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Peaceful, Spacious Organic Farmhouse a Nature Retreat Spa Services Available

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Organic Farm and Spa Retreat

Relax into nature and all of the blessings of Hawaii at PapaLani (which means Heavenly Earth Mother in Hawaiian), located 30 miles south of Kailua Kona…

-Serene 13+ acre organic avocado and macnut farm with an abundance of tropical fruit trees,veggies, herbs, flowers & berries.

-Perfect year-round climate, at 1600 ft. above sea level on the side of Mauna Loa Volcano (the most massive, active volcano on Planet Earth!).

-Savor the seclusion and quiet, away from the crowds and resorts.

-4 miles from the closest place to jump in the ocean

-15-minutes to Ho'okena Beach State Park for sunbathing and swimming with dolphins

- 20-minute drive brings you to the famous Pu'uhonua o'Honaunau (Place of Refuge) National Historic Park and Kealakekua Bay where you can kayak to Captain Cook's monument and snorkel with an endless variety of tropical fish and sea turtles & dolphins.

-65 miles from Madame Pele's live action at Volcanos National Park

-12 miles from KulaKai Caverns and Manuka State Park.

-Light hiking on the property where you can enjoy seeing all sorts of Hawaii's wildlife and plants.

-Explore the 30+ variety of fruit, nut trees & berries while at PapaLani, much of which is available for purchase during your visit, as well as fresh eggs from the chickens.

If interested, you can learn how to become more sustainable. We practice vermiculture (worms), raising chickens, permaculture, Korean Natural Farming, composting, mulching, solar, water catchment, and more.

-Find a nice place to meditate & relax.

-Nikki is the land owner . She fully respects your privacy. She is happy to provide info about the farm, things to do, places to go, etc.

-The farm is a working organic farm, therefore farm work may be occurring during your stay, but again, your privacy is fully respected.

The farm house...

-Spacious redwood home has a 24'x24' living room with 4 skylights and a large lanai overlooking the avocado field.

-Fully furnished

-Large country kitchen is loaded with everything you'll need.

-Full bathroom indoors and an outdoor garden shower (heavenly).

-Full range of discounted spa services available on site for guests.

-Beach chairs, towels, boogie boards, noodles, umbrella, coolers, etc. available

-Snorkel equipment and Kayaks available for rent.

-Our water source is 100% rainwater stored in catchment tanks. Ten gallons of county water are made available to you in the kitchen for drinking; Refillable as needed.

-In December 2012 the eco-cottage was completed on the property. If you have a large group, you may want to rent both the farm home and cottage. The buildings are far enough away from each other for total privacy, yet close enough for families/friends to be together when you would like. If that is what you are looking for you can share 2 kitchens, 2 baths, 4 bedrooms with sleeping for 14 in beds. The eco-cottage reference is VRBO Listing # 434922

Keywords: home, house, farm house, farm, organic farm, guest house, guesthouse, flat, retreat, groups

More Details

Nikki Spencer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Nikki Spencer

PapaLani has been my labor of love since 2003... i am so grateful to steward this land. I have been doing all kinds of body work since 1995 so have a large variety of offerings if you would like. i have been interested in all aspects of health & wellness & will be happy to share with you.

Nikki Spencer purchased this house in 2003

Why Nikki Spencer chose Kona Coast

I purchased this farm because i am interested in creating a sustainable life & peaceful country living. I love to know where my food is coming from and be involved in the process. I like being away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the cycles of the moon. The farm is spacious and private and offers endless opportunities.

What makes this house unique

I enjoy the fruit trees, gardening, herbs, vermiculture, raising chickens, making mulch/compost, creating a beautiful and safe environment for people to explore themselves and their connection with nature.


Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , outdoor shower , with additional outdoor garden shower
  • 1 full bath and additional outdoor garden shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • turquoise - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • futon couch in living room can be made into a double bed... then there are two other sofas...
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Snorkeling equipment available for $25/week rental. we have two 2 person kayak's available $40/day


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(58 traveler reviews)

Peaceful, Spacious Organic Farmhouse a Nature Retreat Spa Services Available
average rating of 4.827586 based on 58 reviews
Chimayo, NM


  • 5 of 5

I love this place! We loved walking around the property and each time we did we discovered new delights. The beauty and the abundance is intertwined in the best way. Papayas, bananas, macadamia nuts, avocadoes and much more are everywhere. Very comfortable too. Spacious. The kitchen is well supplied with everything a cook needs. And we enjoyed grilling out on the lanai. I highly recommend coming here to renew your sense of connection with the natural world.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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an ideal blend between rural farm tranquility and tourist activities on beaches/excursions/volcanoes

  • 5 of 5

The main farmhouse at Papalani Farms could not have been a better place for my spouse and I to spend the first week of our Big Island holiday tour with some close friends. Nikki was there to answer every question, put us in touch with local inexpensive tour guides, and direct us to the best beaches and hiking trails. When resting back on the farm, we were supplied daily with the best of avocados, mangos, passion fruit, bananas, lemons and squash one has ever tasted.

Our days began in fresh morning mountain air with a cup of coffee or tea and quiet contemplation on the lanai, overlooking the marvellous Hawaiian landscape. After relaxing sightseeing activities during the day, we were supplied at night with magnificent star gazing around an outdoor fire, with some local music even thrown in to complete the atmosphere. I have never had a more relaxing holiday experience, and the fascinating locals and fellow farm guests were a big reason why.

If generic tourist hotels far removed from meaningful interaction with locals are not your cup of tea, then this place is probably for you. We completed our vacation with a few days at Hilo and then the northern part of the island, providing a diversity of activities and climate regions that are simply not available on the other Hawaiian islands.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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peaceful mauka farm provides perfect place to greet the day

  • 5 of 5

Papalani Farm's Farmhouse is a perfect vacation retreat for those seeking a rural rental away from Kailua Kona. The farmhouse has a beautiful lanai where you can enjoy fresh mountain air and hear native Hawaiian honeycreepers singing in the Ohia trees on the edges of the property while sipping your morning tea. Nikki is a warm and responsive host, and farm fresh fruit and vegetables complete the package.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ashland area, Oregon USA

We hope we can stay here again some time!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed two weeks at Papalani Farm and basked in the healing atmosphere of this cozy farmhouse. We had everything we needed and Nikki was a perfect hostess. We received healing energies from the expert massages (the best any of us had ever had) and the Infrared Sauna. We loved the outdoor shower too. The organic foods from the farm were delightful, and some days we just stayed "home" and enjoyed the books and sweet breeze from the open doors. Nikki told us where to find dolphins and we spent over two hours out in the bay swimming with 30-plus dolphins all around us! Lots of Fun - Lots of Sunshine - Lots of Healing - Lots of Love!

PS: Our favorite place to eat lunch was at Rebel's Kitchen in Captain Cook!


  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: These ladies were a JOY to have in the house.. they felt like sisters by the time they departed... so loving, joyful, talented... beautiful to see their health grow while they were here... i feel blessed to know them.
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Bright airy private farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

What a beautiful way to get a first impression of the Big Island! The farmhouse was a large open space, with plenty of light and fresh air from the many windows and big screened doors. The long lanai was the perfect space to start and end our fact we lingered on the love seat many times each morning, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells surrounding the house. The house was spotless, private, and well supplied with everything we needed to prepare our meals. We enjoyed also enjoyed eggs, nuts and avocados, to name a few, fresh from the farm. Nikki was the perfect host, very friendly and knowledgeable about island highlights. The house is well situated to visit Volcano park, Captain Cook area, and an easy drive to grocery stores, restaurants etc. We will definitely come back if we visit again.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: aloha Maureen & Norm, thank you for staying here... it was great to have you both! you were a blessing to the farm, land & home... Thank you for your generosity & inviting me for pizza that night on the lanai... it was good to get to know you a little & i hope you will come back again soon! many blessings until then, Nikki
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What an amazing place!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had an amazing time at Papalani. The farm house was clean, accommodating, and made me feel super comfortable. Which I definitely needed when getting home sick at the end of the trip. I am SOO glad we did not choose to stay at a resort. Nothing beats waking up and eating fresh avocados, strawberries, and bananas from Nikki's garden. Nikki is such a wonderful person & my only regret is not having more time there to spend with her. [And get a massage :)]

Make sure you take advantage of the wonderful outdoor shower, I'm definitely missing it being back in cold Wisconsin.

Overall, the property is an amazing place for couples & families of all ages. Don't miss out on this gem.

We most definitely will be back to Papalani farm, hopefully sooner than later.

We miss you Nikki! Hope all is well

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Danielle & Nick, i loved having you here on the farm... you are two beautiful souls....generous & kind.... you left the home so nice & you were very gracious to help me with my pump at the HaleLa Cottage while on your vacation!.. i wish i could do reviews on my guests! you would get a 10+.... i hope you can revisit with your children so you won't feel homesick & spend more time with you then! Blessings & aloha Nikki
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
KOA Kailua-Kona
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Punaluu Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
13 Miles
OceanView or Captain Cook
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
3 miles down the mountain to Milolii.
Car: necessary

Some things you can enjoy in the area within a very short drive include:

swimming with the dolphins in 4 bays, hiking at Manuka State Park or on the property, Hiking to Honomolino Beach where Elvis made the movie 'girls, girls, girls' is only 4 miles drive away. There south point, green sand beach, black sand beach, golfing, snorkeling at the best spots in Hawaii, Kayaking, coffee farm tours & Kulakai Caverns where you can tour some super large lava tubes.


Rates & Availability

Captain Cook House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 22 2017 - Jan 7 2018
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning for 2 $100 + Tax
additional guest cleanin $20 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 13.41%

price for home based on amount of guests... above prices for 2 guests. additional $15/nite per extra guest and $20 for (1 time cleaning/linen fee for each extra guest) refunds after reservation is complete. thank you, Nikki

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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