|Space||750 sq. ft.|
|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Looking for an authentic Hawaii experience? My home is a one bedroom custom cedar home on a 5-acre farm in North Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii. The property is private and peaceful, but is only a mile into town.The house is powered by the sun and serenaded by the soothing sound of the wind in the palm trees. When the moon is out, the dance of the moonlight in the palms is magical. Fruit trees—mango, lichee, jaboticaba, avocado, star fruit, custard apple and more—grace the property. Fully equipped kitchen and lots of counter space.
Visit the Farmers Market under the banyan trees on Saturday morning and bring some local fruits and veggies back to prepare your farm fresh meal. Don't want to cook? Enjoy one of our local coffee shops or restaurants about a mile up the road. The house has a wonderful outdoor shower and tub, and also an indoor shower and bathroom. Comfy California king size bed with a magical canopy of lights.There are many off the beaten track hikes in North Kohala and you can swim off Mahukona pier ten minutes down the road. The island's best beaches are a half hour drive, as are world class resorts and restaurants. The property is home to a native Hawaiian taro growing project—it is a real working farm with taro, pigs and chickens.
If you are a writer, reader, artist, enjoy meditation or just appreciate being in a natural setting you will find the quiet and privacy of my home to be a haven.
This is not your typical vacation rental, but is my wonderful home—a true home away from home. There is only one bedroom, so it is best suited to a couple, but younger children can be accommodated by setting up a futon bed in the living room.
There is also small cabin and tental (tent cabin) with a shared bathroom and kitchen on the property. This is also available for rent if you have additional family members, teenagers, or are looking for budget accommodations. Ask owner.
Aloha! I was born and raised in New York, but have lived in Hawaii for 25 years. You could say that I am a real island girl, since I was born on Long Island, but now reside on Hawaii Island. Becoming the steward of such an amazing property is a dream come true for me.
I am a storyteller and social entrepreneur.
My company is Sustainable Initiatives—I work on projects which support the growth of a local, sustainable economy…with a sweet spot for growing the local food system. My projects include work with traditional crops (breadfruit and taro) and the fostering of our community food system in North Kohala.
My writing has been published in many Hawaii-based magazines and blogs. I am currently working on a collection of personal essays and developing myself as a performance artist.
I am known for my personal educational projects, having embarked upon a number of “eat local” experiments and then reported to the public on my experience.
Here are 4 of my favorite things (I have 10, but the word limit!)
1. Chanting: Paramahansa Yogananda says “Chanting is half the battle.” Its true. Devotional chanting is such an easy, joyful shortcut to meditation. I lead kirtans and enjoy going to other people’s kirtans.
2. Dancing: Sweat your prayers, ecstatic dance, a night out with the girlfriends, right in my own living room. Any dance is a good dance.
3. Chocolate: I just heard that smiling releases 2,000 times the amount of endorphins than chocolate. I smile when I eat chocolate, so…
4. Champagne/Proseco: (often enjoyed with chocolate) My grandmother used to listen to Don Ho when I was growing up. I think the subliminal message of tiny bubbles may have brought me to Hawaii and instilled a lifelong love of the bubbly
Andrea Dean purchased this house in 2013
I have been dreaming of having a sustainable homestead for 25 years, and my dream just came true! It quiet, beautiful, plentiful with fruit.
This is not a sterile vacation rental. It is a cozy, colorful, artsy and comfortable Hawaiian farm home.
Andrea was very responsive, and her caretaker Francois was helpful and kind. The house was great--loved being off the grid. Very clean, quiet and peaceful. Would love to spend more time there. So great to be away from the usual tourist areas, yet close enough to get to the beaches with ease. Woke up every morning to birdsong......
Everything was great, but for the fact that there was no wifi. We ended up going into town, but it would have been nice to check email or watch a movie late at night.
Unfortunately, I felt it was too chilly to take advantage of the outdoor shower. Feeding the piglets was a lot of fun!
The listing description and photographs accurately portrayed the home and property. The moment we arrived we fell in love with the home and property. We were seeking a vacation location away from the tourist centers on the island, where we could simply unwind and relax--- this place more than lived up to our expectations! Being off the "grid" brought a level of simplicity that we were seeking for our vacation. A chorus of tropical birds gently awake you each morning. It was fun to go outside in the field next to the house and star gaze given the intense dark night sky. We arrived to a clean, well kept home. The onsite housekeeper is friendly and made us feel welcomed and special during our four week stay. Both the housekeeper and owner were available via cell phone and/or texting and the housekeeper in person, which worked quite well for us. Upon our initial inquiry, the owner had responded to our email very quickly. We enjoyed reading out on the front porch drinking freshly made coffee. Hawi offers many small shops and restaurants and we found the local folks quite friendly. A visit to the Saturday Farmer's market is a must--- that is where we did our weekly grocery shopping for fruits and vegetables! Places we ate out at (and enjoyed all of them) were- the Sweet Potato Kitchen and Take Out, Kahola Village Inn and the Kahola Coffee Mill. Kohala Burger & Taco located in Kawaihae (20 miles south of Hawi) is a great restaurant too! The Takata grocery store located a couple miles north of Hawi provided a nearby place to buy necessary food and non-food items. Pololu Valley at the end of highway 270 is a must hike (about 9 miles north of Hawi). Beaches that we frequented more than once were- Spencer, Hupuna, Beach 69 and Mauna Kea, which are all within 30 minutes south of Hawi. We did a whale watch tour with Ocean Adventures located in Kawaihae that was awesome. Lapakahi State Historical Park (6 miles south of Hawi) is well worth it--- great cultural history, plus a great views of the ocean. We stumbled into a hidden gem of a cliff beach with public access via the road to the Hawaii Island Retreat located north of Hawi on highway 270. Don't let the location of Hawi (northern tip) scare you... the road is good and we often made daily trips towards Hilo or Kailua (and even beyond). If your looking for solitude, away from the main tourist centers we would highly recommend this wonderful home for your next visit to the Big Island.
Andrea's Home is a dream getaway. It is serene, peaceful and quiet, ideally suited for a complete retreat. The home is well built, nicely appointed and very comfortable to live in. The solar power system affords a sense of "being away" and is very easy to manage. The location is great, offering complete privacy while only a mile from Hawi. Organic produce is available from neighboring farms and the Saturday Farmer's Market is an easy 20 minute walk. Andrea was very helpful and easy to work with. This is definitely a retreat we shall return to again and again in the future.
The photos and description really undersell the beauty of this property. This was one of the most peaceful places, and off-road to boot. If you're not a huge energy consumer, Andrea's house is perfect.
Andrea was very helpful and communicative, even though she wasn't around. We were able to relax in solitude, and there was a noticeable lack of sound and light pollution. We spent a lot of time reading and star gazing. It was the picture of tranquility.
My husband and I enjoyed our stay at Andrea's house. It is in a rural setting and solar powered. It is rustic and has an outdoor shower, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. We liked the area, only about 15 - 20 minutes from excellent swimming and snorkeling. It is close to Hawi. It was very relaxing and quiet. Andrea quickly responded to any questions and concerns. She was very easy to communicate with. It was cleaned and well maintained.
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.