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Overlooking Its Own Orchard With Sweeping Coastline And Ocean Views

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Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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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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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Michael Graves
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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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 Puna District

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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Overlooking Its Own Orchard With Sweeping Coastline And Ocean Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews

Exquisite rental

  • 5 of 5

Exquisite vacation rental. The home is very definition of serene. I was there for a week in September. Puna is filled with possibilities of adventure but this lovely home is filled with the possibility of calm rejuvenation. The view was the best I saw in Puna. Both the owner Muchael and caretaker Matt were exceptional. I have rented a lot of homes in several states, but Michael and Matt were amongst the very best. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Paradise in Pahoa

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the Nuthouse for a week over spring break. It was so wonderful!! Matthew was wonderful at the property as were the owners Mike & Andy. The house is very spacious for 2 adults and 2 kids. A great tropical modern theme throughout. The deck was to die for, with a view of the orchard and ocean. Not a bad drive to Hilo, the hot pods were super close and the tide pools not too far, not that you will want to leave the house once you arrive. Very tranquil and beautiful. Yes there were chickens and dogs at the surrounding properties, and ear plugs are supplied. But you are in a farmhouse after all, on an orchard, in the country. The kitchen had everything you could need (minus a nutcracker for the wonderful macadamia nuts in the orchard) plus the fridge had condiments. There are a few groceries close buy and a drug store within 10 minutes or so. Very convenient.

We would stay here again and again, beautiful beyond words!

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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  • 5 of 5

A lovely home with a fantastic view! We didn't want to leave. Caretaker Mathew was great! Thank you for sharing your home, we hope to come back soon!

  • Submitted: Jul 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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  • 5 of 5

I spent three weeks in the Nuthouse last fall. I loved it! A quiet, beautiful, private, and well-located property. The farmhouse is clean, very well equipped, and a very

comfortable space. All dealings with owner and onsite management were excellent.

Pahoa as a holiday destination is not Maui. The weather is changeable and the swim beaches do not go on for miles. No resorts, and few fancy restaurants. Few gold chains or fashion bags. However it is beautiful, well placed to visit the sites and has a head-space that makes you feel welcome.

  • Submitted: May 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
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Amazing retreat

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a magical week in Hawaii and could not have been happier with our stay at the farmhouse. We've rented VRBO properties in Europe and throughout North America, and this place was truly special.

The owners were very communicative beforehand and made renting the space easy; the caretaker was friendly and helpful, but unobtrusive. The cozy house was perfect for us -- lots of windows to let light and air in, a deck that provided a view of the gardens with the ocean in the distance. The living space was beautiful and comfortable; the kitchen was great for cooking, though we often went into Pahoa for dinner.

The place is so beautiful and relaxing that we quickly found our stress levels dropping to near zero.

We wanted to see the Big Island, so we spent a good bit of time driving in the area. We nicknamed the land between the farmhouse and the ocean the Enchanted Mango Forest; the road ends at a lovely spot on the ocean that is a state park. Another park is a couple of miles in the opposite direction.

If you're looking for a gorgeous and romantic, relaxing getaway, you cannot find a better spot.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
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Beauty and comfort in the heart of Pohoiki

  • 5 of 5

The property and farmhouse were the perfect respite for our family of four for the Memorial Day long weekend. The bedroom, living area, kitchen, and lanai were beautiful and comfortable at the same time. The house was well stocked with everything we needed during our stay. The ocean and farm view was gorgeous and we enjoyed spending a lot of time on the lanai eating meals, playing games, and relaxing. Our kids enjoyed exploring the yard and were thrilled to pick fruit from the fruit trees for breakfast.

The caretaker on the property made sure the house was ready for us and the bedding was turned down when we arrived late at night. We even had a beautiful tropical flower arrangement in each room! He checked in on us the next day and then gave us plenty of privacy for the rest of the weekend. He had great recommendations of places to check out while we were in town.

The property is minutes away from the ocean and close to town of Pahoa. We enjoyed going to the beach, warm ponds, Maku'u market, and cruising in downtown Pahoa.

We would highly recommend this property to anyone who wants a secluded getaway!

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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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

Pahoa Farmhouse Rental Rates

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high--Winter Escape
Nov 21 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Cleaning & Linens $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.25%

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.

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100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Pahoa Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 850 sq. ft.
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 ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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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