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World-Class, Genuine Treehouse in Volcano National Park Area

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Large Treehouse, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 6-7)


*** SUMMER SPECIAL *** Book between May 21st and Aug. 31st and get 15% OFF regular reservation prices (2 nite minimum). ***


An Eco-Vacation Rental in the Forest up in the Trees...

Are there still some adventurous, Huck Finn type sparks alive in you? Then turn up your Jurassic Big Island experience another notch by staying in this unique, hand-made, GENUINE treehouse built 20 ft. up into 5 living, native Hawaiian ohia trees.

Look down onto the reaching fronds of amazing hapu'us (giant tree ferns) from huge windows and lanais all around, providing 360-degree birds-eye views of this secure, private 4 acre paradise. Witness the thrills of nature's interactions while nestled in homey comforts, including full-kitchen and bath, TV/DVD, music and more to modernize your Swiss Family Robinson experience.

Fall asleep while star-viewing from your comfy bed perched high up in the spacious loft. Some nights, even the volcano's red glow is visible.

A real-deal treehouse... located between two active volcanic vents... in Hawaii... you might never want to leave! But Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and the charming artist colony of Volcano Village are nearby if you do.

Huck Finn says: For the creative, environmentally sensitive types, not the fussy. This truly 'green' structure was intentionally built in the most non-invasive manner, using high grade building wood and reconditioned windows, doors, and most everything else (including the 'kitchen sink!') And after 6 years of testing by various forces of nature, it's structural integrity has been proven to be sound and solid. And the trees are happy, too.

Keywords: Tree House

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Skye Peterson
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 23, 2017

About Skye Peterson

Skye is a master treehouse builder in Hawaii. He lives on property adjacent to this genuine (full house in the trees) TreeHouse. Years of effort, energy and artistry went into the design and construction of each unique treehouse.

He comes from the east coast, Pa. Md and N.J. and traveled thru out the US for many years and eventually landed in Hawaii in 1980. Which was home base for years of international travels until settling down in Volcano Village in the late 80's and starting his new enthusiasm of TreeHouse building out of recycled materials creating his beautiful master pieces, which became his future homes.

One never knows where they will end up if they just follow your hearts is a life lesson he learned and lived.

Skye Peterson purchased this cabin in 1989

Why Skye Peterson chose Volcano

I'm now sharing what was my private home on secluded 4 acres of Hawaiian rainforest for many years, with others that have been bitten by the TreeHouse bug like I was.

What makes this cabin unique

- A genuine treehouse (take sleeping in a real TreeHouse it off your bucket list!!)

- Right down the road from the craters and red hot lava in Kilauea Volcano at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park -- active with lava flows since 1983.

- Comfortably living in the treetops of Hawaiian Rainforest with dry, warm indoor viewing thru giant windows and outdoor decks at the same level weaving 80 feet out thru the existing trees.

Guestbook comments from the owner

I don't know how many other vacation rental owners meet and greet their guests but I do, it's fun. I so appreciate meeting the kindred spirits who seek out TreeHouses to stay in. I have enjoyed many great conversations and count most of my past guests as my friends now. I delight in telling my new guests about the gathering of the recycled materials and the building of my TreeHouses ( which took 6 years) as well as all the wonderful places to visit and things to experience and hikes to take around the Volcano area, inside the National Park, in Volcano Village, and in Pahoa area near by and other unique places on the Big Island. TreeHouse enthusiasts are my favorite people and an all around good lot.
May 2016
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Royal Hawaiian Estates Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1) The queen size master bed is perched high up in the loft with 360 degree views.(new matrise), Double Beds (1) I've tucked a double size futon up in a cubby whole, fun for kids but still close enough to parents., Twin or Single Beds (1) This is a trundle bed and pulls out from under the master bed. Good for kids that want to sleep close to Mom and Dad., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The living room has a fold out futon bed (new,inner spring futon) with lots of privacy from the master bedroom and other sleeping areas.(close to the toilet)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snowboarding
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(48 traveler reviews)

World-Class, Genuine Treehouse in Volcano National Park Area
average rating of 4.9791665 based on 49 reviews

Green Forest Escape

  • 5 of 5

Masterpiece design and setting in the sky! Had such a fabulous relaxing escape together with the perfect rainy weather back drop. Everything we needed there, days needed just to discover and appreciate all the amazing architecture features Skye has created. So beautiful at night with all the lights!!! Please let us come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I built theTreeHouse not only to be unique but also to be relaxing and fun with interesting nooks and crannies and lots of big windows to let the lush forest just outside to seem like it's inside with you, and amazingly very few bugs, mostly moths. It would be great anywhere but it's on one of the most active but user friendly Volcanos in the world. Even when it's raining it's a treat to just relax and enjoy the pitter patter on the roof and skylights. Despite the fact it's eco living, solar electric, and catching the rain for all water needs, and having fires in the fireplace for the occasional cool night and the romantic ambiance you don't lose any of the comforts of modern life ( kitchen, hot shower, flush toilet and comfy beds), it's the best of both worlds. Come let the KID in you out to be dazzled and delighted.
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed in the Treehouse for three nights and it was a magical experience! The house is beautiful and we loved how everything is made of natural and recycled materials. There are huge windows everywhere, so the views from every part of the house are amazing. The lanai was such a relaxing and peaceful place to sit and enjoy the forest. We had everything we needed in the house, and Volcano National Park was just a quick drive away, so this was the perfect place to stay while exploring the park. Skye was a wealth of information and gave us a lot of tips about the area when we arrived. We loved the treehouse, and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a unique adventure in Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I feel it is my privilege to host folks that like nature and artistry and appreciate the using of recycled materials. There is no HomeDepo items in my TreeHouses, they are mostly made of the older fixtures from when things were made with pride. All the big windows were brought over on the barges from Honolulu, rescued from the dump to live again in my creations with dignity. Tucked away in the forest with nothing around but nature these places are not for the disco crowd. Quiet contemplation and communing with nature is what I want to offer, it's not for everyone. Step out onto the decks that are at the same height as the Treehouses reaching out into the forest 80 feet with bends and turns created by the random nature of the supporting Trees with areas for sitting and sipping some of the wonderful coffee I supply. I've been here for 30 years and can help you plan a full itinerary with info, upon you're arrival, about the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park just a few miles away, lava viewing and good eateries also near by, and some hikes and sites that will make your stay memorable. People who respect life and the awesomeness of nature are the ones I want to share my unique TreeHomes with, if that's you... I invite you to come and enjoy!
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What a gem!!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 thoroughly enjoyed staying in Skye's Treehouse for 2 x nights. From the moment we met Skye we could see how passionate he was about his Treehouse masterpiece and the Volcano area. He gave us plenty of information and answered any questions we had. The Treehouse was a home away from home with everything you need - with little extras like dvd's, games, music, candles, books, etc....It was truly a tranquil setting in the middle of a rainforest. The Volcano National Park was a short 5min drive away which made it easy to come and go - day and night. My only wish was that we should have stayed longer. So much to see and do. I'd love to come back 1 day and stay longer at the Treehouse and see more of the Big Island from the Volcano side. I highly recommend staying in the Treehouse - it will be a highlight of your holiday as it was ours.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Treehouse Experience

  • 5 of 5

Loved the treehouse - very clean, fascinating things around every corner, impressed with all the recycled wood and other items in the house, felt like we were truly in the jungle. We were constantly finding unusual things in the house that Skye had decorated. Skye could not have been a better host. Because of all his advice, we were able to streamline our activities and not waste time. Would highly recommend this very fun experience to anyone.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I truly enjoy my job, hosting folks on vacation in my own TreeHouse that I built with my own 2 hands. I love sharing all the unique places around our Volcano area to hike or eat or swim or just stand in awe of something incredibly powerful and unusual and very user friendly, Kilauea Volcano and it's Lava. Showing off a real TreeHouse for living in is amazingly fun and rewarding. Very few have ever been in a TreeHouse that was built to live in comfortably, a TreeHome actually, and to see the look on their faces when they climb the 30 stairs up into the place and look around at the artistry, the tree trunks running up thru the whole building and all the huge windows with giant Tree Ferns just outside brushing against the glass and hear the kids running around giggling in glee at the fun sleeping areas they will be crawling into to dream in, about the bright red firey lava or the huge lava fields and cinder cones, craters and many other first time visions here to take in. What a job! What a life! Come experience for yourself some first time, one and only time maybe, surprises life has in store for you and your family.
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Treehouse #2 and found it to be everything we imagined it could be. We arrived with four kids and the intention of heading down to see the lava flowing spectacularly into the sea. The kids pretty quickly agreed that they would rather hang out with mom and dad in their treehouse. But we still had time to make the quick trip of a few miles into the national park to see the bright red glow of the active crater from the museum. Skye gave us all the information we needed, including the location of the nearest grocery store (not close, so shop in advance). He is justifiably proud of his creation, which is made entirely of repurposed construction materials and uses the dimensions and setting given by nature to create a unique lodging experience. We came to Volcano after three nights with the crowds in Kona, which was fine and not unexpected at a busy time of year. The treehouse is the opposite: complete tranquility, quiet except for the birds. There is no question we would stay there again and recommend Skye's treehouse to our friends.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Dream Come True Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This was an outstanding vacation! Skye was an amazing host. The treehouse is such a unique experience. It has all of the amenities of being at home, but you're in a tree!!! It's beyond cool!

The detailed craftsmanship that went into creating such a inviting place are everywhere you look!

There are so many places to go on The Big Island, we never ran out of things to do - we stayed 4 days and ran out of time to do all the things we wanted!

If you are looking for a relaxing, get away from it all kind of vacation - this is it!

I would do it again in a heartbeat! I recommend it highly! Mahalo, Skye! We'll see you again :-)

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Barbie, I so enjoyed hosting you. It seemed like you went and saw many things while you were here and also took time to appreciate the TreeHouse it's self, all the things I added to make it special takes some sitting still and looking around. The outside forest seems to blend into the TreeHouse it's self and the pictures, carvings, glass etching and all the artsie touches were done for your enjoyment. Thanks for noticing. See you next time. Skye
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
73 Miles
About 7 miles away is the Volcano Golf club

The Treehouse is near the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, where you can view the glowing crater, it's about 7 minutes away. Also Kalapana, where the lava has been entering the ocean is a 40 minute drive. Hilo is where all the water sports are also the movies and museums and is about 30 minutes away. Another fun event is exploring old lava tubes, with a guide if you like.


Rates & Availability

Royal Hawaiian Estates Cabin Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer Special
May 21 2017 - Aug 31 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $75

Custom Skye block print souvenir TreeHouse T-shirts available for men, women, children.

Reservation Deposit check by mail required. Balance due on arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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