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Big Island Vacation Houses are a lush, tropical oasis located in beautiful North Kohala and offer 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.
This private Eden reveals four 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 12-14, or if you have a smaller party you can rent just one or more of our rentals that individually sleep between 2-6. Please view our other rental listings at VRBO/215142 (The Banyan House), VRBO/152916 (The Mango House), VRBO/215410 (The Bamboo Suite), and VRBO/452049 (The Bungalow). All of the rentals come fully equipped with beach equipment including chairs, beach towels, boogie boards, snorkel, fins and masks.
The Banyan House is two stories of luxury, housing an impressive 9 foot solid koa-slab island in the 1st floor kitchen, large first & second story lanais (including a screened in area on the second story that can be used as a third bedroom), two queen sized bedrooms and 2 baths (including a private bali-stone outdoor shower).
The Mango House is a luxuriously designed 2,000 square foot house. The king sized master bedroom on the first floor accesses the 1,000 ft. of covered lanai deck, including a privatee outdoor bali-stone shower. The upstairs loft bedroom with another king bed as well as a trundle bed, has its own half bathroom and upper level private lanai. There is another full bathroom on the first floor as well.
The Bamboo Suite is a king sized master suite with its own kitchen, sitting area, dining table, bath, and lanai – including a private bali-stone outdoor shower. The unit also has a convertible sofa bed which sleeps two.
The Bungalow is a one bedroom house complete with a private bali-stone outdoor shower, king bed, deck, covered veranda, kitchen, living room with a queen pull out sofa and satellite tv.
The surrounding area:
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.
See a video tour of the whole property by clicking on 'Video', which is located at the top of the page in the main photo's section.
Our stay was amazing! My family of 18 including nieces and nephews ranging from 6 months to 18 were accommodated quite easily. I didn't hear one complaint from anybody the entire stay. The property is a good click away from any of the sandy beaches but the location and solitude more than made up for that. It was super quiet and easy to find. The beds were very comfortable. Ample sheets and towels. The snorkeling gear and boogie boards were a hit. I would highly recommend this place for anybody looking for a large group stay on the Big Island. In fact, I'd love to go back.
Great location-great accommodation's. Weather was very hot which made inside uncomfortable , I know you can't control the weather but maybe some AC in units would help. Our TV never did work even after requesting help on cable. Dryer was making awful noise. Overall, our family did enjoy out time but because of the weather it wasn't very comfortable inside. lots of cold showers trying to stay cool.
Our family was fortunate enough to stay at the Banyan House for a week in August 2014. Mark was such a gracious host, and was more than accommodating. Although he was not on the island at the time of our visit, we felt his presence everywhere. There’s a lot of love and care that has gone into this special place, and you can feel it the more time you spend here, and you are able to really sink into island life and connect back to yourself. We had heard about the property for many years, but were completely blown away by actually being there, and experiencing the tranquility and peace that this land has to offer.
We had the unique experience of arriving the day before the big hurricane hit, and Mark went above and beyond to provide a safe haven for us. Mark checked up on us during the storm, and his brother Mike, the caretaker and home builder, came over with food for us, candles and a generator to make sure we were safe and well cared for. What was potentially a scary situation became a beautiful memory, and one in which we will never forget.
Once the hurricane had passed (the house was solid--we were in no danger!), we experienced a truly relaxing time, here at this gorgeous home, with plenty of space, lush gardens filled with tropical treasures, and the kind of peace that is hard to find in the world. We were in our own paradise--and it was such a gift to us to be able to experience island life with our daughters, away from the tourists and crowds. The gorgeous beaches were an enjoyable drive away, and so were the waterfall hike and little local town, filled with vegan food, delicious sushi, and yummy ice cream and coffee.
Whenever we've gone to Hawaii in the past, we've stayed on Maui at a condo on the beach. When we come in the future, we will be staying on the big island, up in the Highlands at the Banyan House. We absolutely loved being tucked away and living like locals! This property is perfectly set up for a group stay, and on the other hand, how private it can be if there are others staying in the separate living spaces. It offers the best of both worlds.
Thank you Mark and Mike for a truly beautiful experience. We hope to visit your gorgeous piece of paradise again soon!
With much gratitude, Susan, Bo, Anna and Olivia
We did indeed have a retreat! It was calm and beautiful - just what you need for a weekend exploration with God and your walk with Him. We prayed, sang and ate. Thank you so much for allowing us to stay here. The resident nightingale was the topper to the weekend. We are all locals, all live nearby or on other islands so this hidden away house was a surprise and a blessing. Thanks again.
Our family could not be more impressed with this retreat! We wanted to get away, relax and experience Hawaii like the locals. The houses sit in a rainforest like atmosphere and have the closeness and sometimes very needed private space so the whole extended family or friends enjoy the retreat.
We spend most of our time on the back porches that overlook a spectacular banyan tree and water views. The inside contains everything you need to make it home away from home including: grills, hair dryers, beach chairs, and working wifi!
If you want to explore village life you are just down the street from two famous villages in North Kohala. There is a local beach within walking distance and of course easy access to the public beaches located on Hwy 19. Hwy 230 is around the corner to take you to the breathtaking waterfalls of Waipio.
We have all ages staying together and there is something for everyone to enjoy.
We will definitely be back to this retreat and I know you will treasure your time here as well.
A big thanks to the housekeeping service and maintainence staff....impeccable.
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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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
No refunds within 30 days of arrival