Mangolay, a Garden of Eden in Puna

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Private room in guesthouse hosted by Paul

2 guests, 1 bedroom, 1 bed, 1 private bath
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Experience the magic of old Hawaii in a unique Rain Forest setting of great beauty, character and comfort.

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PLEASE NOTE: You must upload proof of Covid Vaccination to the Hawaii Safe Travels Website in order to enter the state of Hawaii. Otherwise you must get a Covid test 72 hours prior to departure, and up load the negative results to Hawaii Safe Travels Website. Failure to do so, will land you in QUARANTINE for 10 days.
Also, Don't come to Puna looking for great internet! We are at the very edge of civilization. Our internet connection is by satellite, and it is easily disturbed by heavy weather. Also, our provider is overwhelmed by all the people staying home and streaming during Covid. If you are planning on telecommuting, you will be very disappointed. Hilo is your best bet for internet.

We offer a stylish guest room with a pillow-top queen bed, bathroom with garden shower and lanai living area with an aquarium and steps to the inviting swimming pool.

A refrigerator, microwave and coffee maker are provided for your use. You have a table and chairs on your room's lanai overlooking the pool and gardens. You are also welcome to use the gas grill on the lanai. Please ask for instructions first.

There are pool and beach towels. We also have water shoes to let you explore the tide pools and beaches nearby. Unfortunately, the eruption destroyed our beautiful snorkeling spot nearby, but replaced it with a big black sand beach, at the end of a hike over the still warm lava.

The Guest House is one of several buildings in an extraordinary architectural compound. The buildings surround a courtyard with a swimming pool, enclosed gardens and a lagoon with fountains. The complex sits in a spectacular landscape of exotic plants and blooming flowers. Numerous works of Asian art are on display in the gardens.

Mangolay is a private, peaceful world in the center of a beautiful tropical rain forest. We are close to the ocean in a setting that is a part of Hawaii as it used to be. Please be aware that we are surrounded by wildlife. If you have irrational fears of frogs, lizards, butterflies and birds, the rainforest is NOT a place for you. Please don't come here. You won't be happy.
You would think this would be self explanatory, but it's not!

Solar-powered, environmentally conscious. Daytime is unlimited power, at night we try an conserve. But it's a big system, and we live well.

There are 2 friendly dogs on property, thus we don't have thieves sneaking in, or wild boars using the pool. They will bark when you arrive, but will quickly learn you belong here.

Close by are tide pools, ocean coves, a clothing-optional black-sand beach and unique Hawaiian weekly markets. Pahoa Town, a 15 minute drive, offers a colorful atmosphere and several good restaurants.

Hilo and Volcano National Park are easily accessible and offer a variety of attractions.

Mangolay is truly a paradise in Puna, a unique opportunity to stay in a very special magical place.

What this place offers

Wi-Fi
Free parking on premises
Shared pool
Washing machine
Dryer
Patio or balcony
Backyard
Luggage drop-off allowed
Hair dryer
Unavailable: Carbon monoxide alarm

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Where you’ll be

Pāhoa, Hawaii, United States

First off, let me answer the usual silly question: Waikiki is on Oahu, a completely different island 300 miles away. We are not any where near to it.
Kona is on the other side of the island, about one hundred miles away, and about a 2 hour drive over the gap between the volcanoes. Most guests like to break up their vacation, with a stay on the Kona side, to experience the Dry Side of the island. This is where the major tourist industry is centered. Shopping malls, resorts, bars, diving and night life, and the traffic jams that come with it.
Hilo is about 28 miles away, fun little college town, some good restaurants, a few museums, and the friendliest locals you will ever meet.
Pahoa Town is about 30 minutes away. Super market, Hardware store, 6 or so restaurants, no visible means of support, very rustic and laid back. Kaleo's is the best restaurant in town, and it's a good idea to stock up at Malama Supermarket on your way here, so you don't have to back track up after arriving here. There is Da Store in Hawaiian Shores, about 5 miles from here. Better to shop in Pahoa.
Volcano Park is about 45 minutes away.
What's here?
Thick rain forested area, you will be driving in through the burial grounds, and ruins.
There are hidden tide pools you can swim in, and a black sand beach you can hike to, over still warm lava. We are still discovering new beaches as the lava cools. We have one of the last wild bits of coast line left on the island.
The entire area is off the grid, most properties are 3 and 6 acres here, so everyone has a private world of their own. It's the land that time forgot.

Hosted by Paul

  1. Joined in May 2013
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Mangolay is back! We survived a very close call with the lava, as it spilled over the hill behind us, and came within 1/4 mile of the house. As a result however, Highway 132 no longer reaches us. You must now come along the newly paved Government Beach Road along the coast. It is only one lane, so drive with Aloha please. It is one of the most beautiful drives on the island now, coming through lush jungle, and the burial grounds. We lost our hot pond, and tide pools for snorkeling to the eruption, but we now have a brand new black sand beach nearby. It is a one mile hike, but well worth it. It is said we have up to 5 more beaches as well, but until the lava is completely cooled, there are no trails to them yet. I share the property with 2 dogs. Felicia who is very friendly, and Tulu puppy who is only one year old, and very shy. The house was designed by the late Dennis Preston Davis, an architect specializing in solar powered homes. I am an avid gardener and have a large collection of tropical plants. I have traveled the world extensively, experiencing its diverse cultures and natural wonders, and it is reflected in my home. Mangolay features a large collection of unique art and crafts from around the world. I enjoy living in Hawaii and sharing experiences and recommendations with the guests. Meeting new people and sharing conversations is very rewarding, especially when you live in a remote place. It now takes about 30 minutes to get to Pahoa Town.
Mangolay is back! We survived a very close call with the lava, as it spilled over the hill behind us, and came within 1/4 mile of the house. As a result however, Highway 132 no lon…

During your stay

I like to personally welcome you on your arrival, and invite you to join me at day's end on the lanai for a glass of beer or wine, or kava if you like.

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Check-in: After 3:00 pm
Checkout: 12:00 pm
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

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No carbon monoxide alarm
Pool/hot tub without a gate or lock
Smoke alarm

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