Quiet and lush in its own acres of tropical gardens at the end of a palm-lined, private, gated driveway, Hale Pono is a brand new, eco-friendly retreat home. In a peaceful location off the beaten track, where tropical rainforest meets the jungle on its way down to the ocean.
Hale Pono enjoys a pleasant jungle/rainforest climate gently kissed by the trade winds - only 20 minutes from Hilo airport, closer to all the island has to offer! If you choose to fly into Kona Airport, you will have a spectacular 2 hour drive to Hale Pono and see many beautiful sights on your way home! Every island road is unique: passing desert, mountain, ocean, forests, lava-rock fields, rolling ranchlands, quaint towns and villages.
Easy access to everything on the Big Island - 25 minutes from Kilauea Volcano Park; 20 minutes drive from Hilo or Pahoa; 15 minutes drive to the ocean and great ocean hikes to hidden beaches; 30 minutes drive to surfing, ancient petroglyphs, and lava-walks and zip-lining over the waterfalls; 1 hour drive to South Point, Punalu'u and the green-sand beach; 90 minutes drive to Mauana Kea Observatory, Waipio Valley or The Parker Ranch; 2 hours drive to the West-Side of the island, Waimea or Kohala.
Or stay home, take hikes locally, relax in the house and gardens, stargaze at nights - choose: grocery delivery, rideshares to town or bus stops, massage sessions, healing sessions and breakfast/evening meal service. When you are ready, your 4x4 can be brought to you at Hale Pono to start your adventures. See www.halepono.com for details.
. Sleeps 7 on comfortable beds, 1 king, 1 queen, 1 inflatable queen with mattress-topper,
(1 optional twin/single bed for an extra person in either bedroom)
. 2 full bathrooms with large tubs, showers, basins and toilets in each
. All-local harvested wood trim and floor
. Fully equipped kitchen,
. Dining area with extendible table,
. Seating area for 7 people laundry room (washer, dryer, laundry sink)
. Plenty of closet space
. Plenty of parking
. Outdoor Hawaii-style barbeque area
. Hawaii art and crafts enhance the natural features of the home
6 acres tropical gardens & ohia forest
Green and eco-friendly. For a reasonable charge your hosts will pick you up from the airport or bus stop, and/or will drive you into Hilo to pick up a rental bicycle or local rental vehicles. Rideshares are also availavble to the 'Hele-on' island bus routes - where $1 will take you on any single bus trip, from home to Hilo/Pahoa/Volcano/Ka'u or from one side of the island to the other!
Chose delicious Ohana meals, cooked from scratch and brought to you at Hale Pono (Breakfast, Evening Meal, Dessert) and Hale Pono's grocery service will shop for your choice of available local, regular, and international groceries to meet you.
If you are renting a vehicle, your hosts highly recommend to rent an AWD vehicle or 4x4, and encourage you to rent locally to give you far more flexibility for your island adventures; scaling the Mauna Kea summit, visiting Waipio Valley, the Greensand Beach, and some of the wilder beaches and beauty spots.
The section of the street the home is located on is a traditional Hawaii bumpy lava-rock track - 0.5 miles to paved road in one direction and 0.7 miles to paved road in the other, so your 4x4 is recommended for an easier drive home, too.
Subject to availability, an older, local 4x4 (e.g., Toyota Forerunner) can be arranged to meet you at the airport or Hale Pono. Rates start at $250 per week, $60 per day. Please let us know well in advance as the rental guy requires paperwork. A great petty theft deterrent, an older 'island' vehicle makes you blend in like a local.
Harpers Rental in Hilo rent new 4x4s - we've had good rental experiences with them. The the bigger car rental companies rent soft-top jeeps which are great fun for island driving (be sure to book them well in advance).
A TV and DVD player are available and, usually, access to wireless internet and Netflix, although the last two are dependent on the local service being available and are not always reliable. There is excellent 4G service in the area and most smart phones work to pick up wireless internet independent of the WiFi.
. LOCAL 4x4 RENTAL ARRANGEMENT
$250 P/ WEEK, $60 P/ DAY (subject to availability)
. GROCERY DELIVERY $10
. OHANA MEALS
BREAKFAST $5, DINNER $15, DESSERTS $3
There are so MANY things to do and experience on the Big Island, people often decide to stay for several weeks or months to enjoy the adventures and experiences - so Hale Pono's daily rates go down the longer you stay. We actively encourage your enjoying our wonderful island!
We asked family and friends to share their treasured Big Island memories with us, here are a few of the responses: Volcanoes National Park . Lava Walks . Lava Viewing . Lava Tubes . Ocean Swimming . Kayaking . Paddle-Boarding . Surfing . Black Sand Beaches . Green Sand Beach . White Sand Beaches . Spear-Fishing . Charter Traditional Hawaiian Canoe by Moonlight . Swim with Wild Dolphins . Snorkel . Swim with Wild Giant Turtles . Ocean Walks . Zoo . Botanical Gardens . Manta-Ray Night Swim . Sacred Sites (Heiaus) . Lava Tree State Park . Place of Refuge National Park . Big Island Candy Company (best choc-dipped Macnut Shortbread in Hawaii!) . Mac Nut Farm Tours . Coffee Plantations & Tasting . Vineyard . Magnificent Waterfalls . Ancient Petroglyphs .Horse Riding in Waipio Valley or Waimea Ranchlands . Rodeos . Parker Ranch (largest ranch in the USA!) . Volcano-warmed Hot Ponds . MERRIE MONARCH HULA FESTIVAL . Museums . Mauna Kea Observatory . Imiloa Observatory . Hula Performance . Hula Classes . Free Public Pool . Movie Theaters ($1 up!) . Bowling. Restaurants . Gyms . Zip-lining over Waterfalls . Bonsai Cultural Center . Eateries . Farmer's Markets . Artists' Studios . Orchid Merchants . Wild Orchids (the Big Island is known as the Orchid Isle) . Ancient Mango Groves . And more, so much more, there's something for everyone here on Hawaii Island!
- Panoramic view
- Washing machine
- WiFi (wireless LAN)
- 4G coverage
Arranged Local Car (4x4) Rental
|E40 per day, E210 per week||$44.66|
|E20 per evening meal with dessert||$16.75|
Rideshare to Bus stop
|Ride share to Hele-On bus stop||$1.12|
Rideshare to Hilo
|Ride share to Hilo, pick up bike/car rentals||$11.16|
|45 minute Massage, $60||$44.66|