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Safe from Lava Zone! * Secluded * Centrally Located * Huge Lanai * Onsight Owner

Bedrooms Studio
Space 784 sq ft
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Studio cottage, centrally located.

**This property is located in a safe lava zone. Only the subdivision currently having eruptions is not safe. See Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau on Facebook for updates.**

A private, separate structure, studio cottage situated at the back of a one acre property. Vaulted wood ceilings with exposed beams and optional dim mood lighting are two wonderful features.

Garden views surround from the 384sqft. lanai, giving you peace and privacy. Included on the lanai is a hammock for 2 (up to 500 lbs.), a portable gas BBQ grill that can be taken with you for day trips, patio furniture with mosquito net umbrella cover, wheeled cooler, beach mats, beach towels, snorkels and masks, beach chairs, 2 boogie boards, large beach umbrella and 2 large umbrellas for rainy days. The lanai is 8 feet wide and runs along two sides of the cottage, extending the living space. A roof overhang of 4 feet protects the lanai on rainy days so you can still enjoy being outside without getting wet.

There are many sounds of nature all around us, primarily Hawaiian dove, coqui frogs at night, crickets, birds, and other frogs. We have small hobby farms on each side of us, so you will also hear their dogs, ducks, goats, chickens and roosters. I realize roosters can be very annoying if you are not used to them, so I have two fans in the unit that can be used to help muffle the sounds. As of March 14, 2017 there is also a sound machine with 10 different sound scenarios that is very effective in covering the roosters crowing. The neighbors have also lessened the number of roosters as well. Roosters are very common throughout the Puna district - I've even heard them inside the Hilo airport post office! If roosters are a concern you want to avoid, be sure to ask your potential hosts about their own or neighboring roosters.

Inside sleeps up to 4 with a queen-size bed and full-size sleeper/love seat. The sleeper is a very comfortable foam mattress with no bar to jab you in the back all night. It can fit up to 3 medium-sized people as a love seat, 2 as a bed. The queen bed is medium firmness with a center reinforcement for back support and I've added a foam/memory foam pad for added comfort.

Dish satellite TV and internet are included. The TV is a 39" LED/HDTV with 120 channels.

Full kitchen with gas stove, oven, refrigerator. It is fully stocked with pots and pans, utensils for eating and cooking, rice maker, microwave, coffee maker and coffee, blender, bagel sized toaster, 25 spices, and purified water dispenser. Dishes are a service for 4, including plates, bowls, wooden salad bowls, large coffee mugs, glasses, wine glasses, shot glass, and kiddie cups.

The bathroom has a shower stall, pedestal sink, laundry basket, plenty of towels, hand towels and wash cloths. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash and baby wash are also provided. The medicine cabinet contains a First Aid Kid, peroxide, and various OTC medications for headache, allergy and itching. Our property also features tankless hot water heaters, so you will not run out of hot water.

You are welcome to use the washer and dryer located in the carport. Laundry soap, bleach, and dryer sheets are provided as well.

We provide the book "Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed" so you don't miss any off-the-beaten-path places of interest.

Although our location is central to Hilo, the Volcano and the coastlines of lower Puna, this is the BIG ISLAND - it is not The Island of Convenience, lol. In other words, there is no getting out of long drives no matter where you stay. But the drives are along long stretches of rural highways with very few stop signs or stop lights, so it isn't as long as it seems in terms of time. If you're here long enough, you'll get used to it!

Getting here is super easy, and on paved roads the whole way. We look forward to seeing you!

Please email me if you have any questions or concerns that I may not have addressed here.

More Details

Karla Nava
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Karla Nava

We are Joel and Karla Nava. I'm 54 and he's 49. Joel and I have been married for 20years and we have one son between us, Lakota, who is 20. I also have 3 other adult children in the mainland and 5 grandchildren. Joel works in I/T and I have been a homemaker for the past 10 years.

We took our first vacation to Kauai in 2006 and decided then that we had to live in Hawaii - but which island? So from there we vacationed on Maui in 2010, and Oahu and the Big Island in 2013. We decided that the Hilo side of the Big Island would be home. After a lot of saving up, we returned to the Big Island in Feb 2015 to purchase our new home!

Karla Nava purchased this studio in 2015

Why Karla Nava chose Keaau

We chose this property because it is central to Hilo, Volcanoes National Park and Pahoa. It also had a separate guest cottage that we could turn into a vacation rental for extra income. It is unique in that it has 4 separate structures on the property - the main house, a detached carport, a work shop, and the cottage in the back. (The work shop will not be used while guests are visiting.) We love the tropical lushness and the affordability factor compared to the other islands.

What makes this studio unique

Unique benefits for this location is being so close to an active volcano and having 11 of the 13 climate zones right here on one island. You don't have to travel far to be in a whole new world and we love that. If you wake up to endless rain in Hilo, go spend the day on the Kona side or make your way above the clouds and watch the sunset on Mauna Kea! Tip: You will be told that you need a 4WD vehicle to go to the summit of Mauna Kea and this is true, but only after you've reached the Visitor Center at the 9000ft. level. You can drive a non-4WD up to the Visitor's Center but the ascent can be very rough on vehicles, so I recommend that you stop and rest the car every mile or two for about 5 or 10 minutes. The Visitors Center is at the 6th mile. Things to see and do at this level are walking a path through the rare silversword plants and hiking to the top of a cinder cone hill to get a view of Mauna Loa, the clouds below and the sunset. The Visitor's Center also has a gift shop and hot drinks for sale.

As for the property itself, we fell in love with the spacious lanais that allow you to enjoy sitting outside in the cool breeze and just taking in all the sounds of nature no matter if it is the heat of the day or if it is pouring rain. All of our dinners are had out on the lanai! Another great feature is the tankless hot water heaters - no running out of hot water!


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation studio rental in Keaau, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • studio
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 784 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18 ...
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • The existence of neighbor dogs and roosters is disclosed in my ad. They are common in Hawaii. Please do not leave low-star reviews for them.
  • Please use the sound machine or fans to muffle the roosters, dogs and nature sounds if they bother you.
  • Please do not leave lights on or fans running while you are out for the day.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • 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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Shampoo/Conditioner, Body Wash, Baby Wash, plenty of towels, hand towels and wash cloths, First Aid Kit, peroxide, various OTC meds for headache, allergies and itching.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 double , The double bed is a comfortable full sized sofa/sleeper.
  • Queen bed, nightstand with lamp and alarm clock, desk with comfortable chair and lamp, dresser, closet with extra sheets and blankets, ironing board and iron.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming


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average rating of 4.7413793 based on 58 reviews

Loved everything about it!!!

  • 5 of 5

Location of this house is nice as it is away from all the bustle of the island. Everything we needed was there ready for us. The house was super clean, extra linens, beach towels, beach gear, coffee, eggs, wine, and so much more! Most people mention something about the chickens, however, I did not seem to find them a problem. However, there is a sound machine and 2 fans if you do need something to drown the sounds

Karla makes this house so welcoming and she is very sweet. If you need anything she is willing to help out as she is only one text away. She really did think of it all! I couldn't of asked for a better host!!!

I highly recommend staying here if you want someplace "away from it all" to relax!

  • Submitted: 28-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Sara!
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Craig, Colorado

Wonderful place to stay on east side of island

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful house with everything we needed to enjoy our stay on the east side of the island.

  • Submitted: 7-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

This was as very nice cottage to stay. The host was friendly and accommodating. The location is pretty, feels like you're in the jungle, very private and surrounded by lush green. The rental has everything you need to cook, clean and lounge with. Very clean and modern. We enjoyed it and will be back for sure. Also, no danger from lava, the media has blown that way out of proportion. Thanks Karla!

  • Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Bend, Oregon

Attention to detail

  • 5 of 5

We have visited Hawaii for many years and it's immediately obvious that Karla has thought of everything possible for a comfortable stay on the Big Island. We really appreciated her attention to detail from beach gear to even breakfast basics she wants to make sure you experience the Aloha spirit. Our visit coincided with the latest eruption and though we were apprehensive about going, Karla eased our minds and the property was very safe, just as she assured us. We look forward to staying there again in the future.

  • Submitted: 26-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, very clean, and secluded house with lots of personal touches!

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place to stay on the east side of Hawaii. The location is convenient. It is very clean and has lots of personal touches - like lots of spices to cook with, good coffee, beach items to use. Karla was a gracious host. We checked in around 9:30 pm since we had a late flight. She had eggs, cream, coffee, chocolates and a bottle of wine for us to enjoy! The place has a large porch where we could sit and enjoy our breakfast and dinner. We stayed from May 5 to 8 and then headed to Kona. Even though Kilauea was quite active and Volcanoes National Park was only partially open, we felt safe and Karla gave us some good suggestions on other things to do and see. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: 24-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lexington, KY

Excellent stay!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed a week here and were very comfortable. Karla has provided just about everything you could need for a great stay. The Lanai is nice and private and a wonderful spot to just relax and listen to the birds and neighboring chickens. If you're concerned about previous reviews about the roosters crowing, the fans provided in the cabin serve as an excellent buffer and I wasn't woken up by them at all. I actually loved listening to them in the morning while enjoying my coffee on the lanai. Mahalo for hosting us, Karla!


  • Submitted: 17-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Alibi Tavern in Kea'au
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Lemongrass Restaurant in Kea'au
Nearest Beach
17 Miles
Reed's Bay Beach Park in Hilo
Car: necessary

Located in Hawaiian Paradise Park 25 minutes to Hilo, 15 minutes to Pahoa, 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park and 40 minutes to the lower Puna coast. Enjoyable places and activities in the Hilo/Puna area include Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, lava tube caves, Mauna Kea Observatory, Hilo and Maku'u markets, Panaeva Rainforest Zoo (free!), hiking and night viewing Kilauea crater in Volcanoes National Park, Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, shopping in Pahoa, Ahalanui warm spring pond, Kapoho tide pools, and lots more.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation studio rental in Keaau, Hawaii

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$91.11

Hawaii state law requires us to charge tax at the rate of 13.41%.

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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