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Beautiful Royal Palm Acres a piece of Paradise awaits you and your family.

Bedrooms Studio
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Very comfortable living conditions where you can sit back and relax.

Two acres of beautifully landscaped property. Remote controlled air conditioned cottage, with all the amenities necessary to make your stay unforgettable. . You will want to come back again and again. If you are looking for the best in Paradise our property is the place. We have over 50 fruit trees you may freely pick from, There is nothing like fresh squeezed lemonade or sweet banana's in the morning.

The finest of the Big Island is here and we will make sure your visit is the trip of a lifetime.

Activities ( nearby) :

15 min: Makuu Swap Meet, Pahoa food and shops, zoo, macadamia nut factory shop and tours.

20 min: Airport, movies, Starbucks, Macy’s, Sears, Waiopae Protected Tide Pools (snorkeling heaven)

30 min: Hilo Port, Hilo town shopping, Rainbow Falls, Huge Banyan Tree Park on Hilo Bay, the Japanese gardens on Hilo Bay, Hilo municipal golf course , Volcano Golf Course.40 min: Volcano National Park, Tropical Botanical Gardens, Akaka Falls, scenic drive on Hamakua Coast.Kalapana market every Wednesday night from 4pm till 10pm, live music and many different types of food, this event is a local tradition.and is a MUST visit.

More Details

Michael Bighaus
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 28, 2017

About Michael Bighaus

My wife and I really love making our property as beautiful as possible. My wife Rute is from Brazil and speaks three languages, English, Spanish and Portuguese. I on the other hand speak English and a little Spanish and a little Portuguese, when I say little I mean very little however, I am learning.

We bought the property about 10 years ago. We planted all the trees even before we built. After having the property cleared we put down hundreds of yards of cinder soil over the entire two acres. All the trees you now see, were planted just as starts only a couple feet tall, now the Royal palms are from 25 feet to 30 feet tall. Most of the fruit trees were planted at the same time and are producing delicious fruit. At least once a year we plant a couple more different kinds of fruit trees. Because my wife is from Brazil, we have even found a few varieties from Brazil, one is called Brazilian cherry. A couple years ago we added several different varieties of Banana's, some are cooking banana's.

We really hope you enjoy our place as much as we do and will make it like your own when you are here.

Why Michael Bighaus chose Puna District

I am a Vietnam Veteran and years ago I came from Vietnam for a break from the war, we called it R&R, at that time, I fell in love with the weather and the beauty of the tropics. I decided that if I ever had the chance to live in Hawaii I would do it. I have been blessed to find a wife who loves the same things as myself, the beauty of the ocean and a warm tropical breeze. We both love long walks and the ocean is not but a perfect evening stroll. All our neighbors are wonderful who never seem to be in a hurry and find it easy to talk story. These are just a few of the reasons why we chose this property.


Keaau Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Building Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , Bath sink and cabinet
    1 Bathroom - outdoor shower , The outside shower is not heated, But really refreshing.
    Bathroom 2 - shower
  • There is a 4 foot inside shower, the bathroom has a toilet, sink and mirror. We furnish all the paper products and clean towels. The outside shower is not heated however is very refreshing on a hot day. The outside shower is located through the laundry room and behind the locked wooden door. Some have stated that they enjoy the outside shower even more then the one inside.
  • Studio, Sleeps 5
  • Studio - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    1 Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • The cottage is a studio, it has one Queen size bed and a futon that folds out to make another queen size bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • shuffleboard
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have streamlined our checkout process to make it easier for guests so they can get back on the road. We have hired a new housekeeping company who will be responsible for making the bed, washing,drying folding and putting away all linen and towels. There will only be a few requirements for our guests. #1 Wash all dishes and put away. #2 Put inside garbage in outside container. #3 Make sure everything is removed from the fridge. Turn off AC and inside lights.#4 Lock all doors and put the key back in the lock box and turn dial. Our cleaning company will come and do a complete inside and outside cleaning to get everything ready for the next guests. Mahalo for checking out before 11:00 am..


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(36 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Royal Palm Acres a piece of Paradise awaits you and your family.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 36 reviews

This cottage is one of the most beautiful I've stayed at!!! Gorgeous, quiet piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely love my stay at Paradise Palm! Everything was well organized, the owner was helpful with the clear instructions to get there. It is quiet, peaceful and tranquil. The landscaping is very nicely maintained. I enjoyed picking fresh lemons every morning to make a drink. There's even a blender there to make smoothies. It has everything one needs for a pleasant and private getaway. It is minutes away from the Wednesday Makuu farmers market. I would definitely go back! Thanks again for such a great experience. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, my wife Rute and I are really happy you had a good time while visiting Hawaii glad you took advantage of the lemons. Please come back whenever you decide to take a trip to Hawaii. Mahalo Mike and Rute
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The property was very big and beautiful awesome fruit trees the house is very nice nice set up insid

  • 5 of 5

I would definitely stay there again very nice oweners. Very nice property nice privacy amazing fruit trees awesome sleeping at night with the window open nice fresh air sleep like a baby. Washer and dryer they have a blenders to make smoothies which is a huge plus unlimited amounts of bananas at your finger tips. Stores not that far away that was nice too. Snorkeling gear and other thing to do in the water. Heated pools not that far away from property. Overall definitely a beautiful place to stay lots of privacy another plus no one to bother you. So if you are thinking about stay here well worth it trust me aloho from Jesse peace :)

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jesse for the kind words. Glad everything worked out for you at our place, you can come back any time. Glad your first time to Hawaii was a good one. Mahalo and Aloha, Mike and Rute
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Clean, comfortable, and great location

  • 5 of 5

We loved this cottage! It had everything we needed to be comfortable: towels, comfortable bed, lots of pillows/blankets, stove, range, fridge, microwave, TV, chairs to sit on the porch, washer/dryer. It was nicely decorated and clean. The yard was private and gorgeous with lots of birds and trees. We loved the location.. 20 minutes from Kapoho tide pools (best snorkeling we found out of five different locations on the Kona and Hilo sides), 20 minutes from the Ahalanui warm ponds, 30 minutes from Volcanoes National Park, 20 minutes from Kalapana where we rented bikes to ride out to the active lava flow, 20 minutes from Hilo, and 30 minutes to the first of the waterfalls.

Check in/out was easy and Rute was very helpful.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really sounds like your vacation was full. We would love having you back on your next trip to Hawaii. You were a pleasure renting to . thanks so much for the kind words about our place. Mahalo Mike and Rute
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A Hidden Jewel

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I cannot say enough good about this place. If you like quiet, like birds and frog noises, lots of beautiful landscape, fruit trees galore, like a well organized home with plenty of space to put your things, a nice bed and futon couch, internet and cable that work perfectly, grill and all the toys, washer, dryer and everything is clean. Such a short drive from the Hilo airport. We usually go to the beach and hang out but this place was so nice, we mostly stayed put. Thank you to the owners for their quick response always with any questions and the neighbor nearby who could help if need be, but there was no need. We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, so glad you had a good time. You are most definitely welcome to come back whenever you want. Mahalo Mike and Rute
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A piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

MY wife and I had a very enjoyable stay at the cottage. It was very clean, comfortable, and well equipped. The fruit trees were a very giant plus to someone from Wyoming. Picking your own citrus fruit from the trees and eating them fresh and juicing them was a new experience for us. The location was great for access to tide pools and the lava viewing which was an amazing experience for us. We would recommend the cottage to anyone who enjoys the hawaiian culture and outdoor life. Thank you very much to the owners Mike and Rute.

Robert and Debbie

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay at our property, Rute and I welcome you back whenever you are in Hawaii . Thanks for the 5 star rating. It makes us feel good knowing we have done something right.At some point we plan on adding another bedroom and extra bath, once that is completed we will add that information to our website. Mahalo Mike and Rute
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Small house with a huge garden

  • 4 of 5

In the middle of jungle we enjoyed our stay in this small house. It was little hard to find in the first.

This side of the islad is rainy but a good location to drive around and see things. We went swimming in warm springs close by. Horseback riding we did in northern part of the islad and beaches we visited in Kona side. Volcanos and lava was impressive, but maybe the best experience was swimming with sea turtles just next to the airport. This was really nice stay to our family.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time. Wow you did a lot while there. Thanks for letting people know what adventures are available. Please come back again and thanks for the review.
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Hulihe'e Palace
"Beautiful white sand beached, great restaurants and friendly people."
Hiilawe Falls
Nearest Airport
18.6 Miles
Hilo Airport
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highway 130
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Pahoa Mexican Restaurant
Nearest Beach
14 Miles
Kalapana Black sand beach

Wednesday nights at Kalapana market is a must see from 4pm to 10pm. lots of different foods and local music.

Sunday Makuu market is a great place to get anything you may need such as fresh fruits and veggies or just want to listen to interesting local music.


Rates & Availability

Keaau Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

House cleaning $85 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.41%

The property is to be left in the same condition as when you arrived. This a a non smoking unit. Pets are not allowed. Check in time is after 4 pm and check out time is before 11 am this will enable the cleaning staff to get the cottage ready for the next guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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