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Upscale Adventure Retreat between Volcano & Ocean

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq ft
Property type lodge
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 7, Easy Access to All the Big Island has to Offer!

All-inclusive rates NO HIDDEN FEES! Rates INCLUDE 13.42% Hawaii taxes AND cleaning fee.

$20 per additional guest after first 2 guests ($15 per additional guest for stays over a week, $10 for stays over a month).

Deposit of $250 held until after departure (we have always returned the deposit in full so far).

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.


in 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 king

1 queen

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

PLEASE NOTE: Hale Pono is NOT in Volcano Village, as shown on the map, it is 20 miles towards Hilo on Highway 11.

AIRPORT SHUTTLE AND RIDES INTO HILO TO PICK UP RENTAL bicycles 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 TO rent 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.


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.



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!

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Member since: 2012
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 4, 2018

About Zoe

Hi, I am Zoë, a Brit who feels completely at home here on the Big Island. This amazing place with the very best people you'll ever meet, so many terrains; jungle, desert, rainforest, jungle, rolling ranchlands, snow-capped mountains and Kilauea, our very own live volcano, making the Big Island bigger every moment as lava falls steaming into the ocean; twelve of the world's sixteen weather patterns; green, black, gray and white sand beaches; the world's highest mountain (from the seabed up!), warm ponds heated by the volcano under the palms nestled by a sun-soaked ocean, snorkeling, kayaking, caving, climbing, surfing, paddle-boarding, zip-lining, hiking, swimming, farmer's markets, national parks, and so much more... delicious local foods; beauty, beauty and more beauty; magnificent waterfalls, ancient giant mango groves, the stark black lava rock, the clear blue skies and the warm waters of turquoise ocean. Giant turtles, spinner dolphins and whales who swim wild and free with us as we play in the ocean! We enjoy them all.

We are family oriented with many friends and family, local and international, who often stay at our home. We enjoy a simple island lifestyle, gatherings of good company, good music, good food and we prefer to live alcohol-free and smoke-free. We have three dogs, Koa, Maui and Lilikoi, all of whom are well-socialzed and well-behaved. We're a low-tech family, no broadcast TV, no video games, although we do have the internet and Netflix for the movies we love to watch together.

As a family (however many of us there are at home!) we play board games, any games, sing, write, create arts and crafts, garden, cook, bake, and spend time in the great outdoors of the Big Island, cycling, hiking, swimming, kayaking and boogie-boarding, amongst other things. We cook our food from scratch, using local or home-grown ingredients as much as possible and encourage exploration of the local culinary delights!

Zoe purchased this lodge in 2012

Why Zoe chose Volcano Village

We chose Hale Pono because we love the peaceful location and how well it was built, using local resources, like the wood floors, and careful attention to the things that matter living in a tropical climate.

What makes this lodge unique

Beautiful retreat-like setting, off the beaten track

Natural air conditioning as the house is built in orientation to the trade-winds.

On stilts, so there is good airflow around and under the structure and it discourages bugs.

Gorgeous hand-laid, locally-harvested and processed wood floor and trim.

Two full bathrooms

A large kitchen area

Large carport and dedicated Laundry Room

Guestbook comments from the owner

***** TripAdvisor online verified review - 5 stars

Though Hale Pono is a little off the beaten path it's completely worth the drive! We stayed here overnight while on a trip to see the Volcano and couldn't have picked a better spot. The charming and cozy home was immaculately clean and filled with all the comforts of home. Zoe, our host, was incredibly warm and greeted us with a freshly baked chocolate/cherry cake and haupia ice cream that we devoured for dessert. The property itself is gorgeous and really a perfect little slice of paradise. Our family lives on the Big Island and even to us it truly felt like a tropical escape! We really enjoyed our stay here and would recommend it to anyone!
Jan 2013
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Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation lodge rental in Volcano Village, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • lodge
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Max. adults: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 35 ...
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • NOTE: By booking I/we accept & acknowledge that this rental is NOT located in Volcano. It is 25 miles away, between the park entrance and lava viewing
  • NOTE: By booking I/we accept that this rental, & many visitor sites on the island, is located on a bumpy dirt road & accept an AWD/4x4 is suggested
  • Please let us know if you have any questions, need information, or have any special requests, to make this the best possible visit to the Big Island!
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 8 garden chairs
  • long term renters welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.967742 based on 34 reviews

Exceptional in every way! The vacation of a l

  • 5 of 5

Talk about tailored individual service! Within a week of booking, and a lot of great communication, Zoe sent us a guidebook and details to interest each of us (2 adults, 2 teens, 1 under ten), plus directions - we did need those excellent written directions! Finding the place and checking in were a breeze, the place was even better than we imagined. Treats for each of us plus fresh-picked fruit and newly-laid eggs. The rental was fresh, spotless and smelled delicately of the beautiful tropical flower arrangements - heavenly.

We had been looking forward to the nightime jungle chorus, but it proved a little much for one of the teens - no problem, there are earplugs provided! We all slept incredibly well here and none of us has ever experienced such a well-equipped home. Everything and anything you could possibly want or need, just to hand where you would expect it to be. It's hard to put your finger on what exactly makes this such a special and exceptional place, without filling several pages! Not only is it an exquisite, wonderfully clean home, set in a tropical paradise, but such care and thought has gone into making it, and such kindness in catering to each guest. The result is a unique and exceptional experience filled with a profound and intangible spirit of Aloha - it was a privilege to stay and we look forward to returning very soon! We have already recommended to friends who have booked it for their stay in the New Year.

  • Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hale Pono

  • 4 of 5

Hale Pono is a lovely rural retreat from which to branch out to enjoy all the area has to offer. The house is spacious and well appointed with almost everything we needed. A bit warm during the day without AC, but the fans and cool night air kept us comfortable at night. It's a bit tricky to find the property the first time, so clearer gate markings would help there. The owner was away, but made every effort to answer our inquiries and resolve any issues we had. Overall, a very pleasant stay in a beautiful setting! Bonus...fresh eggs, fresh tropical fruit , beautiful flower arrangements (thank you Zoe) and if you like frogs, birds and morning roosters, you have a night-long chorus!

  • Submitted: 27-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful, Best on Island

  • 5 of 5

Hale Pono is a unique gem. Luxury and care to every detail in a most unlikely, wild and beautiful, jungle setting. The house is outstanding, high-quality everything, and the hosts were the best we have ever had. All the reviews are right. If you can book Hale Pono vacation rental, do! It is located in a great spot for exploring the island. Right by the two main highways and easy access to everything. The rough Hawaii-track leading in along half a mile of green, tropical flower-filled nature reminded us every day where we were and how to relax and get into the Hawaii pace of life. Aloha and pono abounds here, cannot recommend highly enough

  • Submitted: 16-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hale Pono is not a vacation home, it's an experience

  • 5 of 5

Hale Pono is not your typical vacation rental. It is a home-away-from-home, tucked away in the rainforest, where coqui frogs and crickets sing you to sleep, the dark skies beckon you to count even the faintest stars, and roosters crow to start the day. Stay here and you will experience the true rhythms of Hawai'i. Zoe is a lovely, warm hostess and does not miss any detail in welcoming you to Hale Pono and making sure you are comfortable. Before I stayed at Hale Pono, I remember reading a review that said that all future vacation rentals will be measured against this one. As a frequent business and personal traveler, I can't agree more.

  • Submitted: 30-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Large, spacious and beautiful Home deep within Hawaiian rainforest.

  • 5 of 5

Zoe was an amazing and gratious Host. Home was extremely we kept and stocked with everything you might need and More.

It is centrally located between Hilo and Volcano National Park. This allows for a good central point as a home base to explore the area.

  • Submitted: 31-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautifully appointed, extremely welcoming

  • 5 of 5

We were extremely impressed by the incredible personal touches that Zoe provided which included: a personalized welcome note with a box of sumptuous cookies as you walk in the door; fresh flowers; a pantry and fridge which were stocked with the basics as well as some mac and cheese, ½ dozen freshly laid eggs, water, jams, dressings and many other nice items that would keep you going if didn't have a chance to go to the groceries.

Zoe provided an abundance of high quality fresh linens and towels, the beds and furniture were very comfortable.

Zoe kept in touch with us throughout our stay and was very responsive to ensure our satisfaction.

The house is beautifully decorated, spotlessly clean and very well located for visiting the surrounding areas.

Thank you Zoe for a delightful stay

  • Submitted: 8-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Nearest Barpub
14 Miles
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Hilo municipal or Volcano
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Highways 11 and Highway 130
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Blanes Drive-in
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Car: necessary

Hale Pono is located in a tranquil rural area where Tropical Rainforest meets Jungle its way down to the Ocean. Located on its own 3 Acre Ohia Forest lot, within a larger property, Hale Pono is very secluded. Its long driveway leads out to a gate on a traditional Hawaii Lava-Rock Track (paved road starts in 0.7 mile towards Volcano and 0.5 mile towards the ocean) . The area is very quiet, very green, always in bloom. Fruit trees abound and the neighborhood is friendly and laid back. Ancient ohia forest screens the ocean view. There are local walks in nature, breathtaking ocean walks, wonderful Panaewa Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Mac Nut farm tours 15 minutes drive , Hilo (paddle-board, surf, swim in the turquoise ocean with giant turtles, spinner dolphins and whales, visit museums, botanical gardens, Imiloa Observatory, waterfalls) and Pahoa (wonderful, unique old town, great charaters, great eateries) are 20 minutes drive, Volcano National Park is 25 minutes drive, most attractions (Warm Ponds, Snorkelling, Lava Tree State Park, Mauna Kea Observatory, Swimming with wild Spinner Dolphins, Black Sand Beach, South Point, Horse-riding in magical Waipio, Rodeos at Parker Ranch, etc.) are between 25-90 minutes drive. There's plenty of parking at Hale Pono - we recommend a 4x4 or bicycle for the road and for widening your scope of adventure - a 4x4 is needed for Mauna Kea stargazing and some of the more spectacular remote beaches. There are places to hire bikes in Hilo and Hale Pono's shuttle can ride you there. Older local 4x4s can be rented for $225 per week and be waiting for you at the airport or delivered to Hale Pono. The Hele-On bus travels the island, can carry 2 bicycles and is only $1 per trip! In general there is plenty of parking at reasonable rates (or free) everywhere on the island

***PLEASE NOTE, Hale Pono is NOT located in Volcano Village, it is about 20 miles down Highway 11 towards Hilo, in a warmer and less damp climate (lower altitude, closer to ocean)***


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation lodge rental in Volcano Village, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add C$33 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$330.1

Our rates are ALL-INCLUSIVE (of 13.42% Hawaii taxes and Weekly Cleaning Fee).
We NEVER load our rates, they are the same good deal year-round!
$165 per night, $1000 per week, $3500 per month.
$250 RETURNABLE damage/loss/breakage deposit (so far we have always returned the deposit in full)
$20 ($15 for stays over a week) per person per night for each additional guest after the first 2 guests

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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