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Oliana Cottage :: Kalapana/Kehena Allergy Friendly
Oliana Cottage :: Kalapana/Kehena Allergy Friendly
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath
2 guests
1 bed
1 bath

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Off the beaten path near active lava flow at Kalapana and black sand Kehena Beach. Old-style Hawaii at its best, warm ponds, tidepools, tropical sights and sounds. 370 sq ft studio, 9' ceiling.
LOCATION: Hilo Airport (45 minutes, up to 90 minutes in rush hour), Kona Airport (3 hours), Volcano Park (50 minutes)
KITCHENETTE: Please see photos & make sure it is adequate for your cooking needs.
WEATHER: No air conditioning. Cooled by tropical breezes.

The space

Tranquil, Tropical, Private - Walk to Black Sand Beach - Studio with Kitchenette

The Oliana Cottage on the Hilo side of the island is located in upscale Puna Beach Palisades across from black sand clothes-optional Kehena Beach. This 370 sq ft cottage with kitchenette is located away from the street and behind the owner's house on a 1/2 acre lot. Located off the beaten path, along the Kalapana-Kapoho "The Red Road" scenic byway. You are just minutes away from Kalapana, Kapoho, swimming at the warm ponds, and snorkeling at the tidepools. You can hear the waves crash against the cliffs in the cottage and you used to be able to see the ocean from the driveway. The jungle now surrounds the cottage on three sides obscuring the ocean view.

Sunlight and gentle tradewinds fill this charming studio Cottage.
Please note that we are closest to the Hilo Airport (45 mintues and up to 90 minutes in rush hour). Kona Airport is 2-1/2 to 3 hours drive away.

It is a short hike down the cliff to the famous black sand clothes-optional Kehena beach. A five minute drive to Kalapana for a Hawaiian beach, convenience store, farmer's market (Saturdays) and live music on many nights, especially Wednesdays. The Oliana Point seen in the spectacular coastal photo above is literally across the street. Swim with the dolphins or whale watch in season.

The Oliana Guesthouse is smoke-free, pet-free, and cleaned and supplied with organic natural products containing essential oils for the comfort of those with allergies.

This studio w/bath has one queen-size bed, separate bath with large indoor shower, and a fully-equipped KITCHENETTE with small refrigerator (under the counter), microwave, toaster, 2-burner portable electric stove-top, blender, toaster-oven, Foreman electric grill, teakettle, and coffeemaker. Anything else you may need is available on request.

The Cottage and the main house share a hot/cold outdoor shower, in addition to the private shower inside the cottage. All linens 100% cotton provided. Free wireless internet and free domestic long distance (US, Canada, Mexico).

Iyengar-style yoga props may be borrowed.

Please ask about recommendations to local massage therapists, boat tours or guides for hikes to the lava.

Hotel Tax ID # (blocked by airbnb)

If you came here from an Airbnb and it said that I am located in Hawaiian Paradise Park, that is not true. HPP, as we call it, is located 25 miles from here and is the largest subdivision in the US with over 8800 house lots. Puna Beach Palisades, where the Oliana Cottage is located has only 150 1/2 acre house lots, total, and approximately 50 house structures in the neighborhood.

Guest access

Enjoy the outdoor shower with hot water, shared with the front house. Especially good for washing off sand after the beach.

Interaction with guests

Owner gives personal welcome orientation whenever possible. I'd be delighted to socialize. If that is what you want, let me know.

Other things to note

If you Book Same Day, I may need at least 3 hours to make-ready the cottage. Mahalo!

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Wireless Internet
Free parking on premises
Cleaning Fee $84 SGD
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Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
1 queen bed
House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for children (2-12 years)
Check-in is anytime after 4PM
Check out by 12PM (noon)

Absolutely No Scented Candles. Smoke-free, pet-free, fragrance-free for the comfort of those with allergies. No Smoke (tobacco or weed), No Fragrances, No Incense, No Pets, No Drugs, No Candles.
Check-in is 4pm and check-out is noon. One hour earlier or later can be arranged on request. More time than that depends on availability. Written guest manual and the internet password can be found under your key. Hawaiian-style, no shoes in the cottage.

Safety features
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
1 night minimum stay

163 Reviews

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Manasvi User Profile
December 2017
If you're looking for a place to relax and truly disconnect from the world, Babette's place is perfect for you. There is no cellphone service for about a mile from Babettes place but the Wi-Fi works just fine. This didn't matter to us much since we really enjoyed disconnecting from everything for a while. The stars outside the little cottage at night are truly magical. Babette's place is located very close to Kalapana, where you can see lava flow (10 min drive) as well as Hilo (40 minattractions). The place has very private feel and really let's you feel like a local. We really enjoyed trying the vegetraian restaurant recommendations Babette gave us and visiting Uncle Robert's Market on Wednesday night.

Rebecca User Profile
November 2017
We really enjoyed staying here. Babette was on hand to greet us and provide info on fun things to do in the area. The cottage was extremely clean and well-appointed. It was located about 15 minutes from the parking lot for the Kalapana lava viewing area, which was perfect. We would definitely recommend this place to others looking for a quiet, secluded experience in the Puna district.

Claire User Profile
November 2017
The cottage was very clean and exactly how it was pictured. Babette was kind and offered information on activities to do in the surrounding area. The only negative of our stay was that the water heater was not working soundly. Our hot showers maxed out at two minutes. Babette did inform us of this during our check-in, and offered us the use of the outdoor shower. I'm assuming this will be fixed for the next people who stay there.
Babette User Profile
Response from Babette:
There are (almost always) two hot showers available to guests, one inside the cottage bathroom and one outdoors. Both have excellent hot water. They both can be seen in the photos.
November 2017

Braydan User Profile
November 2017
The outside shower is amazing! Great spot
Babette User Profile
Response from Babette:
Thank you, glad you enjoyed your stay!
November 2017

Cornelia User Profile
October 2017
Babette was a super friendly host! The apartment is lovely and you will find everything you need. Babette provided beach towels, snorkeling gear and she also borrowed me a yoga mat. The kitchen is perfectly equipped. I loved the outdoor shower. We felt at home and we were very sad when we had to leave. The area is wonderful. especially the cliffs in walking distance...from there you can see beautiful sunsets. I used this place for some morning yoga sessions. The black beach (also in walking distance) is so nice to relaxe and enjoy the sun and it is not too crowded. Babette gave us a map with all the interesting spots in the surrounding, this was super useful. She also recommended us some nice places to eat. All in all it was a perfect stay at Babette’s cottage and we would love to come back someday!

Agata User Profile
September 2017
I absolutely loved my experience at Babette's cottage. First of all, the location is wonderful if you're there to experience the lava flows (by land at least - not sure if there is a better location to stay if you plan on doing a boat tour). Secondly, the cottage itself is immaculately clean and quite lovely in its minimal styling. This is a very peaceful and quiet area and it feels remote - just what I was after. At night, you will see an extremely impressive night sky and will hear the soothing song of a massive amount of coqui frogs. I felt transported here to something very much outside my regular experience. It was haunting - the stars, the frogs, the volcanic surroundings, the remoteness, the roads with their beautiful tree canopies, the deep quiet. Babette was a wonderful host! Starting way before my trip, and throughout my time at the cottage, she was very responsive to my communications and very helpful and thoughtful when I had questions about the area. She was also very warm and friendly in person. Lovely experience! I would absolutely stay here again, and I highly recommend the cottage if you're looking for something peaceful, clean, and well-priced, in a very special area.

Myriam User Profile
September 2017
Nice place near from the lava Flows. Quiet and comfortable and Babette is so nice, she recomend you places to visit around. We feel here like at home

Hawaii, United StatesJoined in July 2011
Babette User Profile

Busy retiree from Texas. Founder and Director of the Indian Classical Music Circle of Hawaii. I moved to this part of the Big Island over ten years ago. In the photo, I am holding a tanpura. Also master musicians Parashuram Bhandari with sarangi, and Danny Birch with sarod.

I built the Cottage for friends and family to stay when they visit here. I began welcoming guests as a vacation rental in 2005.

From the Guestbook:

Thanks so much for sharing this space. Delightful! I wish we had more time to spend here, however we may return some day. Lovely and Comfy! -- L + A, Vancouver
-- Feb 7, 2012

Aloha -- This is such a sweet place to rest body, mind & spirit. Thank you for your essence. I will return again and again. Much love and respect, V
-- Feb 2, 2012

Thanks. What a wonderful place to explore an amazing island from. -- J, Calgary, Canada
-- Feb 2011

B, what a charming & lovely way to experience Hawaii for the first time! I love the "lonely Puna roads." It was just what I needed to relax and refresh my spirit. Thank you for your suggestions, your stories and your music. I hope you will visit me on the west coast sometime and I hope I can get back here to visit you again. Aloha until then, E -- July 2009

You are a delight and so is your cottage. I hope you will clear the calendar when I next call, because this will be my place every year! -- K, March 2009

It has been a true pleasure to experience your aloha spirit and your beautiful cottage. Thank you for the stunning orchids. Can't wait til our next visit. Mahalo. -- E+B , NYC 2008

Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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