This rustic wooden mountain cabin (''Much more than a cabin!'' - Julia) is situated next to a forest, in a secluded spot away from the main house, on a 3.5 acre farm. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, it avoids the summer heat at sea level (''Cool and peaceful..'' - Teri), yet is close to Kealakekua Bay (5 miles), kayaking, horse-riding, the Captain Cook Monument, Place of Refuge, and wonderful snorkeling. Ten minutes south is a small shopping center, with supermarket, Chinese restaurant, sandwich shop, etc. Three miles north is Kainaliu Town, with theater/cinema, pharmacy,Blue Ginger Gallery, clothing stores and other quaint places. Two of the finest restaurants in West Hawaii (Mi's Italian Bistro, and Keei Cafe) are less than 15 minutes away. Other coffee shops and restaurants are close by. From the cabin, a short walk across the property and along private paths through coffee fields leads you down a road that takes you through natural Hawaiian flora.
The 760 square feet cabin consists of a living-room, sleeping loft, bathroom, and well-equipped Hawaiian-style lanai kitchen with screens that look into the forest (''The forest is full of birdsong'' - Claudia & Chan). A redwood deck is situated under the kukui and macadamia nut trees, and has a charcoal barbecue (''An evening barbeque and wine on the deck - perfect'' - Barbara & John).
The farm has our three beloved and gentle dogs, two cats, sheep, chickens,and two guinea fowl. These are kept in an area at the upper south end of the farm, and the cabin is at the lower north end, some distance from the animals. From the cabin and its deck many of the sounds of the forest can be heard.
Guests will find fresh farm eggs, homemade bread, a fruit basket, Kona coffee, and other goodies to get them started.
Exactly what we needed! We loved the Koa Cabin. It is a great, cozy, comfortable space to come home to after a busy day of exploring and a fun place to hang out. Fully equipped and clean. Our hosts were gracious and offered all kinds of information about things to do locally and on the Island. Great kitchen, comfortable living space and super sleeping loft - loved lying in bed and looking at the tops of the avocado trees out the window. Also loved the sounds of the jungle - birds and frogs. Super location and easy to get to. Skip the hotel or resort and have a great experience coming home to the Koa Cabin!
For what we were looking for, the Kona Cabin was perfect in every way. We booked this trip earlier this year and every time work got crazy, I looked at the link here on VRBO dreaming of the 12 days when we could be there. Well, the actual experience was even better than what we had envisioned. It was a morphing of all the things we love--healthy food, wildlife, dogs, cats, art and the ocean. The Kona Cabin was comfortable and we saved a ton of money, because Jeffrey and Heide provided all of the snorkeling gear and beach chairs and their kitchen was stocked with spices, utensils, coffee maker, blender, etc. They have a nice selection of DVDs and music CDs and WiFi, which was nice. It’s a semi-rustic experience and if you’re into the luxury of a hotel where they clean your room every day, this may not be a great match for you. But, if you’re looking for a great Island experience that makes you feel like you’re in the jungle, this is it! Huge avocadoes, a plethora of exotic fruits, macadamia nuts you can pick right outside your door and crack them in the kitchen; our hosts’ 3 dogs, their chickens, sheep and assorted wildlife. And if you’re a decent table tennis player, please stay with them, because we provided little competition for Jeffrey, although he’s a great teacher. Heidi is an exceptional artist and they both have incredible souls. Meeting them made the whole thing complete!
We stayed at the cabin last year and were very impressed. At that time, we wished we had even more time to stay and enjoy the area, so when we came back to the Big Island, this was on our list for a place to stay again. Jeffrey & Heide are wonderful hosts and the cabin is equipped with everything you need, including the softest towels in the world! We greatly appreciate the beach chairs, brand new, July 2014, took the plastic off them myself, the snorkel gear, new Aug 2013, again, first to use! Boogie boards, noodles & multiple beach towels. We would enjoy breakfast every morning looking out at the birds and animals, fresh eggs, fruit, bread and jams courtesy of the hosts, before heading out for the new day's adventure. The weather at the cabin is cooler at night (but not cold) having just a bit of altitude and you get some rain. To us, we like that because it's perfect weather for sleeping and keeping everything lush. We split our stay on each side of the island to cut down our travel, and hope Jeffrey & Heide let us keep coming back each year for our visits on the west side until we move! We really could write more! We've stayed in many rental cottages, especially in Hawaii, and this is a wonderful place to stay.
Thank you, Jeffrey and Heide. Great Host! Beautiful place. Peaceful, private and very welcoming. The kitchen was stocked with all the essentials to get our vacation started. The fresh local fruit, farm fresh eggs, homemade jams, homebaked bread (still warm), bottled water and local Kona coffee, was appreciated. The cabin has wireless internet and TV, so you won't be out of touch with everyday news. Our first day I filled a bowl with mac nuts from the trees on the property. The nut cracker in the kitchen took some practice, but we had fresh/raw mac nuts all week long. Our favorite was the local Dragon fruit. Thanks so much, Heide. Great place to stay if you don't want a condo vacation. Live like the locals, not like a tourist. The property is close to everything you will need. Lots of things to see and do in the area. Make sure you stop at the Coffee Shack for lunch and try the pie. Thanks again Jeffrey and Heide. (Steve and Arleen)
Jeffrey, Heide, and their Koa Cabin really added to our overall positive big island experience. This was my first visit to Hawaii (my wife visited a few years prior and fell in love). Our flight touched down late around 10:00 PM. We didn’t arrive at the property until close to 11:00 PM. Despite our late arrival, our immediate reaction upon stepping into the cabin was “this is awesome.” After dropping our bags, we explored our little cabin and discovered a fresh loaf of bread — still warm! — jars of homemade jam, a platter of fresh fruits, fresh eggs, coffee, milk, and water.
The next morning, Heide came down to welcome us and gave a brief tour of the cabin. We had access to fruits / nuts, a small gazebo, a grill, snorkel equipment, and boogie boards. Heide provided suggestions for our stay and feedback regarding our loose itinerary. Both Jeffrey and Heide responded promptly to any questions we had.
The property was beautiful. I caught myself sipping coffee each morning watching the songbirds.
We hiked, snorkeled, and explored the big island — always looking forward to ending each of our days relaxing at Koa Cabin.
100% agree with all the previous reviews. The bread, fruit and other fridge staples were a great touch. Friendly hosts and great for any couple or couple with baby (like us). Recommend this place for anyone wanting a private place to stay on the Kona coast.