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Overlooking Its Own Orchard With Sweeping Coastline And Ocean Views

Bedrooms 1
Space 78 m²
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4 Air Conditioned By Our Trade Winds

This custom-built one bedroom, one bath home sits above a 6 acre macadamia nut orchard with views of the Puna coastline from its living room, kitchen, bedroom, and expansive lanai. Days begin with sunrise over the Pacific as the house faces due east. Your weather forecasting skills will improve as what's in store can usually be seen making its way from ocean to shore. The house is surrounded by a selection of tropical plans, palms, bamboo, and citrus trees, along with a vegetable and herb garden. Guests are always welcome to sample the produce that's in season during your stay.

The Farm House comfortably accommodates up to four guests with a queen-sized bed in the bedroom and a queen-sized sofa bed in the living room. The kitchen is fully equipped with cookward, utensil and dish sets, a microwave, mini-prep and blender. The dining table seats four to six as does the teak table and chairs on the lanai. Your living area is on the second level with the ground level for parking, a tool/utility room, outdoor shower, and cinder star-viewing terrace. With a number of stairs to enter the house from either of two staircases, this property is not well suited to guests with mobility concerns. An on-property caretaker is available during your stay to answer questions about local attractions or provide other assistance.

The MacNut Farm House is off the grid in a primarily agricultural area of the Puna District, 45 minutes to the south and east of Hilo. The house is located up a gated private road surrounded by properties of 5 to 20 or more acres in size. Though there is no telephone landline at the house many cell services work fine and WiFi access is provided. You'll have privacy but not isolation since groceries, banking, and even a Long's Drugs are just 5 miles away in the town of Pahoa. At the Farm House you can experience the land, sea, and sky without leaving its living room and lanai, or while walking through the orchard. Trade winds bring us some of the cleanest air in the world as the only land mass to the south of us is Antartica!

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Michael Graves
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french, spanish, italian
Response time
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
18 July, 2017

About Michael Graves

I live and work in San Francisco with my husband of 28 years, Don, who is retired. We both grew up on the East Coast (Maryland and New Jersey) but have been in California since the 70's. We are also both trained as psychologists but never spend time analyzing people when not at work! He has two children, four grand kids, and two great-grand children at last count. I guess that makes me a step-great grand dad. Yikes! We travel to Hawaii several times each year when other commitments permit.

Michael Graves purchased this farmhouse in 2005

Why Michael Graves chose Puna District

Don had traveled to Puna for many years to conduct workshops at the Kalani Retreat Center. He was always charmed by the pristine nature of the area in contrast to resort settings so typical in much of Hawaii. Close friends also in love with Puna bought land in the Pohoiki area. We followed there lead and were lucky to find 6+ acres of abandoned macadamia nut orchard just across Pohoiki from them. Our first encampment was a nylon tarp, table and plastic chairs. After spending time on the undeveloped land we picked a site and drew up plans which were realized in the completion of our MacNut Farm House in 2007. The 'farm' has provided us with a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of life in San Francisco. We are excited by this opportunity to share life on the farm with those curious about a different experience of Hawaii.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The concept for the house was created by Don using some elements of our favorite condo on Maui. Both the living and bed rooms have sliding glass doors that open directly onto the expansive lanai with views of the orchard, coastline and ocean. A 'pocket' lanai permits passage from the bedroom to the bathroom or vice versa. In addition to the sliders there are eight other windows throughout the house offering views from almost every where you stand. These windows also allow us to manage the 'air conditioning' provided by the trade winds off the Pacific. Believe it or not in winter months they are often closed and we might even use the free standing gas stove to warm the place up!

The living areas are all on the second floor of the Farm House with the ground level used for parking, the utility room, and an outdoor shower. Two staircases provide access through the front door into the kitchen and to the lanai that runs across the orchard side of the house. There is also a cinder terrace which is a good spot from which to view the Milky Way visible on clear nights from the property. The ocean is also visible from throughout the orchard should you want to explore amongst the 500 macadamia nut trees.

Guestbook comments from the owner

What a wonderful place to stay! The views were spectacular and the personal touches like fresh flowers were very welcoming. The house is the perfect size for a couple and sits on a secluded plot of land with beautiful landscaping. We woke up every morning with the amazing songs of jungle birds and the cool trade winds blowing in off the ocean. We ate every meal on the deck that looks east to the Pacific. Although we never really felt the need to leave the property, on Sundays there is a great farmer's market just outside of Pahoa town. Thanks and aloha to the hosts!
May 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse rental in Pahoa, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 78 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 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 enclosure
  • Bathroom is accessible from the entryway as well as from the bedroom. The shower opens on to the pocket deck through a sliding glass door. There is also a washer/dryer unit in the bathroom.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Bedroom has a queen-sized bed, end tables, chest of drawers, and closet. Has direct access to both the lanai and bathroom.
  • Stereo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Overlooking Its Own Orchard With Sweeping Coastline And Ocean Views
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews

Best place we stayed on our three week Hawaiian vacation!

  • 5 of 5

The MacNut house was perfect for our honeymoon on the Big Island! This property may not be for everyone (i.e. you'd prefer a resort in Kohala) as it's a rural. But if you're looking for someplace quiet, beautiful, and romantic -- this is the place for you!

The house is perfect for a couple or small family. Clean, stylish, and has all the necessary amenities even though it's off-grid. The lanai (porch/deck) is great place to hang out rain or shine to relax, grill, read, or just enjoy the surroundings. The house faces east, so you get to wake up to the sunrise on clear days. Also, there were fresh flowers in every room when we arrived!

The property itself is absolutely gorgeous. Mat, the caretaker, told us that when the property was purchased it was abandoned and overgrown -- not anymore! If you visit, plan to spend at least a couple of hours wandering around checking out the various gardens, fruit trees and tropical plants! Be sure to keep an eye open for orchids and other flowers growing on the trees!

The only warning I might give, aside from it's somewhat remote location (although Pahoa and Hilo are not too far away) is that the living space is on the second floor, so it might not be great for someone who has trouble with stairs. But other than those two minor potential issues, this place is utterly fantastic!

If we're able to make our way back to the Big Island, we definitely hope to stay here again! We truly enjoyed our stay!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 6, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We very much enjoyed having this couple celebrate their marriage at our place in Puna! They were great guests and enjoyed the house and grounds as well as fully explored the area on the East side of the Big Island. They are right that the MacNut Farm House is "off the beaten path" and appeals to guests looking for a different Hawaii experience. Given the rugged surroundings (and stairs) it is not suited for guest with mobility challenges.
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Beaverton, Oregon

We can't wait to come back

  • 5 of 5

What a great place to stay while enjoying the Big Island. We can't wait to go back!

Both the owner and caretaker were very informative and were available for any questions from our initial inquiry, to our arrival day, thru to our final day there they were great in every detail.

It was tucked back on it's own private road with only a couple of neighbor's that were very rarely seen.

It was secure, clean, private, scenic and very relaxing.

Upon arrival the home was very organized, clean and ready for a great vacation.

The landscaping was amazingly maintained with many varieties of plants and flowers to tour any time of day though our favorite time was in the morning.

Great sunrise views of the ocean from almost every area of the home with happy birds chirping and lots of Gecko's and at night a few frogs but nothing too over bearing from a noisy standpoint.

The kitchen area was nicely equipped with some basic amenities.

The lanai was nicely put together and was a great spot to spend the mornings/evenings just relaxing and enjoying the breeze while having breakfast or dinner.

We met Mathew, the caretaker the day after our arrival as we had come in late and he was very informative for places to go and see and places to eat as well as some other local hangouts.

He is on the property in the lower portion of the orchard but his residence is not seen from the rental property.

We often wondered how well a house that was ran on solar would work for us and it was great. Cell phone and Wifi had good reception.

There was also an outdoor shower in the lower portion of the home that was a great spot to clean off after a day at the beach.

Very close is a great scenic drive to Kapoho and Kalapana w/ Pahoa and Hilo headed in the opposite direction about 10-20 minutes away.

Our only regret....not staying longer.

We would highly recommend this rental and look forward towards our next visit.

Tom and Rachel B.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Elegant, pristine, quiet, beautiful

  • 5 of 5

Lovely home, wonderful 5 day stay.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 26, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We enjoyed having Caroline and Gordon stay with us. They were great in finding things to explore during some rainy weather. Fun guests with a sense of humor!
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

You can't go wrong staying here. The view is amazing, the home beautiful, the bed comfortable.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was our pleasure to host Maren at the MacNut Farm House for the third time. Hopefully she will do us the honor again next year!
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Lovely house in a beautiful setting. Gorgeous view of the ocean from a large covered deck.

  • 5 of 5

The house is very well designed functionally and aesthetically. Very comfortable, well maintained, very clean. The kitchen is well stocked with everything you need, including new and attractive dishes and glassware.

This is a very peaceful place. We woke each morning to the sun rising over the ocean and birds singing. Poa the cat was a delightful companion on the lanai. We found the coquis to be a soothing nighttime chorus, just like our spring peepers back home- no need for ear plugs!

The house is conviently located close to all Puna has to offer. We spent 6 days exploring the volcano park, biking to see lava flowing into the ocean, snorkeling at nearby tide pools, visiting a gorgeous tropical garden, and driving local road lined with huge old trees. We bought groceries or dined out in nearby Pahoa. Could have happily stayed longer.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Calgary, Canada

Unrivaled views with a great location

  • 5 of 5

What an experience! Unrivaled, expansive views and some of the cleanest air you’ll ever breathe.

Booking and communications was a breeze with Michael and Mat. Directions to the house were clear and unambiguous. It’s a great location just a few minutes’ drive from Pahoa.

The farm house is tremendous: plenty of large windows, huge screen doors and a massive lanai yielding expansive eastern views across the top of trees out to the coast. Enjoy coffee and breakfast each day on quality furniture on the lanai as you watch the sun rise. Sleeping is wonderful with all the doors and windows open as the natural sounds of forest and animal life drift on the breeze. It even rains quietly here. During the day there is a little noise as the house is located on a mac nut farm, and you’re surrounded by other working farms – lawn mowers etc ….. but come evening time everyone stops and lets nature take over. At night there is zero light pollution, so be prepared for an amazing star gazing experience.

The house is incredibly comfortable and well appointed. It has everything you need. Huge Weber grill on the lanai for cooking as well as Wi-Fi. Geckos come and go as well as plenty of birds, Rufus the dog and Po the cat. This is a great place to unwind and “take it all in”.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Several different options in Pahoa
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Miles
State Highway 132
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Different options in Pahoa
Nearest Ski
45 Miles
Mauna Kea in the winter months...ROCK skiis only!
Nearest Beach
2.5 Miles
Isaac Hale Beach Park & Boat Ramp
Car: necessary

The MacNut Farm House is 1 1/2 miles from Lava Tree Park where one can see how lava formed as it cooled. Driving down Pohoiki Road through one of the island's oldest Mango groves brings you to the Isaac Hale Beach Park and boat ramp. During lava flows, boat tours leave several times a day for a ride south to see lava meeting the Pacific. For the experienced, boogey boarding or surfing is popular. Or you can just cool off with a jump into the water off the ramp! A five minute drive north along the coastline brings you to the Ahalanui warm pond. There is easy staired access to the pond which is a blend of heated spring and ocean waters.

Making the one hour drive to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park is well worth the time. Do plan to spend several hours as there is plenty to see on foot or while driving down Chain of Craters Road and around the Kilauea caldera.

The town of Pahoa, five miles from our location, offers its own rustic charms with several restaurants, two banks, used book store, sports bar, drug, hardware and grocery stores. Every Sunday there is also a farmer's market.

Puna has several such markets in locations no more than 15-20 minutes from the Farm House. If you want to sample to local fare along with Hawaiian music, a trip to Uncle Robert's on Wednesday evenings is a must!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday farmhouse in the Pahoa, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Holiday/Winter Escape
17 Nov 2017 - 30 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Linens A$125.71
Additional guest(s) A$31.43
Refundable Damage Deposit A$251.42
Tax Rate 13.25%

Host note: Quote includes 3% on-line transaction fee charged by VRBO/HomeAway for online payments. You can pay by check (no fee) directly to the host, by VRBO / HomeAway payments, or by PayPal. If you have adequate funds in PayPal, you can use your balance to pay with no transaction fee. If you use your credit card then the 3% fee applies.

VRBO note: If you fail to provide payment within the seven day period, your reservation will be cancelled. Cancellations received less than 30 days before your arrival date will result in forfeiture of all Daily Rental Fees. However, both your Cleaning Fee and Security Deposit will be fully refunded.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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