The treehouse is tucked away in the rainforest, less than five minutes from the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It has two levels, two lanais, even a hot tub up in the trees. The bed has just undergone a rejuvenation and is back to being super comfortable. You can spend hours in the upper canopy, amidst the honeycreepers flitting through lehua flowers, and soak under the stars winking through the leaves or in the volcano mist. #weaccept
This is a custom designed treehouse, built by the same crew you see in Treehouse Masters on TV. The Jurassic attitude of the rainforest is preserved on the grounds. We also have a wedding venue nearby you may view in the photos. Our volcanoes are in a spectacular phase just now. Views of the summit eruption are a five minute drive away. To see the rivers of lava, you drive into the park and down the mountain.
Mahinui Na Lani hangs in ohia trees growing over a lava tube in the rainforest that extends into Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The treehouse was conceived as a companion to our rainforest pavilion, a Bali style structure a couple of blocks away, intended as an intimate wedding venue. Both may be reserved, and there are a couple of photos of the pavilion included in this series.
The treehouse is accessed via a path that is about 100 meandering feet in the forest, lava boulders set into the side of the lava tube, and ladders. The ascent is somewhat steep once you reach the lava rocks. For your safety and comfort, we provide day packs to transfer whatever clothing is needed for your stay from your luggage into the abode. There is a special recessed corner dedicated to your stuff, with hooks for clothes, and a couple of night stands with drawers that can hold less bulky items. It's Hawaii, and the climate is mild, the atmosphere everywhere very casual. We also provide bathrobes.
The treehouse itself is built on two levels, connected via a ship's ladder. The main level includes the living room, with two chairs and an ottoman, flat screen for viewing films & playing CDs, built in indoor window table & stools, small kitchen, outdoor shower, and composting toilet & vanity. The indoor fireplace is a Jotul propane stove vented to the outside. Outdoors on the lanai there is a cedar hot tub, and a teak table and chairs for al fresco dining in the trees. The upper level is also upper canopy, with birds actually flying around beneath you sometimes. There is a queen sized bed with a memory foam mattress, the tiny "closet corner" and another lanai. The windows other than the french doors onto the lanai are stained glass, made by a local artist.
The house was built primarily of recycled materials. The fir floors and redwood and cedar siding were once a church.
This particular area is adjacent to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where Kilauea has been active for decades. There are hiking trails in and around the park through rainforest, desert, volcanic devastation, even a path with footprints preserved from an eruption over a hundred years ago. There are petroglyphs. Less than a mile from the treehouse there is Volcano Village, with restaurants and art galleries, a couple of places to buy gas. The entrance park itself is about two miles away. The neighborhood is rainforest, with many unbuilt upon lots. The reason there is no view of the treehouse through the forest is because the rainforest is very dense. There is the floor, very jungly with ginger, native ferns, and trees. Mid canopy are the tree ferns, some twenty feet tall, and over a hundred years old. The upper canopy is a mixture of ohia trees with red lehua flowers, Hawaiian holly, and others.
We are asked from time to time if more than two people can stay in the treehouse. We can especially understand that families would like to bring their children to share this experience. The treehouse is a two person space. Everything is designed to be a honeymoon experience. While it is possible for more than two people to sit together and chat, only two can sleep over. There is no rollaway bed, nor is there room for one or for any other furniture beyond what is there already.
Hall of Fame:
The treehouse has been featured in Extreme Cribs, on episode 13.
The Ellen Show: Kim Douglas's Tropical Vacation
Ke Ola Magazine Volcano Tree House story in July - August 2011 edition
Trip Advisor: One of the Ten Most Romantic Places to Stay (global selections)
Treehouses of the World, Travel Channel European segment, by Treehouse Masters series
blogs and news articles published globally
You will have access to the entire property, including the small structure below the treehouse near where you park your car. You may safely lock your luggage inside that room and use the day packs inside during your stay.
If you use a CPAP machine, please contact us prior to making a reservation.
There is only one treehouse on the property.
We live nearby and come by regularly to maintain the treehouse. It is likely we will meet you on arrival. Otherwise, we are available by cell phone, text, email. When we are away, someone else who lives locally will be available to greet you and take care of your needs. The treehouse requires daily attention because it is off grid. This is generally done between 11 am and 4 pm, and most guests are away for that portion of the day. We do ask that if you are staying all day at the treehouse, that you communicate with us to let us know when one of us can come up and take care of the place.
The neighborhood is mostly old growth rainforest with a few houses here and there. When you drive up, you will notice there are neighbors across the street and next door. You will forget about them once you walk through the moongate and enter the world of the treehouse. Sometimes of a late afternoon and evening you may hear a local hula halau practicing. We hope you find the sounds of laughter and Hawaiian language and music adds to the ambience.
A rental car is a necessity. While there is public transportation, it is long slow trip up the mountain. The park is a couple of miles down the road, and so large you will want to drive and not attempt to walk. Volcano Village is about a mile up the road. You might like to stroll up and back. If walking into the village for dinner, a flashlight for your return is an absolute must. We provide - please take it with you!
If you are planning a first trip to our island, we suggest that you stay 2 or 3 nights at the treehouse. Please contact us for for discussion before you reserve if you wish. The island is truly big, and most people would rather spend the night on the west side of the island rather than return to Volcano after a day of play over there. Although we show rates for long term stays, we would like to discuss plans with you before completion of a stay of 5 days or longer.
When you decide you want to stay at the treehouse, you are coming to a place unlike any other. There are other treehouses, but each is unique. This treehouse is off grid. This means it requires hands on service, every day. For most people, this is a seamless thing that happens while they are off adventuring. Every once in awhile, people come and do not want to leave, at all. We understand, but we do want to let you know that we must enter the treehouse on a daily basis to service the composting toilet. The hot tub also requires attention.
The treehouse is in the forest. It is inside the trees, and this means easy critter access. To keep them outside, we carry your rubbish away and make sure your food is stored adequately. It is not a good idea to leave unwashed dishes, pots and pans, for these same reasons.
Spiders are residents of the forest. They are food for the birds. If you love the birds, please tolerate their food supply. We empty the house of spiders daily but we do not poison. The spiders come back at will. They are small, and stay in the corners. They leave evidence of their visit in the form of webs. We do our best to be inhospitable to them, but they persist.
When there is weather, like hard rains and winds, from your perch in the trees you will experience the sound and feel in ways you may have not before. The house is tight - the weather does not enter if the doors and windows are closed. But the sounds can be formidable. You will feel close to nature.
Because of the size of the treehouse and the fact that it is off grid, it is not possible to offer a regular kitchen. There is no oven, but there is a microwave. There is a hotplate. There is no dishwasher. To create full on gourmet meals in the little kitchen is a challenge that no amount of special cookware can address. The storage space is inadequate for more than a couple of days worth of food supplies. We are in the process of revamping this cooking experience to something a little more treehouse-like, a better fit with the off grid experience. So by the time you arrive, it will be different than it is today.
And finally, regarding the hot tub. The price point for the treehouse rental is as it is in part because of the hot tub requirements.
There is a secure shed at the bottom of the property where you can lock up your luggage. The treehouse is yours alone. We do come to service it if you stay more than one night, but you can request complete privacy for at least couple of days and never leave if that is your wish.
One of us is always nearby to assist as needed.
Tax IDs: TA-020-255-1296-01 & GE-020-255-1296-01
Airbnb at this time does not have any line item charge for taxes and we are obligated to pay them. Our tax rate is 13.42%
Every once in awhile we are asked to provide extra bedding. This would be a futon, pillow, sheets and blankets. There is a $25 fee for this. Please ask in advance so we can have it there for you.
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We ask that you let us know when you will arrive so we can meet you and show you how everything works. The 4 pm to 6 pm check in window is set up both to make that meeting possible and to get you into the treehouse before dark. It is more adventurous than most people like to find your way up there for the very first time in the dark, even with the headlamps and path lights.
Airbnb has asked that we specify whether the treehouse is suitable for children. Toddlers can get into trouble at the treehouse because it is not set up like a ground house, and there are falling dangers. We review all guest requests because sometimes people do not realize the hazards or caveats. If your children are adventurous and likely to climb, the treehouse is not safe for them. If you are traveling with a youngster and want to discuss with us, please feel free to contact and ask. Remember please the treehouse is set up for two people.
Note regarding events and parties: Any events or parties are to be discussed and arranged in advance. We have a dedicated event venue separate from the treehouse. Generally speaking, no guests or persons other than those named in the reservation are expected to come to the treehouse during your stay. Please ask if you have any questions about this, and please honor it. Mahalos.
A word about fees:
In addition to the room charges, there is Hawaii tax of 13.42% effective 2010. Tax payment will be due prior to treehouse access. We will bill you for this as a separate payment as if we roll it into the price, it affects our tax liability.
The $95 cleaning fee repeats after three nights as there will be a complete change of linens, and there are daily services for your comfort of garbage removal, hot tub attention, and off grid systems maintenance. This fee covers the preparation of the treehouse for your stay and daily service as to garbage removal, refilling the drinking water, compost toilet service, hot tub service, and removal of recyclables. Please let us know if you would like to have full clean up services during your stay. It is important not to leave food waste on counters or in the sink as it does attract forest critters.
If you require extra bedding, there is a charge of $25 to bring in a futon, sheets, pillow, and blankets. From time time two people traveling together prefer this, and if you want separate sleeping, please tell us when you make your reservation.
There is no smoking inside or outside the treehouse. Thank you for respecting this.
Please do not burn any candles other than in the holders provided, and be careful not to leave candles burning out of your sight.
The heater will scorch clothing or linens left upon it. Please use the various branches in and out of doors for clothes and towel drying. We will see to your damp towels on a daily basis.
Off grid necessities: In a normal house, there is unlimited power, water, and gas. In the life you come from, internet streams through cable and is also limitless. Here, we are not connected to anything other than the trees and our own off grid systems. Power failures at the treehouse are actually less common than on the mountain for grid connected houses, but they can still happen. There are candles in the treehouse for your use, and the hot tub will ordinarily still be hot. The heater will still work. The off grid experience is always a little different, and we are available to resolve any issues that arise. Currently, we are in the process of resolving a power issue that has come about from the decay of the electronics in the power system. Because everything has to be shipped from the mainland, this takes a little time. We hope to have it all fixed by next week sometime (end of June 2017)
If you elect to use our wireless connection, please note that it too is not unlimited. There will be a charge for any use over one gigabyte during your stay. If you let us know in advance you will be using the wifi, we will have it ready for you on arrival.
Before using the hot tub, please shower. And no bath salts, or other goodies in the hot tub. Just you. :)
Should you need to change your reservation, we will work with you to find a time that will work. If you are making your change within 3 months of your reservation, there will be a change fee of $100 per night if we cannot re-book your dates. If a second change is requested, there will be a $200 rebooking fee in addition to the $100 per night fee if applicable. A third change will not be accepted.
Check In and check out times are firm. We ask that all our guests respect them. We endeavor to meet everyone, to explain how the off grid systems work. If you cannot arrive during normal check in times of 4 - 6 pm, please advise us. Occasionally there is a misunderstanding as to the dates of the reservation, and guests are gone on a hike or a cross island drive during normal check out time. If this should happen to you, here is the protocol:
We will contact you through Airbnb, and via your cell phone if possible. Airbnb will be alerted, and they too will try to contact you. If there is a guest due after you on the same check out date, and you have not returned to remove your things by 1 pm Hawaii time, they will be removed and stored in a safe place, and you will be charged a removal fee equal of half the cost of a night at the treehouse. We will also attempt to find you another place to stay locally, so you need not worry about having nowhere to go. If there is no guest due after you, Airbnb will be asked to charge you a second night if you have not cleared out by 4 pm, and your things will be left in place. For guests who simply linger on without having arranged a late check out, expect a late fee through Airbnb. We try to accommodate all requests, but cannot always say "yes" to late departures and early arrivals.
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Aloha. My husband Robert and I offer a Big Island wedding destination near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. We offer a full service wedding, with everything from the conch shell blowing to the honeymoon at the treehouse, and photography too.
We have two property locations. One contains the treehouse, and the other the wedding pavilion and main house. The main house can serve to stage the wedding and it is also where we live.
For the photography, we go to places on the island that are particularly photogenic. We offer this service to both those who married with us and those who are married elsewhere and come to the Big Island to honeymoon.
For an up close and personal view of what we do, you may visit us online at Rainforest Weddings on Face book. There you will find photos, updates on what is going on here on the island, and comments from people who have been married at Mahinui Na Lani. Mahinui Na Lani has been featured on MTV Extreme Cribs, the Ellen Show, and as the Most Romantic Date ever on The treehouse was featured on the Today Show, and has been written up in Keola Magazine. Forbes has mentioned it in an article about our builder, Roderick Romero.
We also work with other amazing Big Island venues if you are looking for a larger wedding celebration.
We welcome any travelers who are seeking a wonderful place to stay on the Big Island. Aloha!