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Adorable Eco-Cabin in walking distance to ocean

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Minimum Stay 30 nights

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Pahoa Cabin Rental Photos and Description

512 sq' private, quaint jungle screenhouse feels like you're living outdoors

Listen to the ocean, bird songs and breezes from this adorable, custom screen house in Lower Puna. Wood floors adorned with Turkish and Persian rugs and mahogany trim give a rich, vibrant feel to the cabin, which sits alone on a 1/5 acre property bordered by a native ohi'a forest.

Simple, outdoor-living feel, ideal for one or two people. Screened walls, high grade tarp roof, hot outdoor shower, composting toilet, water catchment and DSL internet. At the end of a no-outlet road in the unique Kalapana Seaview Estates community, one mile from Kehena black sand beach and Kalani Honua Resort, 13 miles to Pahoa town, 35 miles to Hilo.

Cottage is 16' x 20' with large loft and two 8' x 10' lanais. Furnished with double mattress in loft and double futon couch below, there is also a single tri-fold futon available for the floor. Comes stocked with dishes, towels, bedding, etc. Includes propane, electricity, phone and DSL internet. Free use of surfboard (you repair any dings) and some snorkeling gear.

1990 Subaru 4-door standard hatchback available for $450/mo, gets 36+ mpg.

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 3, 2016

About Kealahi

Free spirit adventurer who loves to travel and make my one-of-a-kind home available to others!

Kealahi purchased this cabin in 2004

Why Kealahi chose Puna District

I bought this property in 2004 and built the cabin in 2007. I love it's location next to the native o'hia state forest in the great community of Seaview.

What makes this cabin unique

People rave about the outdoor shower. I love the outdoor feel of the whole place. Initially the screened walls were meant to be temporary until I decided what kind of walls and windows I wanted. Now I can't image changing it from the way it is!

Guestbook comments from the owner

The only thing wrong with this little dwelling is that I am not there right now to enjoy it! My boyfriend & I spent 3 nights in this lovely place, and out of our 2 week stay in Hawaii, this one was by far the best. We had booked a couple other "fancier" places, thinking that we would need a reward after "roughing it", but this place had way more charm & atmosphere than the rest. I immediately felt at home here. The cottage is spacious, comfortable, clean, and has about everything you need to cook a nice meal. The latrine was about one of the nicest smelling ones I've ever been in. (It might not hurt to have a chamber pot, though, if you're feeling too lazy to go out in the middle of the night. Maybe there is one, but I didn't find it. ) Of course, I was in heaven with the outdoor shower, enshrouded with orchids and other lovely blooms, and boy, (look out!) is that water ever hot, and there's plenty of it! There's even a light to shower at night. It rained frequently while we were there & I was surprised at how few bugs there were. (I don't think I got bitten by one mosquito, and they always really like me... but of course that is no guarantee..) Obviously, there is a degree of outdoor living entailed, so having some notion of whether you like camping would probably be helpful.

Kealahi a such a delightful person. I really appreciate her devotion to protecting the environment & minimizing the impact of tourism on this island's fragile ecosystem. It really shows that she loves this place, with all the care that she puts into it.

I still miss that nightly frog symphony. This is a very romantic place, and the location near the gorgeous highway 137, is awe inspiring, and a wonderful area to explore. I would make sure to show up before dark the first day, as it's a little tricky to find. Also allow time before hand, to stop for groceries. And by all means, be prepared to not ever want to go home!
Mar 2015
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Adorable Eco-Cabin in walking distance to ocean
average rating of 5.0 based on 6 reviews

A perfect place for a writer

  • 5 of 5

I went to the Eco-Cabin as a retreat in order to focus on writing my book. It was perfect. The cabin is fifteen miles from Pahoa (by roads) even though that is the address. It is five miles from Kalapana where the nearest store of any sort is. I bought an old car while I was there and sold it a week before I left for near what I paid for it. You really don't want to rent a car from a major company if you plan to stay here for any length of time because it is very expensive.j

However, I was there mostly for the retreat and most days didn't go farther than the shore, about a five-minute walk away. All night, I could hear the waves crashing on the rocks--if the coquis weren't being too noisy.

This probably isn't the place for everyone. For me it was perfect. One of my favorite experiences was taking a shower in the jungle with hot water while cool rain was falling all around and mixing with it. What a great experience.

If you want relative isolation and don't need daily contact with masses of humanity, the Eco-Cabin could be the answer to your needs. Lahi is a marvelous host and is active in the area so she knows about the market, the silent dances, the Hari Krishna brunches, and where to go surfing. Thank you to Lahi for her graciousness and for the great place for me to spend my retreat!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary. Alberta. Canada

Tropical Paradise

  • 5 of 5

A tropical adventure.

With all the comforts of home.

Loved the outdoor shower.

Loved the high vaulted open ceilings.

Only a 5 minute walk to the ocean.

Quiet location being at the end of the road.

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York, NY

Amazing seaview bungalow

  • 5 of 5

I absolutely adored this place. What a perfect cozy jungle home this woman has created. I came for a dance retreat at kalani and ended up renting for most of the month. I was so grateful to have this place to unwind cook meals and be cozy with family and friends from the community. Especially loved the lofted bed and orchid jungle shower. Really really love this place. Its my dream home, except maybe the tree house version. i mean it. It has launched such a beautiful big island adventure in my heart. Mahalo Cynthia!!

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lincoln, NE, USA

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Adorable. Eco. Cabin. Walking distance to ocean. All wonderfully true. And at such a fair rate! In the spirit of aloha and this lovely part of the island. Small and simple, the cabin is cute, smart and ample, and communicates beautifully with its lush surroundings. Broad eaves and screens leave air and birdsong free to waft through; the outdoor hot shower is shrouded in foliage yet sunny; the occasional gecko keeps guard. We liked the french press for our morning Kona coffee, and the equipped kitchen to cook up great local produce from the farmers market (Sundays) in nearby Pahoa. There are gorgeous shady shoreline roads, shimmery tidepool snorkeling, and night skies dense with stars. This is the side of the Big Island opposite from, in many ways, its swank resorts, a half hour remote from its main circling highway, on the newest land in the nation. The owner was as sweet too. We had a very happy stay. To then return home and watch news of the slow lava threatening roads and homes there only reminds us anew of our affection for the place and people.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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30 night minimum stay
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Refundable damage deposit $300

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Pahoa Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 512 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
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  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
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  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is an outdoor composting toilet in an outbuilding and an outdoor shower in the forest.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • The cabin is a studio with a loft. Double mattress in loft and double futon couch below.
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  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
1990 Subaru Justy standard transmission available for rent $100/week. Car gets 36+ miles/gallon; solid and reliable.

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