Romance and enchantment combine with excitement and adventure for an enticing cocktail if you choose to stay in this little house perched up in the trees. Many of us have enduring dreams of sleeping in a treehouse, and are drawn to the intimacy of cozy spaces. Imagine yourself soaking in the fragrant cedar jacuzzi under the starry canopy, relaxing on the two levels of verandas. Sleep in the exotic bamboo bedroom, and awake to rainbows of light bathing you through the multiple stained glass windows. Throw open the French doors and sip local Hawaiian coffee on the lanai while you watch the birds of the forest flirt. This is a playhouse for grownups.
Treehouse Accommodation: Visiting a treehouse is an adventure, so staying in one is also an adventure. When booking a stay here, please keep in mind that some agility is required to hike into the treehouse through the forest, and ascend into it. To enter the top level, you will go through a trap door. The access is through the actual forest, and the house is built over top of a lavatube, in the trees.
Eco-stay Aspects: Mahinui Na Lani is treehouse designed by Roderick Romero, whose work appears in the book 'Treehouses of the World'. It is built of sustainable bamboo and recycled lumber and windows from Oahu. Power is from the sun and wind, and back up by a generator. Water is the rain that falls from the sky, that is captured onsite and stored in a catchment tank, then filtered. We provide drinking water. You shower and soak in the rainwater.
Forests of Kilauea: The location is just outside the gates to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, in a forest of giant tree ferns and towering trees. This is the same forest that you enter through the main gates of the park. Altitude is about 4000 feet. Temperatures are cool in the evenings, and damp days can also be chilly. Your explorations of the area will take you quickly to warmer and drier areas. Often there is a fine mist, called pineapple rain. One of the more fun ways to get warm (other than in the cedar hot tub) is to drive into the park and stand next to a steam vent. Volcanoes National Park has an array of extraordinary sights and adventures, including flowing lava, petroglyphs, guided tours, hiking across volcanic craters and through lava tubes, a road to the sea, and a visitor center and gallery. Volcano House, the hotel and restaurant in the park will be undergoing renovation in 2010.
I stayed in the treehouse 3 nights in the middle of my two week honeymoon to Hawaii (7/10-7/13). Gail was very responsive throughout the entire process and we even had two phone conversations leading up to our stay. Since Gail and Robert were out of town when we arrived, we were met by their assistant Tia. Tia explained all the do's and dont's of the treehouse, which was very easy considering the treehouse is "off the grid." The pictures on the website depict the treehouse perfectly. It is spacious for 2 people when utilizing the indoor and outdoor space. The details and construction of the treehouse is well thought out (anytime you needed more light somewhere there was one, anytime you needed a hook to hang something there was one, etc...) My two biggest concerns about staying in the treehouse was a hot shower and bugs! Tia assured us that the outdoor shower does have hot water (and great pressure too!) and the climate of Volcano Village is a bit chillier than sea level so there were no bugs! I really enjoyed the location of the treehouse because it is completely secluded by trees; however, it is located in a quiet neighborhood so you know you're not in the middle of nowhere (even though it feels like you are!) If you are looking to do something different to celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary, staying at the treehouse is an absolute no brainer. The location is within walking distance to Volcano Village, a short drive to Volcano National Park, and perfect for a day trip to Hilo. There are no words to describe how magical the treehouse is, you just have to see it for yourself!
Best stay of the entire trip. My wife and I wanted a place to be off grid and close to the nature for our late honeymoon, and the tree house is the perfect place for it. It's clean, isolated and on a tree, nothing can top that. If you're looking for something exciting, fun and of course EXOTIC place to spend few days of your vacation, this is the place for you. The owner was there to greet us and provide some information regarding the places to eat, activities etc. The place is close to the volcanoes national park, so you can go to the part at night to watch the glow from lava. close to the village for some great food. we liked the place so much we're already planning to stay here on our next trip. definitely recommend to all my friends and family.
I took my husband here for a birthday get-a-way and it was absolutely fantastic. It was relaxing and peaceful-exactly what we needed. The treehouse is very well kept and the park is only a mere five minutes away. We would definitely stay again!
Of all the places you have stayed and will stay in your life, this is one you will never, ever forget. You will be awestruck from the moment you step through the moongate. The path to the treehouse has small treasures of purple bromliialdes, or a tiki to catch your eye as you walk the path. The treehouse is beautiful with rich woods, bamboo and subtle palm leave impressions in the stucco wall. Stained glass of birds continue to bring the outside in. Everything you need it here. Kitchen, hot tub, shower, the most comfortable and cozy bed on earth. And while it is really just right there, a couple of blocks off the highway, it seems secluded, as if you are far away from everything. I saw it listed as one of the top ten most awesome places to stay in the world and I whole heartedly agree!
My husband and I recently took a short vacation to the Big Island (5 days/4 nights), spending the first two above Waipio Valley and the following two at the Treehouse. As much as I was sad to leave the ocean, arriving at the Treehouse was one of the most incredible experiences, especially just to see my husband's face when we climbed up the stairs and he saw the outdoor grill, cedar hot tub, and then of course the trap door to the bedroom! I literally had to drag him away to get him to go hiking with me at the National Park (which of course was also INCREDIBLE--definitely check out the Pu'u crater from the Jaggar Museum at night--between the sunset and the fiery red glow, the view was heart-stopping!). Staying only minutes from the park entrance was also a huge bonus, as we beat the crowds and tour busses to the major sights in the park (even in the rain, there were still mobs of tourists on the weekend!), and we were able to hike nearly all of the trails we were interested in and then get back late afternoon to relax a bit before dinner. (Word of advice; purchase food BEFORE coming; the options at the General Store were extremely limited unless you enjoy eating junk food) and without cell phone service, we weren't able to make reservations at the Lodge. We instead waited nearly 30 minutes to be so much as acknowledged and have our name taken for the waiting list at Kiawe Kitchen--well-prepared food and nice wine list, yet overpriced and HORRIBLE service.)
Upon getting back to the Treehouse at night, we LOVED the outdoor shower and especially the hottub outside! Even in the cold and rain, both were a perfect way to end the evening (followed by drinking tea and watching Volcano movies inside before heading up the ladder to the amazingly comfortable bed upstairs! :)
Bottom line is that while we've stayed in some pretty incredible places during our travels, the Treehouse remains at the top of our list! I was so sad to leave I cried when we had to exit the Moongate on our last morning in Hawaii. Can't WAIT to come back!
The little tree house was very cool - so quiet and relaxing there, I'm surprised I managed to leave. It was a great place to unwind and soak in the hot tub with my girl and some drinks.
I'm really tall, so I always notice dust up high, but lower surfaces and the floors were clean. The trap door hole to the room is 2' by 2', and my 6'10" and 350lbs got up the sturdy ladder and through the trap door just fine. The bed linens and towels were clean & good-smelling. The kitchen was small but has just about everything you need. The inclusion of clean drinking water was thoughtful. The outdoor shower was fun, but because of my height the privacy bamboo wasn't quite enough for privacy - good thing there are only a couple other properties in sight! The Trader Joe's toiletries were different, but did the job with no off-putting scents. Don't let the compost toilet freak you out - my flusher @ home smells worse! Just follow the directions in the guide and you'll be fine.
From here, we took a lava boat tour, being lucky to escape the rain AND see some great flow. We went to the one @ sunrise, totally worth waking up early for. We also checked out some of the parks along the coast and saw some green turtles on our way to Kona. Kona is rather crowded and touristy, but if you like coffee and have a few bucks to spend, might as well do it there.
Since we were there during the rainy season, it rained much of the time, but we're from Seattle and it was in the 70s so it wasn't bad. We took about half a day to just drive around the entire island, and that was nice, though there would have been more landscape to see without the cloud cover.
We didn't bother with the restaurants near the tree house, as we preferred to cook and chill @ the tree house. Other than Bubba Gump in Kona, we mostly cooked. It was great.
This tree house is not what a traditionalist would be pleased with. But if you're open-minded and looking to actually get "away" on your get-away, call Gail and have yourself a different little adventure. Prepare to speak quieter, look and listen closer, move slower, enjoy the present and smile more.
Volcano Hawaii is a place unlike any other in the islands. The village of Volcano sits just outside the national park, home of the most active volcano in the world. If you want to see lava flow, chances are you can do it here. Two popular ways to view lava are by helicopter or by boat. The park offers intense and exciting hiking trails across old lava flows, through rain forests, into bird sanctuaries. Some of the best coffee in the world is grown and roasted near here, on a different part of the island than famed Kona. There is also a winery with a tasting room. If you love to golf, Volcano Golf and Country Club will challenge and reward you. Sunday mornings there is the Volcano Farmer's Market, and you can walk to it from the treehouse. Just a couple of miles down the road is Akutsuka Orchids, where you can see and purchase the orchids of Hawaii, and bring them home with you. You will notice orchids and anthuriums abound here, as they thrive in the cool moist air of Volcano
Other Activities: lava tube exploration, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, wine tasting
Golf: How often will get a chance to golf on top of a volcano? Volcano Golf and Country Club offers you that opportunity, just a few miles from the treehouse. Fee schedule: Visitor regular rate:
$70.08 + tax including cart fee
Twilight rate (after 12 noon):
$56.64 + tax including cart fee
$20.00 for 18 holes
$11.00 for 9 holes
Please check website for fee updates
Ski: Ski a volcano? Is this a joke? You won't be skiing lava, but there is snow on Mauna Kea in the winter, and there are those who helicopter ski there.
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1 night minimum stay
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The $85 cleaning and prep fee is per week. This means it repeats every seven days. Thus, for a stay of 8 nights, the fee is $170. The reason for this is daily service is required at the house. Please note this is a NO Smoking house. Mahalo!