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Escape From the Ordinary ~ Jungle Getaway!

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Minimum Stay
5 nights

About the property

Get away from it all yet be so close to so much! Discover true Hawaii.

Relax & Rejuvenate in our comfy, brand new jungle retreat. This truly is an 'Escape from the Ordinary!'

This area is lush and green and has the best weather on the island. The prevailing trade winds blow from just the right direction to keep the temperature pleasant all year round. Tropical, lush and green with fresh clean air (literally the cleanest air on earth!) and a multitude of fabulous things to see and do.

This lovely home is immaculately clean, beautifully decorated and designed for ultra comfortable off-grid living. Located in the Black Sands community, surrounded by jungle, the coqui frogs sing you to sleep at night and it's especially exciting when we get an intense rain shower at night, as the roof is metal, and the sounds are awesomely jungle!

You'll find a guest book at the house with details and directions to spectacular spots all within just a few miles from the house, including 'secret spots' that you will not find in any tourist book.

This is the perfect spot for adventure seekers and those who do not depend on TV for entertainment.

So very, very nice to get away from it all!

In this area called Puna, we are blessed to have so many great things to see and do. Here you will find pristine waters and the cleanest air on earth. Our home is just minutes to beaches such as Kehena, or enjoy a fabulous hike along the kings trail to the white sand beach called Shipmans. Swim in natural geo-thermically heated hot pools such as Ahalanui and the queens bath at Isaac Hale, world-class snorkeling at Kapoho Tide Pools and Champagne Ponds, surfing at Isaac Hale beach park, fishing at Mackenzie Park, spelunking, lava viewing, natural steam vents, fantastic markets and the quaint village of Pahoa with it's outdoor market, quaint shops, family-friendly and fine dining.

We are near Kalani with a vast array of activities including massage, yoga, 'static dance' and a fabulous vegan restaurant, or just wander the gorgeous acreage.

Every Sunday, just up hwy 130 you'll find the biggest, best and most diversified farmer's market in the entire Hawaiian Island chain - The Maku'u market, with everything you would expect and much more including live music and dancing.

Every Wednesday evening, just 2 miles away at Uncle Robert's you'll find a 'must do' - a fantastic night market complete with local artisans, fabulous local food vendors, Kava bar and live music and dancing - you may even be able to take in a hula show! Eat, drink & be merry! Sway to the rhythm of authentic Hawaiian slack key and ukulele and enjoy the sense of community here.

More Details

Sara Sasse'
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2017

About Sara Sasse'

Sara Sasse' has owned and operated her own Day Spa since 1982 and is a fully licensed Massage Therapist and Esthetician ~ specializing in Hawaiian Lomi-Lomi Massage and natural skin care. She & her husband Fred (also an LMT who studied massage in Maui) have 3 other vacation rental properties that have been hugely popular with many 5 star reviews and regular return guests.

Sara Sasse' purchased this house in 2010

Why Sara Sasse' chose Puna District

This area is lush and green and has the best weather on the island. The prevailing trade winds blow from just the right direction to keep the temperature pleasant all year round. Tropical, lush and green with fresh clean air (literally the cleanest air on earth!) and a multitude of fabulous things to see and do.

What makes this house unique

This lovely brand new off-the-grid home is immaculately clean and beautifully decorated. Located in the Black Sands community, surrounded by jungle, just 2 miles to the beach.

Discover how incredibly comfortable and convenient off-grid living can be!

There is no TV, DVD or internet - and why would you come to Hawaii to watch TV? (Internet is free in Pahoa just 6 miles up the road if you must).


By renting this property, you (guest) hereby waive and release any claims against Rental Agent, the Property owner and their successors, assigns, employees or representatives, officially or otherwise, for any injuries or death that may be sustained by Guest on or near or adjacent to the Property, including any common facilities, activities or amenities. Guest agrees to use any such facilities or amenities entirely at the Guest’s own initiative, risk and responsibility.


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

Escape From the Ordinary ~ Jungle Getaway!
average rating of 4.357143 based on 14 reviews

Peaceful vacation getaway.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just returned home from a lovely getaway in this quaint,charming house in the jungle. The cottage is homey and well set up for travellers. I can't think of a thing we needed. There are two generators if you want power (ie lights on in the evening,) or if you want to do laundry (which we had no need) . You could easily never use the generators at all and not miss it. Hot water on demand worked good, the stove and fridge worked very well. There is a manager in the neighbourhood who showed my husband how to work everything on our first day there and was a quick phone call away when we had other minor questions. We made good use of the charcoal grill. The front porch is where we spent the majority of our time. Loved the front porch. So absolutely peaceful having coffee out there in the morning watching the sun come up....or having a glass of wine in the evenings listening to the frogs and playing cards. Pahoa is a vibrant little town. So many great places to eat and shops to poke around in. Issac Hale Park (Poihiki) is a short drive away and is a great place to swim and picnic. This area is so scenic and lush. A must see. Lava tours are extremely popular right now and just stunning to witness.I highly recommend this rental. I think everyone who visits Hawaii should see it from this perspective as well. Thank you Sara and Dusk. We had a great visit !

  • Submitted: Jan 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW Carrie, what an awesome review! Thank you so much for putting so much time and thought into writing it! I am thrilled that you had such a good experience and I look forward to having you back again soon. Mahalo Nui Loa! You are awesome!!!
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Near Moose Jaw, Saskatchwan

Nice off the grid cabin!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed staying in this little jungle cabin. The frogs sing you to sleep every night, and the complete darkness make for a great sleep. Note that if more than two are staying here, the second bed is an air mattress. The generator worked great for the evenings and it was good to be without cell service so played cards and talked with our teens in the evenings. Very close to a great Wednesday night market, with great food and live bands. There is a binder with all kinds of attractions that are closer by. We did go to the west side of the island, about a two hour drive, to escape the rain sometimes (we understand that Dec. is the rainiest month).

  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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Beautiful Jungle Cottage

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful cottage fulfilled our needs perfectly. We were there to work on a lot we own in the neighborhood, but also to have some fun and relaxation. We especially enjoyed the warm pond at Ahalanui Park. Going to Uncle Robert's for the Wednesday night market and music was fun. And the Farmer's Markets are not to be missed.

The house was well equipped. It should be described as a studio as the Queen bed is in the main room with the dining table and the kitchen. The enclosed lanai in the back is like a living room. Shortly after we left Sara (the owner) called me and we discussed some suggestions that I had and I was glad to hear that she had replaced the water pump. I would like to suggest more solar lights outside. When you arrive after dark it is hard to see to put in the code on the door. Also guests would be wise to bring a flashlight.

And Sara, I'm sorry that we broke the globe on one of the oil lamps.

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this nice review, and thank you for your suggestions! I am installing whole house solar as I write this, exciting! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to your return! Mahalo!
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Sparks, Nevada

Not great!

  • 1 of 5

The cottage is decorated cute, but we only stayed for 1 night, after booking for 6 nights. We arrived after dark and when we got to the cottage we found that the code to enter did not work. There is no cell reception in the area, so we drove a couple of miles back toward town to call the owner. We left a message & when Sara didn't return our call we call the back up phone number to a neighbor. He gave us the correct code. There is a no generator policy in the neighborhood after 10pm, so we looked for candles. We did find 2 small oil lamps, but the only matches that were in the cottage we so damp they would not light. We did spend the night that first night. In the morning we showered & we could not regulate the shower temp. It went from really hot to freezing cold then back to very hot, then back to cold. FYI: the water from the faucets is not safe to drink. It needs to be run the a counter top purifier or you need to bring in you own drinking water. There was no hand soap, body wash or shampoo in the bathroom. To top it of the bed was not confortable. We have done off the grid accommodations in the past, but we would not return here

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am sorry that you did not receive the updated code prior to your arrival. It is not true that there is a no-generator policy at all. The generator is the quietest Honda made and can be run any time you like. There is an abundance of candles and lighters in the armoire in the living room. Thank you for letting me know about the shower – I immediately had a new pump installed and it has made a huge difference regulating the water temperature. I don’t know why you said there are not any amenities such as soap, shampoo, etc., because there are so many choices I can’t even count them all! You must have not opened the cupboard. The bed is a new, very comfortable memory foam queen size mattress. Water directly out of the faucet is not fit to drink even in NYC or LA. The Berkey filter on the kitchen counter purifies water beautifully, and often guests prefer to drink bottled water. I do wish you would have communicated. We asked you to let us know if there was anything you needed, and we had no idea that you only stayed for one night!
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  • 5 of 5

Nice and roomy. Everything you need to be off grid. We never experienced being off grid, better than anticipated. Glad we had a chance to visit.

Thank you, Sara!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Truly a house that let's you escapefrom the ordinary.

  • 5 of 5

First of all the house is adorable. The outside is a sweet yellow cottage literally in the middle of the jungle. There is a surprising number of fruit trees on the property in which you can help yourself to, when they are ripe and ready to go. Who doesn't love extremely fresh fruit? Inside is spacious with a full kitchen, a queen sized bed, and still plenty of room for a dance party (if that's your thing). There is a huge walled in lanai in the back that easily serves as a second bedroom. There was no lack of space and it immediately felt like home. The bathroom is classy and large, complete with running hot water even without the generator.

This house is off the grid and that's half the fun.There is an easy to use generator under the carport. The stove and fridge run on propane. We found ourselves barely using the generator and embracing the quiet atmosphere and most nights using only a lantern after dark.

The house is conveniently located near some pretty cool stuff. It's only a few minute drive to Uncle Robert's, a restaurant/bar that hosts an open air market every Wednesday evening with live music and plenty of delicious food (I may also be super obsessed with Aunty's lilikoi butter). This is located at black sands beach. A huge stretch of "new land" or lava you can hike out onto to a black beach. There is also some killer snorkeling near by and many other adventures, as detailed in a handy welcome book inside the house.

This house is indeed an escape from the ordinary. It's a luxurious house, totally off the grid, that acts as a gateway to the many adventures of the big island. I had so much fun and absolutely adore this house. I will be back.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for this awesome review Alicia! So glad you had such a great time! You are definitely welcome back any time :)
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Kalapana or Pahoa
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Kalapana or Pahoa
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Car: necessary

Relax in the sunshine during the day and enjoy nature at it's best. At night, listen to the jungle sounds of intense rain and the evening chorus of the local Coqui frogs ~ the first time you hear it, you'll think it's birds singing! Lovely.


Rates & Availability

Pahoa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $65
Tax Rate 13.42%

Cancellations prior to 30 days receive full refund less $100. Cancellations within 30 days receive no refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower/Tub with propane powered instant hot water.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen memory foam bed and a blowup bed.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming

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