Treehouse at the Volcano on Hawaii Island
380 Sqft Vacation Home hosted by Gail
2 Guests . 1 Bedroom . 1 Bathroom


Honeymoon cottage in the trees less than five minutes from Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. Has a hot tub in the ohias, and on a clear night the stars wink at you while you soak. On a not so clear night, bathe in the mists of the rainforest. The treehouse is perched mid canopy such that you can sit out on the lanais and watch the birds flying below you.

The treehouse was designed for honeymooners and is connected to our weddings: Rainforest Weddings. At this time, you may still book through sites such as this but with the new laws set to go into effect in the future, it may be available only through Rainforest Weddings as specifically a honeymoon stay.

The bed is queen sized, a modular piece so it could go into the bedroom via the trapdoor (trapdoor!) and is supported by a platform and topped with a five inch memory foam mattress.

The kitchen is set up mainly for making coffee, reheating leftovers, and such. There is a microwave, a coffee maker, a small refrigerator, and a hot plate. So if you truly want to nest rather than go out, that can happen. Otherwise, we invite you to try our excellent local restaurants. Inside the treehouse you will find details on all of them.

There is an outdoor shower and an indoor composting toilet. If you have ever wondered about these things, here is an opportunity to see how they play in a romantic setting. We have been operating since 2010, and in all that time we have had exactly one guest who felt the experience was diminished by the composting toilet. The treehouse experience is entirely off grid. We work to make it entirely comfortable too.

There is a living room with a cozy Jotul fireplace and a TV that plays only movies and music. No bad news here. We have a selection of about half vintage movies we love plus a modest collection of newer films like the Descendants and others that are evocative of the place and the island. There are a number of Nat Geo style volcano videos most of which are about "our" volcano, but not all. One is by our best door neighbor who lives most of the year on Reunion Island and makes I-Max films there of "his" volcano, La Piton de la Fournaise. There are two comfy leather side chairs without arms and an ottoman that can be arranged in any configuration you wish. They come with blankets too.

Upstairs outside the French doors there is the upper lanai, and one flight down the ship's ladder is the kitchen, living room, bathroom, shower, lower lanai and hot tub. Down another ship's ladder and down a set of boulders set into the side of a lava bubble is the ground.

A few things to be aware of:

The park and the volcano are literally down the street. After the lower rift eruption earlier in 2018, the park reopened. There is no eruptive activity at this point on this island. This means no clouds of gases - only steam. No poor air quality. In fact, our air quality here in the middle of the ocean is some of the best in the world.

Since we are on top of the mountain, to get to the beach, you drive a half hour or so either north or south. Or, enter the park and drive down to the ocean there. Many many hikes throughout the park, including ones all the way to the ocean.

To get here, the quickest most direct route is fly into Hilo and rent a car. Uber and Lyft do operate here, but chances are you will find a rental car more convenient and less expensive. We are an island and do run out of rental cars. It happens every holiday and sometimes when there are festivals or simply a lot of visitors. Even when we do have a lot of visitors, it is not like most tourist destinations. There are no crowds almost anywhere. There are no parking meters except at the courthouse. (stay out of trouble)

Some of the most outstanding resorts in the world are on our island. For an ideal visit, we recommend dividing your time between the West side (often referred to as Kona) and the east side/Volcano area. Besides Kona there is the Kohala Coast, and South Kona, and Hawi on the West side. In the middle, Waimea/Kamuela, the town with two names. There are Waimeas on other islands, so using the name Kamuela will get you where you want to go.

Coping with the 2018 eruption used up a lot of our island resources for "fixing" infrastructure issues, so some of the most enchanting beach parks on the Hamakua Coast are now inaccessible. But do not let that stop you. Waipio Valley awaits, as do many other tucked away truly extraordinary spots to adventure.

When you visit this island, be prepared for fluctuations in temperature. We recommend packing hiking socks, layers, and the most windproof jacket you have. You may want to venture out on the mountains to look through telescopes or capture the Milky Way with your own camera. Gloves. Bring gloves or mittens. Think coldy cold. You literally cannot stand outside on Mauna Kea after dark many months of the year if you are not dressed like an arctic explorer.

Packing generally: Bring less than you think you need. Close toed shoes and flip flops. A couple swimming suits. The items mentioned in the prior paragraph. Dress clothes are aloha wear. Pick up something while you are here if your closet does not include dresses or shirts made of rayon and printed with tropical designs. Even if you don't wear it home except when you have that luau party, you will want it for your return trip to Hawai'i.

Mahinui Na Lani is a real treehouse. It was built by the guys who you can see on Treehouse Masters on TV. It has been on Extreme Cribs and the Ellen Show and the Today Show. It is much more famous than we are. It is its own destination, made more glorious by the fabulous national park down the street and the lovely Volcano Village.

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Parking Included
There is off street parking.
No Pets Allowed
No Smoking Allowed
Please, no smoking.
Not Family/Kid Friendly
This unconventional space is designed for couples. If you are traveling with children please consult with us before booking.
Not Wheelchair Accessible
It is a treehouse. The ascent is challenging if you have knee problems. Wheelchairs could not get in.
Not Suitable for Events
We have a separate event space. Inquire.


Hair Dryer
Linens Provided
Towels Provided
Gas Fireplace (Indoor)
What we supply
We supply TP, paper towels, bath soap and shampoo. No need for air conditioning.
Hot Tub
Cedar soaking tub as you might find in Japan
High Speed Internet
Laptop friendly workspace
We are designed as a place to unplug. We provide a mifi device for international travelers or anyone whose data plan prevents normal communication otherwise. You will be able to access your email and favorite social media from the treehouse. Be cautious with video playing or publishing using data as it is limited to 1 GB per stay.
Full Kitchenette
Coffee Maker
Cooking Utensils
Kitchen is as described. The refrigerator is small. There food storage is the refrigerator and two hanging baskets. Leaving food out is not a good plan. This is the forest.
Smoke Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector
First Aid Kit
Fire Extinguisher


Mountain climbing
Nature Viewing
Bird Watching

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Robert and I put up the treehouse as the honeymoon lodging for Mahinui, our intimate wedding offerings. We have a separate pavilion in the rainforest with a koi pond and a fabulous outdoor bathroom. The setting is the real life rainforest wing of the Conservatory of Flowers in San Francisco, complete with orchids, carnivorous plants, tree ferns, the rainforest canopy that cannot be recreated, birds, bromeliads, and of course the gorgeous pond and waterfall. We will meet you on arrival as possible, and are always happy to answer whatever questions you may have generally about the island, about the park and volcano, and about any wedding plans you might wish to discuss. Much aloha.
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Registration ID: 020255129601
Speaks: English

Policies and Rules

Check In 4PM - 6PM
Check Out11AM

You will receive directions and entry codes upon completion of your reservation. We are often able to allow early check in. Ask day of. We want to meet you on arrival if possible.

Minimum age limit for renters: 25
Treehouse rental is for adults
House Rules
There are no roller bags allowed in the treehouse. At the base, where you park, there is a locking shed where you may pack your personal items into day packs to carry them up. It is important that you be hands free for the ascent, as your hands will be involved in climbing up to the (real) treehouse. You do not have to be athletic to do this. If you can climb a ladder you can manage the ascent. If you have any doubts about your physical ability to get up to the treehouse, please contact us to discuss before making your reservation.

There are no guests of guests allowed without permission. The "party" aspect of people visiting our island has resulted in some neighborhoods making an enormous amount of their own noise, and the result has been severe restrictions on vacation homes. Out of respect for the neighbors please no guests of guests.

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Payment Policy
We accept payments through the Honeybook Website wherein you can use whatever credit cards they accept (most) or you may pay us directly through PayPal. For single night stays, we would like payment in full to hold your date. If you are booking a package such as a honeymoon or wedding package we will break up the payments so they may be paid as works for you. For multiple night stays we will ask one night at the time you reserve and then book you through Honeybook for the balance owed. If you cannot make your payments on time, we should discuss it. There will be a contract through Honeybook.
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Refundable Damage Deposit
We have had two times in our history we have asked for damages. In ordinary use you will not incur damages. You would almost have to try. For your protection we do suggest travel insurance. We do not insure against your losses, including cancellations under most circumstances.
Cancellation Policy
If you need to secure your reservation and then over the next couple of days the rest of your travel plans force a change, we will be happy to move your dates for you with no charge. Changes in your travel plans within 90 days of your reservation will incur a $100 change fee or a $200 change fee 45 days or less out. If you cancel, we will retain the $289 reservation deposit as we book mostly honeymoons and those tend to be made more than 90 days out. If you have already paid your stay in full and must cancel, and cannot change your dates, we will refund at most half. The cancellation policies will be discussed when you reserve and your contract is agreed upon. Please understand we are not a hotel or resort and this is our livelihood. We urge you to purchase travel insurance if you expect money back if you cancel. Overall, our policy is to work with you and come up with a fair solution should your plans fall apart. There will be a contract/agreement through Honeybook and that will define the individual policy we have with you.
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Hawaii is putting a law in place that demands that we have a rental contract with you. This contract will be through the Honeybook site that also bills you for your stay.
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Mahinui Na Lani Treehouse is a Vacation Home located in Volcano, Hawaii, United States. This Vacation Home is available for short term lodging and accommodates 2 guests
Mahinui Na Lani Treehouse has 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom and was listed on Houfy on Dec 2018

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