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John Dirgo

Member since: 2005
Call Manager
Speaks: english

Zen Lite near Kehena beach - Peaceful and Romantic

21 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Pahoa Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 bedroom , 1 bath with outdoor shower , sleeps 2

Ahh...Tranquility within a 5 minute walk to the famous, optional clothing, black sand beach!!!

This octagon is privately nestled in the tropical gardens at Kehena Beach Estates. Zen Lite studio retreat has all of the modern conveniences; yet it reflects a simpler Asian style. Hand-crafted from select plantation grown redwood and cedar, with bamboo flooring, the home's attention to detail will add to your enjoyment. From the lanai you'll overlook a pond with fountain and a grove of weeping bamboo. Zen Lite will meet your comfort needs with a queen-size bed with a memory foam topper, all-cotton linens and kimonos. There is a private half-bath inside with a private hot outdoor shower just outside the door. This cottage is set up for light cooking, with a mini fridge, 2 burner cooktop & microwave. Also available is charcoal grill. Free WiFi ! Washer/Dryer . A truly magical tropical experience !!

  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
John Dirgo (Property Manager)
Member since: 2005
Call Manager
Speaks: english


based on 21 traveler reviews

Zen Lite near Kehena beach - Peaceful and Romantic
average rating of 4.952381 based on 21 reviews
Palisade Colorado

True Aloha in Old Hawaii!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently celebrated our 25th anniversary in Hawaii. Staying 2+ weeks at Zen Lite. We have traveled to Hawaii many times. For the last 5 years, we have rented privately owned properties. Zen Lite is not the average. The owners truely understand the concept of Aloha, and share it freely. Zen is clean, comfortable, quiet and very peaceful. The owners have created a magical garden. Flowers surround you and fill the air with spicy sweetness The location is perfect. We found the dining in Pahoa to be excellent. (Try Ning's Thai). As of September 07, the Volcano view after dark at Kalapana is the best we've ever seen in over 20 years of Puna vacations. Kalapana Cafe (formerly Verna's) at the end of the road has good Ono burgers and the short hike to see the new beach is well worth it. If Old Hawaii and Aloha are what you seek, you've found it at Zen Lite.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2007
  • Stayed: Aug 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
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Even better in person!

  • 5 of 5

The moment I drove up the driveway I knew I wanted to stay longer. GORGEOUS house and property. It is so peaceful and private and just 3 blocks to Kehena Beach, a picture perfect black sand beach. Juan was great to work with and gave me fantastic ideas about what to do in the area, like Uncle Robert's Wednesday night market (only 3 miles away). I did stay an extra night and got the much needed rest and sun I was craving. You will be so lucky if you book this place. I am definitely going back. MAHALO and enjoy your stay!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many Mahalo's for your kind words:). We think it's a pretty special place ourselves..but, it's so very nice to hear that others feel the same:). Looking forward to your return. Warmest Aloha & A Hoi Hou!
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Watertown, Massachusetts

Beautiful little place. An amazing time

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time here. This cottage is absolutely beautiful, cozy, and feels very private (like a true rainforest retreat), despite the proximity to neighbors. Phil and Diane were very welcoming, and provided everything a renter could need: Beach towels, coolers, and access to their washer/dryer.

The nearby Kehena Beach is awesome! Gorgeous black sand, a mildly terrifying descent, and tons of nice, sometimes nude, people.

Thanks so much for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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It's real zen !!!

  • 5 of 5

We spent four wonderful days in the zen lite. Everything was perfect, orange juice directly from the very nice, very quiet neighborhood....

If you need a place to have some rest, the zen lite it's what you need...

Mahalo Diane for your piece of paradise....

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lac-Beauport, Quebec

Perfect vacation

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage was perfect for us celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. Idealy located close to volcano area, it was super clean and absolutaly relaxing. We had a wonderfull time and would recommand it with no hesitation.

p.s. Ear plugs are a must if your unable to sleep while litteraly thousands of tiny frogs enchant the nights...Really, its an experience.

Alain & Josée

Lac-Beauport, Québec

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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North Carolina

Zen Lite

  • 4 of 5

We had a great stay at Zen Lite! Our biggest problem, if you can call it a problem, was that we had so many things to do and places to see that we found it impossible to see it all!

The setting is wild and tropical, in a neighborhood carved right out of the forest. You can hear the ocean with the windows open. We met a few locals at the beach, and they were nice and welcoming. One of them invited us to the drum circle the next day, which we had to pass up due to wanting to see the volcano.

The lava ocean entry during our stay was about a mile and a half from the end of the road- close enough to see the steam clearly from the viewing area, but far enough away that flowing lava was not visible. The drive up to Volcano Village and the national park is about an hour- but well worth it. We visited the park three of the four days that we stayed at Zen Lite. Everything about the volcano has a magical feel to it, and the Puna district has a magic of its own that is complementary but different.

We had a chance to visit the volcanically heated tide pools at Kapoho, and that was well worth the visit, too.

Many thanks to Dianne and Phil for their hospitality, and for maintaining such a well-kept cottage! Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2010
  • Stayed: Sep 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Car: recommended

Hot Pond, Coral Gardens, Optional clothing black sand beach, steam vents, most beautiful coastal road in the state of Hawaii, active volcano, dolphin friendly beach, great biking, hiking and running areas.

Other Activities: Thermal ponds and steam vents to explore, coral snorkeling gardens nearby. Kava bars and ceremonies.


Rates & Availability

Kehena Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $75
Refundable damage deposit $35
Tax Rate 13.42%

Max. double occupancy Adults

Rating 5 star

All reservations require a non-refundable $35 damage waiver and Hawaii taxes of 13.416%
There is a cleaning fee of $75.00

We accept major credit cards for payment.
We require a 25% deposit to confirm, with the balance due 90 days before arrival.
Reservations arriving within 90 days are due in full at the time of booking.

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Pahoa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet
    Outside - outdoor shower
  • Inside bathroom has toilet and sink . Outside is beautiful hot water private outdoor shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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