|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
As we come up on our first anniversary, we realized we never reviewed the favorite part of our trip - our stay with Uncle Dan! He is an incredibly gracious host who knows everything and anything about the surrounding area and park. He met us at the house our first day to check us in, show us around, and gift us with a bottle of wine. He immediately gave us tons of tips on the best hikes and places to go in the area which was so helpful to making the most of our stay. The home itself was beautiful and comfortable - the bed and bathroom were great, the woodstove easy to use, and the kitchen fully equipped. We took on the challenge of the wood-burning hot tub one evening which was incredible! Having such a great home base to return to each day was a pleasure. And, again, Dan put our stay in Volcano over the top with a super-generous wedding gift and the most amazing guided night hike, complete with post-hike cookies and cocoa. It was far and away the best part of our time in Hawaii and we are eager to get back to visit again. Highly recommend staying here, not only for the location and beautiful home, but for the company and friendship you will find in the owner. Mahalo, Dan!
Dan's home was a wonderful lovely place to stay. It was the perfect place for my mother, cousin, her daughter, and myself. We shared rooms and still had tons and tons of space! The house was decorated beautifully and the fire was charming. We loved hanging out in front of it at night. We were so happy that we met Dan. He was so friendly and helpful with everything. I can not say enough wonderful and nice things about Dan and his home. The price was great for the accommodations!!
We rented Dan's house based on other excellent reviews. We were not disappointed at all. Dan is a great host, very knowledgable about the area, hikes at the national park etc. Beautiful wooded very private property. Very relaxing, at home experience
My new wife and I stayed at Dan's home for the second week of our honeymoon and could not have had a better time. The house is exactly as pictured, spacious and cozy. The fireplace kept the house lovely and warm and allowed me to do man things for my wife and I gotta tell ya, waking up to make coffee and start the fire felt pretty good :) follow the up with a little convo with the birds outside over said coffee and well.. you get the idea. Dan is a gracious host and a man of the world with a great wealth of knowledge on Hawaii. I couldn't recommend staying here more.
They say a home takes on the personality of its owner. We arrived somewhat later than expected (10:30 PM) to Emerald Forest and there was Dan waiting and worried that we were lost. He helped us in, explained the nature of the house, surrounding activities in a calm tranquil voice, and even had a bottle of wine waiting for us to unwind.
The next morning we awoke to the full experience of Emerald Forest. We remarked how comfortable the beds were in the master bedrooms, and the incredible sounds of birds, and nature all around us. The house was full of natural light and it quickly welcomed us and became our home. We made breakfast in the full sized kitchen, while the kids explored the very safe surroundings, and played in the yard. They tapped thru songs on the piano, and the gong was especially fun for them to play with :).
The list of things to do, see, and experience (Volcano, hikes, beaches, etc) in the area are to numerous to mention and Dan even extended his welcome by offering to take us to see / experience some of them.
At the end of every day we looked forward to returning to "our home" in Emerald Forest.
When one rents a vacation home there is always a little of the unknown that remains in the decision. We can say with certainty this home, and Dan are MUCH more than advertised.
Dan's house in the Emerald Forest was incredible, so quiet yet so close to the Village (10 minutes). A very serene and peaceful place. The hot-tub was great after a days hike. There was lots of space, volted ceilings, world art and a gong to wake the boys in the morning. A houseful of art and musical items including a baby grand. It was a pity I can't play. Thanks for sharing your home with us we had a wounderfull time.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250.00|
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