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We invite you and your family to experience the sights and sounds of the Big Island in our quiet, comfortable home on 3 acres overlooking Kealakekua Bay. Our 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom main house, which sleeps 4-6, has a breathtaking view of the bay from its huge lanai and almost every room. Fully open the bank of disappearing sliding doors in the great room and louvered windows throughout the house to invite the cooling island breezes and experience Hawaii’s unique outdoor living. A cozy Ohana cottage, which sleeps 3-4 and has an additional bathroom, is just steps away from the main house and is great for older children, teens, or another family.
Our property is conveniently located near Napo’opo’o Village and Kealakeua Bay, but without the congestion and noise. You can be at the warm water’s edge in an approximately 10-minute walk down the hill or a very short car ride. Experience a family picnic and great snorkeling at Manini Beach or rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for an adventure with the spinner dolphins to the Captain Cook monument on the bay. Just a little farther south off a bumpy dirt road, explore Ke’ei Beach with its white sand speckled with black lava fragments and tide pools—this area appeals to picnickers, fisherman, surfers, and the more adventurous snorkeler and is generally not very populated. Approximately 5 miles south of our property (~15 minute car ride), is the very popular “Two Step” snorkeling area in Honaunau Bay and adjacent to Pu’uhonuoa O Honaunau National Park (Place of Refuge). Snorkel or dive around coral covered lava fingers and deep water canyons for an entirely different underwater experience. Stop at the adjacent Place of Refuge and learn about the history and culture of Hawaii. For more adventure, experience the very remote green sand beach of South Point (~1.5 hour drive) or fascinating scenery and geology of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (~2 hour drive).
If you are looking to unwind and decompress in a rural setting away from the more touristy parts of Kailua-Kona (~20-30 minutes north), then our home and property will appeal to you. Our year-round warm dry climate and warm ocean waters are our idea of paradise. Enjoy our brilliant green “laughing” geckoes, our tropical native birds and their musical serenades, our fun “bleating” wild goat herd on the adjacent lava flow, and chasing the occasional hopping toad across our driveway. We offer a home-away-from-home for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and for those that just want to slow down.
In the main house, there are two private bedrooms: 1) a large master retreat with a Cal King bed facing a bay window, an attached reading/media room, and ample closet and dresser storage; and 2) a spacious 2nd bedroom with a Queen bed and ample closet and dresser storage. An additional Queen sofa sleeper is located in the great room.
In the Ohana, there is one private bedroom with a Double bed and ample closet and dresser storage. An additional trundle bed (two Twins) is located in the front room. ...moreless
In main house, there are two bathrooms: 1) an en suite master bath with sink, walk-in shower, large soaker tub, and toilet; and 2) a 2nd bath, with sink, walk-in shower, and toilet, directly off the 2nd bedroom.
In the Ohana there is a full bathroom with sink, tub/shower combo, and toilet....moreless
There are also two outside showers to rinse of sandy kids, sandy feet, or gear before entering either the main house or Ohana....moreless
Numerous adult and children's books are located in both the main house and Ohana....moreless
Mauka view to the east, lava fields to the south...moreless
Almost 180 degree panoramic view from Ke'ei Beach to Captain Cook monument in Kealakekua Bay...moreless
Agricultural zoned area with lots of open space ...moreless
Sports & Adventure Activities
Inside dining area can seat 6 comfortably, as well as outside dining area on the lanai. Additional bar stools and long table are in the great room, as well as two bar stools and cafe table in Ohana....moreless
Seating for 6 people
Fitness Room / Equipment:
Older weight-lifting equipment is located under a gazebo between the main house and Ohana. Use at your own risk!...moreless
Wireless internet access for checking e-mail and browsing web pages for your next adventure is provided....moreless
Each bedroom has additional linens. A memory foam topper is provided for the Queen sofa sleeper....moreless
A large sectional faces the disappearing sliding doors to the lanai, as well as an older TV and home theater system....moreless
Beach towels are located in the linen cupboard area near the 2nd bedroom, as are additional bath towels for the main house. The Ohana is also supplied with towel sets....moreless
An inside laundry room is located just off the kitchen. Laundry soap and fabric softener are provided....moreless
Make sure you buy some world famous Kona coffee! One in the main house, one in the Ohana....moreless
Dishes & Utensils:
We have tried to stock the kitchen with ample items to accommodate a large family. ...moreless
Some items, such as seasonings and oils, we have left to be shared....moreless
Toaster ovens are located in both the main house and Ohana....moreless
Lanai / Gazebo:
You will likely be spending most of your time on the lanai while you are at the house. There's a spotting scope for you to check out what's in or on the bay. The kids will love the humane gecko trap! ...moreless
Lawn / Garden:
Fruit trees (2 types of figs, oranges, avocados, papaya, & lychee) are on the side yard. Pineapples at the rear of the Ohana. What's in season is for you to pick and enjoy!...moreless
2015 Main House & Ohana Mar 22 - Dec 31, 2015 3 night min stay
2016 Main House & Ohana Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2016 3 night min stay
My Standard Rate 3 night min stay
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay
Additional information about rental rates
Refundable Damage Deposit$500
Ohana ONLY rented with main house. 50% of rent/tax + damage deposit due to secure reservation. Balance + cleaning fee due 30 days before arrival. Discounted rates do not apply during Ironman, Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year. All rates and taxes subject to change until reservation confirmed. In the event of an EMERGENCY cancellation, if informed immediately we will consider refund/reschedule.
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About the owner: It has always been our dream to live in South Kona on the Big Island, and in November 2013 our dream came true. This home will be where we live full time in our “golden years”, but for now we want to share the magic of the island with you. We ask you to treat this home as if it is your own, and to act as a steward for those that will enjoy it after you.
We are both geologists, specializing in environmental geology, and lovers of the great out-of-doors. We love animals, both domestic and wild. The warm temperatures of Kealakekua Bay and rural feel of the area held great appeal to us, plus the surf spots and snorkeling were a great draw. We plan to nurture our existing fruit trees, plant some mango trees, and add a couple of domestic goats, possibly a pig, and a flock of chickens to the property in the future.
The home was built in 1989 by a couple now in their 80s who had to move on. We have done very little to change the flavor of the home—a lot of thought, work, and love went into its construction and maintenance. The stained glass, mosaics, ceramics, and woodwork were all done by the former owners. (It was our family project to add the Yellow Tang mailbox!) We think the walls enfold wonderful memories and energy. Please take care of it all for us, while we are away…
Mary & Bob Stechmann