Private, newly built bungalow on 3 acres in a lush, ancient mango grove and jungle. 3 mile walk or drive&walk to the new black sand beaches. Screened in lanai with private yard. Easier to get to now due to the new highway 132. Gps is still not up to date so definitely make sure you take the new highway 132 with amazing ocean views.
Welcome to Old Hawai’i! Welcome to Puna! Old Hawai’i on the youngest island of them all. Old Hawai’i with the freshest land (still warm!) and black sand beaches on the planet. Old Hawai’i under an ancient mango grove. Around here, the land is green (or black!), the water is blue, and the Aloha is strong. Aged, shaded jungles grow wild and thick out of some kind of story book. Guava. Coconut. Ginger. Noni. Lilikoi vines as thick as your arm. A forest of wild avocado growing from a sea of ferns below. To put it simply: it’s all quite magical. This is where we have built our farm and where hopefully you will be staying.
Shaded by 100 foot mangos, down a road of crushed red cinder, you will pass a variety of palms, papaya trees and breadfruit on your way to our 3 acre parcel. Just passed the bananas, across from the Moringa tree is where you’ll find your digs for the night. Notice the Bird’s Nest Ferns growing in the mango just outside your lanai (porch). Personally, I’m fascinated with that Cercropia tree actually growing inside the saddle of the mango, dangling its roots all the way to the jungle floor. It’s a tree inside a tree! But you’ll see. And then you’ll see something else. Something new. Maybe the Passion Flowers are in bloom. Maybe a heavy rain has brought out the moss again. Or maybe you’re already asleep under the ceiling fan, lulled by the gentle wall of sound emanating always from the ‘āina (land) around you. Either way -whatever you’re looking for- it’s a good spot. A quiet spot. A private spot.
With over 100 feet between the bungalow and our family home, not to mention a fair share of trees and whatnot- AND the fact that the buildings were consciously built facing opposing directions- you can rest assured that you will have ample privacy, both visually and audibly. I have never measured it out exactly, but your bungalow also has its own “yard” that I would venture to be around a quarter acre (.101 hectare) or so. It is cleared, as is most of the acreage, and dips off into a forest of Strawberry Guava trees, mango and plenty others. The garden and lawn are still establishing around the cottage itself, but if green grass is what you desire- sun or shade- there’s about an acre of it in the front end of the property calling for ya. Frisbee? Yoga? Nap? Kick back under the mango. It’s all good.
On August 1, 2018, the last nail went in. This bungalow is an extremely new build, fresh as the fruit at Maku’u Farmers’ Market. At 550 square feet (about 51 square meters ), we designed these accommodations with the single traveller or couple in mind.
-Platform bed (queen)
-Bar top with stools
-4 burner stove
-Screened porch with seating and dining bar
-Locking, sliding glass doors
-Screened windows with locking glass
-Lots of natural light
-Stays cool in the heat
And did I mention we are entirely off-grid? That’s right! So all utilities are with energy conservation and sustainability in mind. Even our water is collected from the rain (and then filtered through a 5 micron, 30 micron, and UV filter of course!) But don’t worry, you don’t have to do anything differently. Take a long shower. Drink straight from the tap. Use the lights. Charge your laptop. Run the fan until you’re all cooled off and probably asleep again. We want for our guests what we wanted for ourselves when we moved out here: A clean and efficient, relaxing escape. Did I mention to also be within nature without having to battle against it? Because I meant to. Our intent was to live comfortably within nature. We believe this bungalow achieves that. In fact, we know it does.
THE GROUNDS AND SURROUNDING
Just as ours is, most parcels along the road are 3 acres. Some have been cleared and replanted with orchards to be farmed, some grow wild, and yet others boast sprawling green lawns with painted cottages. One way or another, I consider all the properties around here to be organic farms -not just because they look like you’d think an organic farm should look- but because most folks living on them are impressively conscientious as to what goes into the ground and where their food comes from. It makes for a quiet jungle road of like-hearted botanists (mostly amateur, like myself) and pretty gardens. Rock walls that were here long before us push through the roots of a Hala tree, orchids grow unattended in the canopy above, and coconuts roll in the street. Many properties are hidden but for their driveway by strategically grown clumps of bamboo, Heliconias, or maybe just the jungle itself. Walking down the road does not therefor feel like walking down a neighborhood street at all but more like strolling down a fantastical jungle path where you are the only person in the world. The difference being that there are people in the area should you need them. Best of both worlds really. The illusion of solitude with the safety of numbers. And the solitude isn’t totally an illusion either. Its quiet out here. It’s called the BIG Island for a reason and Puna is still very wild in many beautiful ways. If you like wandering without the worry, there’s plenty to get lost in around here. Even at night, the sky is some of the biggest you’ll ever see. There’s zero light pollution. Full moons are unreal. And if the moon isn’t out at all, well then the cosmos will be illuminated like you wouldn’t believe. The stars feel like they’re just above the trees. Go out on that lawn I was talking about. Bring a blanket. Now look up. Laterz.
We have a variety of fruit growing on the property. Some are far more established than others. We ask that guests not pick the fruit themselves, though we are happy to share when the season provides. Also, there is conveniently an organic fruit stand just down the street that might have what you’re looking for. Maybe a 10 minute stroll? And since we’re talking fruit: WASH AND INSPECT ALL FRUIT BEFORE EATING. Just trust me. 99% of the time it’s all good. But that 1% will get ya. Guests that plan on using the kitchen for most of their meals should purchase supplies in Pāhoa Town or even in Hilo on their way from the airport. Also within walking distance (less than 2 miles) are some idyllic tide pools good for soaking when the tides are right. There is another ocean pool a bit further down the way (another mile or so), but I’d recommend taking a car or bike instead of the long, sweaty walk back home. Ocean lookout opportunities and jungle paths are plentiful in the immediate area, and if the new lava flow is what you’re curious about, that happens to be less than 2 miles away as well.
We are extremely grateful for the new black sand beaches, and as it turns out, we are the closest neighborhood to them. Walking distance. Maybe 3 miles each way? They are fantastic, and totally worth the hike- so remember to pack some shoes!
STUFF TO DO
I’m sure that if you’re considering Puna for your vacation then you’ve done other research and know just how much the Big Island has to offer. To try and consolidate it all into this write up, even for Puna alone, would never do it any justice.
With that said:
SUNDAYS: Just outside Pāhoa Town, is the Maku’u Farmers’ Market. It is the biggest and most celebrated farmers’ market on the island. There you will find everything from the freshest island produce to the freshest prepared meals, ranging from Hawaiian style Poké bombs to burritos to açaí bowls. Thai food? Yup. Indian? Double yup. There are t-shirts and orchids and jewelry and chiropractors. There are carvings and kava and massages and honey. Shaded seating is available along with tables. Sit and enjoy some of the cuisine. Take a minute for the live music. Or just get out of the sun and watch the people. After all, it’s Puna! There will most definitely be something interesting to see. ;)
WEDNESDAYS: Starting at 5pm, down Kalapana way, is where you’ll find Uncle Robert’s. On the shores of the 1983 flow, every week a large gathering of people come from all over for the dancing, the drinking, the music and the food. The fun. The goods for sale. The people! It is a family friendly, everyone friendly place where you’re sure to have a good time. Parking on the street is free. Or for 3 bucks park a lot closer and take a short walk over da lava to the black sand beach. The wind is really wonderful out there. Then stay for the party.
GENERAL SECURITY/THEFT: I heard a lot of people voice concerns about visiting Puna far before Fissure 8 was erupting. Funny thing is, not one of those people ever lived in Puna. Some had never even been. In my experience, the people of Puna are some of the kindest, most interesting, gentle people I’ve ever come across. Maybe it used to be worse? I don’t know, I wasn’t here. Maybe it used to be better?! Haha. Is there petty theft here and there? Yup. Have we ever experienced it? Nope. Have some of our friends? Yup. Do I worry? Nope. The people and experiences of Puna come in all flavors as does the entire human species and spectacle; in that regard it is no different than anywhere else in the world. Or wait, are you just asking if there’s a lot of weirdos and stuff? Oh yeah for sure! And if you’ve chosen Puna of all
places to visit, well then I bet you’re kinda weird too. ;)
Look, all I can say is that we feel so safe and love it so much that we decided to build a life and raise our tiny kids out here. I hope that you will feel that same sense of aloha as well. In conclusion: Is it safe? Yes. Absolutely. Just don’t tell anyone.
LAVA: For now, and as far as we can see in the near future, the flow has stopped. The closest it came to us was just under a mile away. Thanks to the trade winds, our air was always clean. It remains clean now. Some say it’s the cleanest in the world thanks to the thousands of miles of ocean filtration. Was it scary? Yes. Did we evacuate? Yes and no but mostly no. Though some blockades still remain in lower Puna, all is getting back to normal. There is still so much to do and see!
HURRICANES: Hurricane season is from June to November. It’s true that the weather can become extremely heavy if a storm system is in the area, but that’s not really the norm for that stretch of time. Even if it was, I’m not worried about the bungalow. It is as solid and watertight as can be. So long as you are here, there should be no issue with heavy weather and your accommodations. In such an event, a generator may have to be run to compensate for the solar panels, but since we are already off grid, we do not worry much about loss of power or water in an emergency. Honestly though, hurricane season is usually far more sunny days than stormy. After all, it’s mostly during summer in Hawai’i!
FIRE ANTS: It is true that there are Fire Ants on the Big Island. It is also true that it’s a big problem. But because I spray, they are not a problem here at our farm. It is the one spray that I use on the land and not very often at that, averaging out to be around 3 times a year. It is not very toxic and dissipates quickly, but I want to be open about it for those that refuse or have reactions to any and all insecticides, no matter which form. To be clear though, you’re not usually going to feel or find a fire ant unless you go digging in the ground, hacking back jungle, or climbing in the trees. Basically, don’t go looking for them. What’s it feel like? Everyone reacts differently. Really they do. To me it feels like Stinging Nettles and then goes away within the hour. Which is lucky since I spend half my life rolling around with them. In conclusion: It’s not a big deal when it comes to enjoying yourself out here.
COQUI FROGS: Honestly, I think they sound beautiful. Like birdsong at night. Sure it can be loud, especially when you’re used to no sound at all or the city or traffic instead- but to me and many others, it lulls us to sleep. And they’re only loud like that when it’s been raining -which I know is impossible to predict- but my point is rather that they’re not loud EVERY night, which is good news for light sleepers. If you think jungle sounds might disturb your slumber, I would suggest bringing ear plugs or whatever else might aide you, because I promise, there’s no turning them off. Again, everyone is different, but personally I love ‘em.
BOAR: Yes. There are many boar in the area. Mama boar. Papa boar. And even itty bitty baby boar. Luckily, we have not gotten them on the farm. This is because a lot of our border is raised from the land around it, making it difficult for the animals to climb up or it’s simply just not worth their trouble. But they are in the area, I can promise you that. If you see one, just don’t approach it. Snap a photo. Keep your distance. You’re fine. Only if you go stealing baby boars from mama boars are you gonna find yourself having an altercation, and honestly, if that happens…that’s on you. The biggest danger that boars present is their nasty habit of causing car accidents. Pigs dart out in the road whenever you least expect it. Day? Night? Doesn’t matter. The good news is that you can significantly reduce your chances of hitting boar -or anything else for that matter- by driving with consideration to the world around you- which I’m sure you already do!
Hope to see ya soon! And if not, may all your travels be wondrous both in ways imagined and beyond. It is a beautiful world with much to see. Aloha.
Explore Puna on old Hawai’i, the youngest island of them all with the freshest—still warm—land and black sand beaches on the planet. The bungalow and family home have trees and space between them and they face opposing directions for utmost privacy.
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