About this listing
Enjoy this hideaway in a tropical garden setting at the 1,000 foot elevation, where you will be surrounded by ocean views and Hawaii's exotic landscapes, but be minutes from beaches, shopping, golf, galleries, coffee farms, sea excursions and the Big Island's many other attractions. Please review the detailed description of the cottage, below, as well as the “THINGS TO NOTE IN DECIDING TO STAY WITH US” that follows the description.
The cottage includes a 324 sq ft studio apartment, and a 400+ sq ft private, covered lanai with ocean and coastline views.
Note: Stated rates INCLUDE Hawaii's 14% transient and GET tax
ALL WOOD AND TILE STUDIO COTTAGE
*Desirable upland Kona location - gardens, not lava fields
*Separate building and entrance
*Convenient & secure parking
*Ample storage for personal items
*Close to Holualoa's artists haven, coffee farms & tasting rooms
*5 minutes to Kona's most popular beach
*10 minutes to historic Kailua village & Keauhou shopping
*2 minutes to highway access, for trips to Waimea town, the Volcano, or the island's rainy side (Hilo and surrounds)
*Flat screen television with cable
*High-speed wireless internet
*Sufficient electrical outlets
*Ensuite bathroom (shower)
*Separate laundry facility
*Full size washer & dryer
*Iron and ironing board
*Wall mounted & hand mirrors
JUST BRING BATHING SUIT & FLIP-FLOPS
Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hand soap, paper goods, dish soap, sponges also supplied
# Apartment-sized refrigerator
# Large microwave
#Double Hot Plate
#Propane fueled barbecue with side burner
#French-press coffee pot
#Electric tea kettle
#Automatic coffee maker
#Good quality pots, pans and tools
#Storage containers, pitchers, serving pieces
#Dinnerware, flatware and glassware
Large, private, secluded lanai (covered porch) with a view to Kailua Bay (cruise ship, boat traffic and Ironman start) and the coastline of Kailua-Kona, furnished with a large futon couch, an 8' dining table and chairs, a hammock, and various accessories
FOR GUESTS' ENJOYMENT
*Beach chairs (Tommy Bahama)
THINGS TO NOTE IN DECIDING TO STAY WITH US
*We live next door to the cottage and we try to welcome guests personally and make ourselves available to share local insights and address questions as they arise, but otherwise we stay out of guests' way (we are happy to provide as much local information as you would like!).
*Our home, and the cottage, is in a residential area of owner-occupied homes. The cottage is therefore not suitable for more than two people, for parties or gatherings that produce noise above the level of ordinary conversation (“inside voices” at all times), or for amplified music of any kind (guests should plan on using IPod or similar personal listening devices).
*Although the weather in Hawaii may seem to be the same year-round (always about 82 degrees and sunny), it actually varies quite a bit. On the Kona side, the rainy season starts in about April or May, and continues until about October. Rain occurs mostly at night. But is is also quite humid during the rainy season, so July, August and sometimes September can seem quite a bit hotter than the thermometer reflects, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Similar to our house, the cottage is not air conditioned, but has large windows and a ceiling fan. You should consider whether the cottage is right for you during the warm, humid, summer months if you are particularly heat sensitive. Winter days are warm, but at night temperatures can occasionally drop into the high 50’s which, when accompanied by a breeze, can be quite cool. So guests at this time of year may need a sweater and long pants, especially after dark and in the morning.
*Like any subtropical locale, Kona has insects and reptiles. These include mosquitos (especially in rainy season), ants, spiders, moths, bees, and a large and ever-changing complement of other crawling and flying bugs, as well as geckos (on the bright side, Hawaii is snake-free, and all the critters we do have are non-poisonous). We try to keep our house and the cottage pest-free, but neither we nor anyone else in Hawaii has ever succeeded entirely in this endeavor.
*We are part of a small neighborhood music group that plays together weekly, on Fridays, rotating among the homes of the group’s members. We will therefore host the music group in our home, next door to the cottage, or our adjacent neighbor will host, about two weeks out of every six. The music begins about 6:30 and ends by 9:30
NO SMOKING ANYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY.
Guests have exclusive use of the studio apartment and attached lanai, nonexclusive use of the laundry facility located under the studio apartment (although we typically use separate laundry facilities), and nonexclusive use of the paved barbecue area between the cottage and its parking pad (the barbecue itself is for exclusive use of guests). Tours of our garden are available on request.
Interaction with Guests
We live immediately next door to the cottage, but in a separate building. We try to welcome guests personally to the cottage and make ourselves available to share local insights and address questions as they arise, but otherwise stay out of guests' way (we are happy to provide as much local information as you would like!).
For years we escaped on vacation from Portland's gray winters to blue Hawaii and, after trying the other islands, kept coming back to the Big Island for its unparalleled ocean swimming, and to Kailua-Kona for its old-time, 'spirit of aloha' small-town atmosphere. We originally bought a sea-level condo, but found that it was too hot and too touristy for our tastes, so we started looking for alternatives.
The little estate of which the cottage is a part was built starting in the late 1970's. We found its all-wood post and beam construction, cedar interiors, cool location, garden setting and beautiful expansive views almost unique in Kona's home market, and fell in love with it the day we first saw it.
You will need a car or moped when you stay at the cottage unless you bring or rent a bike and you relish hill climbs. There is infrequent public transportation at sea level, along Alii Drive in Kailua Kona, and around the island via the Hawaii Belt Road, if you are traveling outside of Kailua Kona.
Other Things to Note
Rates are inclusive of Hawaii's 13.42% excise & transient taxes. Hawaii Business excise tax i.d. #W(PHONE NUMBER HIDDEN) (if blocked by AirBnB, available on request)
By reserving a stay at the Cottage through airbnb.com, guests agree to the following terms and conditions, which constitute a legally binding agreement, made as of the on-line reservation date, by the person(s) reserving the Cottage (the “Guest”) and the owners Robin and Frank Parisi (“Owners”).
Guest agrees to abide by all of the HOUSE RULES pertaining to the Cottage, a list of which follows and which are a part of this Agreement.
CONDITION AND USE OF COTTAGE
The Cottage is provided in “as is” condition. Owners shall take reasonable steps to insure that all amenities listed for the Cottage are available and operational, and will take appropriate available steps to correct promptly any issues that are reported to them.
Guest shall use the Property for residential purposes only, in accordance with the HOUSE RULES and in a careful manner to prevent any damage or loss to the Cottage, and shall keep the Cottage in a clean and sanitary condition at all times. Guest shall not disturb, annoy, endanger, or inconvenience neighbors, nor shall Guest use the Cottage for any immoral, offensive or unlawful purposes, nor violate any law, association rules or ordinance, nor commit waste or nuisance on or about the Cottage.
If Guest should fail to comply with the conditions and obligations of this Agreement, Guest shall surrender the Cottage immediately upon Owners’ demand, remove all Guest’s property and belongings and leave the Cottage in good order and free of damage. No refund of any portion of the rental fee, damage deposit or other sums paid by Guest shall be made, and if any legal action is necessary, the prevailing party shall be entitled to reimbursement from the other party for all costs incurred.
ASSIGNMENT OR SUBLEASE
Guest shall not assign or sublease the Cottage, nor without the prior consent of Owner shall Guest permit the use of any portion of the Cottage by persons other than those who were not identified in the on-line reservation process.
ENTRY AND INSPECTION
Owners reserve the right to enter the Cottage at reasonable times and with reasonable advance notice for the purposes of inspecting the Cottage or showing or giving access to the Cottage to prospective purchasers, renters, workmen or other authorized persons. If Owners have a reasonable belief that there is imminent danger to any person or property, Owners may enter the Cottage without advance notice.
UNAVAILABILITY OF COTTAGE
If the Cottage is not available for use for all or part of the reservation term, Owners shall immediately return all payments made by the Guest, whereupon this Agreement shall be terminated and Guest and Owners shall have no further obligations or liabilities in any manner pertaining to this Agreement.
HOUSE RULES & CHECK OUT PROCEDURE
(See Guest Information in the Cottage for more specifics)
Occupancy and use of the Cottage is limited to one car and two people. You must obtain prior permission if you wish to have visitors while you are in the cottage. No parties or no amplified music, and use of “inside voices” whether inside or on the lanai.
THE ENTIRE PROPERTY IS NON-SMOKING; there is no smoking allowed inside or outside of the cottage.
Lights, Fans, Appliances
Turn off all lights, fans and appliances when not in use, except you may wish to leave a porch light on if you plan to return after dark. Turn off all outside lights when you retire. Consult, and use appliances only in accordance with, appliance manuals. Follow instructions in Guest Information when operating lanai shades. Remove dryer lint before use; no sand in washer.
Towels, Gear, Sand Removal
Do not hang towels or gear on the cottage (including lanai) railings, or on the furniture. Use the towel racks and clothes line provided. Clean all borrowed beach/recreational gear and return to storage. Remove all sand BEFORE entering the porch, lanai, cottage or laundry area.
Driving & Parking
Do not use the portion of the circular drive that is nearest the main house, and otherwise follow all instructions & precautions outlined in the separate Driving Directions document provided prior to check-in.
Firmly seal in plastic bags and place in Cottage garbage can under cottage lanai, with lid firmly affixed.
Hang barbecue cover while using, clean barbecue following use (**see below), and replace cover on barbecue when cool. Keep barbecue covered when not in use/still hot. Following use, be sure all barbecue controls are in “off” position, and that the propane tank cylinder valve has been turned “off.”
Check-out time is eleven am. If you have a late afternoon or evening flight please enquire if you would like a later check-out or to store your bags; we may be able to accommodate you.
Before leaving: (1) place all garbage in can under lanai, (2) wash dishes and wipe down counters/appliances, (3) place any left-over food items in the refrigerator, (4) check that the fan, the barbecue, and all lights and appliances are off, and that the barbecue is covered, (5) make sure the propane tank cylinder valve has been turned “off,” AND disconnect (unscrew) the barbecue from the propane tank cylinder valve, (6) text or email me if you found anything that needs to be repaired, and advising me if you broke or lost anything, so that I can correct the problem before the next guest arrives, (7) leave cottage door UNlocked and keys on the small drop-leaf table in the cottage.
Frank and I are retired professionals and have lived in Hawaii full-time since about 2008. Before retiring, we lived and raised our family in Portland, Oregon. We have two children, a daughter and a son, now both employed in Silicon Valley. We are quite sporty and love a challenging do-it-yourself project. Our yard/garden here in Hawaii has been our main retirement activity. We have tamed and terraced the garden by building rock walls, and we have added extensive concrete pathways and stairs. We swim in the ocean or ride our road bikes almost daily. I am a mosaic artist, and Frank plays guitar and ukulele.