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Artsy Rainforest Hideaway: home theater, marble/granite bath, unique, secluded

Bedrooms 1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-4

In the spirit of aloha I don't charge a security deposit, taxes or cleaning fees. Recent additions include snorkel equipment for 2 adults, a cooler with wheels and a handle like on luggage, beach towels, 2 beach chairs, and 2 double-wide rope hammocks with pillows in the back yard.

The living area of my newly remodeled ohana (guest house) features a 100-inch projection TV home theater with a 540 watt surround sound system, DVR, satellite TV, a super comfy leather love seat with separate recliners, dozens of great movies, free coffee, tea and popcorn and high speed internet access (the bandwidth is limited so you need to check with me before streaming audio or video). There is also a futon which can sleep up to 2 additional guests.

The kitchen area features a full sized fridge, microwave, toaster oven, crockpot, 2-burner gas stove, knife set, cutting boards, toaster, blender, electric can opener, pots and pans, dishes, wine glasses, corkscrew, etc., and the kitchen table has 4, soft swivel chairs. You get free access to the front-loading washer/dryer with supplied laundry soap and softener. I also supply dish soap, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hand soap, even a toothbrush if you need it.

The awesome bathroom has a mirrored wall, black granite floor tile, marble tile on the tub/shower surround, an infinity light in the ceiling, a black granite vanity top and a white marble sink that changes color as it is lit from below with LED lights.

The bedroom has a new pillow-topped queen-size bed, black light posters and a ceiling which has been hand painted with a galaxy and stars that glow under 3 black lights. There is a 39-inch wall mounted TV connected to a BD/DVD player, and a glass topped desk with a 6 speaker computer sound system.

Outside you have your own private deck with a view going back hundreds of feet into the two acre yard with 3 ponds (sometimes empty), a dozen ducks and a few chickens wandering around, coconut trees and other tropical foliage, including an avocado tree (in season November-March) and passion fruit growing just steps from your door. Sitting on the deck under the stars at night listening to the frogs and birds is very relaxing, and you can use my gas grill if you’d like.

The location couldn’t be better when it comes to seeing all the great places there are to visit here, including free tours inside the Subaru Telescope on Mauna Kea (tours must be booked in advance online), steam vents on the volcano, Rainbow Falls in Hilo, snorkeling in tide pools at Kapoho (like being inside an aquarium), a clothing optional beach, lava tubes with fresh water you can swim through, hiking trails along the coast in Volcano National Park, and much more. The lava is currently flowing into the ocean just 30 minutes away. A guide book, _Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed_, is provided so you can discover all the things there are to see and do here. If you read the reviews you will see how everyone has really enjoyed their stay in my unique little hideaway.

Note: There may be some noise during the day from some construction work next door, but so far only about 10 hours per month of work has occurred. The occasional noise hasn't disturbed any guests, who are usually out exploring the island during the day. So far the noise has not been an issue at all.


The place is located in Orchidland, 5 miles from the ocean at an elevation of roughly 500 feet, about 10 miles south of the Hilo airport, and it is very easy to get to. From the airport the first light you come to is Highway 11 (Kanoelehua Ave.). You make a left turn onto that road and travel south about 5 miles, then just before you get to Keaau you make a left onto Highway 130 heading toward Pahoa. Continue south on 130 about 4 miles to where the road narrows to 2 lanes, then make a right turn onto Pohaku Drive. My place is on the left about 1.2 miles up the road. Look for a brown and white house with a rock-walled pond in front. Unlike many vacation rentals in this area there are paved roads all the way.

I am a single, 63-year-old writer and musician very much into metaphysics and liberal politics. I use the name Koda for all my public work, which can be found at my personal site, kodasplace. I live in the house on the opposite side of the separate building you will be staying in. I like my privacy and you can be sure I will respect yours. I can be your interesting new friend in Hawaii or the guy you rarely see unless you need something. You can count on me to do everything I can to make your stay as pleasant as possible. Feel free to call me anytime regardless of your time zone.

Thank you for considering Koda’s Artsy Rainforest Hideaway as the centerpiece of your escape to Hawaii.

Mahalo! (thank you)

Dan (Koda)

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Dan Cracraft (Koda)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2017

About Dan Cracraft (Koda)

I am a single, 61-year-old writer and musician, an intellectual creative type deeply involved in metaphysics and liberal politics. I moved here from Salt Lake City in 2013 to escape the cold.

Dan Cracraft (Koda) purchased this bungalow in 2013

Why Dan Cracraft (Koda) chose Puna District

The place has character. The guest house is 200-feet from the street and faces away from the main house where you have a view of open space, tropical greenery and plenty of privacy.

What makes this bungalow unique

If you want to get away from the crowds to experience natural surroundings while still enjoying all the modern conveniences this is a great place to do that. The infinity light, color changing bathroom sink bowl, painted bedroom ceiling, marble and granite in the bathroom, 100-inch home theater, spacious yard with privacy, ducks and ponds, and close proximity to all the sights on the east side of the big island as well as the conveniences in Hilo, all add up to make this a great place to stay.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Artsy Rainforest Hideaway: home theater, marble/granite bath, unique, secluded
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 26 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Hallo Dan,

erst einmal Danke für die Gastfreundschaft wir waren vom 02 Jan. bis zum 7 Jan hier

Wir hatten bei Dan alles was wir brauchten ,es ist ein Großzügiges Gäste Haus.

Es ist alles genau wie beschrieben und mehr es gibt noch ein Riesen Garten mit Hängematten

Dan selbst ist ein sehr freundlicher Gastgeber der immer Ansprechbar war und geholfen hat wo er konnte. Wenn Ihr etwas unvergessliches sucht dann seit Ihr hier richtig.

Alles in allem jeder Zeit würden wir bei Dan wieder buchen.

Nachmals vielen Dank für alles Dan

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is the place to stay

  • 5 of 5

There are 3 major reasons to stay here. 1. The price is very affordable. 2. The property is a unique experience. and 3 Location...Location Location.

We spent 2 weeks on the big island. One week here and one week on the dry side. This location offers a centrally location to see the active volcano from the crater, the water, hiking or helicopter. Go swimming in the Ahalanui hot pond where sea water mixes with geothermal heated hot water. See the white tiger in the Hilo Zoo. Just north of Hilo don't miss the Hawaii Tropical Garden with the beautiful cascading Umauma Falls and unique flowers. Other Important waterfalls in the Hilo area are Rainbow Falls, Pe'epe'e Falls boiling Pots and Akaka Falls. We ate at Ken's Pancake House in Hilo 3 times. It offers 24 hour service and awesome food. If you are returning from an evening of star-gazing at 9200ft on Mauna Kea

Ken's maybe a the only destination to have a late dinner.

Koda is a great host. He provides some basic foods that others have left.. like coffee, butter, and mustard. Watching Blue Ray movies on the projection TV with surround sound is an exceptional perk. While pictures of his place show the "artsy" quality of the lighting, it is not an off the grid Hippy hangout. You will find a good bed and great shower. This is basically 2 rooms..the bedroom and a great room. We enjoyed sitting on the deck and watching his ducks waddling around the well landscaped yard. This is the rainy side of the island so the vegetation is tropical and you should expect some rain showers.

If you need 24 hour room service, air-conditioning (temp is usually in the 70's), a swimming pool and a dishwasher you should go to the Hilton on the dry side with a big bag of money and forget about seeing Hawaii. But if you want to experience this wonderful island this is the place to stay.

One last hint, fly into Hilo, rent a car and use Google maps. If you have a late flight be sure to get Koda's phone number since you may have trouble finding the place in the dark.

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Wonderful Place Near the Volcano

  • 5 of 5

This property was just perfect for our stay on the Hilo side of the Big Island. It was close to all the attractions around Hilo and very close to the Volcanoes National Park. The space was airy, clean, quiet, and artsy! The bathroom and bedroom have the normal lights and special neon lights that are cool. Dan was a great host and helped us with some tips. My wife picked up passion fruit and made fresh juice everyday. Our only regret is that we didn't stay here longer.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
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Great comfortable and relaxing stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I had a wonderful stay at Dan's house. He had every amenity and was always available if a question should arise. Wonderful house and host. Dan's a great all-around guy!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great home and very gentle owner

  • 5 of 5

Very nice house in a naturell Environment. Located in a beautiful garden with the plants and animals all around you. A very friendly owner, who always tries to satisfy you. Everything is perfect.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Very interesting place to rest

  • 5 of 5

Some countryside experience, not a standard vacation place on a property with farm birds, avocado trees, fluorescent sink and walls as well as movie screen. Kitchen equipped for cooking.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles

Not far from volcano and Mona Loa Observatory


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed. No smoking inside building. Internet is provided for email and web browsing but is bandwidth limited so video and/or audio streaming must be pre-approved. Guests will be charged for any damages which might occur, and are responsible to cover any medical costs resulting from injury while on the property. Smiles are appreciated :)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Keaau Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • limited accessibility
  • pets not allowed ...
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • volcano
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • surf fishing

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