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, at bottom of hill.
Welcome to South Kona, Big Island of Hawaii! I offer a private, ocean-view studio apartment on the garden level of a single-family home in a beachy, rural subdivision/community 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. I can take parties of--(a) one adult; (b) two adults; or (c) one adult and one older child.
Our own secluded, uncrowded, black-pebble beach offers easy access to outstanding snorkeling, kayaking, diving, fishing and swimming. Unlike beaches in town, it's very uncrowded here most days and you will probably have the whole beach to yourself. :) The beach is about two minutes' drive away via a crazy steep road. You can walk it-- but driving is recommended.
This property is located between mile marker 97 and 96 in South Kona; about 45 minutes from Kailua-Kona and about 25 minutes from the town of Captain Cook. Please see island map in my Photos for approximate location.
Spacious, cozy, clean, comfortable studio outfitted with all you need for cooktop cooking--including utensils, dishes, pots. Also there is a coffee grinder, drink blender and even a pancake griddle! NEW: Ultra-luxurious, certified organic King mattress by Nest Bedding with brand new platform. Also, pleasant cement patio outside: a picnic table, gas BBQ for grilling up that great island fish or island-grown beef. Save money on restaurants—eating out is pricey! Cook here at home. New patio chairs and table also outside.
Please note: This is a setting quite off the beaten track, so if you are looking to walk to nightlife, convenience stores 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 our rural location for just these reasons. At night, it's a 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, family neighborhood. A little bit funky, a little bit sweet, a lot homey, a lot comfy.
Our quiet 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.
In winter, we can hear the raucous humpback whales from up here (November through April). Star-swept skies astonish. Cool elevation of about 750 feet means that ocean breezes keep us naturally comfortable all day, every day. We don't have the loud shrieking frogs that have invaded much of the rest of the island.
Summer conditions are placid and ideal for snorkeling, although it's a bit more rainy.
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.
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."
Free use of my high-quality U.S. Divers snorkeling equipment (with signed waiver) beach umbrella, beach cooler & chairs, sunshades, reef shoes, surfwear, noodles, beach towels and beachmats.
Free, reliable and fast Wi-Fi. Furniture includes brand new organic king size platform bed from Nest Bedding, end tables, dining table and chairs, sitting chairs and lamps, two dropleaf tables, two armoires for storage. Futon couch. New 19-inch flat screen/DVD player with a few good movies and a few B or C movies. :) There's also a classical acoustic guitar available. We are on a self-sustaining rainwater catchment system here, so water conservation is requested and appreciated.
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. With the new bypass open, we are under 30 minutes to Keauhou Bay.
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. Twenty minutes from world- famous Kealakekua Bay--a pristine bay and protected marine reserve/underwater park great for swimming, dolphin sightings and whale-watching. Ten minutes to beautiful sandy Hookena Beach. Five minutes to the famed coffee belt of the Honaunau Valley.
It's about 12 miles north to the town of 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.
In short, South Kona is home to a great variety of different beaches and attractions all within minutes.
HEADING SOUTH: We are about one hour and 20 minutes to the phenomenal Hawaii Volcanoes National Park with (currently) two live eruption sites. 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 paved 12-mile access road takes you to within hiking distance of these spots.)
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.
I have no minimum required stay (except at Christmas and NY holiday weeks, which must be booked in a minimum 7-day block at Christmas and a 7-day block Christmas/New Years. Also, short-stay requests for too far in advance cannot be accepted. Otherwise, come for one night or come for 21!
(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 mandatory.
Winter rates (November through April) are higher. Ironman week is higher. Christmas week (Dec. 29-26) must be booked as a minimum block. (Can be more nights; cannot be less.) Same with New Year's week. (Dec. 26 - January 2) There is a non-refundable, $85 preparation/turnover fee and $150 refundable security deposit required.
NOTE ABOUT TAX: Due on arrival. I must collect Hawaii excise and accommodation tax IN CASH of 13.45% on MY payout amount. I'll let you know this amount when you book. The collection of tax is mandatory and non negotiable.
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, (mm 97) so if you want to know approximately where it is, just ask.
I do ask that you complete your AirBnB Profile, especially if you have no reviews or references. I'm only interested in hosting self-sufficient guests who are quiet, courteous and respectful. Please read the listing and house rules carefully to make sure it's a fit before booking. Please be aware that while we take every precaution to prevent insects from entering the flat, one or two might make it inside as they do in all homes in Hawaii. They are harmless and easy to remove. Please let us know immediately and we'll take care of the unwanted visitors.
I cannot issue refunds for booking errors. Please book carefully.
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. I've hosted guests from around the world and enjoy introducing them to this wonderful spot. :)
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 .
Perfekte Unterkunft für alle Aktivitäten, die man sich nur denken kann, sehr gute Lage, toller Strand. Liebevoll eingerichtet und sauber. Danke für die vielen nützlichen Insider-Tips und die super Ausrüstung fürs Wasservergnügen, ist wirklich alles da, was man brauchen könnte. Und am besten: eine sehr nette und zuvorkommende Gastgeberin. Großes Lob. Mahalo Kristina
Ein schönes Aparment mit guter Ausstattung in super Lage. Alles entspricht der Beschreibung und es mangelt an nichts. Kristina ist sehr nett und gibt super Tipps. A really nice appartment next to the bay. Good equipment for snorkling and several books are helpful for a really nice vacation. Kristina is really nice and gives good tips. I would return to this place for my next vacation on Hawaii.
Feedback to you
Thank you for the great time in South Kona Studio! We enjoyed especially the snorkel stuff and the books about Hawaii. The Studio is really nice!
Separate, private, lockable, ocean view studio apartment for two in quiet, beachy subdivision. Self-catering. Snorkel and beach equipment. Secluded, uncrowded beach in the subdivision is 2 mins by car. Fridge, indoor cooking and gas BBQ grille available. Your own patio with furnishings. An outdoor cat for company. :-)
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 and whales in the winter, outstanding snorkeling, diving and paddling. 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.
Car rental is mandatory. (Regular 2WD is fine.) 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 excise and transient accommodation tax IN CASH of 13.45% on MY payout amount. I'll let you know this amount at the time of booking. The collection of tax is mandatory and non negotiable. I thank you... and the state of Hawaii thanks you. :)
We're very mellow ... so if you are too, we'll get along well. This is a family home and neighborhood. Quiet time 10PM. This is our neighborhood association curfew hour and it must be respected. No loud parties at any hour.
• Only your approved and registered guests allowed on property.
• Check-in time is 4:00PM. Please text with an ETA. Mahalo. Accommodations tax in cash due upon arrival.--Please have it ready.
• We do ask that you conserve water; we're on a self-sustaining rainwater tank system. No long showers. Please finish showering by 11:00pm, as late showers wake us upstairs.
• No smoking. (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.
•No burning candles, Incense or mosquito coils inside or outside.
• Please remove your own trash (take it with you) as we have no trash service out here: Trash and mixed recycles can be taken to nearby trash station at mm 99-100. Trash must NOT be left in the flat or in the carport.
• Please take care with our U.S. Divers snorkeling equipment sets (in the black bags). They are $49.99 plus tax to replace. If you lose even one piece, I will have to charge you for the full set. Both sets are fully inventoried after every guest check out.
• Divers: Please do NOT rinse your dive gear inside the house/bathtub. Especially wetsuits! Better to rinse ocean gear on the boat dock before you leave your charter.
• Please don't move furniture. This includes the bed. Furniture moved incorrectly will break.
• Please read the listing carefully before booking. Make sure the studio and its location are a good fit for you. Ask questions first if anything is not clear.
• Leave South Kona Studio as you found it.
Last but not least, please enjoy your visit and don't hesitate to ask questions!
I will email a PDF file of complete information to you once you are booked.
e komo mai ! (Welcome!)
Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.
Advertising copywriter. Magazine features journalist. Substitute teacher sometimes. 25 years in Hawaii, 13 years as a homeowner at this property and 7 years hosting on Airbnb. Love outrigger paddling and tennis. Live aloha!