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Pele's Secret Garden~ Rain Forested Peace and Tranquility ~

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-5)

~ Pele’s Secret Garden ~ an amazing experience!

Nestled in the heart of the Big Island's oldest Volcanic Rain forest, and atop world's most active lava field, lies our luxury hideaway of rest, peace and comfort. About 2 miles from the National Park entrance.

Take a stroll thru the forested neighborhood Estates and the tropical surroundings of this serene cottage home, that is secluded in a lush native Rain forest just 24 Miles South of Hilo, Hawaii, and adjacent to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, at a 3500 feet elevation above sea level, on the slopes of Kilauea, the most active volcano on in the US. Less than 1-hour drive from Hilo to both the Cottage home & Volcano Village.

Relax and unwind … be refreshed by the cool mountain air and embraced by the giant tree ferns, ohia trees and fragrant ginger that creates a lush contrast to the primordial volcanic landscape.

Enjoy... Long wrap around Lanais, and quiet sitting areas. Awaken to the Big Island’s cacophony of chirping exotic bird’s, soft rains and the Sunlight breaking thorough the clouds.

~ Pele's Secret Garden Accommodations ~

Our floor plan begins with 2 luxurious bedrooms, 2 full-baths, with guests enjoying our plush King & Queen-sized beds amidst a four-layer bedding, designed for absolute Comfort, plus Futon sleepers a Baby Crib and Highchair. Sleeps 2 to 6 Guests (example: 4 adults + 2 children).

We offer a spacious home with private bath, original art and furnishings, high ceilings, kitchen with energy efficient stainless appliances, granite counter tops and an exotic wood bar top, a wood-burning fireplace, private jetted tub in master bath, cable TV and video, Wi-Fi wireless internet, and a large 1000 ft wrap-around Lanai.

~ Pele's Secret Garden Cottage Home includes these Amenities for your Pleasure & Comfort:

• Our Signature Aloha Hospitality!

• Luxury, Private cottage Home, 2 bedrooms/ 2 baths

• Plush beds with 4-layer bedding

• Complementary Tropical Fresh Fruits, 100% pure

Hawaiian Coffee & Tea

• Jetted Tub in Master bath

• Wood-burning fireplace, logs provided

• Hawaiian Massage services, available in the local area

• Cable TV

DVD/Video Player

• Video & Music Library

• Full Kitchen (all Major appliances/utensils)

• Wireless Internet

• Gas BBQ Grill

• Great Restaurants in the Village area

• Flash lights & umbrellas provided

~ Volcano's Local Restaurants (recommend calling ahead for reservations):

• Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant

• Thai Thai Restaurant

. Ohelo Cafe Volcano Village's

~ The Must See Volcano & Hilo List ~ (Google it!)

* Volcano Winery - Complimentary Wine tasting, and select from 2 Guided Vineyard & Tea Farm Tours, includes Gift Pack!

* 2400 Fahrenheit Art Glass - A unique Glass-blowing Art Studio tucked away in the Rain Forest on the slopes of Kilauea Volcano, at a 3000 feet elevation.

* Hilo Farmer's Market - Located on the corner next to Ruben's Restaurant, offers rows of vendors selling local/exotic fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods, locally-made gifts, etc.

* Volcano Farmer's Market - Every Sunday morning at Cooper Center (opens 6 AM). One of the Best Farmer's markets on the Big Island.

~ Volcano Village is an outlying small township with a eclectic mix of scientists, artists and local entrepreneurs in a village-like community with a variety of restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. The village and its surrounding inhabitants blend imperceptibly into the lush Native forested landscape. The whole area has been designated by the United Nations as an International Biosphere Reserve and Historic Site.

Volcano Village - a 'World Heritage Site' with nice restaurants, galleries and only 1 mile from the unforgettable Volcanoes National Park. Our wonderful Cottage Home being adjacent to both Volcano Village & the Park, is a perfect getaway for Adventure, Romance or as a retreat getaway. Easily accessible from both Hilo and Kona airports on the Queen’s Highway 11. Driving distance from Kona Airport, with no stops, is approximately 2.5 to 3.0 hours; whereas from the Hilo Airport is approximately 45 minutes to our driveway; and another 5-minutes drive to Volcano Village proper, depending on weather conditions.

~ About the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ~

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, established in 1916, displays the results of 70 million years of volcanism, migration, and evolution -- processes that thrust a bare land from the sea and clothed it with complex and unique ecosystems and a distinct human culture. The park encompasses diverse environments that range from sea level to the summit of the earth's most massive volcano, Mauna Loa at 13,677 feet. Kilauea, the world's most active volcano, offers scientists insights on the birth of the Hawaiian Islands and visitors views of dramatic volcanic landscapes.

Over half of the park is designated wilderness and provides unusual hiking and camping opportunities. In recognition of its outstanding natural values, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has been honored as an International Biosphere Reserve and a World Heritage Site.

The National Park Web site provides up-to-date information on volcanic activity, safety, schedule of park lectures/presentations, tours and hiking trails.

Keywords: Beautiful! Eco-Friendly, cozy, clean, fully loaded with the comforts of home.

More Details

Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About The Owner

I so enjoy sharing my little piece of this treasured rainforest with people from all over the world and so appreciate their positive feedback.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose Volcano

Our Luxury home was featured in Hawaiian Style Magazines 2008 Eco-Issue ~ built in 2007 with full awareness of environmental impact and the adaptability of the structure to the landscape. Complete with Solar Powered water heating system supplied by UV filtered rainwater working in Harmony with Nature and is less wasteful and Environmentally Friendly.

What makes this house unique

Our Reviews speak for themselves and keep us striving to make it your best possible visit.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for a fabulous stay! things we loved about Pele's Secret Garden: being "home" from the National Park in minutes, TOTAL silence at night (and total darkness!), sleeping on the side of a volcano, the feeling of being in a fainforest/jungle but being in Hawaii, the pireplace on a chilly night, this beautifully furnished home with so many comforts and luxuries, the fresh flowers throughout the house....and so much more....
Jun 2008
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Ohia Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • attached to each bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1) Comfy California King Bed that can be converted to two twin bed., Queen size Beds (1) Very cozy four Poster Teak Queen size bed., Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twin beds available when King Bed is not in use., Baby Cribs (1) New Portable Playpen can be used for sleeping.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(86 traveler reviews)

Pele's Secret Garden~ Rain Forested Peace and Tranquility ~
average rating of 4.9534883 based on 89 reviews

Mostly wonderful.

  • 4 of 5

Enjoyed the tranquility and beauty of the home and the area. Plenty of indoor and outdoor space and very clean and comfortable. Only trouble was the lack of water pressure and hot water for the duration. The owner was gracious and made repeated attempts to have the problem fixed, but it was apparently a major breakdown and couldn't be fully repaired prior to our departure. So, never able to shower - had to heat water on the stove, but we made the best of it. Assuming it's now ok, future guests should enjoy this property tremendously.

  • Submitted: Apr 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: My sincere apologies for the inconvenience of this unexpected issue with the water pressure during your stay. Malfunctions like this can occur, and if they do, I take every measure possible to resolve it as timely as possible and do assure you and any future guests that this issue has been fully resolved. Sincerely, Peggy
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It is just like the description says but so much better in person.

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we arrived we knew it would be fabulous. It is equipped with everything you could possibly need. Breakfast foods, fresh fruits, even a yoga mat! It is so quiet and peaceful. The sounds of the birds around was lovely. There is a hammock on the rap around deck for afternoon naps and the foliage around the house is gorgeous. Could stay here for a long time. Very close to the National park and restaurants. We loved every minute of it! We would definitely come back and recommend to everyone.

  • Submitted: Mar 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely home that truly feels like a secluded treasure

  • 5 of 5

As a travel writer, we have stayed in a number of vacation rental properties worldwide, but this might be the best yet. The reasons are numerous. Peggy, the owner, was always quick to respond to our inquiries. She stays in the home from time to time, and her personal touches can be seen from the moment you walk in. The entire house is tastefully decorated and furnished. There are surprising welcoming gifts to be enjoyed, from fresh tropical fruit to good red wine (sorry we drank the whole bottle, Peggy). A gourmet-equipped kitchen just adds to the amenities. The general feeling is one of both comfort and seclusion. Even with the volcano beckoning, it is difficult to leave the wrap-around balcony that is warm and inviting during the day and peaceful and quiet at night. But Pele does call out, and the Park is just minutes away, as is the little town with its few restaurants and convenience stores. We did have great weather for our too-short stay, but I have the feeling this home would have been just as special regardless. We certainly will consider returning to Volcano and wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. --Stephen

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rain Forest Peace

  • 4 of 5

Loved our stay in this lovely home. The owner has provided everything needed to make our stay comfortable and enjoyable. Lovely setting in the rain forest with walls of windows surrounded by beautiful plants. Only four stars because we couldn't quite figure out how to make the heating system operate. Loved being there and would go again. We did enjoy the fireplace and the owner provided ample wood for burning.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful stay

  • 5 of 5

This vocational rental was amazing! Extremely well appointed - from the sliding glass doors to the outside from every room (wrap around deck). Truly a Secret Garden - surrounded by lush rain forest foliage. We were so very surprised to have awaiting for us upon arrival a fruit basket, eggs for breakfast, and a bottle of wine! So very gracious.

We found it perfectly located to the Volcano National park - just minutes away! And very close to Volcano Village. We spent three days enjoying the park and the nearby black beach where endangered green sea turtles can be seen on the beach. Only difficulty was no hot water on the last day for showers (guess due to solar heating system and it had been raining and overcast the last two days). Otherwise, a marvelous stay. Thank you.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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More Than Perfect!!!!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I can't express how perfect this home was for our stay on the Big Island. This was our first trip to Hawaii and we had no idea where to stay. My husband and I, along with another couple rented a beauriful condo on the beach in Maui which we loved but wanted to experience something different on the Big Island. When we saw the listing for Pele's Secret Garden, our group was skeptical. They wanted to be in a more populated area with more to do. But somehow I knew it would be perfect. So we booked it and hoped for the best. IT FAR EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS. We all felt that there was actually a lot more to do in Hilo/Volcano than there was in Kona. We were looking for a different adventure to add to the overall Hawaiian experience. Pele's Secret Garden provided us with exactly that! Very easy access to Volcano National Park where we found what we were looking for....Volcanos, Lava, Scenic Views, Waterfalls and so much more. We did a one day trip to Kona but there was no comparison to what we did on the Hilo side.

And the home was spectacular. The minute you arrived, you felt a feeling of total relaxation. It was spotless, provided every amenity that you could want and the owner, Peggy could not have been more accommodating. She left us breakfast foods, fruit, wine and so much more. She also was extremely accessible to answer any questions that we had. Leaving that home was one of the hardest parts of leaving Hawaii.

If you don't know much about Hawaii like us, I would strongly suggest that you consider staying at Pele's Secret Garden. I promise that you won't be sorry!

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Volcano Golf course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 11
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Mauna Kea (seasonal)
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Punalu'u (Black Sands or Turtle Beach)
Car: necessary

Located within the 'Kilauea' area, one of the most Active Volcano in the US; with two eruption and most recent located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park of Halema'umau as the molten lava continues to reach the top of the crater floor. Pu'u Oo continues to rumble and flow, often times visible entering the Pacific Ocean. Come feel the pulse.

Visit the USGS Hawaii Volcano website for current updates and webcam.


Rates & Availability

Ohia Estates House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Jul 15 2016 - Jul 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.42%

Standard rates of $200/nt apply over a two night stay. Minimum 2 night stay @ $250/nt.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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