|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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Just 30 miles east of the town of Hilo, in the Puna district, close to Pahoa, the wild beauty of Hawaii abounds. 4 miles from Pahoa, a little more remote and wild is Tutus Pu’Uhonua (Grandmother’s Place of Peace). As you arrive, you see a large, 2 lot property and a 1476 sqft home awaiting you. There is a large lawn for the kids to run and play, miles of quiet rural roads for your healthful walks, or just scenery enjoyment, 2 bikes are provided for a speedier, more extensive exploration.
As you settle into your large, 13X18 master bedroom, you find a large closet and dressers, ready for you to unpack. The adjoining master bath has a large, 25 sqft walk in tiled shower. All bath soap, shampoos, conditioner, hair dryer, and linens are provided. Get everyone else settled into their space; a choice of 172 sqft bedroom with another queen size bed, or 188 sqft bedroom with 2 twin beds. Both have large closets and dresser space, and share a hall bathroom. All beds, except for the twins are pillow top for your comfort. Ceiling fans are in each room of the house to help move the air and keep you cooler.
A sightseeing day should start with taking advantage of some of the provided amenities: beach towels, sand mats, snorkel gear, ice chest, and always grab the umbrellas. On Hwy 130, a short distance, you will come to Lava Tree State Park, free public access; a beautiful and informative walk among trees petrified by the running lava of a long ago eruption. Next drive down to WAIOPAE TIDEPOOLS MARINE LIFE CONSERVATION DISTRICT, or the free access tide pools for snorkeling and viewing the abundant coral and fish life. After that, you could go to AHALANUI COUNTY PARK, locally called the “Warm Pond” or “Hot Pond”, a naturally heated pond (90 degrees) with fresh seawater inlet. Use of the park is free, and there are pavilions with picnic benches and BBQ pits. Next is ISAAC HALE BEACH PARK., a two-acre park with boat ramp. Popular activities in the bay include fishing and surfing, and is the site of Pohiki warm springs. A little further is MACKENZIE STATE RECREATION AREA, a 13 acre beach park well known as a place of eerie sounds and strange sites after dark ie, ‘night marchers’, processions of the spirits of ancient Hawaiians. The remainder of 137 is a very scenic, coastal route that will bring you to Kaim, 137 ends here where the lava flow crossed the road, you can return to 130, and back up to Pahoa, having made a full circle of the beaches and attractions in that area. Further information on this as well as pictures is available on the web.
At the end of your long, often very warm, day, come back to the house, toss the beach towels, bathing suits, and clothes in the washer, use the provided laundry soap and softener, get a cold drink (blender is available for margaritas, blended drinks, or smoothies for the kids), and sit on the 20X20 lanai with the ceiling fan cooling you down. After a while, start up the gas BBQ provided out at the lanai, or toss something quick in the microwave or oven. A fully stocked kitchen with place setting for 8 and all linens is provided or you can pick up some paper plates to make your vacation a little more ‘vacation’. Listen to the night sounds of Hawaii, the coqui frogs, and watch the gecko’s run around the lanai ceiling. It is all very relaxing and rejuvenating for you. You could catch up on events with the satellite TV or wireless internet provided.
Be sure to research all the other attractions available on the island. Rainbow Falls and the Boiling Pots in Hilo, Akaka Falls and Botanical Gardens. At the split, you can take Hwy 240 to Waipo Valley lookout, or continue going through Waimea, Waikoloa Village, and on into Kailua-Kona. Many attractions await you there, snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, whale watching, glass bottom boat for those not quite ready to snorkel; the view of ocean life and coral are amazing, and at a good price. Don’t forget to visit Pu’Uhonua O Honaunau (City of Refuge) historical park and get an interesting view of how criminals were handled in native Hawaii. You will find this about 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona, at Honaunau. Further up the road from here is Punalulu Beach, also called Black Sand Beach and is home of the Sea Turtles. Be sure to allow time to sit quietly and watch for this sight; after watching diligently you will begin to see a beak, then a flipper, then a back, then a tail, and possibly a yellow side as they flip, turn, play and eat. Best viewing is up on the lava by the restrooms, you can get a good view down at the beach. Another possible stop from here is Volcano National Park where you can view an informative video about the eruptions, viewing area above the Kilauea caldera, and, with a short walk to the Thurston Lava Tubes.
After all this vigorous and tiring sightseeing, come home to Tutu’s Pu’Uhonua, relax, and talk about all the sights you have seen on your trip. As you sit on the lanai, your view is pineapple plants, two avocado trees, banana trees, a Rambutan, and a a Breadfruit tree. In addition to this, you have Hapuu, ferns, Nuns Orchids, Puakenikeni, Gardenias, Ti plants, and many other plants to please and relax you. The setting is restful and serene. Why wait any longer to have that memorable vacation you have been waiting for.
I am a middle older age female, married, worked for 29 years in county government assisting the needy population. I have 3 children, 3 grandchildren, and four great- grandsons. I was fortunate enough to acquire property and be able to build in the beautiful tropics. My son and his family live in Pahoa; since I retired I am spending more time here, enjoying the calmer life. I love being able to share my good fortune with others that need a restful break. Their comfort is my main concern.
Bev Sipila purchased this house in 2006
I chose this location because I have family nearby, it makes visiting very convenient; not to mention the beauty of the area.
I enjoy being in close proximity to the beaches and ocean side. I love to watch for whales when they are migrating. I enjoy and am an avid gardner so spend a lot of my time working on the landscaping and yard when I am here. I have come to love the gecko's and chameleons that inhabit the house with me; I get hours of pleasure watching them run around the lanai. Of course, there is always the family portion, with my 9, 5, 21/2 year olds and the newest 7 month old; all so full of life it rejuvenates me.
Mahalo nui loa! We were so greatful to have a beautiful home to come back to everyday. It is well stocked & has everything we needed. Thank you for the experience. Aloha
PS the master TV/satelite did to work...maybe needs remote batteries? Bikes were inoperable flat tire
(owner note: The satellite box had gotten turned off, works fine now. The bike tire has been pumped up again, and the seat moved to that bike so now there is only 1 bike. I appreciate the heads up for problems)
We were planning to be on Hawaii island for our father's celebration of life and to scatter his ashes. To find somewhere so comforting and warm; we couldn't have asked for anything more. It was the perfect explanation of home away from home... From the initial conversations with Bev until the moment you turn into the driveway, you can already feel how welcoming it is at Tutu's Puuhonua. We did not want to leave, and will definitely be back. We highly recommend it to others as well! And as others have stated, the pictures cannot explain how great this find is... they do not do it justice. Bev is so accommodating through conversation and everything that is offered with the home rental, *hint* read through the details. It is truly a gem.
G&Kai Weiss 040216
This is a wonderful home to rent. The listing description was accurate, the photos on this listing do not do it justice. The lanai is especially wonderful. There is little traffic on the road in front of the house allowing for a peaceful, restful time on the lanai. The three bedrooms are roomy with very comfortable beds. It is an incredible place to stay at an incredible price. Thanks Bev.
We spent a week in this rental and it is by far the BEST vacation rental we have stayed in. The house was super clean, plenty of room and had everything we needed and more! An extra thank you for the snorkel gear, that turned out to be our favorite activity. Although the location is farther out from town, we found it to be enjoyable. The frogs at night were also fun for us since we live in a big city. I cannot say enough nice comments about this place and the owner (and her family). Her price is more than fair and the property is beautiful and exactly what I think of when I think of Hawaii. The pictures do not do this house justice. We hope to bring some of our extended family there in 2013 and stay in the same place! Bev- you are an amazing person with a huge heart! Thank you again!!!!!
The house looks better than the photos you posted. I enjoy your house more than the Kona house we stayed at. The scuba gears, bikes, ice cooler, BBQ grill, nice back yard, large kitchen and family room is a plus. House is clean, neat and well maintained. It had everything I needed. Also the house was very close to the lava tree park, warm pond, beaches, forest, and supermarket (less than 5-20 mins away). The drive in the forest along the side of beaches was a priceless experience. It is nothing compared to the forest in California. Felt like I was in a rain forest movie set. Explorers, remember to bring a reliable navigation GPS system if your planing to explore the area. Every road leads to a great place. I would recommend this property and would not mind coming back. Thank you for opening your house to our family!
We travel a lot. And, as you would expect, have rented many vacation homes and apartments. This was one of the very best. Great location for those seeking Hawaiian adventure. Near Volcano National Park, the warm ponds, Hilo and just about anywhere else on the island. Eat at Kaleos in Pahoa, shop at Malama for groceries, don't miss the Pahoa Sunday farmers market. The house is spacious, clean, stocked with everything you might need. There's even a garage for your rental car. And the lanai is perfect for just sitting and enjoying either the beginning or ending of your perfect vacation day. It's hard to imagine a better choice for your Hawaiian vacation. . We had a great time staying here and I'm sure you will as well.
You will not be disappointed! What a wonderful place to come home to after touring the island. We have two kids, age 9 and 14; they really enjoyed having their own rooms. The master bathroom is huge and has two shower heads! My wife loved the kitchen. We ate all of our evening meals at the house; pizza, spaghetti, hamburgers. Another great feature are the amenities; laundry detergent, shampoo, soap, linens, dishwasher soap, bicycles, boogie boards, noodles, coolers. The house had everything you need; all you have to do is bring yourself! The only problem we had with the TV was the volume at night; we had to listen to it louder than we normally would because of the noise from the wildlife! If you don’t like the idea of going to sleep with the sounds of nature, this is not the place for you!!! We loved the nightly seranade! The house is in a quite area about a 10 minute drive from a grocery store. My daughter and I rode the bikes provided around the neighborhood, hardly any vehicle traffic, perfect for jogging and walking. The yard was nice and well kept! The foam cooler was great, and the extra ice bin in the freezer lets you fill up the cooler every day. We were able to take our lunch with us and have cold drinks all day long. The house is about 20 minutes from Hilo and a 2 ½ drive from Kona. Kona has a lot of the tourist activities, but there is plenty to do on the Hilo side. If you have kids our age (or younger), I suggest the Mackenzie State Recreation Site for a picnic, nice place for some photo opportunities as well. The Waiopae tidepools were not crowded and is a perfect first time snorkeling spot. Make sure you have shoes to walk over the lava rocks! The hot pond (Ahalanui Park) had picnic tables, showers and bathrooms. We stayed at the house five nights and I wish I could have stayed longer. Bev, thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us!
Pahoa is the closest town and is a throwback to the original 'hippie' days with many alternative lifestyles in the area. Be prepared to meet many colorful individuals in your walk through town.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.