About This Listing
Peaceful surroundings, ocean views, fruit trees and near by beaches. From black to green sands. Great snorkeling and diving. Near quaint towns and farmers markets. Real beauty and real Hawaii. Go see the sights, then come relax in your Hale.
This is a brand new apartment that Joe built. Much love went into it. It is at garden level and surrounded by Ohia trees. Many windows that look out into the woods. You will hear the birds singing. It has a full kitchen, refrigerator, stove, toaster and coffee maker. Full bathroom with a walk-in beautifully tiled shower. Queen bed with soft 800 thread linens.
We also provide beach towels, beach chairs and a cooler :)
You will have your own large 1 bedroom apartment. You can enjoy the 5 acre yard to sit and enjoy the peaceful environment. Take a walk through the woods or watch the sun set over the ocean.
Interaction with Guests
Someone would always be available to help with any needs or questions you may have. We will help you experience Hawaii, so you feel like you belong. Let the island take you away :)
This is a quiet neighborhood. Everyone has 5 or more acres. Many neighbors grow coffee, macnuts, avocados and fruits of all kind. We could arrange farm tours for you if you would like. We are very involved with our local community and It is a great one.
There is a local bus system. You can find there schedule on line. Hele-on Bus. We are a short distance up from the highway the bus route travels on. But we do recommend you rent a car, so you can see a lot of what the island has to offer.
Other Things to Note
We have many nice beaches near us, like ; Honomalino Bay, Manuka Bay Beach, Road to the Sea, (For Manuka and Road to the Sea you would need a 4 x 4 vehicle) Ho’okena, Pu’uhonua o Honauau (City of Refuge) Two Step, Kealakekua Bay, Green Sands ( nice to have a 4 x 4 for Green Sands to, but not necessary. Without one just means you have to hike 35-45 minutes) and Punaluu (Black Sands). Nice quaint towns to go explore their shops, restaurants and Cafes. Like; Honaunau, Captain Cook, Kainaliu, Kailua Kona, Ocean View, Naalehu, Pahala, Wood Valley, ( There is a beautiful Buddhist Temple to visit in Wood Valley) Volcano and Hilo. Just to name a few. There are many farmers markets you can go to and get local fruits, vegetables, coffee, macnuts, fish and crafts. We can direct you to them. This island has so many things to offer ; golfing, swimming, snorkeling, diving, parasailing, horseback riding, zip lining, helicopter rides, active lava flow to go explore, star gazing on Mauna Kea, fishing, surfing and so much more. We are advet hikers so we could direct you to some great trails. We are here to help you experience Hawaii. Whether you want to go be an active tourist, sit on a beach and soak up the warm sun with a good read or just relax amoungst the Ohia trees, Hawaii calls :) It's an amazing place.
Quiet time 9:00 pm. No pets. No children unless pre-approved. No visitors unless pre-approved. No smoking in or around the house. We are on rain catchment so we ask that you conserve your water usage. Also try and limit your hot water usage. Of course you can take a hot shower but use the cold water otherwise if possible. And electricity is very expensive in Hawaii, so please shut lights off when not needed. We should all conserve valuable resources where ever we go, it will make the planet happy. Mahalo
Kat and Joe were excellent hosts. They were always there to answer our questions (email or in person) and gave us good tips on local places to visit. We had an amazing stay on Big Island and had such a positive experience. The apartment feels very spacious yet cozy. It has everything you need including a bbq grill.
It is a great location - very quiet and in nature. Best sleep we had across all 3 islands we visited. Also has a nice view of the sunset over the water. I would suggest to stop for groceries on the way since not everything is as close on Big Island.
We definitely recommend this place and would come back!
Joe was there to welcome us and then we didn't see much of him or Kat. However, our stay at their place was very comfortable and had everything we needed. We particularly enjoyed the full size kitchen and very lovely carpentry and finishing work. The location was perfect for snorkelling at the Place of Refuge and Punalu'u Black Sand Beach. If you are looking for a place to explore the South Island we would recommend Joe And Kat's place.
The description of the apartment was very accurate and we appreciated all of the workmanship and little touches that made it comfortable. Unfortunately, we didn't meet Joe, but Kat was incredibly nice and helpful.
Bottom line: we loved our three night stay at Ohia Malu Hale so much that we made plans to return for the final three days of our trip. The space is absolutely perfect for people who like to keep things simple, comfortable and have a nice place to cook meals in. It is quite a spacious 1bd/1ba, and there are two large closets so you can really settle in and not feel like your are surrounded by "stuff". The kitchen was well stocked, bed was comfortable, shower has good water pressure. Really, just perfect accommodations for a couple looking to relax away from resort-land. Even better, Kat and Joe were wonderful hosts, they are so accomodating and helpful. They made us feel like friends, not paying guests. I've stayed numerous places on the Big Island and this is definitely my favorite.
Great apartment, very nice and updated! Kat and Joe were wonderful hosts. Beach towels, a cooler, beach mats and more were all made available to us, which was an added plus! Location is remote so make sure you stop and get groceries before you head that way, preferably in Kailua Kona (the poke bar at Sack N Save is awesome!) for the best prices. Proximity to Volcano National Park was ideal.
The host was very communicative before and during our stay. They were extremely accommodating and made every effort for to get what we requested. The pictures of the Ohia Malu Hale do not do it justice, it is extremely clean and well maintained. It is very private and very quiet for those who are looking for a full island relaxing experience. The location was ideal for us to be able to experience the south and east of the island as well as the west shore.
We have been to the islands several times and used Airbnb in the past and this was by far the best and most accurate listing we have come across. A lot of times people misrepresent their listing but in this case I found that this listing was under represented if anything. I can't say enough about this unit except that we had an excellent stay and the next time I return to the Big Island I would love to stay in it again if it is available. Hope this helps all and thank you so much again Kat and Joe :)
About the Host, Kat And Joe
We grew up in Minnesota. Joe is part Hawaiian and his family is originally from Waipio Valley. We have been together for 20 years. He is the love of my life. Between us we have 5 children, 3 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. We are both very active. We bike, swim, hike, camp and like to travel. We have 5 acres that holds 3 homes that Joe built. We also have a cabin in Waipio Valley on the land where Joe's mother was raised. I am a very blessed lady!!!!!