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Main cabin (chartreuse green) and bedroom cabin (canary yellow).An off the grid, solar & lunar powered, unique experience, where space and solitude meet the stars.
Front row seats to the lava flow!
Front row seats to the lava flow!
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
4 guests
1 bedroom
2 beds
1 bath
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Wake up at the feet of Pele with an ocean view behind you! Charming one bedroom off grid, eco-cabin in sunny Kalapana. Sweeping ocean views and lava viewing from front yard. This is once in a life time bucket list material! Come check it off yours!

The space

Cabin is inside of Kalapana gardens past the tourist parking and guard shack. Front row viewing of lava and closer, VIP access to lava hiking and exploring. Free parking on site at cabin so bypass all the tourist parking hassles! Closest rental cabin to lava and only one on the main county maintained road in Kalapana Gardens. All cars can park easily on my property. Ocean views on two sides of cabin and volcano view on the third! seperate bedroom with lanai, queen size bed with ocean views and amazing star gazing in the clear night skies. Solar powered cabin with full refrigerator and freezer, high speed wireless internet, propane dual burner cook top, french press for coffee, pots, pans and utensils. Cabin has hard wood floors and built in sky lights to allow lots of natural light in during the day. Compost toilet which we use to make soil to replant palm trees and native Hawaiian species on the scorched lava earth. Cabin also has an open air propane heated hot shower! Perfect for couples or small families. Enjoy the best sunrises and sunsets in the world all from the raised viewing lanai/yoga deck out back.

The property is covered in papaya trees, banana trees & pineapples. It also has cherry trees, mango, avacado, dragon fruit, lime, coconut and several variations of palms. There's also numerous Ti trees which in Hawaiian culture are used to line the borders of your property to ward off evil spirits. Cook pine trees, beautiful and bright coleus bush's, orchids, plumeria and bougainvillea. There's also hundreds of different small succulents that line the paths in the back of the property. Look closely to find these exotic gems that thrive in the lava and abundance of sun that Kalapana is blessed with. Make sure to stay on the paths so you don't crush any of these lovely small plants. I love the blank canvas the land provides and I'm excited to watch my garden and beautiful plants grow!

You'll be surrounded by the energy of an active volcano and the deep blues of the Pacific ocean this is truly a once in a life time opportunity! Seize it!

Guest access

Guest will have access to Kalapana gardens which is past the tourist parking and security gate. On site parking and will be registered with front gate upon arrival. Full access to one bedroom off grid cabin, refrigerator and freezer, wireless high speed internet, compost toilet, raised viewing lanai/yoga deck and property gardens, paths and secret, extremely private beach called Foxes landing.

Within driving distance to all of lower Puna attractions. New Kaimu black sand beach, clothing optional Kahena black sand beach, Pohoiki surf spot and lava boat tours, thermal heated tide pools, kapoho tide pools for snorkling (ranked 8th best in world), lava tree park and the town of Pohoa for shopping, food and supplies.

Interaction with guests

This is an active small farm with lots of small fruit trees and herbs so my son and I will try to be there to greet you at the cabin in Kalapana gardens. Please follow directions provided because GPS can be wrong at times on the Big Island. We'll get you registered to come and go onto the property. I'll do walk thru of property with you or send you check in directions. I'll be by daily or every other day to water plants in the garden and check on the toilet and shower. I also do private and group tours, own a dirt bike so can shuttle closer to the lava flow! I generally keep to myself when around but can also talk your ear off. I usually let the guest decide level of interaction. I love to spread the aloha so any questions you have feel free to ask!

Other things to note

For more then two guests the extra bed is currently an airbed.

My cabin is a true entire house/cabin for rent. Beware of other rentals in Kalapana gardens that say entire space but are actually multiple rooms or buildings on the property for rent. Your privacy is limited and you may actually be sharing the property with other guests! Also read the details & reviews of these properties that are similarly priced as they don't have kitchens, refrigerators or any way to cook food. Some only have sporadic hot water for showers and don't supply enough power to run most common appliances like lights at night! Make sure you know what your paying for before renting at any other place in Kalapana gardens. There are current rentals that are listed as entire spaces that are actually several duplex's all on the same property! One that's listed for $109 a night actually has several rooms for rent and as many as 14 people, 6 cars will be on property at any time. Look at the last picture on my page. Instead of making their place nicer for guests they've tried to cram more duplexs on their already crowded properties! At my cabin you'll be the only guests on my property and it's off grid but equipped with everything a normal house would have like a kitchen, fridge, freezer, cook top, French press, cooking utensils and hot water for hot showers! I've spent time and money improving my rental for current and future guests... not finding space to cram more rental units in! If privacy, nice accommodations, hot water are what your looking for then my cabin is what you want. If overpriced, crowded and no amenities are what you want then look at rentals close by my cabin that are priced $109-$111.

This is a eco cabin and we try malama the earth. So please keep showers to a reasonable time. Also because I'm on catchment I might run out of water for the shower if you waste the water. Mahalo for understanding.

Shoes are recommended out here as cuts to the feet are very common.

Don't feel like walking or biking the 8 mile round ťrip hike to the lava? I offer 25% discounts on my shuttling services. I own properties out past the two main security gates and have a vehicle pass. I can do one way shuttles that cuts off 2.5 miles of the 8 mile hike or round trip shuttles to cut off 5 miles or V.I.P. quad rides that will bring you the full 8 miles right up to the flowing lava and right back to the cabin. Save time and money by booking with me. Have friends or family that also wants to go? No problem I have a van and can haul up to 8/9 people and their gear all at once! Don't pass up this amazing time saving opportunities!!! Ride in A.C., kick back and enjoy the ride while you learn some new things about the volcano, Hawaii and Hawaiian culture by someone who actually lives on the lava.. unlike those other tour companies with cram packed vans, guides who don't even live on the lava, are over priced and have the same pre scripted narrative they say every time! Boring! Who wants boring? If your booking with me I don't allow boring!!!

Family/kid friendly
Extra people €26 / night after 2 guests
Cleaning Fee €22
Weekly Discount: 11%
Weekend Price €91 / night
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check-in time is 2PM - 12AM (midnight)
Check out by 11AM

Ok to smoke outside but please throw butts away.

Stay on paths and respect the land. If you have kids always watch them and please don't allow them to move any rocks, drift wood or other things I've used to make garden beds and decorate the property and paths.

Respect the neighbors and the quiet of Kalapana. Quiet time is from 10pm until 7am.

Do not leave any food out! Even fruits, veggies, bread, ECT. Put everything in the fridge or sealed away. If you leave food out bugs & mice will come. Please help me keep the cabin clean and pest free. Wipe down counters with bleach cleaning spray that is provided and in the kitchen area after cooking and do dishes right away. I keep the cabin extremely clean but this is the deep country and the pests are resilient in the tropics so help me keep them out of my cabin.

The cabin is currently on a small water catchment system for the shower. Please take reasonable amount of time in shower and please don't waste water! I provide plenty of drinking water and cooking/dishes water also which is different from the shower catchment water.

If you need anything or you feel something doesn't meet your expectations please tell me in person or call/text me. I'll address it right away or work with you on a solution to fix it. Communication is key and "talking story" is Hawaiian culture. Please don't feel like something's wrong and not tell me while your staying at the cabin and then mention this problem in a review after you leave. I work hard to keep the cabin clean and want all my guests happy. I take all reviews personally and take pride in my cabin and in hosting. Any suggestions on how to improve are always welcome.

Have fun!

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
1 night minimum stay

182 Reviews

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Mike User Profile
November 2017
If there was ever a time and a place to use the word, "unique" for accommodation this would be that time. Wow, what can I say? I never in my lifetime thought I'd ever be able to say i stayed in a shack on lava rocks just a few miles away from active lava! The place itself is cute and exciting. Every time I looked around it put the biggest smile on my face. I loved that the couch was a car seat, I do this at home on my balcony. The second shack aka the bedroom surprisingly had the comfiest bed out of the 5 places we stayed at on our trip. The shower was perfect as well Great value and a once in a lifetime experience. Except I liked it so much I may just have to come back!

Michelle User Profile
November 2017
This place is situated right in the lava fields - you really won't believe it until you see it. Bed was super comfy, wireless internet and plenty of power points for charging cameras, etc. The stars were amazing, we could see the glow of the lava from our bed. It is everything Sean says and complety off grid. Loved it!

Barbara And Dick User Profile
November 2017
This is a primo location right next to the bicycle rentals for lava viewing. Sean is very accommodating and responsive. The space is off the grid . Although there is a full-size refrigerator and propane, don’t expect extra electrical items like microwave or toaster. Kitchen is best suited for camp style cooking. Although the shower and composting toilet are outside, both function perfectly. This is a unique place to stay in a unique, dramatic setting. Recommended, if you’re coming to view lava in the Kalapana area.

Tessa User Profile
November 2017
Absolutely incredible space. Wow. If you plan on seeing the lava (which means you will inevitably be working your ass off to get there by either bike or hike or both), you will want to stay here. It was weirdly not weird going to bathroom and showering outside (privately), but rather refreshing and satisfying! I had my doubts but they were melted away. So romantic and unique.

Tarin User Profile
November 2017
Exactly as described and pictured! A very unique experience. My favorite part was the bedroom separate from the house. You can see the stars from bed and feel the breeze as you fall asleep. Be careful walking to the bathroom in the middle of the night! You have to cross over lava rock and cracks, but Sean provides flash nights and motion lights to make the trek a little easier. An experience I will not forget!

Cindy User Profile
November 2017
Great unique place made for an excellent adventure.

Sam User Profile
November 2017
We loved staying in Sean's cabin. A completely unique experience! Would recommend for anyone looking for an adventure :)

Single Dad raising a five year old boy in Hawaiian style living. Where everyone is ohana, mālama ia Hawai'i (take care of Hawai'i), share the aloha and no shoes and shirt are the norm. For fourteen years I have been fortunate to be a Hawaii resident. Living on multiple islands I decided Hawaii was home and sunny Kalapana was the paradise I was searching for.
We purchased and manage two different local properties here on Air bnb.
Raising my son Zorro in Hawaiian style promotes his interaction with guests.
Feel free to ask him for his 5 yr old opinion. He is fun.
Surfing, fishing, hiking and gardening are what we do anytime we can.

Languages: English, Tagalog
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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