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Escape the Ordinary ~ Jungle Getaway!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 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
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

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 Pahoa

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.

There is no TV ~ and why would you come to Hawaii to watch TV? We do have high speed internet, as we all need to be "Plugged in" in this day and age :)


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.


Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Internet ...
  • 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 5
  • Queen memory foam bed and a double/twin bunk bed with comfy memory foam mattresses.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • 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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Escape the Ordinary ~ Jungle Getaway!
average rating of 4.5238094 based on 21 reviews

Really Peaceful 🌴

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at this sweet home. This time we stayed for eight days and again were not disappointed. The house is adorable and well appointed. Excellent basics are there and doesn’t take much to make it your own for your visit. We love the kitchen! The back room is very nice with a great set of bunk beds if you have extra visitors with you. Honestly we never use the back as cute as it is.....and it IS really charming. We gravitate always no matter the time of day to the front porch . The propane fridge and hot water work well. Generators equally work perfect and honestly it was fun to have wifi this time even though it is a non essential for us. Love the area. We spend every day at Pohoiki swimming, sunning and make great use of the local restaurants in the evening. A small town with tons of options . Uncle Robert’s on Wednesday is SO much fun. This is a quiet pleasant neighbourhood.....great to fall asleep listening to the frogs. Sara is very good to do business with. Easily accessible. And to her credit and the gentleman she has in case of maintanence issues ...we have never needed. Says a lot. Thank you so much Sara!

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Awww, this warms my heart!!! Thank you soooo much Carrie, this review is so sweet and very thoughtful. I'm glad you like the new WIFI. Just after you left I had solar installed, so even though the generators work great and are quiet, you won't really need them at all anymore - something to look forward to next time! I very much appreciate you taking the time to write this lovely review, and I love having you come back year after year!
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Quiet retreat

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our week's stay in the house. It was super easy to access and had everything we needed. The lanai offered a space for reading and listening to the frogs and rain. Clean and great location. We also used the kitchen a lot which helped to save $$ on eating out all the time. It was a good distance from Volcano and Hilo too.

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Yes a stay in the Jungle!

  • 4 of 5

Just right for a couple. Not hard to operate off the grid. Appreciated the Wifi. Verizon service was nil. A very good value!

  • Submitted: Jan 29, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay. All cell phones work great regardless of the carrier as long as you have them WIFI enabled in your settings. Directions are in the welcome binder in the home. We now have brand new solar, so it feels less and less like off-grid. Hope to have you back so you can try WIFI-enabled cell phone calling as well as enjoy the new solar.
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enjoyable stay despite the time of year

  • 5 of 5

This house was just what we wanted for our short stay. Everything worked well, even had internet, thanks to the owner having it installed the day before we arrived. The bed was extremely comfortable. Kitchen and dinning area works great for entertaining guests. Hot water works, just may take a couple minutes to heat up. One generator is enough to run the lights and internet, easy to operate. Definitely will want to stay here again on our next trip.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Jungle Gem!

  • 5 of 5

The house itself is super cute, well equipped, classy and homey, and has a very comfortable

memory foam bed. It's tucked away in a quiet neighborhood in the jungle. You get lulled to sleep by a chorus of frogs and the hypnotic sound of rain on a tin roof (a comfortable bed doesn't hurt either). I visit the big island for the adventure it provides, this house is ideal for a home base. Away from the tourist traps and near some amazing geographical wonders, totally off the beaten path. Visit black sands beach passing by volcanic sculptures and alien seekers, see a neighborhood built on lava, soak in a hot pond, snorkel with just sea life and no crowds, celebrate with the locals at Uncle Roberts, and hike along an ancient wall and path traveled by kings to a private beach. And this is just some of what's near by (and detailed in the welcome notebook, helpfully provided). This is my second visit to the island and the second time I've stayed at this house. Hands down would stay here again. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Alicia for taking the time to write this awesome review, I really appreciate it! I'm so glad you love the Big Island and that you love staying at my home, and I look forward to having you back for more island adventures!
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Excellent location for our purposes

  • 5 of 5

This is our second stay at this lovely cottage and probably won't be the last. The area is very quiet but still close enough to activities to make it fun. Had a great night at Uncle Robert's. The music was fantastic.

Can't wait until you get the solar installed so the generator won't need to be used just for lights.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Linda, I appreciate your great review and love having you return again and again!
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Barbecue Restaurant
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Thai Restaurant
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Coffee Shop
Black Rock Cafe
American Restaurant
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Bar & Grill
Tin Shack Bakery
Mighty Sushi
Sushi Restaurant
No. 1 Chinese Barbecue
Chinese Restaurant
Pahoa Fresh Fish
Seafood Restaurant
Kreolé Kitchen
Blane's Drive Inn
Hilo Coffee Mill
Coffee Shop
Honi Wai Cafe
Hawaiian Restaurant
Kurtistown Cafe
Liquid Life Hawaii
Spoonfull Cafe
Thai Restaurant
Lemongrass Restaurant
Thai Restaurant
L & L Hawaiian BBQ
Hawaiian Restaurant
Canton Garden Cafe
Chinese Restaurant
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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