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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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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


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Airy Home Just 5 Minute Walk to Manini Beach
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 72 reviews
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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Seattle, WA

Sweet house in a quiet village. A stones thow from a cute and lovingy tended snorkeling park.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for our group of six. It was both clean and had decent ventilation. Mel, the owner was very helpful with any questions we had. Karen, the downstairs renter was friendly and generous with beach advice and info. Village is small, friendly, and without any real services (part of what keeps it chill). Many different fruit trees on the property. Be sure you know what you are eating, then enjoy.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your comments. We're so pleased you enjoyed the house, Napoopoo, Manini Beach and the bounty of the fruit trees. Everything grown on the property is edible although I have not tried the noni. I'm glad you were there in summer when you could eat your fill of mangoes....that's the best! We hope to see you soon again .. a hui ho, Mel
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Very warm and relaxing.

  • 5 of 5

The Family enjoyed our stay from the fresh fruits we picked to the crazy yard chickens.

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Magical House in the Trees

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about this house, beginning with the prompt and attentive communication with the owner, who sent detailed instructions not only about the house but the surrounding areas and gave excellent recommendations for where to go sightseeing and where to shop and eat. Melouise had sent directions for how to get to the house from the airport, but upon learning that we were actually coming to the house from Volcanoes National Park, she promptly emailed a whole new set of driving directions including a recommendation to stop at a beach on the drive over where the children could see sea turtles. We took her up on it and did! It was wonderful! The house itself is a magical treehouse, filled with all the comforts of home. While there, I was whisked away to the Hawaii one reads about in books -- enchanting. The children coveted the ample grassy yard where they played catch and we cherished the pahio (verandah) where we heard birdsong in the mornings while we ate breakfast and crickets by night. We also absolutely loved Manini Beach, which is a five-minute WALK. This beach is absolutely perfect for young children (our boys are 8 and 5). There is a sweet little sandy beach entry, a grassy park, great snorkeling and lovely sunsets above intricate lava formations. We also took the 15 minute WALK to Ke'e Beach, which has a more expansive sandy area, wonderful tide pools (where my older son saw a sea turtle and my younger son saw a starfish), and more great snorkeling. The house is well equipped with snorkeling equipment, boogie boards, and water shoes, which we were grateful for not having to pack in our luggage. We have stayed in many VRBOs over the years and this house is hands down the best experience we've ever had. Thank you, Melouise!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 20, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Somehow I missed your review months ago and I apologize for not thanking you earlier. I think I'll frame this one :-). Please come back again and again. I enjoy hearing about how kids love returning to Manini and the house, chickens, etc. I hope your boys (and you) will be among them. Warmly, Mel
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Melouise Pfeffer
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 16, 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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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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