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Big Island Vacation Houses presents: The Bungalow. This lush, tropical oasis is located in beautiful North Kohala and offers an immersive Hawaiian experience removed from the tourist traps and bustle of other locales. In fact, it may have you believing you're a local.
A large variety of lush flora envelopes and divides the property, including hibiscus, birds of paradise, orchids, ferns, palms, an awesome banyan tree and fruit trees offering the freshest mangoes, papayas, bananas, and avocados that are yours for the picking. Savor oceanic, pastoral or jungle views as tropical birds sing, geckos chatter, the island breezes caress the trees, and the resonance of the tide rhythmically whispering in the distance.
The Bungalow is a one bedroom house complete with a bali-stone outdoor shower, king bed, deck, covered veranda, kitchen, living room with a queen pull out sofa and satellite tv and the use of beach chairs and a boogie board.
You are a short drive from the historic town of Kapaau, home of the original King Kamehameha I Statue. The charming downtown area has great art galleries and several wonderful restaurant as well as Kamehameha Park which has great tennis courts, a public swimming pool, a skate park and wonderful children playground. There is even a small public golf course you can play on for a nominal fee. A short drive in the other direction leads you Keokea Beach Park, which is a great spot for a picnic. Continue on and you come to the end of the road at the stunning Pololu Valley Overlook where you can enjoy a spectacular view hike down to the valley.
A few minutes past Kapaau is the colorful town of Hawi, known as North Kohala’s biggest little town. It is home to a weekly farmer’s market that we think is one of the best on the island. Be sure to sample local varieties of popular fruits, like apple bananas, strawberry papaya and in season, super sweet white pineapple! Hawi is also the bicycle turnaround for the annual Ironman World Championship held every October and has a great selection of unique shops and tasty restaurants. The world famous Bamboo Restaurant is consistently voted one of the best restaurants on the island with a great lineup of live music featuring award winning Hawaiian musicians. There are also wonderful alternative healing practices located here, with massage therapists , acupuncture specialists, naturopaths, herbalists, and a variety of yoga styles represented.
North Kohala is perfectly located to take advantage of many fun activities including scenic coastal rides on horseback or ATVs, the Kohala Zipline, Kayaking the Kohala Ditch and hiking trails galore. Head up the mountain road to Waimea and experience one of the best scenic drives in the US, with incredible views of Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and its observatories and a birds eye view of South Kohala with all its resorts and white sand beaches. The beaches in Kohala are the best on the island, including world famous Hapuna beach (Conde Nast rated it one of the top 10 beaches in the world), scenic Mauna Kea Beach, child friendly Spencer Beach Park and local favorite Beach 69.
Head down the coast towards South Kohala and you’ll discover many historical sites and parks along the coastline to enjoy. Lapakahi State Park is the site of an ancient fishing village and a great spot for snorkeling and whale watching. The harbor town of Kawaihae is home to a variety of tour companies offering scuba, snorkeling and whale watching tours. There’s also a nice selection of shops and galleries along with great dinning and music at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant or popular Café Pesto.
This private Eden reveals three other private houses spread out over 2 acres and presents a variety of accommodations, as each house offers it's own distinctive floor plan. The entire property sleeps 18-20. Please view our other rental listings at VRBO/215142, VRBO/215410 and VRBO/152916. The listing for the whole property is VRBO/481173
See a video tour of the Bungalow by clicking on 'Video', which is located at the top of the page in the main photo's section.
Keywords: Bungalow, House, Vacation, Big Island, Jungle, Kohala, Pololu, Paradise
The pictures you see describe the Bungalow perfectly. It was as beautiful as we imagined. We were looking for a cozy, comfortable and secluded place to relax and enjoy our time that we were not adventuring. This was the perfect place. It was easy access to the nearby towns, parks and beaches and no more than an hours ride to Kona. The Bungalow had everything we needed for making our meals and going to the beaches. The views were amazing, especially from the shower. The sound of the birds really made the jungle feeling complete. We visited the whole island and found this area to be our favorite. The Bungalow was the perfect stay in our new favorite place. We would highly recommend this to everyone.
We were impressed with how well the bungalow was built and how clean it was. We enjoyed the outdoor shower and didn't mind the bathroom being a few steps from the bungalow. Set in the quiet, peaceful northern part of the island, the serenity of the location was only disturbed by cattle close by one night. Though it did require a little driving since it was quite remote, there were enough beautiful spots close by to make it worth it. The towns of Kapaau and Hawi offered nice shopping and good coffee. We would recommend the bungalow to anyone traveling to the northern part of Hawaii.
My husband, 9 year old son and I stayed at the Bungalow. We had a memorable and unique experience to say the least. The place was built with nature in mind, with 2 double doors on either end of the bungalow, that gave it an airy, outdoor, relaxed feel, as well as large porches and an outdoor hallway/lanai where we spent many of our meals and talks. My son adored Mike, the co-owner/builder who happened to be there taking care of the other rentals on the property. Mike cracked open coconuts for our morning drink, showed us which fruit in the property were ready to peak, gave us a multitude of "local" recommendations from restaurants to where to see a great sunset. He even hosted a movie night with local neighbors. We had just come from Kona, and the change of scenery here, and the solitude and natural surroundings was a welcome change from the hustle and bustle of Kona. Come here if you are looking for something different than a resort or condo, if you like nature and waking up and listening to natures creatures. There's beautiful hiking 2 miles away at the Black Beach where my husband and I ran to every morning. Made a one day family trip from the look out point then hiked more on the other side of the beach. We only made it to the bench, but it goes on and on to the other valleys.
Thanks for an unforgettable experience.
I planned to take my sisters to experience the Big Island and all of the amazing variety the island has to offer and was delighted to discover this gem! While arranging a time to spend time with friends who live in Kohala, the Bungalow was suggested for our stay and I am glad it was!
Below are each of our reviews:
My experience staying at the Bungalow with my sisters was perfect. I am so grateful that it was available for us to enjoy two nights (which wasn't enough because we enjoyed it so much). I liked how close we got to be to our friends' place with their amazing pineapple farm, and the distance to Pololu Valley Overlook was perfect for the view, hike, and perspective.
The place was aesthetically pleasing, the space was comfortable and well taken care of (great deign, newly built, and clean). We loved that we were able to do laundry before hitting the road to our next destination too! I highly recommend this little place to stay and encourage anyone who wants a little place for a retreat or solitude to check into the little sweet Bungalow.
I would have to agree wholeheartedly to the original description we read about it: " Big Island Vacation Houses presents: The Bungalow. This lush, tropical oasis is located in beautiful North Kohala and offers an immersive Hawaiian experience removed from the tourist traps and bustle of other locales. In fact, it may have you believing you're a local."
one sister said: Loved the bungalow! So quaint with tons of personality! Favorite piece by far for me was the outside stone shower The details of the bungalow really made it a special place. Also really loved the hutch in the kitchen that housed silverwear, pots and pans, and the like. I could go on and on...The geckos were so fun to find all over the place as well!
other sister said: I can't wait to come back and stay for longer! This bungalow was perfect for our Hawaii get away. From the comfortable bed to the full kitchen, we had everything we could want from a place and more!
The location was perfectly situated in the hills, tucked away from everything. The wifi was fast and when we had a question about the laundry, we were kindly helped.
I couldn't be happier about having the privilege to stay at this lovely bungalow!
My wife and stayed here for 10 days while on our honeymoon and will never forget the amazing time we had. Just to echo the previous reviews, the information given is all 100% accurate. The location is very private and incredibly relaxing. After months of wedding planning the Bungalow gave us a great place for some secluded time to ourselves but also allowed us to enjoy some sight seeing, great beaches, and shopping. Some days were spent driving the island while others were simply enjoying the privacy, something that is tough to find in a resort environment. This place was great. The locals were so welcoming and such great people that leaving was a little difficult. Thankfully we returned with memories of our honeymoon that we will never forget. We look forward to returning in the future!
My husband and I stayed at this bungalow for 5 nights and we loved everything about it. We wanted to stay in a quiet place, away from the hotel and touristy scene and this rental provided exactly that. Since it is located in Kapaau, you have to have a car and be OK with spending some time driving around to explore the island and go to nice, sandy beaches.
With that in mind, there are tons of amazing places near by. The Pololu Valley is the closest attraction to the rental that I can think of and the Mauna Kae beach is about 30 min drive and both well worth it !!
The pictures provided are pretty accurate describing the unit and all around, it is well equipped with towels and bathroom necessities, kitchen utensils, etc.
I have to say, although the Bali-style shower was one of the reasons why I leaned toward this rental, I wouldn't have minded an indoors shower and bathroom area fully attached to the main house. After seeing the biggest spiders around the shower area we wouldn't take showers after sunset and I wasn't crazy about going to the bathroom in the middle of the night either. This WASN'T A DEAL BREAKER at all and like I said, you are told this a tropical area with critters around (those spiders weren't poisonous) and information is fully disclosed form the get go!
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay in this bungalow and most of all, it was the perfect place to relax. I would recommend this place to couples who are looking for a nice, quite place opposite to the hotel experience you can get anywhere but shouldn't while on vacation in the Big Island!
The Big Island's North Kohala district is the discriminating travelers' best-kept secret. Experience 'Old Hawaii' in the charming historic towns of Hawi and Kapaau, with artists' shops, galleries, and delightful cafes. Historic sites - the famous statue of King Kamehameha, state parks, tropical gardens, Pololu Valley - with its majestic views, black sand beach, and scenic hiking trails. Or kick back, and enjoy some of the island's best beaches. Whale watching is seasonal (December through April), but the sea turtle sightings occur year-round.
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