Welcome: This is a wonderful house. When guests walk in we see wow on their faces. It is spacious and elegant, but not fancy...it's comfortable. 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!
4 master bedroom suites
3600 square feet (334 sq m) of indoor space
5 separate lanai (porches) provide 2000 sq ft of outdoor living space (most of it covered)
sleeps 12 comfortably, but can accommodate up to 16
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
quiet, completely private 1.5 acre lot all to yourselves
This is our home. We rent it out when we are away, so it does not have the sterile feel of a condo or vacation rental.
We rent the downstairs studio and spare bedroom year round (sleeps up to 8). See our other listing for more details. Note that when you rent the whole house, this includes the downstairs studio and spare bedroom, so you will have the whole place all to yourself.
The whole house will also be available several weeks in the winter (dates TBA). Let us know if you are interested, or if you have a ski house you would like to swap for a week or two.
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. Type (website hidden) into your browser 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 or coqui frogs to disturb your sleep. There is a gas grill on the back lanai which you are welcome to use. 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 10 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. Kua Bay, sporting the best boogie boarding, body surfing, and frolicking on the island, is just 18 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 105 minutes via the new section of Saddle Road. 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.
Sleeping Options: The main part of the house has a king in the (real) master bedroom, a queen and twin bunk beds in the second bedroom, and a king in the third bedroom. There is a queen and two twins in the attached studio apartment. If you have a large group (up to 16), the couch in the living room could be set up as an extra-long king or three separate kid beds. We also have a cot, two full sized cribs, and a queen Aerobed that are available upon request. Each bedroom is the size of an ordinary master bedroom and has an en suite full bath. Bedrooms #2 and #3 have 18 ft ceilings and a loft. The mauka (mountain side) bedroom (#2) has French doors opening onto the garden, and is a mirror image of the makai (ocean side) bedroom except the latter has its own private balcony with ocean views. Downstairs is a 1000 sq foot studio apartment with a kitchen. Even the downstairs has ocean views from its picture window and two 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. The master bedroom, of course, tops all of these, with its panoramic ocean views, stained glass windows, cathedral ceilings, and jetted tub surrounded by screened windows creates the feeling of taking a bath in the forest canopy.
Food Preparation: The primary kitchen is well stocked, has space for several people to work together, and is integrated into the main room of the house. It has three sinks, over 8 square meters of granite counter space, cutting boards, stainless steel appliances, a Vitamix blender, and everything else a foodie needs to grill, bake, or wok delicious meals. (There is a smaller kitchen 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, beach chairs, and coolers are available for use free of charge. A big advantage of renting a working house it that the kitchen is stocked and available for your use. More guidance about what you can use in the kitchen is provided in the house manual. 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.
Fresh Air: We are situated on a hill so the front side of the downstairs studio is 10 feet off the ground and has ocean views, but the mauka (mountain) side is below ground level. If mildew is a concern for you, the back alcove of the downstairs studio may not be the best place for you to sleep if we have had a lot of rain recently. We keep all the doors and windows open, especially the Mauka bedroom, which gets stuffy if you close it up.
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 Island...to 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.
We had a wonderful stay. The house was great, with easy access to the beaches and other activity areas. There were nine in our group (6 adults & 3 children). We had plenty of room & lots to spare. The house and location, reminded us of Swiss Family Robinson. It was very spacious, with easy access to everything. It was so refreshing to be able to pick fresh fruits and herbs. The way the house was situated provided lots of privacy. The vegetation was so thick and lush, it was easy to imagine we were in our own private jungle. The owners left us with a house manual and an area activity guide book. Both were very helpful. We would definitely return and recommend this location, for a perfect family ( or other large group) vacation.
We are from Germany ( so please sorry about the bad english) And we were in hawaii because my nephew and his Friend started for the ironman triathlon.
We staid with 12 People ( for a few days 14 People)
In the house of Andrei, Allie, Milo, Luca and Nico.
And it was Great ( for south germans great is simmilar to fantastic, sensationel, etc.)
Just by the first contact with Andrei by Email and later by (website hidden) he seems very likeable to us.
He gave us a lot of tipps and recommandations what we can do on big island, were to find the best beaches for snorkeling or just relaxing, etc.
When we arrived we were fascinated about the house between a big exotic garden with bananas and goavas and papayas and other interesting botanical plants.
we came into a house with a lot of space, very great an nice rooms and terraces.
The view from the front terrace is great. You can see the wonderfull exotic garden and the ocean and in the evening you can drink your sundowner on the terrace.
The pictures in the web are very real (rather unterstated). But you can get a really good impression about the size of the house and the neigbourhood.
The climatic conditions of the house are perfect. Always a little bit colder than in kona downtown, perfect to relax.
the position of the house is also very good.
a short way to kona (about 7 min) and near the street to waimea and sattle road.
we felt us very comfortible in the house and we thank andrei and xys very much for the hospitality and confidence.
its a great pity that germany is exactly on the other side of the earth. Otherwise we wood come back next year again.
This was is a delightful place to stay--beautiful, clean, quiet, above the town but close enough to get there quickly. The house is wonderful with multiple outdoor balconies and great views all the way out to the ocean. We were four people, three adults and a child, and we had plenty of room to spread out. Even the downstairs suite would have been roomy enough for our group. The only downside is that you absolutely need a car--no public transportation here. But then of course you'd want a car to explore this fabulous island.