|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Beautiful!!! Waking up to see the beauty of Hawaii right outside our window was an incredible experience. Each night it cooled down and Dan provided plenty of firewood for our use. It was truly a home away from home. Close enough to all the areas we wanted to see, but far enough away to keep the feeling of home.
The house is nice and large. It is located at the end of a cul de sac next to park land. No barking dogs , frogs or chickens. So, yes it is very very quite. We enjoyed the soaking tub on one evening. I did have some trouble getting the fire going but once I did everything went well. Interior is very comfortable to relax and read or watch tv. It is approximately 15 minutes give or take to the park. My suggestion is to find the house during the day and become familiar with the route because at night it might get tricky to find the house. The bottle of wine was great and overall a very nice weekend.
Our family of five spent two nights at this spacious house in the woods in August and had a very pleasant stay. Dan was a terrific host and met us on arrival and provided us with everything we needed. It is remote (down a long gravel road) but well situated for visiting Volcano National Park (maybe 10 minutes away). The house is beautifully decorated and well furnished. Dan even helped us fix a flat tire on our rental car on our way out (thanks Dan!) I would recommend this place to anyone visiting the park, which was also great!
We stayed at Dan's place for a little over a month, and found it a perfect place to appreciate mid-elevation Hawaiian forest. At the end of a long driveway, the property backs onto forest reserve. The only sounds we heard were the wind, rain, and the singing insects and birds. The house is comfortable, with upstairs bedrooms and baths with nice views of the forest. The kitchen had everything we needed to make our own meals over the month. Dan is a friendly host, and we enjoyed getting to know him. Thanks for everything, Dan.
Needed a break from town (kona). Between work, and rushing hours of Kona it was becoming a bit crazy. This was exactly what the doctor ordered. It was so amazing we invited our friends for a night. The hot tub was so AMAZING!!!!! This is definitely going to be our go to spot. I felt so at home, the fire place definitely took me back to Idaho days.. sitting in a log cabin with snow. But this was even better.. thank you so much for sharing your home to us! Hope to see you again soon!
Mahalo Dan and Aloha! !!
Fun to relax by the wood stove and read. Spacious, rustic, comfortable, beautiful. We liked that the property is eco-friendly and off-the-grid. Although the house feels so private & remote, the location is very convenient for visiting Volcano National Park. The park is just a few minutes up the road, as are the restaurants in Volcano Village. We did hikes and activities at the park during the day, returned to Emerald Forest to relax in the evening, then zipped back up to the park late at night to look at the lava glow from Jaggar. The owner, Dan, is a great guy, a really warm, kind human being. Great to work with. We'd highly recommend Emerald Forest and would happily return.
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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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$250|
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