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Bedrooms 2
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
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.

Dan Taylor
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 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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Royal Hawaiian Estates House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 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.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Two master bedrooms, on second floor; Queen-size beds. Hardwood floors, with area rugs, dressers, chairs, mirrors, closets.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • 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
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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(52 traveler reviews)

average rating of 4.8846154 based on 53 reviews

nice place for 3amd more

  • 3 of 5

The house is a nice place, clean, two bedrooms and van easily host 4 people (with sofas more) - it is a little remote and we would recommend a robuste car because of the unpaved road, but it is close enough to the park - because of its remoteness we recommend arrival at daylight - owner is very nice an d friendly - piano not in best shape but playable (which is luxurius ip there)

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Dream retreat at Emerald Forest!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in three different VRBOs on the Big Island during our one-week stay in March. Emerald Forest was our favorite home! Dan was very kind and immediately answered all my questions before our arrival. Once we got to the house we were blown away by everything about it. The house itself is tucked at the end of the road surrounded by gorgeous forest. Inside it is beautifully decorated with all sorts of amazing pieces of art and furniture. Dan has impeccable taste showcasing all his world travels. Large windows and skylights allow for natural light to flow in. There are two gorgeous upstairs ensuite bedrooms with lovely comfortable linens, huge windows and beautiful bathrooms. Our group of five each found their own special nook in this home filled with special nooks! Mine was the kitchen, which pretty much provided everything needed including quality cookware. Check in with Dan before arrival so he can tell you what food items and condiments are already there.

Regarding practical logistics – the location was perfect for visiting Volcano National Park and peace and quiet. We enjoyed our hikes and crater viewing and being able to return to the house for meals or naps. The lanai [porch] was perfect for morning coffee and breakfast. Lovely comfy couches for reading and conversations inside. I also would strongly recommend staying here to locals needing a peaceful retreat away from Kona, Hilo and tourists ;)

The best part about this place was the feeling of home. We felt like guests visiting a dear friend – our host just happened to be out doing something ;) When we return someday we would love to stay longer in this lovely retreat!

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet, Remote, Spacious and near Volcano National Park

  • 5 of 5

I'm very selective about where I stay with VRBO. This rental met and exceeded my expectations, even on short notice. The unit is about 15 minutes from Volcano National Park and about 40 minutes from Hilo. Part of it's attraction is that it's isolated, in the middle of a jungle, accessed by travel on dirt roads, and on some acreage. There are no neighbors in sight, and in fact the nearest isn't even close. The sounds of the jungle (frogs, etc), interestingly enough, were less here than on the Kona side of the island, despite it's jungle location.

I stayed in the unit solo so there were no issues with space. There are two master bedrooms upstairs, each with bath and shower, making this unit ideal for two couples. Both bedrooms are "master" bedrooms with large beds. There is plenty of seating in the living room, and a woodstove for heating--which you are unlikely to need. The wood-fired hot tub outside is a trick to get started and takes hours to heat but very relaxing in the cool night air. Use the machete to strip kindling from the wood provided along with paper to get the thing going. There is plenty of wood.

This rental is close to being off-the-grid, equipped with solar panels and solar hot water, 80 gallon tank. Water is collected from the roof and delivered via two 6,000 gallon storage cisterns. It rains a lot here so water shouldn't be a problem but recognize that overuse might be an issue if occupants are many and not careful. Water pressure for the shower is moderate but serviceable and about what I expected. Wifi is REALLY slow! But it's better than nothing and worked fine for VOIP and email. Just don't plan on streaming Netflix.

Provisions in the home were adequate in the form of pots and pans, etc.

If I return, I will definitely stay here again. There is lots to do from this location, but I would recommend hiking the volcano during the day and viewing the lava at night. Your $20 entry is good for a week so you only pay once. The park is open 24 hours so you can come and go as you please. I went at 5:00 am (still dark) to see the lava flow and was completely alone at the viewing site. If you've got a decent SLR camera, bring it. If the lava continues to flow, you'll be able to see it splashing. The hike can be done in 1.5 hours if you're not stopping and is moderate for most. I also recommend taking a helicopter tour (Blue Hawaiian was professional, ask for a discount), the Waipo Valley, Carlsmith Park.

  • Submitted: Mar 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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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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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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
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.


Rates & Availability

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Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 9.25%

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