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Oceanfront Secluded Retreat

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Last updated: 06/23/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Property description

Named for the white tailed tropic bird seen along the cliffs, Noio Koha Hale is a beautiful, artistically designed, solar-powered home within walking distance (about two miles) of historic Kapa'au Town on the northern tip of the Big Island. It was lovingly built by its owners on 13 acres of farmland and native plant restoration groves above the dramatic, rose-tan Kohala cliffs. A large lanai looks out past a border of native plants across the spectacular Alenuihaha channel to Maui. Built from sustainably grown Big Island woods using post and beam construction, this home feels of the 'aina' (land). The house sleeps up to two couples in a private master bedroom/bath and a second small bedroom/writing/meditation room equipped with a full-sized futon bed, writing desk and adjacent half bath. This second sleeping area is separated from the main living area by a beautiful Japanese folding screen. A private outdoor shower with an ocean view features a tree of life mosaic created from volcanic rock carried up from adjacent Kapa'au Gulch. An antique claw foot tub offers a deep and restorative soak after a long day's hike. Guests may prepare and share meals on the huge monkeypod counter, the centerpiece of the living space, built from one of Kohala's largest trees after it fell in a windstorm. Or watch the sunset or sunrise from the lanai, where an antique table seats eight. Pua Malu Makai is a perfect romantic getaway or retreat from the hectic pace of life. Far from traffic sounds or artificial lights, you will fall asleep to the sound of trade winds and ocean swells. The house is surrounded by fruit orchards (mango, banana, papaya, and exotics). Sheep graze in the lower pasture. Chickens and ducks roam the orchard. Coastal trails pass along the cliff side, providing access to two gulches and dramatic wave-swept coves. A walk or drive up the hill from the property takes you through rolling pasture lands to a small golf course and into King Kamehameha Park, equipped with a public outdoor swimming pool, ball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds and a skate park. Kapa'au Town is a ten minute walk from the park. There you can take yoga classes, enjoy excellent food, and wander through several lovely art galleries. A few miles to the south is Hawi, with a locally owned grocery store (which includes a natural food section and local produce), a beautiful new public library, more fine dining and unique shops. A bustling farmer's market opens at first light Saturday mornings. Hiking in the spectacular Pololu Valley is only 20 minutes away. Hiking along with swimming and snorkeling from a historic dock/railroad bed from the sugar cane days is eight miles away at Mahukona. Some of the island's best beaches are only a 30 minute drive but chances are you will want to stay put and soak in the serenity and beauty of Noio Koha Hale.


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Property Type

  • House
  • 1200 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit For Renters
  • Non Smoking Only:

    Best for a couple, or two couples, One bedroom/office is partially enclosed by screens...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, tub, shower, outdoor shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Adjacent to second bedroom...moreless


  • Books
  • Stereo


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Library
  • Playground

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Ocean View:

    enjoy the oceanview from most of the house including a private custom outdoor shower...moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    located on breathtaking cliffs...moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Swimming


  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people


  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker:

    Stove top espresso maker and French press...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove


  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden


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4 night min stay
$1,000 $2,400
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  • Taxes Not included


Cleaning fee - $120.00

Additional guests (each, more than two) $20/day or 100.00/week

Adjacent Ohana house (two more bedrooms, fully equipped) 75.00/day

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Last updated: 06/23/2015
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the areas of Hawi and Kapaau are filled with many activities , great shopping and dining. The local park has a small golf course and impressive pool.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2010

About: Eva Saulitis and Craig Matkin do whale research in summers in Alaska and spend winters on this 13 acre property in Hawaii that they share with another couple that resides in Hawaii year round. As a poet and writer, Eva is artistically inspired by the peace and beauty of both Kohala and Alaska. We both love the balance of far north and the islands -- mirroring the migrations of the humpback whales we study in Alaska in summer and watch from the bluff top in winter in Hawaii.

Why Kapaau:
This land was bare pasture and old sugar cane land that we have been restoring with orchards, gardens and native plantings. We love its wild view of the channel and the magic of the Kapa'au gulch, which drops to the ocean alongside the property. Fruit trees, gardens and farm animals (sheep, geese, ducks and chickens) and solar power help us to live sustainably off the bounty of this land. It offers a unique combination of wildness and gentleness. You will understand when you see it!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Spectacular views of the channel and Maui, uniquely and artistically crafted home powered by the sun, great hiking around property and adjacent area, peaceful isolation, no noises or lights of city or town, spectacular stars at night, sounds of ocean swells to lull you to sleep, chance of viewing tropicbirds and frigate birds over the bluff and channel, charming nearby villages, local old-Hawaii flavor off the beaten tourist path.

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  • View from lanai

    View from lanai

  • Private outdoor shower with ocean / Maui views

    Private outdoor shower with ocean / Maui views

VRBO #478143

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