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A Tropical Garden Cottage New Private Quiet Sleeps 2-4 $75 nt

Bedrooms Studio
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, Studio + Loft, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

New cottage in a beautiful tropical setting surrounded by palm trees, hawaiian flowers, fruit trees and large ferns of many varieties. We are surrounded in lush tropics, with birds and the sounds of the night and the dew in the morning.

Centrally located within 20-30 minutes from historic Hilo town, waterfalls, hot ponds, Volcano's National Park, and flowing lava, how hot is that!

Then, how cool is this! This winter there's lots of snow on Mauna Kea, largest mountain on earth from bottom of sea to top, at over 14,000 ft above sea level, so bring your snowboard! International Observatories on top, some with tours.

Amenities on property include: 2-person kayak, mountain bikes, snorkel gear, beach chairs, tennis rackets, boogie boards ping-pong table.

Kitchen is fully stocked with all new appliances including full size fridge, microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, cook top, crock pot, even a waffle maker.

Shower is surrounded in bamboo and wild ginger and is very private. Shower curtain for those just beginning to seek adventure in the outdoors, othewise our return guests say it is their favorite part of the cottage. Check out our reviews.

Star gaze from bed in the loft across 10' of glass windows or relax on memory foam futon bed on the lower level.

The University of Hawaii Hilo Astronomy Center offers exhibits and shows that could fill an entire day. The Tsunami museum tells all about Hilo, how it was affected by tsunamis and how it was restored to what it is now.

Hike through lava tubes big enough for a bus, check out the steam vents as natural saunas, see ancient petroglyphs, snorkel over colorful live coral reefs, swim with giant sea turtles and schools of tropical fish, see lava pour into the ocean as it creates new land.

There are great mountain bike and hiking trails. Did I mention the Volcano National Park? The visitors center also has a great exhibit of the wildlife and history of Hawaii including a theater with hourly shows of the same.

Then a short drive to the Kileaua gift shop with a cafeteria and restaurant overlooking the huge caldera as steam rises from many spots within, which also can be hiked into and across.

You'll love strolling through historic Hilo Town, as it's the origin of the Hawaiian culture. This quaint, turn of the century town with it's Victorian and plantation style architecture will charm you with it's shops, stores, art studios, and restaurants.

One of the biggest Farmers Markets is there in old town with the best and most diverse selection of produce and flowers from local farmers you can imagine, as well as many artisans and merchants selling their goods in the many booths.

As I mentioned, our warm, clean, cozy garden cottage couldn't be more centrally located from all these activities and sites, this is a great place for your Hawaiian home base.

We can offer guided tours, surf lessons, mountain bike excursions, as well as just point you in the right direction. Call us with any questions and ask about our special rates for seniors.

Keywords: Central location, near lava, waterfalls, 15 minutes to Hilo, kitchenette, nicely furnished, quiet, peaceful, view of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea from property. Discount to the best restaurant in Pahoa.

More Details

Barbara Genaro
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 22, 2018

About Barbara Genaro

My wife, Barbara and I, Michael, are generally very active. We love to hike and bike right here from home as well as surf, swim, and snorkel in the warm waters near by. I'm an artistic, creative carpenter/builder that built our home here in '05 and recently finished building the cottage on the same 3 acres (far enough apart to maintain mutual privacy). Barbara is a waitress at the best restaurant in the area). Pineapples Island Cuisine, in downtown Hilo. We love what we do, and are thankful to have a piece of paradise. Come experience old Hawaii, you won't want to leave.

Barbara Genaro purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Barbara Genaro chose Keaau

We bought here 15 years ago after many years living on Maui (nice place to visit but you want to live here). It's Old Hawaii, not so touristy. And when they say the 'Big Island' they mean it. You can buy acres here compared to square feet. It's all spread out and roomy. You don't even see your neighbors in these rural areas but at the same time everyone is generally very warm and easy to get to know. It's a very friendly place to visit and live.

What makes this cottage unique

When your here you'll feel like the only people on the planet, other than an occasional and distant passer by. You'll be taken by the unspoiled Hawaiian landscape and the sounds of birds singing. Sunrise is my favorite time, but sunset is pretty awesome too, from our lanai.


Keaau Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Our utility room has a large sink, toilet, closet, towels and a dresser for your convenience. The attached, private, outdoor shower room is enclosed by bamboo half walls and a shower curtain. We have no neighbors and 3 acres of complete privacy..check out our reviews, everyone loves the shower...
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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A Tropical Garden Cottage New Private Quiet Sleeps 2-4 $75 nt
average rating of 4.642857 based on 14 reviews

We had a wonderful time!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time staying at the cottage. Barbara and Michael were wonderful hosts, giving us tips for places to visit. They also invited us to their Christmas potluck dinner!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with us! We enjoyed having you and sharing our piece of paradise. Awa likes little people down closer to her and hopefully will be better trained should you come back. Happy New Year 2018🌴🎄❤️
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It's not your usual vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

We are surrounded by sounds of frogs, birds, and we slept right through it. It is truly a 'true' Hawaiian experience. The Hilton and Marriott may look great, but that isn't something we haven't seen before. On the other hand, this place is the rain forest. If you want pampering, afraid of bugs, white sheets replaced every day, army of cooks to cook your food then stay at 4 seasons. But if you are looking for something different, experiencing what it feels like to live within a forest, this is THE place. We went to Peru's Amazon and the atmosphere is very similar. Also the location stays within reach of Volcano, sea shore, and the local Poke is just great. We got to see what Hilo is really like with Barbara and Mike. They are the warmest people you will find.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ben for your kind words. We enjoyed meeting you and your sweet family. We hope you will come back to the Big Island one day and come stay again at our cozy cottage. Appreciate your review. Many Mahalos. Sincerely, Barbara and Michael
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Had a great time at Barb and Mike's place!

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my boyfriend Shannon and our friend Tod this past August. Barb and Mike were excellent hosts and very welcoming- we even had a little tequila together! The grounds are lovely and you will get a piece of the Big Island experience while staying here. The cottage was great for 3 people- we were very relaxed for the 5 nights we stayed! The loft is pretty cool as well. The outside shower is lovely in the rain. Thanks again for having us Barb and Mike!

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha friends, Yes, it was a fun time and you guys were a blast..glad to know you enjoyed your visit and we do look forward to you coming back when visiting your family here...Thanks for the "tip" and your aloha spirit.. Mahalo, Barbara and Michael
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Be aware! Owners not honest

  • 1 of 5

Instead of private cottage is was a tiny dark room, loft was advertised for kids but is highly unsecure. Water rainwater, not treated, no hot water. Room was extremely hot, refrigerator very loud, we hardly sleep because as soon as you lie down on the bed a lot of insects starts crawling on you. Owners told it is a fruit flies. If you turn oven, the power goes off, if you turn on microwave power goes off. One bulb in the ceiling. Mattress wet and foam rubber rotten. Never saw something so cheap looking. And insects were the worse.

After sleeping a night, having a headache we approach the owners and ask what if we will move away. Mike, the owner came to us and agree to give a refund for 3 days left. We went to the hotel. 2 weeks later still no check, I tried to contact owner, they did not call back. When I finally reach Barbara, she told she is not planing to sent us money (as her husband promise to us) because "we were difficult from the beginning, run away because of just 4 fruit flies and she can rent it to somebody else". Then she just drop the call. I very often use VRBO for vacation rentals and never had such as experience. The most amazing part that they agree fast to refund us, probably knowing they will not do it. By the way, for the same price we got a nice renovated hotel with AC and clean beds, not rotten mattress and fruit flies.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: In response to this review, we have Never had a bad review. Check them out. From the beginning, this woman was going to be difficult. But I gave it a chance. When they arrived, she was agitated from the warm weather, wearing a fleece jacket and long pants..when I suggested she take it off to cool off, she mentioned they were at Mauna Kea, cooler climate, about 1 1/2 hrs from our place. Then it all started..her daughter was excited to find a baby gecko and had it on her forearm..the mother was mortified..she was casing our cottage for anything strange or in bug shape. Her 7 year old son was very excited about the sleeping loft. We said he was too young to be up there alone and they said he would be fine. It is a secure place, for age appropriate. Then the story about our place being dark and the bed moldy. Please LOOK at our site, it is bright, lots of window light, plenty of lamps and yes, one light overhead. Lots of resources. Our bedding and linens are clean and fresh. The expensive memory form is added comfort. Pillows are new, with under covers to protect the pillows. Geesh, for $75.00 per night, we didn't advertise the Four Seasons, it is simply a COZY GARDEN COTTAGE. With all the amenities. She even brought another child, (teenager with gecko), we charged no extra. I contacted VRBO this morning and was told that I was reasonable and rational, that they were not entitled to a refund, you chose to leave, your expectations were unreasonable. Then this woman shows up at my door at 8 am, with a small piece of paper towel in her hand. She hands it to me and said, these kept me awake all night. It was 4 dead fruit flies. We told them when they arrived to keep all fruit, etc. in the fridge as it is the season for fruit flies..lots of fruit on our trees.They had fruit laying on the table even after we told them to put it away. My husband was trying to please them, by offering a refund. I run this business, not my husband, however, after this insult of a lying review, I realize there is no reason for us to take a loss because you suffer from a severe phobia to bugs. You checked in, services were rendered. This is a business deal, you decided you didn't want the experience or adventure and left the cottage..that was your choice.
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Pahoa, Hawaii

A Little Piece of Heaven on Earth

  • 5 of 5

Even we local folks need to "get away from it all" once in awhile. And what a nourishing and calming experience it was to stay at Barb and Michael's cozy cottage. They can be as friendly as all get out or leave you well-enough alone. Perfect! The cottage is "cabin-like" as someone else mentioned and thus has a going to a summer home feel to it--like when we were kids maybe, going to visit our grandparents. How comforting is that? On the other hand, it is so convenient to just everything so there's no doing without fun and activities. The outside shower is an amazing experience--even when it's raining! The kitchen has everything you need, EVERYTHING--just bring what you like to eat! And, we go to bring our two little dogs, the first family vacation they have ever been able to experience with us : ) So many Mahalos Barb and Michael.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5 stars adventure

  • 5 of 5

Hello! We have been there end of April for 4 nights. Yes a true hawaian experience would be a good description. From my point of view it is more a cabin then a cottage. Very quiet in the nature. I loved the "jungle look" around. Peaceful. In the morning all you can hear is the bird waking up and at night the frog concerto.

Barbara was a great geo, telling us where to go. No tourist, lots of reef fish, giant turtles. Close to the volcano park, by the way, it cost 10$ per car and the entry is valid for the week... good to know for activity planning. Ask Barbara about the Carl's beach turtle spot and the scuba diving spot. queens bath super nice too.

Beeing north american, I was a bit surprise by the outdoor shower but getting use to it, it was a nice experience. I would have like the curtain all around though :)... at least the 2 first time :)))..

We were 2 girls and we felt perfectly safe. I would defenetely go back and could bring my kids. Note that You have to plan a couple of bottle of fresh water as water is coming from rain water reservoir.

Thank you so much for that pleasant stay, we really appreciated your hospitality and we are referring your place for the people who likes camping and outdoor. This is not a 5 stars bling bling hotel but for us it was a 5 stars adventure.

All the best

Edith and Lynda from Montreal

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We have a 2 person kayak, beach chairs, snorkel gear, bikes, lots of great adventures to share, close to Volcanoes National Park where the lava is bubbling right now. Many places to snorkel, warm or cold ponds to swim in, great white sand beach with inside reef, to keep it safe for moms and dads with babies and kids. The Zoo is close by as well and many farmers markets with local produce and fruit..


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cl. fee/no pet $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 16.45%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.