From our guests:
“Exceeded our expectations! So much thought put into this!"
"It doesn't get much better than this if you want a peaceful relaxing getaway! HIGHLY recommend"
"Absolutely amazing! It's clean, quiet and super unique! The oversized hammock bed was an ingenious touch too!"
"Loved the outdoor rain shower and waking up to amazing views of the forest"
"Impressive and indulgent"
"Very convenient to Volcano National Park"
"Wish we could've stayed longer"
Just 8 miles from the National Park, the perfect getaway is 16' in the air. This tiny house is actually quite large and features vaulted ceilings and windows everywhere you look, with trees and forest surrounding you. Sleep in the loft with the stars as you dream about your next adventure on the queen-sized Tempur-Pedic mattress. Listen to records on the daybed, grill on the large deck or relax in the 144 sq ft hammock-bed as you consider extending your vacation one. more. day.
The lava-rock cinder driveway leads you through the hand-cleared jungle and solar-powered gate to your new favorite getaway. Park and ascend the stairway to treehouse heaven.
1st stop is the hand-weaved hammock bed roughly 12' X 12' large. As you hang there, checking out the numerous local plants and birds all around, you'll know it was 100 hours worth of work well spent.
Next level up is sure to be a favorite area. The outdoor shower featuring a very large rain showerhead gently flows the natural rainwater the house catches from the roof. A curtain ensures privacy while you enjoy the view of lush jungle landscape. The natural soap and hair products you use ensure that the water that disappears through the floor helps to grow the foliage even more.
Towel off and ascend the alternating tread staircase to the trapdoor. Because it's not a treehouse without a trapdoor. Close it behind you to enjoy the beautiful treetop views encompassing the large deck. Bring up your luggage with the pulley(!) and unwind on the outdoor sofa. Consider making pancakes on the griddle-stove or reaching for whatever you've placed in the heavily insulated cooler as you step through the sliding glass door and enter the main area of the house.
Pinch yourself as you wonder if you're still outside. The 27 windows may play panoramic tricks on you because everywhere you look, more forest and sunlight follows. The naturally-stained wood siding throughout guides your gaze to the vaulted ceilings. Take off your shoes on the mango wood bench and stay awhile.
The bathroom to your right just past the reclaimed door includes a waterfall sink encased in more local wood. Also, an eco-friendly flushing toilet and ʻōhiʻa tree branches that seem to be sprouting up all over the house.
More trees can be spotted in the living room area of the house holding up the loft and lighting fixtures. As the sun goes down, the motion-activated lights kick on and you wonder why you haven't gone off-grid sooner. A daybed with twin-size mattress appears to be swinging in the breeze and its the perfect spot to listen to the growing vinyl collection on house-filling speakers. You can also make your own music as you have fun trying your hand at the vintage-style drum machine or travel back in time with the retro View-Master picture goggles.
The kitchen area rests in front of the largest window of the house and features a hand-hammered copper sink, pull-down faucet, and custom-built cutting board which sits recessed in the countertop allowing easy preparation for anything you can come up with. All are inside of a large handcrafted mango-wood slab which it turns out is the perfect spot to prepare something to grill.
Finally, after a long day of exploration, ascend the loft staircase to the bedroom. Here, at 23 feet up, the cathedral-style windows and 7' ceiling greet you and grant access to a view that has to be seen to be believed. If the stars or moon are out, bring them up close through the astronomy binoculars or just gaze at them from the Tempur-Pedic mattress as you drift off to sleep resting for tomorrow's adventure.
Yeah, there's no wi-fi.
Guests have access to all areas of the home, that's what I've designed it for! I think I succeeded in building my dream home, so please treat it with care so that others may enjoy as well.
-The only exception for access would be underneath the house where the water is collected. There are a few machines there that keep the house running properly that would be best left alone.
Here is a list of amazing amenities that are available to you:
•Sofa, Daybed and Bed
•Record Player and Vinyl Collection
•Harmon/Kardon Bluetooth Speaker
•White Noise/Sound Machine
•Outlets (3-prong and USB styles)
•Kitchen and Bathroom Sink
•Cutting Board, Dishes and Utensils
•Cooler for Food and Drink
I've designed this home so that you can have a truly amazing stay and be entirely self-sufficient. I have stayed in a great many Airbnbs and I've always preferred those that allowed me to discover the place on my own. I do not reside on the Big Island year-round, but I can always be reached by phone, text or email. Thankfully, my neighbors are great and I have someone who can help to handle any problems as soon as possible if they should they arise.
The treehouse is located on a quiet gravel road just minutes from the highway.
A few of the friendliest neighbors you're ever going to meet are nearby, but unless you pass them driving on the road, you may not have the pleasure.
The treehouse is 25 miles from Hilo, 28 miles from Pahoa and just over 4 miles from Volcano proper.
I've chosen this location for it's relative remoteness and designed it to be a perfect escape for couples or individuals seeking a getaway paradise.
While there are a couple of great restaurants and places for groceries/ice/liquor in Volcano (check my guidebook for more info), if you have the opportunity to stop in Hilo or Keaau you will find the cheapest and most plentiful options there.
A rental car (any size) is recommended to access the property, but hitch-hiking is fairly common along the highway if that's your thing.
BEFORE YOU BOOK
I want to make sure you enjoy the Big Tiny Treehouse as much as I enjoyed building it, so please read this brief list of considerations in full before you book. Thanks!
I've designed this off-grid home with a dream to enjoy the comforts of a lavish hotel room that was stuck in the middle of a jungle. There are some minor trade-offs that come along with such a home.
1. The rich forest that surrounds the house grows so well because of the amount of rain that we get up here in Volcano. It's actually quite enjoyable to get caught up in every once in awhile and luckily, this house runs on rainwater!
2. The water caught on the roof and used in the shower and faucets is not filtered for drinking. There will be a large container of drinking water for you to enjoy for your stay.
3. The house gathers power from the solar panels on the roof and energy is then stored in batteries. (The less sunlight, the less energy can be stored for use.) When the batteries are drained from use, you will have to wait for sunlight to start the charging process again.
I recommend using the natural light from the many windows during the day, the occupancy sensors will turn on lights automatically at night.
*Laptops are among the most power hungry items which are best charged when the sun is out. (No irons or hairdryers)
4. Being a treehouse, it is 16' off of the ground. While there are comfortable stairs leading to the outdoor shower, a steep ladder-style staircase (7') takes you to the main house. I have installed an awesome pulley to help pull up luggage.
*Please only book if you feel that you have the ability to climb a ladder.
5. People always ask about mosquitos, but in the 8 months building, I've never been bit! There are a few small bugs, mosquitos and moths outside that are attracted to light, but my neighbors always remark about the lack of them. Geckos are our friends! They help to keep the bugs away. Please feel free to use the mosquito spray located in the bathroom.
6. Besides some gentle rain on the roof, there are some other noises to be aware of. The water pump will make a small amount of noise as it is used.
At night, coqui frogs will send you off to sleep as they lightly call out to each other.
I've included a spa-style white noise/sound machine if you have trouble sleeping at night.
I wanted to be extra thorough to include any minor hindrance (even though most Airbnb's don't) so you know what to expect because I know that your stay here will be a truly rare and extraordinary experience.
Atención a los huéspedes
I have great neighbors nearby who can help out in the case of any emergencies, but I am located on Maui.
Check-in is at 3:00PM
Check-out is at 12:00 PM
This is a treehouse, so if you have difficulty with steep stairs or an aversion to heights, unfortunately, this may not be the place for you.
There are no open flames allowed inside the house or on the lanai.
Smoking is allowed on the porch downstairs, please be sure to pick up your cigarette butts.
Have fun! That's a rule.
My name is Levi and I'm a Filmmaker/Editor/Bartender/Carpenter from Maui.
My travels around the world have led me to countless stays in Airbnbs and finally, in 2016, I decided to build my own.
I built the Big Tiny Treehouse with my brother in the fall of 2016 over the course of 8 months in an attempt to create the perfect Airbnb that I would love to stay in myself.
Through lots of hard work, I believe we have created that; just check our reviews!
I invite you to come stay with us and if you have any questions about our house or the Big Island, please let me know!
Talk to you soon,