Oceanfront, Magical, Breathtaking

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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  • Minimum stay:7-14 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

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Property description

High on a bluff 600 ft above Waipio Bay, on property once owned by King Kamehameha IV, sits Hale 'Io. Magical sunsets and sunrises without the glare or heat, Maui on the horizon, gentle nightime rains to lull you to sleep (and make the rainbows) and a quiet and peacefulness so hard to find - this is the magic of Hale 'Io. Lush surroundings, sexy pool with concealed rock slide and waterfall and views that never quit, never. Watch whales from the lanai or ocean deck, awaken to the birds, listen to the wind - it really speaks to you here.
Owner-built, architect designed, custom home for laid back family living. Lush grounds, organic fruit orchard, ample parking, sexy beach-entry pool, magnificent kitchen - 2 dishwashers, 2 microwaves, 2 ovens, warming drawer - fit for the accomplished cook. Color abounds to reflect the natural hues of Hawaii. The house is the color of the ocean, both deep and shallow water and inside is a rainbow cacophony that no photos can do justice. Simply stunning for the non color-phobes! Many exotic woods and finishes, but truly designed for in and out living and a laid back lifestyle. You can sleep a lot more than 10 here, but need
to believe that the comfy sofa, futons and pune' on the lanai are OK for overnights (they are not). Don't worry, you'll believe, as that is where you'll nap! Bring the kids, but they have to sign the contract about the cliff, the pool, the sliding hill and the fort ;-) - which means they must be at least the age of reason and capable of understanding the danger. Pool is completely fenced, cliff is not.
Five bedrooms, 3 with ensuite bathrooms, one with 'across the hall' bathroom and one without. Two lush outdoor showers. Secret room.....if you can find it, you can sleep there.
**Pronounced Hah-Lay EE Oh

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Property Type

  • House
  • 4500 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

    See body of text. Would not have a non-swimming child here at all....moreless

  • Children Welcome:

    Must sign 'kid contract' which we do with great flourish to get their attention. This property is inherently dangerous to small kids and they will need CONSTANT attention...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    case by case basis...moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Must come down some stairs to enter. Very few. Once in, all level and OK. No hand rails anywhere....moreless

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • No AC or heat, just gentle breezes. Technology purposefully kept to a minimum. Mango and Coconut cabinetry throughout. Elegant stained concrete floors, remotely located, yet not too far away - only Verizon reaches us, exceptionally private site. 1.5 mi long black sand beach just below the property, watch surfers from the deck. ...moreless


  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Nude Beach
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront:

    On a 600 ft cliff overlooking Waipio Bay where the battle to unite the islands took place. Historic property once owned by King Kamehameha IV, it was clearly strategic to Waipio Valley and Waipio Bay in Ancient Hawaii....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Equestrian Events
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Indoor dining and dining outside on Lanai...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:


  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone:

    free long distance for USA and Canada...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    Wifi throughout...moreless


  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher:

    2 dishwashers...moreless

  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden:

    Lush landscaping...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub


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Awesome view from the dining table on the lanai. 09/06/2014

VRBO Bear stayed here:

The sun was setting on Waipio Bay in a hundred different shades of pink and purple. Tree frogs were singing to one another all around us as a cool breeze blew through the house from a multitude of screened windows and doors as the VRBO Bear and his family arrived at our vacation rental Hale Io. The house was filled with traditional Hawaiian music.

Of course, since we are a family of bears, we immediately had to check out the beds! We roved excitedly all around the house and found that every room has a queen bed or bigger, each with plump pillows and a gorgeous view to wake up to. This house sleeps 10 in comfort and splendor. You have no idea how stunned you will be when you wake up in the middle of the night and see thousands of stars twinkling in the night sky!

We found the kitchen amply stocked with high quality pots, pans, utensils, dishes and knives. The pantry was stuffed with spices and the big butcher block counter invited us to make meals there. As a bonus, the grounds will provide (when in season) fresh guava, lilikoi, coconut, and grapefruit to add local flavor to your meals. But if you’re not the cook-it-yourself type, no worries! Honokaa is a 10-minute drive away and offers some great little restaurants. Whether it’s the peaceful lanai and organic ingredients at Green Market and Café or karaoke by talented locals at The Landing, the town has a little something for everyone.

The house sits on sprawling grounds with amazing views of the Waipio Bay, the black sand beach at the foot of the Waipio Valley, and Maui in the distance. Since bears are nature lovers, we hiked down to the Waipio Valley and spent a gorgeous morning on the beach. You can enjoy sitting on the beach listening to the surf, or you can go clambering over rocks to secluded overlooks. If you’re not a strong enough swimmer to brave the complex current where the river meets the ocean, you can just soak in the cool river a little upstream. It looks swifter than it is, and I can attest that sitting up to your neck in the cool river water and laying your head back on the sand is absolute bliss. The hike back to the top was tough, but there are paid shuttle vans that do the round-trip down and up from a little art gallery near Hale Io.

Hale Io genuinely feels like a home, with art on the walls and good books on the shelves and everything you could possibly need in the kitchen. The house has books and board games, a comfy pune’ to nap on, a luxurious pool and a hot tub to soak in. There are towels to take with you to the beach, bocce balls and beanbag toss games to play in the back yard, a waterslide, and outdoor showers.

Honokaa town has everything you need - a supermarket, a farmer’s market, a butcher shop, a friendly pharmacy, and a handful each of bars, restaurants and shops. We were impressed with how friendly everyone in town is, and how they all know each other by name. This town is the true essence of Aloha. It’s an hour or less to Hilo, Akaka Falls, or Kona! The Big Island is not that big, really, so Hale Io is just far enough away that you’re not living in the tourist mainstream bustle, but close enough that you can still easily get to all the sights and activities.

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 19 - Jan 3, 2016
14 night min stay
Easter 2016
Mar 20 - Apr 3, 2016
7 night min stay
Memorial Day 2016
May 27 - Jun 3, 2016
7 night min stay
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 19 - Nov 27, 2016
7 night min stay
My Standard Rate
7 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • cleaning fee $600 + tax
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,200
  • Tax Rate 13.42%


Security deposit is $1200 OR 10% of base rent, whichever is greater. I charge by the night and rent by the week with a discounted weekly charge, though this is not reflected in the VRBO quote provided. Additional days are $825 standard and $950 holiday. Owner reserves the right to change rates from the VRBO quote provided, almost always downward. Owner is flexible and VRBO robot is not.

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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Last updated: 11/10/2015
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
Hilo, Hi
10 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Honokaa, Hi
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
Kona side

Car: Necessary

Chilling, napping, REALLY getting away from it all, reading. Walking on the longest black sand beach in the state. Surfing at Waipio. Learning to cook 'whatever'. A list of island activities is supplied prior to your arrival by owner


Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: Physician/business woman who retired to Hawaii in 2005. Built this house for family and has thoroughly enjoyed living here. Returning to another home owned in the neighborhood as children have moved on a bit.

Why the Owner Chose Waipio:
This was our home. If you could build a luxury home in Yosemite, you would, right? This property is simply magical. The ocean views are stunning.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Nature abounds in many forms and that is what we have enjoyed the most. Hard to beat watching whales from the lanai.

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Speaks: english


  • Sunset, base of Maui in distance

    Sunset, base of Maui in distance

  • Simply stunning, 11 miles of pristine coastline, protected FOREVER.

    Simply stunning, 11 miles of pristine coastline, protected FOREVER.

  • Oceanfront deck about 10oclock. Cliffs are magnificent!

    Oceanfront deck about 10oclock. Cliffs are magnificent!

  • Pool Gazebo

    Pool Gazebo

  • Lanai and Outside Dining
See that Whale Breaching!!

    Lanai and Outside Dining See that Whale Breaching!!

  • Dining/living room

    Dining/living room

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Office in Master Suite

    Office in Master Suite

  • Blue Bedroom- Queen

    Blue Bedroom- Queen

  • Secret Room - Queen

    Secret Room - Queen

  • Entranceway in a 180 wide view.

    Entranceway in a 180 wide view.

  • Kitchen


  • Aerial, Looking back from cliff

    Aerial, Looking back from cliff

  • Verdant surroundings

    Verdant surroundings

  • Sexy tropical pool

    Sexy tropical pool

  • Hours of FUN!!

    Hours of FUN!!

  • Kitchen outside in.

    Kitchen outside in.

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • One of 2 outdoor showers
Master Boudoir

    One of 2 outdoor showers Master Boudoir

  • Green Bedroom - Queen

    Green Bedroom - Queen

  • Pool bedroom - Queen

    Pool bedroom - Queen

  • Dishes are "NO PROBLEM MON" here.

    Dishes are "NO PROBLEM MON" here.

  • TV room panorama

    TV room panorama

VRBO #381655

This listing was first published here in 2011.

Date last modified - Monday, November 30, 2015

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