Opihikao Cottage Rental Photos and Description
2 private studios in our new Ohana on 4 acres of tropical gardens on the oce
EXPERIENCE the real 'Old Hawaii' at Ala 'ula Gardens Eco Studios, designed for those seeking an authentic rural Old Hawaii Farmstay experience; nestled within 4 tropical landscaped acres of organic orchards and vegetable & flower gardens, just across the road from the Pacific Ocean in sunny Opihikao (between Kapoho and Kalapana, near Kalani Honua Resort and Kehena Black Sands Beach) on the historic and scenic Red Road, where the sound of the oceans lulls you to sleep each night.
ENJOY the peace of mind and tranquility of living totally off-grid, immersed in a lush tropical forest setting on the edge of the Malama Ki forest reserve, near several state parks and recreational areas. There are numerous microclimates on the Big Island and our location delivers the perfect tropical environment; drier, sunny, and warmer along the ocean stretching from Kapoho to Kalapana. Head toward Pahoa and the temperature often drops 5 or more degrees and is much more likely to be raining. Being so close to the ocean creates a more comfortable and moderate climate to enjoy year round, night and day.
OUR brand new (June 2014) Ohana (guest cottage) has two adjoining private studio spaces available for 1-2 guests each, or they may be combined for up to 4 guests total; sharing a shower house, compost toilet/bathroom and refrigerator. Your private living/sleeping space has a large walk-in closet, Hawaiian art, tropical flower arrangements, fresh fruit on arrival, and queen-size bed. Our Plumeria Studio has 155 square feet of private indoor living space, desk, iPod dock/alarm, flat screen TV, DVD player, Dish satellite TV with HBO, limited internet email & web only, and outdoor deck/lanai sitting areas.
THERE is a separate fully equipped outdoor kitchen and dining area, which is shared with our Volunteer Staff. We also provide a small above-ground swimming pool with floaties, a hammock, badminton court, bocce ball, croquet, games, cards, guidebooks, yoga mats, headlamps, quality linen, towels, beach towels, ice chest, beach chairs and umbrella and mosquito coils for dusk/dawn, and BBQ grill.
WE also provide everything you need and more for a continental breakfast which includes fresh tropical fruits & juices, milk, cream, granola, coffee, tea, breads, jams, butter, yogurt, and honey from our farm.
ALSO we provide items for your basic cooking needs including paper napkins, assorted teas (black and green), olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper, vanilla, soy sauce, ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.
FEEL Madame Pele’s presence from a small lava heat vent just outside your door. The gardens include numerous organic vegetable gardens, over forty coconut palm trees, over seventy exotic and tropical fruit trees, including macadamia trees, bananas, liloiki, flowering heliconia and gingers, plus numerous hibiscus and scented landscape plants and the surrounding jungle and forest.
OUR adjoining larger studio, Hibiscus, in the same Ohana can be viewed here, www.vrbo.com/607266. The two may be rented together, if available, for larger parties.
Check out our Facebook Place page for daily and weekly updates and pictures of what's happening on the farm -
WE also have 2 contemporary Vacation Rental Homes 15 minutes away in the gated Beach Lots/Champagne Pond community with their own private hot ponds for your enjoyment. Please see http://www.vrbo.com/425315 and http://www.vrbo.com/303367
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- smoking allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Kathy Young
I found this magical area when exploring the Big Island 10 years ago with my mother. The natural geothermal heated hot ponds in your backyard are what first caught my attention and provided so much relaxation. I was living in Australia at the time and needed a getaway from way too much stressful work, so I purchased and remodeled a house in Kapoho Champagne Pond Beach Lots which I rented as a vacation home (www.vrbo.com/425315) in my absence. Things do work in mysterious ways and before I knew it I had unexpectedly sold my farm and business in Australia with no future plan in mind, But hey, I did have a home waiting for me, in Hawaii! So here I am, living in paradise still doing much hard but satisfying work, but with much less stress.
Kathy Young purchased this cottage in 2012
Why Kathy Young chose Opihikao
I remodeled another pond house in the Champagne Pond area (http://www.vrbo.com/303367) but found suburbia was not for me and the doggies. I finally found a small 4 acre totally off-grid organic farm which I have slowly been planting out. I didn’t think I would be able to afford to live on a farm again, due to the amount of maintenance involved. But the farm came with a WWoofer farm worker, I learned, evolved and worked out having work/trade volunteers who help me keep the jungle at bay and grow all this wonderful food. We recently built a small private two room Ohana (guest cottage) near the back of the farm property, so now I can share my relaxing getaway and gardens with you, my guests. Life is good! I need only to go just outside the front gate for one of the most enjoyable and beautiful bike rides, along the Pacific Ocean. Come join us at our magical piece of paradise.
What makes this cottage unique
One only needs to drive down the Red Road to understand the magic of Old Hawaii, the South Pacific as it hits the cliffs of the southeastern shores of this island of volcanoes. The native rain forests, jungle and fields of fresh lava are constant reminders of Hawaii, the Big Island, and all of its diversity. The natural volcanic pools, warmed by underground geothermal vents, world-class protected volcanic tide pool reefs for endless snorkeling, and so much more are literally outside of the gates of our tropical farm and gardens. How can you not fall in love with the paradise that is Hawaii. Come and see for yourself.