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Airy Home Just 5 Minute Walk to Manini Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Experience spinner dolphins, sea turtles, hump-back whales (in winter), manta rays, amazing fish and coral reefs at pristine Kealakekua Bay, a protected marine sanctuary.

Enjoy glorious sunsets from the lanai or walk a few steps to the bay for your photos. Sleep with the sound of the ocean in your ears and wake to the riotous songs of birds outside your window. Kealakekua Bay and the village of Napo'opo'o are unlike any you will find in the islands. The area is a quiet village with no stoplights, stores, or crowds. All shopping and dining are located 4 miles up the hill in Capt. Cook or in the other local villages of Kealakekua or Kainaliu Town.

This spacious and airy home sleeps seven comfortably. High ceilings with fans in every room. Covered lanai with peek-a-boo views of the bay. Brightly decorated with artwork from the South Pacific.

Master Bedroom with queen-size bed and private bath and adjoining sleeping porch with twin bed. Hall bedroom with queen-size bed and adjoining bath. Third bedroom has twin beds that can convert to king.

The lot is quite large for the area, with papaya, limes, lemons, star fruit, mango (a summer fruit only) and if your timing is perfect a pineapple or two. Most rentals down at the bay have an additional rental unit and ours is no exception. Our second unit has a permanent renter vs. other vacationers. Our tenant has lived on the property for over 12 years in a small unit below the house. She has proven to be a wonderful local resource to our guests. We have a one-man kayak and a one-man SUP/kayak combo for our guest’s use and a good variety of snorkel gear in many sizes. The house is located in an intimate neighborhood which most guests appreciate and enjoy, and we try to observe quiet time after 10:00 PM out of respect for our neighbors.

The Hawaii Tax ID Numbers: GE-000-453-0176-01

and TA-000-453-0176-01

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More Details

Melouise Pfeffer
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Melouise Pfeffer

We live in northern California and have relatives on the Big Island. We enjoy many recreational sports including backpacking, skiing, hiking, golfing, hunting and fishing and of course snorkeling and kayaking in Hawaii.

Melouise Pfeffer purchased this house in 2000

Why Melouise Pfeffer chose Captain Cook

The community of Napoopoo, at the edge of pristine Kealakekua Bay, is quite small and there are very few opportunities to purchase property there. When this home came on the market we jumped on it with the encouragement of my step-mother who lives nearby. Our entire family has benefited from the opportunity to spend vacations at Hale Hana Hou and we have enjoyed success with the vacation rental, forming many warm relationships with our guests.

What makes this house unique

Well, of course, it feels like home every time we go over to Hawaii. We've had many repeat guests who feel the same way, some that have come back 5 years in a row. Looking out the windows at all the lovely palms and lush vegetation, feeling the ocean breeze while sitting on the lanai with morning coffee and listening to the birds singing, walking down to the bay to see if the dolphins are in...all mean Hale Hana Hou. And of course all the activities listed on the web site: snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, sightseeing, driving down to the volcano, driving up to Waimea or in to Kona for Slack Key Guitar concerts. Wonderful!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Posted by owner from house guest book:

Dear Melouise, Aloha & Mahalo! We loved the house and the location was perfect for us. We swam with dolphins is K-Bay, snorkeled at Two-Step and Hookena. Sunbathed at all three. Borrowed fins & snorkels - Thank you!

We had a very rejuvenating stay. Had fish from the Marina Fish Market "Bite Me". Marlin was awesome and most inexpensive. Hebi was excellent for blackened fish tacos! Delicious!

We shopped very little and found Choice Mart provided a good selection for what we needed as did the Sack 'n Save in Kailua. We had New Year's Eve dinner at Jackie Ray's. Good meal and fun atmosphere for the evening.

Hapuna Beach north of the airport was FUN, FUN, FUN for body surfing and playing in the surf. Beautiful Sand and a nice change.

Thank you again for such a beautiful place. We loved the birds, even the rooster every morning. Mahalo & Aloha. We'll be back!

P.S. We had guests come by and they loved the house & will be in touch with you.
Dec 2013
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1) queen beds in MBR and 2nd bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twin beds in 3rd bedroom and additional twin in sleeping porch
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


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Airy Home Just 5 Minute Walk to Manini Beach
average rating of 4.877551 based on 75 reviews

The perfect house in the perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this amazing home. Three generations and seven people happily bonded over beach time, good coffee, wonderful meals and just hanging out on the lanai. We made good use of the snorkel gear and kayaks and enjoyed watching the birds and the local kids at the beach. It really made a difference to stay in a location where we could walk to the beach or take a short drive to interesting places - less car time and more family time. We'd love to return to this gem!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Karen... Mahalo for the great review. I'm so glad you managed to get all the family together in Hawaii, and especially glad you chose Hale Hana Hou. The name was chosen because "hana hou" is the phrase Hawaiians use to mean "encore". You hear it shouted at the end of slack key guitar concerts, "Hana Hou, hana hou!" I love having repeat guests and look forward to your own hana hou. Melouise
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Perfect Home For Our Reunion

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful open home for four girlfriends to share. Each had her own private bedroom and we all enjoyed the open feel of the living areas. Cooking was a pleasure and the cooks could prepare meals without feeling disconnected from the group. Mornings on the lanai with coffee were our favorites and especially watching the birds on the feeder. The beach was a quick walk away and we loved Manini, the great snorkeling and beautiful lawns for lazing away the afternoons. We will come back again and again!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Jill and gang! So glad Hale Hana Hou was the perfect choice for you, and thanks for choosing it. We will be happy to greet you on your return visits and I can guarantee that nothing well have changed in your absence. That's the beauty of a gem like Napoopoo and Kealakekua Bay! Aloha and A Hui Ho, Mel
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Santa Cruz, CA, USA

Welcoming and comfortable- great location for snorkelers

  • 4 of 5

This is a wonderful house as long as you don't mind a screened but open-air house (we stayed in February when nights are cooler): high ceilings, wood paneling, generous multiple seating areas-- perfect for our two-household group. There was so much to do nearby we wished for a few more days to sit on the lanai and relax (or make lemon bars with fruit from the garden tree). The house is an 8 minute drive from the BEST snorkeling spot called Two-Step; two blocks from Kealakekua Bay kayak rental/launch; near Kona coffee plantation tours and tasting; and there is a good local supermarket at the top of the ridge. We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Renee! I'm so glad that you chose Hale Hana Hou for your return to Hawaii, and pleased that you and your friends had such a good visit. It must have been so much fun showing them what you loved about Hawaii when you lived there. The house and beaches will be waiting for your return. Warm aloha, Melouise
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Madera, CA

Wonderful secluded setting close to beach and kyaks

  • 5 of 5

Nice sized upstairs home with views of the surrounding tropical forest from every window. Evening breezes and fans everywhere cool down the space in the evening. Well equipped kitchen. Take a morning kayak with dolphins and whales from nearby protected cove to snorkel near Captain Cook monument. Good supermarket and hardware store 15 minutes away.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Andy! I so appreciate your taking the time to let others know what you appreciated about the house and the area, especially with your fast paced travel schedule! A peaceful respite, soft breezes, warm water and the dolphins await your return. Mel
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Eugene, Oregon

Quiet and lovely home

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for our family to spend the Christmas holiday! Open and airy, yet quiet and secluded, we loved all the special touches that made it truly Hawaiian. The kitchen was easy to use and well-stocked, and we were happy to have some boogie boards and snorkeling gear to borrow. Thank you, Melouise!

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Robin! Your review is much appreciated and I hope we get to see you again. Perfect guests, Perfect review! Warm aloha, Mel
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Saint Helena

Perfectly Hawaiian

  • 5 of 5

Looking forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Succinct! Your visit was brief but you got it immediately. Hale Hana Hou will be waiting for your next, and longer, visit. Warm aloha, Mel
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Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative
Kona Girls Coffee Co
Coffee Shop
Captain Cook Monument
Dard Roast
Coffee Shop
Manny's Mexican Food
Mexican Restaurant
Patz Pies
Pizza Restaurant
Sacred Grounds Coffee Farm
Coffee Shop
Junjira Fresh Thai Kitchen
Thai Restaurant
Hong Kong Chop Suey
Chinese Restaurant
Loko Wraps
Mexican Restaurant
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
Aloha Hills Kona Coffee
Coffee Shop
The Coffee Shack
Coffee Shop
Haku Nui Farms Inc
Tea House
Paleaku Gardens Peace Sanctuary
Kealakekua Coffee
Coffee Shop
Kena Coffee Farms
Tea House
TAPS Takeout
Hokulea Happy Star Coffee
Coffee Shop
Kaaloa's Super J's
Hawaiian Restaurant
Beijing Garden
Chinese Restaurant
Big Jake's Island B-B-Q
Barbecue Restaurant
Keoki's Ono Fish N Chips
Caffe Florian
Menehune Coffee Company
Coffee Shop
Sun Dried Specialties
Seafood Restaurant
Captain Cook Trading Co
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Randy's Huli Chicken and Ribs
Barbecue Restaurant
Keei Cafe
Peacock Pastries & Bistro
Strawberry Patch
American Restaurant
TK Noodle House
Rocco's Pizza Pub
Pizza Restaurant
Annie's Island Fresh Burgers
Hamburger Restaurant
Sandy's Drive In
Kona Purple Mountain Coffee
Rebel Kitchen
American Restaurant
Aloha Theatre
Kaya's Kawanui LLC
Coffee Shop
Teshima's Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant
Sugai Kona Coffee
Coffee Shop
Heavenly Hawaiian Kona Coffee Farms
Coffee Shop
Buddha's Cup
Coffee Shop
Wild Mac Kona Coffee Co
Coffee Shop
Haleo Luau
Amici Vista Italian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Kona Country Club
Green Flash Too
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Kona Int'l Airport at Keahole (KOA), Kailua-Kona
Nearest Golf
13.5 Miles
Kona Country Club
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy. 11
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Capt. Cook
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Manini Beach
Car: necessary

The Bay is the Site of an Ancient Hawaiian Temple or Heiau and overlooks Captain Cook Monument. Kayak to the monument or hike from the top of Nap'opo'o Road down to the monument through the ruins of an ancient Hawaiian Village. Snorkel, Swim and Picnic at Manini Beach. Stroll to lovely and secluded Ke'ei Beach. Jog or walk south 4 miles on a level Road or drive down this road to visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, a fully restored ancient site of refuge. Snorkel at Two Steps Near Honaunau, a popular snorkel and dive spot. For a visit near the volcano, South Point and Black Sand Beach check out our listing at VRBO Listing #120909.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $200
Tax Rate 14.42%

Base rate is for the first 4 guests. Additional guests are $25 per night, $175 per week. One week minimum in WINTER unless shorter stay is a "fill in" with longer stays.

HAWAII STATE GET #GE-000-453-0176-01 HAWAII STATE TAT #TA-000-453-0176-01

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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