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Balmy weather and tropical breezes, island style, green surroundings, abundance

Kehena Beach Estates, Pahoa, HI, USA
  • House480 sqft
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

Honey house sleeps up to 4, Nectar house up to 6, lots of light & air

The original Honey House is a finely finished piece of craftsmanship. It is a stand-alone 480 square foot garden bungalow.

Hardwoods and bamboo accent the living area. The full bath features a tiled shower, granite counter, and access to a garden lanai. We feature whole house water filtration so you can drink from any faucet in the house. The kitchen has a gas range and all kinds of cooking equipment. There is a king size bed and a big fluffy futon couch that can be turned into a 2nd bed if needed.

Nectar House is on the same property but totally separate.

Honey House has a floor and a ceiling fan, screened windows, windows that close in case of wind or rain, curtains for privacy. On site host in separate house in case you need anything.

We offer plenty of fresh fruit from our orchards, whatever is in season. Oranges, lemons, avocados and bananas are usually available during winter months. Exotics like sapotes and jaboticaba happen randomly. In the orchard is a shared outdoor shower, hot & cold, also filtered and drinkable.

Regular rates are $85 per night / $550 wk/ $2100 month / $75 cleaning fee/ taxes/ 3 night minimum/ extra charge for more than 2 guests, no charge for kids under 6. One night drop-ins possible if we have an open unit.

Regular rates on Nectar House (two bedroom/two bath/two deck- whole house) are $150 per night / $900 week / $3500 month / $150 cleaning fee/ taxes/ 3 night minimum/ extra charge for more than 6 guests, no charge for kids under 6.

Contact us for pricing if you are interested in longer term less expensive rental options for the months of May-November.

We are located on a secluded clothing optional acre in Kehena Beach Estates, on the the Puna coastline, and most easily accessed from Hilo airport. We are only 5 minutes walk from Kehena black sand beach yet surrounded by fruit trees, fragrant flowers, and edible gardens. The song of the frogs, crickets and toads have a delightful natural rhythm that puts us to sleep every night. We have colorful house geckoes and sometimes wild pigs visit. Temperatures in the winter are sometimes in the sixties at night and usually in the eighties by mid day. Winter is humpback whale season and whale song can sometimes be heard at night right from your bed.

You can walk two blocks down our quiet street to the end and then take a neighborhood trail that comes out on Kalapana Kapoho Road right across from the beach. Or take the road all the way. Hawaiian spinner dolphins often stop in for a visit to our beach. Kehena Beach faces east. It is sunny in the morning and shady in the afternoon. Quiet and often nearly deserted in the morning, a big party with drumming every Sunday afternoon.

Plenty of natural beauty and excitement is currently available. As of December 2017 there are surface flows a few miles past Kalapana, no ocean entry right now. We are 5 miles from the active Kilauea lava flows which can be seen by taking a hike, bicycle and hike, or by boat, helicopter or plane, depending on daily changing conditions.

VRBO's CALENDAR on this website shows whether we have at least one unit available.

Check our website calendars for availability of specific units.




Dave or Val

Member Since 2010
Response rate:
Response time:
within a few days
Calendar last updated:
Mar 29, 2018
Why Dave or Val chose Kehena Beach Estates

We bought this property back in '87 and have loved it ever since. The first vacation rental unit (Honey House) was completed in 2009, we welcome our guests to come and enjoy. We just finished Nectar House next door in December 2016.

What makes this House unique

While you stay we will share organic seasonal fruits from our orchard. Enjoy a serene setting in a rural coastal tropical paradise.


    • Internet
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • Comfy king size bed, Futon couch folds out to Queen size Bed, Ceiling fan


        • 1 Bathroom
          • The Honey House bathroom is sweet. The shower has custom tile work, overhead and hand shower. The big granite counter is easily accessible from the shower for all your products.

          Location Type

            • Beachfront
              5 minute walk to Kehena Beach.
            • Near The Ocean
            • Resort
              Kalani resort 1.5 miles away offers meals, classes, spa, etc.
            • Rural
              Stay on our mini farm with fruit trees and a small flock of ducks.
            • Village


                • Adventure
                • Away From It All
                • Family
                • Romantic
                • Tourist Attractions


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Internet
                        • Linens Provided
                          Full bedding & pillows provided.
                        • Parking
                          Off street, a few feet from your door.
                        • Parking Off Street
                        • Towels Provided
                          For bath and kitchen.
                        • Wireless Internet
                          WiFi available 24-7


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Cooking Utensils
                              Pot & pans, blender, coffee maker, plenty of dishes, utensils...
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                              Everything you need to prep, cook and eat.
                            • Freezer
                              Refrigerator with decent sized upper freezer.
                            • Kitchen
                              Gas range, refrigerator, drinking water purifier at kitchen sink, outdoor barbeque.
                            • Oven
                            • Refrigerator
                              full size
                            • Stove
                              Gas range
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                  Table and chairs.
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 4 people


                                    • Books
                                      Honey House has a small paperback library.
                                    • Satellite / Cable


                                        • Bicycles
                                          available for use by arrangement.
                                        • Deck / Patio
                                          Outdoor couch can be used as smoking area if desired.
                                        • Lawn / Garden
                                          About one acre to explore. Shared outdoor hot shower in the garden.
                                        • Outdoor Grill
                                        • Porch / Veranda
                                          Outdoor seating at the Honey House. The Hikina has a deck.
                                        • Water Sports Gear
                                          We have a few masks and snorkels you can try out.


                                            • alternative lifestyle
                                            • limited accessibility
                                              The Honey House has ground level access, low kitchen counter, parking very close, (please note) bath door is less than 36' wide & there is a slight step-up from kitchen to living/ bedroom.


                                                • festivals
                                                • nude beach
                                                • playground
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • shelling
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • luaus
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • cycling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming


                                                                • Organic garden and orchard setting, we supply fresh fruit from our trees, no extra charge. You can drink a recently harvested coconut, and enjoy seasonal tropical fruits. 5 minute shady walk to the beach. Shared outdoor shower in the garden.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                  6 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Welcome to the puna-verse

                                                                  Aidan N.

                                                                  We agree with all the other reviewers - very nice little house nestled in among the palms and fruit trees. Abundant fresh fruit which Dave was happy to share. Frog chorus at night at first made us wonder if it would keep us awake but actually very nice and lulled us off every night. Great area and lots to see and do nearby. I think Puna overall its a bit of a unique local community with a diverese population and an unconventional feeling overall but everyone we met was friendly and welcoming. This is not a resort area but more of a quiet local community that you can dip in and out of as much as you like and people will be welcoming or leave you alone if you want peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings (our experience anyway). The Honey House fits right in with this area.

                                                                  We loved it!

                                                                  Ana L.

                                                                  Our small family stayed at the honey house in early June 2016, and we absolutely loved it. The house is very clean, comfortable and peaceful. The garden is out of this world and the frog chorus at night and birds in the morning are very special. Dave is a wonderful host, kind, welcoming and quiet. He made us feel at home and we loved the red papayas for breakfast. The black sand beach and the tide pools are absolutely beautiful and worth visiting. I highly recommend this place to anyone and hope to back one day myself.

                                                                  A slice of Hawaiian paradise, Hidden gem.

                                                                  Melissa s.

                                                                  My husband and I stayed here for 21 days and it was Wonderful. There is no television But there is Wi-Fi. I enjoyed the soaker tub with shower. Loved the many fresh fruits and avocados, walking distance to the kehena beach and short drive to warm pools and tide pools as well as Pahoa village (Nings Thai food was great). Loved Makuu and Pahoa markets(kind of like a weekly flea markets) and uncle Roberts for local entertainment. A car is needed but I suggest checking to rent one from local instead of rental place.

                                                                  This is a Wonderful place to stay full of nature.

                                                                  Thank you Dave for your kindness, glad to have seen the newly hatched ducks.

                                                                  Wonderful and Peaceful Stay at the Honey House

                                                                  KJCourtenay, BC

                                                                  We stayed at the Honey House in February and really loved our stay. The house is beautiful and the bathroom and tiling were awesome.

                                                                  It was such a treat to meet such kind hosts and have a big basket of fruit waiting in the kitchen. The location was a great place to explore from and it was nice to enjoy the peace and beauty of the area. It was neat to see the brand new ducklings too!

                                                                  Thanks Val for mailing us our camera battery back too! Hugely appreciated.

                                                                  Honeymoon Adventure

                                                                  My wife and I decided to do our Honeymoon on the Big Island. We stayed in a few locations over the nine nights.. and we were very lucky to be able to spend a few nights at the Honeyhouse.

                                                                  Val and Dave were great hosts. Very welcoming. The honeyhouse was very cute, fun and comfortable. The shower was a highlight as it opened into the jungle.. so much fun. There is also an outdoor shower on the property to be enjoyed. This property is located a few minute walk from Kehena beach, which is a magical place to spend some time. It's clothing optional which is great.. and one of the days we went down there was a group of dolphins doing flips and having fun right off shore.

                                                                  A great place to go for dinner, breakfast or a massage is at the Kalani yoga retreat a short 3 min drive away.

                                                                  The highlight of our visit was hiking in to see the lava flow into the ocean. It's only a few minute drive from Val's place to where you start the hike. Val was very nice in offering to take us on a morning hike. Up at 4:00 am, flashlights, hiking poles and cameras in hand. We hiked over lava fields for 60 minutes in the pitch black to get to lava. What an amazing adventure.. and for sure one of the coolest things we have ever done. Thanks Val!!

                                                                  Garden Oasis - Home Away From Home!

                                                                  Bridget & MartinLos Angeles, CA

                                                                  Our stay on the Big Island fell during December, plenty of Mele Kalikimaka and Aloha but I was very worried about the rain. Worry not - our vacation was wonderful!! We spent time exploring the entire island but I was so glad we decided to stay on the Hilo side as it proved to be a much more authentic and genuine taste of Hawaii.

                                                                  Calling the Kehena Honey House "home" was easily one of the best decisions of the trip. Located in the lush jungles of the Puna district, the Honey House felt very much like we had gotten away from it all while surrounded by a beautiful neighborhood and friendly community right near a breath taking black sand beach.

                                                                  Nestled in our own private corner of the beautiful garden, the house had every amenity of home. Large kitchen with stove and refrigerator as well as any kitchen appliance you might need on holiday and spacious bathroom with plenty of counter space, large tile shower with screen doors that (optionally) opened right out into the garden. The main living area of this spacious studio has a very comfortable king sized bed, large wooden table with 4 chairs and a sofa/futon for relaxing or can be converted into a comfortable spare bed for two. We stayed with friends during our trip and the Honey House provided more than enough room for four of us without ever feeling cramped! I was very impressed by the size of the main living area, it was even bigger than it seems in the photos and the large breezy windows made it feel like the house was a part of the exquisite landscape outside!

                                                                  Our host, Dave, was incredibly gracious and more than willing to accomodate our needs. Dave brought us fresh fruit and vegetables every day that were right from the garden. I know the variety will depend on the season but I have to mention that we had an unforgettable 5 lb avocado during our stay! We also enjoyed delicious bananas and fresh coconut so sweet that we used the milk in our coffee. Each night we made a salad or sautéed delectable veggies that most of us had never heard of before. It was quite a treat. On one rainy day we opted to stay inside and relax and baked banana bread with fresh bananas from the garden. Dave gave us a tour of the garden and of the area taking us on a lava beach hike one evening that was a truly memorable and unique experience.

                                                                  I would recommend the Honey House to a vacationing couple, family or close friends who want to turn an ordinary vacation into an very special and wonderful holiday! Mahalo!!


                                                                  Kehena Beach Estates, Pahoa, HI, USA

                                                                  5 minute walk to clothing optional black sand swimming beach. 15 minute drive to warm spring pond, surfing and snorkling areas. Lava viewing in Kalapana by boat and walking tour when flows are happening, ask us. Hawaiian cultural activities, massage, dances and yoga available nearby.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

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                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
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                                                                  Base rates are for 1-2 guests. Additional guests (1 or 2) will be charged $10 each per night. Children under 6 are free.

                                                                  6 Reviews
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