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Secluded * Centrally Located * Old Hawaii Feel * Relaxing Lanai * Onsight Owner

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


About the property

Studio cottage, centrally located.

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:
April 6, 2018

About Karla Nava

We are Joel and Karla Nava. I'm 53 and he's 48. Joel and I have been married for 20years and we have one son between us, Lakota, who is 19. 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
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • 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


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
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average rating of 4.716981 based on 53 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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Nice cottage

  • 5 of 5

We (my wife and I) stayed for two night's in Karla's cottage. We really enjoyed it. Karla was very communicative and was there to meet us when we arrived with a bottle of wine and macadamia nuts. The location was convenient to Volcanoes NP and to Mauna Kea. There are grocery stores not too far away. The setting is very peaceful and there's a hammock! There is no air conditioning but we did not need it. We were quite cool at night with fans. Great place!

  • Submitted: 13-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great little hideaway

  • 5 of 5

Had a chance to stay on both sides of the island. Hilo is definitely more lush and more rain as you can imagine. This little place was a perfect spot to relax before the next days big adventure. Place is very private. Sure there are roosters, but we loved them as we have chickens etc. back home. Karla was very thoughtful with everything we could need including a bottle of wine and chocolates. She was also very courteous of our privacy and never knew she was there unless we needed something. I would highly recommend this VRBO for someone looking for a little more rural setting with easy access to the Hilo/Volcano side attractions. Can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: 26-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location

  • 4 of 5

We had a great experience here. Centrally located on the Hilo side for all your adventures. It’s a great bargain. Everything we needed was provided. VERY cool ambiance. We loved feeling like the jungle was around us. We would definitely stay here again!

Like some of the other reviews have mentioned, the neighbors have roosters. We didn’t have a problem with it because we had the fans on all night.

The only thing that could have made this place any better is AC.

  • Submitted: 18-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place!

  • 5 of 5

Karla was the gracious host who provided all the ammentiies you might possibly need. The cabin felt homey and relaxing. Bring earplugs for the roosters, and you're good to go! Okay... The earplugs are for you, not the roosters. 😊? But overall, a lovely place. Mahalo!

  • Submitted: 2-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love Hawaii. Karla is a very nice host. We received an inviting reception. Would stay here again.

  • 4 of 5

The property was beautiful. Very nicely kept. The cottage is so much better than the pictures have captured. Equipped with all you would need for your stay.

Looking out from the nicely equipped Lanai is lush greenery. Sitting on the Lanai with a cup of coffee enjoying the sights and sounds was relaxing. We were very comfortable. My wife and I loved the accommodations and would stay again. We would and will recommend this property to our friends and family. Loved it!

  • Submitted: 26-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 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

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Mar 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$77.06
Tax Rate 13.41%

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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