8 Treehouse Rentals in Hawaii That’ll Elevate Your Tropical Getaway

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Brittany Varano
June 05, 2023
Updated October 15, 2023

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Hawaii’s incredible treehouse rentals promise to elevate your tropical vacation to another level – literally!

Combining the whimsy of childhood with eco-living, treehouse rentals offer an incredible way to experience Hawaii. Perched atop lush canopies, often in quiet corners of the rainforest, they’re the perfect spots to unplug and admire the islands’ vibrant ecosystems.

And although nature is a top priority, many of these sky-high stays also provide luxurious creature comforts like bubbling hot tubs, saunas, and more. If you get the chance, go out on a limb and experience the unrivaled joy of waking up in one of these unique Hawaii treehouses.

1. Dreamy Tropical Tree House

Dreamy Tropical Tree House
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Why you should go: Get off the beaten path at the Dreamy Tropical Tree House, a stylish, off-the-grid Airbnb surrounded by lush Hawaiian rainforest. Towering 15 feet tall, this eco-friendly getaway is solar-powered and uses harvested rainwater. Neutral bohemian tones and natural touches make this home extra cozy.

Pros: Memorable amenities greet visitors, like the indoor/outdoor shower, endless natural light, and a cute coffee corner. A hanging bed beneath the treehouse provides a relaxing place to take in the sights and sounds as you gently sway. The hosts have also installed a pulley system for your bags, so you don’t need to worry about carrying your things up the steep ladder.

Cons: Although dreamy, this treehouse is more glamping than a typical vacation rental. And while the sound of croaking tree frogs and critters is a uniquely magical experience, light sleepers should pack earplugs.

What’s nearby: The charm of this treehouse is its seclusion, but not far is the little town of Volcano and the entrance to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. One reviewer recommends, “Eat at Dimple Cheek cafe down the road!”

If you go: Mountain View, Big Island Hawaii

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2. Big Island Bamboo Treehouse

Big Island Bamboo Treehouse
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Why you should go: Escape to your own private villa at this Big Island Bamboo Treehouse for two. At the top of a spiral staircase, this circular home looks out onto scenic Ohia and banana trees. The property puts you within minutes of Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, where you can witness impressive lava tubes and volcanic craters.

Pros: One distinctive benefit that makes this beautiful Hawaiian treehouse stand out from others near the national park is its electricity and full kitchen. Other impressive features include the full indoor bathroom and suitcase lift. One reviewer raves, “The bed was cozy and clean, and the lanai was perfect for coffee in the misty morning.”

Cons: This side of Hawaii’s Big Island is rainforest, which means most days are rainy and wet. And because of its secluded location, there are limited shops and restaurants nearby.

What’s nearby: The main sights of Volcano are right at your fingertips. Be sure to treat yourself to some goodies at the Aloha Candy Company about a mile down the road.

If you go: Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii

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3. Kona Luxury Treehouse

Kona Luxury Treehouse
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Why you should go: The Kona Luxury Treehouse is an uber-modern oasis with ocean views and five-star amenities. In fact, it was voted the number 1 treehouse in Hawaii. You’ll find this Kona getaway nestled on a sprawling fruit farm on the island’s west side, known for drier weather and its proximity to numerous activities.

Pros: While there’s plenty to keep you busy on the island, this property makes it all too easy to stay home thanks to the infrared sauna and steaming hot tub. Plus, the balcony provides a front-row seat to lapping waves and golden sunsets every evening.

Cons: As incredible as this treehouse is, it’s worth noting that the kitchen does not have an oven. Some reviewers have also commented that the farm’s chicken coop causes mornings to be noisy. But on the other hand, guests enjoy farm-fresh eggs for breakfast!

What’s nearby: This luxury getaway is only 15 minutes from downtown Kona, where some of the island’s best dining and shopping can be found. Kona is also home to the Kona Brewing Company and a handful of coffee farms where you can sample coffee varieties grown in volcanic soil.

If you go: Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii

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4. The Mahina Treehouse

The Mahina Treehouse
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Why you should go: Wake up with the birds amongst a thick canopy of leaves at The Mahina Treehouse on the island of Oahu.

Built into the side of a breathtaking Banyan tree, trunks and branches twist through and around the home, creating an incredible centerpiece. This treehouse offers guests the unique opportunity to experience open-air living near the famous Waikiki Beach.

Pros: From one of the two balconies, guests are treated to a magnificent view of the Honolulu skyline. In the bedroom, glass ceilings and screened-in windows allow you to fall asleep immersed in the beauty of the great outdoors – without the insects.

This treehouse complex also features a full kitchen with bar seating and a spa-like bathroom. Exquisite attention to detail, like Ohia wooden surfaces and lava rock accents, pay homage to the island’s natural beauty. The yard has a hot tub, a fire pit area, and hanging hammock chairs.

Cons: As a 35-foot tall treehouse with many levels, there are a lot of stairs, so it could be a challenge for people with accessibility issues. Guest Laura also notes, “The only thing to know before you go is that it is in the backyard of the owner’s home.”

What’s nearby: Conveniently located in downtown Honolulu, top Oahu attractions like Waikiki and Ala Moana Beach are only minutes away. The treehouse is part of the Makiki Heights neighborhood, known for its hip yet quiet atmosphere and weekly Makiki Farmers Market.

If you go: Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

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5. Rainforest Treehouse Retreat

Rainforest Treehouse Retreat
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Why you should go: Enjoy quiet seclusion at the Rainforest Treehouse Retreat not far from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park. The home is tucked down a flowery walkway immersed in a tropical paradise. All living spaces besides the bedroom are open to the outside, making you feel truly one with nature.

Pros: It’s a true rainforest escape at this rustic treehouse that features not one but two lanais, one of which is furnished with a cozy daybed. From the bedroom, expansive windows allow natural sunlight and rainforest views to stream inside.

Cons: The road to the property is quite bumpy, so arriving with a car with high clearance is recommended. It’s also important to note that this is more of a rustic glamping-like stay.

What’s nearby: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the mom-and-pop shops of Volcano are just down the road.

If you go: Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii

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Related read: 11 Awesome Waterfall Hikes on Oahu, Hawaii

6. Volcano Treehouse

Volcano Treehouse
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Why you should go: The Volcano Treehouse is a custom-built vacation rental that looks pulled from a storybook thanks to its wooden shingles and idyllic location amongst the ferns. A 90-foot skywalk lit by twinkling string lights leads to the main living quarters, offering an unbeatable view of the rainforest.

Pros: Built for romance, thoughtful details like potted plants and a lovely fireplace create a cozy ambiance. One reviewer artfully observed, “When passion and love meet your inner childhood dreams of a treehouse, you get Volcano Treehouse. What an incredible gem in a peaceful location.”

Cons: This treehouse is more about connecting with nature than modern comforts. For example, while the kitchen is equipped with the basics, it does not have an oven.

What’s nearby: Aside from the iconic Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Mountain View is home to local attractions like Big Island Tea and the Hilo Coffee Mill.

If you go: Mountain View, Big Island Hawaii

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7. Ao Lele

Ao Lele treehouse
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Why you should go: Ao Lele is a beautiful cedar cabin that lives up to its name. Translating to “flying clouds” in Samoan, this hideaway is often shrouded in atmospheric mist in the mornings. That, coupled with its location on the side of the Kīlauea Volcano and breathtaking views of the rainforest, are sure to impress.

Pros: Cedar accents abound throughout the interior, complemented beautifully by exposed beams and jungle-themed decor. In the bedroom, expansive chalet-style windows offer a show-stopping vantage point. The treehouse even has a claw foot tub and WiFi.

Cons: Ao Lele is meant to be a natural sanctuary and a place to unwind, which means there is no TV…but in a location like this, who needs one?

What’s nearby: The entrance to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the Sunday Volcano Farmer’s Market are a short drive away.

If you go: Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii

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Related read: 14 Life-Changing Hikes on Hawaii’s Big Island

8. Romantic Treehouse

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Why you should go: Pops of color and a sunny atmosphere welcomes you to the Big Island at this romantic treehouse. This studio cottage is free-standing, with the primary living area up only two flights of stairs.

Pros: Towering ceilings and expansive windows help make this tiny, 300-square-foot dwelling larger than life. The home features two lanais, including a balcony off the bedroom and a covered patio beneath the treehouse. Unique features include a rainshower, a hanging wicker chair, and a private garden.

Cons: The rainforest on the west side of the Big Island is known to be rainy and can get cool, especially outside of the summer months. Guest Tatiana cautions, “There are limited grocery/dining options in Volcano, so we brought groceries and made good use of the kitchen.”

What’s nearby: Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park is just five minutes away, and downtown Hilo is about 30 minutes away.

If you go: Volcano, Big Island, Hawaii

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