|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
Come join Tiki on our wonderful lanai, relaxing to the sounds of island birds and enjoying the refreshing tradewinds. Our Hawaiian style hale has all of the living quarters on the second floor, which takes advantage of the airflow, keeping it cool and comfortable. Situated on an acre with beautiful landscaping, 1/2 of the property is fenced and gated for extra privacy. The back 1/2 of the property is a bit wilder but feel free to roam all of it looking for fruits in season on our banana, lemon, lime, honey tangerine, avocado and guava trees. You'll be sure to come across pineapple as well and lilikoi (passion fruit) vines line the fence.
Inside the kitchen and living room are open to one another, inviting conversation while cooking goes on. The kitchen has a full stove and fridge, a microwave, coffee pot, blender and all of the pots, pans, utensils, plates etc. that you'll need to whip up an island meal. The main bedroom, the 'Shell Room', has a queen platform bed for restful nights and a full closet with shelves for your belongings. The 'Jungle Room' will accommodate the rest of the family or friends with a queen bed and twin bunkbeds, (it also has a full closet with shelves). But where you'll really want to be is on the lanai, enjoying outside living while sipping a cup of coffee in the morning before heading out to explore the Big Island or barbequing dinner on the gas barbeque in the evening when you return.
Tiki's Hut is in Hawaiian Paradise Park, which is centrally located between Hilo and Pahoa. Many wonders abound nearby to explore including Volcanoes National Park (a must, only 40 minutes away), Ahalanui Thermal Spring Pool (fun for kids and adults alike), Kapoho Tide Pools (great snorkeling), Kalapana and Kaimu black sand beaches and active lava flows! The Makuu Farmers Market is held on Sundays at the south end of Hawaiian Paradise Park, next to the highway and is filled with vendors offering many unique items in addition to local fruits and vegetables. You'll also want to plan a day trip up the beautiful north coast to the view the incredible Waipio Valley, which is sacred ground to the native Hawaiians. Access beyond the view point is limited to 4 wheel drive (which you can rent in Hilo) or you can pay for a guided tour into the valley.
As we are new to the area also, please let us know about your experiences at these and the many other places that you discover!
Keywords: house,bungalo,casita,small home,affordable rental,family rental
Dave and I (Alison) are actually quite new to the Big Island ourselves! Dave was in the services on Oahu in the early '70s, spending almost six years there and fell in love with Hawaii. I made my first trip to Hawaii more recently, in 2009, when we went to Kauai for a family gathering and I was hooked. We came to the Big Island last year (2011) to check it out and visit friends who had just bought a home nearby and decided this area was for us. We actually stayed at the Dolphin Hideaway run by Laura Richman, a realtor with Remax and she was very helpful, providing a lot of info about the area, so we could make a good decision (great sales lady). Eventually we want to move here full time but with twin grandbabies on the way, the timing isn't quite right yet! In the meantime, we plan to come here as often as possible and enjoy our hale, while exploring the island, as we hope you will.
Dave & Alison Hartley purchased this cottage in 2011
We love being in a country setting. Hawaiian Paradise Park and the Keaau area has that wonderful country feel without being too far from Hilo, so we have easy access to stores and activities.
Our hale is situated on the property in such a way that it takes full advantage of the tradewinds and still leaves plenty of open area in which to play. Many plantings line the fences, providing privacy and are beautiful to view from our second story vantage. It is a short drive down the road to the coastline and a walking trail from which to view the crashing waves (and whales at the right time of year).
The Tiki's Hut house is a two bedroom one bath with a nice size living room and a spacious full kitchen placed on about 10 foot stilts that allow for great trade wind flow all through the house. There were several stand out things that come to mind when I think about writing this review but the one thing that stands alone is how clean the house and yard was. That being said the Lanai was huge with plenty of seating at the table for 8 plus room to move about the Lanai while barbecuing, eating or just relaxing. Then there were the two yards that were kept very clean with lots of different fruits to pick and beautiful flowers to enjoy. It really was nice to just stroll about looking at all the obvious and hidden plants, flowers and fresh food items. Also the full size washer and dryer was a plus before moving over to the Kona side of the island.
The host made it very easy to access the gate and door codes giving us a very private, comfortable (and again clean) place to relax, sleep and eat while on the Hilo side of the Big Island. This house would be hard to top in this area of Hawaii and in this price range. A+++++++++++
As an avid hiker, diver and Lava enthusiast I really liked the close proximity (about a 20 minute drive) to the end of Hwy 130 on the Kalapana side of the current Lava Flowing into the Pacific Ocean. Also the Ocean and the Kapoho tide pools were just a short drive away.
This was a perfect place to stay in Big Island. Close to the volcano and mountain area still with easy access to wonderful beach areas.
You could feel like home and was a very nice way to relax in the middle of Paradise!
Totally recommended, the house had everything you needed and all was very easy with the owner as well as very well organized!
Fantastic holidays experience and totally recommended!
We enjoyed staying at Tiki Hut. We loved waking up with birds songs and eat our breakfast in the big terrace surrounded by beautiful tropical flower and trees. It was very clean house. The beds are very comfortable. A big washer & dryer was a big plus. The location also worked for us. We based the entire Big Island stay at this house and managed to get to Kona side twice in a week. Highly recommended!
We really enjoyed our time in this home. The location is perfect. Felt very private, but not too far away from Hilo, Volcano, and Pahoa.
Having a nicely landscaped yard to enjoy from the awesome lanai is the icing on the cake.
The home furnishings, and especially the very well equipped kitchen show the owners pride in ownership. So nice to see a rental home that wasn't outfitted from Goodwill and yard sales.
Was a great surprise to see how big the house is inside. It was nicely laid out, with the bedrooms at the rear of the house. One of us is a very early riser.
We have stayed in VRBO , and Craigslist rentals about 10 times now. This one tops my list.
I plan to return again next year to this oasis in the Big Island. This house is conveniently situated close to Hilo. I am planning in coming back again next year for the Merrie Monarch. Thank you Alison for providing us with a great home away from home.
What can we say about Tiki’s Hut?
It is a delightful place to stay on the Hilo/Volcano side of the Big Island.
This home is far enough away from the city to provide a sense of living in old Hawaii, but close enough to two smaller towns for convenient shopping and entertainment options. Beside a kitchen well stocked with supplies to compliment meal preparations, the owners have worked hard to build a great tropical garden setting for the house. The covered deck is a perfect place for enjoying the idyllic surroundings. From here one can cook out, read, visit or bask in the glories of sun showers on one side and rainbows on the other. The coqui frogs serenade at night with a tone, volume and melody reminiscent of the cicadas in the summers of the Midwest.
A long way from camping, the modern conveniences of the property dampen the shock of leaving the city behind. Tiki's Hut proved a great retreat and a convenient base camp for us while exploring the volcano, Hilo and the Hamakua Coast. Add to all of this the maturing of the surrounding towns and you have available the elements of a phenomenal vacation.
We discovered and enjoyed three establishments during our stay at Tiki’s Hut that not only presented us with an adventure, but surprised us with the experience. First, we tried the Spoonful Café in Keaau for a dinner treat of flavorful Thai Cuisine. Later we ventured into Hilo and reveled in a crepe lunch at Le Magic Pan creperie. Finally, we crossed the parking lot at the Volcano Nat’l Park Visitors Center to take in the surroundings of the recently restored Volcano House. There we watched Madam Pele’s work while feasting on hors d'oeuvres in the lounge. The eats were a treat and the views fantastic. What a joyous way to view Halemaumau, Pele’s home.
We recommend Tiki’s Hut as a convenient retreat and a well provisioned base camp to compliment any East Hawaii adventure. Aloha!
Coastline walking trail, Natural thermal pools, Active Lava Flow, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Merrie Monarch Festival
|Refundable damage deposit||$300|
|Cleaning Fee||$130 + Tax|
Our property is a Non-Smoking rental. All rates shown are for single or double occupancy. For Additional Guests over 2 - $10 each/per night is added to the rate.
We accept Personal or Cashier's Checks or payment through PayPal (PayPal fees are the responsibility of the Guest). The Refundable Damage Deposit also serves as the Reservation Deposit and is required to hold the requested dates. Payment in full is due 60 days prior to the Check-in-Date or immediately if booked within 60 days of the Check-in-Date.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.