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In Volcano Village, near the National Park!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms 2 Baths, fully equiped kitchen, wood stove.

La Capanna, italian for 'The Cabin'

This is how it all started:

My grandfather, Guido Giacometti, came to Hawaii in 1902 to work at Olaa Plantation. He had a chemical engineering degree from the Polytechnic school in Zurich. He was born in Northern Italy, which at the time was ruled by Austria. He came here because the sugar industry was expanding, and the opportunity for a young engineer was far better than staying in Europe. He assisted in the construction of the mill and its machinery, and remained Mill Superintent for more than 40 years. He bought La Capanna in the 1920s, as a weekend place away from the hot weather at lower elevations. Volcano Village was a new neighborhood sold to many folks who wanted the same conditions. He spoke German, Italian and other languages, and became a good friend of Dr. Thomas A. Jaggar, the first volcanologist who lived at Volcano and helped to set up the USGS observatory. I remember going to the Jaggar home with my grandfather, and being rather bored with the foreign language discussions that the two men held. Though Guido did not speak Greek, he was a good friend of George Lycurgus, the well-known operator of the Volcano House Hotel, within the Park. The house saw plenty of use, especially during eruptions at Kilauea Caldera. My parents lived in Kona and friends and family used the place for years. My mother died in 1997, and the place was empty until we renovated it in 2002. Now we are happy to have others enjoy it as a vacation spot.

The property includes a fenced back yard, which allows us to bring our Brittanys when we visit. Renters can arrange for their pets as well, with advance booking.

Volcano Village in the last several decades has attracted a number of artists, and there are many studios and other artisan activities. The Volcano Art Center is close by.

The Friends of Hawaii Volcano National Park is a local organization that works with the National Park personnel to sponsor hikes, lectures and other activities relating to the volcano environment.

Alternatively, La Capanna provides complete facilities for a quiet stay. Phone, cable television, and wireless internet service is provided. We try to provide a number of aging books for the curious.

Finally, our guest book, which began with my grandparents in 1927, provides a history of many visits, with amusing comments. Please visit, enjoy, and record your thoughts for history!

Volcano Village is less than a mile from the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park entrance on Big Island. The village is a small, rural place, populated by a diverse community including many artists and near a number of high quality restaurant experiences.

La Capanna is a vacation home available for short term rental. The cabin is fully restored, with three bedrooms, two baths and a full kitchen. It comfortably sleeps six, and is less than an hour from beaches and other parts of the Big Island of Hawaii’s easterly side.

It is at 3800 foot elevation, with a cool and sometimes damp climate. The cabin has a wood burning stove, cable TV, internet access and local telephone service. Wireless telephone reception is excellent, with a Verizon cell site within a few hundred feet.

A trip to the Big Island should include time at the world class resorts of the Kona-Kohala Coast, and a few days or more in the cool uplands exploring the volcanoes that made the place, and are still at work.

While visiting the Volcano area, don't forget to take in the Farmer's Market on Sundays where you'll find plenty of friendly Volcano residents that are willing to share stories of the area and partake in the fresh foods and crafts made and grown locally.

Keywords: Retreat, homey, nature lover, hiker, historical, park, quiet, convenient, character, hiking volcano, roomy, cabin,

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Property Manager
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2017

About Donna

I think you'll appreciate the natural wood interior and the native plants throughout the yard. The house is considered a copy of Adirondack architecture, and has been included in the historic home tours of the village. We were fortunate to have a master renovation architect and contractor when we brought the place to current standards.

When we visit, I like to bring my Brittany dogs to run in the cool volcano air and they love it! The backyard and that makes an excellent yard for children as well as pets if they have been approved at the rental.

Many family adventures have occurred here, and I hope you'll be able to create your own too. Hiking trails throughout the park will keep you busy, but don't forget to walk the streets of Volcano Village too.

Why Donna chose Volcano

This Hawaiian - Italian home has been in the family for years..just read the guest book! Volcano Village is a special place, and that is why it has drawn travelers from all over the world. I love the sensitivity of the local artists, and the beauty surrounding the place.

What makes this cottage unique

Take in the complete offerings of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Watch the Volcano Erruption movies, visit the local Art Gallery, hike the trails and drive to watch the volcano flow, the latter subject to the whims of Madame Pele, our volcano goddess!


Volcano Village Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double , shares bath with Bedroom #1
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , private bath access
    Other (See Description) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , in living room near wood stove
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4) 4 twin beds
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • limited accessibility
  • botanical garden
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
Pets allowed with prior arrangement.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

In Volcano Village, near the National Park!
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 17 reviews


  • 4 of 5

Wonderful property! Close to Volcano Park and able to walk to nearby restaurants.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My family enjoyed getting cozy and ¨unplugging.¨ The home was rustic, cute, clean and lovely. We loved the fireplace and being able to bring our four legged family members! We loved our family time in the volcano flora yard. It was so much fun to learn of the long history of vacationers that we have now become a part of. We look forward to another stay at La Capana.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed yourselves! Yes; it's not Waikiki, but a far removed country cottage. I'd love to have you back; and will look forward to hearing from you in the future. Thank you for your kind words. DONNA
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Honokaa, HI

Dog-friendly rustic cottage perfect for families or couples

  • 5 of 5

Every year we try out a new dog-friendly vacation rental in Volcano area, and we were excited to find this one that has a fully-fenced yard (I'd estimate 1/2 acre). The house is located on a corner in the heart of Volcano Village, which has a fair amount of traffic, but the house is set back from the road on both sides, so you don't notice traffic noise while inside. The house is very charming with beautiful wood throughout, lots of seating, fully stocked kitchen with plenty of pots, pans, knives, wine glasses that are all in excellent shape (So often we see scratched/dented pots and pans that need replacing). Another reviewer mentioned the hard beds, and I was worried about that because both my husband and I have back problems and rarely find a hotel or vacation rental that has a bed we can sleep an entire night on. However, we woke up both mornings feeling fantastic! Yes, the beds are hard, but we slept so soundly and comfortably, I was pleasantly surprised! We had absolutely no back pain! Everything worked great...wood stove fireplace (plenty of fire wood and starters), washing machine and dryer, showers, rolling heater, and I loved the big kitchen sink. Outside through the kitchen door is a covered lanai and picnic table. It was too chilly (mid 50's at night) for us to eat out there, but I can imagine us returning during the summer, cooking on the outdoor charcoal grill, and playing with the dogs. It is such a great spot! If you're here in the winter time, make sure to bring slippers or thick socks...It's a single wall house with all wood floors, so it's chilly when you get up in the morning. We loved it, and I love the historical photos of the family and the large map of Big Island that shows all the old roads and none of the newer highways. So interesting. History buffs will love this house. Mahalo nui loa for allowing us to enjoy this rustic home with our behaved and loved dogs. We will definitely be back! By the way, we talked to the management at Volcano Winery, and they allow leashed, behaved dogs in their tasting room as long as the other guests do not complain. Aloha!

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'd love to be your dog! I'm glad it all worked well for you and your dog. Thank you for the nice review. Donna
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay in la capanna. We had relaxing evenings around the fireplace and playing games. Days were filled learning about volcanoes and lava. Great stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy beautiful cabin like plantation

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful in so many ways! So close to the volcano, wood stove to keep you warm. Very nice location!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy family house for a perfect Volcano National Park trip

  • 5 of 5

House is easily located in volcano village, 5 min from national park entrance. general stores, quite a few cafe and restaurants are in walking distance, the ohelo cafe is highly recommended. The night might be cold, but owner provide sufficient log for burning, which is so comfy and useful, the kids had great time in the living room. plenty of reading materials provided for a rest after day-hikes and long drives. Kitchen has almost everything one might need to for a breakfast or simple dinner. Thanks,

  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Zhao, I'm so glad you and your family got to enjoy the house. Sounds like you were able to experience a true Volcano getaway. When weather is not hot and sunny, the fireplace is always welcoming. Let me know if you ever need a place in Volcano, you're most welcome. Aloha, Donna
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Hilo, Hawaii
Nearest Barpub
0.1 Miles
Kilauea Lodge
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Volcano Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.02 Miles
Hawaii Route 11
Nearest Restaurant
0.1 Miles
Kilauea Lodge
Nearest Beach
27 Miles
Hilo, Hawaii
Car: recommended

Just 5 minutes to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Hiking, Biking, and any outdoor activities all through the area. Located in the Heart of Volcano Village....walk across the Street to the Volcano Lodge famous for their unique dining often featuring famous dishes from around the world. See Kilauea Lodge info.

Stores and Restaurants, gas station and P.O. just down the road. Volcano Viewing just a short drive to the Park, and you can hike a short 1.5 mile to the park entrance.


Rates & Availability

Volcano Village Cottage Rental Rates

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.4%

There is a $20 per person additional over 2 persons. Sorry, no discounts during Merrie Monarch

Cancellation policy: Any cancellation prior to 60 days from the date of reservation shall be refundable minus a processing fee of $75.00 No refund after the 60 days has begun. Check in time is 2:30 PM, check out is 10:30 AM. Please note that VRBO adds their own servicing fee and it will differ from the fee quoted here. Please ask for quote when looking at the listing.

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