✿ Rainforest Bungalows is C-L-O-S-E-D per the Governor's Emergency Proclamation and State mandates to help prevent the spread of Corona Virus. Stay at Home orders look like they will be extended through June 30 - which includes mandatory 14 day quarantine for visitors. We hope to reopen in July!
✿ Price is for double occupancy -- taxes are included, you won't be charged for these upon arrival! The Bungalow can accommodate 6 people - extra guests are a nominal fee per night. We are a licensed Airbnb, we collect and pay all required State taxes.
Enjoy a few nights with us in the rainforest and experience a taste of old Hawaii on the east side of the Big Island and live like a local!
✿ ISLAND & BUNGALOW NEWS:
-- Volcano National Park has restored and re-opened the Kilauea Iki Trail!
-- Highway to Kopoho and 'four corners' is partially open and is amazing! Road has been repaved and repaired after the Kilauea eruption in 2018.
-- Thurston Lava Tube at Volcano National Park has re-opened!
The Bungalow was designed with families and budget travelers in mind, or a romantic and cozy escape for couples. Spacious, old Hawaiian style, well-appointed, and nicely equipped accommodation. The Bungalow is a truly unique experience!
✿✿ Allow at least 3 days ✿✿ to explore around Hilo - sample day trips:
✿ DAY 1: Explore Hilo, farmers market, downtown/shopping, Queens Park and Coconut Island, swim with the turtles at Carlsmith Beach or Snorkel at the black sand beach at Richardson Beach.
✿ DAY 2: NEW black sand beach/lava flow site at Issac Hale Beach Park, Volcano National Park and South Point. Along the way are coffee plantations and orchid house, famous Puna'luu Bakery and the black sand beach at Puna'luu
✿ DAY 3: Up the coast, waterfalls, Botanical Gardens, Laupahoehoe Point, historic Honokaa town, and the sacred Waipao Valley.
Previous guests often remark they regret only allowing a day or two for Hilo and booking too much time on the Kona side!
✿ PLEASE READ ALL THE DETAILS AND DISCLOSURES "BEFORE" booking so you'll know what to expect and there are no surprises.
✿ PRIVATE TWO BEDROOM BUNGALOW ✿
The bungalow features a master bedroom with a queen-size bed and a very large, island-style, open screen back bedroom which can accommodate extra guests/family on two twin beds and a bunk bed. In total, sleeps 6. This is a true island-style accommodation with large OPEN (screened) areas so you can feel the tropical breezes 365 days a year and enjoy the soothing sounds of nature and tropical rains on a metal roof. Some may refer to this as ‘glamping’ and our guests say it’s one of their best Airbnb experiences ever, and an unforgettable and memorable stay.
✿ PROPERTY ✿
This is a fully fenced and gated 1.25-acre property with a host house and a separate Bungalow. Property is very lush and green year-round with jungle foliage, tropical flowers and fruit trees. The Bungalow is very private and feels secluded from the rest of the world and gives you that far away feeling from other tourists and the noise of downtown. Conveniently located in a very small neighborhood with easy access to downtown, shops, local attractions, and eateries. It's the perfect retreat for nature lovers and those who want to find some tranquility and regain some serenity.
As you enter the gate, you'll find a 200-year-old lava tube in the front yard that kids can explore and it's tall enough to take a selfie in! Property has fruit trees including avocado, rambutan, papaya, sugar cane, coffee plants, lemon, breadfruit, banana, and guava. Enjoy a moment of solitude and meander around the private guest back yard and gardens.
✿ BUNGALOW IS PERFECT FOR ✿
- Kama'aina - who want a 'staycation' or who don't want to travel to the mainland
- Solo Travelers: Who want something besides a stuffy hotel room
- Couples and Honeymooners: It's secluded, private, unique, and romantic
- Families: Bungalow was designed for families and has a large kids room, separate from mom & dad
- Girlfriends/Single ladies: Who want a safe and roomy space
- Merrie Monarch visitors/performers - just 8 minutes to the performance venue
- Small groups: Runners/hikers/backpackers/cyclists touring the island
- Univ. Hawaii: Families visiting or new students transition into the University
- Budget travelers: Who want to split the cost with friends/family and cook some meals
- Small scuba diving groups: Hey we’re divers too, need a dive buddy? Ask Mike!
- Business travelers: Who want something larger than a hotel room that is homier and relaxing with a kitchen and private back yard to relax.
- Nature lovers and serenity seekers - nature abounds at the Bungalow
- Artist, Writer, or Photographers retreat - peaceful and quiet
- Those who want to a quiet hideaway from other tourists and noisy downtown
- Adventurers who want to experience a living tropical rain forest without getting wet or eaten alive by mosquitoes!
✿ MASTER BEDROOM ✿
Master bedroom has a comfy Queen size bed, large closet with lots of hangers, luggage rack, ironing board/iron, cozy robes, and laundry basket. It’s open and airy, or can be closed off for privacy from other guests/family/friends.
✿ BACK BEDROOM ✿
Is very large (20' x 20') and easily sleeps, four additional people. Backroom has a bunk bed and two twin beds. The room has two large closets with shelves and pull out drawers, and some cozy seating. The two twin beds can also be used as couches/seating/lounging. There are two built in's under the windows that can also provide extra seating for a lovely garden view. Perfect room for kids - lots of space to play while mom and dad relax and enjoy their own space.
The backroom bedroom is island style and has two walls and ONLY SCREENS on two sides (no windows that close). Side doors are screen doors with chain locks. This back bedroom has privacy curtains. It's tucked away in the back, so still private from the rest of the house. Neighbors are quite far away and all the rooms are totally private. The Bungalow has extra-large overhangs so no rain gets inside!
The large screened areas provide an AMAZING rainforest experience, tropical breezes, and beautiful garden views in true open-air Hawaiian style. The room has a new ceiling fan, and sliding patio door to access the backyard of the bungalow where guests can relax, meditate, or just enjoy the lush gardens and the surrounding rainforest. Backroom can be used for yoga/meditation, and I have one, well-loved yoga mat available.
✿ KITCHEN ✿
Is a compact/efficient kitchen and has all the necessities to make a quick meal including large microwave, apartment size fridge, coffee pot, pots and pans, dishes, toaster, electric skillet, electric tea kettle, rice cooker, and new two-burner induction cooktop. There are some very basic food staples in the cupboards - help yourself.
Pick up local foods at the farmer's market for an island omelet, fresh salad, or fruit smoothie! Coffee and tea are provided.
Check the freezer, I might have made some fresh fruit island popsicles! Kitchen area has a breakfast bar that seats 4 and looks out into the lush tropical garden. Pull up a stool and enjoy your island breakfast while you enjoy the orchids and look for the resident mongoose! Great place for kids to sit and color or hang out.
✿ BATHROOM ✿
The bathroom is full-sized with a large countertop, sink and large mirror. Has a separate toilet and shower/tub area that has a pocket door for privacy. Lots of towels, basic amenities are included (shampoo/conditioner/liquid body wash/mosquito spray). Shower/tub are full-sized with a handheld showerhead, great for rinsing off sandy feet and toes. Has eco-friendly solar water heater. A hairdryer is in the drawer.
✿ LIVING ROOM ✿
Includes a settee/love seat, chair, and coffee table, small narrow table and two chairs to enjoy morning coffee or quick breakfast. There is also a window seat in a large bay window that looks out to the lush garden. Cozy, functional, and plenty of seating for up to six guests. The backroom is great to stretch out, take a nap, relax or read a book.
✿ GARDEN VIEWS ✿
Enjoy the rainforest from all rooms in the bungalow and be amazed by giant fern trees, coconut and mango trees, and tropical foliage and flowers. Guests have access to a side garden as well, that has beautiful orchids and flowers, or the back yard which is a large grassy area, perfect for kids to run around and play. Property is completely fenced and gated for privacy and safety of children - so let them run around! Great spot for star-gazing, as there is no light pollution from town and there are no street lights.
✿ PRIVATE GUEST BACK YARD/GARDENS ✿
The bungalow has a very large private back yard that includes a privacy fence, picnic table, umbrella, and 2 lawn chairs. Large grassy area for kids to hunt for Coqui frogs at night. Enjoy your breakfast/coffee out in the back yard and relax! Bungalow private yard and garden area is about 1/4 of an acre, with no neighbors in sight.
✿ ECO-FRIENDLY ✿
A solar water heater provides on-demand hot water, but please note, this is a 1/2 sized water heater. We encourage guests to conserve island resources and take short showers. We ask guests to use the drying rack and reuse towels when possible. Electricity is 6X higher here than on the mainland, so please do not use extra beds in the back (beyond what you booked for) as this causes extra un-necessary washing/drying of all the bedding.
✿ JUST ISLAND BREEZES ✿
There is no air conditioner in the bungalow, but open screened areas, new ceiling fans provide ample airflow all year round. The bungalow has three ceiling fans, although the unit gets great airflow and breezes through the large open screened areas. There is a box fan in the back closet as well, as some people are not fond of humid climates. Year-round day temperatures are 68 - 93F, nighttime ranges 58 - 78F. In Hilo, air conditioning is not usually needed!
✿ WHEELCHAIRS ✿
Doorways are 30" so may or may not be wheelchair accessible (depending on the width of your wheelchair). There are no stairs, so bungalow has easy access for handicap, physically challenged, or elderly/kapuna. We are here to assist our handicap visitors - so let us know what you need.
✿ SMOKING/PETS ✿
We have a STRICT NO SMOKING/NO PETS policy to ensure the comfort and health of all future guests. You can smoke outside in designated bungalow gardens or guest back yard, just please dispose of any butts. This policy includes ESA pets.
✿ WiFi ✿ YES - Island wide it can be VERY slow....we pay for the highest speed with the best provider, it's still slow. The weather condition that has the greatest effect on a Wi-Fi signal is rainfall, keep in mind Hilo is the rainiest city in the USA. If you need AMAZING WiFi, please don't book the bungalow.
✿ TV/Cable ✿ Bungalow is a TV-Free Zone, hey you're on vacation, relax, or read a good book, spend quality time with each other and detox from electronics.
✿ LAUNDRY ✿ Guest laundry is NOT available on site it's but only 5 mins. to laundromat
✿ AIR CONDITIONING ✿ Not needed - island breezes will keep you cool.
✿ OVEN/STOVE ✿ No standard stove/oven, 2 burner induction cooktop is available or use the large electric skillet. There is a standard-sized microwave and rice cooker.
✿ DISHWASHER ✿ No, my solution is 'eat out' or pick up some inexpensive local food!
✿ HEATING ✿ Not needed, but there are plenty of cozy blankets and it rarely gets chilly in Hilo. If the weather is going to be a little chilly, I'll leave extra blankets for you.
Not sure what to do in and around Hilo? Read our personal guidebook to all the hidden places and best places to visit. Find the guidebook at:
Information binders are also available in the bungalow and include local activities, maps, menu’s, lava information.
✿ ABOUT YOUR HOSTS ✿
We're transplants from Northern California. We decided to get out of the rat race/corporate world and enjoy quiet island life. Mike makes custom stone and seashell cabinet knobs for his Etsy shop. I'm a Vegan, Certified Master Herbalist, artist and entrepreneur with 5 Etsy shops. We enjoy traveling and meeting people and have traveled to 32 countries and lived in South Africa, Australia, Germany, United Arab Emirates, and now it's our turn to host the world and let them experience our rainforest and the beautiful Big Island! We look forward to having and opportunity to host you and your family and share our rainforest and beautiful island.
We invite you to Komo mai e noho (come in, sit, rest!) and enjoy an amazing rainforest experience!
✿ NEIGHBORHOOD: Our bungalow is located in a hidden and secluded, residential area with only 10 lovely homes, so it is generally quiet and peaceful. The neighbors all have dogs, so occasional dog barking during the daytime hours, as well as neighborhood lawnmowers/blowers may affect daytime tranquility at the bungalow. Once in a while, one of our neighbors may have evening guests over for parties or BBQ's and the sound can carry through the open screens.
✿ FROGS: Coqui frogs invaded the Big Island sometime in the 1970's, thought to have hitchhiked on poinsettia plants from Puerto Rico. They are an invasive species with a very LOUD nightly call. Some find them soothing, some find them annoying. In either case, Coqui Blockers (aka earplugs) are provided for adult guests. Our property is a Coqui sanctuary and we do not poison or harm them (hey, they eat lots of bugs!).
✿ EVENINGS: Generally after dinner, the neighborhood it is very quiet and peaceful (except for the Coqui frogs). You can catch up on reading, plan out your next day, take a long bath, sit in the private backyard, enjoy a BBQ, and stargaze, or get some much needed shut-eye.
✿ Neighborhood road is single lane, 5 mph, so please practice Aloha, drive careful and share the road with the neighbors. General 'aloha rule' is right of way is given to the driver going out.
Hilo, Hawaii, United States