In Denver, recently I chose to stay in a
Victorian House that I was very pleased with,
instead of the usual hotels,
elevators full of people,
and expensive restaurants
in hotel or nearby.
IT was a fabulous way
to spend time in a location..
My choice worked out great, so if you have
a sense of adventure, even just a little bit,
this is one option that will cut down costs,
and get you closer to the experience you want-
if you want to be a part of the town you are visiting!
Hawaii is a place like no other,
so if you come to visit, why not stay
in a home like no other.
Picture yourself in a yurt, micro-house,
tree house, or even a yacht on a mountain.
That’s right, a yacht on top of a mountain.
Here are eight of the smallest, tallest, weirdest and, in their own way, Hawaii-est homes to rent on AirBnB.
1. Chic Eco Yurt Home Pahoa, Big Island
First used by nomads in Central Asia,
yurts are rotund, portable homes.
This particular yurt boasts a
“food island” of passion fruit,
mango, avocado and sweet potato
growing outside its door.
Yurting is sort of like
(which apparently is called glamping these days)
but you still have to have your survival hat on.
For instance, the yurt is
BYOPT — bring your own propane tank —
if you want to cook or use hot water.
2. Kailua Coconut Micro-House Kailua, Oahu
Personally designed and built by its loving owners,
the Kailua Coconut micro-house spans a proud 80 square feet.
The charm of this lovely nest is in the details —
the outdoor shower has a
Japanese geta shoe sculpture
as its door handle,
tiki face carvings pop out
of the walls, and the windows
above the bed have intricate fish
etched into the glass.
Due to its itty bitty size, you are not allowed
to cook inside the house, but who needs
to cook when you can pick a mango tree
from your lanai (outdoor porch)?
3. Kealakekua Bay Bali Cottage Captain Cook, Big Island
The Bali Cottage was built with
old Bali teak panels and features
not only an outdoor shower but the
much rarer outdoor kitchen.
The yard has a pond and tiki torches,
and is moments away from Kealakekua Bay,
which is home to dolphins, manta rays,
and sea turtles. The bay is most famous
due to Captain James Cook, who was the
first European to land on the Hawaiian Islands,
and who was later killed by Hawaiian villagers
at Kealakekua Bay in 1779.
4. Unique Yacht on a Mountain Haleiwa, Oahu
The Brainstorm was a faithful vessel
whose glory days conquering the seas have passed.
The current owners took pity on the
retired boat and in a stroke of
what we can only consider utter genius,
hauled it to the top of a
mountain on the north shore of Oahu.
Tucked away in the woods, the boat’s backyard
is a maze of gorgeous trails that
go deep into valleys and
high above the ocean.
But don’t be mistaken,
you’re still on a yacht,
shielded by a glass roof,
surrounded by a giant mosquito net
and stocked with a
flat screen TV and wifi.
5. The Matted Root Kilauea, Kauai
This treehouse overlooks an expansive,
lush green property replete with
papaya, avocado and coconut trees.
Our favorite detail of this Kauai treehouse
is the outdoor bathroom system.
Instead of a lock,
there is a rock outside the door
: turn it to one side to say “OK”
or the other to say “Wait.”
Take a ride on the giant tire swing
in your yard before grabbing a bike
and heading to
really can’t miss considering it was
one of the original shooting locations
Maybe just a three hour tour?
6. North Shore Eco Hideaway Waialua, Oahu
This abode at the base of Mt. Ka’ala,
Oahu’s highest peak, is entirely off
the grid thanks to solar panels and a
private water well. Nestled in a
gorgeous river valley without a
neighbor in sight, the eco lodge
is composed of a giant safari tent
and a 200 square-foot lanai.
Walk a mile to the neighboring
organic farm, buy your produce
directly from the farmer and
cut it up in your outdoor kitchen.
It doesn’t get more farm to table than that.
7. The Tree House Haiku, Maui
If you ship it, they will come.
This tree hut was built in Bali,
shipped to Maui and set atop a
17-acre private valley with ocean views.
You may have to walk to both the kitchen and bathroom,
but the artist’s property is
covered in steel sculptures
you can peruse along your way.
8. Octagon Studio Makawao, Maui
We saved the smelliest for last.
The Octagon Studio is located at the
Aromatherapy Foundation of Maui’s
“botanical educational estate and farm.”
What does that mean? You can roam the gardens,
pick your favorite plants and use “atomizers”
to create your own scents.
You can even get onsite aromatherapy massages.
In fact, there’s no avoiding immersing yourself
in the fragrances of the Aromatherapy Foundation —
any overnight residents are
required to participate in a
study on essential oils for five minutes a day.
Oh, and your digs happen to be a
gorgeous studio with ocean views and
an in-ground jacuzzi.
Not too stinky.
I loved stumbling on this article in the Huffingtonpost today,
Unable to locate the author’s name to attribute this article to,
I chose to share it with you anyway, because after all,
who wouldn’t want to know about great choices elsewhere!
All the best, K- Another Way of Living, AWOL