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Tropical Round House On Big Island Of Hawaii

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,900 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Private, 2 Bedroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4+) 3rd bedroom cottage available.

My Big Island home, near Kapoho and close to Pahoa, Seaview, Black Sands Beach, tropical thermal pools on the ocean, in Old Hawaii, is a unique, custom-built, round, house located in a clearing at the top of a long approach hill, on ten acres of completely secluded rain forest. Has a view of Mauna Kea and forested hills. It is completely private and in a very relaxed setting. The house is solar powered and equipped with all modern comforts and appliances. It has a spacious 500 sq ft. bedroom with a queen sized bed and a double bed and the second bedroom upstairs has a queen bed. There is also a double futon sleeper upstairs in the great room. Upstairs floor features huge kitchen, living room, with 3 sets of french doors that open onto a huge outdoor living room/ lanai/ dining room with also an extra sleeping futon (comfortable one ) for visitors and friends. The second private bedroom is upstairs and the huge master suite is downstairs. The open-plan design of the whole of the house works for a family, or small group, or for just two people. There is also a second cottage available for $30 per night if your party is larger. It is located right beside the main house and is comfortable furnished with a queen bed also. There is lots of art in our home, which is used just for guests, friends or exchangers, and it is beautifully, comfortably and completely furnished for your use during your stay. Cleaning services are available for a reasonable fee from our year-round, nearby caretaker. Security damage deposit can be covered at your option by a low cost VRBO or Homeaway policy. Simply ask.

The house will be beautifully prepared for you, and all ready for your tropical stay. Cleanliness is a most important part of your guest experience. Our home is equipped with washer and dryer. Ultra Clean always, unlike lots of others.

The kitchen is exceptionally well-equipped for dining and cooking, as I love to cook and when I vacation there myself I always shop and cook locally, with fresh ingredients.

We provide directions to our guests for doing the same locally, including all the special, nearby 'farmers markets,' and also info. on favorite places to dine nearby. Our open-style home has no need for AC, just the beautiful Trade winds and sea breezes that blow up the hill, gently, and throughout the house, though we also have tropical ceiling fans. The keynote here is 'comfort first' even though all furnishings are artistic and appealing. Bring a book or two to enjoy in the hammock! This is pure relaxation, which we all need, and love!

More Details

Sharon Dodge
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Sharon Dodge

I built this custom home over six years, with carefully selected Eco-friendly materials, and methods. It is 'off the grid' and has it's own fresh water supply and the electrical is all solar powered. It is an 'indoor/outdoor' open stye home perfect for the year round mild Hawaain climate with three sets of french doors that open out from the main great room onto a large 800 square foot Ipe'wooden deck under an extended roof where you will lounge comfortably, barbecue, read in the giant hammock or enjoy our outdoor living room, and outdoor dining table. There is an extra rental bedroom cottage on the property available for an additional small fee, which allows us to comfortably sleep 8-10. Ask about it.

Sharon Dodge purchased this estate in 2012

Why Sharon Dodge chose Puna District

The house is luxurious in look and feel, and is at the end of the road at the top of the hill on a gorgeous ten acre parcel and if you want, you will have no visitors( though our caretaker lives nearby if you need her.). It is clear and planted with fruits, spice nut and coffee trees and shrubs as well as flowers and is perfect seclusion in a setting of great natural beauty , with lots of room and is all your own, while you are there. You will not be disturbed by anyone. And except for visiting the local sites -warm thermal ponds, Mauna Kea Observatory, ocean swimming, gardens, waterfalls, and the volcano, you will not want to leave. This is the relaxed lush side of the Big Island and ours is the perfect place for lovers, friends or even individuals who want to truly get away from it all. A day and a night often feels like three, as time slows down for you there. Perfect counterpoint to the more touristed parts of this or any Hawaiin island stay. The house is wonderfully comfortable even luxurious in feel and the extra guest cottage will make it comfortable for one or two, or as many as 10.

What makes this estate unique

You will awaken to birdsong, a chorus at dawn and go to sleep to gentle sounds of the melodic tree frogs in the forst. The sun rises on one one side of our deck and sets on the other. Restful. Yet it is also a great starting point to explore nearby Kilauea and it's near continuous Lava flow since 1989. ( But do not worry, you are far from it's lava flow.)

Or.. you can crank up your music on the" plug in your device to our sound system" as loud as you like. There is no one near enough to be bothered! Your private paradise for a relaxing stay. The master bedroom on the lower floor is roomy, over 500 square feet and the queen bed is so comfortable you will wish you could take it home with you. All bedding is luxury quality. A lot of people believe you sleep deeper and dream more, in a round house. We have found it to be true out there in our tropical 'piece o' paradise'.


Pahoa Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1900 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Downtown ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Resort ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Glass tile and luxurious copper fixtures upstairs with large black soaking tub. Huge slate shower with river rock floor in 'Pele's' bathroom which adjoins the master bedroom.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 child bed , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Has private entrance on deck and great view
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , This is an additional dwelling, a sweet Ohana cottage.
  • 500 square foot bedroom is on lower floor with adjoining bathroom. Has single bed also. Queen size bed upstairs in great room also , has 'night privacy' and its' own bathroom. 2nd BR on deck on top floor( main floor) is located 20 feet from main floor bathroom.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
A deluxe breakfast basket is supplied on all week long rentals. The first and second level are connected by a long wraparound staircase so be comfortable with stairs if you choose our Tropical Round House. If you want, call one of our in house massage therapists for a wonderful in call massage during your stay.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(25 traveler reviews)

Tropical Round House On Big Island Of Hawaii
average rating of 4.88 based on 25 reviews

Wonderful place!

  • 5 of 5

Great to relax! Extremely peaceful!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Loved having you all there. I especially enjoy offering families the gift of solitude in the midst of both beauty and adventure. Aloha!
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Scotts valley

Wonderful time!

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a great time. The property/house was beautiful, clean, peaceful and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. There were many thing to due close by with the Thermal Pools being our favorite. Only giving 4 out of 5 stars due to two small things. When I originally booked our week the terms said that we would receive a large breakfast basket since we were staying for a full week. Two days before we arrived I received updated terms stating that we could purchase a breakfast basket instead. We were a little disappointed. The second reason why we’re giving 4 out of 5 stars is that a delivery guy came by, opened the gate (when we had locked it) and drove up to the house to deliver trees. This in itself is no big deal and the guy was very nice but we would of appreciated a heads up that someone was coming to drop stuff off. Had I been at the house by myself without my husband I would not of felt comfortable. Overall we enjoyed our stay and will likely be returning renters.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you had a great time at my farm. the terms of the stay did not change at all after you booked so maybe you misunderstood about the option to have my caretaker shop for breakfast supplies? In any event you were a lovely guest party., and my landscaper expressed his regret at needing to unload a truck of new fruit trees he bought that day. He actually texted me for a number to call you but I was down for the count that afternoon with a bad flu. Our communications are usually great. Guest privacy is very important to us. That was a freak occurrence.
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Great House

  • 5 of 5

Great house, everything as described, very clean. Large garden, surrounded by trees, very private. In particular liked the large second floor deck.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. My home seems to self select great guests, who love the quiet and total privacy of my tropical farm. The Tropical Round House has a unique and wonderful setting, surrounded by rolling grass, and an orchard of tropical fruit trees of all kinds. I love to share it.
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Albuquerque, NM

Scenic indoor/outdoor living area, centrally located to all the Puna spots.

  • 5 of 5

This home is at the end of a short dirt road, off a main road, just east of Pahoa town. The main road connects Pahoa town to the tide pools and warm springs. There are a handful of other homes that share the short dirt road but you can't see them from the house. The house itself has a long driveway and sits in the center of a large clearing. The first floor porch take you to a large bedroom and bathroom. The second floor porch connects to the main living area/bathroom and a separate second bedroom. The porch is spacious, well furnished and the view is simply magnificent. Rain, shine, day or night, the upstairs porch is an enchanting spot. You are surrounded by jungle foilage and the sound of the Hawaiian rain forest, yet the clearing and manicured fruit trees provide a nice boundary and room to see the sky.

The host is friendly and conscientious. The house was spotless, well maintained and conveniently located. It's a 5 minute drive to restaurants and groceries in Pahoa and a 10 minute drive to Kapoho Tide Pools, the warm pool at Ahalanui and the Farmer's Market.

The best part: There were very few mosquitos. I only saw one or two at dusk outside on the porch. I did not see a single bug inside the house. No roaches, no spiders, no ants...nothing. This is extremely rare for Hawaii and I LOVED it.

We're thankful for an amazing stay at the round house. Mahalo nui loa.

  • Submitted: Jan 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I think is always wonderful to have guests who enjoy the Tropical Round House. It truly is a home of Ohana. Thanks for the beautiful review. You truly experienced it and expressed so well some of the features we really work to maintain and provide for our guests that are such important intangibles. Thanks again for being great guests!
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Secluded and private

  • 5 of 5

Property is very secluded and private, located a few hundred yards up a dirt road and surrounded by jungle, yet only about 20 minutes from Hilo. There are tons of things to do in the Pahoa area...warm pools, Kaimu beach, Cape Kumukahi, Red Road, Kea'u and Hilo farmer's markets, volcanoes... (while the Kona side only has beaches :-) ). My son loved the geckos, and there are just enough frogs at night to lull one to sleep, especially when it rains. The home is spacious with plenty of deck space for outdoor living. The tap water is filtered and UV treated rainwater from the large catchment basin (many homes in that area have these), so it tastes much better than the store's filtered water. There are also body boards provided that you can take down to the warm pools (but the Pahoa swimming pool would not permit them). Overall, the house was clean, well equipped, and as advertised. We did not cook much, being there were so many things to do and so little time. One note (and I believe it's a Homeaway glitch) is that the house appears in the search results if you select "air conditioning." There is no air conditioning at this home, nor will you find many homes on the Big Island that has air conditioning. We didn't need it, as it never really got warmer than the low to mid 70's in November.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. So glad you all enjoyed your long stay. Also glad you got some long soaks in the thermal ponds nearby. My place does draw the "right sort" of people usually. You all were great guests. Aloha! ( I will make sure the site corrects the the air conditioning inaccuracy. Thanks for letting me know. We never need AC there as the ceiling fans and year round moderate temp keeps everyone comfortable. The indoor /out door open air design of the round house has turned out to be the perfect design for East Hawaii.)
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Amazing place, peaceful, beautiful, great location

  • 5 of 5

The Tropical Round House provided a very comfortable environment for my family. Sharon graciously offered the use of her snorkeling gear and a list of great places to visit. The home is very secluded so it is easy to enjoy the sounds of nature with no interruptions. The home is convieniently located to many attractions. I definitely recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Dec 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You were delightful guests. It always brings me a lot satisfaction when my guests enjoy it and the ways it is unique. Solitude in nature is harder and harder to find esp when still "close to everything". It is my dream home imagined and I love sharing it with others including families. Misty, you all were great adventurers, too heading off to special suggested spots nearby. Not everyone does. Some hardly leave the hammock:)
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Champange Pond
"Fabulous! It is gated as you cross a private home owner's Association but a route of local r..."
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Volcano Golf and Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Highway 132
Nearest Restaurant
2.5 Miles
Nearest Ski
20 Miles
Mauna Kea (in winter) no lifts
Car: necessary

Ours is a remote rural location close to many major attractions. We have easy access to local farmers markets where you can purchase island grown fruits and vegetables as well as many deliciously prepared foods, with island tastes and familiar favorites also. Close the charming village of Pahoa for Banks, Post office, Gas, Drug store, health food stores Farmer's Market, bookstore DVD Rentals and a couple good bars and great dining spots, store and large Grocery store, and Hardware store

Our house is only 15 minutes from a large natural rock, warm thermal pool and several other such small pools for delicious swimming, next to the Pacific Ocean. Ocean swimming and surfing is located only 20 minutes away by car. Also, great coral reef snorkeling. Located only one hour from Volcanoes National Park and not far from the mostly continuous active eruption of lava (which can also be viewed by helicopter or boat tour.) Two hours from Mauna Kea one of the largest mountains in the world and the largest measured from it's underwater base (year round snow) and home to many of the world's greatest observatories where you find a Star Gazing Visitors' Center for nocturnal adventures, and for amazing sunsets.

Our home is gated, and is special also for what you will not see. You will probably see no one at all during your stay, unless you want to.

The sun rises on one side of the property and sets on the other, with views often of Mauna Kea, with Hawaiian birdsongs at dawn and dusk. We have beautiful, territorial views as well in every direction and inestimable peace for our visitors. You will need a rental car, but a four wheel drive vehicle is not necessary, and there are no parking problems anywhere here.


Rates & Availability

Pahoa Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Feb 27 2017 - May 28 2017
3 night minimum stay
May 29 2017 - Sep 24 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee on departure (spotless house!) $175 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.97%

Rates are subject to change prior to booking. All rent is due in full, 60 days before arrival. I have a strict cancellation policy and suggest you purchase trip protection and vacation stay coverage at booking . Not a money maker for me but means if an emergency causes you to not be able to come, you will be happier. I like that.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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