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While you might equate a cabin stay with a vacation in the mountains, Hawaii offers plenty of great vacation rentals that will allow you to escape the crowds of the big resorts. Enjoy a cabin retreat immersed in nature instead, getting a better glimpse at the local culture, a more tranquil setting, and a kitchen so you can make some of your own meals to save on dining out too. Among these options, there’s something for everyone from solo travelers and couples to families.
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The Modern Volcano Cabin at Volcano is just five minutes from Volcano National Park, offering a studio space for up to four guests. The outdoor living space is a highlight, with a private lanai that has a hot tub and lounge chairs. Just a few steps away is a fire pit with no kindling necessary, only a flip of a switch. Inside, there’s a 55″ 4k TV with Bose Bluetooth speakers, a kitchen and a washer/dryer. Guests have referred to it as a “warm and welcoming gem” in an ideal spot for exploring the Kilauea Volcano.
This four-room redwood cabin borders Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, located at the top of Kilauea Volcano on a property with lush gardens that attract plenty of birds. You’ll appreciate the fabulous hosts and the complimentary breakfast items that are provided in the full kitchen. It also includes a bedroom with a comfy Cal king-size bed and a CD/DVD player with music CDs and DVDs focused on Hawaii and the volcano.
Located on a fruit farm, as the name belies, this unique cottage/cabin offers the chance to sleep indoors or out, with a queen-size hanging bed on an outdoor lanai as well as a bamboo sleeping chamber with a king “sleep number” bed and full futon inside, accommodating up to four. The views are to-die-for, with many guests choosing to sleep outdoors to enjoy the beauty and a gentle breeze. You’ll have a full kitchen, bathroom, and a laundry room with all the necessary supplies just steps away. The host provides lots of special touches like fresh banana bread, beach towels and a big jug of cold water in the fridge to complete the perfect stay.
This two-bedroom oceanfront cottage/cabin for up to five is a Hawaiian classic, with views of the Pacific from nearly every room. Look forward to sipping your morning coffee while watching the waves and the sea turtles right from bed, spending time on the beach, cooking on the outdoor grill and dining alfresco on the lanai. It also includes an outdoor shower, a well-equipped kitchen, and access to the amenities at Poipu Beach Athletic Club, including a swimming pool, cardio room, sports courts, and more.
One of the dreamiest Airbnbs in Maui, this cabin provides an eco-retreat that will put you at one with nature. Shaped like a nautilus, it’s located next to the ocean, with large walls of windows showcasing the spectacular Hana coast. Hosted on the grounds are waterfall lagoons for romantic dips, scenic hiking trails, meditation and yoga classes. It includes a four-poster bed, a kitchen and an outdoor shower along with fiber-optic Internet. There is no TV but who really wants to stare at a screen with views like that?
Enjoy a tranquil getaway for up to two guests on the Kona side of the Big Island, far from the volcanic activity. This romantic cabin is just 15 minutes from the airport, close to beaches, golf courses, shopping, and dining. It has an impressive interior that includes open beam wood ceilings, ohia hardwood floors, and a mahogany and granite kitchen along with a lanai for enjoying the outdoor Hawaiian lifestyle. You’ll get plenty of insider tips about what to see and do on the island too as your host was born and raised right in Kona.
Located midway between Hilo and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, this one-bedroom cabin is surrounded by lush greenery, providing an enchanting setting with plenty of privacy and seclusion. Enjoy the songs of the birds, being serenaded by the frogs, and an eco-friendly stay with the space using very little energy generated by fossil fuels. It includes a hot soaking tub and breakfast bar on the large covered deck as well as a wet-bar kitchenette with a microwave, cooking utensils and dishes, coffee press, ice cooler and mini-fridge. Special perks are included too like complimentary coffee, tea, island fruits, fresh-baked banana bread, juices and granola along with some condiments and cooking supplies like oil. The friendly hosts have even provided useful items like bug spray, umbrellas, flashlights, and a yoga mat too.
This tiny but charming cabin is a studio space for two on Mahinani’s Farm on the east side of the island of Kauai, about a 20-minute drive from Kilauea Lighthouse. Guests enjoy a unique and tranquil setting, nestled between the mountains and the ocean, about a 15- to 20-minute walk to the beach. As the host notes, it’s a place for those who want to be surrounded by nature and enjoy outdoor adventure surrounded by flowers, coconut trees, palms, and gently rolling hills. There’s no TV, but you will have Wi-Fi, a kitchen, the sounds of the waves and a gorgeous view of King Kong Mountain.
This beautiful one-bedroom cabin features custom architecture and interior design, surrounded by rainforest just outside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. It accommodates up to four, providing a secluded feel while being close to attractions and amenities, including general stores and restaurants. You’ll have a full kitchen and the hosts have thoughtfully included staples like coffee, tea, hot chocolate mix, sugar, salt and pepper, herbs and spices, along with shampoo and aromatic soaps. The huge windows open up to the trees, while a wood-burning stove provides a cozy ambiance. It also features a large, deep tub with a view, free Wi-Fi, and an eclectic music collection.
Located in Maui’s Upcountry region on the slopes of Haleakala, this rustic 1920s log cabin offers lots of privacy, set among a beautiful lawn, flowers, native plants, and birds. It sits at 3,800 feet above sea level, for gorgeous views that include the ocean to the north and south, accommodating two guests in a studio space. It has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and complimentary extras like fresh fruit and flowers. Thanks to its higher elevation, the evenings are pleasantly cool and ideal for cozying up to the fireplace.