check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag

Bill Harby

Member since: 2010
Speaks english, french

Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

26 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage

Overview

Photos and Description of this Ohia Estates holiday cottage

Cottage, studio + loft, 1 bath. Sleeps 1-4 on 2 beds (6 with 2 fold-away futons)

In the Hawaiian language, a kipuka is a kind of oasis. It can be an island of forest surrounded by lava fields, saved from volcano goddess Pele's embrace. Or a kipuka can be an opening within a forest, or even a dwelling, a home within the forest. This is our Kipuka -- a cottage, a vacation home for you here on Hawai'i Island (''the Big Island''). We look forward to sharing it with you, and we welcome your questions.v=9icohy0gyqY

Kipuka Cottage is in a native Hawaiian rainforest just a 7-minute drive from amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steaming glowing summit crater of Kilauea volcano. There are miles of hiking trails through lush forest and rocky volcanic landscapes. There are ancient historic sites, a volcano museum, art galleries, good restaurants, a wonderful community farmers market (don't miss the used-book store) -- and even a small bowling alley! A black-sand beach where turtles sunbathe is 30-minute drive in one direction. And 30 minutes in the other direction is the fun, funky, historic town of Hilo.

Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Bill Harby (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, french

About Bill Harby

We are your hosts, husband and wife Bill Harby and Marie-France Robert. Bill is an American freelance travel writer, editor and photographer who has lived in Hawai‘i for 31 years. He is happy to answer your questions about Hawai‘i. Marie-France is Swiss-Canadian, and works as the senior health, safety, and environment specialist for a multi-national company. We met in 1975 in Neuchatel, Switzerland, Marie-France’s hometown. After two memorable days together, we lost track of each other for 32 years. Then, after several marvelous miracles, we married in 2009, and now call both Volcano and Montmollin, Switzerland home.

Why Bill Harby chose Volcano

Bill designed and helped build this lovely (if he does say so himself) cottage because he fell in love with the Volcano area when he first visited it as a child. Years later, while living in Honolulu, he learned that this beautiful patch of secluded forest near Volcano village was available, so he bought it and began drawing plans for his dream home. Then he convinced his good friend Terence, a master carpenter to build it. Kipuka Cottage is the result. Bill lived there full-time for 7 years before getting married. He and his wife Marie-France now divide their time between Volcano and Switzerland. One day they will retire at Kipuka, but for now they are happy to share it with people who love custom architecture and interior design in a secluded dramatic natural setting.

What makes this cottage unique

Custom architecture and interior design. Secluded, but Volcano village and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park are just minutes up the road.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Bonjour

on part dans quelques instants, on voulait vous remercier de nous avoir donner la possibilité de decouvrir ce petit paradis. On a vraiment apprecier cet endroit unique. Maintenant on a une bonne idee de la maison de nos reves.

merci beaucoup

a tres bientot
Dec 2013
  • 1 of 13

Reviews

4.9
based on 26 traveller reviews

Sublime Forest Cottage just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
average rating of 4.923077 based on 39 reviews
Buffalo Grove, Illinois
5

Perfect Seclusion

  • 5 of 5

We loved this wonderful, quirky, eclectic, private cottage in the forest. It is located close to Volcanoes National Park, which was where we spent most of our daylight hours, rain or shine. It was fully stocked with anything and everything you could need and we appreciated that leftover dry goods from other guests were left for us to use - coffee filters, cooking oils, spices and even a few cans of soda left in the refrigerator. There were plenty of blankets for the cool nights and wood for the wood stove. The library was wonderful - plenty of books on all different manner of subjects.

Unfortunately, we had a lot of rain during our stay but that didn't stop us from enjoying our time in Volcano - we were in the rainforest, after all. We had a little difficulty starting a fire due to the dampness, but eventually were successful. The rain falling provided a peaceful background to us relaxing and unplugging (mostly) from daily life. The wi-fi connection was much appreciated so we could follow our beloved Cubs on their quest for the World Series title. We also appreciated all of the unique touches of this perfect getaway - from the artwork on the walls to the sculptures throughout the property to the unique hooks in the bathroom. They added to the ambiance of this cottage in the woods and we loved discovering them.

Mahalo for sharing your slice of heaven with us! We would not hesitate to rent here again and and look forward to our future return.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha you guys. So glad you loved your stay at Kipuka Cottage. "Quirky" is one of our favorite words! Looking forward to your return one day. Until then, Happy Trails, Bill
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
5

Relaxing treehouse in Volcano, Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

The Kipuka Cottage in Volcano was an excellent place to stay. What a feeling to awaken in the sleeping loft at the top of the forest! Exotic birds casually walk through the property seeking their breakfast as you make your Kona coffee. It doesn't get any better than this. The house itself is well equipt with a modern kitchen, nice bath, a comfortable living area, and many wonderful books about the big island. The spiral staircase can be an adventure, but it is manageable. The house is literally 5 minutes drive to the entrance of Volcano National Park, with all its wonders including the erupting Kilauea volcano, steam vents, hikes through lava tubes, treks across solidified lava lakes (Kilauea-Iki crater), and much more. It is best to purchase provisions before heading up, as shopping is limited in Volcano village. There are restaurants in Volcano, but I cannot comment because we ate in. Bill replies promptly to all messages, and his property manager is available if needed. I highly recommend the Kipuka Cottage in Volcano.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Anon, Mahalo nui for taking the time to write. We're so happy you loved our little Kipuka, and look forward to having you again one day. So ... A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
5

wow

  • 5 of 5

This place is amazing!!! No else to say...

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui loa! (thank you very much!) We love that you loved Kipuka Cottage. Hope to have you stay with us again. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Lovely hideaway cottage 5 minutes from the National Park.

  • 4 of 5

My wife and i enjoyed our 3-night stay in Volcano; the house was modern, clean, and comfortable. We enjoyed the quiet and solitude, and easy access to the village of Volcano, which has a grocery store and a few good restaurants and cafes, and to Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The kitchen was great, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom and shower were fine. The owner left explicit directions and instructions, which were very clear and helpful. We will recommend this spot to friends and family.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and mahalo for taking the time to share your experience at Kipuka Cottage. We're happy you found our little nest to your liking. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
Redmond, Washington
5

Beautiful Retreat in the Forest!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Kipuka Cottage for 2 nights at the beginning of our honeymoon while we explored Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo. It was an absolute dream to stay here -- the cottage and surrounding area is phenomenally beautiful, and it is conveniently located less than 10 minutes from the park. We were able to hike the Kilauea Iki trail, come back to the cabin, shower, change and then head to a black sand beach all within a day! It was a wonderful stay and I would highly recommend it to my friends. Only drawback is that the internet was very slow, but we did not have much of a need to use the internet while we were there anyway, so it was not a huge problem.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, We're delighted you found Kipuka Cottage so to your liking. Sorry about the wi-fi that was slower than what you're use to. We've just gotten a new router, so we're hoping it's speedier now. Hope to have you come stay at Kipuka again one day! A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0
4

Cozy cottage in the perfect location!

  • 4 of 5

The cottage was exactly as described with all amenities thoughtfully provided. The bathtub had a great view with soft, hot water and plenty of water pressure despite being on catchment. Listening to the birds in the morning and the forest critters at night was soothing. The floor-to-vaulted-ceiling windows provided fantastic views, and the architecture was beautiful and relaxing. The location is great--very close to Volcanoes National Park and just a 40 min drive to Hilo. Although there was a minor oversight with arrival time, the caretakers were very generous in making up for it and were very hospitable. The cottage was clean and well-maintained with plenty of towels for baths & showers and blankets/heaters for chilly evenings. The wifi seemed to more easily handle browsing and got overloaded when we tried to stream (despite reset attempts), but honestly it didn't bother us much as we spent more of our time there sleeping or preparing to head out for a day of adventures in Volcano. I would recommend this place to others and stay here again if in Volcano.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Shannon, We're happy you enjoyed Kipuka Cottage so much, and we welcome you if and when you wish to return. So sorry about the check-in glitch, and thanks for your understanding and flexibility. A Hui Hou (Until Next Time) Bill Harby
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Map

Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Lava Rock Café
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Volcano Golf and Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Lava Rock Café
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Punalu'u black sand beach
Car: necessary

Kipuka Cottage is in a native Hawaiian rainforest just a 7-minute drive from amazing Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, where you can see the steaming glowing summit crater of Kilauea volcano. There are miles of hiking trails through lush forest and rocky volcanic landscapes. There are ancient historic sites, a volcano museum, art galleries, good restaurants, a wonderful community farmers market (don't miss the used-book store) -- and even a small bowling alley! A black-sand beach where turtles sunbathe is 30-minute drive in one direction. And 30 minutes in the other direction is the fun, funky, historic town of Hilo.

Photos

Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday cottage in Ohia Estates, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
USD
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
A$222
A$1,363
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$34 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.42%

Ask about one-night stays.
Do we charge for children? Yes. Children often put more wear and tear on the cottage than adults. Also, they use towels, linens, water and electricity like every guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Enter dates to see total
Contact Me Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)
Unavailable

Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Ohia Estates, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain
  • Mountain View
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • soap
  • Broadband Access
  • Filtered Water
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , bath with shower
  • Our deep, extra-long tub with big windows opening onto the forest offers the perfect way to end a day of exploring. We recommend using our bubble bath -- and bringing a bottle of champagne.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 double bed , 2 sofa bed/futon
  • Our loft is centered around one queen-size bed. Below in the main room, is a double-sized futon. We also have two fold-away foam futons that can be laid out on the living room floor or on the lanai in nice weather.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
Outside:
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • veranda
  • wooden decking
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • long term rentals available
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
Attractions:
  • arboretum
  • caves
  • churches
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • volcano
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • snorkeling/diving
  • caving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Notes:
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is only minutes away by car. Here you'll find an erupting volcano, miles of hiking trails ranging from easy 10-minute loops through native forest to back-country treks, an excellent visitors center and amazing art gallery.