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Speaks: english

In Volcano Village, near the National Park!

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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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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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Donna (Property Manager)
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english

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!


based on 8 traveler reviews

In Volcano Village, near the National Park!
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Staying in Historic Hawaii

  • 4 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay in La Companna cottage. It was rustic but very well appointed having the best equipped kitchen I have encountered in many years of renting accommodations from VRBO/HomeAway. The location was perfect and the birds drowned out the road sounds. We would certainly rent this cottage on future visits to the Volcano

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We loved the character, charm and history of this beautiful cottage. We also appreciated that the owners had copied the old guest books that went back to the 1920's. Interesting reading. The cottage is in great shape and is in a great location. We appreciated being able to walk down the road to the local restaurants and store. (Bring a flashlight!) We stayed three nights, and the first two were pretty chilly and we used the wood stove those nights. There was plenty of chopped wood but no kindling by the second night so we picked up a fire log from the local hardware store, which solved the problem. Wonderful place to stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Neil, I'm so glad you had the full the full Volcano experience! Yes, the place has lots of history, as does the whole Volcano Village. I bet you got to see some exiting views of the Lava at that time too. Madam Pele is kicking up her heels these days! Let me know if you'd like a return visit sometime...I offer a 10% discount to returning guests. Aloha, donna
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Big Island, Hawaii

Lovely Volcano Visit

  • 5 of 5

I have to say this is the best getaway spot ever!

We were fortunate enough to have our babies (dogs) with us for the weekend to enjoy the cool Volcano weather.

Just a perfect spot!

Thank you!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Melissa, Thank you for the kind words. I know how much it meant to you to get away from the heat we had in September and enjoy the Volcano weather with your pet. Thank you for the review Donna
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Excellent second stay

  • 5 of 5

After staying at La Capana May of 2014 we decided to return for a visit in July of this year.

This is a really comfortable, well-equipped, and seriously convenient place to stay. It is close to the highway but we had no problems with noise at all. On the contrary the proximity to the highway made it a cinch to get to Volcano National Park as well as down to beaches and other sights in the Puna area.

Donna is a great host. Last year I had problems with an allergy to scented laundry products at the property. I mentioned it to Donna this year when I booked and not only were the sheets and towels washed with unscented detergent but the laundry room was stocked with unscented detergent and fabric softener.

We'll be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Kathleen, Thank you for commenting on your stay at LaCapanna, and for coming back for a second stay with us! And, I'm glad the laundry was to your satisfaction. Anytime I can accommodate with special needs or services, I do try to do so. Donna I hope to see you again in the near future!
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Honolulu, Hawaii


  • 5 of 5

Our stay at this La Capanna lodge was simply awesome. Our group consisted of 4 adults, 2 kids, and 2 babies. Donna was generous enough to let our big group stay at her lodge. Complete kitchen allowed us to cook 3 meals, large backyard allowed the children to run around, and the cozy fireplace kept us warm at night. Outside patio table and chairs was perfect for a little picnic-feel lunch. Very neatly kept and great location. It allowed us to just drive to the Jagger museum at night to see the lava. There was everything we needed (kitchen supplies, to towels, etc.) Donna was very responsive. We loved everything about this lodge. We did not want a house that was too big. Very cozy and at night, we could huddle around the fireplace and just have a nice family time. 10% off for returning guests! Yes, we will come again for sure!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm so glad you were able to use the home to it's fullest extent. Yes, that fenced backyard is wonderful for the keiki and as you noted; the located is very convenient. I'll bet the little ones will remember your Volcano vacation for years to come. I look forward to your return! Donna
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Great historic home in the heart of Old Volcano

  • 4 of 5

What a wonderful stay my in-laws had here! Very spacious living area, one (master) bedroom is on the other end of the house, which allowed for privacy between grandparents' room and kids/parents conjoining rooms. Kitchen was well stocked and everything was so comfortable. There was ample firewood for the wood stove, and tons of great historical items throughout the home to investigate. Internet worked well, and access was easy to figure out with the directions provided from the property manager, Donna. The yard is wonderful, and we did not experience any noise issues from the nearby road. Only thing that I can think of as a critique, is even though it is obviously a historical and older home, it is a bit over-due for a thorough dusting service :) Lots of cobwebs and dust, in bathrooms and corners. Not really a big deal for most of us, but worth a mention. Over all a really great stay at this perfect location (close to the park and walking distance to restaurants/store and market in Volcano). We will absolutely be booking it for every family visit!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Evana, And thank you for the nice review. For those looking for a bit of "Volcano Charm" this place is what you're looking for. As always, since I don't live there; and don't always see things from a visitor's point of view....thanks for pointing out the need for a thorough Spring cleaning. I've gotten that ordered and should have it pristine again within a few days. We have some ambitious little spiders that love to build their webs high and low. Hope to see you again next year, and Happy New Year to you and your family!
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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.


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Volcano 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

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

There is a $15 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.

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Volcano Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
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
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • 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.

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