Welcome to our guest house located three miles from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. The concept for Basecamp was inspired by numerous backpacking trips in the park and wanting a nice place to go home and chillax. Great for one or two couples, singles, small families, a couple with a single parent, business people and perfect for all adventurous globe trotters.
*Price includes the 4.16% excise tax and 9.25% transient accommodations tax.
BASECAMP has a smooth vibe. Park on the red bricks when you get here. Let the expanse of the tiled plaza welcome you to a home that is gracious and private. When they first enter the house, most people turn their gaze up to the elevated two pitch pine ceiling, a specialty of the draftsman. The high walls and skylights contribute to the effect of grandeur, yet it is cozy. Red floor, traditional rugs and leather couches pull it together. It is kind of like Westminster Abbey: It doesn't look that big on the outside, but it really opens up on the inside.
The Summit Cabin is ten feet from the house. (This saves you an arduous three day climb.) If you need some sleep while everyone else wants to stay up and yak, the Summit Cabin is for you. Besides the bed, there is a toilet and sink, built in desk and shelving. The slab is fourteen feet square, and there is room on the floor if that is where you want to do stretches and exercises in private. The night sky is visible out the high window and a whimsical trapezoidal window is on the side wall. The idea for topographical maps on the wall came from the Summit Cabin and Red Hill Cabin on Mauna Loa.
The house has wifi, cable tv, and a land line phone with free local and long distance calling to the mainland. The full kitchen has every useful thing I could think of including a large pizza cutter and an ice cream scoop.( We weren't sure what is for dinner.) The large 6ft. round Sapele hardwood dining table is great for family dinners, built by one of our many talented craftsmen in the community. The beds and cabinets were custom made for Basecamp. Radiant floor heat was installed for the cool misty days at 3500 foot elevation. A small electric pump circulates hot water through water filled pipes that are embedded in the slab. The impact of that is a sublime heat that fills the room. Old dogs love it.
We provide 100% cotton sheets and towels. The bathroom is located off the main living space. It provides private access to the outdoor shower, very roomy, straight out the bathroom door and attached to the house. An eloquent rock wall encloses the area with a glass roof overhead. The water is hot, there is lots of it and the shower head is high so tall guys don't have to bend their knees. Outdoor shower does not mean you will be scampering across the damp field in a thin white towel that is way too small; it means we could make a spacious shower stall and it doesn't steam up the house.
Connecting the home and the cabin, the hand-laid plaza invites you to dine alfresco. Why does food taste better outside?
1100 sq. ft. total of both buildings and surrounded by 1400 sq. ft of paving.
This is the vortex I wished I had to return to after all those backpacking trips in my younger years, as owner/director of Wilderness Hawaii, an outdoor education program that was unique to our tropical state. Now we have the opportunity to provide a haven for travelers who have come to experience the wonder of the volcano.
The main house and summit cabin are both included in this beautiful vacation rental. The home is down a quiet tree lined lane and sits on a half acre lot. The covered drive-through carport has a red brick floor. It can accommodate most vehicles, but please be careful parking and departing due to low clearance and the poke out kitchen window.
Once your reservation is confirmed, we'll give you the specific address, directions, and the keypad entry code.
When it gets dark, we'll keep a light on in the window.
My husband Mark and I live next door and look forward to meeting all our guests. Aloha spoken here.
We recommend that you plan to arrive when it is light, when ever possible because there are very few street lights in our rural forested neighborhood.
Bring some warm clothing, as cooler temperatures prevail in the elevated forest.
We have an amazon parrot. If you hear strange sounds from our house, it is not us, it's him.
No smoking inside. Events or parties maybe.
We are open to accommodating pets. Inquire about that.
I led groups of teenagers on extended wilderness expeditions in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for 17 years. I have climbed Mauna Loa numerous times and am familiar with many back country trails.
Mark and I grew up in Honolulu and moved to Volcano in 1994. Mark makes up for the lack of surf in the forest by riding his mountain bike in the park. We have resurfaced tennis courts all over the island. I am an amateur cobbler and bellydancer. We like humor.