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Elegant Rustic Jungle Hideway

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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage

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Pahoa Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 Bathroom, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4

Elegant Ohia and Redwood cottage hidden in the forest on one magical acre of paradise. Filled with exotic flowers and ferns, mysterious nature trails, and elegant

vines of turquoise jade blossoms.

Called 'The Tree House' by many, it is private and very cozy. This partially alternative energy home has all the amenities for a quality stay, with the ambiance

and the beauty of paradise. Offering more than 1000sf. of living space, it is fully furnished and sweetly decorated to please your eye.

Kitchen is complete with dishes, appliances, a full size refrigerator and stove.

There is a dining room and a lounging area with comfortable furniture and wood-burning stove.

The sleeping loft is 300sf, surrounded by windows

overlooking the forest. It is accessed from the living area by a well-built ladder

made from our local hard wood.

The second bedroom is located downstairs and is 200

The outdoor shower has a private view of lush jungle,but is protected from outside weather.

Electricity is supplied partially by solar as well as local power to assure constant availability. Cable TV, WiFi, local and long distance phone included.

Coffee, tea, fruit and flowers are provided.

It is located just 2 miles from Pahoa town and 10 minutes from the beach.

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Sheri Joy
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2016

About Sheri Joy

I built this home with my own hands with my love of nature and our earth as my guide. It was my first Goddess Castle. I love my paradise and wanted it to be part of my home. It is built of the wood of my jungle and redwood for endurance. The inside is filled with full on logs. This is who I am a full blown ecologist, loving paradise. Wanting to share it with the world

Sheri Joy purchased this cottage in 1991

Why Sheri Joy chose Puna District

Once you see my natural jungle all your questions will be answered. There are trails on this acre that make you feel you are in a National Park.

What makes this cottage unique

It is a place of healing visual serenity. The fauna and flora is wonderful. The lushness of the jungle renews your faith in the continuation of our world. The way the food just falls off the trees is so nourishing. You know why they call it paradise. It is my own National Park

Guestbook comments from the owner

thank you your were great guests and I enjoyed meeting you. All the stains came out and all was perfect. Say hi to your cute little guy for me.
Oct 2015
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based on 15 traveler reviews

Elegant Rustic Jungle Hideway
average rating of 4.4666667 based on 16 reviews

Unique Eco living property with amazing and generous owner

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this property and on Big Island. The property is everything it is advertised to be - in the middle of the jungle, a unique, well equipped and completely comfortable hideaway. Sleeping accommodation is on 3 levels - there is a double bed in a separate room downstairs, a pull out bed settee on the first level and an extremely comfortable queen bed in the loft space above. property is fully screened in, and the breeze blowing through and large ceiling fan keep it cool at night.

Our family loved every aspect of it. Our two young boys enjoyed the climb up the ladder to the loft space at night, though the bed is high up and requires a step to get on it (might not suit the elderly or those of an infirm disposition, though they could always sleep downstairs). We enjoyed the well equipped kitchen (every gadget you need and more), the outside shower (a unique closer to nature experience), the pretty green geckos that come into the house, and the opportunity for the boys to learn a bit more about eco living with the two toilet system. Most of all I loved the fact that the property has been deliberately designed to put a smaller footprint down on the planet and moves towards more sustainable living.

Equally enjoyable is meeting the owner Sheri. She is an amazing and interesting lady and I am so glad that we got the opportunity to meet and get to know her a bit. She built the house herself, and is a font of knowledge on Big Island, the places to go, and the things to do. All of her recommendations were spot on and the sheet of driving directions to places of interest is really helpful. We had a great time doing the following:

Uncle Robert's gathering on a Wednesday evening - truly eclectic with some delicious foods and goodies to sample, live music and a terrific atmosphere

The warm pools - great for bathing

Volcanoes National Park - best as night falls so you can get the best view of the current Kilauea eruption

Rim of Craters Drive - including Thurston Lava Tube

The clothing optional Black Sand beach (Kehena?)

Akaka Falls

Hawaiian Vanilla Company lunch (best food we ate on all the islands - every course flavoured with vanilla, and run by a really nice family with a very interesting story)

Snorkeling with the turtles at Honokohau and Ho'Okena Bays

Fresh Fruit

Things we didn't make time for and will one day return to Big Island for:

Coffee Plantation tour


Green Sand (Papakolea) Beach

New lava flow

Mahalo Sheri!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Albany, OR, USA

Lovely private jungle home

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I spend 10 days at Sheri's treehouse hideaway for our honeymoon. It was very comfortable and made it easy for us to make ourselves at home. Unfortunately, it had been raining a lot before (and during) our stay and so the solar panels were not charged up and half the lights around the house didn't work. All the important stuff did though, and so we were happy! The misquotes were bad, but Sheri had provided bug spray, thank goodness.

The compost toilet was easy and not stinky at all. The outdoor shower was AMAZING. We even had a lazy day and hung out at the house watching DVDs from the provided collection. :) The geckos and frogs were welcome company as well.

Overall we were so happy that we chose this place for our honeymoon getaway!

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Left after first day

  • 1 of 5

I emailed Sheri several weeks before our stay to get the address and check-in information before we left for the islands. I didn't get a response. A day or two before our stay I emailed her again requesting check-in info. No response. They day we were to check-in I still had not heard from her so I called and finally got the address of where we were going. She said she didn't know that VRBO didn't provide that information. When we arrived there was no welcome information or instructions on internet or password. I had to call the housekeeper to get the info.

The cabin was pieced together and nothing was sealed. We had the lights on to read and bugs swarmed us. I went to the loft and pulled back the covers to a 2-1/2" long bug under the pillow. We slept on the couches. When we awoke in the morning my husband was all broken out from the bug bites from the night before. We had intended on staying for 4 nights but we left that morning. I requested a partial refund but didn't receive anything. After a week I still had not received my deposit back so I called. She said she forgot and would take care of it that day. I did get my deposit back the next day.

I appreciate what she was trying to do with sustainable living - I have lived with compost toilets, gray water, and funky structures many times. I expected it to be done tastefully - this was very disappointing - just a hodgepodge cabin.

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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League City

Upscale Camping

  • 5 of 5

If you are from the city but enjoy the outdoors and camping, this beauty will soothe your senses. The home is well built, clean and comfortable. Nestled in the jungle, you will experience open screens, large glass windows, an outdoor shower and an eco-friendly theme throughout. Your hostess is generous with fresh fruit from her garden, fresh eggs from her chickens, and knowledge for all activities around. She is attentive and exceeded our expectations in helping us make arrangements for an extension in our stay. We enjoyed our time here immensely.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Petawawa, Ontario, Canada

Amazing jungle experience! Big Island at its best!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this place for our honeymoon and what an amazing experience. When you explore Big Island you rarely get to see the real jungle as there is so much old lava flows everywhere. The owner allowed nature to reclaim this land and the result is amazing. Most tourists never get to experience the real thing as most jungle areas are away from the roads. Going to bed with the sounds of nature is just amazing. I would recommend staying at least 4 days if you can as the region is fun to discover. Then make sure to plan at least 4 days on the other side of the island to experience the coffee growing region and its snorkeling. When staying here make sure to go on the Red Road, the hot springs, the secret black sand beach, Volcano Park and the new lava flow in Pahoa. There is also a fun get together spot that has live music 10 minutes away, where the road stops at the ocean. Restaurants in Pahoa are A+. I hope to return someday. Amazing place! Sarah the cleaning lady was super helpful and the owner is honest... she refunded us our deposit when we thought we could not come any longer... but we ended up making it... Sure glad we came!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Picturesque, rustic & wonderfully secluded

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I were looking for something away from the touristy areas. Somewhere quiet and surrounded by nature. What we found here was perfect. The locals call this area, "Living out in the country." It is very rustic and simple. It reminds a person that we don't really need all the things we have surrounded ourselves with at home. Simple really is better.

The owner, Joy, is wonderful. She always made sure that we were looked after. We had fresh fruit and eggs from her farm waiting for us we arrived. She would call every once in a while to make sure we had everything we needed.

We discovered some very fun points of interest near the tree house as well. Ahalanui Park has some warm pools where the ocean water is heated by underground volcanic activity. The clothing optional Kehena Black Sand Beach was a great experience. You may find yourself getting caught up in the moment while you're there. There is no judgement and many down-to-earth people that go there. It's kind of like stepping back into the 70's, if you get my meaning. A lot of fun.

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and mahalo, I love it when guests get my intention to give them a wonderful experience in paradise. You totally got it. Mahalo and I hope to see you again in the future.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
hilo international
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
pahoa inn
Nearest Golf
18 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
pahoa several
Nearest Beach
5 Miles

The cottage is located in an area close to natural warm pools, lava flows, clothing optional beach, state parks, and all of kinds of water sports, community farmers markets, entertainment events and so much more.


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Pahoa Cottage Rental Rates

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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,500
Cleaning Fee $75
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.5%

30 day cancellation policy

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
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Pahoa Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is small but well equipped. The shower is located under the house, outside. It is under the house so out of the weather but has a great view of the surrounding jungle. It is quite large. There is no tub.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • There is a ladder to the upstairs bedroom. It is very safe and easy to climb.
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
It's a great place to enjoy the beauty of paradise. It is close to many free, natural spots of the wonders of nature. Warm pools, lava flows, and great ocean

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