The Eco-Cabin is situated on one acre of tropical fruit trees, shrubs, and jungle plants. Mauna Kea and Mouna Loa are visible from the front steps.
This ohia post screen home is just perfect for creating the sensation of living outdoors. One bedroom, one bathroom, outdoor shower, full kitchen (see details below). Keeping it simple our solar powered home is a great escape from the constant intrusion of electronics. High tech is an illusion here. You can use your cell phone for the web. There is a cd player/radio
Hilo is 25 minutes away, the quaint little towns of Pahoa and Keaau are about 10-15 minutes where you will find a var...iety of restaurants. The warm pond and tide pools of Kapoho are only 25 minutes. Walk or bike to the shore at Kaloli Point. Volcano National Park is 30-40 minutes.
Swimming and sunning can be had at the tide pools, at Pohoiki, Kahena Beach, Ho'okena Beach, and a few beach parks in Hilo--Puhi Bay and Richardson Beach Park.
When you drive onto the property, you will drive through mango, sapote, noni, banana, palms, Captain Cook pines and citrus trees near the front. As you walk from the parking area you will see a pineapple garden and breadfruit tree to your right. Entering the 'jungalo' you will instantly notice the openness of the cabin. Although the kitchen has exterior walls, the bedroom and living space are surrounded by screens (no windows or shutters) which allow the fresh air to circulate freely. Living on the windward side of the big Island in such a fashion will provide you with anything from sunny and warm to rain forest weather. What are you looking for during your visit to Hawaii?
Does the sound of rain on the roof lull you to sleep? As you know the Hilo side of the island gets a lot of rain, particularly in the winter months. At the 'jungalo', you can enjoy the unmuffled sound of light to heavy rain on the metal roof. Light to medium rain is a lovely sound. Heavy rains are something else! We love it. Remember to bring a warm sweater or hoodie to wear inside the 'jungalo' for those rainy and cool nights. Socks are provided if you forget yours.
The 'jungalo' is only a few feet above sea level, so you will rarely see temperatures below 65 degrees F (18 C). Nor will temperatures rise much over 85 F (29 C).
Most homes in the area use rainwater; and, although it is filtered, it is not for consumption. There are a couple of bottles of drinking/cooking water provided to get you started; you may use them to fill your own bottles and refill them at nearby county spigots or purchase a supply from the store.
DETAILS ON KITCHEN: I have recently concluded my evaluation on the propane refrigerator issue. Propane refrigerators are great for people who live off-grid and need a refrigerator full time. However, because the jungalo is a vacation rental and not occupied all the time, often the refrigerator is empty or nearly empty. It seems a waste to burn fuel constantly to keep a few things cold. (It is not good to shut them off and start them). I have decided that since most of my guests use a very small space in the refrigerator - usually for drinks, eggs, lunch and breakfast supplies, that it would be more efficient to provide a large ice chest with a solid block of ice for their stay. My solar system is not large enough to run an electric appliance that draws so much amperage as a refrigerator. In the meantime I will be on the look out for new technology as it becomes more affordable.
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