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SPACIOUS HOUSE IN AN EMERALD FOREST

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview


Details
Property
house
Sleeps
4
Bedrooms
2
Bathrooms
2
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

2 Bedrooms, 2-1/2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 4, views into tree-tops and stars at nigh

Very quiet, secluded open-style home. End of a gravel road, 2-1/2 miles from the Volcano Highway. Two Master BR upstairs, open-style kitchen and living area on the ground floor, with a wood-fired stove and a good supply of firewood. One-car garage. Secluded wooden 'Chofu' hot tub. Spacious 3-acre property with no nearby neighbors. Not recommended for families with children younger than 8 years old.


Owner
Dan Taylor
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, mandarin
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
70%
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About Dan Taylor

Retired National Park Ranger, devoted to forest conservation. I am intimately familiar with the nearby national park, and with most other recreational and cultural features in Hawaii Island. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of Hawaii natural and cultural history with travelers, and am happy to lead adventurous folks to places off the beaten track, if they ask.

I speak a little bit of Mandarin Chinese (Putonghua), and I especially hope travelers from China and Taiwan will feel welcome here.

Dan Taylor purchased this house in 2007

Why Dan Taylor chose Volcano

This property is part of the mid-elevation rain forest of Hawaii, now being broken up by development. I built my house here because it is as close as I can get to the natural forest and still feel connected to it. The house is built with big windows that look into the nearby treetops during the day and into the stars at night. Hot water is heated by solar panels; electricity is powered by photo voltaic panels, with backup from the electric utility. The property is a dedicated Conservation Easement --the first of several in the community.

What makes this house unique

Most travelers think of Hawaii as a place for beaches and warm surf, a welcoming spirit, and glitter. A little known feature of Hawaii, equally important and not very extensive, is the native rain forest, which abounds with interesting plants and animals. There is no other tropical rain forest in the US. Here a traveler can step into the natural, wild forest just 40 feet from the front door, and can hear the calls of native birds and insects, while sipping a morning coffee on the lanai. There is no car traffic and no nearby neighbors to disturb the peace. There is nothing lovelier than soaking in the hot tub on a cool evening, during a full moon, in the nearly absolute silence of the forest night. This is the life I have chosen for myself, and I am pleased I can make it available to others.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This family were the perfect guests. They found peace and quiet, away from their urban environment, and enjoyed the space and seclusion they wanted. They enjoyed visiting the national park nearby, both during the day and especially at night, where they could see the glowing vent of Kilauea Volcano after dark. It is an amazing sight!



The three adults and two pre-teen boys had plenty of room. I look forward to a return visit.
Oct 2013
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Amenities

Royal Hawaiian Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , twin wash basins
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , twin wash basins
  • Two bathrooms, with shower, two wash basins, one toilet in each bathroom. Hardwood floors.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Two master bedrooms, on second floor; Queen-size beds. Hardwood floors, with area rugs, dressers, chairs, mirrors, closets.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Attractions:
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby, and is the primary attraction in this part of Hawaii. This house is on a 3-acre lot, in a remote and partially developed, rural subdivision. Lots are mostly forested. A 30,000-acrea natural forest reserve is adjacent; nearest neighbor is 300 yards away. This part of Volcano is exceptionally quiet and serene. The property is a conservation easement grant, intended to maintain the native forest in perpetuity

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(49 traveler reviews)

SPACIOUS HOUSE IN AN EMERALD FOREST
average rating of 4.9183674 based on 50 reviews
5

Secluded, peaceful refuge with unique character and a charming and delightful host.

  • 5 of 5

This home was perfect for our family, close to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and away from the hustle and bustle of the touristy parts of the island. Dan was wonderful, welcoming us with a bottle of wine and a gracious smile. He is a thoughtful host supplying the house with little things that made our stay more interesting and free of hassle: guide books, local history books, instructions on how to use everything in the house, coolers and cold packs to take to the beach, suggestions for local restaurants... we found anything and everything we needed. Kids enjoyed trying out musical instruments from around the world and looking at pictures of marine creatures. Adults enjoyed waking up to bird songs and watching stars at night. We will definitely come back next time we visit the island.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN USA
5

Delightful place to stay, convenient to Volcanoes

  • 5 of 5

The owner Dan is a gracious, responsive host. The cabin is beautiful, exactly as advertised and convenient to the Volcanoes Park. My wife, sister, daughter and I loved the spacious, comfortable accommodations and really appreciated Dan's helpful suggestions

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Personality and privacy

  • 5 of 5

This was our second long stay at this home, which has proven absolutely ideal for our family of four. The property is at the end of a long dirt road and immediately adjacent to a forest reserve, so privacy is guaranteed. We have never seen another person in the combined five or six weeks we have stayed there. My kids love roaming around property, and my wife and I love the birdsong and the sense of being absolutely ensconced in the Hawaiian rainforest. Plus, unlike so many of the sterile, corporate home rentals you find in Hawaii, this home is infused with the good taste and personality of its owner, reflecting a lifetime of travel in exotic lands and a deep, reverential knowledge of Hawaii.

Which brings me to what's most special about this home: Dan Taylor. Previous reviews have documented what an exceptional host Dan is but perhaps haven't fully conveyed how much better your trip will be with the benefit of Dan's expertise as a former Hawaii Volcanoes National Park ranger and as a long-time resident of the area. Simply put, you'll see things most other visitors won't. And Dan isn't ever invasive. He helps out just as much as you'd like and is perfectly willing to leave you alone if that's your preference. We stayed in Dan's home originally because we wanted the privacy of the deep ohia forest and the quick access to the National Park, but we came back because of Dan. He's charming, wise, humble and deeply connected to this place -- the best of Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful stay in Volcano

  • 5 of 5

Had a lovely time!

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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VANCOUVER ISLAND BC CANADA
5

mauna mea

  • 5 of 5

After 5 weeks we had a tough time leaving.It was not just hard to part with the lovely property[3 lush acres of forest]and the comfortable, interesting home,we also had a hard time saying goodbye to the owner. We felt welcome and at home from the first day we arrived.The owner was available,but always respecting our privacy , never pushy.We were confident that we could count on him if we had any concerns or questions. This is a vacation property that is,in my mind at least, as close to perfect as is practicallypossible.

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Gunnison, Colorado
4

Solitude yet close to so much

  • 4 of 5

This lovely home is just as described. We loved the solitude and location away from it all, yet close enough to enjoy Volcano. Dan is a great host and we enjoyed our visit as well as talking with Dan. We spent our first day on an artists' studio tour and returned to enjoy a fire in the Jotul that evening. It poured rain that night but we woke to a beautiful day to enjoy our surroundings.

  • Submitted: Dec 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Hilo International
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Golf
8 Miles
Volcano Golf and Country Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Hawaii Route #11
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Hilo
Car: necessary

Volcano Village is well known for local graphic arts and handicrafts that are related to nearby volcanoes and Hawaiian culture. The Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is nearby, with dozens of interesting trails, guided walks, and activities, such as hula performances and artist seminars. Active lava flows are accessible for adventurous travelers.

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Rates & Availability

Royal Hawaiian Estates House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$125
$700
$2,000
 

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.25%

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