Nahele Nahele: a luxurious Polynesian, bamboo home

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Located just five minute's walk from the beautiful Champagne Ponds of Kapoho where you can swim in geo-heated tide pools with sea turtles and tropical fish. Nahele is a comfortable home just right for up to four people. It is off-grid, taking its electricity from the sun, water from the rain. But in its use it feels little different than your own home in terms of convenience. There is a king-size Stearns and Foster bed in the sleeping loft upstairs where the dormer windows capture the tradewinds. Downstairs there is a kitchen, dining area, and a living room. A covered lanai wraps around the building. The kitchen has a refrigerator and a thermos pot for keeping water hot for tea or coffee in the morning. There is a BBQ for cooking and a solar oven is available should you feel so inclined. There are also communal induction hot plates, toasters, and crockpots available. But Kapoho is a warm place -- great for eating cooling foods such as salads, poke, fruit and there are great places to eat in Pahoa (just 10 minutes away)... There is broadband wifi (sorry, no streaming) and your electronic devices can be charged up as you would at home.There is no air conditioning but there are ample windows and large ceiling fans. We welcome families but small children are not a great fit here as the volcanic cinder can cause scrapes and supervision at all times is required as there is no lifeguard stationed at the pool.Moku sits within a unique, six-acre garden, containing more than 5,000 rare and exotic palms, planted in a landscape of black, volcanic cinder. The property is fenced and gated for your privacy. There is a beautiful, saline pool available for your use if you don't feel like visiting the nearby hot ponds. The property is located near the far eastern tip of the big island of Hawaii. It is quiet and rural out here and convenient for snorkeling, hiking, and visiting the volcano and lava flows.

Places like Kipuka don't just happen all by themselves. In this case, it took two obsessive people – Pauleen Sullivan, and Mark Frost. And though these two never met, in a sense they built Kipuka together. Pauleen Sullivan, or 'The Palm Queen' as she was known, bought the property in 1992 to build the palm garden of her dreams. She was famous for being able to propagate the most difficult palms. She had a vision to create a specimen garden dedicated to the palm. Over three years she had more than 2,000 truck loads of black volcanic cinder brought in. Her son Teri shaped the cinder into islands around the property, into which she planted the trees. Pauleen passed away in 2012. Fast forward to 2013 when the second obsessive arrived. Mark Frost and his wife Larissa had been living in the UK for nearly 20 years. But Larissa's mother had Alzheimers and wanted them to be closer and somehow Hawaii was selected. Their plan? To develop some sustainable hospitality on the property. Sadly, as is often the case, the best plans of mice and men, etc. In February of 2014 Larissa was diagnosed with terminal cancer. She died the following July. In the meantime, Elena's Alzheimers acceleratred its downward pace so Mark moved her to a care facility on Oahu. Luna passed away in 2015, leaving just Mark and Cosmo to see things through. Kipuka opened its doors to guests on Thanksgiving, 2015. Mark's efforts are split between looking after Cosmo, restoring the garden, and running the business. It was never meant to be a business/property managed by just one person, but that is how it turned out. Mark and Cosmo have hosted guests from all over the world. They have appeared in the pages of the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronical, and a host of travel publications and blogs. While much of this story is sad, it was the desire to turn that sadness into something beautiful which has driven the development of Kipuka from the very start.

Property Type Guest House
Floor Area 612 sq. ft.
House Rules
  • Maximum occupancy 4
  • Limited accessibility
View
  • Forest
Theme
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Farm Holidays
  • Hiking Trips
  • Rural Countryside Retreats
General
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Wifi
  • Ceiling Fans
Kitchen
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
Entertainment
  • Games
  • Books
Outdoor
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck/Patio (uncovered)
  • Lanai/Gazebo (covered)
  • Lawn/Garden
Pool/Spa
  • Communal Pool
Season Rate
Spring
4/1 - 6/1
Summer
6/2 - 9/10
Fall
9/11 - 11/19
Winter
11/20 - 3/31