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Fanciful Cottage! $100/nt!!! 'WOW', 'What a Find' , 'Magical''

Leslie Hess

Member since: 2007
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Fanciful Cottage! $100/nt!!! 'WOW', 'What a Find' , 'Magical''

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Volcano Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Cottage, 1 K.Bdrm, 1 Q.sofabed, Pack n Play, 1Full Bath, Sleeps 4+ baby

Menehune Mansions

CLIPPED COMMENTS-- I could not have even dreamed this place up // Beyond expectations // Top notch accommodations // Comfortable,warm,spotlessly clean // Charming // Lovely cottage in a truly one of kind setting // A special experience and memory // Wanted to move in and stay // Better than advertised // Very clean and beautifully maintained // Beautifully decorated with such a warm,cozy feel // Couldn't have asked for more // Just beautiful // Beds are soooo comfortable // charming // magical // amazing // LOVE IT! // We appreciated the quality, quiet, and all the little extras // Wonderful place in a wonderful setting // This cottage is a class act

GUEST GUIDE COMMENTS-- Guest Guide made our stay most enjoyable // guest book was so informative and such a big help to us as we planned our day- alot of work on your behalf and much appreciated // very grateful for the incredible Guest Guide // The Guest Guide was sooo helpful, we used it everyday // I wish I would have read your guest guide more

thoroughly when I got here-it's great! // Guest Guide was a bonus!

This Menehune Mansion is on a beautiful 1/2 acre, that is shared with another identical Mansion, but privately situated. Fireplace, King Bedroom, 1 roomy Bathroom, Full Kitchen with Breakfast Nook, Living Room with Queen pull out sofa, Large Covered Lanai,and Carport. HIGH CHAIR AND PACK N PLAY available with notice. W/D available for stays of 4 or more nights.

OUR CUSTOM GUEST GUIDE offers 4 different day trips (could not do it ALL in 4 days) for you to chose your interests... each 'direction' lists many sites in the order you will come upon them, how to get there, descriptions... Also includes restaurant recommendations, detailed hike information, out of the way places and more. Local events and an ONGOING calendar for special things that happen in the area like Ranger led hikes, Hawaiiana events and the like. It's very common for the Park and Art Center to have events that are a real treat.

MENEHUNE [meh-neh-HOO-neh]-- Hawaii’s legendary mystical and shy forest dwellers are small in size at about two feet high, although some are only six inches high. They live in the deep forests and hidden valleys of the Hawaiian Islands, far from the eyes of normal humans. According to legend they are very industrious master builders that use their great strength to accomplish mighty feats of engineering and construction overnight.

In that spirit, we welcome you to 'MENEHUNE MANSIONS'... which to the UNMYSTICAL HUMAN, would appear to be A VERY SWEET FOREST COTTAGE.

Minutes to Hawaii Volcano National Park and tucked away in the uniquely beautiful forest of desirable Volcano Village.... you will come home to a tropical, clean, fresh, warm and cozy hideaway... for a menehune mystical price

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  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Leslie Hess (Owner)
Member since: 2007
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About Leslie Hess

We have so enjoyed our second home and very well received vacation rental Maile Treehouse which is also in Volcano Village.

We thought we would like to offer a more budgeted alternative but with an upscale experience... It has been a true delight to help make a vacation special for people... we hope we can do that for even more travelers now....

Leslie Hess purchased this cottage in 2012

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sept. 23

Oh... My... Gosh! What a lovely place. Everything was perfect. We really enjoyed our stay here. So quiet and homey. The binder you've made was great, so much time was put into it, and it was very helpful. So close to the park and a short drive

to Hilo. Our original honeymoon was cancelled because of hurricane Sandy- it was a blessing in disguise as we would have never gotten to experience this 'home away from home'.

Pompton Lakes, NJ

Oct. 24

How do I describe this cottage in the rainforest?  One word "wow!"  We had a wonderful stay here!  The little touches you have put into the place are awesome! Love the owl in the tree, all the little notes around, the decor is beautiful and the visitor

book was so helpful!  We loved visiting the park w/ the hot spring pool of water.  We would recommend this cottage to all our friends and we hope to return in the future!  We had a very relaxing stay and wish we could stay forever! ps the bed was

very comfortable!

Glenn and Anita
Sep 2013
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Fanciful Cottage! $100/nt!!! 'WOW', 'What a Find' , 'Magical''
average rating of 4.952941 based on 112 reviews

Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

This home met all our needs for our 2 day stay visiting the Volcano National Park. The bed was really comfortable, the kitchen well equipped, bathroom was spacious with fluffy towels, wi-fi available, and it was spotless. This home was a welcome retreat at the end of a long day and I recommend it to all. We arrived well after dark, and I was worried it would be difficult to find. However, the instructions sent by Leslie were perfect and we had no trouble at all locating the house. I also appreciated all the literature left at the house on what to see and do in the area. Thanks Leslie!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Menehune Mansions

  • 5 of 5

A fantastic Home Away from Home! The house was fully equipped. We spent a lot of our time at Volcano Nat'l Park which is just "around the corner" from the cottage. The house was immaculate and well furnished. I would highly recommend this quiet get away cottage.. Thanks Leslie for a wonderful stay!!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Castro Valley, CA, USA

Rain Forest Hideaway!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay here. The cabin is sparkling clean. For us, it was 4 nights of rain forest heaven, only 5 minutes away from the entrance to Volcano National Park. We awoke to sunshine and the songs of rain forest birds. Hubby went nuts with his camera and binoculars. The cabin just feels so secluded and private. There's a covered patio outside the front door with a nice bench for taking off your shoes before entering the cabin. If it's raining when you're there, you'll really appreciate this. The full-sized kitchen is a dream for the do-it-yourself vacationer (excepting the knives, which needed sharpening). We enjoyed the comfy king-sized bed and the gas-log fireplace. The water supply here is filtered rain catchment, so we were encourage to conserve water as best we could. There is no garbage disposal, so one must be very careful not to put solids down the kitchen sink drain. We looked for, but didn't find any recycling system, so all our garbage went unsorted into a single bin. Perhaps the town of Volcano doesn't do recycling yet. The owner here has given such careful attention to comfort and convenience that it seems the visitor never lacks for anything. We wholeheartedly recommend this place!

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: ooh delighted it was a good stay! We definitely are a recycle island... and our basket for that is in the garage. I need to mark it better and leave that information for people.. thank you for that remark! (and the knives!.. will do!)

Beautiful Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

The friendly helpful owner and caretaker make this clean and well outfitted cottage a visitor's sanctuary. Furnished with attention to comfort and convenience. There is a full cooking kitchen (stock-up with provisions in Hilo before you arrive), a helpful area guidebook created by the owner, a dehumidifier that keeps you warm and dry, hooks, drawers and closets for storage, nice outdoor furniture to enjoy birdwatching, reading or just soaking up the rain forest surroundings. This cottage is conveniently located just miles from the entrance to Volcanos National Park so you can avoid some of the crowds and get there early for a morning hike or stop in after dark to admire the glow from Kilauea's crater. Wonderfully clean and well maintained. I would highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

"We loved the cottage. Cute, clean and perfect size for us. The location was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay."

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Unionville, CT

Great place

  • 5 of 5

We loved this. Leslie, the owner, should work for all the major hotel chains. She is an expert in providing perfect accommodations. Wish I could give this 10 stars.

What a great place! My wife and I found the accommodations to be absolutely perfect. We particularly njoyed the little touches: books about the little people, the little bench, the little door outside. Magical and charming. Leslie also provided a wealth of information about the town: where to hike, restaurant recommendations, etc.

The quiet surroundings, the birds in the morning, the lovely porch formorning coffee all added to a great couple of days. We hiked, saw the lava glow, dinner at Lava Rock Cafe, and sandwiches from Cafe Ohia -all made for a great stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
26 Miles

Menehune Mansions is in beautiful Volcano Village - 1 mile to the entrance of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and 26miles from Hilo and Hilo International Airport!


Rates & Availability

From $100 Per night

Volcano Cottage Rental Rates

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1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning fee/ w tax $52.08
Booking fee- rfnd echeck $10
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes Quote is for 1-2 guests
For BOOK IT, a separate payment request will be sent for additional guests
$10nt plus tax for 3 guests
$15nt plus tax for 4 guests

I am happy to accept deposit only payment now, with full payment due 2mo. prior to the reservation by either online credit card/echeck or by personal checks. Just email instead of BOOK IT if you prefer these options.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Volcano Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 576 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Roomy Bathroom, Hotel style curved rod for shower/tub, Hairdryer, Soaps, Shampoo, Iron/Board, W/D
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Heated Bedding
  • King Bedroom, Queen Sofa bed in Living Room, Pack n Play for baby w/ notice
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Small Cooler
  • 2 garden chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • caves
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • spelunking
Washer/ Dryer is available for stays of 4nts or longer. We say low allergen as people with ashma and allergies have been very pleased regarding no mold, cleanliness, dehumidifier etc....

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