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Koda's Rainforest Hideaway: home theater, marble/granite bath, natural yard.

Bedrooms 1
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 3 nights


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, an avocado tree (in season November-February) and passion fruit 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 steps from your door.

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 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.

NOTE: February 26, 2017: The guy next door is planning to build a house and has begun clearing all the growth on his side of the property line which ruins the view in that direction. Some heavy equipment will be operating for a day or two as he levels his lot but it is impossible to say when that will happen. Since most people will be out exploring the island during the day I don't believe construction noise will be a significant problem.

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. Feel free to call me anytime regardless of your time zone.

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
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Calendar last updated:
February 26, 2017

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 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 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
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(31 traveler reviews)

Koda's Rainforest Hideaway: home theater, marble/granite bath, natural yard.
average rating of 4.870968 based on 31 reviews

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: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Very Special Place

  • 5 of 5

Dan was one of the warmest, most helpful hosts we have encountered in our decade of travels around the world. His rental unit and gardens are as novel and unique as their creator and, with all the amenities of home, feel like home. Evening chats with Dan were like evenings with a close neighbor and friend. My morning yoga in the back yard away from the house felt as if I were in a world of my own alone with nature.

Dan's home is in such an ideal location for so many outings. Our week flew by with trips to Akaka Falls, the Liliwai Banyan Drive, the Liliuokalani Japanese Garden, Coconut Island, the Old Mamalahoa Highway, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, as well as snorkeling in the Kapoho Tidal Pools, relaxing in the Ahalanui Warm Spring, experiencing Uncle Robert’s ‘Awa Club, getting to see Rainbow Falls, the Boiling Pots, Pe’e pe’e Falls, Waiale Falls, the Kaumana Caves, and biking to the awesome lava fire hose at Volcanoes National Park. Dan's suggestions enhanced our wonderful experiences.

Dan, thank you so much for extending your home, garden, and yourself to us.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A truly unique Hawaian Experence

  • 5 of 5

First off, Dan was an awesome host. If you needed something, he was there, if you didn't, he was not. The Hideaway, is a total experience, the property, a gem to view. Tranquility abounds.

To stay here is an experience, if you are looking for the "hotel experience" book a hotel. If however you are looking for a base camp to live out of while you explore and absorb the big island, it is perfect. Dan's description is accurate, and the pictures don't do justice to the visual once you see it.

Make sure though to get directions though if arriving in the dark, it is in a rural area, with no street lighting, and the driveway could easily be missed.

  • Submitted: Feb 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great value!

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful spot for a real experience of Hawaii. The grounds right outside your door are absolutely beautiful and private. We especially loved having our morning coffee on the deck while listening to Dan's relaxing music CD. The bungalow is comfortable and well stocked. Dan goes out of his way to make sure you have whatever you need for an enjoyable stay.

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded location with modern amenities

  • 5 of 5

We really like this cozy house, the location and the host. Dan was very nice and paid a lot of attention to little details to make our stay comfortable (e.g. an unusually well-stocked pantry) and to make sure we had everything we needed. The house is in a tropical forest, with many fruit trees around, we could only guess what some fruits were. There are probably more roosters in the area than people, and they get up really early. Note that Internet streaming is not allowed, and the Internet connection is occasionally slow and not very reliable even for a web browsing. The master suite is awesome and very sophisticated, our teenage daughter was excited. The bathroom is accessible only via the bedroom, so keep that in mind, if there are more than two people in your group. A top of the line laundry room with different detergents was a nice add-on. We enjoyed our stay there.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I just want to point out that no one has complained about Internet speeds in the past. A previous guest ignored the instructions to check with me first before streaming audio or video, watched Netflix, and exceeded my 30GB/month bandwidth limitation. I suspect that Verizon throttled the speed as well as charging me $15 per GB over the limit. There is generally enough bandwidth available to do 30 minutes of video chat per day with no problem, but guests need to check with me first so I can check the amount of bandwidth remaining each month.
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  • 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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Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.3 Miles

Not far from volcano and Mona Loa Observatory


Rates & Availability

Keaau Bungalow Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

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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