Rainforest

Treehouse in the Rainforest
 

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.


                            Through the treehouse door


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. 

 
  1. 1.ohia and hapu'u

  2. 2.lava flow from Kilauea

  3. 3.eruption at Halema'uma'u

Images from the volcano