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Lazy Lehua Cottage ~ Whimsical & Charming ~ Private Home on 1/2 Acre Rainforest

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1.5 Bedroom, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Serenity and adventure both await you at this charming and whimsical Volcano retreat, nestled on a half acre of beautiful rainforest. Lazy Lehua Cottage is ideal for quiet or adventurous couples,small families, honeymooners,artists, poets, musicians and authors. If it's serenity you need, or adventure you crave, Lazy Lehua Cottage is the perfect place. The native birds will serenade you while you drink your early morning tea or coffee. Float suspended in a hammock chair on one of the 3 lanai's while gazing out to the abundant rainforest that hosts gigantic Hapu'u ferns, magnificent Lehua flowering Ohia trees, and aromatic ginger. Many people visit Volcano National Park just to experience the Rainforests, so what better way to experience them than to spend the night at Lazy Lehua.

Lazy Lehua Cottage is located 1 mile from Volcano Village where restaurants, galleries, winery, golf course and Sunday Famers Market can all be found. World Famous Hawaii Volcano National Park is 2 miles away, a must for your trip to the Big Island.

The Big Island offers many unforgettable experiences. Volcano makes for a great place to stay to visit the surrounding area. In Hawaii Volcano National Park, you can walk through a giant lava tube, hike through unforgettable rain forests, steaming craters, or see what Pu'u O'o is creating today; one of the only place's in the world you will experience new land being created. Check out Punalu’u beach, the Big Islands most famous black sand beach. Swim in the pristine waters where sea turtles swim, rest and lay their eggs in the beautiful black sand, a 30 minute drive. If coffee is what you crave, visit Ka'u Coffee Mill in Pahala and see coffee being grown and produced on the Island. Visit old historic downtown Hilo, only 30 minutes away. Walk through the beautiful Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, or to hike to the many waterfalls. If your travels take you to the South East part of the Big Island to walk on newly made land near Kaimu; check out the banana splits at Kalapana Cafe; where the road ends in Kaimu on hwy 137. A short jog east on hwy 137, snorkel and soak in the naturally heated Kapoho tide pools, breathe the most pristine air in the world, check out Champagne Pond, another 10 miles east of Kalapana, a beautifuly scenic drive.

Awaiting you when you get back to the Lazy Lehua Cottage, your home away from home, is a serene cottage for you to catch your breath and rejuvenate. Soak your sore muscles in our 2 person master bedroom jetted tub over looking the beautiful rainforest just outside your window. Exactly what you need after your day of exploration on the Big Island. You'll be

rejuvenated and ready for more adventures.

Lazy Lehua Cottage was lovingly built in 2004. The idea for Lazy Lehua Cottage was to make it a special place for guests to stay, dream, and regroup. Focus was on putting as much character, charm and soul in to it and making it a whimsical, beautiful place for everyone to enjoy. Trees were hand cut and property cleared only enough to put the Lazy Lehua Cottage in its perfect place. The beautiful Ohia trees that unfortunately had to be cut down were used for the posts on the lanais giving it, its whimsical cottage look that blends in well with the rain forest. In keeping in the spirit of whimsical, some of the furniture throughout the cottage was hand crafted; coffee table, bar top and headboard on bed all using local, exotic and native woods. Our property is unique as we use our home often and we visit frequently so it is kept in immaculate condition! We know you'll feel the magical spirit of the house when you stay here.

Enjoy - Lazy Lehua Cottage.

More Details

Stacey - Owner/Manager
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 18, 2017

About Stacey - Owner/Manager

Lazy Lehua Cottage has been a succesful vacation rental for over 10 years. We recently had the opportunity to purchase this property from the owner and are execited to continue to offer our home as a vacation rental. We live in California and have been coming to Hawaii for many years. This home is used as our own personal vacation home and is kept in immaculate condition. We fell in love with the Volcano community with it's beautiful rain forests, cool weather and morning sounds of singing birds. Volcano and its community has much to offer and we hope you enjoy our home in the rainforest as much as we do.

Stacey - Owner/Manager purchased this house in 2017

Why Stacey - Owner/Manager chose Puna District

I have stayed at many vacation homes in my travels. Our home was built as a full time residence and since we only stay at our home part time, we have decided to share our home as a vacation destination. We love Hawaii and the cool weather that Volcano provides after a hot and humid day at the beach.

The 3 things we hear most from our guests at Lazy Lehua Cottage, (1)"The pictures don't do it justice, it's much better in person", (2) "We wish we would have stayed longer" and (3) "The Lazy Lehua Cottage was our favorite accommodations during our stay on the Big Island". Come see for yourself!

What makes this house unique

Our proximity to Hawaii Volcano National Park, 2 short miles to the entrance. Mauna Loa Estates is a very quiet and safe community. The home was built so that the rain forest surrounds the cottage which provides the ultimate in privacy. The have your choice of tide pools for snorkeling, black sand beaches for turtle watching or the white sand beaches in Hilo. It is a unique opportunity to be able to visit all these beaches from one central location. If you are looking for true Aloha and to live the Hawaii life, this is it!

Guestbook comments from the owner

My family and I really enjoyed our stay at Lazy Lehua Cottage and wished we could have had more time there. It's a great home base for exploring Volcanoes Nat'l Park as well as the rest of the Puna district. The fire was very cozy during the rainy, cool evenings. It was also nice to be so close to Volcano Village where we wound up eating every night.

The house was very private and tranquil. Our children (4 and 6) enjoyed playing the games at the house and we didn't turn on the tv sets even once. The kitchen was nicely stocked, too. We would definitely go back to Lazy Lehua the next time we're visiting the Big Island.
Jun 2008
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Volcano House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Hawaiian style living, shoes must be kept outside on Lani. Shoe rack provided.
  • No guests allowed at home that are not listed on reservation.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , jetted tub , Jacuzzi tub/sink/toilet in Master Bedroom Suite
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower , Bathroom on first floor
  • Upstairs Master suite has a Jacuzzi tub for two. Downstairs Bathroom has a shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Master suite upstairs - sleeps 2
    Bunk Bed 1st Floor - 1 bunk bed , Bunk bed will sleep 2 adult or child guests
  • Queen size Bed (1) In upstairs master bedroom suite with own bath. Twin Bunk beds - downstairs (1 set-sleeps 2) in living area of home.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
Complimentary Snacks, Coffee Beans, Hot Cocoa and Tea provided. Multiple windows throughout home open to enjoy the cool tradewinds. Ceiling fan in Master Suite as well. Brochures and maps for island adventures, DVDs, Books, CD's, Board Games, Rain Umbrellas, Boogie Boards, Beach chairs, Hair-Dryer, body wash, shampoo/conditioner, beach towels and soap.


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Lazy Lehua Cottage ~ Whimsical & Charming ~ Private Home on 1/2 Acre Rainforest
average rating of 4.981818 based on 58 reviews
Marin County, California

Dreamy Rain Forest Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Loved waking up to the sun shining through the many bedroom windows. Looking out and seeing giant tree ferns... green everywhere! Wonderful songs of the birds in the rain forest. Cozy gas fireplace stoves were so convenient after a rainy day hike in Midnovember. Although I never minded any rain. It is just so gorgous here! Fantastic double sized jacuzzi bathtub in masterbath (it does takes a little while to fill it properly). Compact but complete kitchen made it possible for us to prepare most of our meals right there (restaurants are another option). Farmers markets in Volcano Village on Sunday (EARLY! Get there by 7 AM as most clear out by 9) or Wednesday and Saturdays in Hilo. The produce and other foods are scruptious and the farmers are an absolute delight (My husband and I are Marin County farmers market junkies! But the Big Island farmers rock!). If you are like me and you don't like crowds, the Lazy Lehua Cottage is perfect: serene surroundings, artistic decor abounds in this gem of a vacation place. Laying in the blue hammock chair on the front lanai you will wish your vacation would never end. And you are so close to the many destinations you most definenitely don't want to miss. P.S.: Do rent a 4-Wheel Drive (not just an All-Wheel) if you are adventurous and like to do some exploring as that is required for Waipio Valley and some other areas... P.P.S.: Good healthfood store in Hilo ("Abundant Life") -- Ideal to visit on your way from the airport to the cottage (approx. 30minutes from Volcano Village). Great healthfood store in Pahua ("Island Natural Market"), slightly different direction but also about 1/2hr distance from the cottage.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2009
  • Stayed: Nov 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Mature Island Girl - Mahalo Nui Loa for your beautiful review. We take delight knowing we are doing a good job making our cottage a wonderful vacation home away from home for our guests. We appreciate all your kinds words and love that you loved your stay at the Lazy Lehua Cottage. Joyce @ the Lazy Lehua Cottage.
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Lovely Lazy Lehua

  • 5 of 5

The dwelling was as described with added touches only a thoughtful homeowner would provide. Stacey was responsive when we had a question. We found the volcano fascinating and were happy to spend several days days alternately exploring it and relaxing at the cottage.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Oct 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WOW, #1 FAVORITE VACATION RENTAL!! Exceeded expectations, beautifully appointed, BOOK THIS NOW!

  • 5 of 5

If you ever come across my airbnb profile, you'll see that I've stayed in 50+ vacation rentals over the past 5 years both in the US and abroad. The Lazy Lehua Cottage was, by far, my favorite vacation rental of ALL TIME. When we arrived, we were caught in a rain storm. It was really dark but Stacey's directions were so clear, finding the cottage was a breeze! The pitter patter of the rain hitting the roof made the experience all the more cozy and enjoyable. Stacey's cottage is beautifully appointed with a full kitchen, great coffee, a shower downstairs with bunkbeds and sitting area, and the most wonderful loft bedroom upstairs with a jacuzzi spa tub. The decorations throughout are wonderful, and I appreciated the various forms of entertainment (books, DVDs, etc.) that were available to choose from. Two gas fireplace heaters kept us warm and cozy all night long. The bed in the upstairs loft is the most comfortable bed we have ever slept on (and we have a top-of-the-line tempurpedic back at home). We have never had such a refreshing night of sleep. The numerous decks and outdoor sitting/eating areas, the koa slab counters and table, the cute hammock chairs, the sounds of nature and the feeling of being in the jungle, the natural wood used to construct the balconies/shelving......there are too many great things to list! Stacey definitely had a strong vision she executed on beautifully - there isn't a single detail she overlooked! The location from the cottage to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park was the icing on the cake. Since the park is open all night, staying so close to the park is the only way you can easily check out that view of the crater near Jaggar after dark! I was disappointed with another rental on our 8-day trip to the island and I tried to re-book the Lazy Lehua Cottage but it was unavailable! :( I CANNOT WAIT to stay here again and will tell all of my friends about this little gem! It is my dream to have a cottage like this someday so Stacey, if you ever plan to sell this beauty, PLEASE let me know!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cumberland, Maine

Wow! Wow! Wow!

  • 5 of 5

We loved Lazy Lehua! The cottage had everything we needed and felt like we were home! The cottage is well taken care of and beautifully decorated. The master suite is roomy and comfortable and very bright during the day. Loved all the could lay in bed at night and see the stars through every window. Wish we had more time to spend there. The location is within a few miles of Volcano National Park. We would definitely recommend Lazy Lehua and would love to stay here again during our next visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful cottage, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in 4 different VRBO homes during our Hawaii vacation and this cottage was our favorite. The location was perfect for visiting Volcanoes National Park and a treat to come back to at the end of a long day of hiking. The grounds are beautiful and we loved reading our books on the sunny lanai. The interior of the cottage was cozy, comfortable, and beautifully decorated. Information and directions from the owner were very helpful. We can't wait to visit again!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Saratoga Springs

Beautiful and well cared for. A ‘MUST STAY!’

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely gorgeous, I wish we had stayed longer just so I could spend more time at the cottage! Everything is as described and pictured, actually even better. It is very private and surrounded by beautiful, lush flora. The 3 lanais made it easy to enjoy being outside even if it was raining. The upstairs lanai was my favorite spot to read while sitting in the hammock. The inside space is very well utilized, with plenty of seating and lounging downstairs and a huge, bright master upstairs. Having a bathroom on both floors was nice too. Everything from the linens, dishes and décor to the furniture, appliances and woodwork was high quality and very well taken care of. One of my favorite things were the little notes around the cottage; they were unobtrusive but super helpful when looking for something or using light switches. The kitchen was well equipped and we found everything easy to use (freshly ground coffee – yum!). There were lots of beach supplies (chairs, boogie boards, coolers) although we weren’t there long enough to get to the beach. You can tell a lot of thought and care was put into everything at the cottage and it’s easy to feel comfortable and relaxed as soon as you arrive. This place was a perfect little nature retreat with plenty of amenities. I dream of owning a place just like this someday!

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Hilo (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
3.5 Miles
Lava Lounge
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Volcano Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hawaiian Belt Hwy (HWY 11)
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Volcano Village
Nearest Ski
50 Miles
Mauna Kea :)
Nearest Beach
30 Miles
Punaluu (west), Carlsmith Park (east)
Car: necessary

Hawaii Volcano National Park entrance 2 miles, Lava flow viewing at nearby, Locals Art Galleries, Skate Park, Winery, Golf, Volcano Village Sunday Farmers Market.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning and Prep Fee $75
Refundable damage deposit $150
Tax Rate 14.42%

Discounted rate of $600 for 7 night stays. Maximum occupancy is 4 persons. Children under 5 years of age are not appropriate for home due to stairs and open railing.

CLEANING FEE $75 - Covers standard 3 hours of cleaning after your departure and 1 hour of preparing the home for your arrival.

Rebecca will be your on-island contact while visiting Lazy Lehua. Her contact information is posted at Lazy Lehua Cottage.

County of Hawaii Registered Transient Vacation Rental - Hawaii Tax ID Number GE/TA-112-091-7504-01
Tax Rate - 14.42% (10.25% TAT and 4.166% GET)

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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