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SPACIOUS HOUSE IN AN EMERALD FOREST

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

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 hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 18, 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.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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
  • 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

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5

Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

Very much enjoyed the stay at this place. Located about 10 minutes from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, it feels like you are in the middle of nowhere but truly you are only a mile or so off the main road. The wood fire hot tub was really nice after a long day in the park and the house is very comfortable. Would highly recommend this place.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic Rainforest Home Ideal For Visting Volcanoes National Park

  • 5 of 5

To be clear, I had read the positive reviews about this house and we had high expectations, but this far exceeded even those expectations! We fell in love with the place from the moment we drove up.

To say the house is secluded would be an understatement - it is surrounded by a beautiful forest and you cannot see any other structures. While this may not be for everyone (if Waikiki Beach is your speed, for example, this may not be your best bet), we loved this aspect. It is also only a few miles from HVNP, meaning that it is very convenient for visiting the park. The location is very good for visiting Hilo as well.

Inside, there is plenty of space and you are aware that you are in a house, not a glorified hotel. It is well-stocked, has full laundry/kitchen/bathrooms, etc. - you have basically everything you need for a stay. It is very nicely decorated and very neat inside, with information on sites around the Big Island.

The owner is absolutely fantastic as well. We asked Dan questions about things to do, and he provided a lot of input. When we said we were hiking to see lava, he took the time to bring us 2 extra head lamps for our journey. We had some great conversations on a wide variety of subjects, too.

I would recommend arriving during the day and not at night - expect to use your GPS to get there if you arrive after dark. Also, I would rent a 4x4 - we had a Jeep and it was perfect because some of the roads to get there are gravel.

Overall, a fantastic, fantastic experience! Would we stay there again? Absolutely! We are already pondering when we can go back! We fell in love with the Big Island and cannot recommend it highly enough.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Close to the volcano national park

  • 5 of 5

Nice house cozy and big. The surroundings are very beautiful. The owner is very kind. The house is about 13 minutes away from the volcano national park. I recommend this house to everyone.

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Secluded and peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Dan is quite a gracious host and very responsive to questions and helpful with suggestions. The house is at the end of a gravel road - very secluded and quiet. The home is spacious and filled with artwork and carvings from his travels. We had a wonderful stay - thanks Dan!

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

Absolutely gorgeous rental in the rain forest!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I rented this house at the start of our honeymoon trip. Dan left us a bottle of wine and chocolates to start the celebration. The house was even roomier than the pictures show. It's got 2 cozy couch/lounge areas downstairs which were great for the drizzly mornings sipping coffee. The kitchen is fully stocked, and we used it for making breakfasts before heading to volcanic national park each day to go hiking.

The beds are comfortable, and the house was roomy, airy and beautiful. Even the many bathrooms had cute touches! We will definitely try to come back some day. Dan's house is amazing, and close to the town and national park for those of you interested in exploring. I'd suggest you visit the crater at night to see the glowing red of the lava!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Very relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We felt so welcome from the moment we stepped into the house. Dan was such a gracious host, and made sure we had everything we needed. The house is marvelous!! There is plenty of room to move around, and everything we needed was at the home. I really appreciated having a well stocked kitchen so we could have a big breakfast to start our day, or a light supper when we arrived home. The house was always cool and I slept amazingly well. We also enjoyed using the hot tub a couple of nights. We are very happy we stayed at this house, it made our trip to Hawaii even more special.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • 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

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Additional information about rental rates

Damage Deposit $250

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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