Oceanfront Beach Cottage, 82 Puako Beach Dr., "Waipunalei"
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Puako cottage description
Wonderful oceanfront cottage for couple or small family. White sand beach with shady palms for sunning and easy entry to the best Snorkeling and Swimming in the world. Nearby Tidal pools and reefs are a "salt water academy." Beach and palm trees, views and peaceful residential setting are of "old Hawaii."
Cottage is not luxurious but simple, yet has everything you need. Big deck, interior or exterior eating, GREAT King beds plus queen bed. Ceiling fans. Property is 1/3 acre. Neighbors are near but not close. Cross a wooden footbridge and natural fish pond to access cottage from parking area and rural street. Great area for biking, jogging, walking, exploring. World class restaurants, golfing, shopping a short drive away.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- King size beds (2) King Bed in Master bedroom facing deck and ocean.
King in Guest bedroom facing natural spring., Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen in living room, Twin or Single Beds (1) Living room couches could be used as a bed. Solid foam cushions on springs., Baby Cribs (1) Located in 2nd bedroom. Old Style but solid. Good Mattress....moreless
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
Kitchen & Dining
- Cooking Utensils:
- Catering Available:
- Linens Provided:
- Parking Off Street:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Washing Machine:
- Satellite / Cable:
- Video Library:
- CD Player
- DVD Player
- Deck / Patio:
- Outdoor Grill
- Lanai / Gazebo
Location & View
- Deepsea Fishing
- Equestrian Events
- Massage Therapist
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Medical Services
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Sight Seeing
- Fitness Center
- Whale Watching
- Miniature Golf
- Horseback Riding
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Holy WOW, Batman
Holy WOW, Batman
I hate to give away such an awesome find to the world at large, but I can't help myself. 82 Puako is an amazing vacation getaway for the right people--and it's not for everyone--that it deserves being crowed about. First, the location. 82 Puako shares a gorgeous sandy beach with only one other home and is sheltered from everyone else by vegetation. Even the monster new million-dollar construction house three lots north does not have anywhere NEAR the beach that 82 Puako has. The tide pools at low tide are delightfully inhabited by a number of green turtles who like to nap on the lava rocks. The house is equipped with kayaks (one double, one single) and snorkel gear for those who enjoy that. Those who don't can relax in the hammock and the Adirondack chairs which are mostly shaded all day long by the palm trees. You have a stunning view of the Kohala volcano (dormant, if not dead) and will see many tour boats setting anchor in the bay, which tells you how good the snorkeling is. I personally snorkeled out to one of the boats to check out the quality was and was not disappointed! The house is not fancy, but open and airy and the views from the master bedroom (overlooking the beach) are unbeatable. There is nothing like hearing the waves cresting and watching the bay light up as the sun crests from your pillow. The other bedroom enjoys the sounds from the brackish pond that separates the parking from the house by boardwalk and is full of singing morning birds (including a night heron who is completely unfazed by humans, and very photogenic). As others have noted, there is NO separation between the bedrooms other an a short hallway and a bathroom in between, so it is only a good choice for close friends or family--privacy is not to be expected here. But you won't care. Puako has a General Store for your last minute needs, but I recommend heading out to Kona to the Sack n Save (Foodland) and Costco for your groceries & gas. From your Puako nest, most of the island's treasures are within easy reach. Hilo is less than two hours away, and some of the best snorkeling we found (Kahaluu Beach Park) is even closer. Don't miss the bike tours of Hawaii Volcano National Park or the (unmarked) crazy boogie-board surf at Kekaha Kai State Park (unmarked, but across from the well-marked Veteran's Cemetery, just north of the airport on 19). Honestly, I have never enjoyed a rental so much and will be thrilled to return soon. Thank you, Sandie!
- Guest Suzannah M.
- Date of stay 11/04/13
- Review Submitted 11/12/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, families with teenagers, sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Over the 15 plus years we have enjoyed this modest cabin, we have walked the beach from the south end of Puako Drive to the north, viewing the other larger, fancier homes and none compare to the easy access at 82 for water activities-paddle boards, canoes, snorkeling, etc. The unusual entry pond is attractive and isolates the cabin from traffic and for a family, interesting and educational. The sea turtles give it a flipper up as a napping spot and so do we! We enjoy our 6 AM Kona coffee sitting under the palms in the Adirondack beach chairs. It is a wonderful family experience or a quiet couples getaway. If you feel the need for variety, famous resorts and restaurants are just a short drive away. The local store is very convenient. The cabin owners are friendly "natives".
- Guest Pete and Jean (Cortez, CO)
- Date of stay 09/09/12
- Review Submitted 01/24/13
Recommended for: Sightseeing, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
82 Puako Beach Drive, "Waipunalei"Guest comment entered by owner
82 Puako Beach Drive, "Waipunalei"
Though we come here often, I am surprised there are so few reviews.(I just heard that if a place has no or few reviews I shouldn't think of going there so I googled this to see what others said about 82 Puako.) Well,I think perhaps many visitors want to keep their favorite places a bit of a secret, as do I. Most of the people that write in the house guest-book have been using this home for many years. I think the reviews written are accurate, tho we often share the house with other couples whom we have camped or traveled with before so the setup of the house is within our comfort. The oceanfrontage is about the BEST in all of Puako.
- Guest Doug Lee
- Date of stay 04/14/13
- Review Submitted 09/25/11
The ocean is your front yard
The ocean is your front yard
This little cottage is basically a one-room affair, but it's clean and neat and cozy for a couple, and the front yard is fabulous. First, there's a gigantic front porch, darn near as big as the cabin, for those days you want a little shelter. Beyond the porch is a postcard beach beneath palm trees, and that's basically where I lived here. It sits right above the high tide line, and on a high tide night with the full moon above, wow. Who cares what's on TV? I really loved this place, it's got family history built into it, and the view from the beach is perfect, it's just beach city. Check it out, Puako is ideally located to explore the island.
- Guest zorro6204 (Seattle)
- Date of stay 01/19/09
- Review Submitted 01/26/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, sightseeing, romantic getaway, families with young children, girls getaway.
Our best memory
Our best memory
My wife and I stayed at Waipunalei in 1992 for a week on a first trip together to the Big Island. We've stayed at other houses in Puako since then, but this sea cabin holds a very special place in our hearts. We'd flown into Hilo with no hotel reservations and found this place in a rentals section of the paper advertised by Sandy Ednie. We settled in next to the fish pond, the great snorkeling, turtles, nice little beach and BBQ, and just ate out of the Puako General Store for our whole time! So beautiful --- what else could one want?!! We have teenage kids now, and while you certainly can sleep four adults there, it would be close accomodations since the bedrooms have curtains rather than doors. It's a rustic and charming place for young/old couples, or a couple with very young kids. The sound of the waves just feet from the bedroom, along with the trade winds will give you the best night's sleep you've ever had! Old Hawaii at its best!
- Guest Stuey-Chan (Idaho)
- Date of stay 09/07/92
- Review Submitted 09/22/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children.
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Deposit of $500/wk required for reservation (and security) deposit. Deposit is forfeited if you can cancel as all other inquiries will be turned away.
Entire rent due 60 days prior to entry date.
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$2400.00 week +tax (13.5%) $325=$2725.00.
Breaks down to $389.29 per night.
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Year Purchased: 1976
About the owner: I grew up in the islands, child of Hawaii, graduate of Punahou. Our family has roots here, since the days of the monarchy. We know no other home, though we are college graduates of mainland universities (and world travelers.) I love the ranches of Waimea and the oceanfront of Puako, the horses and the fish, the greens and the blues of grass, sea, sky. I am older now, and not full of strong opinions. I love to hear the personal stories of each person that comes to Puako, so unique, so endearing. I look forward to meeting you.
Why the Owner Chose Puako:
This is our family beach house. We have owned on this oceanfront since its inception in the 1950's. It represents peace, paradise, sharing and caring. There is no finer oceanfrontage. Its like swimming in a giant aquarium, or kayaking the coast for a personal adventure.
The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
Right on a swimable, snorkeling oceanfrontage and white sand beach.Cool tradewinds, beautiful water, turtles sunning on the rocks, Maui and the Kohala Mountains to view, ever changing, ever interesting. Whales cavort all winter with their splashing and birthing of their young.
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OCEANFRONT COTTAGE, 82 PUAKO BEACH DRIVE
MASTER BEDROOM KING BED, view to deck and ocean
WHALE taken right off the deck at 82 Puako Beach Drive
Another breaching whale from deck at 82 Puako. Kohala Mts. in background
82 Tidal Pools change the Marine classroom with every tide.
Look for the 82 Mailbox with the green turtle for your driveway.You're home.
Interior from living room into Kitchen. Half-bath beyond kitchen.
Deck, picnic table,easy eating, wonderful oceanfronage, colorful but windy day
Living room to entry door.
Beach from 82 Puako. Sunsets from here!
Washer/Dryer plus door into shower.
Bridge from parking to cottage. 2nd flat walkway of sand also available.
VIEW FROM DECK OF 82 PUAKO BEACH DRIVE
82 Puako covered deck for eating, relaxing, socializing
Green Sea Turtles (rarely russet like this youngster) abound at 82 Puako
White sandy beach in front of 82 Puako.Low tide in the tidal pools.
Walkway from Parking area across fresh water pool. Good fishing!
View from deck looking southwest. Sun sets here.
Entry door through living room.
Kitchen (gas stove.)No dishwasher or disposal.
Deck from beach wall. Master Bedroom, BBQ.
Brick path to outside shower and interior bathroom access stairs.
Back of 82 Puako. Second Bedroom has view of pond, milo trees.
swimming in the deep blue sea. 82 Puako in background.
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