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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 a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 14, 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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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.


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
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
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


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Great Volcanoes Hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Unique, secluded home nestled in the forest. We were looking for hidden Hawaii and this home fit the criteria. Comfortable bed (both bedrooms upstairs) and everything you need to cook your own meals or eat at Volcano Village or Volcano House. Dan is very knowledgeable of the area, flora and fauna. Perfect location to go view the Volcano at night. The roads to this home are very narrow and dark at night and GPS does not always work. We had no problem navigating the roads in our rented SUV. Great satellite TV reception and WiFi. Dan is a very friendly host and we enjoyed all his memorabilia and artifacts from his travels. He has an extensive book and CD collection to enjoy while there. Also enjoyed the cooler temperatures and enjoyed sitting outside on the patio... saw wild pigs and pheasant one morning.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, everything you need

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed out stay at Dan's house - great to have two master suites so that everyone had their own bathroom and the beds were very comfortable. DVD player didn't work - I believe Dan was going to take that off the property description. Note that the house is in the rain forest, so hard to keep things super clean in that environment.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Off the beaten track

  • 4 of 5

This is a great house deep in the rain forest and several miles off paved roads. It is well furnished with everything you would need for your visit to Volcanos National Park. Dan was very welcoming and ready to meet any needs. We were even greeted with a bottle of wine, as well as books, maps and brochures on the area. And the price is great for what you get. there were only two of us, but this would be a good choice for a family or larger group.

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Houston, TX

If you want a place to get away and enjoy nature this is it! Wonderful place, we hope to return.

  • 5 of 5

This two bedroom house is the perfect retreat. My husband, our 22 year old son and myself spent two nights here in August. The house is nestled back in the rain forest an once there, you are surrounded by nature. At night you hear the nothing but the night-time sounds and the stars are amazing. We are all so happy we picked this location over any beach property. All three of us were sad to leave. Dan does a wonderful job hosting his guest. Our only regret was we couldn't stay longer.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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Plymouth, Michigan

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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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $50
Tax Rate 9.25%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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