Upscale Adventure Retreat for Volcano & Ocean
|Per night||$110 - $155|
|Per week||$600 - $900|
Rates INCLUDE 13.42% Hawaii taxes AND cleaning fee.
$20 ($15 for stays over a week, $10 for stays over a month) per night per additional guest after first 2 guests. Damage/breakage/loss deposit of $250 held until after departure (so far we have returned every deposit in full).x
QUIET AND LUSH IN ITS OWN ACRES OF TROPICAL GARDENS at the end of a palm-lined, private, gated driveway, Hale Pono is a brand new, eco-friendly garden retreat home. In a peaceful location off the beaten track, where tropical rainforest meets the jungle on its way down to the ocean.
HALE PONO ENJOYS A PLEASANT JUNGLE/RAINFOREST CLIMATE gently kissed by the trade winds - only 20 minutes from Hilo airport, closer to all the island has to offer! If you choose to fly into Kona Airport, you will have a spectacular 2 hour drive to Hale Pono with endless beautiful sights on your way home! Every island road is unique: passing desert, mountain, ocean, forests, lava-rock fields, rolling ranchlands, quaint towns and villages.
EASY ACCESS TO EVERYTHING ON THE BIG ISLAND - 25 minutes from Kilauea Volcano Park; 20 minutes from Hilo or Pahoa; 15 minutes to the ocean and great ocean hikes to hidden beaches; 30 minutes drive to surfing, taking a helicopter ride over the island, ancient petroglyphs, lava-walks and zip-lining over the waterfalls; 1 hour drive to South Point, Punalu'u and the green-sand beach; 90 minutes drive to Mauana Kea Observatory, Waipio Valley or The Parker Ranch; 2 hours drive to the West-Side of the island, Waimea or Kohala.
OR STAY HOME, TAKE HIKES IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, RELAXin the house and gardens, stargaze at nights - choose to have grocery delivery, rideshares to town or bus stops, massage sessions, healing sessions and breakfast/evening meal service. When you are ready, start your island adventures!
. Sleeps 7 on comfortable beds:
1 optional super-comfy inflatable queen with mattress-topper (goes in seating area)
1 optional twin/single bed for an extra person in either bedroom
. 2 full bathrooms with large tubs, showers, basins and toilets in each, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, hairdryer provided
. All-local harvested wood trim and floor
. Fully equipped kitchen, bakeware, cookware, utensils, etc.
. Dining area with extendible table, seats 8
. Seating area for 7 people
. Laundry room (washer, dryer, laundry sink, laundry soap provided)
. Plenty of closet space in every area
. Plenty of parking
. Hawaii art and crafts enhance the natural features of the home
. Built so it is naturally air-conditioned by the trade winds
. Ceiling Fans in every room
. 6 acres of tropical gardens & ancient ohia forest
. Catchment rainwater for your household needs, filtered & treated for your convenience (plenty of bottled water provided for drinking)
. Hawaii jungle sounds to lull you to sleep each night
. Wake up to birdsong every morning
AIRPORT SHUTTLE AND RIDES INTO HILO TO PICK UP RENTALbicycles or rental vehicle, or just to explore and enjoy! Rides to the 'Hele-on' island bus routes - where $1 will take you on any single bus trip, from home to Hilo/Pahoa/Volcano/Ka'u or from one side of the island to the other!
HALE PONO'S EXCELLENT OHANA MEALS SERVICE CAN PROVIDE you with home-cooked daily meals and/or a grocery shopping service of your choice of available local, regular, and international groceries!
IF YOU ARE RENTING A VEHICLE, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TOrent locally, and recommend to rent an AWD vehicle or 4x4 - it will give you far more flexibility for your island adventures; scaling the Mauna Kea summit, visiting Waipio Valley and some of the wilder beaches and beauty spots.
THE HOME IS SET ON A VERY BEAUTIFUL, TRANQUIL, BUMPY lava-rock trail - 0.5 of a mile to paved road in the ocean direction and 0.7 of a mile to paved road in the volcano direction, so your 4x4 will make the drive home easier, too.
PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE BOOKING a good-deal local 4x4
A FLAT SCREEN TV, BLU-RAY DVD PLAYER ARE AVAILABLE and, usually, access to wireless internet and Netflix, although the last two are dependent on the local internet service being available and it is not always reliable. There is good 4G service in the area for your smart phone.
. GROCERY DELIVERY $10
. OHANA MEALS - BREAKFAST $5-10, DINNER $10-20, DESSERTS $5
THERE ARE SO MANY THINGS TO DO AND EXPERIENCE ON the Big Island, guests often decide to stay for several weeks to enjoy the adventures and experiences. We encourage you enjoying our wonderful island - so Hale Pono's daily rates go down the longer you stay!
WE ASKED FAMILY AND FRIENDS TO SHARE THEIR TREASURED
Big Island memories with us, here are a few of the responses: Volcanoes National Park . Lava Walks . Lava Viewing . Lava Tubes . Ocean Swimming . Kayaking . Paddle-Boarding . Surfing . Black Sand Beaches . Green Sand Beach . White Sand Beaches . Spear-Fishing . Charter Traditional Hawaiian Canoe by Moonlight . Swim with Wild Dolphins . Snorkel . Swim with Wild Giant Turtles . Ocean Walks . Zoo . Botanical Gardens . Manta-Ray Night Swim . Sacred Sites (Heiaus) . Lava Tree State Park . Helicopter Rides over the Island and Volcano! . Place of Refuge National Park . Big Island Candy Company (best choc-dipped Macnut Shortbread in Hawaii!) . Mac Nut Farm Tours . Coffee Plantations & Tasting . Vineyard . Magnificent Waterfalls . Ancient Petroglyphs .Horse Riding in Waipio Valley or Waimea Ranchlands . Rodeos . Parker Ranch (largest ranch in the USA!) . Volcano-warmed Hot Ponds . MERRIE MONARCH HULA FESTIVAL . Museums . Mauna Kea Observatory . Imiloa Observatory . Hula Performance . Hula Classes . Free Public Pool . Movie Theaters ($1 up!) . Bowling. Restaurants . Gyms . Zip-lining over Waterfalls . Bonsai Cultural Center . Eateries . Farmer's Markets . Artists' Studios . Orchid Merchants . Wild Orchids (the Big Island is known as the Orchid Isle) . Ancient Mango Groves . And more, so much more, there's something for everyone here on Hawaii Island!
EXCERPTS from HOST'S REFERENCES
...your heart will be warmed, you will belly-laugh...a lot, your tummy will be filled with yummy, healthy deliciousness, and you will sleep cozily well each night after venturing out to explore the island's magic. Quite simply, you'll never want to leave"
Kelly, from the US, Stayed January 2012
"We couldn't have wished for a warmer welcome...they've learned a huge amount about the Big Island and are prepared to help guests get to some great local places. In our short stay, we experienced the farmer's market, the volcano, a beach on the west side of the island, and surfing beaches on the east side"
Kathryn & Roger, from NZ, stayed August 2012
"...how comfortable it was just to lie down on the sofa and listen to the sound of nature...I could really felt at home there. During 2 weeks of our stay, they kindly took us to many places, ocean, cave, volcano etc.."
Kei, from Japan, Stayed August-September 2012
|Jan 01 2012||Dec 31 2013||$155||$155||$900||$3,200||1 night|
|Dec 01 2013||Dec 15 2013||$110||$110||$600||-||1 night|
|Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 11 a.m.|
|Deposits: $250 Returnable Deposit|
|Payment Options: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Personal Check, PayPal|
|Other Fees: Nightly Rate (1st-7th night) $20 per night for every additional guest after two people. Weekly Rate (8th-30th night) $15 per night for every additional guest after two people. Monthly Rate (31st+ night) $10 per night for every additional guest after two people. $100 Cleaning Fee|
March 20, 2013
Hale Pono is an experience. It's as close as a visitor can come to a jungle paradise, and yet it remains a comfortable haven to return to. The route to this secluded place has something of an adventure, yet with a 4WD and with Zoë's detailed instructions it adds to the experience. You may come upon a mother chicken or a peafowl on the road.... The cottage is extremely attractive, with a cosy interior, nice beds, and a fully equipped kitchen (no need to bring condiments or dressings, baking soda, etc). If you're lucky with the weather -we were one night!-, you can watch the night sky in its full glory in the pitch dark: no light pollution at all. And the twitter of the birds all day long, wow! We weren't fortunate enough to profit from Zoë's cooking skills (her cooker refused active duty), but she was so kind to leave us a loaf of bread, butter, milk, coffee, eggs and spreads, together with a wealth of exotic fruit for our first morning, which we appreciated very much. She had also been very helpful answering my many questions through the mails before our arrival. Everything the other reviews raved about, is true and a lot more. I was surprised to find an ointment for minor burns (I had had a small accident with hot steam - no, not from the volcano), high quality shampoo without parabens, oh and the flower arrangements in all the rooms: heavenly! If we ever return to the Big Island, this will be our home away from home. And for those who hesitate to include the Hilo and Puna side in there traveling plans, I'd say: don't. Even though you may hit the rain (no RAIN forest without rain) the lush vegetation will make up for it. And Hilo has an interesting town center, a number of very good museums, and exceptional botanical gardens. In Hale Pono you'll find the perfect location for the volcanoes and for the east part of the island. We feel very lucky to have hit this extraordinary spot.
Cathy McCormack Kearney
Bel Air, Marland, USA
March 3, 2013
From the moment I contacted Zoe I felt so comfortable about our decision to rent Hale Pono. You could not wish for a more accommodating host. We received a welcome package before our arrival that included the best guide book for the Big Island. We were met at the airport where she took our luggage and gave us beach towels! We arrived at the house later that day in the dark and she met us at the main road to guide us in. The house was immaculate and every detail of the guests' comfort had been considered. We ordered breakfast for the days we were there and they were amazing...fresh baked scones, the best eggs, an assortment of bacon, sausage. It is centrally located, only 20 minutes from volcano park. In 4 days we covered an amazing amount of the Big Island. Zoe was a wealth of information giving us directions and restaurant suggestions. She recommended a travel agent to contact for our rental car which ended up being significantly less expensive than anything we found on the Internet ....FYI 4 wheel drive is a definite plus since the road to the house is not paved and it is way fun to drive over the lava fields in a Jeep! We would highly recommend Hale Pono as a vacation rental and hope to be able to return there soon.
January 29, 2013
If you’re looking for peaceful surroundings, elegant living space and an abundance of hospitality, then Hawaii’s Hale Pono is the place for you. We spent a week recently in this tastefully-decorated bungalow and we were delighted from start to finish. The accommodations are spacious and we lacked for absolutely nothing in terms of furnishings, appliances, kitchen utensils and … you name it! Anything and everything you might possibly need is there at your fingertips. Located just a short distance from Hilo, Hale Pono sits on a private lot surrounded by lush vegetation. The only sounds we ever heard came from birds and the wind rustling through the trees. The other highlight of our stay was Zoë, as courteous and helpful a host as anyone could hope to find (on the Big Island or anywhere else). Zoë went out of her way to answer all of our questions, provide helpful hints and see to it that everything was to our liking. That last point included two, absolutely delicious full-course meals that she prepared and personally delivered. For a very reasonable fee we enjoyed mouth-watering desserts and local produce cooked to perfection. To sum up, we felt truly spoiled at Hale Pono. Zoë’s exceptional attention to detail and her obvious delight at her guests' pleasure make the amenities of this modern villa seem doubly attractive. We would highly recommend this little piece of paradise to anyone traveling to Hawaii. - Ken on 1/29/2013
Los Angeles, CA USA
January 29, 2013
This beautiful home is located away from the crowds and noise. The home spatious, beautiful and very tastefully furnished. The owner was extraordinarily helpful and responsive to our special needs (among other things, we were traveling with a two-year old). The roads leading up to the house were a little bumpy, but that is the price you pay for glorious seclusion.
Amy Blatter Hanks
December 21, 2012
I can't say enough good things about this house, and Zoe, the owner. First, the house. I didn't have a single complaint about Hale Pono and the accommodations. Zoe has thought of everything. There are nice knives for cutting up the amazing Hawaiian fruit. There is ample silverware, glasses, plates, food storage containers, etc. There are beautiful linens on the beds, a good stock of games and Dvds in the hall closet, and shampoo and conditioner in the bathrooms. This was as close to staying in a well appointed hotel as it is possible to get in a private vacation rental, but with all of the room of a spacious and beautiful home! The property is beautiful, with flowers (wild orchids!) everywhere. It is secluded and devoid of city noises, though nature's symphony plays all night long--quite possibly one of my favorite things about this house! We are an adventuring family, and the physical location was perfect for us as well. The house is closer to Hilo, but still close enough to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park that we could easily go there for all or part of a day. In addition, we also drove out to akaka Falls, and Kaimu Beach Park to hike over the lava beds to see active lava flows. On our return to Kona we stopped at Punaluu black sand beach and South Point, both of which would make a lovely, but longer-distance day trip from Hale Pono. Finally, our interactions with Zoe, the owner of Hale Pono were most pleasant. She was helpful before our arrival and easy to communicate with. She was warm and welcoming upon our arrival and very solicitous of our needs. She's really the kind of person you feel comfortable with immediately and wish you could spend an afternoon chatting with. Without exception, our stay at Hale Pono was the single best experience our family has had staying at a vacation rental home. We will be back, and I would recommend this house to anyone! Thanks for the amazing stay!
Fort Collins, CO
December 13, 2012
We selected Zoe's place because we wanted to experience the east side of Hawaii during our stay on the Big Island. Zoe provided everything she promises on her site and much more. The directions to her place were perfect; good thing because my iphone map was not. The property was perfectly maintained, beautiful wood floors, comfortable beds, kitchen had all the gadgets to cook wonderful meals including spices, oil, meal items.. She had stocked emergency items like a first aid kit, toothbrushes, deodorant as well as welcome gifts of fruit, chocolates..., gorgeous bouquets in every room. The house is set back a block from a road in the midst of the jungle. Coqui frogs greeted us the evening we arrived. I did not find them a nuisance as I had read about in other reviews. Birds were singing in the morning as we had coffee on the porch. If you're nature lovers like us, this place was the perfect retreat. We met Zoe the 2nd day. She had been a great resource recommending places to see, things to do after reading my profile of what we liked. We had rented a 4-wheel drive to do some off-roading but Zoe had even offered to help with that. She had coolers stocked in the pantry, ice bags in freezer to use for day trips, water bottles, Ziploc bags... All so convenient and beyond our expectations! We came with our 2 kids, age 23 & 24, and she set up an extra bed in the 2nd bedroom per my earlier request. In this area, water is hauled in for utility use but not drinking. Zoe supplied us with more than enough bottled water so this was not an inconvenience. The second part of our Hawaii vacation was spent at a 5-star resort in Waikoloa. After getting 10-star treatment from Zoe, we found ourselves comparing the services and accommodations that Zoe provided at Hale Pono, with what the other resort did not. We felt we were welcomed and that our satisfaction and comfort was of utmost importance to Zoe. This kind of treatment is too rare these days has left me with fond memories of our time on the east side. We met Zoe's dog Maui when we were packing up. He was so friendly wanting to shake 'hands' repeatedly and made us miss our 'babies' at home. We hope to return to the Big Island and would definitely love to stay at this property again!
Seattle, WA USA
December 12, 2012
After looking at several B&Bs around the Volcano area we decided we wanted to stay somewhere sunnier and closer to the water, then we stumbled upon Zoe’s. Minutes after I messaged Zoë, my phone rang. Talk about service! We booked and looked forward to our stay. While making final arrangements in the airport over the phone with Zoe she asked if my husband was related to a guest of hers as they shared the same last name. Turns out my husband’s cousin was the first guest in the Hale Pono home! It was fate. Leading up to our vacation Zoe was incredibly helpful, answering all of our questions and even sent a Welcome Packet with all the information we could need about the home and location. Zoe bent over backwards to accommodate us during our stay. We finally arrived after a rough day in Volcano to a lovely home hidden back in a jungle, sun shining above. We had run out of time and didn’t manage grocery shopping before sunset, and even though she was running out the door Zoe came by to greet us with groceries from her home to hold us over. Such kindness! We felt very welcome. The house itself is gorgeous. Everything is newly renovated and no expense or detail was spared. From the welcome chocolates to the eco-friendly shampoo and conditioner, we were blown away by the amenities! This place has EVERYTHING you could need. The entertainment closet was full of fun including a library of books and DVDs and a dozen or more games. The kitchen was fully stocked with nice pots and pans, even a salad spinner and wine glasses. Plus the fridge had mustard and honey etc…. it is so nice not to have to buy condiments while on vacation. Luckily we ordered breakfast in time to have Zoe make it. I wish we had her make every meal while we were there. For $5 a person, I cannot rave enough about how awesome this meal was! We woke up in our first morning, made and drank some of the provided coffee while sitting in the warm sun on the front porch, then around 9am Zoe and her wonderful smile came in with a tray full of the most amazing breakfast. There was yummy toast with Nutella or butter, bacon AND sausage, delicious scrambled eggs and my favorite were the vanilla crushed oat toasted almond pancakes! They were to die for (I MUST GET THE RECIPE ZOE!). Jams, syrups and honey were all also provided. It was the perfect start to our day. We all left that morning with smiles on our face and full bellies. Staying at Zoe’s was the best decision we made our entire vacation!