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Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Waimea Cottage Rental Photos and Description


The Zen Hale is the perfect home base for your exploration of the Big Island. We are conveniently located on the sunny side of Waimea Town only a 10 minute drive to the best Kohala beaches and minutes from HPA. Our convenient central location is ideal for setting out on day hikes or exploring all the sites on Hawaii Island. The unique serenity of this one bedroom, one bath cottage offers ocean and mountain views enhanced by cool breezes and mild temperatures. The kitchen is fully furnished with full size refrigerator, large convection/toaster oven, microwave and a 2 burner state of the art induction cook top. Luxurious linens adorn the separate bedroom and a beautiful stone shower appoint the bathroom.

Use the gas BBQ outdoors to prepare the local foods purchased at the farmers market then relax while viewing the blanket of stars. A separate laundry room with washer and dryer is available for use and laundry detergent is provided.

You will find yourself minutes away from the best beaches on the Big Island. The largest of Hawaii Island’s white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach, has consistently been rated on numerous international Top Ten lists. Mauna Kea Beach, a perfect crescent of golden sand leading to calm water, has been voted among the Top 10 beaches in the U.S. Both offer great conditions for swimming, sunbathing, bodyboarding and snorkeling.

Beyond the beaches, Hawaii offers a host of outdoor activities and sightseeing opportunities. Head to the Paniolo Town of Waimea and visit the many shops and galleries. From there is the perfect starting point for a trip to the Volcano National Park or a glimpse of the stars and planets at Mauna Kea Observatory.

There's no better way to experience the amazing cultural diversity of Hawaii Island than to visit one of the farmers’ markets that take place all around the island. You’ll find fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables used in Hawaii Regional Cuisine, exotic varieties that are as intriguing as they are tasty plus an eclectic collection of prepared foods.The market is also a great place to pick up handmade artwork or a unique gift and strike up a conversation with the artist who made them.

When you're ready for some relaxation and 'Aloha' there is nothing better than coming home to the Zen Hale

Let us know if you will be celebrating a special occasion or have a certain need. We will do all we can to accommodate your request. You will always feel welcome and long to return to our unique retreat.

If the calendar at the Zen Hale is full, please contact us as we have other beautiful homes that may be available for your desired dates.

Aloha and Mahalo

Matthew and Rose

Tax ID# W00501720-02

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
October 26, 2016
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About Matthew

Moved to the Big Island 10 years ago from Portland, Oregon. I have lived all around the U.S. but I feel that this is my true home. Rose and I just spent an amazing month in Nepal and India, but the best part was coming back to Hawaii. In 1999, while attending an alternative building design seminar in Cottage Grove, Oregon, I was introduced to the concept of permaculture. Although the original focus of permaculture was sustainable food production, over time the philosophy of permaculture has expanded to encompass economic and social systems. Today I have my Permaculture Design Certification and also my Permaculture Teacher Training Certification. My passion now is working to make our Big Island property an example of permaculture design, and in cultivating Bodhisattva Healing Gardens to become a place where these healing ideas are shared.


Rose Riedesel, L.M.T.

Brennan Healing Science

Licensed Message Therapist

Cranial Sacral Therapist

Intuitive Wellness Coach


Matthew purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Matthew chose Kohala Coast

We chose our property for the excellent climate and the proximity to the best beaches and easy access to Waimea town.

What makes this cottage unique

There is no better place to take a nap in the afternoon or enjoy an evening of star gazing. Our elevation of 1800' provides breezes and milder temperatures and the perfect culture for organic farming.


based on 13 traveler reviews

average rating of 4.8461537 based on 13 reviews

privacy and perfect location

  • 5 of 5

I was so very lucky to find Zen Hale available when I chose to leave early from a substandard rental. It was exactly right for a single person (though would be equally great for a couple). Though a studio, the bedroom area is separated by a dramatic lava rock wall. The kitchen is quite adequate, and the bathroom is also comfortably sized and has a huge shower. Plenty of windows allow for cross breezes. Two amazing advantages, on top of the very pleasant accommodations, are the quiet privacy and the superb location just ten minutes from Waimea (with all of its great restaurants) and the top-rated beaches of Hapuna and at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel. If you don't make to the top of Mauna Kea for star-gazing, the Milky Way is astounding right outside the door!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jean, We are so happy you enjoyed your stay and glad that Zen Hale was available for you to escape from a bad situation at a substandard rental. You experienced everything we strive to provide for our guests....a private and relaxing space in a great location with everything you need for a short or extended stay. We can't take credit for the starry starry nights!! We hope you will come and visit Hawaii Island again and when you do allow us to be your hosts. It was our pleasure to have you as a guest. Mahalo, Matthew, Rose and Lynette
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  • 5 of 5

Zen Hale was just what the doctor ordered. Relaxing, quiet, gorgeous, and welcoming. The owner, Matthew is kind and welcoming and has done an amazing job with the rentals on property. I grew up in the area so knew this is where I wanted to be. You are only 10 minutes from one of the best beaches in the world. Waimea is a great central location. The scenery and ambiance cannot be beat. Lynette was very helpful and informative when I booked my stay as well as when I arrived and needed guidance (she and Matthew make a great team). I stayed for a week and wished it hadn't ended. I will be back! Thank you Matthew and Lynette!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: RELAXING, QUIET, GORGEOUS AND WELCOMING Thank you Malia.....that is just what we strive to offer our guests who stay at Zen Hale. We are so happy you enjoyed your visit and took advantage of our central location, natural beauty that surround our 2 acres and the comforts of Zen Hale. We would love to have you as a guest again and hope you don't wait too long to return. Aloha and Mahalo, Matthew and Lynette
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  • 5 of 5

Zen Hale is a very pretty property with nice landscaping, and cute interior decorating. It's clean, and nicely located for the northwest side beaches and making trips to the eastern side also and only a quick few miles to town for groceries, and gas etc. The owner (Matthew) and manager (Lynette) were very wlecoming, responsive, and prompt in communications - we appreciated the fresh eggs and use of some beach equipment, and the hens even chipped in for our composting needs! It's a tranquil location with some lovely open views - we enjoyed the quiet, peaceful, and relaxed ambience, and chatting with Matthew. Wished we could have stayed longer!

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Lynn, Clean, Cute/Comfortable and Centrally located is exactly what we strive to offer!! So glad you enjoyed your stay at Zen Hale and thank you for sharing your review. We were also sorry you had to leave and hope to see you in the future on another trip to Hawaii Island. Mahalo, Matthew and Lynette
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  • 5 of 5

Staying at the Zen Hale was a wonderful experience. Mathew, the owner, is very welcoming and we enjoyed the fresh eggs. The location is great for both getting to the beach and getting into the back country. I hope to return sooner than later.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Mark, We are happy you enjoyed your stay at The Zen Hale. It is a great space in a perfect location for exploring the Island and taking advantage of the great beaches on Kohala Coast. We hope to be your hosts again soon on your next visit to Hawaii Island. You'll always be a welcome guest. Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location, beautiful and peaceful. Zen Hale is perfect for one person or couple. The owner Matthew is welcoming and willing to share fresh eggs from the organic farm as well as fruit from the property. This was my second stay and I will be back. Mahalo. Bob

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Bob, Thank you for your allowing us to be your hosts again. A repeat guest is the best review. The Zen Hale is the perfect quiet and private space on our 2 acre property and we enjoy sharing the bounty with our guests. We hope to see you again soon. You will always be a welcome guest. Much Aloha, Matthew and Rose
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Beautiful, cozy, much aloha

  • 5 of 5

Lovely, private, welcoming, attention to was such a treat to stay at the Zen Hale. Great to come back to the sites, peaceful sounds and fragrant smells of this very unique space and property after exploring Waimea, Hapuna, Kawaihae, Hawi, Pulolu and Kona. Excellent hosts with warm aloha spirit and artistic aesthetic who made us feel at ease and grateful to share their beautiful cottage and gardens in Waimea. They were especially sweet with my son. Luscious fresh eggs too. Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Apr 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Deirdre, We are very happy that you gave us the opportunity to be your hosts at Zen Hale and that you were able to take advantage of the serenity and tranquil surroundings we strive to offer our guests as well as our great central location that encourages daily adventures. Kai is a joy!! We hoped he enjoyed his stay as well. We hope you will come visit us again. You will always be welcome. Much Mahalo, Matthew and Rose
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Red Water CAfe
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Mauna Kea Resort
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Mauna Kea Beach
Car: necessary

Waimea, also called Kamuela, is the largest town in the interior of the Big Island, and is the center for ranching activities and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy). This historic area full of rolling, green pastures is still home to cattle, cowboys and ranches. The Parker Ranch in and around Waimea is the largest privately owned cattle ranch in the US, and the annual Fourth of July rodeo is a major event.

But there is more to Waimea than just paniolo. This area is now home to a thriving community. You’ll find one of Hawaii Island’s finest chefs at Merriman’s Restaurant. Peter Merriman is three-time finalist in the prestigious James Beard Awards for Best Chef and is one of the founding members of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. You can also find the Kahilu Theatre here, a 490-seat cultural mecca on Hawaii Island featuring performances by renowned musicians, dancers and artists.

The Waimea Cherry Blossom Heritage Festival, held annually in the first week of February, has recently become another major event of the town. In the center of town you can find Hawaiian art at the Isaacs Art Center and the Wishard Gallery.

Waimea is also home to the headquarters of two astronomical observatories located on Mauna Kea, the W. M. Keck Observatory and the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. It is also headquarters of the International Lunar Observatory Association

To explore the road less traveled, the Kohala Mountain Road (Highway 250) leads north from Waimea to the charming town of Hawi. Most visitors miss this beautiful drive, but it’s a scenic way to get from Waimea to Hawi and the stunning Pololu Valley Lookout, which showcases breathtaking coastal views of the Hamakua Coast.


Rates & Availability

Waimea Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2016/2017 Winter Holiday
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $195
Tax Rate 13.25%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Waimea Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 485 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The bathroom is a full bathroom with shower. Hand Soap/Body Soap/Shampoo Provided Toilet Tissue Facial Tissue
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Studio - 1 queen
  • The bedroom has queen size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Rose Riedesel, L.M.T. Brennan Healing Science Licensed Message Therapist Cranial Sacral Therapist Intuitive Wellness Coach 808-896-2620

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