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Very private Cottage Located on 12 Acre Tropical Fruit Orchard Near Sea.

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Opihikao was a beautiful old Hawaii settlement and it has retained an exotic aura. There is jungle all around and few houses. From the cottage you can walk to the ocean and check out the tide ponds and the powerful Ocean waves crashing on the lava rocks. The historic Opihikao Church ( 1823)with a local congregation is just a few blocks away. You are also only a few miles to a black sand beach, and so many other natural wonders, too numerous to list. Best snorkeling this side of the Island.

The Cottage itself has an open beam plan with enclosed bed and bathroom. The bedroom has access to the Lanai which sits high over the orchard of beautiful tropical views. You can pick your own fruits every day and eat them with your favorite beverage on the small table with chairs outside on the Lanai. Bananas and Papayas are year round, and there are always other fruits depending on season. Mangos, White pineapples, Citrus, etc.

The Orchard has too many varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices to list . Have you ever eaten a Rambutan? there are over 200 Rambutan trees!!!

The kitchen has Silestone countertops and a full size stove and refrigerator for preparing any kind and size meals. The cottage is solar powered with a backup generator located far away. And so it is quiet when running.

All appliances and lights are energy efficient. NOT PERMITTED : hair dryers, hot plates, irons or other high wattage appliances as these drain the batteries. Otherwise there is plenty of power for fridge, water pump and other electrical appliances in the cottage.

Hot water and stove are on propane.

This is a place to relax, enjoy nature, and come away refreshed and invigorated. Pahoa town is not far away for restaurants and shopping. And now cottage has high speed internet connection for your laptop or other Wifi connections

Keywords: Cottage is located just off Kamaili Road at Rainbow Orchards with over 45 varieties of tropical fruits, nuts and spices. Pick your own fruit in season. Walk to Ocean

More Details

William Caudill
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 15, 2017

About William Caudill

I am 72 years young, and now retired in Hawaii developing my Tropical Orchard.

I love it here. I am finally able to have chickens too. Also have three dogs, Occasionally there are wild pigs.

On the mainland I worked as the 1st Urban Forester of Pasadena, California for 11 years and another 10 years in Glendale, California as their Urban Forester. I was a Peace corps volunteer in Chile in 1968-70 and the Horticulturist of Raleigh , North Carolina before moving to California in 1978. I am happy to show guests around the orchard and help them with their vacation plans.

William Caudill purchased this cottage in 2010

Why William Caudill chose Puna District

I love the primeval area. The people, the relaxed living and the climate where I am able to grow so many things.

What makes this cottage unique

I enjoy range free eggs and fresh organic fruit.


Pahoa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1.5+ one full bathroom near bedroom has tub, shower, toilet, and sink. Bathroom under cottage has shower and toilet but no sink. good for getting rid of sand. Plenty of hot water supplied by on demand propane.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) futon in living room
  • Books ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • nude beach
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
The Kilauea Volcano National Park and its active lava attract many guests. Now you can view the recent lava flow in Pahoa about 10 miles away. Good local farmers markets with local entertainment. Then there is a nearby 'clothes optional beach'... All the Ocean activities, like snorkeling, fishing, sunbathing...


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Very private Cottage Located on 12 Acre Tropical Fruit Orchard Near Sea.
average rating of 4.774194 based on 31 reviews

Rainbow cottage and orchards

  • 5 of 5

Rainbow cottage, managed by proprietor Bill Caudill, is a lovely space set amongst a beautiful tropical orchard in the Puna district of the Big Island. The 1 bedroom cottage, which offers all the amenities one could wish for, i.e. snorkel equipment, beach towels, spices, and coffee(!) to name but a few, is centrally located to all of the delights the Puna district has to offer. You are close to the delightful Kapoho tide pools for snorkeling adventures, within easy access of Pahoa town for groceries and eating out (and people watching!), and of course, the warm and inviting Champagne thermal ponds. Oh, and something that we did, which was a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, was to take an early morning lava boat tour to see madame pele work her magic, it was truly awe-inspiring! Finally, Bill was kind enough to give us a tour of his orchards with it's overwhelming variety of fruits: mangoes, bananas, and much more.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bill'S cottage

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely few day'S in the cottage on the orchard. A great location to explore Puna and south area. Loved Bill'S fruit and fresh flowers. Highly recommend this accommodation. Sue and Colin

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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In the forest, near the ocean: what more would you want??

  • 5 of 5

Here at Bill's cottage my family of 4 had a lovely stay!!! we were able to get easily to the Kapoho tide pools, for awesome snorkeling (we did it with my 7yo son and my daughter of 3.5 yo also enjoyed the swimming, although she could not snorkel yet); we went to the Wednesday night street fair in Kalapana, with yummy food and street performances, we rented the bike in Kalapana and saw the lava flow into the ocean at night... we visited Hilo's farmer's market and hung out there for a day... It's the best location ever! Bill has been very friendly and welcoming, his cottage is large and comfortable, with very comfy beds (my 2 kids slept in the sofa-bed in the living room and could rest well too; the master bedroom is charming and private). The kitchen is fully equipped and we were able to cook when we needed to. We borrowed snorkel gear and beach towels from Bill. Kamaili Rd is now my favorite Hawai'ian road of all!!! If you go there, you won't be able to resist its charm! Thanks Bill, for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were delightful guests and my only regret is that I didn't give you a tour of the Orchard. But I knew you were busy. Thanks for leaving some food in the fridge for the next guests. I did take out the rib eye steak for myself however, it was delicious . Again, You were wonderful guests.
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Welcome to the rain forest

  • 4 of 5

The southeast corner of the big island is indeed a rain forest. It did not always rain during the day, but nightly, a gentle rain on the tin roof on the porches would lull me to sleep. Lots of flowers and fruit. Can hear the ocean in the quiet of the mornings--and evenings. Bill even provided limited laundry service when we were our roaming the island during the day. Since the property is "off the grid" some things need to be done during the sunniest part of the day when the solar panels are at their best. Very large cottage. We slept 3 with no problem.

Handy to the volcano--about 35 minutes. Near tidal pools warmed by the volcano and fed by fresh water--low saline, warm water. About 3 miles from black sand beach. If you wish to rent and ride a bicycle to the viewing area to see the lava flow into the ocean, the trail begins about 5 miles from the cottage. The cottage is basically the second floor of a building with water storage underneath. This is good--gets you up into the night breezes off the ocean for better sleeping. We really enjoyed the stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review. I really enjoyed your stay and especially guests like you who are adventuresome, and understand living off the grid.
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Holyoke, Massachusetts

beautiful rain forest cottage

  • 5 of 5

This cottage is an amazing home on stilts in a lush rain forest located on the beautiful Kalapana lava coast. The house is spacious and furnished with interesting furniture and a comfortable bed. The night sounds are magical - and speaking of magical - one night when we came back after dark and went to open the gate, there was an owl perched on the gate. He/she stayed in place for about 30 seconds, looking around and looking at us. Then we got to watch it fly off!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Anchorage, AK

Our second stay

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay just as much as our first, back in 2011. My mom was so intrigued by our first stay that she asked if she could join us for a second. She found the futon to be quite comfy.

This time we limited our sightseeing to the region of Puna and there was so much to enjoy: farmers markets, thermal pools, lava tree monument, and of course the Orchard on the property. You should totally try a lime after chewing on a "miracle berry." We found this region to be particularly supportive of our vegan/vegetarian diets.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo international
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Short drive to lava viewing in Kalapana. And a local , enormous farmers market near Pahoa every Sunday which sells everything, and has many food vendors and entertainment. Also there is a huge night market in Kalapana every Wednesday night with live entertainment, food, and much more. Not to be missed. 8 miles away. There is also an eco retreat called Kalani , 4 miles away, which has activities such as yoga, dance, and cultural activities.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $1

a $95.00 reservation deposit is required to insure your stay. full payment balance on arrival. Payment by cash, check, money order, or paypal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.