Feedback

VRBO is part of the HomeAway family, the world leader in vacation rentals with over 950,000 listings. We offer the largest selection of properties for any travel occasion and every budget. We’re committed to helping families and friends find a perfect vacation rental to create unforgettable travel experiences together. Learn More

August Dates at a Special Summer Rate. Call Now

You sent a message to this manager.

Imagine enjoying sunsets from this oceanside lanai

Calendar

Last updated: 07/18/2014
Check availability
23 Available
21 Unavailable
22 Today
23 Selected dates
  • Minimum stay:5-14 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Puako house description

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.

Property Type

  • House
  • 900 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

          • Housekeeper Optional
          • Massage
          • Private Chef

          Suitability

          • Limited Accessibility:

            Although there is no staircase, there is a step UP into the bedroom, doorways are narrow so wheelchair access would be difficult but no impossible....moreless

          • Non Smoking Only:

            No smoking in the house please and cigarette debris must not be thrown in the yard, the beaches or the ocean...moreless

          • Children Welcome:

            Great yard for children and an outdoor shower to rinse them off after a day in the sand and sea...moreless

          • Pets Not Allowed:

            We love animals, but no pets are allowed on property...moreless

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            master bedroom with attached bathroom and AC...moreless

          • Bedroom 2: 1 double

            Bedroom two has AC and second bathroom nearby...moreless

          • Queen size Beds (2) Both of the Oceanfront bedrooms have queen-size beds, cotton linens...moreless

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          • Bathroom 1

            ...moreless

          • Bathroom 2

            ...moreless

          • The house features two full bathrooms with showers plus and outdoor shower for rinsing after a day at the beach...moreless

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Kitchen:

            Very well stocked kitchen with everything you need to prepare a meal using fresh island products. Electric glass top stove and electric oven...moreless

          • Cooking Utensils:

            Full set of gourmet quality cookware and full set of cooking utensils...moreless

          • Pantry Items:

            Salt pepper, soaps and paper goods to get your started are provided...moreless

          • Refrigerator:

            The bar also has a second bar size refridgerator...moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Enjoy your Kona coffee, grinder also provided...moreless

          • Dishes & Utensils:

            Great selection of kitchen ware provided...moreless

          • Dining:

            Indoor and outdoor dining both...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            6...moreless

          • Stove
          • Oven
          • Toaster
          • Dishwasher
          • Microwave
          • Seating for 6 people

          Amenities

          • Clothes Dryer:

            Washer and Dryer located in the laundry room adjacent to the house. A Clothes drying line is also available in the yard....moreless

          • Washing Machine:

            Washer and Dryer located in the laundry room...moreless

          • Parking Off Street:

            Parking is located on private driveway....moreless

          • Air Conditioning:

            Each bedroom has an air conditioner...moreless

          • Parking:

            room in the driveway for two cares...moreless

          • Living Room:

            Seating for the whole family...moreless

          • Babysitter
          • Linens Provided
          • Iron & Board

          Other Amenities

              • 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

              Entertainment

              • Television:

                (2) Flat Screen TVs in both bedrooms, bedroom one has DVD player, as well...moreless

              • Satellite / Cable:

                Both bedrooms have flat-screen televisions...moreless

              • DVD Player
              • CD Player

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet:

                The house features wireless internet connection if you MUST work while visiting or for researching Big Island activities....moreless

              • Telephone:

                Free long distance calls from the house phone, excluding international calls...moreless

              • Free Long Distance:

                Free long distance EXCEPT Canada or international...moreless

              Outdoor Features

              • Lanai / Gazebo:

                House has an oceanside screened-in lanai with bar and bar fridge for preparing your favorite island beverages. ...moreless

              • Tennis:

                Tennis available nearby at the resorts, daily fees, call hotel for detaisl...moreless

              • Golf:

                Numerous golf courses nearby, daily fees, call hotels for details...moreless

              • Deck / Patio:

                Outdoor lanai on the seawall plus a indoor lanai with oceanview...moreless

              • Lawn / Garden:

                Lush green lawn with many tropical flowers and fruit trees. ...moreless

              • Outdoor Grill:

                Charcoal and gas grill are both procided...moreless

              • Kayak / Canoe:

                Not provided but can be rented nearby...moreless

              Theme

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

              Location & View

              • Beachfront:

                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

              • Oceanfront:

                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

              Activities

              • Botanical Garden
              • Fitness Center
              • Hospital
              • Medical Services
              • Basketball Court
              • Hunting
              • Sailing
              • Cycling
              • Deepsea Fishing
              • Massage Therapist
              • Fishing
              • Hiking
              • Kayaking
              • Mountain Biking
              • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling
              • Snorkeling/Diving
              • Surfing
              • Swimming
              • Golf
              • Groceries
              • ATM/Bank
              • Wildlife Viewing
              • Churches
              • Health/Beauty Spa
              • Library
              • Marina
              • Playground
              • Restaurants
              • Synagogues
              • Bird Watching
              • Boating
              • Horseback Riding
              • Shopping
              • Beachcombing
              • Eco Tourism
              • Luaus
              • Scenic Drives
              • Shelling
              • Sight Seeing
              • Walking
              • Whale Watching
              • Tennis
              • Wind-Surfing
               

              Reviews

              Write a review 5
              from 8 traveler reviews
              Loading...
               
              Rental basis: Per property
              Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
              Summer 2014
              Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2014
              7 night min stay
              $275
              $6,930
              Cmas
              Dec 15 - Jan 5, 2015
              14 night min stay
              $438
              My Standard Rate
              5 night min stay
              $350
              $2,450 $8,820
              * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

              Additional information about rental rates

              Fees:

              • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
              • Cleaning fee $150 + tax
              • Tax Rate 14.66%

              Notes:

              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.


              Always make sure to call the number on the listing to confirm payment details.
              Only pay using credit card, PayPal, check or direct bank transfer. NEVER pay by cash or instant money transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram. Learn more


              Don't forget your vacation protection! Get protected now

              Adding our Vacation Protection services can make sure your getaway goes smoothly, no matter what. We offer Cancellation Protection, Carefree Rental Guarantee, and Damage Protection so you can truly relax.

              Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.
              Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.
              Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.
               

              Calendar

              Last updated: 07/18/2014
              Check availability
              23 Available
              21 Unavailable
              22 Today
              23 Selected dates
               

              Location

              16 Miles
              Nearest Airport
              Keahole (Kona)
              2 Miles
              Nearest Motorway
              Highway 19 (Queen Kaahumanu)
              4 Miles
              Nearest Beach
              In front of the house, white sandy beach Hapuna
              7 Miles
              Nearest Restaurant
              Blue Dragon

              Car: Necessary

              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.

               

              Manager info


              Contact us

              Speaks: english

               

              Photos

              • Imagine enjoying sunsets from this oceanside lanai

                Imagine enjoying sunsets from this oceanside lanai

              • Bright and open great room offers comfort and seating for everyone

                Bright and open great room offers comfort and seating for everyone

              • The second bedroom offers a queen-size bed and lots of light

                The second bedroom offers a queen-size bed and lots of light

              • The second full bathroom is clean and well stocked.

                The second full bathroom is clean and well stocked.

              • Mix up your favorite beverages at this oceanview bar, complete with bar fridge

                Mix up your favorite beverages at this oceanview bar, complete with bar fridge

              • Looking north along the shoreline from Puako Kai.

                Looking north along the shoreline from Puako Kai.

              • A collection of shells from previous guests visits

                A collection of shells from previous guests visits

              • Enjoy the fish on the wall as well as the fish in the water out front

                Enjoy the fish on the wall as well as the fish in the water out front

              • Red hibiscus flower in the lush tropical yard

                Red hibiscus flower in the lush tropical yard

              • Stand up paddle board lessons and rentals are available nearby

                Stand up paddle board lessons and rentals are available nearby

              • Wind chime art made from found sea items

                Wind chime art made from found sea items

              • View of the Kohala Coast line looking north from the lanai

                View of the Kohala Coast line looking north from the lanai

              • .Grassy yard is great for louning or children's play time

                .Grassy yard is great for louning or children's play time

              • Comfortable bed with TV and AC in the bedroom

                Comfortable bed with TV and AC in the bedroom

              • This enclosed oceanview lanai is perfect for lunch, games or computer work

                This enclosed oceanview lanai is perfect for lunch, games or computer work

              • The master bathroom has a large shower and plenty of counter space

                The master bathroom has a large shower and plenty of counter space

              • After a day in the sun, this shade is a welcome reprieve

                After a day in the sun, this shade is a welcome reprieve

              • Another spot to sit with a glass of icetea and a good book

                Another spot to sit with a glass of icetea and a good book

              • Sofa for relaxing in the great room

                Sofa for relaxing in the great room

              • A closer view of the oceanside lanai

                A closer view of the oceanside lanai

              • Puako Kai view from the yard looking towards the house

                Puako Kai view from the yard looking towards the house

              • Great outdoor shower to rinse off the salt and sand after a day at the beach

                Great outdoor shower to rinse off the salt and sand after a day at the beach

              • Another awesome sunset observed

                Another awesome sunset observed

              • Puako Kai from the driveway, well maintained yard and tropical plants

                Puako Kai from the driveway, well maintained yard and tropical plants

              VRBO #434092

              There have been  visitors to this page since the counter was last reset in .

              This listing was first published here in 2012.

              Date last modified - Saturday, June 21, 2014

              $275 - $438 per night (USD)
              8

              2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
              Sleeps 4

              View calendar: Updated 07/18/14
              Minimum stay: 5-14 nights
              Dates are unavailable
              Please stay a bit longer. A stay of nights or more is required for these dates.
              This listing requires that rentals start on a .
              Get an instant quote
              Email manager

              808-882-1366
              Mary Fox @ 2 Papayas, LLC

              Speaks: english
              Always make sure to call the number on the listing to confirm payment details. Only pay using credit card, PayPal, check, or direct bank transfer. Learn More
              Add vacation protection services to your booking

              Three services to protect your trip:

              Protect your payments in case you need to cancel.

              Guarantee the rental meets your expectations.

              Ensure you're prepared in case of accidental damage.


              Get it now

              Share this property

              Sharing makes you 30% cooler
                Please correct the following errors and resend:
              • Enter one or more valid email addresses separated by commas.
              • Enter a subject for your email.
              • Your message may not contain markup. Please remove the markup and try again.

              Hi, I'd like to share this property with you.

              http://www.vrbo.com/434092