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Cozy Cottage in a Tropical Garden Grove

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

The Cottage at Ohia Grove is a quirky, cozy cabin nestled in the corner of our private four-acre park-like grounds. If your idea of an ideal vacation is time spent reading an engrossing novel...enjoying lazy afternoons naps…taking trips to view interesting natural wonders … exploring steam vents and tidal pools… poking around a farmers’ market…sampling the cuisine at nearby restaurants... or just playing a rousing game of Scrabble, then we invite you to consider a stay at the Cottage at Ohia Grove.

If you’re looking for four-star amenities and appointments, this is not the place for you; you won’t be happy, and neither will we. But if you’re searching for a vacation rental offering comfortable sleeping and lounging space (including our new screened lanai overlooking the gardens), a convenient location near historic Hilo town, and a price tag that won’t keep you up at night, we just might be what you’re looking for! The Cottage is perfect for week-long vacations, island hopping, house-hunting or property development visits, writer's retreats or for anyone who just wants to get away to the tropics.

The Ohia Grove property is four private acres of lush, native Hawaiian fruits, vegetation and, of course, ohia trees (pronounced 'oh-hee'-a,' ). During your stay, we invite you to pick fresh avocados, starfruit, citrus and mangos from our trees, and to enjoy looking at the many wild and cultivated flowers that grow on the grounds.

(Hawaii Tax Registration Number TA-138-224-6400-01)

Keywords: Cottage

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Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
February 25, 2017

About The Owner

Don and Rich were frequent visitors to the Big Island for years before we decided to reduce our traveling expenses and just stay here for good! Rich retired after 26 years at Verizon in Washington DC, where he last served as Executive Director of Federal Regulatory Affairs. He can now usually be found puttering around the house or working on his tan at a local beach. Don is an Information Technologies and Networking specialist who has worked for a variety of organizations, including non-profits, a trade union, a major computer graphics company and several consulting firms. In his non-working hours in Hawaii, he likes to garden at Ohia Grove and at our permanent residence around the corner. All of our jobs on the mainland involved extensive travel, so when we set up our vacation rental, we based it on our experiences. We've worked to set up a Cottage that is comfortable, convenient, cozy -- and moderately priced. We hope you'll enjoy your stay and come to love the Big Island as much as we do. Aloha!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2007

Why The Owner chose Puna District

We loved the tropical setting of the four-acre Ohia Grove property, with its many native fruits, flowers and palms. Although it's convenient to Hilo and other area tourist sites, when you're on the property, you feel like you're in your own private tropical garden (and you really are!)

What makes this cottage unique

One of property's biggest assets is the sense of privacy - rather than being sandwiched in with other tourists in a busy hotel or B&B, you'll have the Cottage and its four-acre property all to yourselves.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for all the hospitality. (We appreciated) the beautiful yard, fresh fruit and cozy cottage.
Jan 2010
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Keaau Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 750 sq. ft.
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Comfortable queen-sized futon
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
We recently added an open-air outdoor shower that has been very popular with our guests. It's how Adam and Eve would have washed up if they'd had hot water and plumbing :)


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(76 traveler reviews)

Cozy Cottage in a Tropical Garden Grove
average rating of 4.9342103 based on 84 reviews

Great place to get away from the daily grind

  • 4 of 5

We had such a nice stay. The cottage is great and most of the jungle noise was very relaxing (just not the rooster).

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the nice comments you left in our guest book. Glad you had a great time despite the pesky new rooster who has taken up residence (without paying rent, I might add). Unfortunately, feral creatures are a normal part of life in rural Hawaii. We only became aware of this new rooster's presence when the guests before you checked out. We offered to try to trap and relocate the little guy during your stay. but you said it wasn't a serious issue for you, so we held off until after your departure in order to give you more privacy. Hopefully within the next day or two, however, Foghorn Leghorn Jr. will be enjoying a new home in a more remote and distant neighborhood.
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Great getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Aloha! What a charming cottage! The screened in lanai was probably our favorite part! It's secluded but not far from town either. Don and Rich were quick to respond to any questions we had. Loved listening to all the sounds of the nature surrounding us (except for the pesky rooster with no sense of time). We ate in most of the time so the gas grill was great and the little stove in the house rocks! Absolutely loved the fresh fruit and coffee basket and all the vases of beautiful flowers! Thank you so much for your hospitality! Mahalo

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a great time! Sorry about the wild rooster - we relocated his dad to a more rural location a few months ago, but didn't realize he had a progeny who had come of age. Time to set out the traps and reunite the family!
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Between Hilo and Pahoa is where it's

  • 5 of 5

This cozy cottage was our base for three nights and we loved it. The sounds were mainly chirping frogs and birds with only the occasional, insecapsble car motor. Rich made sure we had everthting we needed and even did us a favor the morning we left so we could hit more more beach before heading back to the mainland. Thanks and easily recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great property and hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Will return on my next trip to Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Nov 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow.... everything you could want from a rain-forest cottage and more.

  • 5 of 5

This little cottage situated in the rain-forest is a nature lovers paradise. The whole house is set up to make you feel like you are living outside with all the amenities of a fully functional house. The windows are open but everything has mosquito screens. The cottage is warm, cosy, quirky and we just fell in love with it. Beautiful fruit basket left for us with papaya and pineapple. We were able to pick any fruit from the gardens and we enjoyed bountiful star fruit, a real treat. The bed was comfy, the kitchen and bathroom very clean with everything you could possibly need and more. We didn't spend any time in the lounge area as the cottage has a fully screened lanai and we spent our evenings out there, with comfy chairs and dining table and listened to the small but exuberant Coqui frogs. Rich and Don were readily available and are a great source of information and advice if you need it. Check out the lava flows that almost swallowed the town of Pahoa at the Transfer Station in 2014.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Cottage in a Secluded Spot

  • 5 of 5

I arrived at the cottage in the beginning evening hours after a short flight from Oahu to Hilo. Driving up, my sister and I were delighted at the size and layout of the cottage as well as the various amenities provided. I can honestly say the owners took great care in providing all that one could need. Both my sister and I were blown away at how meticulous they were in making sure that my stay was a pleasant one. The photos don't do it justice in conveying how big and nice the cottage really is. Even though I didn't use the kitchen, it was nice to know I had the option to use it if I needed to. It especially was such a delight at having a full size washer and dryer to use during my stay! It meant going home with clean clothes after a 14 day vacation instead of being tired from a five and half hour flight and having to deal with a big pile of dirty laundry the next day. I recall someone mentioning their experience with a rooster and your having it relocated. I did hear the rooster but thankfully very far off in the distance. I found I could mostly tune out the loud Coqui frogs but did have to relocate one that decided to hang out on the back steps. One drawback that couldn't have been foreseen was that on my last evening in the cottage, I had tiny ants coming in by the window next to the bed and over in the kitchen where the bowl of fruit was. Thankfully there was some ant spray which seem to do the trick. One suggestion I would like to make is that it would be nice if one could have the option to close the windows in the bedroom to reduce the noise from the frogs (you cannot do anything about the screen gaps below the windows) as well as possibly put some sort of blinds in the bathroom window and the bedroom. I know it is a secluded place and far from neighbors or the road but I just couldn't get the thought of someone watching at night and so I undressed/dressed in the bathroom. All in all, I would recommend this place to all friends and family. Thank you for providing a very nice place to stay while bouncing all over the Big Island! Mahalo!!

  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Hilo International
Car: necessary

Convenient to Volcano National Park, Hawaiian Tropical Botanic Garden and Scenic Waterfalls


Rates & Availability

Keaau Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $60 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Stays of 23-31 days will be billed at the discounted monthly rate of $1700, additional days beyond 31 days will be charged $75/day. These discounts may not be reflected in quotes automatically generated by VRBO/HomeAway, but if you qualify for the discount, you'll receive a revised quote before booking. Reservations must be confirmed and all balances paid at least 30 days before your arrival date.

HomeAway and VRBO are now also charging guests a "Service Fee" of up to 9% of the booking amount. We have no control over this fee and receive no income from it. HomeAway/VRBO will also offer you the opportunity to purchase their Care Free Rental Guarantee at the time of booking. This is an optional extra you purchase directly from VRBO/HomeAway -- Ohia Grove does not receive any portion of the proceeds from this service.

(Hawaii Tax Registration Number W83399673-01)

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