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Peaceful Cove Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 900 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

We are Located on the southeast shore on the Kalapana coast. As a completely separate guest home on nearly 3 acres of an ocean front parcel, this very private rental is nestled in a lush tropical garden and has all the charm of old Hawaii. This all cedar cottage provides homey comfort in a relaxed rural area away from the usual tourist scene yet with easy accessibility to other attractions. A private driveway with covered carport, a sunny yard and an abundance of flowers and fruit trees add to the convenience and pleasure of staying in your own piece of paradise. In the 2009 Summer Edition of 'Outside Magazine', Peaceful Cove Cottage was rated one of the top 50 best places in the country to 'get away from it all'.

However, high speed satellite internet with wi-fi is provided for those times when you must stay connected.

Mostly you will be tempted to relax on the lanai in some of the best weather Hawaii has to offer; or let the soothing sound of ocean waves invite you to meander along your own private nature trail through a pristine wooded area rich in native flora. A minute's walk brings you to the beautiful ocean and peaceful cove. Blue skies, sparkling water and a fascinating coastline lie before you. Walk right along the ocean easily for miles on an old lava field and discover volcanic black sand and interesting lava formations,(lower lava trail). Hunt for shells and witness spectacular sunrises and sunsets, and if you're lucky you may view at a safe distance the incredible sight of recent lava activity flowing into the ocean. Or take the 'upper lava trail' which is a bit more rugged but walkable on the dramatic cliffs with sea spray propelling high into the air and a 360' view taking in the coastline and mountain. Also awaiting you at this spot we have named 'turtle bay' is the privileged chance to watch sea turtles riding the waves and/or diving for food The shoreline is rocky and the ocean not suitable for swimming but these walks are a one-of-a-kind exploration. Swimming and snorkeling are available in nearby tide pools or warm ponds within a short drive. Also a small black sand beach where you may enter the water is within a short drive.

We welcome you to visit us in Kalapana on the Big Island for a vacation of a life time.

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Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

About Cheryl

Our family transplanted to Hawaii from the mainland in 1975 and have made this incredible island our home ever since. We bought this lovely 3 acre ocean front property in 1986 while it was in it's original pristine state. Carefully and tenderly we sculpted the environment to maintain the natural integrity of the land. We built 2 homes on the property, one where we live full time and the other as a guest cottage. The homes are separated by lush vegetation with separate driveways and cannot be seen or heard from one another yet we are close enough to be available to our guests at any time. The result is a unique tropical landscape where we offer our guests a glimpse of life in true old Hawaii.

Cheryl purchased this cottage in 1986

Why Cheryl chose Pahoa

Kalapana is a place of exquisite natural beauty and real Hawaii charm. This is a rural community where a slow pace is the norm and the sense of aloha is respected and practiced.

We were drawn to this area for having the best weather on the island. The prevailing trade winds blow from just the right direction to keep the temperature pleasant all year round. The rainfall is gentle and light- just enough to allow for an abundance of flowers and foliage, but not too wet. The sun shines, the sea sparkles and at night the stars seem close enough to touch.

What makes this cottage unique

Please note that the grounds are graced by four sweet cats. Kea, Wili, Leo and Bro are right at home in your lap or they will become scarce if you prefer. They are not allowed inside and they have their meals at my home. We also have lovely song birds and seed is provided if you choose to feed the birds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Peaceful Cottage Cove was a perfect paradise vacation. Cheryl was very welcoming on arrival. I arrived shortly after a storm, but the only effect on the cottage was no power for a couple of days. No problem! I was almost disappointed when it did come on. It's the place to relax and be immersed in aloha. Sunrises over the Pahoehoe lava and the Pacific are a short walk through the forest. You can hear -- even feel the waves back at the cabin. Birds, geckos and frogs abound in the beautifully maintained landscaping. Make sure to stay over a Wednesday to go to Uncle Roberts Awa (Kava) Bar. It's a short walk down the road (or over the lava) and you won't find a more genuine Hawaiian evening of music, food and drink. The Kalapana coast is now one of my favorite spots and I will be back to the cottage again and again. Thank you Cheryl!
Aug 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in the Pahoa in the Puna District

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Spacious room with shower/tub combination. Piped in country water (not catchment). Pressure is good with ample hot water.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) with private lanai, Twin or Single Beds (1) 2 twin beds in second bedroom, Baby Cribs (1) on request, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) futon bed in main room
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Terrace
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • Basketball Court
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The sound of gentle waves from peaceful cove is audible from the cottage, and at night the coqui tree frogs will 'sing ' you to sleep. For a bit of local entertainment, we boast the best open air market on the island within walking distance of the cottage. It is family oriented every Wednesday evening from 5-10 at 'end of the road-Uncle Robert's' with live Hawaiian music & dancing and artisans offering just about every kind of delight. Also at 'Uncles' every Saturday morning a farmer's market will supply you with fresh local produce.


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Peaceful Cove Cottage
average rating of 4.901961 based on 54 reviews

Rustic old Hawaii charm, nature abounds.

  • 5 of 5

Perfect place to get away from it all!

  • Review Submitted: 31-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Natural and delightful , we're going back again!

  • 5 of 5

My daughter and I spent wonderful and delightful time at the Peaceful Cove Cottage. We could really relaxed and everything is prepared to be comfortable. There’s no air conditioner, but I think it’s a traditional style of the Hawaiian architect and ventilation. Outside air comes to inside freely. So when the hottest time of a day, the ceiling fan worked enough for us. The croaking of tree frogs invited me to good sleep just like “hypnotism”. One of Cheryl’s cats often visited us, and he really said “Hi!”in English, not meow! Gecko,they come to our table every evening like a pet. We went to Kapoho tidepool where we picked up from Cheryl’s to do list. It was amazing place we’ve never seen.

Now I’m making a photo album, my husband and younger daughter look at that, and they’re eager to go and stay at the cottage. Really we want to repeat. Thank you Cheryl!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay at Peaceful Cove Cottage. This is a true Hawaiian cottage to stay in. We loved being away from all the glitz and commercial activity and just being on our own. The ocean is near by and we would walk out and just watch the powerful waves. Our host was great.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best vacation spot ever

  • 5 of 5

The pictures on the VRBO site are real -- no perspective tricks or photo-shopping. The kitchen was outfitted and worked perfectly for us. We found the couches, chairs, and beds comfortable. The coqui frogs were no louder than cicadas. I was not bothered by them in the least. The wifi was quite good.

We stayed at two other condos during our Hawaii vacation that were more typical vacation rentals. The thing is, you could take either of those two condos, including the grounds, set them on any beach in the country, and hardly know the difference. Peaceful Cove Cottage, however, is uniquely Hawaiian. My kids loved the geckos that live in and around the cottage. By the end of our stay, one of them was bold enough to climb onto the table and drink condensation from the outside of our water glasses. The path to the ocean is lovely, as is the path though the volcanic rock that parallels the ocean. We picked and ate mangos and papayas right from trees.

Wednesday night at Uncle Roberts was a lot of fun. We got to see real Hawaiians play and dance to real Hawaiian music. No faux grass skirts or elaborate plastic headdresses in sight. Also, as of summer 2017, Kalapana is the closest starting point to seeing the active lava flow. We rented bicycles at the end of the road to go see it.

With respect to the one negative review on the VRBO site, I have to say that my family does not agree. We found Peaceful Cove Cottage to be neat, clean, well-maintained, and comfortable. However, it is designed to be cooled by the near-constant Hawaiian breeze, which means the screen doors and windows are nearly always open. The air is not being constantly filtered by an AC, so if you go looking in the corners and crevices for dust, you'll probably find it. The humidity is the same indoors as out, which means most steel is going to show rust in time. In short, the cottage is part of the Hawaiian environment -- not separate from it -- and that is really what makes it unique. (I didn't look for or see gecko poop, and wouldn't know it if I saw it. Ha ha.)

Our vacation was over the July 4 holiday, which is also peak temperature in Hawaii. We were perfectly fine morning, evening, and night, but we had to find somewhere to go in the afternoons. That was really not a problem since there is plenty to do. We spent two afternoons snorkeling in the nearby tide pools, which was a lot of fun. One of these days, I would love to come back here for a visit in early spring.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A great Place!

  • 5 of 5

It is hard to find anything about this rental that is negative. It is clean, beautifully kept and has everything one would need in a vacation rental.

The setting is magnificent and the bird feeder and the presence of "almost tame" geckos is a natural touch. There is always a breeze blowing. The Internet service is fine and there is plenty of hot water. In addition, the water is not catchment water which means it is perfectly safe to drink.

There are coqui frogs around the cottage and I got used to them, though bringing some earplugs might not be a bad idea. They are really not a serious problem in my mind as the noise is consistent and should not cause most folks a problem. It would certainly not stop my recommending the Peaceful Cove as an ideal place to spend time while visiting the area.I would guess that you would be hard-pressed to find a place free of coqui in this area. It is located close to shopping for groceries, though you might consider buying basics in Hilo after heading from the airport.

I would return in a heartbeat. The owner is charming, helpful and welcoming.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect Puna hideaway. All of the charm and flavor of Pahoa in a quiet Peaceful Cove

  • 4 of 5

Everything you need to enjoy the laid back Puna lifestyle and access to all of the east side Hilo attractions. Clean, well kept and adorable.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Uncle's Awa club
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Kaimu Black Sand Beach
Car: necessary

Exploring old lava fields and viewing the active volcano. Also meandering just down the road to Uncle Roberts for weekly live Hawaiian music/food and vendors for a taste of real local flavor. This is a must -do if you are staying on Wednesday night or Saturday morning.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in the Pahoa, Big Island Hawaii

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Nightly Rate
29 Dec 2018 - 2 Mar 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £13 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning £70.71 + Tax

Rental rate is for 2 adults. Two Hawaii State taxes, Excise and Transient Accommodation (Ex & TA) @ 13.25% are required.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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