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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,

More Details

Property Manager
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 16, 2018

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 Village

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:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • Please treat this home as it would be your own. Enjoy the premises, but leave them in as good or better condition than found......(Hawaiian style)
  • Please leave your towels combined in the bathroom , and you may leave the sheets on the bed. Lock up and set alarm when leaving.
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! 4.6/5 -
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average rating of 4.5833335 based on 24 reviews
Cabot, AR

Great house and location!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at La Capanna! The house was well equipped and we used the fireplace every day of our stay. Very cozy and comfortable. We had dinner at Lava Rock Cafe and Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant. Both were amazing. It has rained every day of our stay in Volcano, so we were unable to see th steam vents or lava flow. We did visit Volcano National Park to see the lava tube and museum. We would definitely stay here again!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Residence

  • 5 of 5

We’ve stayed in the Volcano area many times. This was our favorite stay. The residence is rustic and lovely. It had everything we wanted, and is close to Volcano National Park. Perfect for the 5 of us.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you David for the response. Its an honor to know that we rank high in comparison to other Volcano homes. I know we have a great location and walking distance to everything in the village. That does make it nice as well as close to the National Park. I appreciate your review! Donna
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Great cabin-house in Volcano !

  • 4 of 5

Great cabin like feel in charming Volcano village! Super close to entrance of Hawaii Volcano National Park (5 minute drive) allows for multiple trips and nighttime crater viewing. Large kitchen and living room with great old pictures from original house owners. Bonus - the towels were the softest I have ever used!!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Kristine for the kind review. So happy you enjoyed the stay and the location. I think this is a great spot to jettison out for all the benefits of the park and Volcano Village. Hope to have you back again. Aloha
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Rustic Cabin With Historic Presence

  • 5 of 5

Beautifully remodeled historic cabin located conveniently in the Volcano Village area. Walking distance to dining establishments; small grocers and galleries.

Lots of blankets, towels, real dishes, huge back yard for dogs. Pet friendly and affordable in comparison to other accomodations in area.

Easily sleeps six and comfortable for even 8 if needed.

We will return! Enjoy! Great responsive management team if any concerns.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Rayton for your response. You seem to have fit in well with the mountain cabin . I'd love to have you back anytime! Donna
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Great location, great house in Volcano

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for one week in August. The fireplace was out of order but it wasn't an issue since it was a particularly hot week. We even had to open the windows if we were around during the day to cool the place off. It is on a "busy" corner, but at night when we were sleeping, there was no traffic on Wright Rd. The house has everything you need, including a laundry room stocked with detergent and dryer sheets, just bring your clothes and toothbrush. Tip - if you're coming in from Hilo or Kona, stop and get your supplies before heading to Volcano. More variety and you'll save $$. It's also within walking distance of the general store and a few restaurants if you don't feel like cooking. The fenced yard is great. Our nieces and nephews came over one afternoon and were able to run around worry free while the adults socialized. My husband enjoyed looking at the old photos throughout the house and reading through the old guest books - definitely a treat if you've got a history nerd in your household. The house is not modern - it is typical of most houses in Volcano. We were very satisfied with the cabin feel, it's what we were looking for. We would definitely stay here again in the future. Donna was great in answering all of our questions before we arrived.

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Nadiera for writing up this nice review. For others that may wonder about the fireplace; it is back in working order again. With winter months ahead; it may be needed.
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Okay but not kid-safe

  • 3 of 5

I traveled with my family, 6 adults and two young kids. There was ample room, and the kitchen was well-stocked with supplies that normally wouldn't be found in other rentals (ie, condiments, cleaning, laundry and paper supplies). The utensils were also of good quality and more than enough for what we needed. The washer and dryer were in working order, but the laundry room flooded on account of a leak in the tub where the water drained. I just swept the water out every now and then, and because of our hectic schedule I didn't have time to contact the agent. We just didn't do laundry another time.

There are bumps on the floor where apparently extensions were made on the original structure (eg, each bedroom and bathroom door, the kitchen area) so we had to be conscious of them so as not to trip. Each inner door had a thin metal latch that jutted about two inches out, and I needed to keep reminding the children (and myself) about them. Brushing against any of these latches can scrape your arm. It'd be great if the cottage could be made safer in this aspect.

All told, the place served our purpose well. Thank you for letting us use your property.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Odette, It is good to hear of the items that different guests may consider good or bad. I did know about the laundry sink and the work order was in to replace it which did happen right after your visit. Sorry we couldn't get it done sooner. I'll check on the latches you mention; I don't know about that ; but will look into it! I'm glad you had a good stay. We have been working on several improvements in the past month, and the laundry sink has been replaced as well as the collar on the fireplace so that no smoke escapes from it. We've also recently replaced all the sheets and alot of the linens and pillows. Generally giving the place a new face lift!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 14.4%

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.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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