Rustic Setting and dwelling with nice amenities.
This is about as unique a lot as they come in the Kehena/Kalapan Neighborhood along the southeast coast of Big Island of Hawaii. The land is not flat as most lots are but a multi-dimensional park of a property with grottos, terraces, dramatic lava walls, out of which grow massive Jurassic Park size trees. One with a branch span over 100 feet wide. It is an awe inspiring place and it took 16 years to put the the three geologically connected lots together to create what looks like a park that is 1 1/2 acres in size. The Sweet Spot got its name because people who came always said the same thing, "This is a sweet spot."
It is sweetly tucked under a soaring canopy in the grotto with floor to ceiling windows looking out into a magical scene that really takes the breath away when you walk in the door. The walls are knotty pine and tile/wood floors with exotic Persian carpets. Everywhere you look out is green beauty laced with the colors of a tropical paradise. Since 1991 I have gathering exotics to plant on the property so my guest could enjoy a wide variety of fauna, flowers and fruit. The shower is outdoor next to a massive mango tree and there is an outdoor ecologically minded composting toilet. It is totally scent free if there is anybody squemish to the idea. Our philosophy is we compost everything on the property from tree cutting, kitchen scraps to 'you name it.' Soil in this part of Hawaii has to be built or trucked in. That is how new this part of the planet is. The soil in the grotto comes from generations of leaves falling from the trees. Your vacation cabin is solar driven so you are off-the-grid driven by 100% sunshine. Something to write home about and do your part to support reversing climate change. You will serenaded to sleep by the pleasant song of the Coqui frogs and the distance roar of the ocean. The neighborhood is pleasant to walk and just minutes to the spectacular coast line and the clothing optional Kehena Black Sand Beach. Kehena Bay is a favorite haunt for dolphins and frequented by whales in the winter time. A totally cool local scene has lots of color and character. One and half miles away is world re-known Kalani Honua Eco-Resort that hosts Ecstatic Dance on Sunday Mornings and the afternoon check out the drumming and dance circles on Seaview Lawn. Wednesday night is Uncle Robert's Open Air no cover live music event that has now become the place to be for folks as far away as 100 miles. A Local Hawaiian family opens their place to hundreds and into the the thousands of people who come to listen to live music, get local and world food from vendors, dance, socialize and get what it means to live aloha. The coast road is one of the most stunning drives on all Hawaii that winds its way along the coast through overgrown tree lined curves that create a tunnel of green. It is a breathtaking drive and 20 minutes away are warm ponds and a surf spot. The town of Pahoa is originally a plantation town and retains its down home eclectic scene that has both regular bars and kava bar. The awesome Tin Shack Bakery, Island Natural Food Store, along with Thai, Mexican, Italian, Pizza, American, Hawaiian, Sushi, Chinese restaurants. A world of food in a village. This part of Hawaii is what some say Hawaii looked like 50 years ago.
I have been planting and nurturing this space since 1991 and you can feel and see the love in here and feel the power and energy of this sweet spot. So many places to hang out around the grounds that are both dramatic and serene. Of all the years I have been here and all the people who have come, none has not been impacted by this property. When I first arrived I found evidence of old Hawaiian culture that had lived in this grotto feeding on the mangos and feeding them to their pigs that were in a roughly walled area as a pen. You literally stand in the tree tops with the way the land falls away and the giant branches of a Monkey Pod Trees reach horizontal at about 20 feet as to embrace the viewer. A small trail dips into the grotto and the base of the trees and you step into another realm and ecosystem. I have been collecting exotic flowers for years and now there are cacao pods on the trees as well as lime, grapefruit and for the cooks there is rosemary, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, oregano, and Hawaiian and Ghost peppers ready to be used. I know you will love it here, every body does. It is that kind of place. Those who won't like it are more apt to stay at a resort, hotel, or boutique BnB. This is rustic chic but 100% aloha.+ More