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This rustic wooden mountain cabin (''Much more than a cabin!'' - Julia) is situated next to a forest, in a secluded spot away from the main house, on a 3.5 acre farm. At an elevation of 2,000 feet, it avoids the summer heat at sea level (''Cool and peaceful..'' - Teri), yet is close to Kealakekua Bay (5 miles), kayaking, horse-riding, the Captain Cook Monument, Place of Refuge, and wonderful snorkeling. Ten minutes south is a small shopping center, with supermarket, Chinese restaurant, sandwich shop, etc. Three miles north is Kainaliu Town, with theater/cinema, pharmacy,Blue Ginger Gallery, clothing stores and other quaint places. Two of the finest restaurants in West Hawaii (Mi's Italian Bistro, and Keei Cafe) are less than 15 minutes away. Other coffee shops and restaurants are close by. From the cabin, a short walk across the property and along private paths through coffee fields leads you down a road that takes you through natural Hawaiian flora.
The 760 square feet cabin consists of a living-room, sleeping loft, bathroom, and well-equipped Hawaiian-style lanai kitchen with screens that look into the forest (''The forest is full of birdsong'' - Claudia & Chan). A redwood deck is situated under the kukui and macadamia nut trees, and has a charcoal barbecue (''An evening barbeque and wine on the deck - perfect'' - Barbara & John).
The farm has our three beloved and gentle dogs, two cats, sheep, chickens,and two guinea fowl. These are kept in an area at the upper south end of the farm, and the cabin is at the lower north end, some distance from the animals. From the cabin and its deck many of the sounds of the forest can be heard.
Guests will find fresh farm eggs, homemade bread, a fruit basket, Kona coffee, and other goodies to get them started.
I would recommend this place and we hope to come back.
Everything was thought of, the cabin is beautiful and quiet ( the frogs at night did not disturb us at all)
Heides bread and jam and fruits and egg's tasted so good and warmed my heart.
We made wonderful daytrips from there and the owners gave us great tips .
The surrounding garden is beautiful , the cabin is big and comfortable with lots of Hawaii books - so no need to bring one. Our stay was magical and we hope to come back , the owners are the nicest people and very kind and thought of everything.
Would love to come back - we stayed 8 days in the cabin.
My husband and I spent 8 nights at Koa Cabin. We had stayed there several years earlier, and our wonderful memories influenced our choosing West Hawaii for this vacation as well. The location of Koa Cabin is stunning -- a huge expanse of land rich in foliage (macademia nut and avocado trees, beautiful flowering plants) that is extremely private. On the grounds, it is possible to sit at a picnic table outside the cabin, or have breakfast or dinner in the beautiful bamboo gazebo (at night, plug in the light string - magical.) My husband loved reading and dozing in the hammock! We picked up macademia nuts and used the special nut cracker to crack them, eating them with Heide's freshly baked bread and with the papaya, avocado, bananas, dragon fruit, guava and other fruits, piled high in a welcoming basket! The kitchen is marvelous, and it was a joy to create a dinner from fresh Hawaiian ingredients! I loved the sounds of the forest, including the tree frogs! Heidi and Jeffrey are the most hospitable, wonderful , caring hosts I have experienced in years of renting VRBO's. I could go on and on -- and have, actually, to my friends here who certainly wish they could fly to Hawaii and stay a week in Koa Cabin!
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful week at the Koa Cabin for my birthday. Jeffrey and Heide have a beautiful property with fruit and nut trees and quite the collection of animals. The property was easy to find away from the main highway, but still near things like grocery stores or local Farmers Market. Heide (and dogs) greeted us upon our arrival and showed us around the place. Heide had many great recommendations for things to do nearby including the best snorkeling spots and hiking trails. We loved their dogs and cats and enjoyed the sounds of the jungle late at night. The Coqui frogs are noisy at night, but we loved it. Every night we would grab a flashlight and try to spot the little guys clinging to low branches or even outside the front porch. I also love chickens and every morning we would see the flock come through the yard on what I can only assume is "bug patrol". Sipping coffee on the front steps in the morning watching as they scratch at the ground and cluck at each other I found myself thinking, "this is better than television".
It was wonderful to have fresh eggs, bread, jam, and Kona coffee ready for us, and all the fruit and Mac nuts I could ever want (literally an endless supply as they are growing on the property) this way we had to purchase minimal groceries for the week. We spent a lot of time traveling to different parts of the island so it was nice to have things like tuperware, reusable water bottles, and an ice chest for us to pack snacks for the day.
Jeffrey and Heide are wonderful people and so hospitable, we cannot wait to come back and visit.
-Mandy and George
We arrived late at night but Jeffrey & Heide were there instantly with fresh baked bread, jams & wonderful exotic fruit for our breakfast. This place is indescribably beautiful, exotic & off the beaten track which was important for us!
A very comfortable cabin with every imaginable convenience from coffee makers to washing/tumble dryers all set in a wonderful garden full of fragrant flowers & fruiting trees, many of which we'd never seen before. It was perfect!
A great base for our time in Hawaii - we loved Jeffrey & Heide who were so charming & helpful & invited us for a family meal & their 3 dogs who visited us often.
We loved picking & shelling Macadamia nuts fresh from the tree & we particularly liked the frogs.....very peaceful dozing off to sleep to a musical chorus each night!!
Thank you for sharing your piece of Paradise with us. Xx
If you would like to get a night's sleep, I would not recommend this venue. The couple who own the cabin are delightful, and for that reason, we were sorry we could not stay there. However, the noisy frogs were a constant menace and even with the strongest industrial earplugs, I was kept awake all night with the constant sounds of the frogs. The cabin is fine, so if you have ears of steel, go for it...but if not, the cabin is not for you. After one night, we had to move elsewhere and forfeit the rest of our entire week's payments minus one night.
Consider that the cabin is located in a lush, wet forest - ideal frog habitat. And many of the cabin windows are only screens - no glass. Read this article about the coqui frogs: http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-coqui-frog-hawaii-20141228-story.html .
I spent 11 restful nights at the Koa Cabin and thoroughly enjoyed my time there. The cabin is well stocked with virtually everything needed for an extended stay. Heide and Jeffrey make visitors feel extra special with their warm Hawaiian hospitality and treat their guests to fresh fruit, fresh baked bread and jam, and local Kona coffee. Just slightly off the beaten path (which is exactly the point) and yet conveniently located, a stay at the Koa Cabin is a unique get away to a place that is truly special. It was hard to leave but I hope to return again soon!