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Peaceful, Bedroom in Organic Farmhouse a Nature Retreat Spa Services Available

Bedrooms 1
Space 240 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Organic Farm and Spa Retreat

Relax into nature and all of the blessings of Hawaii at PapaLani Farm (which means heavenly earth mother in Hawaiian). We are located 30 miles south of Kailua Kona.

*Serene 13+ acre organic avocado and macadamia nut farm with an abundance of tropical fruit trees, veggies, herbs, flowers and berries.

*A perfect year round climate at 1600 feet above sea level on the side of MaunaLoa volcano

The green room:

*The green room located in Papalani’s main redwood farmhouse has its own private entrance. It features a king size bed, futon couch, dresser & closet. There is a small refrigerator, hot pot, microwave, few dishes and county water is provided for drinking. The bathroom is shared with the owner and the outdoor shower is shared with the ohana. please be respectful of each other‘s privacy. Guests are not allowed in owner’s bedroom, living room or kitchen.

*In the wintertime it can get cool at this elevation morning and night. Be sure to bring heavy socks or slippers and a thick sweatshirt or fleece jacket.

*Everything is kept clean and tidy and expected to be that way upon your departure.

*A full range of discounted spa services are available on site for guests.

*Complementary beach chairs, towels and coolers are available

*Snorkel equipment available for $20 a week. Kayaks available $40 a day

*Our water source is 100% rain water cup from the roof of our home and stored in catchment tanks. County water is made available to you for drinking.

PapaLani Farm:

*There’s light hiking on the property where you can enjoy seeing all sorts of Hawaii’s wildlife in plans.

*Explore the 30+ varieties of fruit, nut trees and berries while at Papalani.. . Much of which is available for purchase during your visit.

*If you were interested you can learn how to become more sustainable. We practiced Vermaculture, Permaculture, Korean natural farming, composting, mulching, solar, water catchment, and more.

*Find a nice place to meditate on the property and relax.

*Nikki is the land owner who lives in the farmhouse with her dog Lakshmi and is happy to provide information about the farm, things to do, places to go etc.

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More Details

Nikki Spencer
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 17, 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 farmhouse in 2003

Why Nikki Spencer chose Papa

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 farmhouse 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.


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.


Papa Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 240 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • *quiet and consideration of others is a must *use of green room & bathroom and outdoor shower only .. the rest of the house is off limits
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , shower , outdoor shower , with additional outdoor garden shower
  • 1 full bath and additional outdoor garden shower is shared with owner.... outdoor showering encouraged... it is awesome showering in the sunshine :)
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Green - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon , king and futon (double)
  • there is a hot pot, small refrig, microwave and 5 gallon water jug provided . futon couch in Green Room can be used as another bed if more than 2 guests
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Sauna ...
  • 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


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Lovely stay in the Green Room at Papalani Farm

  • 5 of 5

The property is incredibly beautiful! There are SO MANY different plants, even beyond the fruit trees and macadamia nut orchard and Avocados... The Gardens are fascinating (several different types!) and well-kept by Nikki (and her farm-hands, when they are here.) And the dog that follows her around is the sweetest and quietest in all the land! The little fruit stand by the road here is kept stocked of Organic avocados and whatever else is in season that's been harvested, which local travelers love to stop for. I stayed in the Green Room, which was comfortable and quaint, and gave me plenty of room. Its furnished, so plenty of storage space for clothes and bags. I had access to the bathroom as well, which is simple, and kept clean. And a GREAT outdoor shower was available too! What's better than a refreshing shower under the open sky and over sweet little lava stones and colorful pebbles! For a smaller budget, this is a sweet little spot!! It's about 30 minutes to town for an incredible Farmers Market, food, yoga/meditation, and more! Lots of accessible and beautiful beaches nearby the property as well, with great snorkeling opportunity. Even a black sand beach. Mornings can be chilly in the winter, so I'm glad i had a couple layers, but the coqui frogs sang me to sleep each night, and the hot sun kept me going by day! Mahalo for the room and kindness, Nikki!

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful and BlissFULL!!!

  • 5 of 5

Papalani is a home away from home in a tropical paradise! Each time I experience Papalani Organic Farm it gets better and better!!! Nikki is constantly upgrading her farm with new garden designs, updating her eco cottages and tending to her landscaping. I feel the 'Aloha' dancing and drenched on her property, feeling it in each morsel of her delicious organic papaya and avocado. It is a very close drive to one of the most beautiful beaches on the Big Island and Nikki is a gracious, loving, happy, considerate and accommodating host. Thank you for the best time of my life! Aloha, Mahalo nui loa. I'll be back! :)

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

we LOVED our stay at the papalani farmhouse....... it was clean, spacious, and was more than what we expected. We felt safe & welcomed. The farm is amazing with a variety of trees, plants & flowers. Nikki was a wonderful host & made us feel right at home. I cannot think of a thing to complain about.... we hope to revisit again.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The only part of our trip we didn't enjoy

  • 2 of 5

Fact: roaches in kitchen drawers. It's Hawaii, so not unexpected. Only saw 1 in the bathtub. Keep food in fridge.

Fact: Nikki asks guests to discard scraps in her compost bins.

Opinion: composting is environmentally responsible; not always convenient on vacation.

Opinion: Beds/pillows are the most comfortable we've ever had in a rental.

Fact: You will hear highway noise at all hours of day/night . 1st night I thought cars were driving to the property.

Opinion: Highway noise is only minimized by the ridiculously LOUD coqui frogs that screamed from dark to dusk. Not exaggerating. Take white noise if you intend to sleep.

Fact: When I braved the outdoor shower, a stranger walked up from the highway and began talking to me. Uh, ya. Really creepy.

Fact: We left the outdoor light on once, knowing we were returning after dark. When we returned, Nikki had turned the light off, which as far as we could tell is only accessible from inside the house. That was weird too.

Fact/Opinion: The way to the house is a quaint, uneven stone path through her herbal garden. If you can't leave a light on, be prepared with a flashlight.

Fact: Nikki provided us 2 bath towels, 1 each, for a 5 night stay. If you like to have a dry or fresh towel after a couple of uses, take your own.

Fact: There are 3 exterior entrances to the house: Kitchen, living room sliding door and bedroom. The sliding door locks do not work. It took us several days to discover the wood dowels behind the bookcase, and until the highway guy showed up, we didn't care. The exterior bedroom door is only a privacy lock that could be opened with a butter knife. Nikki said she never felt unsafe here, but we did. She told us we were crazy.

Fact: As noted in description, water is not potable. Typical for that area. Nikki provides county water for drinking.

Opinion: we found the county water difficult to use. It's a spigot with a small bowl on the floor to catch excess. Not possible to wash fruit or brush your teeth that way. We ended up buying bottled water at Costco, which for environmental reasons dislike doing. We recommend taking re-usable water bottles. We often felt washing our hands just made them more contaminated.

Fact: Shower temp randomly vacillates from normal to scalding to ice. We both have master degrees and couldn't figure out how to not holy *#(!) dance. Opinion: painful!

Fact: Critter noises in wall between blue bdrm & living room.

Opinion: Hr to Kona. Location good for so- out of spa

  • Submitted: May 15, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: oh my goodness... i really don't even want to respond to this review as it is so off. i feel terrible about this negative energy ever being at Papalani Farm... i ask that you please read the other reviews to get other opinions... all i would like to say is that these guests told me upon exiting that if i didn't give them their full money back they were going to write a terrible review and sue me. i did not give them their money back and you can see what happened. i think this may be how they attempt travel around the world for free....
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  • 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: April 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: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $20 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $125
Tax Rate 13.41%

price for room based on amount of guests... above prices for 2 guests. .no refunds after reservation is complete. thank you, Nikki

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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