About this listing
Guests walk in and we see wow on their faces. Gourmet kitchen, spacious rooms with 9 sleeping areas & real beds for 16. Free surfboards and SUP!
"the perfect house for a family reunion"
"the cool at night was just right"
"close to everything"
The house is grand but welcoming, and what a VIEW!
There are many different spaces for relaxing and enjoying the peace and quiet. A large group can spread out and not see much of each other or gather in the great room for a banquet or a polka!
Included in the rental is the use of two beginner (foam) surfboards and a standup paddle board (SUP). Head down to the beginner break and catch some waves, or we can point you to where you can easily paddle out from shore and swim with dolphins in the wild!
3 master bedroom suites, each with full bath
3600 sq ft of indoor space,
5 separate lanai (porches) provide 2000 sq ft of outdoor living space (most covered),
real beds for 16 (plus up to 5 queen AeroBeds)
9 separate sleeping areas,
two kitchens, full laundry facilities, wireless internet, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, ample parking,
cool nights and warm days,
closer to the best beaches than anything in Kona town, including top-rated Kua Bay,
quiet, completely private 1.5 acre lot all to yourselves.
free use of boogie boards, beach chairs, coolers, surfboards, snorkel gear, beach towels, sand toys, and a NEW STANDUP PADDLE BOARD!
VIRTUAL TOUR: The folks who sold us this house produced a very nice virtual tour. The "pano" shots give you 360 degree views of most parts of the house. Of course, it shows the house with their furniture, but except for the studio (which they used as an office), we have made similar choices about furniture placement. Go to... tours(D0T)hawaiianvirtualtours(D0T)C0M
and search for tour number 4984.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE
Natural Air Conditioning: We are at a perfect 1600 ft (500m) elevation, with expansive ocean and coastline views. Folks who live 300 ft below us are in the lava desert where they need air conditioning many nights; homes 300 ft above us are in the cloud forest where you don't get direct sunlight some days. Here, the cool nights are a wonderful contrast to the warm sunny days. The temperature is just chilly enough most nights to want a light blanket, but warms into the 70’s by about 9am. Mosquitos are almost never a problem. If it has rained recently there will be some mosquitos in the back garden at dusk; but we eat dinner nearly every evening on the front lanai, which is 20 ft off the ground, without any problems.
The Grounds: Our house is situated well off the street at the end of a long driveway in a very private 1.5 acre lot filled with banana, papaya, macadamia nut, coffee and avocado trees. You are welcome to share in the bounty when the fruit (or the vegetables in our organic garden) are in season. Unlike many farm-like settings in Hawaii, we have no roosters to disturb your sleep. There is a gas grill on the back lanai which you are welcome to use, and a gas fire pit to roast Smores or warm yourself on cool evenings.
Also in the back of the house, surrounded by a trellis and lush greenery for privacy, is our out-door shower with hot water! This is a wonderful first stop when you return home from the beach.
Central Location: We are just 8 minutes to Kona town with its restaurants and nightlife, and 5 minutes from Costco, directly above some of the best coastline on the island: Honokohau Harbor and National Park, and the Pine Trees surf break. The airport is 12 minutes.
BEACHES: Kua Bay, recently voted the best beach on the Big Island and sporting the best boogie boarding, body surfing, and frolicking is just 15 minutes away. Our location gives us traffic-free access to all the kick’n Kohala beaches (Kua, Kukio, Beach 69, Hapuna and Mauna Kea) as well as Waimea, which is just 35 minutes.
The Waipio Valley overlook is 75 minutes. Hilo is just over an hour via the recently completed Saddle Road Hwy. Captain Cook and points south (Green Sand Beach, Southpoint, and Volcano) can be accessed, avoiding the Kona traffic, via the quaint artist town of Holualoa, and the picturesque Mamalahola Highway.
BR#2: queen, 2 twins (bunk beds) plus twin the loft
BR#3: king plus a queen in the loft
Studio Mainspace: Cal king, twin
Studio Alcove: Queen and full size crib
Plus up to 5 Queen AeroBeds (These are very comfortable, bed height with headboard, and can be placed in any room).
The Master Suite is nearly 500 sq ft and boasts panoramic ocean views, stained glass windows, cathedral ceilings, and a jetted tub surrounded by screened windows, creating the feeling of taking a bath in the forest canopy.
Bedroom Suites #2 and #3 are each the size of an ordinary master bedroom with en suite full bath with tub, 18 ft ceilings and a loft. The mauka (mountain side) suite (#2) has French doors opening onto the garden and is outfitted with a twin in the loft, twin bunk beds, and a queen bed. It is a mirror image of the makai (ocean side) suite except the latter has a king size bed, a queen in the loft and its own private balcony with ocean views.
Downstairs is a 1000 sq foot studio apartment. The main space is outfitted with a California king bed and twin bed, a pool and ping pong table, and a kitchen with a full size fridge. An alcove off the studio (separated by a heavy curtain) has a queen bed and a full size crib, and its own entrance to a bathroom (shared with the studio main space). There is an adjacent covered sleeping porch where one or more AeroBeds can be set up. We also have a full size cot and pac'n play, available upon request which can be placed in any room.
Even the studio has ocean views from its picture window and two large lanais. With its own entrance and a door directly into the main house, the studio is a perfect space for the in-laws or a second family that is part of your group.
Food Preparation: The primary kitchen is well stocked, has space for several people to work together, and is integrated into the Great Room. It has three sinks, over 8 square meters of granite counter space, cutting boards, dishwasher and other stainless steel appliances, a Vitamix blender, and everything else a foodie needs to grill, bake, or wok delicious meals. (There is also a kitchen with a full size fridge in the studio.) In the back of the house is a lanai with a gas grill. This lanai is also our favorite place to breakfast since it catches the morning rays.
Jurassic Park: If you get hot and want a change from the beach, go two miles straight up our street (Kaloko Drive) into the Cloud Forest. There you will find some of the best hiking trails on the island, including one which was used for scenes in the movie Jurassic Park. The House Manual includes detailed instructions on how to find our favorite hikes, most of which you will not find in any guidebook!
Equipment: Beach and bath towels, all linens, hair dryer, shampoo/conditioner, boogie boards, surf boards, beach chairs, and coolers are available for use free of charge.
Surfers, paddle surfers, bikers (road or mountain): inquire with us about renting our bikes or boards. We can also arrange a surfing lesson for beginners or experts (with a top professional), or just point you to where the waves are breaking.
Adventure: There is no place on earth like the Big Island of Hawaii, and we chose this house because it is the perfect base for exploring it. You are welcome to borrow from our library of guide books, and we are happy to share our recommendations for the best beaches and hikes, the best places to snorkel with dolphins in the wild, where to eat and shop in Kona, and other little known secrets. From here you can day trip to other parts of the (URL HIDDEN) the wild coast near Hawi, the rugged jungle and spectacular waterfalls of the Hamuka coast and Waipio Valley, and, of course, the unparalleled Volcanoes National Park.
Guests have the entire 3600 square foot house and 1.5 acre property all to themselves. In addition there are five covered lanais (porches).
Interaction with Guests
You will have the house all to yourself, and unless you have questions, you will not see us during your stay. When planning your trip, many guests take advantage of our extensive local knowledge. We have explored most every part of this island including many hidden gems that are not in the guide books. If you tell us what you like to do, we can help you confidently include just the right amount of adventure in your trip. We can also recommend the best places to eat out or where to buy when eating in. (The very freshest food can be picked right from the garden, and you are encouraged to enjoy whatever is in season.)
The Big Island is a BIG place. We chose this house partly because of it's perfect central location. At 1600 ft above sea level, we have the perfect climate: cool nights and warm days, and easy, traffic-free access to the beaches. We are one of the closest upscale neighborhoods to Kua Bay (15 minutes)--recently rated the top beach on the Big Island and one of the top ten beaches in the USA!
We are close to everything: airport (12 minutes), Kona (8 minutes), Costco (5 minutes) and the recently opened Saddle Road Hwy gets you from our house to the Hilo (wet) side in just over an hour.
Public transportation on the big island is very poor. A rental car is a must no matter where you are staying.
Other Things to Note
This is a good choice for a group who values privacy (this is a VERY private lot), likes to prepare and eat food together (with a cooks kitchen and a huge deck with a killer view), and prefers healthy cool mountain air at night (not refrigerated air from an air conditioner).
Prices include 4.16% Hawaii State General Excise Tax, and 9.25% Local Accommodations Tax. Hawaii Business Licence W86513859-01
We are happy to share our stuff including boogie boards, foam surf boards, foam standup paddle board, coolers, beach chairs, some snorkle gear, and everything in the kitchen. We provide most household items including bedding, bath and beach towels, toilet paper, paper towels, sponges, soap, laundry detergent, shampoo, conditioner, etc.
We are a family of five. We live in Kona but we are currently on an adventure in Mexico. Before that we lived in Seattle. Hawaii rocks! As you can see, Dad is more comfortable on a wave then at an Easter party. He will not sell you any sugar coating, so ask him your questions. He knows the island, and this is your chance to benefit from local knowledge. We hope you enjoy our house. We do!