The Tree House
E Komo Mai to our treehouse
Mahinui Na Lani, on the Big Island of Hawaii
Mahinui Na Lani was designed by internationally acclaimed tree house builder Roderick Romero to fit into this ancient forest as if to welcome Pele herself.
Lifted off the forest floor to the level of the birds
Imparting a sense of the lightness of being
Opening the doors of the imagination
Inviting you to escape from the everyday
You will bring your sense of fantasy, and let your imagination soar with the birds.
Here in the sacred rain forest of Pele, Mahinui Na Lani hovers over an ancient lava tube, at the level of birds.
We invite you to share the experience of this floating structure anchored to the trees whose roots are wrapped around a lava tube. Centuries ago, when Kilauea spilled lava across what is now a lush rain forest, a giant bubble rose up, and hardened. Lava continued to flow through, to the ocean. Part of the ancient forest that used to form the canopy on this island remains on this site, offering its shelter to all who stay here.
Begin and end your adventures on the Big Island in the cedar hot tub
Built to be green, with recycled and locally found materials, and low impact waste systems. Water is by catchment.
Our treehouse, Mahinui Na Lani, is situated in the rainforest of Kilauea, minutes from the gates of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
The name refers to the beautiful sky, where from the elevation of the upper level, you might see meteors streaking across the field of stars.
The trees where the house is being built are sandalwood, Hawaiian holly, and ohia that bloom with red and yellow lehua blossoms, and attract the native honeycreepers, birds with delicate curved beaks, who make their tiny nests in the branches. Other birds are the mynahs, cardinals, doves, and sometimes owls. Kalij pheasants come around, tempting you to try to feed them from your hand.
In the understory, ferns grow 30 feet or more in height, unfurling new curling tendrils in the spring and summer months. Beneath the ferns, anthuriums, heliconia, bromeliads, trumpet vines, ginger, and mosses line the paths cleared through the forest in this fairy tale like landscape.
A short distance away, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park welcomes you to the most active volcano on Earth, Kilauea, home of Pele.
The nearest beach in Punalu’u, a black sand beach where sea turtles come to rest.
The island’s spectacular waterfalls are to the east, a short drive in the morning when the light is best. In Hilo there is Rainbow Falls, and Boiling Pots, and a few minutes further up the Hamakua Coast is Akaka Falls.
The famous green sand beach is at the southern tip of the island, a drive of a little over an hour and then a walk in.
You may take yourself to these and more island destinations, or you may take advantage of Mahinui Island Excursions, and we will take you where rental cars cannot go.
Nightly price: $295 (Hawaii tax: 14.42%)
Cleaning and prep fees will depend upon number of nights and your preferences.