Ever want to try tiny living? Down a winding drive in the lush east Hawaii rainforest, is your own magical paradise. Completely off-grid, but still with the little luxuries. We pride ourselves on making your visit special! Come stay with us in beautiful little Volcano!
WHAT’S UP WITH THE VOLCANO?
The national park is OPEN and the crater is STUNNING! They are continually evaluating new trails and sites within the park and opening them up to visitors - we'll message you before your stay with the latest!
Even outside the park, there is much to do! Our little Volcano Village is the perfect spot to relax. Slightly cooler with less humidity and no vog, it’s a hidden rainforest retreat! Volcano Village is a small town just Hilo side of Volcanoes National Park. We are a beautiful little artist community and great resting spot for seeing the east side of the island with it's rainforest, orchid gardens, winery, hiking trails, farmers markets -- simply an amazing place. Perfectly between the green and black sand beaches, the uniqueness of Pahoa, and old Hawaii in Hilo town . We hope you will come discover it for yourself, and love it just as much as we do!
WHAT SOME OF OUR GUESTS HAVE TO SAY:
"This place is so magical. The first 30 minutes we were here we only whispered because we didn't want to disturb the peace and quiet!"
"Our only regret is that we didn't stay longer. Hale Iki is a very special place."
"You can tell how much caring was put into everything - from the log in the fireplace to the yoga mats to the pancakes for breakfast, everything was thought of!"
Perfect for couples or solo travelers, Hale Iki makes you feel like you’re a world away, even though you're just minutes Volcanoes National Park. Take your french press coffee out on the lanai, or grill up your farmers market finds on our built-in gas grill. Snuggly bath robes and a comfy queen size bed piled with plenty blankets keep you toasty on cool Volcano nights. Indoor/outdoor living will make you wonder how you could ever need more than 240 square feet!
Some features of Hale Iki:
• A ‘smores station with custom chocolates, made by us, of local Volcano ingredients - how else can you fully enjoy the fire pit?!
· Fresh Volcano produce delivery
• Spacious lanai for dining and relaxing, with full size gas grill and chiminea woodburning fireplace (log provided)
• Private, located on a 3/4 acre (and there's even a little lava tube!)
• Ample Parking
• Flashlight and headlamp
• Yoga mat
• Guidebooks, magazines, and various other reading material
• Board games (be a kid again!)
• Outlets (3-prong and USB)
• 3/4 size refrigerator
• Beautiful tiny gourmet kitchen with full size gas stove and oven
• Cooking basics including coffee, tea, sugar, pancake mix, farm fresh local eggs when available, pasta and rice, oil and vinegar, two bottles of water, sweet treats, and a welcome bottle of wine.
• French press and percolator coffee makers and tea kettle
• Queen size bed with clean linens
• Speaker for connecting your mobile device (blue tooth)
• HD TV and DVD player, plus lots of movies to enjoy
• Skylights that let light stream in to the living space and shower
• Slate bathroom
• Real toilet (no composting toilet here!)
• Toiletries, including shampoo/conditioner, sunscreen and lotion
• Cozy bath robes
BEFORE YOU BOOK
Hale Iki is a very special place. Please read the section below, just to make sure it’s the right special place for you!
1. Accessibility. The house is much more accessible than many tiny houses, but there are a few steps along the way. There are two steps up to the lanai, and one into the house. Good news - unlike some tiny homes the bed is on the main floor, so no ladders to climb down in the middle of the night!
2. Water. We put the rainforest to good use! Rainwater is collected and used to run the house, which is perfect for showering and doing dishes, but not for drinking. A bottle of water will be provided, and there is a water dispenser in the kitchen if you need refills.
3. Lighting. All our electricity comes from the sun. The batteries charge up during the day and are stored for use at night. Turning off lights or electronics when not in use will help the energy last. The house has plenty of windows and amazing skylights. NOTE: Because we are a small off-grid system, hair dryers and other heat generating appliances are not allowed.
4. Temperature. At 3,500 feet, Volcano can be a bit wet, and the temperature is about 10 degrees cooler than at the coast. Nights can get in the mid-50s. We find it refreshing — a break from the heat and humidity! Hale Iki does not have an indoor heater, but there is an outdoor fireplace on the lanai. Lots of blankets are provided.
The Big Island has 10 of the world’s 14 climate zones. It is always wise to dress in layers and to bring a light jacket, especially if you are visiting Volcanoes National Park at night (and you should visit at night!).
5. Location. Located on just over 3/4 of an acre and backing up to the forest reserve, Hale Iki is very private. There are few lights, which means spectacular stargazing when the sky is clear. Flashlights are available for those late night returns home, and motion sensing lights guide you along the lanai.
6. Connectivity. Time to let go of all your wires and obligations! Being off-grid and hidden on a large lot, internet isn’t currently an option. Some cell service is available (depends on your provider and where you are standing). We do have a small TV and DVD player for evening electronic entertainment. You can rent recent titles at the Lower Store in Volcano Village or at the Red Box at the Foodland in Kea’au. A bluetooth speaker will let you hook up and play your tunes wire free.
6. Wildlife. All of Volcano is a rainforest and with it comes wildlife. There are lots of birds in our forest, including pheasants which like to wander around in little packs. You’ll see them along the road and sometimes in the yard. They are fun to watch. We also have wild pigs — they have no interest in people, but love to tear up the yard looking for bugs! They are easily scared off. Just think of it as some entertainment and stories to tell when you get home!
You will have your own key and have the whole place to yourself. Your own tiny Hawaiian paradise.
We live in Volcano and would love to welcome you to your new home. Our past interaction with guests has ranged from sharing dinner and wine, to hardly seeing them at all! Wherever you fall on the spectrum, if you need anything during your stay, we're just a phone call or text away.
Other Things to Note:
We prefer 2 night or longer stays (you really need that time to explore the area!), but will consider one-nights. If you're visiting the volcano and don't want to drive back late at night, please message us to check availability! We would love to host you for an evening.
There are some small, convenience-style stores in Volcano, but you might want to pick up some groceries before you arrive. There is also a farmer stand which does custom orders you can schedule ahead of time and pickup the day you arrive. If you are interested in this service, please let us know and we will send you the brochure. We do have a nice selection of cooking basics offered free of charge. Please ask us if you need a complete list.
We welcome everyone and would love to have you stay with us!
This home is our primary residence which we occasionally make available to guests. We hope you love it as much as we do! It's truly a special place. The home will be completely unavailable beginning fall of 2019 as we do some extensive remodeling.
Hale Iki is located 35 minutes from Hilo and about 2 hours from Kona. It’s in a quiet neighborhood on about 3/4 of an acre, surrounded by lush rainforest and lots of native plants. It backs up to the national forest reserve for maximum privacy.
Just across the highway is Volcano Village where you will find several restaurants, a community center, Volcano Art Gallery, and the wonderful early morning Sunday Volcano Farmers Market.
Though only three miles from the entrance to Volcanoes National Park, we are in a very safe area and are fortunate to be upwind from the crater, typically providing very good air quality.
This is a big island and a rental car is required to get the most out of your experience.