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A work of heart

Bedroom with California King Mattress
Bedroom with California King mattress

Nohea... (pronounced “no-hay-ah”)

  • is the finest one-bedroom vacation cottage in Volcano Village, Hawai‘i.
  • is the love-liest, having been constructed with love by one of the finest builders in Volcano, as a personal project.
  • is the most fully furnished, having been supplied with everything we could imagine such a place would require.
  • is tucked away in one of the quietest, most heavily forested areas of a very special community.
  • provides a serene atmosphere unequalled by any other vacation cottage in the area.
  • has a compelling, evocative presence, as places of the heart do.


Nohea is a very private and peaceful place, offering an intimate and uniquely compelling atmosphere. We don't use words like luxurious, self-indulgent, or high-end, but Nohea will satisfy most discerning visitors' desires for such experiences.

A romantic hideaway for adults in a one-bedroom cottage with open beam ceilings and wood-paneled walls throughout, with beautiful trim details, all serenely sensual and soft, with a main room and bedroom, each with built-in furnishings, a kitchen and bathroom. There is an covered front porch with side benches and a covered back deck with a bench, a table and two arm chairs. A driveway, lined with custom built lanterns, leads back to the cottage.

The property backs up to State land which is thickly forested. The landscaping of the property is essentially the natural forested environment, ‘ohi‘a lehua trees brightened by hapu‘u tree ferns and ‘olapa, with flowering anthurium plants along one side of the driveway.


This "jewel box" is primarily furnished with finely crafted built-in furniture.

The generously sized covered front porch features built-in side benches for lounging. Double french doors open into the living area.

The living area has a built-in banquette with a custom-built table made from locally milled wood, adjacent to the kitchen. Opposite the banquette is a shelving unit with a desk. Guests who have a laptop computer without WIFI may utilize that desk for a wired connection to the Internet. There is also an access point so that guests may wirelessly go online anywhere in the cottage or on either covered porch. Tucked in under the desk is a foot massager/heater. Adjacent to the desk and shelving area is a pantry for the kitchen, housing additional small appliances, like an espresso maker, rice cooker, and more.

The other end of the living area has a Jøtul propane heat stove, an entertainment cabinet with a Sony LCD TV, digital video recorder with digital cable service, a Sony home movie theater system for playing both DVDs and CDs, a library of DVD movies and Hawai‘i documentaries and a collection of music CDs, plus an iPod, programmed with an eclectic mix of music which plays through the Sony Bravia home theatre system. There's also a daybed for an extra teen or adult. There's an assortment of board games in a deep drawer under the daybed.

The kitchen counter is a single slab of Arabian granite, with matching back splashes. There is a coffee maker, grinder, and French press in a stainless carafe, a purified water spigot, a heated purified water spigot, a double sink, a toaster, a blender, a rice cooker, an over-the-range micro hood, a thirty-inch electric range with self-cleaning oven, a full refrigerator/freezer, and three deep drawers with as many gadgets as we could imagine a guest (who likes to cook) could want.

The bedroom has a built-in cal-king bed, with a mattress warming pad with dual controls, built-in side shelving units, a built-in dresser of drawers, a comfortable built-in window seat and wrap around windows with forest views. The closet has robes for guests to enjoy during their stay in the cottage. There's a stained-glass pocket door for extra privacy from the living room. The side shelving units have a collection of books, particularly about Hawai‘i, and also function as side tables.

The bathroom has a double shower, with a Moen vertical spa on one wall and a Moen shower head on the opposite wall. A recessed window in the middle wall offers a ledge for guests' shampoos, etc.. The lav alcove has a deep window box, for guests' toiletries, and a well-stocked medicine cabinet. The walls and floor are tiled with slate. As in the rest of the cottage, the wall-hung mirror is hand crafted. The towels are thick and thirsty.

The bathroom opens up to a private sitting room, with glass blocks in the front window and casement windows on the side and back walls, which can be opened to the serene views and fresh air of the surrounding upland rain forest. This room's double glass doors, also on the back wall, open onto a covered lānai, which features a built-in bench and a hand-made table, with teak armchairs, softened with cushions covered in the same ferny green fabric used inside.

Nohea is a private, comfortable, luxurious retreat, offering both high tech amenities and natural beauty in a sensual, relaxing, finely crafted refuge, a quiet, comforting, safe haven. After a full day of exploration in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park (HVNP), enjoy a therapeutic massage in the cottage (a list is provided in the cottage of the phone numbers of talented local masseuses, who will do an in-house massage, by appointment, bringing their own table), followed by a full-body-spray shower, then heat and massage the soles of your feet as you watch the flames dance in the Jøtul Lillehammer and listen to some Paul Desmond or Jimi Hendrix or Keola Beamer, channeled through the surround speakers from the iPod's library of music. Or watch a movie on the LCD TV or read one of the cottage's many interesting books or just enjoy the views of the forest from the windows that wrap all around.

Linger and savor life here . . . Nohea offers the opportunity to deeply relax and slow down, encourages you to be easeful and serene. You can spend a day filled with sightseeing and hiking in HVNP or exploring the island's east side and perhaps dining in one of the village's three restaurants, then return to the repose and tranquility of Nohea.

E hele mālie, e ola nanea (go slow, live at ease)!

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