FOREST
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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Opihihale Kona Coast
new zealand
5

A holiday home away from home with lots to see and do nearby

  • 5 of 5
We had a lovely stay in Volcano - just what we needed. Perfect location right near Volcano National Park which we made the most of. And a lovely quiet, comfortable and relaxing place to stay. Dan our host was most helpful with ideas and pointers for things we might like to do and there is also a great range of books. Also enjoyed the classical music collection. This was our first visit to the Big Island and we were so lucky to choose to stay in such a great place. I wouldn't stay anywhere else.
  • Submitted: May 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Nothing makes an owner happier than to know his guests are satisfied. It is a great feeling to know my guests made the most of the nearby national park and that they found my house to be relaxing and comfortable. It was a pleasure to accommodate these fine people.
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Opihihale Kona Coast
West Creek
5

Serenity in the forest

  • 5 of 5
Two couples shared this lovely home located in a beautiful spot in the rainforest.
The home is at the end of the road, off the beaten track and is very peaceful and private. The home was as described in the the listing and is very spacious. There are 2 very comfortable master suites upstairs. The downstairs area has great seating with plenty of areas to enjoy reading or enjoying the view to the forest. The kitchen has everything you need for preparing meals if you want to eat in. You are very close to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, our main reason for our visit. We had a fabulous dinner at the Kilauea Lodge, and can also recommend Thai Thai both located in Volcano. In the park we enjoyed a nice lunch at Volcano House. The owner is very familiar with the area and can offer lots of information for hiking and other activities. We enjoyed our stay and would recommend this property.
  • Submitted: May 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers
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Opihihale Kona Coast
5

Home is where the heart is.

  • 5 of 5
We had an amazing time at Dan's home. It was beautiful, quiet, private and very comfortable. He is a most gracious host and we would recommend his home to all of our friends. So much can be learned from a thorough bookshelf. Thank you for the hike and geography lessons. Hope to see you again, sooner than later.
  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: One of the many benefits of being a VR owner is meeting great folks like these. Thanks, J and O, it was a pleasure! Hope to see you again soon. --Dan
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Opihihale Kona Coast
5

A great place for our vacation!

  • 5 of 5
Our family stayed here in October and had a great vacation. The house was very spacious and comfortable. It looked just like the photos, especially all the comfortable sofas. We enjoyed the fireplace every night and woke up to beautiful forest views from every window. It was perfect for our family. We wanted to have a vacation away from the busy city, spend time in nature and enjoy the peace and quiet. This was an ideal place for relaxation, surrounded by the lush tropical rain forest. A bonus was how close we were to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We look forward to another vacation here again.
  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo International
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hawaii Route #11
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Volcano Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Volcano Village
Car: necessary

Volcano Village is well known for local graphic arts and handicrafts that are related to nearby volcanoes and Hawaiian culture. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby, with dozens of interesting trails, guided walks, and activities, such as hula performances and artist seminars. Active lava flows are accessible for adventurous travelers.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Opihihale House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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2 night minimum stay
$125
$700
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.25%

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Amenities

Opihihale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Mountain View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
General:
  • Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking ...
  • Garage ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
Kitchen:
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Dishwasher ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , twin wash basins
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , twin wash basins
  • Two bathrooms, with shower, two wash basins, one toilet in each bathroom. Hardwood floors.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Two master bedrooms, on second floor; Queen-size beds. Hardwood floors, with area rugs, dressers, chairs, mirrors, closets.
Entertainment:
  • DVD Player ...
  • Books ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
Outside:
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • swimming
  • cycling
  • hiking
Notes:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby, and is the primary attraction in this part of Hawaii. This house is on a 3-acre lot, in a remote and partially developed, rural subdivision. Lots are mostly forested. A 30,000-acrea natural forest reserve is adjacent; nearest neighbor is 300 yards away. This part of Volcano is exceptionally quiet and serene. The property is a conservation easement grant, intended to maintain the native forest in perpetuity
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