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'We Loved This Romantic Getaway for Two !' - Testimonial.

Bedrooms 1
Space 720 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Cabin, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

This rustic wooden mountain cabin is situated next to a forest, in a secluded spot away from the main house, on a 3.5 acre farm. At an elevation of 2,100 feet, it avoids the summer heat at sea level ('Cool and peaceful..' - Teri), yet is close to Kealakekua Bay (5 miles), kayaking, horse-riding, the Captain Cook Monument, Place of Refuge, and wonderful snorkeling. Ten minutes south is a small shopping center, with supermarket, Chinese restaurant, sandwich shop, bagel shop, pizza restaurant, etc. Three miles north is Kainaliu Town, with theater/cinema, Blue Ginger Gallery, clothing stores and other quaint places. One of the finest restaurants in West Hawaii (Keei Café) is less than 15 minutes away, and there are other lovely breakfast, lunch, dinner places and coffee shops nearby. From the cabin, a short walk across the property and along private paths through coffee fields leads you down a road that takes you through natural Hawaiian flora.

The 760 square feet cabin consists of a living-room, sleeping loft, bathroom, and well-equipped Hawaiian-style lanai kitchen with screens that look into the forest ('The forest is full of birdsong' - Claudia & Chan). A redwood deck is situated under the kukui and macadamia nut trees, and has a Polynesian gazebo. A charcoal barbecue ('An evening barbeque and wine on the deck - perfect' - Barbara & John) stands nearby. The cabin itself is a single wall structure built from exterior plywood. It does not have sheet rock and, like other Hawaiian-built cabins and coffee shacks, the plywood constitutes the inner and outer walls. Windows are aluminum and glass. The kitchen windows are wood, glass and screen, allowing for excellent ventilation.

The farm has three beloved and gentle dogs, three cats, sheep, and chickens. The farm critters are kept in an area at the upper south end of the farm, and the cabin is at the lower north end, some distance from them.

Guests will find fresh farm eggs, homemade bread, a fruit basket, Kona coffee, and other goodies to get them started.

Also worth noting - Jeffrey is an enthusiastic table tennis player. There are four clubs on the Big Island so if you play, bring your equipment!

Generally our guests' feedback is that the cabin is a comfortable place to hang out, read, watch movies and just unwind, or a cool base to return to after swimming, snorkeling and exploring the warmer locations elsewhere.

The proximity of the cabin to the forest means that there are a variety of forest sounds that can be heard - lots of birds in the morning, and tree frogs at night (especially in the wet summer months). As in any woodland setting, nature makes itself known!

Transient Accommodations Tax #: TA-162-345-9840-01

Keywords: Cabin

More Details

Jeffrey Cumes
Member since: 2008
Speaks english, german, Jeffrey speaks English; Heide speaks German too
Response time
Within a few days
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 September, 2018

About Jeffrey Cumes

Heide and Jeffrey Cumes have lived in Hawaii since 1988, and came to the Big Island in 1990. 'We bought our home in Captain Cook in 1993 because it is close to our work and we loved the privacy, the temperate climate at 2,000 feet, and the rustic feel of the place. We have always loved animals and this was the perfect place to have our dogs, chickens and a few sheep. Our two grandchildren, Koa (12) and Naia (9) live with their parents in Massachusetts. Naia means 'dolphin' in Hawaiian. Koa is seen in the picture with us when he was an infant. Both our two adult daughters, Claudia and Julia, live and work in Massachusetts. We wish they'd come to Hawaii more often...

Why Jeffrey Cumes chose Captain Cook

We built the cabin in 2006 mostly for family and friends, but decided that since it was left unused for most of the year,and since people seemed to like it so much, we would use it as a vacation rental and maybe over time it would pay for itself.

What makes this cabin unique

What we love most about our place is that it is a refuge for us from the world of work we are both involved in. The property had only macadamia nut and avocado trees when we first bought it. Thanks to Heide's tireless efforts, it now has many different trees and flowers. Things grow like crazy in Hawaii!


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cabin rental in Captain Cook

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 720 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Shower (no bathtub), washbasin and toilet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size bed (1) The Sleeping Loft Has a queen-sized super-comfortable 16 Inch memory foam bed. Romantic. Baby Cribs (1) The crib is available as a standard feature in the cabin., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The living-room sofa converts into a comfortable double bed ideal for one person but okay for two if they can handle 'cozy.'
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
The proximity of the forest adds to the cool, peaceful setting.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(44 traveller reviews)

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'We Loved This Romantic Getaway for Two !' - Testimonial.
average rating of 4.909091 based on 44 reviews

Do yourself a favour, stay here!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in the cabin and wish we could have stayed longer. Heide, Jeffrey, and two of their dogs greeted us with homemade bread and jam, fresh eggs and cheese, and showed us around, highlighting everything we needed to know. There was an incredible basket of fruit in the kitchen and many thoughtful touches throughout the cabin itself, which has an awful lot of character. The coqui frogs sang us to sleep at night and we loved waking up to the chorus or roosters, hens, and other birds in the morning. If you are considering staying here, do yourself a favour and book it! It was by far the best vacation rental experience we've had. Heide and Jeffrey are outstanding hosts and we hope to meet them again someday.

  • Review Submitted: 23/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You guys were amazing in your warmth and your ability to enjoy the cabin and environment. We were particularly impressed with the fact that you hiked down to the Captain Cook monument! Thank you for leaving the cabin so clean. It was a pleasure having you! Jeffrey and Heide
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A tropical dream come true! 5 Stars+

  • 5 of 5

This Big Island home was absolutely delightful, truly perfect for our island getaway. The cabin is romantic and secluded, a home-away-from-home in the hills above Captain Cook, and has a truly beautiful aesthetic, with lots of thoughtful details. The kitchen is well stocked for making meals. We prepared our breakfast everyday on the gas stove, and there’s no lack of ways to make coffee--there’s an automatic coffee maker, French press, pour-over Melita, and an electric kettle, along with a generous starter supply of Kona coffee. Each morning we took our breakfast out to the gazebo in the yard, and had fun picking macadamia nuts to add to our oatmeal. There’s even a fancy macadamia nutcracker in the kitchen that my husband delighted in using.

The hum of the tree frogs at night is magical, and adds to the tropical feel of the place, and the elevation of the home means that nights are pleasantly cool. We slept well in the comfy bed with the sleeping loft’s windows open to the soft breezes.

Heide and Jeffrey were such gracious hosts, welcoming and available but never intrusive. The fresh selection of tropical fruit, homemade bread, butter and jam were a lovely welcome, and the information about the house and the island that were in the house were helpful, too. We made use of the washer and dryer, and appreciated the house being stocked with beach towels, beach chairs, and even a umbrella for use on picnics by the sea.

It’s a tropical paradise, one I’m SO glad we found. Thank you very much, Jeffrey and Heide. We can’t wait to return!

  • Review Submitted: 18/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Melissa & Elliott, Thank you for the wonderful review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your vacation so much and that we were able to contribute to that. It was great having you here and seeing how you made use of the cabin and the gazebo. One of the things we enjoy about having this little vacation rental is meeting people like yourselves who are capable of taking so much joy from their experiences. We are looking forward to seeing you again! Much aloha, Heide & Jeffrey
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A lovely retreat nestled in the lush countryside yet close to so many amazing sights!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I just celebrated our 20th anniversary with a trip to the big island and stay at this absolutely lovely little home away from it all. Surrounded by gorgeous tropical greenery, all kinds of fruit and macadamia nut trees to sample from, bird and frog song, cool mountain air and all the comforts of home in this perfect little getaway. We just loved the location, privacy, and how Heide and Jeffrey have thought of every detail to include in their cabin. Heide and Jeffrey not only welcomed us with a plethora of fresh fruit, homemade bread and jam, farm fresh eggs and local coffee but gave us local insight and many fabulous ideas on where to start exploring! We loved our little home base after spending our days out sightseeing, snorkeling, and enjoying fantastic meals in the nearest towns (our favorite was the Strawberry Patch suggested by Heide). Being lulled to sleep by the frog song and cool night air after a night relaxing in the beautiful gazebo right outside was heavenly. Our only regret was that we only booked 4 nights here and moved to Kailua-Kona for the last half of our trip. After staying here we missed it and wished we had skipped a different location when planning! The Sunday market in town, nearby Place of Refuge and Two-Step were hightlights to visit. We found many hidden treasures so close to the cabin, and just loved having a peaceful escape and friendly welcome by Heide and the chickens and dogs every night when we came home. The memory foam bed is super comfy, and the kitchen has everything you need to cook up all the tasty local produce. We found ourselves cooking meals and heading outside to enjoy the lovely scenery and sounds everyday. I can't recommend this lovely cabin highly enough! Staying with Heide and Jeffrey who are so delightful and thoughtful was so nice. We will definitely be back!

  • Review Submitted: 04/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was great having you guys!! So rewarding having guests who squeeze every drop of nutrient out of their vacation. Thanks for the review and the stunning photo of the gazebo you sent us. Much aloha, Jeffrey and Heide
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  • 5 of 5

Everything is perfect.

  • Review Submitted: 11/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review, Stuart - short and to the point. It was great to have you and your family. Aloha, Jeffrey and Heide
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Perfect Getaway!

  • 5 of 5

Many thanks, Heide and Jeffrey! We had such a wonderful time at your lovely cabin and were so pleased to find it. We both spend a fair amount of time in hotels while traveling for work so something quiet and off the beaten path was exactly what we were looking for. It was the perfect spot for us. Thank you again for the wonderful fresh bread, fruit, jelly and mac nuts...above and beyond. It was a pleasure to meet you both, as well as your menagerie of fur and feathered friends, and we look forward to sharing your location with others.

Mahalo nui loa!

B & W


  • Review Submitted: 22/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a great review! It was wonderful having you, and we are so glad that you enjoyed yourselves, despite the bad weather! You left the Cabin sparkling - definitely went above and beyond. We hope you come back again when you feel like spending more time on this island. Aloha, Jeffrey and Heide
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Magical cabin

  • 5 of 5

We loved the cabin and its secluded situation in what felt like it’s own garden. The eggs, bread and other provisions left were delicious and most welcome. The cabin was very cosy and comfortable and going to sleep to the accompaniment of the coqui frogs very restful.

Both Jeffrey and Heide were marvellous hosts and we loved the dogs too!

  • Review Submitted: 17/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The dogs were sad to see you go, as were we!! It was really great having you, and thanks for your review. We hope to see you back in the future! Jeffrey and Heide
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Keahole Airport

In the main house we have a table tennis (ping pong) table. Jeffrey is a competitive player and encourages enthusiasts to play with him and, if desired, get some tips on how to play. We also have a training robot which interested players may want to try. Table tennis is not only the most popular sport in the world (China's national sport) but is good for the brain. . You'll see the research. We have a small TT club nearby and guests are invited to come and play.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cabin around the Captain Cook

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4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add AU$28 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee AU$137.88 + Tax

Rates are based on two guests. $20 per addition person over 18 years of age. $15 for children 6-18.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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