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Oceanfront Cottage in Scenic 'Old Hawaii' , the Original Rainbow Dreams Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

The Original Rainbow Dreams Cottage - with a spectacular oceanfront view, the only vacation rental so close to the ocean on the scenic Old Red Road (Rural Route 137). Our Cottage is situated on the beautiful Puna Coast of the Big Island. Set amidst a 150-year old 'kings' grove of coconut palms, the cottage directly faces the Pacific Ocean with stunning, 180 degree views framed thru palms and rare ocean mahogany trees. Situated amid a tropical garden planted with over 125 Palm Trees, exotic fruits and redolent with the fragrance of tropical flowers, this cottage is simply the best rental in the area.

Inside the private and well-appointed cottage, you will find vintage Koa, mahogany and bamboo furnishings. The cottage is set up with everything you need - a well-stocked kitchen, one full bath, an extra outside shower for washing off after the beach, and two bedrooms with closets. All rooms have windows to let the natural trade-winds in, and there is a small porch in front with a small screened lanai on the side to enjoy the balmy air.

Rainbow Dreams Cottage is the perfect eco-retreat, where you can really get away from it all. We are solar powered, so therefore there are limitations to this rental. Please read our reviews, since there is NO cell service, NO wi-fi, NO T.V. or even radio - just the beauty and the power of nature, the sound of the ocean and the ocean breezes. Also we have catchment water, so we advise using bottled water, or free Pahoa water just down the road, for cooking and drinking. However, ALL of those services are just minutes away, up the road or in the nearby town of Pahoa.

With a direct view of the ocean, you may spend your whole vacation simply gazing at the waves, birds and sky, yet the cottage is the perfect base for exploring the unique natural and cultural heritage of the Big Island. All along the coast in the rural Puna District, you will discover special places to explore, from scenic parks to sheltered coves. Three miles from the cottage is exotic Kehena Beach, where palms and ironwood trees surround a lovely crescent of black sand. Two miles in the other direction is MacKenzie State Park, where steep lava cliffs form a rugged, rocky shore with dramatic crashing waves. Ahalanui State Park with a naturally-heated fresh/salt-water swimming pond is about five miles drive. This is a truly unique spot in one of the most beautiful areas of the Big Island in which to explore, enjoy and restore.

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Pahoa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We have a strict 4 person MAX rule due to limited parking, systems and water. No parties or guests please.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Queen size Beds (2)
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Eco Retreat, solar power, catchment water.


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Oceanfront Cottage in Scenic 'Old Hawaii' , the Original Rainbow Dreams Cottage
average rating of 4.814815 based on 27 reviews

A beautiful home and fabulous location.

  • 5 of 5

We loved this house. A beautiful view with the sound of the waves. The decor is lovely, and everything one needs is provided. We would love to return for an even longer stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We love it there too and can't wait to get back!!
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  • 5 of 5

This property is off the beaten path and off the grid. Could not be nicer or more restful. The whole pacific ocean is right on your doorstep! During our stay we had some car-trouble, but the neighbors were there to help get going again - very friendly.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay at this lovely cottage. The setting is very peaceful and at night listening to the noises of the frogs and other critters with the ocean waves pounding in the background… Simply amazing! The cottage was well maintained and had all the supplies we needed. Thank you so much for helping to create long lasting memories!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The most relaxing place on earth

  • 5 of 5

We have been returning here nearly every year since 2004. It has to be one of the most magical, beautiful, relaxing, and calming places on earth! It's literally saved us thousands in therapy, and made me a nicer person. ;)

I can't recommend the cottage and the location enough if you really want to get away from it all. Even if you like activity, there are dozens of fun adventures to be had on the Big Island.

Rainbow Dreams Cottage has a special place in our hearts.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Is exactly as depicted - tropical and beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

Loved the remoteness. The house was perfect for 2 people. Off the grid not an issue. We will return.

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place, but be informed of what you are renting

  • 4 of 5

Amazing place, right across the street from the water!

It is of utmost importance that you understand that there is no beach. Anywhere! We traveled all over, to at least a dozen "beaches', but they are just labeled beaches. There are hard, sharp, lava rocks the size of suitcases, no real sand to walk on. Bottom line, you can look on this vacation, but you can not touch. Not a deal breaker, but there will be no long walks on the beach. You will find it difficult, and unsafe, to really get in the water at all, anywhere. The one black sand beach was tiny, (probably not 50 yards) difficult to get to, and unsafe to enter the water. Oh yeah, and old fully naked people everywhere. Kinda scared my 16 year old daughter, but I'm not a prude, so it didn't bother me. Just thought you should know.

The Good:

1. Clean place, well maintained.

2. The views are amazing!

The Bad:

1. No real beaches.

2. Water in the house is not potable. That means you can't drink it because it is rainwater from a cistern. You will need lots of bottled water.

3. You will likely go to bed hot and sticky with no relief. There is no AC, and not even a fan to cool you off. You can't even buy a fan, since the house runs on a few batteries that are solar charged. You really don't want to plug anything in unless absolutely necessary. We kept all the windows and doors opened with the screens, but it just wasn't enough.

4. No internet, no cell service. That means in an emergency you are out of luck. You will drive for a while before getting any cell phone service.

In summary: Sounds like I'm down on this place, but actually I liked it. I wish the owner would have put in a little heftier solar system that would support at least one fan, but other that that, as long as you are ok with the drawbacks, you will love this place.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review. We try to be very accurate in describing our rental, but alas we've found that some don't fully read the listing, or don't do any internet research on the area before booking. It is a very scenic lava coast - rare, untouched and undeveloped, and very well documented in the photos and description on the site. As far as swimming, there are several family friendly areas nearby, Warm Pond is 10 minutes away and is popular, easy access, and very safe. However this isn't the "beach" side of the Big Island - which of course is the charm of it (no crazy crowds). There are several Black Sand beaches within minutes of the cottage for strolling, shelling and sunrise. Swimming in the open ocean on the East Facing side of the island can be dangerous if you don't know the area or conditions - as is swimming in many areas of Hawaii. This is a wild and wonderful area that appeals to people who like nature and want to get away from electronic life. Most families swim in Hilo at the many seaside parks, or spend time at Warm Pond. We list clearly that it is catchment water, as are most islands in the world, and treat it, but recommend bottled water for cooking and other uses just to be safe. The solar system covers all the basics, but we downsized it because we found that some rare guests didn't understand solar and would abuse the system. Replacing the batteries is very expensive. Normally the trade winds keep the cottage quite cool at night, but it's been hot this last few weeks. Thanks for your review - we ask that guests read and look thru our listing, website, and do internet research on our area before they rent!! Thank You!!
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David Shaw
Member since: 2007
Speaks: spanish
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 2018

About David Shaw

We spend as much time as we can at this magical property and always find it to be transformational and rejuvenating. I grew up in New England, went to college in Philadelphia, and currently reside in San Francisco. I work for a nonprofit organization that supports the National Parks near the Golden Gate and helped to organize the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge as well as the recent installation by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz.

David Shaw purchased this cottage in 2000

Why David Shaw chose Pahoa

We looked all over the State of Hawaii for our perfect place and found many areas that we loved, including Hanalei Bay on Kauai, and Hana, Maui, and this area reminded us of those areas, and we liked the nearness to Hilo, which is the second largest city in Hawaii after Honolulu. We especially liked the rugged quality of the Puna Coast and the primal feeling of the land in this area. Being "off the grid" and without cell service - turned out to be heaven. We have many repeat visitors, because people love coming back again and again to this very special and powerful place.

What makes this cottage unique

The Rainbow Dreams Cottage is extremely unique in its proximity to the ocean and its surroundings in an area that is entirely dominated by the beauty and serenity of the natural world. Also, the off-the-grid experience is becoming more and more unique as people need a place to unplug and get away from the daily bombardment of internet and email. For those that need to be connected, it's just a short drive from the cottage in either direction to access the web and cell service.


Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Hilo Airport
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Rare Hawaiian Bird Watching, Lava Viewing, Tropical Flora and Fauna, Turtle and Whale Watching, Dance and Hula Lessons Nearby at Kalani Honua, Snorkeling, Swimming at Warm Pond, Lava Tubes, Nature Preserve Malama Ki, Farmer's Markets, Organic Produce, State and National Parks, Zoo in Hilo


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $80
Tax Rate 14.41%

There may be cancellation fees, charged by Credit Cards and VRBO that are NOT REFUNDABLE for ANY reason, or with any notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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