|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
This custom-built one bedroom, one bath home sits above a 6 acre macadamia nut orchard with views of the Puna coastline from its living room, kitchen, bedroom, and expansive lanai. Days begin with sunrise over the Pacific as the house faces due east. Your weather forecasting skills will improve as what's in store can usually be seen making its way from ocean to shore. The house is surrounded by a selection of tropical plans, palms, bamboo, and citrus trees, along with a vegetable and herb garden. Guests are always welcome to sample the produce that's in season during your stay.
The Farm House comfortably accommodates up to four guests with a queen-sized bed in the bedroom and a queen-sized sofa bed in the living room. The kitchen is fully equipped with cookward, utensil and dish sets, a microwave, mini-prep and blender. The dining table seats four to six as does the teak table and chairs on the lanai. Your living area is on the second level with the ground level for parking, a tool/utility room, outdoor shower, and cinder star-viewing terrace. With a number of stairs to enter the house from either of two staircases, this property is not well suited to guests with mobility concerns. An on-property caretaker is available during your stay to answer questions about local attractions or provide other assistance.
The MacNut Farm House is off the grid in a primarily agricultural area of the Puna District, 45 minutes to the south and east of Hilo. The house is located up a gated private road surrounded by properties of 5 to 20 or more acres in size. Though there is no telephone landline at the house many cell services work fine and WiFi access is provided. You'll have privacy but not isolation since groceries, banking, and even a Long's Drugs are just 5 miles away in the town of Pahoa. At the Farm House you can experience the land, sea, and sky without leaving its living room and lanai, or while walking through the orchard. Trade winds bring us some of the cleanest air in the world as the only land mass to the south of us is Antartica!
I live and work in San Francisco with my husband of 28 years, Don, who is retired. We both grew up on the East Coast (Maryland and New Jersey) but have been in California since the 70's. We are also both trained as psychologists but never spend time analyzing people when not at work! He has two children, four grand kids, and two great-grand children at last count. I guess that makes me a step-great grand dad. Yikes! We travel to Hawaii several times each year when other commitments permit.
Michael Graves purchased this farmhouse in 2005
Don had traveled to Puna for many years to conduct workshops at the Kalani Retreat Center. He was always charmed by the pristine nature of the area in contrast to resort settings so typical in much of Hawaii. Close friends also in love with Puna bought land in the Pohoiki area. We followed there lead and were lucky to find 6+ acres of abandoned macadamia nut orchard just across Pohoiki from them. Our first encampment was a nylon tarp, table and plastic chairs. After spending time on the undeveloped land we picked a site and drew up plans which were realized in the completion of our MacNut Farm House in 2007. The 'farm' has provided us with a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of life in San Francisco. We are excited by this opportunity to share life on the farm with those curious about a different experience of Hawaii.
The concept for the house was created by Don using some elements of our favorite condo on Maui. Both the living and bed rooms have sliding glass doors that open directly onto the expansive lanai with views of the orchard, coastline and ocean. A 'pocket' lanai permits passage from the bedroom to the bathroom or vice versa. In addition to the sliders there are eight other windows throughout the house offering views from almost every where you stand. These windows also allow us to manage the 'air conditioning' provided by the trade winds off the Pacific. Believe it or not in winter months they are often closed and we might even use the free standing gas stove to warm the place up!
The living areas are all on the second floor of the Farm House with the ground level used for parking, the utility room, and an outdoor shower. Two staircases provide access through the front door into the kitchen and to the lanai that runs across the orchard side of the house. There is also a cinder terrace which is a good spot from which to view the Milky Way visible on clear nights from the property. The ocean is also visible from throughout the orchard should you want to explore amongst the 500 macadamia nut trees.
What a wonderful place to stay! The views were spectacular and the personal touches like fresh flowers were very welcoming. The house is the perfect size for a couple and sits on a secluded plot of land with beautiful landscaping. We woke up every morning with the amazing songs of jungle birds and the cool trade winds blowing in off the ocean. We ate every meal on the deck that looks east to the Pacific. Although we never really felt the need to leave the property, on Sundays there is a great farmer's market just outside of Pahoa town. Thanks and aloha to the hosts!
What an experience! Unrivaled, expansive views and some of the cleanest air you’ll ever breathe.
Booking and communications was a breeze with Michael and Mat. Directions to the house were clear and unambiguous. It’s a great location just a few minutes’ drive from Pahoa.
The farm house is tremendous: plenty of large windows, huge screen doors and a massive lanai yielding expansive eastern views across the top of trees out to the coast. Enjoy coffee and breakfast each day on quality furniture on the lanai as you watch the sun rise. Sleeping is wonderful with all the doors and windows open as the natural sounds of forest and animal life drift on the breeze. It even rains quietly here. During the day there is a little noise as the house is located on a mac nut farm, and you’re surrounded by other working farms – lawn mowers etc ….. but come evening time everyone stops and lets nature take over. At night there is zero light pollution, so be prepared for an amazing star gazing experience.
The house is incredibly comfortable and well appointed. It has everything you need. Huge Weber grill on the lanai for cooking as well as Wi-Fi. Geckos come and go as well as plenty of birds, Rufus the dog and Po the cat. This is a great place to unwind and “take it all in”.
We really enjoyed our stay at the MacNut Farm House. The home is smarty-designed, with a well-equipped kitchen, well-placed windows, a huge lanai, and views that go on forever. Both Michael and Mat were gracious and offered just the right level of communication. Po, the lanai cat, made our week here that much sweeter.
We had breakfast every morning on the lanai, and alternated between chilling out on the lanai, watching the sky, reading, and exploring the area. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo are both less than an hour’s drive, and locally, we enjoyed the warm ponds at Ahalanui Park and the Sunday Farmers Market.
We ate more than our share of macadamia nuts, and appreciated the nice mix of solid wi-fi and composting. We left refreshed. We’ve never returned to the same rental, always preferring to explore someplace new, but the MacNut Farm is truly special. We hope to return.
Michael's macadamia nut farm home in Pahoa was so wonderfully relaxing and beautiful! Fruit trees were abundant along with birds galore to observe from the veranda. We loved the natural sounds all around us. It felt like we were staying with friends/family! Nice touches throughout the house with all the amenities for cooking. Mathew, the caretaker, was great and warmly welcomed us! Fantastic home base for exploring all that the Big Island has to offer. Mahalo!
Cute bungalow built high enough to enjoy the ocean view and breezes. Very clean and well furnished with a complete kitchen, beach towels and plenty of candles. Solar energy was more than adequate and bed was very comfortable. Really enjoyed meeting Matt, the caretaker and Pō, the lanai cat.
The MacNut Farm House was a perfect fit for the two of us during our week in Puna.
During booking, communication was excellent. Once we were on the island, communications with the house manager were very good. Mathew welcomed us to the house, offered assistance then gave us complete privacy. The house is conveniently located near Pahoa while still being private. The house is well appointed; we found everything we needed for meal preparation. The highlight of the house is the lanai. Great lounging furniture with a fantastic ocean view. The sun rises into the bedroom to start the day.
The orchard gave us tangerines, lemons, bananas and of course Macadamia nuts during our stay.
We were enchanted by Poe the cat.
And we were very happy to participate in composting and what a thrill to see Method cleaning products (no animal testing) in the house.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 21 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Cleaning & Linens||$100|
Host note: Quote includes 3% on-line transaction fee charged by VRBO/HomeAway for online payments. You can pay by check (no fee) directly to the host, by VRBO / HomeAway payments, or by PayPal. If you have adequate funds in PayPal, you can use your balance to pay with no transaction fee. If you use your credit card then the 3% fee applies.
VRBO note: If you fail to provide payment within the seven day period, your reservation will be cancelled. Cancellations received less than 30 days before your arrival date will result in forfeiture of all Daily Rental Fees. However, both your Cleaning Fee and Security Deposit will be fully refunded.
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.
The MacNut Farm House is 1 1/2 miles from Lava Tree Park where one can see how lava formed as it cooled. Driving down Pohoiki Road through one of the island's oldest Mango groves brings you to the Isaac Hale Beach Park and boat ramp. During lava flows, boat tours leave several times a day for a ride south to see lava meeting the Pacific. For the experienced, boogey boarding or surfing is popular. Or you can just cool off with a jump into the water off the ramp! A five minute drive north along the coastline brings you to the Ahalanui warm pond. There is easy staired access to the pond which is a blend of heated spring and ocean waters.
Making the one hour drive to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is well worth the time. Do plan to spend several hours as there is plenty to see on foot or while driving down Chain of Craters Road and around the Kilauea caldera.
The town of Pahoa, five miles from our location, offers its own rustic charms with several restaurants, two banks, used book store, sports bar, drug, hardware and grocery stores. Every Sunday there is also a farmer's market.
Puna has several such markets in locations no more than 15-20 minutes from the Farm House. If you want to sample to local fare along with Hawaiian music, a trip to Uncle Robert's on Wednesday evenings is a must!