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EXPLORE HILO TO VOLCANO PARK From A Convenient Tropical Garden Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Property type house


About the property

2 BR/1 BA + 500 sq. ft. Screened Outdoor Living Area


NOTE* REGARDING VOLCANIC ACTIVITY OF KILAUEA *** FIRST WE WANT YOU TO KNOW THAT THIS ACTIVITY HAS NOT EFFECTED ALL OF THE BIG ISLAND. IT HAS ONLY HAD AN IMPACT ON A SMALL PORTION OF THE ISLAND. THE ONLY AREAS IMPACTED BY THE FISSURES, ERUPTIONS, AND TOXIC LEVEL SULPHUR DIOXIDE GASES ARE ALONG THE EAST RIFT ZONE (Seismic Activity, Fissures, breakouts, and toxic level gases), Lower Puna Area (for possible evacuation due to gases or access roads cut off from nearby activity of the eruptions in the impacted communities), and the areas within theVolcanoes National Park boundaries.

We understand everyone's confusion with all that's in the news and media. We want to mention that we are not located in any of the areas of concern, and we are not located on the East Rift Zone (which is at the edge of the Kilauea ). We have not had any evacuations, warnings, and are several miles outside of any of these areas.

If you have any questions about our property or location to this activity, feel free to contact us, or we are keeping our guests updated on our Coqui Cottage face book page.


There's so much to experience on the Hilo side of the island. We love to help you explore it, so we're here to share our recommendations, for anything you want to see or do. We've put together over 30 do-it-yourself sights/activities in our Coqui Day Trip's book.


From $99 - $110 per night WEEKLY RATES: $650 - $700

Welcome and enjoy our Tropical Island Cottage, centrally located to most east side island sights, and only 20 mins. from the Hilo Airport. The perfect place to see the beautiful, lush east side of the island. Stay in our peaceful garden retreat with fresh fruit we share with our guests from the variety of fruit trees and you are welcome to pick when ripe.

This is a newer home, and we give our full attention to detail with updates and maintenance being addressed at all times, so that everything is clean, organized and easily accessible. We have a professional team including Housekeepers, Landscaper, Pest Control, Maintenance, and Hospitality, to give you a resort feel, but in a private home.

LIVING ROOM AREA - with a 47 in. Smart TV, DVD, Dish Network, & Hi-Speed Internet/ WiFi.

queen pull-out sleeper in sofa.

KITCHEN- fully stocked with high quality dishes and cookware, and extras like crock pot,

baking dishes, rice cooker, veggie steamer, Keurig Coffee maker (and regular), and

lots more.

LANAI (PATIO)- Outdoor Living in the 500 sq. ft. Screened-In Lanai, with patio furniture and

dining table

LAUNDRY- Washer and Dryer for your use at no charge with laundry soap provided

2 BDRMS - 1st bedroom- California King, and 32 in TV.

2nd bedroom has a Queen bed

Additional Queen Pull-Out sleeper in the Living Rm. and a

Pack-n-Play Portable crib for the little ones.

The Cottage has a very comfortable warm "vibe" where family and friends come together and enjoy the open air screened Lanai, and tropical garden to spend time together to play games, visit and relax.


There is a separate studio cottage on the property that is now used as a longer term rental for 1 to 3 months, but only for professionals that are on the island for business such as scientist, geologist, medical personnel. They are working professionals that we closely screen and verify their professional assignments. They will not interfere with your space or privacy, and have a separate driveway, and their cottage does not share any walls to the main cottage.

If you have any additional questions about how the cottage is set up, or any of amenities available, feel free to let me know.

Cancellation Policy-

*45 Days or more = Full Refund

*30-44 Days = 50% Refund

* Less than 30 days- No Refund

*15-29 days before arrival- 50% of your payment may be applied to re-booking your dates

at any later available date within 12 months

Charges and Taxes-

All quotes will include the total charges, including all mandatory taxes and cleaning fee at the following rates:

Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET) - 4% (Tax ID# GE-044-205-4656-01)

Hawaii Accommodation Tax (TAT)- 9.25% (Tax ID# TA-044-205-4656-01)

Cleaning fee: $95.00


**Depending on current activity- THE ACTIVE FLOW** - Only a 15-20 minute drive is the starting point to the active lava flow, located near the town of Kalapana. It's the only place in the U.S. that you can get this close to active lava spilling into the ocean creating more land and expanding our island.

**VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK- Explore the many miles of hiking trails, lava tubes, Visitor Center, Guided Nature walks with park ranger, Museum. 30 mins to the park entrance, but the active flow viewing is about an hour from the park entrance, and only 20 mins from us.

**Kopoho Tide Pools and Wai’opae Marine Sanctuary- Some of the best snorkeling on the east side with huge pools filled with coral and amazing fish. (25 mins)

**Ahalanui Park and Warm Ponds- Experience a naturally heated thermal pond with water up to 90 degrees depending on the tide, free of charge. Located just down the street from the Kopoho tidepools. (25 mins)

Whale Watching- (Seasonal) see the Humpback Whales migrating Dec-Mar. right from the shore- (10 mins)

Relax and take a Beautiful scenic drive through the lush green side and stop at one of the many magnificent waterfalls.

Rainbow Falls- (15-20 mins)

Akaka Falls and Nature walk- (25 mins)

Botanical Gardens (along the 4 mile scenic drive route)- (20 mins)

Kaumana Caves Lava Tube- Explore a huge lava tube in their natural state, and see the amazing way the island was formed, entrance is free. (20 mins)

Mauna Kea- Watch the sunset or sunrise and see what the island looks like from above the clouds at 10,000 ft. elevation and for those who love the stars there’s World Class Star Gazing with Narrated free tours, as the different planets rise. (1 hr drive)

Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory and Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo- It's the ONLY natural tropical rainforest zoo in the U.S. and it's free! AND it’s is less than 10 minutes away.

Visit Black Sand Beaches almost guaranteed to see Turtles sun bathing...and there's so much more!

We are here to help you plan more than just your accommodations, we love to share any advice you need. We want you to be able to just relax and decide how you will enjoy this wonderful place!

Aloha and Mahalo!

John & Shauna

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Shauna Knutsen
Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
May 21, 2018

About Shauna Knutsen

We would like to introduce ourselves to you, our guests. We are John and Shauna Knutsen, we have two children Cindy and Zane, and our nephew Javin and he's the only one still at home.

We fell in love with Hawaii when we got married on Kauai, and have been coming back every since. There is no other place to us like Hawaii, its not just the beauty you see with your eyes, its the beauty of the humble people, the culture and the slowed down island time feel that allows you to truly relax and take the time to enjoy creation.

We love to bring our family and friends to enjoy this wonderful place, and even though all of Hawaii has so much to offer we decided on the Big Island- since it is so large and there is so much variety and so many climates- What other island can you be in a rain forest, an arid desert, an active volcano, on top of the tallest mountain from the sea floor (snow covered in winter), all on the SAME DAY! And even though all the islands are beautiful we feel that this island has some of the Best of the Best right here!

Shauna Knutsen purchased this house in 2012

Guestbook comments from the owner

Making this charming place available for world weary travelers was a kind and generous thing to do! Thank you for the clean sheets, nice towels, the complete instruction tips on what and where. You will find everything needed here and the best coffee beans this side of anywhere!

The cottage caretaker (Rich) has a good natured presence. I've told all my friends about you and Coqui Cottage. Don't be surprised if some of them beats a path to your door!
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation house rental in Hilo, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Cal-King Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Pillow-Top Med/Firm
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Queen- Sealy Posturepedic Memory Foam Pillow-Top Med/Firm
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • porch/lanai ...
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Our Extras are what our Guests really appreciate: Queen size Hide-a-Bed in living room, Portable Crib / Playpen, Hi Speed Satellite INTERNET ACCESS, DVD, fully stocked Kitchen-all the little things you need, Hairdryer and all soap, shampoo/conditioner, Large Ceiling Fans, Washer/Dryer with laundry detergent provided, Beach Towels, Beach Toys, Boogie Boards, Cooler, Beach Chairs, Flashlights, Walking Sticks Umbrellas We also provide purified bottled water for our guests who prefer it to our house water. GuideBook, Coqui's Pick's for Day Trips from the cottage, Activity Brochures, and we welcome you with Keurig Brewed Hawaiian Blend Coffee and snacks to start off your first morning! In Consideration for our guests with allergies-No Smoking or Pets, please!


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EXPLORE HILO TO VOLCANO PARK From A Convenient Tropical Garden Retreat
average rating of 4.925234 based on 111 reviews

Great Location for Volcano National Park

  • 4 of 5

The house was clean and easily accommodated our family of 5. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is for sleeping. With no AC, you need to keep the windows open to catch the cool breeze. We heard the tree frogs chirping until the early hours of the morning and then the rooster at the crack of dawn. Then location was great and the owner was super friendly.

  • Submitted: 28-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Everything you need in a setting accessible to all the area has to offer!

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy to find this extremely clean, well-organized, comfortable place to explore the east side of the island. Everything on the island is not that far, mileage-wise, so would actually choose to spend more time here in future as it was such a comfortable place to stay. It is spacious, the beds comfortable, plenty of closet space, a well-equipped kitchen, laundry, and new appliances. Easy access to Hilo, the airport, Volcano National Park, and the beautiful waterfalls outside of Hilo, yet in a quiet space with lovely landscaping. Shauna was also right on top of things, offering individualized advice and responses to any questions before, during, and after our stay. Can't recommend this enough, just in that respect of an owner who was so available and so invested in us having a wonderful experience. We packed a lot in during our time there, and the assistance in the form of onsite books with tips, equipment for your use (coolers, snorkeling equipment, etc.) aided greatly. Mahalo Shauna & John! All of your efforts are much appreciated!!

  • Submitted: 2-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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This home away from home was above and beyond my expectations.

  • 5 of 5

Coqui Cottage was amazing. It was well equipped with everything that we needed for our stay. They had everything from snorkel gear, boogie boards, umbrellas, flashlights, coolers, and more for our day excursions out to the parks. Although we didn't use them, it was nice to know that they were there. The beds and sofa were comfortable and the kitchen was nice to prep/cook meals. Everything from booking to checking in and checking out was well organized and detailed. Although it was on the outskirts of the town of Hilo, it was accessible on the highway. What I loved about the location was how close it was to the Volcano National Park and you truly felt like you were living like a local. Shauna was amazing and was like our personal concierge. She gave tons of tips and advice before our visit and was super helpful. This was probably the best home rental I have ever been to. Thank you for everything.

  • Submitted: 27-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Felt like home

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful cottage! Clean and neat. Shauna thought of everything I might need for my stay.

All the amenities were there.

I want to thank Shauna for all the special effort she put in for my special needs--she is so accommodating and sweet, and thoughtful.

I may just come back!

  • Submitted: 17-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Ray, We really enjoyed having you as our guests, and we were happy to make any accommodations we could, so you could have a place as close to home as possible! Thank you for all your thoughtfulness as well...we really appreciated the pictures of the updates in the area, I will be sure to send you a picture of the end results! We hope that you do return someday, maybe for another special anniversary! It was great to have you and your wife with us! We wish you all the best! Mahalo, Shauna
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  • 5 of 5

so clean, everything you could possibly need, wonderful beds. check in and check out a breeze. highly recommend when visiting the Hilo side of the island!

  • Submitted: 15-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, quiet and well furnished

  • 5 of 5

Coqui cottage is a very pleasant place to stay, the cottage is very well furnished and above all Roxy and Shauna are very kind and helpfull.

  • Submitted: 21-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Ochidland, Pahoa Village
Car: necessary

Hawaii Volcanos National Park, Lava Viewing, Lava Tree State Park, Waterfalls, Natural Warm/Hot Ponds, Botanical Gardens, Rain Forest and Zoo, Telescope Star-Gazing Mauna Kea (best star gazing in the world), Snorkeling at Tide Pools, Black Sand Beaches, Hiking Lava Tubes and through Craters, Farmers Markets, Stroll through Old Historic Hilo Town, Museums, Japanese Gardens, Zip Lining over waterfalls, Helicopter Tours over Volcano, Nature Walks, Caverns, and so much more!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house rental in Hilo, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2018
Apr 8 2018 - May 31 2018
1 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$122.41

**Please contact us directly for the 10% disc. for Kama'aina or any other special pricing or discounts and we will happily adjust the rate for you.

**During Merrie Monarch week there is a 4 night minimum stay, unless there are fewer than 4 nts. available on calendar. No further disc for Merrie Monarch.
NOTE * 3 or 4 night minimum stay- does not apply if there are less than the minimum nights available, just let me know and I will adjust your quote or reservation for as little as 1 nights stay.

For any questions or special arrangements, feel free to call, text, or email directly at (760) 912-9117 we will do our best to accommodate you in any way we can.

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.
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