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Overlooking Its Own Orchard With Sweeping Coastline And Ocean Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 850 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4 Air Conditioned By Our Trade Winds

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!

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Michael Graves
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2017

About Michael Graves

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

Why Michael Graves chose Pahoa

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

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!
May 2014
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Pahoa Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Bathroom is accessible from the entryway as well as from the bedroom. The shower opens on to the pocket deck through a sliding glass door. There is also a washer/dryer unit in the bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom has a queen-sized bed, end tables, chest of drawers, and closet. Has direct access to both the lanai and bathroom.
  • Stereo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Overlooking Its Own Orchard With Sweeping Coastline And Ocean Views
average rating of 4.952381 based on 22 reviews

Best place we stayed on our three week Hawaiian vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The MacNut house was perfect for our honeymoon on the Big Island! This property may not be for everyone (i.e. you'd prefer a resort in Kohala) as it's a rural. But if you're looking for someplace quiet, beautiful, and romantic -- this is the place for you!

The house is perfect for a couple or small family. Clean, stylish, and has all the necessary amenities even though it's off-grid. The lanai (porch/deck) is great place to hang out rain or shine to relax, grill, read, or just enjoy the surroundings. The house faces east, so you get to wake up to the sunrise on clear days. Also, there were fresh flowers in every room when we arrived!

The property itself is absolutely gorgeous. Mat, the caretaker, told us that when the property was purchased it was abandoned and overgrown -- not anymore! If you visit, plan to spend at least a couple of hours wandering around checking out the various gardens, fruit trees and tropical plants! Be sure to keep an eye open for orchids and other flowers growing on the trees!

The only warning I might give, aside from it's somewhat remote location (although Pahoa and Hilo are not too far away) is that the living space is on the second floor, so it might not be great for someone who has trouble with stairs. But other than those two minor potential issues, this place is utterly fantastic!

If we're able to make our way back to the Big Island, we definitely hope to stay here again! We truly enjoyed our stay!

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much enjoyed having this couple celebrate their marriage at our place in Puna! They were great guests and enjoyed the house and grounds as well as fully explored the area on the East side of the Big Island. They are right that the MacNut Farm House is "off the beaten path" and appeals to guests looking for a different Hawaii experience. Given the rugged surroundings (and stairs) it is not suited for guest with mobility challenges.
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Tacoma, WA

Peaceful Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This house is great, and the lanai and grounds are absolutely lovely! We were staying for our honeymoon, and this house was a perfect place to relax, read a book, and enjoy each other’s company. The house is very spacious for a couple.

The house had everything we needed for a simple, and quiet getaway. The kitchen was well appointed for meal prep, and there were a number of cooking staples available. Our favorite part of the house was the lanai. There is a very sweet cat that hung out with us while we read.

We arrived late at night, and in the rain, but the provided directions made it very easy. The caretaker was very nice, and available when we had questions.

We enjoyed the area too. Downtown is small and easy to navigate. Close enough to Hilo for a night out. Lots of fun outdoor activities nearby too!

If we are ever back on the Big Island, I would definitely love to stay again!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lara & Scott were great guests! Very clean and respectful to the house. We are so glad that we could be part of their honeymoon. Highly recommended, and they are welcome to come back any time. Congrats!
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Serene and friendly - just the place for us.

  • 4 of 5

This was planned to be the base camp for our Big Island adventure but we enjoyed the serenity and peaceful open environment so much that we spent a lot more time in the cabin and farm than planned. It was a great retreat for our family of four. The kids loved the cat and the neighbors dog - very hard to say goodbye to them! The cabin size was just right for us - the large open living area was our favorite hang out. The island breezes passed us by at regular intervals and the ceiling fan over the bed made our night comfortable while listening to the beautiful couqi frogs serenading us in sleep. It was so peaceful to hear. The big view from the back was fitting for a Big island - farm, trees, and nature as far as our eyes could see all the way to the ocean. I was worried about mosquitoes, however we hardly noticed any and did not need bug spray at all while outside on the deck. We dream of settling down one day in a place just like this.

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Perfect Getaway Cottage with Privacy and Comfort

  • 5 of 5

MacNut Farmhouse is the PERFECT vacation rental for a very private and comfortable getaway on a stunning piece of property, nestled on a hillside slop, with breathtaking views of agricultural green space and stunning ocean views. Communication with the owner was courteous, and efficient. Matt, the caretaker, resides on the farm, in a small unit at a discrete and out of sight distance from the rental unit. He was helpful and available if needed, but respected my desire for privacy and seclusion. He does work the farm, and has access to the storage room below the unit. If he was there during my stay, I never noticed. The unit is close to basic convenience items, grocery, drugstore, local eateries (in Pahoa, 5 miles), but is also remote from other people, traffic noise, hustle bustle etc. The unit is very well designed, with all living space on the 2nd floor (carport and storage room on ground level). The elevation provides for plenty of natural breezes even on the warmest July need for AC! Just in case the weather is still, there is a ceiling fan above the comfortable bed -- which by the way, has both moonlight views of the ocean (from the bed) as well as sunrise views! The tastefully appointed unit is very well thought out and has everything you need. Mercifully, there was no TV. Cozy, comfortable, quiet -- indeed tranquil. The indoor living space is probably 500 sq ft or so, but the lanai is huge, with distinct dining area and lounging area. There is even a rocker (classic!) for those gorgeous sultry summer evenings. The unique design of the indoor shower (there is an outdoor shower as well), allows for one of the panels to slide open, creating a semi-outdoor shower experience, even with the privacy and comfort of being indoors. Lighting is carefully thought out, with bright task levels of lighting available in most areas if needed, but it can also be adjusted in various ways to create soft, and soothing mood lighting as desired. Truly a slice of heaven! I imagine arrival after dark could be tricky, so if that is the plan, carefully read your pre-arrival instructions from the owner, so you understand the arrival sequence. No biggy, but in the dark, you might find yourself needlessly frustrated. The unit is literally off the electric grid, but honestly, the owner has generously allowed for the system to be designed in such a way that there was ample power always. Planning my next trip right now!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure hosting Richard who had a clear idea of what this vacation needed to be about for him. We are delighted that we seem to have not only met but exceeded his expectations. We look forward to welcoming him back at any time a recharge at the MacNut Farm House is needed.
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Beaverton, Oregon

We can't wait to come back

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay while enjoying the Big Island. We can't wait to go back!

Both the owner and caretaker were very informative and were available for any questions from our initial inquiry, to our arrival day, thru to our final day there they were great in every detail.

It was tucked back on it's own private road with only a couple of neighbor's that were very rarely seen.

It was secure, clean, private, scenic and very relaxing.

Upon arrival the home was very organized, clean and ready for a great vacation.

The landscaping was amazingly maintained with many varieties of plants and flowers to tour any time of day though our favorite time was in the morning.

Great sunrise views of the ocean from almost every area of the home with happy birds chirping and lots of Gecko's and at night a few frogs but nothing too over bearing from a noisy standpoint.

The kitchen area was nicely equipped with some basic amenities.

The lanai was nicely put together and was a great spot to spend the mornings/evenings just relaxing and enjoying the breeze while having breakfast or dinner.

We met Mathew, the caretaker the day after our arrival as we had come in late and he was very informative for places to go and see and places to eat as well as some other local hangouts.

He is on the property in the lower portion of the orchard but his residence is not seen from the rental property.

We often wondered how well a house that was ran on solar would work for us and it was great. Cell phone and Wifi had good reception.

There was also an outdoor shower in the lower portion of the home that was a great spot to clean off after a day at the beach.

Very close is a great scenic drive to Kapoho and Kalapana w/ Pahoa and Hilo headed in the opposite direction about 10-20 minutes away.

Our only regret....not staying longer.

We would highly recommend this rental and look forward towards our next visit.

Tom and Rachel B.

  • Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elegant, pristine, quiet, beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, wonderful 5 day stay.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having Caroline and Gordon stay with us. They were great in finding things to explore during some rainy weather. Fun guests with a sense of humor!
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Several different options in Pahoa
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
State Highway 132
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Different options in Pahoa
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Mauna Kea in the winter months...ROCK skiis only!
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Isaac Hale Beach Park & Boat Ramp
Car: necessary

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!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $200

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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