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Escape the Ordinary ~ Jungle Getaway!

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 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: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • 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 4
  • 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 4.5 based on 18 reviews
Portland, Or

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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Houston, TX


  • 5 of 5

This property is just what is described in the description. Cold Fridge / freezer - stove and oven work great - the bed comfortable - Oil lanterns worked well - Shower worked good with a little patience - no problem with the generator the one time we used it to wash clothes - washer and dryer worked well. As stated in the property description there are No lights without starting the generator which they ask you not to do except for once a week to wash a load of clothes, no internet or tv but that is all stated in the description. It's a little bummer to look out the front and the electric poles are right there across the street but........... The house was cool and again the bed was comfortable (1st of March) for sleeping.

My complaints were there was old food items in the drawers and spice racks (I mean really old / mildewed) and dog hair was plentiful especially in the back screened in sitting area socks were full every day. Bring matches to light the lanterns or fire up the stove and use a piece of paper. Also there is only one bed but there are blow up mattresses if you have a way to blow them up. Non of these were enough to complain to the manager of the property but it would be better if they were addressed.

Overall a nice place for a single or a couple wanting to get away from it all .... literally.

  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and high rating, We're glad you enjoyed your stay! Just a few things: 1. It is perfectly fine to run the generator as often as you like. 2. Those are not electric poles across the street, they are telephone poles, and we do have a land line with unlimited long distance. 3. I apologize about the "old" spices - there is so much moisture in the air that spices and such absorb moisture very quickly and seem old whether they are or not. If you come across anything like that please feel free to toss out. 4. I will speak to the housekeeper. 5. We generally do supply matches. 6. There are both electric and battery-powered air compressors for the blow-up mattress on the back lanai. Thanks again for your feedback, we wish you would have let us know at the time so we could rectify your areas of concern. Mahalo and we hope to have you back for your next vacation!
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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: January 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: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay!
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $75
Damage Protection $59

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.