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- Minimum stay:6 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Puako house description
Comfortable Island Style living at its Finest...Beach Cottage Cute… Authentic Hawaiian Retro Charm - At Home: living with style in West Hawaii, June, 2008.
This two-bedroom bungalow, Hale Polu Wai, is an ideal tropical vacation destination for a family with children, for two couples to share or a couple of people preferring a bit more space during their stay. This property is a favorite of “snow birds”, nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts. It is a perfect island hide-away for honeymooners and anyone who enjoys ending their day under the Hula Moon relaxing in their private hammock, listening to the breaking of the waves and an occasional chirp of a gecko, falling asleep with the rustling of palm leaves in the tropical wind and waking up to the jungle sounds of tropical birds.
- 1 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome:
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
- Satellite / Cable
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Tourist Attractions
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Horseback Riding
- Scenic Drives
- Bird Watching
- Whale Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Sight Seeing
local services and businesses
- Massage Therapist
sports and adventure activities
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Roller Blading
- Mountain Biking
- Deepsea Fishing
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Dining Area
- Washing Machine
- Living Room
- Broadband Access
- Housekeeper Optional
- Coffee Maker
- Ice Maker
- Catering Available:
- Outdoor Grill
Lanai / Gazebo:
Al fresco dining, dining table and chairs. Three over-sized lounge chairs with ottoman. Ocean views and beach access steps from lanai. Breeching whales, mother and baby Humpbacks regularly seen right from lanai in winter months of Dec/Jan/Feb/Mar. Charming Island Style 2nd hot/cold shower, family's favorite, fully private behind bamboo doors with lava floor, located on the side of the house. Look for it after a sandy day on the beach or after snorkeling from the house....moreless
- Porch / Veranda
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Beautiful spot/ disappointing hosts
Beautiful spot/ disappointing hosts
During our honeymoon we spent 4 nights at this wonderful spot. The appartment is clean and very spacious. The 50's-style of the house is very charming. We spent most of the time chilling in the garden enjoying the beautiful view (that in reality is even more beautiful than on the picture), snorkeling in the mornings (one of the best snorkelspots we met during our three-weeks-stay on Big Island, Kauai and Oahu), observing the numerous seaturtles and preparing yummie dinners in the well equipped kitchen. HOWEVER, we were very disappointed by the unprofessional behaviour of the owners. - After a rather complicated and longlasting mail-communication they sent the paypal request to the wrong (my husband's instead of mine) and furthermore misspelt mail-adress. As we never got the mail we weren't able to pay. So they told us as they haven't received the paiment, they'll cancel our reservation (even if we had already signed the contract...). Just after a phone call in the middle of the night (time difference around the globe) in which I communicated the paypal-mail-adress (already mentioned in two previous mails) again,could I save the deal. This time it worked. But we never received apologies from their part. That's not in the spirit of Aloha! - arrived on the place everything was as described on vrbo, we finally could relax - BUT, the day before our departure I found myself locked out at 11.30 a.m. because the doorcode didn't work anymore. Luckily my husband still was in the house, so we could contact the very helpful housekeeper who found quickly a solution for our problem. THE OWNERS HAVE ENTERED THE WRONG DATES so SO THE CODE STOPPED WORKING 24h TOO EARLY! We were really upset because we came back from snorkeling just at 10.30 a.m. Imagine if we had come back 30 minutes later. We would have found ourselfs locked out with nothing more on us than bathsuits and snorkel gear. Our conclusion: We recommend the place and would rent it again as it really is a wonderful place. But for the price one pays (equivalent to a room at a five star hotel) I expect a far better service. We strongly hope that in the future the owners will read their mails more carefully and treat their clients with more attention and friendliness.
- Guest M&M's (Geneva, Switzerland)
- Date of stay 08/09/13
- Review Submitted 08/27/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Our family has been renting our two beach homes in Hawaii to guests from all around US and abroad for a combined fifteen years. We rent to a large number of repeat guests each year who stay weeks at a time as they have been pleased with their experience. We, as hosts, feel fortunate to have had mostly extremely nice people who treat us and our home with respect and care - after all it is our HOME, not hotel. We love to share this magical place with others who appreciate it and as part of the process we interact with people we have never met. It is process a process of communicating and building mutual trust. Therefore, it was quite a surprise that these guests from Switzerland ended up feeling such strong disappointment with their experience. We agree that the entire process of getting their rental agreement and payment to us was unusually lengthy and frustrating, mostly due to very sluggish communication on their part. We spent a lot of time trying to complete this rental paperwork for their last minute 4-day stay. Finally when it was just days away from their check-in date they still had NOT responded to REPEATED emails asking for the rent payment OR an explanation of where it may have disappeared. With no other information to go on --please keep in mind we DO NOT KNOW these people- and they did not communicate when prompted, we finally concluded that this is possibly another fraud attempt. We have seen a few of those over the years. After one final email stating that we will be forced to cancel their reservation for lack of payment I received a middle of the night phone call from them. I do not remember if there was an apology? Further, these guests seem to be under the mistaken impression that we canceled their resort lock combination 24 hrs too soon. My onsite rental manager reports that they contacted her about being locked out about two hrs after they were supposed to have checked out according to the rental agreement and the resort lock code schedule. (The individualized code for remote controlled resort lock is a way of making sure guests leave as agreed and make sure the home is secure for the next guests who often arrive just a few hours later. This information is detailed in the instructions every guest receives before arrival). Just because there is no representative for check-out does not mean guests can stay a few extra hours. One more correction: this rental is a two BR single family house- not apartment! Owners,
The best yet.......
The best yet.......
Just spent 10 days here-my family has been very fortunate to travel and holiday around the world (I am from NZ originally) and this spot has to be one of the most amazing and diverse areas in the world to explore-beaches, volcanoes, hiking, waterfalls, farmers markets, snorkelling, boogie boarding, surfing, SUP etc etc. People are all very friendly and having all the amenities in the cottage makes the trip alot less expensive-all the markets are well stocked and very reasonably priced. Biggest cost is car rental and fuel-get in early at peak times! Thank you so much for letting us stay!
- Guest outdoor family with younger kids (United States)
- Date of stay 12/24/12
- Review Submitted 01/05/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Very glad to hear our guests discovered all the great things the island has to offer and had a wonderful time! We agree that our beach home is conveniently located for a multitude of activities and trips to different beaches and sights. I might add that the house is also very conveniently located for doing "absolutely nothing", watching the waves, reading a book or napping in the hammock on the beach, walking on the beach and exploring tidal pools out front, etc. if that is the mood you are in. You will not be bored. Great for different age groups and families. Kirsi & Erik
should be "Ocean Front"
should be "Ocean Front"
The house was clean and very comfortable. The location is what made it perfect. The Puako reef was about 50 yards right out front. We snorkeled everyday. We did not need air conditioning. The ocean breeze was fantastic. We will rent this home again if we come to the Big Island.
- Guest lucky (USA)
- Date of stay 03/17/12
- Review Submitted 03/29/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, tourists without a car.
We Will Return Soon!Guest comment entered by owner
We Will Return Soon!
Erik I just wanted to drop you a note about our stay. We had a great time and truly enjoyed the location of your home. Debbie really enjoyed listening to the waves at night and waking to them in the morning. The snorkeling was great and so close to home. I am sure we will return to this location some time in the future. Mahalo Phil
- Guest Phil
- Date of stay 01/05/12
- Review Submitted 01/20/12
I recently stayed at your beautiful home away from home. We had the luxury of staying five nights and that was not even enough. As I was at a conference much of the time I didn't get an opportunity to do any snorkeling near the house. We did enjoy many visits from sea turtles enjoying the sun and tide pools and I enjoyed the wildlife (turkeys, herons, and other various birds and geckos) on my morning walks through the neighborhood. This is my fourth visit to the Big Island and by far your place is the most peaceful, beautiful and clean. And it is in a great location to go up the coast or over to Hilo. You can't ask for better views, I have amazing sunset photos. The sounds of the wave lulled us to sleep each night. When I think of a place that reminds me of paradise this would be it! Thank you!
- Guest Sarah (Red Wing, MN)
- Date of stay 10/18/11
- Review Submitted 11/25/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
This beats any resort on the island! It's a lovely bungalow in a quiet neighborhood, near a market. The view is spectacular! My kids loved the tide pools. Saw lots of turtles. The snorkeling out past the tide pools has to be some of the best on the island. I have never seen such blue water. Centrally located for day trips. Slept 4 well. Has 2 beds 1 queen & 1 full. And an additional full futon off the living room. I was concerned with no AC (I don't do hot well) but the ocean breeze kept it cool. Tons of stars.
- Guest McD's (Venice,CA)
- Date of stay 08/23/11
- Review Submitted 09/04/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, adventure seekers, sightseeing, girls getaway, families with teenagers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Thank you for your nice comments- those are all reasons we love this place too.
Guest comment entered by owner
What a wonderful place you have! Staying here has been a dream come true.The residence turtles have been our constant companion, and this morning we watched a school of dolphins chase a school of fish into the bay for an early lunch. Have explored so much of the island and realized that the beauty of your place is hard to match.
- Guest Christel from Maryland
- Date of stay 10/26/10
- Review Submitted 11/07/10
Dear OwnersGuest comment entered by owner
Thank you for letting us enjoy your Hale Polu Wai. It has so much Aloha. We felt like we were right at home. We live on Flathead Lake in Montana and needed to be somewhere quiet, and this was hte most pleasant place we've ever been. Mahalo lui noa, Robert and Marie P.S Snorkeling was delightful.
- Guest Robert and Marie
- Date of stay 06/10/09
- Review Submitted 03/02/10
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- Refundable Damage Deposit: $550
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