Hua: a luxurious Polynesian, bamboo home
Hua: a luxurious Polynesian, bamboo home
8 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
8 guests
3 bedrooms
3 beds
2 baths
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Hua is a beautiful, private home, nestled in a hidden garden in a private estate on the big island of Hawaii. It is a bamboo home in the Polynesian style, with power from the sun, and water from the clouds. There is a loft bedroom with a queen-size Stearns and Foster mattress, two ground-floor bedrooms with king-size Stearns and Foster mattresses, two bathrooms with walk in showers, a kitchen with fridge, dishes, flatware, coffee maker, etc. We provide linens, towels and toiletries.

The space

Located just five minute's walk from the beautiful Champagne Ponds of Kapoho where you can swim in geo-heated tide pools with sea turtles and tropical fish. Hua is a comfortable home just right for up to six people. It is off-grid, taking its electricity from the sun, water from the rain. But in it's use it feels little different than your own home in terms of convenience. There is a queen Stearns and Foster bed in the sleeping loft upstairs where the dormer windows capture the tradewinds. Downstairs there are two bedrooms, each with a king Stearns and Foster bed and private lanai. There is a well-appointed living room, kitchen, and two luxurious bathrooms. A lanai wraps around the front of the building upon which is a large dining table. The kitchen has a refrigerator and a thermos pot for keeping water hot for tea or coffee in the morning. There is a BBQ for cooking and a solar oven is available should you feel so inclined. There are also communal induction hot plates, toasters, and crockpots available. But Kapoho is a warm place -- great for eating cooling foods such as salads, poke, fruit and there are great places to eat in Pahoa (just 10 minutes away)... There is broadband wifi (sorry, no streaming) and your electronic devices can be charged up as you would at home.There is no air conditioning but there are ample windows and large ceiling fans. We welcome families but small children are not a great fit here as the volcanic cinder can cause scrapes and supervision at all times is required as there is no lifeguard stationed pool.

Hua sits within a unique, six-acre garden, containing more than 4,000 rare and exotic palms, planted in a landscape of black, volcanic cinder. The property is fenced and gated for your privacy. There is a beautiful, saline pool available for your use if you don't feel like visiting the nearby hot ponds. The property is located near the far eastern tip of the big island of Hawaii. It is quiet and rural out here.

Other things to note

The property is off grid so please be mindful of your use of water and electricity. You are free to charge your electrical devices -- but try to do this during the light of day so the power used comes straight off the panels. Do not use any other appliances in the house other than those that are there when you arrive. Do not bring appliances from the gazebo into the house.

Buzzer/wireless intercom
Free parking on premises
Extra people $60 NZD / night after 6 guests
Cleaning Fee $151 NZD
Security Deposit $453 NZD
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 king bed
Bedroom 2
1 king bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed
Common spaces
1 sofa bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check-in time is 2PM - 8PM
Check out by 11AM

This is my home, so I would expect you to treat it with the respect you would to your own. Here are some specific house rules:
1. Cooking is prohibited in the house. You may use the BBQ just outside the house or use one of the cooking appliance in the gazebo. Do NOT bring any appliance from the gazebo into the house.
2. If you use a shared resource such as snorkelling gear or pots and pans, please clean these and return as soon as you are done with them so others can enjoy them.
3. Do not wear shoes inside the house house at any time
4. Do not leave wet items or standing water on top of any wooden surfaces.
5. Do not sit on furniture if you have sunscreen or tanning oil on.
6. There is no smoking permitted on the property.
7. There is a shared outdoor kitchen in a lovely bamboo gazebo -- please clean up after yourself so that others can enjoy its use.
8. The property is festooned with rare and endangered palms so please don't do anything that might harm them.
9. No parties are allowed unless previously arranged with me.
10. Though there is wireless internet available, it is metered so no streaming please. If you have a smart phone that constantly updates, please do not allow this over the wifi as it can eat up the broadband allocation here in a very short time and at great cost as our only digital connection to the outside world is by satellite.
11. The possession of illegal substances on the property is strictly prohibited.
12. Quiet time is from 9pm to 8am.
13. The off-grid power system can accommodate battery chargers for tablet, laptops, and cell phones but nothing else. For instance, hair dryers may not be used int he house. But you can use one in the gazebo and I can supply you with a hair dryer there if you need one.
14. Not recommended for children eight and under.

Finally, we do not have any facilities to cater for infants and toddlers.

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs
Pet(s) live on property - My service dog, Cosmo, lives in the main house with me.
Some spaces are shared - Saline pool, gazebo with shared cooking supplies, and six acre garden
Amenity limitations - The property is off grid so we must be conscious of eletricity and water usage.
Safety features
Smoke detector
Carbon monoxide detector
First aid kit
Safety card
Fire extinguisher
2 nights minimum stay.
From May 21, 2017 - May 21, 2019 the minimum stay is 2 nights.

6 Reviews

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Isy User Profile
March 2017
We really enjoyed our time in Mark's house. This is the place to be if you are looking for a remote but comfortable place to have a good time with a group of friend or family. The house is fantastic. All in bamboo and very clean and comfortable (even for 8 people). There is no possibility to cook inside the house (only in the gazebo outside) but the BBQ is perfect! The place is quite remote, there are no shops or restaurant in walking distance. This is the real Hawaiian experience! The location is great for snorkeling (greats spots at 5 minutes), and trekking and seeing the lava in the Volcano national park. Mark was also very helpful and friendly. He gave us a lot of advices on places to visit, he provided snorkeling gears for the 8 of us and he even baked a pie for us! Overall an amazing experience that we recommand!

Veronica User Profile
January 2017
This place is fantastic and Mark is an amazing host! Wish we could have stayed longer. Definitely one of the best places we stayed while in Hawaii. The home was extremely clean and had the most comfortable beds and linens. We slept like babies. Little conveniences like providing quality shampoo, conditioners and soaps in all the bathrooms is a major plus in my book. The grounds here are stunning. Sitting by the pool is a must. I still can't get over how gorgeous the pool was. Mark himself was another one of the best things about this property. So knowledgeable and informative about the area, and he really cared about making sure we were happy and enjoying ourselves. I highly suggest going snorkeling here using Mark's gear. The full face mask made snorkeling one of my favorite activities on the island. It's also pretty easy to get to the east side of the Volcanoes National Park from here, and you also have the option to rent bikes for the 9 mile round trip hike to see the lava hit the ocean. We can't wait to come back! Thank you Mark for such an amazing stay!!

Keith User Profile
December 2016
Amazing place! Great location. Mark was awesome. Highly recommend.

Bailey User Profile
August 2016
We had an amazing time staying in this beautiful bamboo home on an extensive palm sanctuary. Mark was beyond friendly, informative, and helpful with everything from where to explore to cultural Hawaiian history and customs. Mark has a wealth of knowledge that he more than willing to share with his guests. I will recommend this spot to anyone looking to have a relaxing stay on the Big Island!

Prat User Profile
February 2016
Mark is an amazing host. He is a very kind and friendly person. He suggested a few things for us to do while we were there, which turned out to be the highlights of our trip. He bought supplies for breakfast, allowed us to borrow his snorkeling gear and the list goes on.... :) He was there to answer any small question we had and was super helpful. We absolutely love the place and the experience of living in a bamboo house amongst many palm trees. Incredible host and amazing place!! Thanks for making our stay so memorable.. Will definitely come back...:):)

Rachele User Profile
January 2016
Mark is a gracious host with several beautiful bamboo homes on his property surrounding a lovely saline pool. The palms are breathtaking to wake up to and calming to fall asleep to at night. Pahoa I recommend this location if you are looking to see the Kopoho tide pools and like the feeling of big island's old world charm.

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Mark User Profile
Interaction with guests

I live on the property and am happy to help in any way I can. Be it questions or recommendations or even if you just want me to stock the fridge for your arrival, just ask.

About Mark

I operate a small nursery for rare and endangered palms.

Languages: English, Español, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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