About this listing
Private, lockable, ocean-view studio in quiet, beachy subdivision. Self-catering. Dark and quiet at night. Spectacular views. Secluded beach 2 mins away.
Welcome to South Kona, Big Island of Hawaii! I offer a private, quiet, ocean-view studio apartment on the garden level of a single-family home in a beachy, rural subdivision comprised of interesting custom homes. This self-catering studio is separate and lockable from the main house and has a private entrance via side staircase. Sleeps two guests MAX. (Not really a good fit for babies/toddlers... but I can take one adult and one older child.)
Two minutes drive to our own secluded, uncrowded, black-pebble beach with easy access to outstanding snorkeling, kayaking and swimming. Unlike beaches in town, it's very uncrowded here most days and you will probably have the whole beach to yourself. :)
Spacious, cozy, clean, comfortable studio outfitted with all you need, including utensils, dishes, pots, pans, coffee grinder, even blender and a pancake griddle!. Also, pleasant patio outside: a picnic table, gas BBQ for grilling up that great island fish or island-grown beef. New patio chairs and table also outside.
I have no minimum required stay (except at Christmas week). Come for one night or come for 29!
Our subdivision is stair-stepped onto the dramatic, steep slopes of Mauna Loa, (the world's largest active volcano) creating commanding, 180-degree panoramic ocean views. This affords us vistas all the way to Kailua town 25 miles to the north. Clear horizon lines run 35 miles straight out to sea. Sunsets are extraordinary experiences on this part of the island, especially at our location and elevation. You feel like you are on top of the world --yet still close to the beach. Our leeward (Kona means "lee" or calm) side of the island is characterized by mostly dry, sunny weather year round, with a light increase in rain in the summer months. Average year-round temp is 80 degrees. Perfect.
Please note: This is a setting quite off the beaten track, so if you are looking to walk to nightlife, markets or Starbux, this location is NOT the place. If you want to see canopies of stars, hear birds and whales and the crashing surf, and be near premier, uncrowded snorkeling, well, that's more like us. Most guests love the rural location for just these reasons. It's safe, peaceful, dark, breezy and simply gorgeous out here. This is not a five-star resort room, nor should you expect it to be. It's a cozy, cottage-like, fully outfitted apartment in a mature, beachy neighborhood.
In winter, we can hear the raucous humpback whales from up here (November through April). Cool elevation of about 750 feet means that ocean breezes keep us naturally comfortable all day, every day.
The beach right below us is a pebble cove with protected bay. Snorkeling along the finger reefs here (in calm conditions) is EXCELLENT. Our beach is a TRUE best-kept secret. Shore divers love this area, also known for its abundant sealife, startling pinnacles and breathtaking coral gardens. (The Kona Aggressor dive charter parks just to the north of our bay.) Kayaking is premier and it's easy to launch (in calm conditions) from our paved beach parking lot. The beach is about two minutes away from me via a crazy steep road. You can walk it-- but driving is recommended.
Hiking along the ancient King's Trail and to "Secret's" mini black sand beach is also accessible from the beach. Walk even farther north and reach the place we call the "Secret Grotto."
We are coqui-frog free, which means you will NOT hear the night calls of these shrieking pests that have invaded much of the island, especially in rural locations. Trust me, this is a plus. :)
Free use of my high-quality U.S. Divers snorkeling equipment, beach umbrella, beach cooler & chairs, sunshades, reef shoes, surfwear, noodles, beach towels and beachmats.
Free, reliable and fast Wi-Fi. Furniture includes comfy queen size bed (firm Simmons mattress), end tables, dining table and chairs, sitting chairs and lamps, two dropleaf tables, two armoires for storage. Folding card table stashed in case you need extra. Foldout soft futon. New 19-inch flat screen/DVD player with a few good movies and a few B or C movies. :)
Enjoy often spectacular sunsets in the evenings, amidst the sounds of hundreds of roosting mynah birds, (depending on the time of year.) It's tranquil and dark out here... a great location to experience the real vibe of Authentic Kona, Hawaii.
Your hosts in the main house are friendly, longtime Hawaii Island residents with a Maltese dog and grumpy-faced cat.
We are approx. 23 miles south of Kailua-Kona, about an hour south of the airport.
LOCAL DRIVING DISTANCES (North): We are 15 minutes south of Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park (the best preserved cultural refuge and ancient temple complex in the state) and "Two-Step," featuring outstanding snorkeling, said to be among the top three in the state. About 7 miles north is Ho'okena Beach, plentiful with dolphins and offers kayak/stand up paddle concessions. Twenty minutes from world- famous Kealakekua Bay--a pristine bay and protected marine reserve/underwater park great for swimming, dolphin sightings and whale-watching. Five minutes to the famed coffee belt of the Honaunau Valley.
In short, South Kona is home to a great variety of different beaches and attractions all within minutes.
We are about one hour and 15 minutes to the amazing Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with (currently) two live eruption sites. (Only one is accessible to the public as of 7/15). Punalu'u Black Sand beach, with an abundance of sunbathing turtles, is about 45 minutes south as are turnoffs for the Green Sands Beach and South Point. (a 12-mile access road takes you to within hiking distance of these spots.)
It's about 12 miles north to Captain Cook, with services such as gasoline, restaurants, grocery and banking. It's 45 minutes to Kailua or Keauhou if you DO want some nightlife, dining, bigbox retailers, sportfishing, golf, luaus or tennis.
(NOTE: Food and other provisions are the responsibility of the guest and are not provided.)
Hiring a car for mobility's and convenience sake is DEFINITELY recommended.
We have solar assist hot water (stays heated in a regular hot water heater) and rainwater catchment here, so thus, water conservation is requested and appreciated. No additional guests allowed on property other than your approved party. The site won't let me change the charge per additional guest number, but I REALLY can't take more than two. If two guests wish to sleep separately, there is a foldout futon and extra bedding provided at no charge. (Let me know and I will have them ready.)
My place is great for a single or couple who want a nicely located spot near the beach that's still in the West side tropical zone... but seek a setting well away from the retail, heat, tourists and bustle of Kailua town.
Winter rates (November through April) are higher. Ironman week is higher. Christmas week (Dec. 21-30) requires a one-week minimum. There is a non-refundable, $85 cleaning fee and $180 refundable security deposit required. (Deposit is a shadow charge and not collected unless claimed upon.)
NOTE ABOUT TAX: Due on arrival. I must collect Hawaii accommodation tax IN CASH of 13.45% on MY payout amount. I'll let you know this amount after your book. Best brought with you in person. The collection of tax is mandatory and non negotiable. :(
No smoking (this includes e-cig) inside or out, is allowed. (If you absolutely must, it is certainly OK to walk up to the street.) HOWEVER... I will sometimes make exceptions for courteous outdoor smokers ONLY if you have contacted me about it FIRST and you agree to the (easy) ground rules.
I can often take you last minute, or for a short stay so please enquire.
NOTE: For security reasons, the AirBnB map here does not show my exact location, so if you want to know approximately where it is, just ask.
Because of the staircase, we are NOT handicapped accessible. Over 25 only please. I do ask that you complete your AirBnB Profile, especially if you have no reviews or references. I'm only interested in hosting guests who are courteous and respectful, as this is a very quiet area. If you intend to party hard, or bring home strangers you meet on the beach, please skip me. :)
If my long ramble has not answered all your questions, write with ANY and ALL questions about the place, location or its amenities, and I'd be glad to answer!
Mahalo! and e komo mai! (Welcome).
Once you book, and they release our contact info, I will email you the detailed guest info.
SVENJA January 2015
"Perfect place for all activities that one can think , very good location, great beach .
Lovingly decorated and clean. Thank you for the many useful insider tips and great equipment for water fun , really everything is there, you could possibly need .
And the best : a very nice and welcoming host . High praise .
Separate, private, lockable, ocean view studio apartment for two in quiet, beachy subdivision. Self-catering. Snorkel and beach equipment. Secluded, uncrowded beach 2 mins by car. Fridge, indoor cooking and gas BBQ grille available.
Interaction with Guests
I greet them and leave them be if they wish, or I am available to answer questions if they need. If they want to share a glass of wine, I'm up for that too. Otherwise I give them their privacy.
The view is spectacular and we have our own secluded beach with great snorkeling and swimming when calm. Quiet, safe, beachy, rural, lots of stars, whales in the winter, outstanding snorkeling, diving and paddling.
A bus stops at the top of the hill once a day, but I highly recommend you rent a car. We are out in the country here and the bus isn't a good, convenient or comfortable option.
Other Things to Note
NOTE ABOUT TAX: Due on arrival. I must collect Hawaii transient accommodation tax IN CASH of 13.45% on MY payout amount. I'll let you know this amount after your book. Best brought in person and I will collect at the time of check in. The collection of tax is mandatory and non negotiable. I thank you... and the state thanks you.
We're very mellow ... so if you are too, we'll get along well. This is a family home and a very quiet area. Quiet time after 10PM. This is our neighborhood association curfew hour and it must be respected. No loud parties at any hour.
We do ask that you conserve water; we're on a self-sustaining water system. Would appreciate no post-midnight showering as this wakes us upstairs.
NO SMOKING...INSIDE OR OUT!!! (If you simply must, you can always walk up to the street, just so it is not on the property.) This includes e-cigs/vapes. In special cases, I may take courteous outdoor smokers but we MUST have discussed it first.
No pets allowed.
Please haul your own trash as we have no trash service out here: Trash and mixed recycles can be taken to nearby trash station at mm 99-100. I do have containers for you to deposit your drinking recycles: plastic bottles, glass soda and beer bottles and cans, (should you wish, this is a suggestion only, as it helps the planet.)
No additional or overnight guests other than those in your approved party allowed on property. (Please don't invite people unknown to me to the studio!)
Sorry, I cannot offer refunds on unused nights due to booking errors or weather/flight/travel delays.
Please don't move furniture around as I have had some guests cause damage recently by doing this.
Make sure all the faucet valves are securely turned off when not in use, as even the tiniest drip will make the water pump cycle on constantly.
Please turn porch lights off at night before retiring for the evening.
A COUPLE OF THINGS I REALLY DON'T WANT YOU TO DO.
• Please do not put charcoal briquettes in the gas barbecue and light it! This a propane gas BBQ. If you have questions about using the BBQ, please ask. :) Clean grill after use, and turn OFF the valve to the propane tank.
• Liquids ONLY down the sink drain please. No solids of any kind.
• Please take care with the new U.S. Divers snorkeling equipment sets (in the black bags). They are $47.99 plus tax to replace. If you lose even one piece I will have to charge you for the full set. Both sets are inventoried after every guest check out.
There may be cats around who would love to be let inside, but they may be destructive so please enjoy them from outside. :)
•No burning candles due to past problems. I have provided flameless tealights for ambiance. Please also --no Incense or mosquito coils inside or outside. (Mosquito coils are smoky and toxic and therefore not allowed on the property anywhere.)
• Use of snorkel and beach gear strictly at your own risk.
Last but not least, please enjoy your visit and don't hesitate to ask questions!
I will email a PDF file of information to you once you are booked.
e komo mai ! (Welcome!)
Kristina'a place is sweet and charming with a beautiful view. It has everything you need for a Hawaiian home base. Kristina was a gracious and helpful host besides. Mahalo Kristina!
This studio is a great place to stay if your looking for something quiet and away from the touristy areas. The proximity to the black pebble beach at the end of the road was lovely. Everything is as described or shown in photos and Kristina is very thorough in communicating everything you need to know about the area and the studio. We were so thankful to have all the beach equipment (chairs, cooler, umbrella, snorkels, etc.) at our disposal, they really made our trips to the beaches so much better! There are several good restaurants and stores nearby, we especially enjoyed eating at Patz Pies and Da Poke Shack. Yum!
Kristina was a wonderful host and ahead of time had given us very useful tips on how to get to her studio so by the time we had arrived we were set.
As for the studio - it was wonderful. We would sit and drink our coffee in the morning looking at the Pacific and in the evening drink wine and watch the sun set over the Pacific. What could be better - well maybe the beaches close by - they were great but that cocktail at night still was pretty cool.
The studio itself was very well equipped, had everything we could possibly need plus beach toys - it was all super cool and exactly as Kristina had described it.
Would certainly go back if I am ever in Kona and the Big Island of Hawai'i - fabulous place.
Thank you Kristina.
Our stay at Kristina's place was fantastic! The place had a lovely, cottage-like feel and a beautiful ocean view. Before even arriving, Kristina provided us with tons of information about the place and the surrounding area and, upon meeting her, Kristina was very friendly and responsive to any needs we had. We were happy with the location, as it was quiet and away from the major tourist centres, but still centrally located and easy to access fun things to do! Another big plus was the snorkelling equipment and beach supplies available for our use. Overall a very positive experience that we would highly recommend!
My friend and I stayed at Kristina's studio for week at the end of May. It was wonderful! This was my first Airbnb experience and I'm so pleased to say that everything went well. Kristina met us when we arrived and had the place set up just perfectly for our stay. The place is really better to me than it was described. I think my favorite part was being able to sit out on the lanai and watch the sun set while eating dinner. Also Kristina had some drinking water for us upon arrival which was very helpful because we bought some cheap filtered water at Wal-Mart and it was so gross, but the water she provided was great- so if anyone stops at Wal-Mart for food, don't buy the super cheap gallons of water. Her location was just what we wanted, it was quite and calm and I loved that I didn't have people walking by while we were outside, as could have been the case with a condo. We explored much of the island, this was our first trip to Hawai'i and it was great to have a place that was safe to back to. Oh, and Kristina was very helpful on several occasions to give us suggestions on where to eat or which beach to go to, things only a local would really know. That was very handy because guide books are only so helpful. The place had everything we needed for our stay- beach gear, towels, guide books, bbq and eating supplies, oh and a very sweet cat that lives outside-Buster. I would definitely recommend this as a wonderful place to stay and Kristina as a very helpful and gracious host.
This place is amazing! The view is great, first night we were able to make a time lapse video of the night sky. Everything was clean and set up, for when we arrived. Host is easy going and made vacationing that much better. The neighborhood is quiet. The area is very very private. Great place for some rest relaxation after a long day of touring.
I had a very warm welcome from Kristina the night of my arrival. The waterfront studio is cozy and tucked under the house which was nice for privacy. I picked the studio for Kristina's positive reviews and the place looks just like the pictures. The studio was very clean and neat. If you are looking for a quieter place to relax away from the hustle and bustle of Kona this is the place for you. But I will warm you besides a few local food spots 20 minutes away the majority of food is 45 minutes away. Which has nothing to do with Kristina's place just something I didn't realized until I had to drive it.