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EXPLORE HILO TO VOLCANO PARK From A Convenient Tropical Garden Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 4 nights


About the property

2 BR/1 BA + Large Screened Lanai





From $99 - $110 per night WEEKLY RATES: $650 - $700

KAMA’AINA DISCOUNT 10% (Does not apply when special rates are given)

Enjoy a private cottage with full amenities of being at home, while enjoying time together with Family and Friends in the large lanai for Fun & Relaxation together.

Welcome and enjoy our Island Cottage in a centrally located tropical retreat, the perfect place to see the beautiful east side of the island and hear the small Coqui Tree Frogs sing you to sleep at night, in peaceful garden surroundings with fresh fruit we share with our guests from the variety of fruit trees that you are welcome to pick when ripe.

This is a newer home, and we take pride in making sure that the property is keep in the best condition possible, it has our full attention to detail with updates and maintenance being addressed at all times, so that everything is clean, organized and easily accessible. We visit and do maintenance and any needed improvements 3-4 times a year, besides the monthly maintenance from our people on island, so this house is not neglected!

LIVING ROOM AREA - Open floor plan Living, Kitchen and Dining Room, with a 47 in. Samsung Smart TV with Blu-Ray DVD, Dish Network Satellite TV service, Hi-Speed Internet and WiFi.

The Kitchen is fully stocked with dishes, cooking and baking dishes, microwave, crock pot, rice cooker, coffee maker, and also a Keurig Coffee Maker (with complimentary Keurig Hawaiian coffee and goodies at your arrival), Toaster, Blender, etc. Full size refrigerator and fresh Hawaiian Bottled water in the dispenser, and much more.

The cottage is furnished in a Tropical Island Decor and includes a great Outdoor Living Space in the Large (500 sq. ft.) Open Air Screened-In Lanai (patio), so that you can enjoy patio dining or just sit and relax, whether your having a glass of wine, Beer with family and friends or simply drinking a cup of coffee, while enjoying the peaceful garden full of flowers, coconut & palm trees, Bananas, Papayas, Guava, Pineapples and our baby upcoming Lychee, Orange, and Avocado trees, and you're welcome to pick and eat anything that's ripe! ....Or just enjoy playing cards, board games, and puzzles with the family - rain or shine-

There is a washer and dryer for your use at no charge with laundry soap provided There are also some children’s beach toys, boogie boards, flash lights for exploring lava tubes, umbrellas, snorkeling gear, walking sticks, and a cooler to take with you for your day trips.

THE 2 BDRMS - Includes a California King, in the master bedroom and 32 in TV.

The 2nd bedroom has a Queen Bed. And there's an additional sleeping area In the Living Rm. with a Queen size Hide-a-Bed, and a Pack-n-Play Portable crib for the little ones.

The Cottage has a very comfortable warm "vibe" where family and friends come together in the open air screened Lanai located right off the Kitchen, to enjoy time together to play games, or visit and relax.

We are available to assist you anytime in case of an urgent need or emergency and our Property Manager and Maintenance persons are very close if you need assistance that we can not provide over the phone or email.

There is a separate studio cottage on the property that is now used as a longer term rental for 1 to 3 months, but only for professionals that are on the island for business such as scientist, geologist, medical personnel. They are working professionals that we closely screen and verify their professional assignments. They will not interfere with your space or privacy, and have a separate driveway, and their cottage does not share any walls to the main cottage.

If you have any additional questions about how the cottage is set up, or any of amenities available, feel free to let me know.

We are 20 minutes from Hilo Airport and Hilo Town

Cancellation Policy-

*45 Days or more = Full Refund

*30-44 Days = 50% Refund

Less than 30 days- No Refund

*15-29 days before arrival- 50% of your payment may be applied to re-booking your dates at any later available date within 12 months

Charges and Taxes-

All quotes will include the total charges, including all mandatory taxes and cleaning fee at the following rates:

Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET) - 4% (Tax ID# GE-044-205-4656-01)

Hawaii Accommodation Tax (TAT)- 9.25% (Tax ID# TA-044-205-4656-01)

The total of these two taxes are charged at a total rate of 13.42% per Hawaii


Cleaning fee: $95.00


**NEW**(Depending on current activity) The Active Lava Flow to the ocean can now been seen from a boat trip out of a nearby harbor through a private company, or go on foot via the current access starting point just 15 mins away. You can either walk down a gravel road or rent a bicycle to access the current flow. Every time you go it's a whole new experience, since the geography changes on a daily basis. It's the only place in the U.S. that you can safely see active lava spilling into the ocean creating more land and expanding our island.

**Volcano National Park- See the Kilauea Caldera, explore the many miles of hiking trails, lava tubes, Visitor Center, Guided Nature walks with park ranger, Museum, and our most favorites are hiking through a rainforest to the floor of a dormant volcano crater and then returning at night to view the glow of the crater, it’s amazing! - (30 mins to the park, but currently access to the lava flow viewing is accessible near town of Kalapana about an hour from the park entrance, but only 20 mins from us)

**Kopoho Tide Pools and Wai’opae Marine Sanctuary- Some of the best snorkeling in huge pools filled with coral and amazing fish on the east side of the island. (25 mins)

**Ahalanui Park and Warm Ponds- Experience a beautiful, naturally heated thermal pond with water up to 90 degrees depending on the tide. Enjoy relaxing while looking out to beautiful blue ocean with waves spilling over into your warm thermal pool, free of charge. Located just down the street from the Kopoho tidepools. (25 mins)

Whale Watching- (Seasonal) see the Humpback Whales migrating Dec-Mar. right from the shore- (10 mins)

Relax and take a Beautiful scenic drive through the lush green side and stop at one of the many magnificent waterfalls.

Rainbow Falls- (15-20 mins)

Akaka Falls and Nature walk- (25 mins)

Botanical Gardens- (20 mins)

Kaumana Caves Lava Tube- Explore a 23 mile long (the whole length is not accessible, but there’s plenty to explore and enjoy) lava tube in it’s natural state, and see the amazing way the island was formed. (20 mins)

Mauna Kea- Watch the sunset or sunrise and see what the island looks like from above the clouds at 10,000 ft. elevation and for those who love the stars there’s World Class Star Gazing with Narrated free tours, as the different planets rise. (1 hr drive)

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo- It's the ONLY natural tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S. and it's free! AND it’s is less than 10 minutes away.

Visit Black Sand Beaches almost guaranteed to see a few Turtles sun bathing.

Don't forget the culture of 'Old Hawaii'--- in Pahoa Village visit the old wooden boardwalk and dine at quaint restaurants & feel like you've stepped back in time; or stroll through downtown Hilo Town learn about the history and tradition of Hawaiian Culture through live shows, storytelling, music, film, and Hula by visiting the Historic Palace Theatre since 1925, the Tsunami Museum, Art Galleries, local Farmer's Market with organic fruits and veggie's, and don't forget the Shave Ice! So many things to do for every type of traveler.

We provide our recommendations of places to eat, shop, Day Trip's and Activity Brochures, car rental companies, timing your vacation, and helping to personalize your vacation to your families lifestyle. We are here to help you plan more than just where you’ll sleep, so you can take the time to relax and decide how you will enjoy this wonderful place.

Aloha and Mahalo!

John & Shauna

More Details

Shauna Knutsen
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 16, 2017

About Shauna Knutsen

We would like to introduce ourselves to you, our guests. We are John and Shauna Knutsen, we have two children Cindy and Zane, and our nephew Jayvan and he's the only one still at home.

We fell in love with Hawaii when we got married on Kauai, and have been coming back every since. There is no other place to us like Hawaii, its not just the beauty you see with your eyes, its the beauty of the humble people, the culture and the slowed down island time feel that allows you to truly relax and take the time to enjoy creation.

We love to bring our family and friends to enjoy this wonderful place, and even though all of Hawaii has so much to offer we decided on the Big Island- since it is so large and there is so much variety and so many climates- What other island can you be in a rain forest, an arid desert, an active volcano, on top of the tallest mountain from the sea floor (snow covered in winter), all on the SAME DAY! And even though all the islands are beautiful we feel that this island has some of the Best of the Best right here!

Shauna Knutsen purchased this house in 2012

Why Shauna Knutsen chose Hilo

We chose this area since we love the beauty, the tropical rain at night, the Coqui frogs singing, and the area is centrally located to our favorite places! And we love the easy going friendly laid back atmosphere.

What makes this house unique

We love that the Cottage is a tropical retreat in a semi-rural country setting on paved roads in a private family community giving us the experience of "Real Hawaii Living" Since it is a private home on over 1/4 acre, there's room for us to enjoy the tropical setting and fruit trees with usually some type of ripe fruit for to pick, eat and enjoy. We love gardening and being able to plant something and it just grows into something beautiful to eat or look at.

We also enjoy the country feeling so when you look outside you see nature, you hear the birds, Coqui Frogs, (and lately sometimes even a rooster to remind us of the country) and not the noise, fast pace, and hustle of the city.

There's also some great farmers markets close by, with fresh fruits, vegetables, and local foods and crafts, and even local music to relax and enjoy in the open air.

Unlike Hotels, both the Coqui Cottage and the Ohana studio are set up so that you don't need to have much other than your clothes and toothbrush, and you will feel just like it's home with all the comforts and amenities giving you that relaxed at home feel, so after a long day of exploring all the beauty and unique experiences the Big Island has to offer, we can either pick up dinner on our way back and come "home" and relax, and many times we enjoy a home cooked meal that we threw in the crock pot or oven before we left in the morning, and sometimes when we have friends with us, we love to throw something on the BBQ and eat dinner in the screened in outdoor living space with our family and friends.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Making this charming place available for world weary travelers was a kind and generous thing to do! Thank you for the clean sheets, nice towels, the complete instruction tips on what and where. You will find everything needed here and the best coffee beans this side of anywhere!

The cottage caretaker (Rich) has a good natured presence. I've told all my friends about you and Coqui Cottage. Don't be surprised if some of them beats a path to your door!
Jan 2013
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ochidland, Pahoa Village
Car: necessary

Hawaii Volcanos National Park, Lava Viewing, Lava Tree State Park, Waterfalls, Natural Warm/Hot Ponds, Botanical Gardens, Rain Forest and Zoo, Telescope Star-Gazing Mauna Kea (best star gazing in the world), Snorkeling at Tide Pools, Black Sand Beaches, Hiking Lava Tubes and through Craters, Farmers Markets, Stroll through Old Historic Hilo Town, Museums, Japanese Gardens, Zip Lining over waterfalls, Helicopter Tours over Volcano, Nature Walks, Caverns, and so much more!


Hilo House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Cal-King Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Pillow-Top Med/Firm
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen- Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Pillow-Top Med/Firm
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Our Extras are what our Guests really appreciate: Queen size Hide-a-Bed in living room, Portable Crib / Playpen, Hi Speed Satellite INTERNET ACCESS, DVD, fully stocked Kitchen-all the little things you need, Hairdryer and all soap, shampoo/conditioner, Large Ceiling Fans, Washer/Dryer with laundry detergent provided, Beach Towels, Beach Toys, Boogie Boards, Cooler, Beach Chairs, Flashlights, Walking Sticks Umbrellas We also provide purified bottled water for our guests who prefer it to our house water. GuideBook, Coqui's Pick's for Day Trips from the cottage, Activity Brochures, and we welcome you with Keurig Brewed Hawaiian Blend Coffee and snacks to start off your first morning! In Consideration for our guests with allergies-No Smoking or Pets, please!


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average rating of 4.927835 based on 101 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Had everything we need and more, central location so you can enjoy the hole island

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cozy Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The nicely equipped cottage is situated in an idyllic place. We enjoyed our five-day stay as a family. The only disadvantage of the cottage is that the living room is a bit dark when it is cloudy outside. This can often happen on the west side of Big Island. The owner is extremely courteous and has taken great care of our well-being.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to stay. The owners thought of everything you need to have a relaxing vacation. Had day trip trips and lots of little trip suggestions to enhance your stay. Beautiful cottage with everything in it under the sun. Thanks for the great stay. See you next time we are on the Island

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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So much thought and care put into this home

  • 5 of 5

As VRBO owners ourselves we were incredibly impressed with the amount of effort and thoughtfulness put into this perfect home. Everything we could possibly need for our trip was readily available and clearly labeled everywhere in the house, the owners were more than happy to provide assistance and recommendations for our itinerary.

The beds were very comfortable and we enjoyed the sounds of the tree frogs outsides at night.

We would absolutely stay here again and will recommend to friends for their trips.

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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a little out of the way Need a car for sure

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was wonderful Has everything you would need☺

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, very clean

  • 5 of 5

Great location, very clean, well furnished with comfy beds. Literally everything anyone would need while on vacation here. Very responsive hosts. Near a small quaint but convenient to Hilo and Volcanoes National Park. We would definitely try to stay here again if we ever make it back to this island.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $95

**Please contact us directly for the 10% disc. for Kama'aina or any other special pricing or discounts and we will happily adjust the rate for you.

**During Merrie Monarch week there is a 4 night minimum stay, unless there are fewer than 4 nts. available on calendar. No further disc for Merrie Monarch.
NOTE * 3 or 4 night minimum stay- does not apply if there are less than the minimum nights available, just let me know and I will adjust your quote or reservation for as little as 1 nights stay.

For any questions or special arrangements, feel free to call, text, or email directly at (760) 912-9117 we will do our best to accommodate you in any way we can.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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