4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Bathrooms, Hot Tub, Near Black Sand Beach
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About Tim Ambrose
When designing the house with my architect, it was important to me to create spaces where everybody could feel at home. While the house is large, none of the spaces is overwhelming. Each room offers an opportunity to sit and chat, or read and reflect.
Tim Ambrose purchased this House in 2002
Why Tim Ambrose chose Pahoa
I was living in Kaimu when the owner of this property contacted me. It had been buried for 20 years by jungle and when I opened the street I saw the colonnade of tall palms along the street and at the front of the property. I knew I could build a large home without it feeling out of proportion because of the 30 foot palm trees. Stepping into the jungle below, there are ruins and it feels as though there are Menehune, or Hawaiian pixies in the trees. It's magical.
What makes this House unique
Before building, I was told that this land use to belong to a Kahuna, or Hawaiian healer. The site used to be the site of the "free house." It was called the "free house" because it was a space free from spirits where people could sleep. The louvers in the house create a nearly constant breeze. The design feels like a big set of lungs surrounding a central core and as I walk up the stairs I feel inspired - I breathe.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Enjoy yourselves! No smoking in the house. Please be aware that the internet has limited capacity so streaming should be done on Standard Definition. If you use the library, please return the books to where you found them. No large parties unless it has been discussed with the owner and approved.
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Wonderful Property for Visiting Volcanoes National Park and the East Side of the Big Island
Beautiful property located off the beaten path. Very convenient to Uncle Roberts (Wednesday nights) and to the starting point for biking/hiking to the lava flows. We used this property as our base to visit Volcanoes National Park, the Hilo and Puna districts and the east shore of the island (waterfalls, botanical gardens, etc.). Enjoyed the restaurants and shops in Pahoa. Kate was gracious and accommodating, gave us the lay of the land and answered all our questions. Very short walk down the path to the ocean - powerful surf, but too dangerous to swim. So much lush foliage on and around the property, in such stark contrast to the black lava fields just a half mile away! Our group of 8 greatly enjoyed our stay.
House was incredible! Small side with an influx of insects that were difficult to keep at bay..
But Tim, the owner was very responsive to the complaint and helped as much as he could! The home was stunning and we’d definitely return!!
I've since learned that the entire area had that invasion of flying ants for those few days. It was worse this year than anyone remembers in previous years. Unfortunately, you happened to be there during the week when they came and it's not predictable. Somehow they get in to everyone's homes.
I'm pleased you and your family enjoyed the home.
Paradise in paradise
I recently spent three weeks at Kalapana Beach Haven. This extraordinary home is in complete harmony with its surroundings. At the end of what is in effect a small cul-de-sac, the house is built to maximize views – and privacy. There are neighbors on either side, but thick vegetation meant that I never saw them, and almost never heard them. The house is ocean front, but a strip of jungle separates it from the beach. This ensures beautiful, garden views from the ground and first-floor lanais, and an exceptionally stunning panorama from the upstairs lanai that takes you over the treetops and off toward the horizon. I brought books to read and DVDs to watch and touched none of them; instead I spent countless hours savoring the view from the upstairs lanai…
Others have written about how well-appointed the house is; I’d like to add how well it breathes. Screens and louvers capture and circulate every breeze; on the rare occasions that the trade winds die down, there are a couple fans to fall back on. I don’t know if the architect planned it this way, but the house also lets in light at all the right times, but shields you from the harshest effects as the sun moves across during the day.
The location is, to be fair, remote – but that’s exactly what I was looking for. Pāhoa, Keaʻau and Hilo are all easy drives, and you’re well positioned to explore the Big Island’s spectacular scenery. The best access point to the lava flows in the Volcano National Park is just a couple miles away; seeing lava burbling out of the ground inspires awe.
Tim, the owner, could not have been more accommodating; I appreciate his patience with all my questions beforehand, as well as his suggestions of things to see and do. Kate, the house manager, was equally helpful. I am forever in her debt for recommending the Makuʻu Farmers Market on Sundays and its stunning selection of tropical fruit (among many other things). Although I did not meet the cleaner, Selah, in person, she did an thorough job mid-stay and was admirably honest in her timekeeping.
Kalapana Beach Haven is the perfect house in the most beautiful part of the best side of the best island in Hawaii. I could not recommend it more highly.
Mahalo Joseph for this wonderful review. We thoroughly enjoyed having you as a guest and are so happy you made the most of your time in the house and the area. Your review shows how much you appreciated the intention with which the house was built... it was built to breathe and inspire people to connect with themselves and nature. Warmest Aloha.
Nice, family vacation.
If you like quiet, remote places and beautiful houses surrounded by the sound of the sea, this place is for you. We enjoyed staying in Kalapana Beach Haven with our adult children.
Rejuvenat at this Luxury Jungle Retreat
From the moment you enter the foyer you begin to relax. The amazing art, the cooling breeze, the natural woods, the sounds of the jungle and the ocean ... my family and I have never had a better home rental experience. The house is clean, well-designed, tastefully appointed ... a gourmet kitchen that's a pleasure to cook in, and bedrooms that will give you the best night's sleep ever. Ride bikes to flowing lava, hike to secluded beaches, and, on Wednesday walk to an impressive local food and craft festival. If you need to unwind and recharge surrounded by natural and architectural beauty, you've come to the right place!
Thank you, Will. We aim to give people a wonderful experience - a retreat in Hawaii where they feel at home. I'm so glad you and your family enjoyed it.
Great property and great location
Staying at Tim's place with my family provide the space and convenience of a massive house at the price of a hotel room. The location was great as the main focus of our trip to the big island was the volcano attractions. I highly recommend taking a bike ride out to the lava flow at night which was only a 5 min drive to the park entrance. The space was great providing bedrooms and bathrooms for everyone. Very nicely decorated and the huge central staircase have the house a luxury feel. The ocean is a short 3 minute stroll down a path from the house and you can walk out to the old lava flow. Additional things to do around the area include the Kapoho tide pools (favorite after the lava flow viewing) near by as well as the Saturday market on the way back to Hilo. Pahoa had an interesting selection of restaurants that would provide enough variety for at least 4 or 5 days. I would definitely stay here again. Thanks Tim for your hospitality.
Mahalo Cory I'm so pleased you and your family enjoyed my home and your stay in Kalapana. It was a pleasure having you as guests.
Kalapana Beach Haven (KBH) is located on the Puna coast close to where the lava took Kaimu beach in 1990. A new black sand beach formed and is a short walk from the house. There’s a swimming beach 3 miles down the road.
Puna is very much "old Hawaii" with little development, many local Hawaiians and a diverse rural landscape. A description of some of the sights follows.
The house is also a short walk to Kaimu Farmers Market at "Uncle Robert's" which has live music and food on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. You can buy fresh local fruit and vegetables, other food, local crafts and unique gifts.
Adjacent to Uncle's, is The Kaimu Corner Store and Cafe which carries many groceries, alcohol, pastries, freshly scooped ice cream, sandwiches to order and coffee. At Uncle Robert’s you can try some authentic local Kava and enjoy live music.
Turning right out of Kalapana Beach Haven Road is Hwy 137, the coastal drive known locally as the "red road,” arguably one of the prettiest drives in Hawaii. The landscape changes according to when the lava last flowed. Drive 3 miles to Kehena Beach, a gorgeous clothing optional black sand beach where you may get to swim and snorkel with wild spinner dolphins and view whales (in season).
After Kehena, the “red road” meanders through beautiful old growth forests along magnificent coastal cliffs. You can stop at Mackenzie State Park formed by lava tubes that jut into the water and where the layers of lava are visible. There’s also a tube at the back worth exploring.
Next you’ll come to Pohoiki (Isaac Hale Park) about 12 miles from KBH where there is good surfing and friendly surfers. A bit further along is the warm pond, Ahalanui Beach Park: where volcanic warm fresh springs combine with seawater to make a lovely warm pool. There’s a lifeguard and it’s easily accessible for children and older visitors. It’s a great place to begin, or end your day.
Next you’ll come to the Kapoho Tide pools (Waiopae), which boast some of the best snorkeling on the island. The tide pools are protected from the rough surf and best at high tide.
"Kalapana Beach Haven" is 45 minutes from Volcanoes National Park, 35 minutes from Hilo airport, and 10 minutes from the quaint village of Pahoa. Pahoa has a good health food store, a good bakery, a supermarket and some of the best dining on the island with local fusion cuisine, Thai, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, and others.