Studio cottage, centrally located.
About Karla Nava
We are Joel and Karla Nava. I'm 54 and he's 49. Joel and I have been married for 20years and we have one son between us, Lakota, who is 20. I also have 3 other adult children in the mainland and 5 grandchildren. Joel works in I/T and I have been a homemaker for the past 10 years. We took our first vacation to Kauai in 2006 and decided then that we had to live in Hawaii - but which island? So from there we vacationed on Maui in 2010, and Oahu and the Big Island in 2013. We decided that the Hilo side of the Big Island would be home. After a lot of saving up, we returned to the Big Island in Feb 2015 to purchase our new home!
Karla Nava purchased this Studio in 2015
Why Karla Nava chose Keaau
We chose this property because it is central to Hilo, Volcanoes National Park and Pahoa. It also had a separate guest cottage that we could turn into a vacation rental for extra income. It is unique in that it has 4 separate structures on the property - the main house, a detached carport, a work shop, and the guest cottage in the back. (The work shop will not be used while guests are visiting.) We love the tropical lushness and the affordability factor compared to the other islands.
What makes this Studio unique
Unique benefits for this location is being so close to an active volcano and having 11 of the 13 climate zones right here on one island! You don't have to travel far to be in a whole new world and we love that. If you wake up to endless rain in Hilo, go spend the day on the Kona side or make your way above the clouds and watch the sunset on Mauna Kea! Tip: You will be told that you need a 4WD vehicle to go to the summit of Mauna Kea and this is true, but only after you've reached the Visitor Center at the 9000ft. level. You can drive a non-4WD up to the Visitor's Center but the ascent can be very rough on vehicles, so I recommend that you stop and rest the car every mile or two for about 5 or 10 minutes. The Visitors Center is at the 6th mile. Things to see and do at this level are walking a path through the rare silversword plants and hiking to the top of a cinder cone hill to get a view of Mauna Loa, the clouds below and the sunset. The Visitor's Center also has a gift shop and hot drinks for sale. As for the property itself, we fell in love with the spacious lanais that allow you to enjoy sitting outside in the cool breeze and just taking in all the sounds of nature, no matter if it is the heat of the day or if it is pouring rain. All of our dinners are had out on the lanai! Another great feature is the tankless hot water heaters - no running out of hot water!
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
What a fun little cottage! Great location for he Hilo side. Wonderful bedding and a soft bed!! Karla thought of everything!!!
Perfect cottage in the rain forest
Our family enjoyed our stay in this beautiful little cottage. All the conveniences of home were available for our trip. Karla was so helpful with information and went out of her way to make sure we were comfortable. The location was perfect between Hilo and the volcano national park. She also had provided all the outdoor equipment for a day trip. Our favorite area was hanging out on hammock on the deck. It really was a memorable experience thank you
Our stay at Karla's in Keaau
The cottage was very clean and well designed for very effective natural ventilation and privacy for the guests. The large deck wraps around on two sides of the cottage, and it increases the living space especially during rainy weather. The beach chest was well stocked with snorkels and masks, boogie boards, and other beach stuff. The kitchen was well equipped for most meals, and the on demand hot water system works very well. Potable bottled water was provided as the water supply is from a rain catch system. The goodies were well appreciated (wine, chocolate mac nuts, etc). Water front is about 5 minutes down the road and an easy bike ride. The location is an ideal base for exploring Puna, Hilo, Volcano National Park, Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and the South Island. We had a great stay. Thank you Karla for letting us use your cottage.
Lovely and relaxing home
We were delighted with the comfortable accommodations, the little extras provided by our gracious hostess and the feeling of being in a tropical jungle.
We really enjoyed our stay at the Nava cottage in Hilo. The house was clean and beautifully furnished. We loved spending time on the extra large lanai admiring our tropical surroundings. The owner provided a variety of goodies such as eggs, coffee, tea, and creamer to make us feel welcome and we appreciated the thoughtfulness of the owner. We would highly recommend this cottage to future guests. . We would love to visit again in the near future.
Thank you Karla for making our time in your lovely cottage extra special.
Perfect for what we needed
Karla's home was the perfect location for us to explore the Hilo side of the island. We especially enjoyed the stocked refrigerator including eggs and wine. The accommodations were very well thought out. Thank you!
Located in Hawaiian Paradise Park 25 minutes to Hilo, 15 minutes to Pahoa, 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park and 40 minutes to the lower Puna coast. Enjoyable places and activities in the Hilo/Puna area include Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls, lava tube caves, Mauna Kea Observatory, Hilo and Maku'u markets, Panaeva Rainforest Zoo (free!), hiking and night viewing Kilauea crater in Volcanoes National Park (closed until further notice), Punalu'u Black Sand Beach, shopping in Pahoa, Lava Tree State Park, Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Market (in Kalapana, Wed. nights only)