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Koda's Place: high tech toys in a beautiful, natural environment

Bedrooms 1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2-4

When you stay at Koda’s Place you will be in your own “house” with a private, covered deck providing a view going back hundreds of feet into a gorgeous 2 acre yard undulating with the natural contours of ancient lava flows. The tropical foliage includes many coconut trees and other palms, an orange, tangerine and pomelo tree, and an avocado tree (in season November-March) growing just steps from your door. When it rains the ducks love to play in the large pond that forms right by the deck. There is off street parking just 20-feet from the building.

The uniquely designed interior is packed with special features. Here is what you will find in the combined kitchen/living area:

100-inch projection TV home theater with a 540 watt surround sound system, DVR, and satellite TV.

Super comfy leather love seat with separate recliners.

Dozens of great movies on disk and on the DVR.

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, but you should be aware that access to the bathroom is through the bedroom.

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, silverware, wine glasses, corkscrew, etc., and the kitchen table has 4, soft swivel chairs. I also supply free coffee, tea and popcorn, and I try to keep things stocked with basic condiments.

You get free access to the new front-loading washer/dryer with supplied laundry detergent and softener. I also supply a blow dryer and curling iron, 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 super comfy, 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.

I am always making improvements to the yard and have plans to install subtle outdoor lighting you will be able to control from the deck. I have begun work on a waterfall and pond inside the area where the driveway makes a loop which I hope to have done this summer, and a fire pit with ohia log benches should be finished very soon.

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); hiking trails, steam vents and the Kilauea crater in Volcano National Park; Rainbow Falls in Hilo; Akaka Falls (the highest in Hawaii) north of Hilo; snorkeling in tide pools at Kapoho; a clothing optional beach (Kehena) on the southeast coast, Coconut Island and a gorgeous park on Hilo Bay, and much more. On Wednesday nights Uncle Roberts in Kalapana features free live music and dancing which always draws large crowds of both locals and tourists. Lava is currently flowing into the ocean on the south coast. I supply snorkeling equipment for two, beach chairs, beach towels, coolers and umbrellas. The closest grocery store is 4 miles away in Keaau. Safeway, Walmart and Target are just 20 minutes away in Hilo.

I provide a guide book, _Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed_, so you can discover even more things to see and do here.

If you read the reviews you will see how everyone has truly enjoyed their stay in my unique little hideaway, and it keeps getting better here all the time.


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 (8km), then just before you get to Keaau you make a left onto Highway 130 heading toward Pahoa. Continue south on 130 about 4 miles (6km) to where the shoulder lane ends, then make a right turn onto Pohaku Drive. My place is on the left about 1.2 (2km) 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 63-years-old, a writer, musician, inventor and all around creative type very much into metaphysics and progressive 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 and currently spend nearly all my time and money maintaining and improving this place. 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.

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

Mahalo! (thank you)

Dan (Koda)

More Details

Dan Cracraft (Koda)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 7, 2018

About Dan Cracraft (Koda)

I am a single, 63-year-old writer and musician, an intellectual creative type deeply involved in metaphysics and progressive 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 Keaau

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 beautiful, natural surroundings while enjoying high tech toys and modern conveniences, this is a great place to do that.


Keaau Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Noon / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed ...
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 ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • limited accessibility
  • 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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Koda's Place: high tech toys in a beautiful, natural environment
average rating of 4.861111 based on 36 reviews

Great place

  • 5 of 5

Host was very accommodating, house itself was very interesting and comfortable. Definitely recommend to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great rainforest getaway

  • 4 of 5

The bungalow was fun and decorated with great detail to be whimsy and also very classy looking. Koda was a fabulous host and very helpful.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent and beautiful property.....quiet and peaceful setting.

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay and with Dan, a most gracious host. He gave us a good orientation to the property and was always available if we needed anything or had questions. His cottage is fully stocked with all that you would need and the lighting effects were awesome.

We were in Hilo for the Merrie Monarch and that big screen was majestic to watch the hula performances nice. We would love to return to Dan's place the next time we need a place to stay in Hilo. Mahalo nui loa (Thank you very much!)

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great unique rental

  • 5 of 5

The rental was the most unique one I have ever stayed in. Dan the host was very friendly and helpful. A very relaxing location. You have to see the property, the pics don't give you the whole picture. It's very relaxing in a country setting, but also with lots of tech toys. It has the most amazing bedroom and bath I've ever seen. I will certainly stay here again when I visit Hawaii next time, as Dan has assured me he is going to continue upgrading the house. Thanks for a memorable stay. Barry Strader

  • Submitted: Apr 15, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A visit to another fantastic world with Captain Koda

  • 5 of 5

Our host, Dan, was great! He bent over backwords to make us comfortable. He worked hard to minimize the construction his neighbor was doing, which did not bother us since it only lasted a few hours during the day and we were touring sights anyway.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: These guests were here the day guy next door had all his trees torn down. The big machine has been removed from the property and who knows how long it will be till the mess gets cleaned up, but everything shown in the photos remains the same.
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Great Location with awesome host

  • 5 of 5

We stayed with our two little kids for five nights at Dan's Rainforest Hideaway. We felt really very comfortable during our stay. Main reasons that we had such a nice stay were the location (perfect for exploring the Hilo side without driving too long), the host (Dan really cared about our needs, he is continuously improving his place), the beautiful yard (spacey, a lot of fruit trees around, perfect for our little daughter) and finally because you will find a place that is perfectly equipped with all the little things that you need. The kitchen has everything to prepare a good breakfast and tasty meal (we should have used the crockpot more than one time, that's perfect to arrive in the evening and having a meal ready). The huge screen was a lot of fun for our daughter to watch some kiddies stuff in the morning.

Foodland and a farmers market are a 10 Min drive, the starting point for the Lava is about 30 Min, Jaggar Museum 45 Min, Hilo about 20 Min, Hot Ponds 25 Min.

Dan shared his stuff with us (e.g. Ladder to pick some avocados) and was so friendly with us and our kids! Mahalo Dan!!

I can absolutely recommend Dans place for a couple or small family.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles

Not far from volcano and Mona Loa Observatory


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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