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A relaxing rural stay in tropical Hawaii

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

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.

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Bev Sipila
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Bev Sipila

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

Why Bev Sipila chose Puna District

I chose this location because I have family nearby, it makes visiting very convenient; not to mention the beauty of the area.

What makes this house unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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)
May 2016
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Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (0), Twin or Single Beds (2), Baby Cribs (0) Portable, Sleep Sofa or Futons (2)
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

A relaxing rural stay in tropical Hawaii
average rating of 5.0 based on 71 reviews
Seattle Wa

Perfect home and perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

This hale has everything you would ever need and close to excellent snorkeling, volcano, beach and short drive to Hilo. Even a farmers market at community center every Sunday.

Such a beautiful home with the perfect lanai for relaxing, bird watching and check out the amazing and beautiful landscaping! Something is always blooming especially the puakinikini tree, subtly perfumes at night. Quiet and serene.

Bedrooms are large and beautifully decorated as is the entire house.

Pahoa town is close and has some great places to eat if you don't feel like cooking. Shops, massage, and check out Uncle Roberts on Wednesday nights in Kalapana.

Can't wait to return.

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Des Moines, IA

Perfect Vacation Home

  • 5 of 5

This property is the ideal home base for your vacation on the Big Island of Hawaii. The photos do not do it justice! This home is lovely, and immaculately clean. The kitchen had everything needed for meal prep. The lawn and garden are lush and well tended. The lanai is a beautiful place to start and/or end your day. Many extras are available for use, such as boogie boards, snorkel gear, beach towels, toiletries, hair dryers and curling irons. I highly recommend this home. You will be delighted with it's tropical setting, thoughtful layout, and many extras.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Brenda, thank you so much for the wonderful review. I hope it will inspire other travelers to try my rental. I always try to make it homey and provide things you just are not going to take on a trip; cooking needs, etc. Mahalo~~
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Stay in Pahoa

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and other family members spent 4 days. It was great - very clean, extremely well organized and functional kitchen and bathrooms. With all the amenities, it felt like being home, not in a rental. The yard and lanai were beautiful. It was close to many interesting places, such as Volcanoes National Park and beautiful waterfalls, gardens, and beaches. It was great to have a washer/dryer after lots of outdoor activities. The owner communicated very clearly and promptly and everything was all ready when we arrived! Great neighbors too!! I highly recommend this house. Thanks for a wonderful experience!!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay at my house, and hope you can return in the future. I appreciate the feedback you have provided for prospective visitors and hope they want to try the house also. Mahalo
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Huntington Beach, CA

Wonderful week in amazing rural home perfect for exploring eastern side of island

  • 5 of 5

We (husband, self and 2 adult sons) spent an awesome week at this super clean, large, very well stocked, relaxing home near Pahoa. We found it to be a perfect location for our week of exploring the east side of the island. It was so nice and very relaxing to return to a big home with two full bathrooms after a full day of exploring. The washer/dryer was a big plus, as was the full size fridge with a great ice maker. We packed a lunch and filled the cooler with ice daily. This place far exceeded our expectations, and is even better than pictured. We enjoyed our time here and loved all the hiking, state parks, tidepools, snorkeling, ponds, caves, valleys, volcanoes, waterfalls, trees and lava on this side. Everyone we met was very nice and the restaurants in Pahoa were all great. We ate at Luquin's just two days before it burned down - so sad. Hope to return the the Big Island someday and will surely stay here if available.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Tami and family So glad you enjoyed yourself, had a great time on the island and were so generous in your review of my house, it helps me to know if I am doing the right things with the house. I would love to have you stay again in the future.
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Relaxing getaway

  • 5 of 5

The house is in a great location for for a quick drive to the volcano or the champagne ponds. Quiet neighborhood with a wonderful back lanai to sit and listen to the sounds of Hawaii! House was clean, plenty of room and all you could need. I would recommend any family coming to see this side of the island to stay here. Bev and her son were quick to answer questions or help. As a resident of Hawaii you don't find many places to rent that are reasonable prices without over the top charges. Would definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Melissa, thank you for the wonderful review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay; we certainly enjoyed having you. I am pleased you found the house well stocked and comfortable, that is my goal. Please come back anytime.
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Loved It!

  • 5 of 5

Bev was wonderful to work with! The home is in a pretty quiet neighborhood. The back patio sold me on the house. We loved eating our meals out there. The house is well laid out & very spacious. We definitely recommend staying here.

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sarah. I am so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you are able to come back in the future. We certainly enjoyed having you.
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Hilo International
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Black Rock
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
10 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Tutus Pu'Uhonua
Nearest Point of Interest
Lava Tree State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
To lava viewing area
Car: necessary

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.


Rates & Availability

Pahoa House Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $5 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.41%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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