Enchanted Gardens

16-1436 39th Ave. HC 3 Box 4643, Keaau, HI 96749 USA (Show map)
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The Enchanted Gardens at "A Beautiful Day" is a pleasant, private unique alternative to hotels. Located in Keaau less than an hours drive to the volcano, Mauna Kea summit, waterfalls, beaches, lava flow and much more! Visit with our adorable farm animals while visiting the East Side of Hawai'i. Located in an actual rainforest, this upstairs suite is a private, stand-alone unit on a beautifully landscaped, shared 3-acre property. Enjoy our lovely gardens, tropical exotic plants, trees and flowers. King sized bed, shower/bath combination and kitchenette with toaster, microwave, refrigerator and coffeemaker, (but no stove.) Free wifi. Escape from city life and appreciate country living. Friendly farm animals and the simple joys of authentic living. All fruits and flowers in the unit are from our gardens. We provide a complimentary continental Hawaiian self-catered breakfast, including coffee, tea, hot chocolate, baked goods, granola, cereal and yogurt. We restock your supply every three days. Please note that we are not a fancy upscale hotel. For your own safety and convenience, you definitely need to arrive during daylight hours (after 3 p.m.) It gets dark in the fall and winter before 5, and summer around 6, and there are no street lights because of the telescopes on Mauna Kea Summit. Your accommodation is up the red stairs, just go to room 1. There is also convenient parking around the building next to the green stairs, which is the front entrance to your room.




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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service4.9
  • Value5
  • Cleanliness4.8
  • Onsite Dining4.5

Best Taste of Hawaii

4.8 on April 28, 2017

Loved all the animals, the stars at night and the jungle noises at night. Drinking our wine on the patio was so relaxing. Will stay there aging on our next visit on the BIG ISLAND.

Hilo area of Hawaii

4.8 on January 11, 2017

This is a remote and private setting, living up to the name of "Enchanted Gardens". Sherri, a beautiful artist and hostess, left a bounty of fresh fruit and other items in the refrigerator, making it unnecessary to make other trips to the store once settling in. The perfectly well behaved resident goat, dog, and donkey added to the ambiance. Truly didn't want to leave!

Innkeeper Response
Aloha for an absolutely lovely review! I will make sure to give the animals extra treats for their excellent manners. We appreciate people who love nature and have a sense of humor too. So glad you enjoyed your experience here! Mahalo!

- Sherri Carden (innkeeper)

A Touch of Paradise

5 on November 08, 2016

We wisely booked 4 nights here before heading to the Kona coast to become resort tourists. Homey atmosphere smack dab in a wonderful tropical garden,complete with barnyard animals(miniature donkey, goat, ducks, chickens) and a talented artist innkeeper. Convenient to the Puna Coast and the Volcano, a 15 minute drive to very decent restaurants. Truly an amazing value, wish we could have stayed another week!

Innkeeper Response
So very glad you enjoyed your stay here!!! This place is my childhood dream come true, so I love it when people have a wonderful time when they visit! Hope to see you again soon. Thank you for your kind words.

- Sherri Carden (innkeeper)

Charming and affordable

3.6 on July 13, 2016

Sherri was a very sweet and cheerful host. The rented living space was large, with many windows overlooking the lush green property. All the animals were friendly; especially an adorable donkey named Mocho Late! The property is secluded and we really felt like we were getting away and on an adventure. Things to keep in mind, this is in a jungle area so there are bugs, geckos, and frogs croaking if that bothers you. This isn't really anything against the rental, it just comes with the area. The froggies were very loud at night, but Sherri thoughtfully left a supply of ear plugs for her guests if they chose to use. There is no AC, but the weather was cool in the evenings and the fans worked just fine. Would highly recommend staying here if you're on a budget like us but still want to have a nice place to stay. Thanks Sherri!

Truly enchanting place. I would stay here again.

5 on June 22, 2015

We loved everything about this place and in fact i would rate it outstanding if this site would let me. Kim Blatt

Best part of our trip!

5 on April 03, 2014

We just loved this place! So many special touches, and we finally were able to relax after a hectic several weeks touring all the other islands. We wish we had come here first, and stayed longer. All the animals were so sweet and my gosh, the beautiful flowers and orchids were everywhere! We were so happy, and hope to be back next spring!

A cozy and comfortable visit.

5 on December 19, 2013

This was one of the most beautiful settings I have ever visited in my life. My wife and I were astonished at the magnificent trees, most of them growing fruit, most of which was available to us to eat. It was a gentle and peaceful feeling to be among friendly farm animals, seeing them out and about, and knowing they helped create the beautiful gardens which we photographed during our trip. I loved meeting the goat, also known as the "landscaping gourmet" and his best friend the donkey. We were very impressed with how comfortable the accommodation was, with all the nice and special touches. We especially liked the amount of privacy we had with our own suite: no adjoining walls. It was wonderful. We would recommend this place to anyone who loved nature and beauty.

Sweet and Serene

5 on November 08, 2013

This place was much more than what we expected for this price. We loved being serenaded at night by the rainforest symphony, and waking in the morning to the sounds of the country. It was truly refreshing, and close to all of the places we wanted to visit. Nice restaurants nearby. Nice setting. We enjoyed the "self-catered" breakfast provided to us with all the fresh fruits, coffee, tea and other goodies. It was nice to be at our own pace and have so much privacy. Loved being so close to nature! A magical and wonderful place to stay.

Sweet, Friendly and Serene

5 on November 07, 2013

This place exceeded our expectations. We are so used to noisey places, lots of people everywhere and ordinary-ness. This was truly a breath of fresh air. We loved the night time symphony! We also loved the wide selection of "self-catering" goodies for our breakfast, so we could get up as early or as late as we wished and prepare what we wanted at our leisure. This place had a very special, magical feel, and it was wonderful. We always took our time, and didn't rush. This was a great location for us to explore most of East Hawaii, as we were just a short drive to so many of the incredible places we wanted to visit. We did not expect it to be this nice for this price, but we were so very happy, and truly enjoyed the plants and animals on this property. So beautiful and so amazing and so unique. Very inspoirational, and we had all the privacy we wanted. Very nice.

Very Enchanting and Unique

5 on October 23, 2013

This was more than we expected, especially for the price. The grounds were absolutely beautiful, our bed was comfortable and cozy and the breakfast was delicious. We loved all the fresh exotic fruits, most grown on the property. We awoke to the sound of a happy little donkey and saw him grazing just below our window with his goat friend! We were glad we brought our computer and had a Netflix account, we watched some nice movies on the free wifi! The house wasn't fancy or modern, but clean, nicely decorated and quite lovely. Lots of books and maps too. We expecially loved all the flowers in bloom, and recommend this place for travellers who love nature and the outdoors. We saw so many stars, and were lulled to sleep by the musical sounds of the magical rainforest. We woke up feeling refreshed and grounded after a long plane ride. We will plan to stay longer on our next visit.

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Rooms & Rates

King Room

King bed with private bathroom, mini-kitchenette and sitting area. Continental self-catered Hawaiian vegetarian breakfast (coffee, tea, breakfast bread, fruit) Enjoy visiting some of the nearby attractions less than an hour away... beautiful coastlines, warm thermal pools, volcano, waterfalls and beaches. We have many good restaurants in the area conveniently located nearby. We are in a secluded location and have only two guest accommodations on the property. Best for people who love and appreciate a natural environment. Please consider booking our Adjoining room as well if you wish to have extra space or are traveling with extra guests (up to 3 people). Please view additional rooms for more details!

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King

Nightly Rate: $79 - $99

Adjoining Room

This room is perfect for two additional guests reserving the Upstairs Garden Suite, King Room. I shares the bathroom, kitchenette and living area. Comes with two single beds. Cot is available for one additional guest. Includes radio with small dvd and cd collection. There is free wifi for personal electronic devices but no television reception. Opens onto the upstairs deck overlooking the garden. Because this is an adjoining room which opens into the Upstairs Suite/King room, it can only be booked in tandem with it. The additional charge for use of this room is $30/nt. If you are interested, please contact the host of Enchanted Gardens directly to make arrangements by phone: (808) 990-6838 or e-mail: sherricarden@ymail.com.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Beds 2 Twin

Nightly Rate: $30 - $30

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Location Type

Rainforest, Secluded, Tropical


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 12 miles

Directions to property:

We are located about halfway between Hilo and Pahoa. Located in a rural community known as "Orchidland Estates" on a three acre property. We are 6 minutes from the highway, but when you arrive, you will feel as if you are in a whole otherl world, miles away from reality! Our accommodations are located at least 300 feet from the road, so you will seldom hear traffic or city sounds...just the sights and sound of nature. The night time sky is absolutely magnificent! To get here, take highway 130 to Pohaku Place (located between Pohaku Drive and Pohaku Circle. Turn right on Pohaku PLACE, then left when it ends (at 35th). Make the first right at Laniuma and go up to 39th. Turn right, we are the fourth property on the left. 16-1436. We recommend arriving before dark, and we will send you a welcome letter with your expected time of arrival and the directions. If you arrive at the time suggested, we can show you around and make you feel right at home. You are welcome to arrive outside of the suggested times, but please do let us know. It is difficult, but not impossible to find the property after dark, as there are no streetlights here because of the telescopes on Mauna Kea. So if nobody is available to greet you, drive around the main house past the red stairs and park next to the green stairs directly on the opposite side. Your accommodation is up these stairs. Your keys will be at the foot of the bed on top of the dresser in the leaf-shaped dish. Your breakfast will be in the inside of the stainless steel refrigerator, on the right side, on the shelves. Help yourself to ice from the ice maker on the left freezer door. There is also coffee, tea, coffee maker, microwave, rice cooker, crock pot, toaster and electric skillet as well as dishes and flatware for you to use. There are books, maps and guides for you to use. Please make yourself right at home! If you need to call us our office hours are 9-5 weekdays (808) 990-6838.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Lake, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Outlet Stores, Picnic area, Religious Services, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Cottage, Spa, Farm

On-site amenities


Room amenities

Coffee/Tea facilities, Fridge, Kitchenette, Microwave, Private entrance, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Professionally Licensed On Site Day Spa

Check Dates


  • Check In:: 3-5 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 10 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Children must be supervised at all times.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Prior approval required Small service animals are accepted.
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: One night's deposit. Usually $69-$99,
  • Cancellations: There are no refunds for early departures. Please read entire description and let us know if you have any questions. We are a sanctuary for nature lovers, and want your visit to be pleasant. We appreciate your consideration, and hope you have an enjoyable visit.



Sherri Carden

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs , donkey, goat, bunnies

About the innkeepers

When I was five I lived on a farm and learned from a woman named Granny that food was grown! It was so amazing, because until then, I thought everything just came from the grocery store. I watched Granny till and plant in the earth. I decided then and there that I would grow my own food when I grew up, and then add my own personal twist. I so love caring for my land and my animals, and sharing with people from around the world!

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  • Time Served: self-catered
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options


Signature Dish

Ohelo Berry Jam
Pick the berries fresh and mix them up with some organic berries, organic sugar and pectin. Into the refrigerator...spread on some toast!