About the property
- House1100 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 nights
House, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 0-6)
Paradise found, wrapped up in a sea of tropical fruit trees with things to pick and devour in every direction, This Artful Balinese inspired home feels like it's deep in the jungle even though it's a 2 minute drive to a beautiful black sand beach . Stained glass ,indian tile and tropical wood , flow between treasures from around the world . Hammocks to feel the soft breezes and hear the sweet music of swaying bamboo make it hard to venture out and explore the exquisite surroundings .
The Property can sleep 4-6 , has a full kitchen , soaking tub , separate shower and lots of outside deck space .
The property is home to some adorable geckos who faithfully gobble up mosquitoes that stray into the house when the door is open! Geckos are found in practically every home in Hawaii and they complete the Hawaiian experience.
Massage is avail onsite along with fasting and other organic meal plans
Within a short drive north along the Red Road are numerous attractions: Kalani Retreat Center, Geothermally heated swimming and snorkeling areas including Ahalanui Park and the Kapoho Tide Pools; and the beautiful Oceanside McKenzie State Park. Within a 5 minute drive south on the Red Road is Kalapana, where the road ends at the most recent lava flows. There you will find the Kalapana Café and Uncle Robert’s Kava Bar, as well as guided lava walks and a trail across the lava fields to the new beach. The property itself is a rich adventure with Orange, tangerine, lime, and meyer lemon trees produce abundantly just outside. Fig, loquat, dragon fruit, soursop, starfruit, and loads of avocado , papaya and bananas coexist with uncountable varieties of tropical flowers .
Keywords: Hammocks, Close to Beach, Paradise, Tropical Trees, Deep in the Jungle, Massage on site, Organic Meals, Lava Walks, Kehena Beach; Beautiful black-sand, clothing-optional beach
Ahalanui. Gorgeous natural warm pond, coconut grove, and park Kalapana/Kaimu Lava hiking, restaurant, small store, Kalani Retreat; Restaurant, café, yoga and hula classes, massage. Kapoho Snorkeling and Water Activities, Pahoa Village; Restaurants, stores, gas, banks, post office, The 'Red Road'; Bike or drive along our pristine stretch of coastline.
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- within one hour
- english, spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 7, 2018
About Justin Hilton
I am a designer and writer living between San Francisco, Hawaii, Austin and Taos with frequent trips to India. I love animals and nature. I'm also a huge fan of mountain biking, snowboarding and yoga. We put lots of love and thought into our home in Kipuka and feel deeply honored to get to share it with you. Looking forward to being in touch and getting to hear your story as well. Warmly, Justin
Justin Hilton purchased this House in 2001
Why Justin Hilton chose Kehena
I was living between San Francisco and Maui the first time I visited lower puna. It was and still is the most beautiful ,magic spot I've found on the planet .I put an offer on the then very basic house because of it's magnificent gardens . When I returned to San Francisco I put both my Maui and Bay area house on the market and prepared to move .During my first few years on the island I was spending a lot of time in bali so I commissioned carving artists to make custom doors to be used throughout the house as well as picking up lots of interesting furnishings. I also brought in stained glass and hand made glass tile from around the world to allow the light and feeling of the house to change throughout the day . My friend Bhakti , a designer , chef and amazing bodyworker collaborated with me on the design and is currently the caretaker in residence
What makes this House unique
It's a jungle feast with serenading accompaniment from the coqui frogs!
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Bring your own sugar!
Magical location, beautiful design, so many lovely touches! Lots of mosquitoes outside in the morning & evening, but perfect screening let fresh breezes into the spacious house while keeping mosquitoes out. The only off note was when we asked the caretaker if it would be possible to get a little sugar or honey for the high-quality coffee so generously provided (there was only artificial sweetener in the cabinet). "That's something we don't provide," she snapped -- and that was that. The garden was full of tropical fruit trees, but several (avocados, bananas) were the type that need to be picked several days in advance & allowed to ripen -- it would be lovely if the caretaker could leave a few of these for arriving guests. The guavas looked good but were much too high to reach...and the papayas seemed to get harvested right as they were about to ripen. We loved our stay but regretted not stocking up on fruit (and natural sweetener) before our arrival.
Thank you Jason for taking the time to review us, it is a pleasure to hear that you enjoyed our place, we look forward to hosting you again in the future.
The space itself is beautiful, open, calm, and luxurious. The caretakers were not especially hospitable and they live downstairs and generate quite a bit of noise, smells, and activity, so spending time in the beautiful space was not as peaceful as I hoped it would be.
We're very happy you loved the space and so sorry that our caretakers disturbed your stay. They are there for the sole purpose of enhancing guest experience and up until now we've gotten only glowing reports about them. We are very grateful for your feedback and will address it immediately.
Thanks again for staying with us ,
warmly , Justin
Wonderful stay in paradise!
We enjoyed our stay at the Kipuka House. My mother and I stayed for three weeks. Everything that was needed was included at the house. No need to buy spices, etc. Carla was very helpful and informative, and the location could not be beat. If you are looking for a laid back location away from the city, and more with the locals, this is the place to be. A car is a must.
Thanks Brigitte for your review. We enjoyed hosting you. We love to have you back again soon at any of our properties :)
Forget The "Real World" For Awhile
We arrived at this dream in paradise on our 25th anniversary and our jaws dropped! I wasn't certain from the pictures online if we would find this as exotic as it was listed. The pictures do it NO justice!! We entered and were entranced before we could get our luggage in the door. First of all, it was HUGE, and after 3 nights there, we were still finding things we hadn't noticed at first. The colors that looked a bit overdone in the photos made perfect sense in person, and were mesmerizing. There were details that were everywhere we looked. Our foolish addiction to TV was replaced quickly, as there is none, and my husband spent great amounts of time sitting on the edge of the spa tub, watching the playful geckos chase around the bathroom lights! The chirping of the frogs in the gorgeous gardens surrounding the apt. was our lullaby at night.
My complaints are few and, would not be the fault of this beautiful place. First was that I was chewed up by insects, when outside, in seconds. I had to be very cautious of that, but my husband wasn't affected much. Second was that the kitchen was a bit TOO large for the things it contained. I spent more time looking for things to cook with, in the many cupboards available, than I probably spent cooking! This was not a place I wanted to vacation in.....I could have nicely LIVED there! We chose it's location based on it's proximity to the boat launch that took us out to see the lava flow into the sea. That, in itself was incredible, and if the lava is cooperating, do NOT miss doing this, if you are healthy enough to tackle the difficult boatride. Just awesome.
We wish we had booked it for longer, if we had only known how much we would love the place itself. It's solitude is so soothing. Be advised that there are NOT tons of restaurants aroundif you hate cooking. The nearest is probably 20-30 min. away. Kaleo's in Pahao is amazing however, and there is great music each night. It is obviously an area where life is much quieter and laid back. If you crave peace, or forgot what peace even FEELS like.....check out this place. We are certainly glad that it ended up being our choice! We can't imagine anything much better than this. It is gracious living at it's best.
Thank you Greg was such a detailed review of our Hale Aloha. We are happy to hear that you had enjoyed your stay at our property. Thanks again for staying with us. We love to have you back again soon :)
Hawaiian Experiance of a Lifetime
When we arrived all we could hear was the Koki frogs! It was so cool to step out of the car and just be immersed in the sounds of Hawai'i. The house itself is beautiful and the pictures don't do it justice. The Balinese style throughout completes the island experience and immediately you realize you're in paradise.
During the day, not surprisingly, you can find day geckos everywhere! They're really cute but really quick! You can see them along the banana leaves in the organic fruit orchard that surrounds the property. There are so many different kinds of fruit and the care takers that live downstairs, Bhakti and Bodhi (who totally made our trip with all of their recommendations and knowledge of the island. It was really nice to get to know them and hopefully see them again soon!) brought up some papaya and even even went on a coffee run for us! It was actually hard t believe that they were there, we never heard anyone but ourselves but they were never too far if you needed something. Thanks again for everything!
We flew into Kona and rented a car to get there. Its a long but beautiful drive. You can fly into Hilo, which is much closer, but we ended our trip on the Kona side so we decided it would be best to fly in and our of Kona rather than Hilo. The home is located a short 5-10 minute walk to a black sand beach (clothing optional but there really weren't too many people choosing this route).
The property for us was in the perfect location. As most of the attractions around the island are scattered around, rather than choose a property closer to a few and a long drive from others, we found we could get to a nice group of places each day and do the island section by section. It actually worked out better than planned and we fit more in than we thought we would have.
ONE THING YOU ABSOLUTELY HAVE TO SEE is the lava at night. I'm not talking about the crater at the top of the park, I mean walking across the barren lava field to see it glow at night. It really is amazing and probably one of the greatest experiences in my life. There's just nothing like it and you won't believe me until you get there. It's a long (depending on the lava flow) trek but if you bring about 3-4 bottles of water each and snacks fro along the way you'll be fine. Read into it before going and if you can make some friends along the way like we did! Bhakti and Bodhi know some guides as well if you'd like to go that route.
All in all, BEST VACATION and the BEST VRBO EVER!
K & L
We only stayed three nights, but it was a perfect stay down in puna! The house and the garden are simply overwhelming. A stay there is a unique experience with very welcoming hosts! 100% recommendation!
Live Lava flow is just a 10-15 minute drive, Island thermal salt water pools also a short drive.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates for 4 persons only. For additional guests: $35 extra per guest per night