Make us your home base for your Big Island exploration. Experience a galaxy of stars, the expansive ocean, and the creation of new earth. After a full day of adventure, return to your peaceful sanctuary and rejuvenate in perfect sleeping weather.
Make us your base camp for your Big Island exploration. Experience a galaxy of stars, the expansive ocean, and the creation of new earth. After a full day of adventure, return to your peaceful sanctuary and rejuvenate in perfect sleeping weather. Get ready for your next adventure or travel deeper on your inner journey. Relax on the lanai with a cup of Kona coffee, listen to birdsongs, and simply be.
We are centrally located on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii between Kailua Kona and Waimea. At an ideal elevation of 2,400 feet, OP Hale has sunny days and cooler nights. A perfect place for a self retreat or a romantic getaway, OP Hale provides a sacred space for contemplation, exploration, and relaxation. Affordable rates from $125 per night (TAX 13.42% INCLUDED) with NO CLEANING and PARKING FEE. Weekly rate of $750. Monthly rate of $2100.
A comfortable, large Mountain/Ocean view studio with a full bath and kitchenette is available for vacation rental. The spacious studio features:
built in 2002, clean with contemporary furnishings
private entry in separate building on 1.2 acre lot
queen size bed
comfy futon couch for extra guest
coffee maker with 100% Kona coffee
electric tea kettle
wireless internet access
snorkel gear, boogie board, beach chairs, cooler and beach towels
use of washer and dryer
sunrise viewing and star gazing on the large lanai
Mauna Kea, Kohala, and Maui Views
We are located 10 minutes of the NEW SADDLE ROAD entrance. Another hour and you are in Hilo. Volcano National Park is located one and an half hours east over Saddle Road. The Kohala Coast, known for its world class sandy beaches and sunshine is located an half hour west. Kailua Kona, Waimea, and Waikoloa are all 25 minutes away.
We are located in an upscale gated equestrian ranch neighborhood. You will be staying on the second floor of our separate ohana home with private entry into a large studio, full bath, kitchenette and lanai. You will be our only guests. Come experience Hawaii from the ranch.
About OP Hale:
A big warm Aloha from Hawaii! Keith, Mary, Bodhi, Cedar, Mango and Mac would like to welcome you to Pu'uanahulu on the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon visiting Hawaii over several years, we fell in love with the islands. In an effort to live a more simple and peaceful life, we moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Big Island ten years ago. Keith is currently the Water Quality Laboratory Manager at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and previously a Naturalist Guide for Hawaii Forest & Trail. Mary is a writer and meditator who practices gratitude each day. We hope that you will visit us and experience the Big Island - local style.
You will have access to a washer and dryer so you can pack light. We have tried to anticipate your needs and provided everything you might need. If it is not in the room, ask us, we most likely own one.
Interaction with Guests
Upon arrival, we greet you with an introduction to the Big Island (size of Connecticut, 6 hours to drive all around without stopping). With the map of the Big Island spread out in front of us, we point out all the places you might want to explore, places to eat, and our guests' and our favorite adventures. We live in the main house on the property and are available for any questions you may have. We check in with you as you are coming and going during your stay to see where you have been adventuring. On your last day, we want to hear of your favorite adventures during your stay with us and wish you well on your life journey.
Puu Lani Ranch is an upscale, gated, equestrian ranch neighborhood. There are three miles of walking/jogging paths with ocean and mountain views. Spectacular star gazing and cooler evening temperatures for a good night's sleep.
We are centrally located on the west side of the Big Island. You can explore the entire island from here. Kailua Kona, Waimea, and Waikoloa are all 25 minutes away. You can reach Mauna Kea in about 45 minutes, Hilo in an hour, and Volcano National Park in an hour and a half. World renowned beaches such as Hapuna and Kua Bay are about 30 minutes away. What we love most about our neighborhood is perfect weather all year long and the ability to explore the entire Big Island from our home.
The Big Island is BIG so in order to explore the island fully, you must rent a car. Your parking spot is in front of the property. Once you book with us, we will send you a map to our place from the airport.
Other Things to Note
We have two Hungarian Vizslas. They are known for their exuberant greetings and remind us each morning how lucky we are to live another joyous day!
Aloha & Welcome to OP Hale
We hope you will have a relaxing, peaceful stay with us.
OP Hale is a non-smoking environment.
Quiet Hours 9 pm to 7 am.
You are welcome to use all the contents of your room. Please make sure you leave all items in the room when you check out. If you lose or break any of the contents of the room, please purchase a replacement.
The room is clean when you arrive and will be cleaned after you leave. There are cleaning supplies under the bathroom sink if you need to refresh the bathroom during your stay.
There are clean towels in the drawers on the right in the bathroom.
Please empty your garbage in the large garbage can in front of the garage as needed. There is a blue recycle basket under the kitchen sink.
Due to our tropical climate, ants are a constant challenge. Please use the plastic Ziplock bags in the cutlery drawer to bag any food items that might be of interest to ants. Thank you for keeping the kitchen sink area clean. We appreciate your help.
Laundry facilities available for limited use.
Washer instructions: load wash, pull/fill detergent tray on left side (only small amount needed), close, turn right knob to wash, pull nob. Please leave the door of the washer open to dry out.
Dryer instructions: set temperature to low or medium, set right nob to regular or towel and turn middle nob to the right to start dryer.
Please feel free to take a walk around the ranch.
Please have an enjoyable stay.
Mary & Keith
Mary and Keith provided a perfect first experience with Airbnb! Their home is clean, well appointed, quiet and perfectly located to explore the island. Mary and Keith could not have been better hosts! They were there for questions, but gave us perfect privacy. We felt like guests in their home.. in all the good ways. The accommodation is spacious, bright and airy. The location in the hills ensures peace and privacy and the bonus of a nice breeze in the evenings. Mary and Keith provided us with lots of information, before and during the trip. Listen to their hints, we found them very valuable! (especially about booking early on diving and where to find a great yoga class!);
In summary, I would strongly recommend this accommodation and especially our hosts Mary and Keith.
Mary and Keith,
Thank you again for a great experience! We really appreciated your time and generous sharing of your home and knowledge.
Ruth and John
Just spent a week at Mary and Keith's studio. As advertised - about a half hour north of Kailua/Kona on Route 190. Spacious, comfortable, lots of light, quiet, nice porch, great bird song, well equiped! Mary and Keith were gracious hosts. Helpful on some questions prior to our arrival and greeted us when we arrived and gave us an overview of the island and ideas/tips for exploring. As Mary and Keith point out, you're about a half hour away from restaurants, supermarkets so worth thinking about your day before you head out. We found Waimea and Waikaloa to be dining/market options as convenient as Kona. Since we spent most of our time on the north end of the island, being north of Kona was not a problem. Great hike in a reserve just down the road which Mary and Keith can tell you about. Definitely worth doing - great views. We enjoyed snorkeling at Captain Cook Monument and next to City of Refuge; boogie boarding at Hapuna and trip up to Visitor Center on Mauna Kea for sunset and star gazing. Best to go there when there's a new moon - i.e., no moon! Liked the little fish market in the town that's at the intersection of route 19/route 270. Forget the name! Also good ice cream across the street.
Had a wonderful time at Mary and Keith's. Beautiful setting, very quiet unlike noisy Kona. Close access to all main highways if interested in exploring and Hapuna beach only 20 minute drive away.
Space was very clean and larger than appears on the pictures.
Hosts were super friendly and knowledgeable.
Wish we could have stayed longer!
We had a wonderful stay and Mary & Keith made us feel very welcome and tried to make our stay as pleasant and comfortable as possible. Would be happy to stay with them again!
Keith and Mary’s home was a major part of making our vacation on the Big Island a success. As this was our second visit to the island, we opted for 2 different airbnb hosts (the first 3 nights near Volcano) and specifically chose to stay a bit inland, where we could easily drive to various sites for active things like hiking, but were not on the beach (which, in December, is not particularly warm). Their house is about 35/40 minutes from just about everything – from the local shopping at Waimea to the town of Kona to the various beaches along the coast, or even to the visitor centre at Mauna Kea. If you just want to hang around “at home”, Pu’u Lani Ranch is an attractive residential area with lots of friendly neighbours, and just around the corner there are 2 free cement tennis court and a basketball court.
The apartment is spacious and very well equipped. Although there is not a full stovetop and oven, there’s an excellent and brand new toaster oven, microwave, blender, electric burner, electric frying pan… you get it (lots of appliances). We ate in all but one night, making good use of the very efficient barbecue on the porch. Mary provided large containers of shampoo, conditioner, body cleanser, lotion, dish soap and hand soap, and previous guests have left behind sunscreen as well as, in the kitchen, a lot of oil, vinegar, salt, etc, so that you can avoid packing all those toiletries. There is a washing machine and dryer in the garage below the apartment so you can also do some laundry and avoid packing probably half of your clothes (although I’m afraid I abused this service a bit as we were doing daily sports!).
We really enjoyed having Mary and Keith around, and for us this was an intentional choice not to stay in a resort but to meet real island residents. I imagine if you preferred not to talk to them they would not swing by, but we found ourselves either running into them or knocking on their door, engaging in long conversations. They are both very interesting people, and Keith’s experience as a guide on the island makes him a walking encyclopedia about its features, including wildlife. He pointed out the neighbourhood birds, the sounds of which are some of the things I most enjoyed about this stay. Our hosts helped us find anything we needed, including an apparently impossible challenge of getting tennis lessons; for this, we ended up with a teacher on a private court at a neighbour’s house just down the road thanks to word of mouth! They approach the rental of this apartment with calculated professionalism as well as human warmth.
A few contacts before arriving were very helpful. Mary was there to greet us as we pulled in to the driveway. She gave us a brief, but thorough introduction to the house, language, and island. Fresh fruit and Mary's banana bread started the first day off with a fine welcome.
Mary and Keith were wonderful hosts and their studio apartment was a fantastic place to spend our honeymoon. The location itself is beautiful and away from the hustle and bustle of Kailua-Kona. We loved hearing the birds each morning and the beautiful views off the porch. They left us some papaya, banana, and apple turnovers from a local bakery, which was a nice (and delicious) touch. We also arrived extremely late due to flight delays, but Mary was understanding and left the lights on for us.
The apartment itself is completely gorgeous and CLEAN. They have outfitted the apartment with special touches, including hiking books and maps for the Big Island, snorkeling gear, beach towels, etc. for their guests. Mary and Keith are also very knowledgeable about the island and gave us some fantastic recommendations on sights, restaurants, and off-the-beaten-path hiking trails.
We have stayed at many Airbnbs to date and this was certainly one of our favorites. We would certainly stay here again!
A big warm Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii! Keith, Mary, Bodhi, Mango and Mac would like to welcome you to Pu'uanahulu on the Big Island of Hawaii. Upon visiting Hawaii over several years, we fell in love with the islands. In an effort to live a more simple and peaceful life, we moved from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Big Island ten years ago. Keith is currently the Water Quality Laboratory Manager at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA) and previously a Naturalist Guide for Hawaii Forest & Trail. Mary is a writer and meditator who practices gratitude each day. We hope that you will visit us and experience the Big Island - local style.