About this listing
This beautiful property overlooks 60 sweeping miles of the South Kona coast line. Just a mile from the famous Kealakekua Bay and Captain Cook monument, this cottage combines the best of Old Hawaii with all the modern amenities and tropical gardens.
This private, secluded and charming Old Hawaii style Ohana cottage (family home) is a stand alone dwelling just 5 minutes from beautiful Kealakekua Bay, Manini Beach, and Ke’ei Beach. The bay is famous for its incredible snorkeling, standup paddling, kayaking and opportunities to swim with the local pod of spinner dolphins.
The cottage consists of separate living quarters making it perfect for the longer staying guests. A living room/bedroom with a queen-size bed, a well appointed kitchen with full size refridgerator, washer/dryer, bistro table, gas barbeque, covered lanai with outdoor seating, lua, and a private outdoor shower all with panoramic views of the South Kona coastline. Along with charming Old Hawaii ambiance, enjoy the modern conveniences of wireless internet, cable, and flat screen TV with DVD player. The cottage is surrounded by lush tropical gardens including palm, mango, papaya, avocado, banana, passion fruit and citrus trees along with many exotic flowering Hawaiian plants. The cottage is situated at the top back of the property, allowing for sweeping coastline views and privacy.
The property is well located, close to the beach and within minutes to shopping and restaurants, including a grocery store that carries many local and organic options, plus a weekly farmers market. Within walking distance is the Paleaku Peace Garden where guests can take yoga classes or spend a quiet meditative afternoon. Nearby also is the historic Painted Church and City of Refuge at Honaunau.
There are many hiking opportunities and local beaches waiting to be explored in this rural Kona neighborhood. Peter and Barbara can offer lots of local knowledge as to the little known hot spots of this South Kona community.
Beach chairs, beach towels, cooler and cold packs are available to guests for their beach days. We provide snorkeling gear for guests and a tandem ocean kayak (permitted for use in Kealakeakua Bay) is also available to rent on site, along with tips for navigating the areas beaches and bays.
We look forward to welcoming you to this South Kona Coast power spot where you will experience the true Aloha spirit of Hawaii.
Please see confirmation sheet for directions - GPS does not work for this unique and private property.
Your total fees include the mandatory Hawaii State Hotel and Transient Tax of 13.25%.
Other than no shoes in the house, we only ask that you enjoy and respect this special 'aina (land).
Call when leaving airport to ensure host will be here to greet you on your arrival.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the cottage, in and around Captain Cook, and all of The Big Island. I was so looking forward to the "outdoor" shower and the openness of the cottage, which is like five rooms: bedroom studio space, shower, bathroom, kitchen, and lanai. And, don't forget the gorgeous view from the outer lanai. All the pictures accurately depict it, but they do not do it justice - it is better. The warmth of the surroundings and the comfort we felt enhanced our stay. I wish I could eat breakfast on the covered lanai every morning. We loved grilling fresh fish with sauteed vegetables on a warm evening, or just hanging out with some candles and the geckos and a cold beer from The Big Island Brewhaus.
Peter was informative about local suggestions from food to snorkeling, and though we might find him working on his fruits and veggies he had planted one day or dropping off some bananas the next, we really felt we had our own space and it was up to us if we wanted to interact more or less. You might hear the coffee grinder or if something exciting happens in the other cottage or at Peter's, but that was anticipated, along with the nearby roosters.
Maybe the jaboticaba will be in season for you and you can pick some along the path every time you descend to your car or climb back up to the lanai for the evening.
Enjoy this place! Bring your snorkeling gear and a good book, with some flip flops and hiking shoes, and you will find yourself on "island" time very quickly. It is an ideal location for us: not in Kona, but near by, and about half-way between the volcano and Mauna Kea. We cannot wait to go back - soon. Thank you, Peter (and Barbara).
Peter and Barbara were awesome hosts
We had a great time exploring and snorkeling at Two Step which is minutes away. We loved listening to the birds and relaxing at Red Ti Hale
Peter was the prefect host. He was always available but never intrusive. He provided us with tips on places to eat, places to see, and even how to take care of coqui frogs.
The unit is broken up into four areas; bedroom/living area, bathroom, shower, kitchen/washer&dryer. The kitchen lacks a full range, but my wife and I had no trouble cooking several delicious meals using the grill, gas burner, and toaster oven. Everything was clean and neat. The cottage felt like staying in a tree fort. You are surrounded by foliage on all sides. Peter does an awesome job at keeping the grounds looking tip top.
The location is great as a jumping-off point for the various areas of the Big Island, but we found it to also be a great place to just hide away and relax during our down time.
This was a fabulous place to stay. Peter was available and welcoming and got us set up right away to unwind and enjoy the place. This treehouse-like setup was immaculately maintained and has a rustic but incredibly comfortable feel. Every detail was attended to and sleeping in the unit was like having a tropical white noise machine to lull you to sleep. Can't wait to get back to this serene paradise!
We had a wonderful time staying in the upper guesthouse at Peter's "Red Ti Hale." It feels like you are staying in a treehouse in a botanical garden. Everything was sparkling clean, the kitchen had all we needed to cook meals for five days and we loved the screened-in sleeping nook. The location is perfect for exploring Kealakekua Bay and the southern part of the island, although you could easily spend most of your time relaxing on the lanai and enjoying the view of the coastline to the south. Peter was a gracious host with lots of knowledge of the local area, and has obviously put lots of love and care into making the Red Ti Hale as special as it is.
There are places to stay that are nice, clean, well-located, have everything you need, etc. This went way beyond that. Staying in this cottage was like sleeping in a treehouse, with nature all around you. It's hard to describe, but it was one of the highlights of our stay, and contributed greatly to our feeling of aloha. The beautiful gardens, the open-air shower, the meditation platform, the bird sounds. And Peter was a most gracious host. Just book it now, you won't be sorry.
Peter was a wonderful host from our arrival all the way until the end of our trip. he not only made us feel right at home, but offered us advice when we asked. The location was perfect, very close to some of the best beaches and snorkeling spots on the island. I would highly recommend staying in one of Peters cabins.
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About the Host, Peter And Barbara
Peter and Barbara have mixed histories on the Big Island. Peter, a 20 year resident and recently retired, is enjoying all the water sports available within a few minutes of his home, especially snorkeling and stand up paddling. Barbara is newer to Hawaii and commutes from the main land to join Peter with his adventures as often as possible. Both are passionate about the South Kona area and give back to the community that has given them so much by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and Friends of Manini Beach. Peter is an avid gardener and when not on the water can be found planting, transplanting and trimming in his exotic Hawaiian garden. Barbara, when not following Peter on some bay or reef excursion, is busy identifying and learning the habits of the local birds that share the accommodations on their beautiful parcel of land. Both find time daily to sit quietly and watch incredible sunsets on Kealekakua Bay from the lanai of their recently renovated historic Hawaiian home.