About the property
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- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 5 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-10)
Hawaii Nature Retreat is centrally located between Kona and Hilo in the private and secluded Wood Valley, a wonderful, get away from it all.
Historical, 5 bedroom Plantation House, perfect for a couple, family group or small seminar. Everything you need (except food) is provided. 12 acres of scenic beauty, surrounded by the tree-studded flanks of Mauna Loa.
Near by Attractions:
•30-Minutes to Kilauea Volcano National Park, See Lava!
•15-Minutes to Punalu’u Black Sand Beach, Swim with the Turtles!
•10-min Ka’u Coffee Mill - International Award winning Hawaiian Coffee!
•Beautiful Coastal Hikes - Visit Green Sand Beach at South Point.
The property feels like your own nature reserve. Quiet, serene and full of singing birds. Watch Io (Hawaiian Hawk), Pueo (Hawaiian Owl), Finches, Turtle Doves, Cardinals, and hundreds of Mynah birds that nest nightly in native Bamboo trees.
Pure Hawaiian Nature surrounds you with these features:
•Private bath house, and outdoor shower.
•BBQ Grill on covered outdoor patio. Great for entertaining.
•Grapefruit, Oranges, Lemons, Bananas, and Mac nuts to pick.
•Amazing stars surround you out in the bonfire circle.
•Gazebo Stage in the field used for Yoga, various ceremonies, meditation, and music.
Nature Walks & Hikes
•Wood Valley has a two mile road loop great for nature walks day or night.
•One mile walk to the Wood Valley Tibetan Buddhist Temple.
•Secret beach hikes such as Kawa’a beach and others near by.
Your group is free to explore the acreage. Indigenous Hawaiian Garden, and Water Lily Pond. Walk through the Grass Maze into the Ceremonial Circle with Meditation Platform. Views of the Pacific Ocean, Sunrise and Moonrise. Visit Hero the Goat, and feed the sheep and chickens.
Things to Know:
•The owner Sandra lives a in a small house on the far side of the property, one city block away from the rental house.
•Two guest houses on the property are used by our caretakers.
•Home is located convenient to an easily accessible rural road.
•Pure spring water for bathing and drinking. No need to buy water!
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one day
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 22, 2018
About Sandra Reha
We stayed here on vacation and fell in love with this property 16 years ago. We decide to retire early and live off of the organic gardens here: we didn't know how to farm yet! The last 16 years has been so much fun and gone so fast; we actually believe we died and went to heaven because it has been so wonderful. . Rich is a retired electrical engineer/physicist with an interest in the Universe Story. Sandra is a retired teacher, holds a masters in transpersonal psychology, and is a master photographer (Google search on Sandra Lee Reha). Sadly, Rich passed away in 2010.
Sandra Reha purchased this House in 1998
Why Sandra Reha chose Pahala
As stated, We fell in love with the property. That feeling only grows as a beautiful life here continues. No street lights or signs ensures the rural life is perpetuated.
What makes this House unique
No pesticides have been used here for over 30 years, so the birds love everything, including free bananas, figs, other fruits, and we have hundreds of wild birds that return to our bamboo patches over night. There are no street lights in Wood Valley, and only a few houses, so at our 2400 foot elevation, the andromeda galaxy and the milky way are magnificent: better than I have ever seen anywhere. Children love to hand feed our tame goat, and some of our sheep herd. We have a harness for the goat to pull children around the property in our wagon. Last but not least is the spectacular Spring Water: bathe and drink the purest water on the planet, only a few minutes from its spring source with no storage or chlorination: only pure water.
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Comfy home, perfect for a family
A lovely, quiet, homey place. Loved the outdoor shower/tub and the lush grounds. It's quite remote, and probably better for those without a super-packed sightseeing agenda, because you'll want to linger and enjoy the surroundings. That said, it really didn't take all that much time to get to the national park, the beaches, or Hilo. We managed to see everything we wanted to see, and the extra driving was not a big problem. Recommended for families especially!
You were great guests! I appreciated your wonderful comments about your stay. You have a great attitude in general. Lovely people. Always welcome.
Experiencing historic home and natural retreat in rain forest
The property has local historic interest in that it (as we understand) has been used at some point for plantation living for workers or owners. As such it is not a modern home, but an enriching experiencing allow one to consider what life might have been like on a plantation. The property owners have been creative to provide the usual comfort features often expected in properties. Also, the property is located in a tract of rain forest and the owners are enhancing the property's natural aspects. We like birding and immensely enjoyed walking the property and sitting on the veranda listening to the birds in the morning with our coffee.
Wonderful for me to read your down to earth review. I always encourage guests to enjoy morning coffe on the sun porch. There are sooo many cheerful birds, just make your day.
We do try hard to make the visit authentic and memorable.
So glad you got the message. Your review is much appreciated.
Wonderful house and gardens, plenty of room, great rural location! Peace, quiet, beautiful nature!
We had a fantastic stay at Sandra's. She is a truly lovely and generous host! The property is dreamy, and a wonderful taste of real Ka'u!
I never wanted to leave
Beautiful, peaceful nature retreat
This property is an absolutely idyllic nature retreat. Plenty of bedrooms and very comfortably furnished. It has many unique features that add to the retreat experience, including an outdoor bath and shower and a charming screened outdoor bedroom. The owner has provided many lovely little areas of atmosphere to relax and reflect and take in the beauty of this remote paradise.
The house has a nice kitchen and large dining area making it perfect for larger groups, HOWEVER, because of its remoteness I would encourage visitors to stock up on provisions in Kona or Hilo BEFORE checking in; the small local market is very limited.
The owner is very friendly, helpful, and nearby if you need anything.
Great, relaxing base for exploring Volcanoes Nat'l Park, Punalu'u, and around
This property is located in an idyllic valley west of Volcanoes National Park. Our goal was to be close enough to the Park to be able to visit multiple days but to also stay somewhere that was very quiet, beautiful, relaxed, and away from the crowds and the overt tourist scene. This rental was perfect for that purpose.
The location is green and serene - the air smells sweet as you drive into the valley. There is little light pollution and it's a great place to see stars and the milky way. I did not have cell phone service (a plus for us) but the internet worked perfectly if you need to stay connected.
The property is also a really good base for birders (or casual bird appreciators) who want to explore the south side of the island. For the laziest backyard birding, it is fun to nap on the back porch and get woken up by a flock of birds you don't see at home. To spot native Hawaiian birds, head up the road to Kipuku Puaulu in Volcanoes National Park.
We treated Punalu'u Beach (black sand beach) as our "home" beach. This property is close enough to Punalu'u (closer than even Volcano) that it was very easy for us to beat the crowds and tour buses coming in from Kona or Hilo and have the beach and honu (green sea turtles) nearly to ourselves.
For most of our stay, there were 2 of us, and for a couple of nights we had 3 - we had a ton of room. I imagine the house would also be a lot of fun for a big group of friends or family. For our group, we had many options for where to enjoy a meal or tea together around the house. Most of our meals at home were taken at a small table by a floor-to-ceiling multi-pane window overlooking the courtyard and out onto the property and the green ridge beyond.
This review inspires me to try even harder to make this Hawaii
Nature Retreat memorable. I will definitely use some of your thoughts and phrases in the new write up.
Thank you so much. If was a real treat to meet you and your
Friend at our Fourth of July party. Hopefully you can make it back here someday.
Mahalo and aloha.
Scuba diving, Buddhist chants at temple 1 mile away, cliff diving into turquoise ocean at South Point 45 minutes, See the Awesome Milky Way without any light pollution. Diversity of plants, birds and flowers.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
No Smoking Inside Additional cleaning fee ($50-$100) depending on number of guests and duration of stay.