Traditional Open-Air Home Seconds from Kealakekua Bay, Kona Coast, Hawaii [#53528] | View Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 3.5 Baths (Sleeps 6)
$2,450/wk US Dollars
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This was our first time staying at Hale Keawe, but it will definitely not be our last. We have stayed at a few other homes on Kealakekua Bay, but this was the best by far. Photos do not do justice to this beautiful home. Now, we never want to stay anywhere else!!! The open-air home is truly a unique way to spend a Hawaiian vacation allowing you to stay close to nature every minute. It was so relaxing to sit having our coffee with the birds flying and eating nearby. The two cats, Longboard and Laptop were an absolute joy. Really fun to see them play on the hammock. The owners are very friendly and easy to work with to reserve the home. Everything was even better than expected. After a trip to the grocery we had everything we needed to enjoy our 8 days in paradise! The kayaks provided with the house are wonderful. So convenient to put in the water only a few steps away. And so great that the bay is open again for kayaking. We took the kayaks out our first day and within a short amount of time found ourselves surrounded by a pod of spinner dolphins! Absolutely marvelous experience!!!
- Guest Cheryl (Illinois)
- Date of stay 08/03/13
- Review Submitted 08/18/13
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, romantic getaway.
Owner response: Mahalo Cheryl! You were wonderful guests and took great care of the hale and its denizens...Long Board and Laptop thank you. We love it when guests respond to this sanctuary as we did when we first laid eyes upon it several years ago. May you return with much aloha! Willa, David, LB and LT
This is the second time we have stayed here. I've only been home a couple of weeks and we are already yearning to go back. Its the most peaceful place I have ever been. We love the open layout of the house and how it feels like home when your there. Everything was so convenient from the Kayaks and life jackets to the extra supplies you might have forgotten at the grocery! The neighbors were so friendly, they brought us fresh fruit twice while we were there. We can't wait to go back!
- Guest Lu (Ravenna, Ky)
- Date of stay 06/05/12
- Review Submitted 06/27/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Mahalo, Josh! We love it when guests see this small slice of paradise as we do. Aloha to you all!
This house is magical--the best place to stay in Kealakekua bay.
This house is magical--the best place to stay in Kealakekua bay.
What an amazing vacation. The pictures of this house don't do it justice. We drove into Kealakekua bay from the airport, down the winding road and into the little neighborhood around Manini Beach, onto the leafy little street, and through the gates -- and we were blown away. You can't tell until you fully walk into the house, but it's like being in Thailand AND in Hawaii. The big open-air living area is fully of breezes and art, a huge comfy couch and even a 'living room bed' to curl up on with a book. We were welcomed by the house kitties, Clown, Longboard, and the kitten Laptop, and a couple of rainbow-colored geckos who stay on patrol for any stray bugs. We love the bedrooms, each with a different personality, and each as enclosed as you want it to be (we chose to leave the huge doors wide open all night, but it's easy to close them up completely). And the open air showers are wonderful. When we first arrived, we were wondered if having no walls would be a problem, but nope. The weather is perfect for the house and vice versa. We weren't bothered by any bugs (we had wondered about that too). We totally enjoyed the kitchen...a REAL kitchen, not a 'vacation rental' kitchen! Cooking for ourselves saved us lots of money, and was a big part of our experience. At this house, every meal feels like a dinner party or a picnic, and we love that. And we loved the equipment that's there to borrow! No renting kayaks for us, because the house comes with them, and even with some snorkel gear. And there's a real grill...not just an old charcoal grill with no charcoal, which is all you'll find at some other houses. We had rented a jeep thinking we would drive all over the island exploring, but Kealakekua Bay, and this house, were so magical and restful that we mostly just stuck around 'home base' and loved every second of it. The tiny private beach across the street, walking 50 steps to some of the best snorkeling we've ever done, kayaking across to Cook's memorial, walking to the little neighborhood fruit stand. The only thing we'd do differently next time? Rent a super cheap car, and stay longer. This house is a true hidden treasure, a gem full of art and fun and too many choices when it comes to 'where should I lie around and read a book this time?' It's a great place for several couples to share. If you are looking for lots of hotels and tourists, you won't like it. If you're looking for artful comfort and super-smart amenities, look no further.
- Guest tamara (seattle)
- Date of stay 04/20/12
- Review Submitted 05/08/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, girls getaway, romantic getaway, sightseeing.
Owner response: Tamara, Aloha! We love it when people have the same take on Hale Keawe as we do! Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. Willa & David
Amazing house, unique location and wonderful ambiance. Whilst the house is in an isolated location the locals we meet during our morning walks were interesting and friendly. The house had an interesting mix of "creatures" - spiders that remained in the tree in their amazing web, birds that visited every morning, a mongroose that helped itself to the left over cat food, colourful geckos that provided entertainment everytime we dined in the open air. The best part was the "open air" shower with the lava wall. The fact that this house is in the cove where Captain Cook was killed, made this location even more interesting. The only down side for us was the distance to the nearest cafes and restaurants- certainly not within walking distance. A car is a must. The photos of the house were accurate of the amenities but the photos don't do it justice. The house was clean and well maintained and the garden is a delight to look out at while relaxing in the open air living space.
- Guest ANZAC (Australia)
- Date of stay 09/07/11
- Review Submitted 10/10/11
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, sightseeing.
Owner response: Mahalo! Jane & Rob!
From the time we entered the gates of this private compound to driving down the grassy lane on our way back to the airport we have never felt so relaxed as we did at this house. Most of the rooms have no walls allowing the ocean breezes naturally cool the rooms. There are no air conditioners to drown out the sounds of the birds chirping. At night the "geckos" like the one in the insurance commercial, scurry up the walls in the living room as Hawaiian music fills the air. Our favorite part of this place was it was steps to the water where we went kayaking everyday with dolphins jumping and spinning for us. I can see why the Hawaiian Royalty chose this bay as their home. We look forward to returning next year and many more years. We highly recommend this house if you are looking for a relaxing getaway from it all.
- Guest DavidA (Los Angeles, CA)
- Date of stay 02/02/10
- Review Submitted 06/21/10
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+, families with teenagers, romantic getaway, sightseeing.