About this listing
At Hale Mar Hawaii, you'll watch and hear dramatic crashing ocean surf from your bedroom, living room, private pool and hot tub! Near the Volcano on Hawaii's wild, pristine Big Island, Hale Mar combines convenience, luxury, romance and adventure.
Hale Mar Hawaii is the house of your dreams in paradise: big blue Pacific ocean swells - whales and dolphins - swimming pool - hot tub - volcano - rainforests - black sand beaches - coconut palms! Maximize your Big Island experience from your own spacious sanctuary of privacy, peace and luxury: Hale Mar is a 3+ bedroom, absolute oceanfront home on a private 1/2 acre property in a quiet rural area, with 100' of direct sea frontage, your own 38' lap pool and hot tub by the sea and under the stars, and all the amenities to provide you with a pampered and relaxing long or short term stay in paradise.
1 gigantic master bedroom with romantic canopied king-size platform bed, from which you can see the whales, dolphins and turtles frolicking in the ocean, and its own private balcony overlooking the ocean, en-suite bathroom with tiled, 2-seat shower, walk in closet, plus a small futon for lounging on in front of the big color TV, if you get tired of looking at the ocean!
1 medium sized bedroom decorated in white and green "Key West gingerbread" style, with a double bed and its own sliding-door access to the pool, hot tub, and ocean;
1 small bedroom decorated in old-Hawaii colors and its own private patio seating area, also with access to the pool and hot tub;
1 extra room configured as an office (in case you need to catch up on your email?) which can also be set up as an extra bedroom with the folding cot and air mattress we provide.
Check out these special features:
- decorated with resort-quality luxury decor and bed linens
- only about 15 miles from the Hilo (ITO) airport, restaurants and grocery stores, but a world away in ambiance: listen to the waves crash and the birds sing
- close enough to the active volcano lava flows to visit for day or night hiking and viewing
- very close to sparkling black sand beaches, swimmable and protected tide pools full of fish and turtles, and the rambling outback-Hawaiian countryside including rainforests, waterfalls, and papaya farms
- convenient to sophisticated leisure pursuits like golf, horseback riding, wine tasting, orchid farms and art galleries
- modern conveniences like FREE high speed wireless internet access, iPod dock, satellite TV, gourmet kitchen, and full laundry room.
- extras provided like bicycles, barbecue, fax machine, wall safe for small valuables, and various games, movies, music, books, pool toys...
Minimum stay is just ONE NIGHT most of the year (exceptions: 5 night minimum at Christmas/New Year's and for the Merrie Monarch Festival the week after Easter, the biggest, most important Polynesian dance festival in the world. Check it out!)
Other great Big Island events to think about:
The original Iron Man Triathalon in October
The Panaewa Stampede Hawaiian Rodeo in February
The Puna Music Festival in May, and Hawaiiana Music Festival in July
The Volcano Art Studio Tour over Thanksgiving in November
Hale Mar is a stand-alone home: you have the whole place to yourself, including 2000 sq ft home on a half acre of landscaped ocean front, with private 38' lap pool and 6 person hot tub!
Interaction with Guests
We send you a Welcome Package by FedEx a month prior to your stay. The Welcome Package includes a map, detailed driving directions, the house key, and lots of useful info for your stay.
Our neighborhood, Paradise Park, is a true paradise! Just stroll along the ocean cliffs and see/hear/smell the crashing surf and you'll know why. It's so peaceful you can hear birds all day and frogs and night, and the Big Island air is the certified cleanest in the United States.
The Big Island is BIG. You really need a car to get around! Luckily car rental is really inexpensive on the Big Island, starting at only around $25/day, and all the big rental companies (Avis, Hertz, National...) serve both Hilo and Kona airports. You can also try Discount Hawaii Car Rentals for even lower rates.
There are good roads to all the principal sites (volcano, waterfalls, black sand beaches, etc.) but if you want to explore remote areas, without paved roads, you should consider renting a 4 wheel drive vehicle.
1 night minimum stay most of the year, 5 night minimum during holidays (Christmas and Easter timeframes).
Contact us for discount offers on long-term stays.
AirB&B collects your nightly rental fee, housekeeping fee and security deposit; we send you a separate Paypal invoice for the Hawaii Lodging Tax (currently 13.5%) which must also be paid to confirm your reservation.
Hawaii General Excise and Transient Accommodation ID# W(phone number hidden) (sorry this looks strange but if we write the actual numbers the system thinks it's a phone number and hides it.)
Refund policy: 100% except processing costs if you cancel >60 days in advance, 50% if you cancel 31-60 days in advance. If you cancel 30 days or less in advance, you forfeit your booking fee but we refund your security deposit and housekeeping fee, less processing costs (such as the credit card fee we were charged to accept your reservation.)
No smoking, no pets.
Because we are in a quiet residential neighborhood, parties and events (eg weddings) are not permitted.
Check-in time 3pm, check-out time 10am. Our housekeeping service is on a fixed schedule, so unless you have gotten our advance approval for late checkout, a $25 per hour late checkout penalty will be deducted from your security deposit if you haven't vacated the property by checkout time; for your security and theirs, our housekeepers are not able to start their work until you have moved out.
We had an amazing time in Hale Mar. The house was beautiful with breathtaking views of the ocean waves crashing over the lava cliffs. The house was everything we expected and more, with a beautiful pool that we used frequently to begin our day and cool off after an adventure. The master bedroom is incredibly impressive and would be perfect for a honeymoon!
The location of Hale Mar gave us easy access to Hilo and the Volcano National Parks. There are also great black sand beaches both to the north and the south of the house.
Laura was a fantastic host and sent us a detailed welcome packet before our visit with good directions, tips on places to eat and buy food, and instructions on opening and closing the house. It was our first Airbnb experience and we loved it! Thank you Laura!
This house was in a beautiful location and the backyard and views were unbelievable. It was roomy and the amenities were perfect. The pool and hottub were great. The view of waves breaking on the lava wall from the upstairs master bedroom was breathtaking. The only downfall was there is no air conditioning. The weather was rainy and very humid during our stay. Everything was damp (even our clean clothes had to be rewashed upon arriving home because they smelled musty) and it was uncomfortable sleeping. Even with every ceiling and portable fan on and strategically placed, it was pretty miserable. It seems that A/C would keep things drier and more comfortable, on esp damp/humid days of Hilo.
The location was remote. The ocean waves were beautiful and boisterous! The pool was great for children! It is a drive to groceries and restaurants. This side of the big island is rainy. It was easy to get in touch with people who could help (eg, the wifi and when the pool level got low).
Great place! Awesome way to kick off our honeymoon. We'll recommend this place to all of our friends.
The view was amazing. The rental was clean and comfortable for our party of 6. It was too cold to use the pool but we enjoyed the hot tub. Great place to stay on the big island.
Host Laura was great about communication and information. Hale Mar was our third AirBnB stay on the island and the setting was fantastic, right on the edge of a lava flow with gigantic waves crashing up against it. Truly a fantastic view. The pool and hot tub were nice as well. Unfortunately, the house itself is a 1980 time capsule with thrift store leftover furniture and art, corroded fixtures and faded laminate floors upstairs; not really the "luxury" advertised. More like "as is" or "so what." A bit of landscaping would be nice, too. With some effort it could easily be a fantastic place. However, the whole property just felt neglected and dingy. Unfortunately, we wouldn't stay here again.
We are truly shocked and disappointed to read this review. BTW, the house wasn't even in existence in the 1980s! it was just built brand new in 2004, and all the furnishings were bought new too, the best the local furniture stores have to offer, solid mahogany, teak and leather, nothing from a "thrift shop" or "leftover"! Additionally, we are constantly replacing and updating to keep things in order. Everyone's tastes are different, and we REALLY sorry you were disappointed: sometimes the fact that everything located on the oceanfront is constantly getting gets rusty - which we are constantly working on buffing, replacing and repainting - might create the impression it's not maintained, but fortunately, most of our guests feel it is the "luxury" we describe. We will keep on diligently maintaining Hale Mar to be the best that it can be. For potential future guests, please read our other happy guests' reviews to see that this was just one person's unfortunate perception/experience.
We absolutely loved staying at Hale Mar before heading off to the Kohala resort area! It was wonderful to fall asleep and wake up to the sound of the ocean. The kids enjoyed exploring the small tide pools in front of the house. We saw rainbows and turtles from the lava ledge - so peaceful. The oceanfront setting with doors from every room to the outside was dream living.
The beds and linens were comfortable. The house was clean and ready for our arrival. They even arranged for groceries to be delivered since we arrived on Thanksgiving day! We enjoyed cooking in the well stocked kitchen and grilling on the charcoal grill. The house is a drive from everything so when we went out exploring, we made sure to stop and get whatever we needed until our next outing.
We were a party of 8 people (4 adults, 4 children). Luckily the youngest 3 fit on a queen air mattress since one of the bedrooms is small and has just a single bed. The master bedroom is huge. The 2nd bedroom and the office are average size and the 3rd bedroom is small (and doesn't face the oceanside).
Overall, there was plenty of space to relax and enjoy throughout the property. There is enough seating for all of us to eat at the table and play games. Even the breakfast bar has lots of stools. It is much bigger than it appears in the photos.
We will defintely be back!