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The owner’s grandparents, a Waimea school principal and his wife, began creating this Puako haven in the 1950s, first camping out while painstakingly hand-clearing the lot of its kiawe grove and then building a one-room weekend get-away. Tutu (Hawaiian for “grandmother”) poured her love into planting and gardening, while her husband worked over the years on building the oceanfront rock wall, stone by stone. In time, two more rooms were added, the lanai enclosed, and an airy breezeway covered for a comfortable two-bedroom home with ocean views throughout. Typical of the beachfront homes that have made Puako so beloved, Puako Kai is ideal for two couples or a young family who appreciate a sense of place in a perfectly maintained Hawaiian-style beach house fronted by an extensive coral reef.
For many years Puako Kai was a central part of a cozy weekend community, where folks stopped their yard work around 4 o’clock, put the rice cooker on, fired up the charcoal grill, and gathered for cocktails or a fish fry while watching the sunset. On dark, low-tide nights, families quietly waded out carrying torches and nets to scoop up the sleeping fish, then returning to shore to “cook ‘em up quick” or salt them to grill the next day. House Design Thanks to generations of fastidious owners, Puako Kai is immaculate inside and out, lovingly landscaped bit by bit with mature coconut palms, plumeria, and royal Poinciana trees, colorful croton, “pua-be-still” and hibiscus. A simple floor plan of living/kitchen/dining area with a bedroom on either side provides comfort, privacy and ocean views from everywhere in the home. The décor has been thoughtfully enhanced with local art, including a Mary Koski print, carved-wood seashell containing collected shells, tropical wall hangings, screen, and shell and monkey-pod wood mobiles. The enclosed lanai adds living space for quiet reading or simple tea times, with a mini-bar and fridge to keep everyone hydrated and fed just a step from the outdoors. Puako Kai makes intelligent use of its site, with a grassy backyard with lounge chairs for relaxing and a seaside stone overlook perfect for enjoying a cool glass of limeade while watching turtles, whales, and sunsets. A more recent trip to Japan inspired a redesign of the front yard, creating a pleasing open mosaic of hibiscus hedges punctuated by the existing fragrant and fruit-producing tiare gardenias, pikake, grapefruit, mango, beach plum, and lime trees.
The house features two full bathrooms with showers plus and outdoor shower for rinsing after a day at the beach...moreless
Screened -in lanai has a great reading nook that has comfy chairs and a nice cross breeze. The yard has producing fruit trees, lime, mango, grapefruit and beach plum for your enjoyment during season...moreless
(2) Flat Screen TVs in both bedrooms, bedroom one has DVD player, as well...moreless
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This home is located ON the ocean in Puako, with stairs down to the ocean. Area is a combination of lava, coral and sandy pockets with tidal pools for young children to explore and great snorkel off the reef....moreless
This is an oceanfront home with a seawall between the house and the ocean. There are stairs down from the sea wall to the ocean for each access to the shoreline and the water...moreless
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
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Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Cleaning fee$150 + tax
We are a licensed Real Estate Company in the State of Hawaii. We will never ask you to wire money.
Quotable rates are for planning purposes only & are not an EXACT quote. Prices vary per seasons & number of guests. Please email or call the manager for an exact quote. We do not accept credit cards, but do accept checks. 1/4th rent is due & non-refundable 14 days from booking; balance is due 60 days prior to arrival, non-refundable at that time. Cmas/NY rates are higher, and due dates differ.
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This home is located in Puako which is a small residential, dead-end street just three miles long. There are homes like Puako Kai, on the water, and homes across the two-lane street from the water. The only business in the neighborhood is a real estate office and a General Store. The area is quiet and laid back, the perfect to get away for rest and relaxation. Nearby are many good restaurants and a variety of beach and ocean activities.