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More beds for your buck! From $249 - $299 per night

Bedrooms 5
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

'Pathway of the Gods' is the meaning of the name given by ancient Hawaiians to Kealakekua Bay. Five hundred feet from the bay, nestled among the palm trees and fragrant plumeria blossoms is Hale Hanai, the site of your next vacation.

This two-story five-bedroom vacation rental home will give you a taste of old Hawaii, away from the crowds, with a large private yard abounding in pineapples, bananas and coconuts. Designed with a family in mind, Hale Hanai would love to be your home-away-from-home. 'Hanai' is a word Hawaiians use to designate adopted family. When you stay with us, you are our adopted family.

Upstairs, Mom and Dad can relax and enjoy their own private living room with views of the bay. The Alii (royalty) room is furnished with a California King bamboo canopy bed, a seating area, and a lanai from which to view some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and a dining room with a table that seats eight, as well as a china hutch with dishes for that special meal.

Downstairs the kids have their own living area, where they can enjoy watching a video or television. Equipped with a small dining table, a mini fridge, sink, and microwave, they have their own space. The Dolphin Room has a queen-size bed and is perfect to accommodate Grandma and Grandpa or a married child and spouse. The built-in daybed is wonderful for a younger child, and it also makes a great place to sit and enjoy a book while the ocean breezes rustle the curtains and wash your cares away. There is even a portable crib ready for a napping baby, if needed. The Volcano Room sports a double bed and the decor has been heavily influenced by Madame Pele, the goddess of fire. The Observatory Room has a daybed with a pullout trundle bed. Two queen-size sleeper sofas (one up, one down) round out the sleeping arrangements.

Across the bay is the historic Captain Cook monument that marks the place where the famous explorer met his untimely end. Spinner Dolphins visit the bay daily, and there is unparalleled snorkeling in this marine sanctuary. After a day of sightseeing or kayaking in the bay, the outdoor shower will wash away the sand. The barbeque awaits, as you dine outdoors on the picnic table as the sun sets on another perfect day in paradise.

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Susan Curtis
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Susan Curtis

Thom is a Sociology professor at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. Susan is a writer. We got married in 2000, after having both lost our spouses. Between us we have six children and ten grandchildren. We love to travel and see the world, and we love to stay home and enjoy the beautiful islands of Hawaii.

Susan Curtis purchased this house in 1990

Why Susan Curtis chose Captain Cook

We turned the former family home into a vacation rental. The family enjoyed being close to the ocean when we lived there. A transfer to the other side of the island for employment changed our residence, and this was a solution that allowed us to keep a home we all loved.

What makes this house unique

We enjoy staying at Hale Hanai whenever it isn't rented. We spend most weekends there and whatever other time we are able. It makes a wonderful writing retreat and a great place for us to invite friends and family from the mainland. We love the historic bay with the snorkeling and the dolphins. We love the quiet feel of old Hawaii. We enjoy sharing the home with travelers for a memorable visit to Hawaii's best kept secret - the Big Island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This has been one of the funnest family vacations we've ever been on. We did all kinds of new stuff--kayaking, being one of them--and now we're actually giving advice at the kayak launch area. Swimming with the dolphins will, of course, be our top highlight.

Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.

Mike, Leslie, Natalie and Taylor Dicou
Jan 2006
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Downstairs Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • There is also an outdoor shower for cleaning off after a day at the beach.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Alii Room - 1 king
    Dolphin Room - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Volcano Room - 1 double
    Observatory Room - 1 twin/ single
    Captain Cook Room - 1 twin/ single
    Sofa Beds (living room upstairs and down) - 2 queen
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


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More beds for your buck! From $249 - $299 per night
average rating of 4.866667 based on 26 reviews

Perfect place for our large group

  • 5 of 5

Susan has a beautiful home that we more then equipped to handle a large group! The house had plenty of towels, games, snorkeling gear, and was just a short walk to the water with some pretty amazing snorkeling. Captain Cook is a great place to stay and this is the perfect house to do so! Can not wait until our next visit!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I could tell from the moment I met these folks that they were the kind of people that make all the effort and work worth it. Admire my towel origami, and I'll follow you anywhere!
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  • 5 of 5

We highly recommend this vacation home. The home is comfortable and very well stocked. Anything we needed was right at our fingertips. There is privacy between upstairs and downstairs. Seating area outside is perfect for enjoying a meal or having morning coffee. Yard is very nice. Outside shower is convenient. Ten minute drive to easy-access snorkeling. Very short walk to bay -- 5 minutes at most. Susan & Thom were always available by phone if we had questions or wanted tips. There wasn't a single down side to this property. We would like to return soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great for families!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 3 adults and 4 children under the age of 3 (!). Susan was so kind and accommodating. Because we were set to fly from Oahu the day the second of two hurricanes (!) was in the area she offered to let us check-in a day early at no charge. We ended up not needing to change our plans, but I thought it was a very generous offer. She also left out age appropriate movies and toys and a portable crib, big hit with the kiddos and parents. The house is very well equipped - it has everything you could need in the kitchen, lots of cleaning supplies (a must with young children), a ton of towels, beach supplies etc. Pictures and description are very accurate. It was very warm when we were there in early September, two of our nights it cooled off nicely but one was pretty uncomfortable. The house does come with a ton of fans. There is a little beach within easy walking distance and you could kayak to the Cook memorial, we saw dolphins one morning. Since we have such little kids we drove to nearby Two-Step for swimming, perfect tide pools for kiddos. In short, great place for families!

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, great property

  • 5 of 5

This property is close to all of the important locations on the leeward side of the Big Island, but away from the crowds. It's only a few minutes' walk to Manini Beach, one of the best entry points on the island for beginning and intermediate snorkelers, in a bay frequented by a large pod of spinner dolphins. The house has many amenities for visitors and is well maintained, with creatively themed bedrooms. You will love the place!

We ate at many nearby restaurants, including Annie's (burgers) and Gypsea Gelato (made in-house, and some of the best you'll taste anywhere). A mere 4 miles from the City of Refuge and the neighboring Two Step Beach, with a wonderful variety of sea life.

Bring your friends; bring your family. The housing will be one of the smallest expenses of your entire trip.

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect "Tweniors" Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our "Twenior" vacation. Our group consisted of 6-adults (3-couples). We had ample room to spread out & make ourselves at home. The Hale Hanai had everything we needed, it is very comfortable & the location was perfect for our daily adventures. The beds are comfy, towels are plush & the hospitality was "OUTSTANDING".

Susan went above & beyond to make sure the house was set up & ready for our arrival. All of her special touches made us feel like family. I was grateful to see an "Ono" basket filled with essential~! It came in very handy since the airlines lost our luggage.

Thank-you for sharing your lovely home with us~!

  • Submitted: May 10, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfection for a Large Family

  • 5 of 5

First off, LOCATION! This luxury beach house is situated just *steps* from the most beautiful bay on the Kona side of the Big Island, where in the morning, we saw spinner dolphins jumping in the bay, and from the balcony of the master suite, we could watch the sun setting, orange and amazing, ensconced by leaning palms. The Kaleakekua Bay has reportedly the best snorkeling on the island, and is where Captain Cook first landed. The black sand on the small beach and the lava rocks there make the most peaceful morning sitting spot to watch the waves, and this beach house was steps from the bay. It’s a quiet street, away from the hubbub of Kona, and the perfect romantic place to just escape all your worries and your strife. It’s a mere couple of miles to Place of Refuge (a Big Island must see) and the adjacent Two Steps, where snorkeling is delightful as well.

Second, AMENITIES! This beach house had everything our family needed, and more. There was a full kitchen upstairs, plus a second small kitchen downstairs. Two full baths with plenty of fluffy towels made our family of seven happy. Four nice bedrooms (which our kids loved the fact that they were themed and nicely decorated) slept everyone, and there were couches and sleeping spots to spare. Our California king sized bed in the master suite had one of the most comfortable mattresses I’ve ever slept on.

There were movies to watch during down time, and board games for a lazy afternoon. Our daughters painted coconuts gleaned from the incredibly lush back yard. The full kitchen let me to cook our family’s meals, and we had dinner on the patio, with tiki torches lit—something our kids will never forget. Cooking also saved us a lot on dining-out money, so we were able to do more adventures with our family, like rent kayaks from the guy next door and paddle to the Captain Cook Monument.

It was so handy to have laundry facilities on site—a thing that made our packing so much lighter, since we could do wash halfway through our trip. Saved us a bundle on checked bags.

With the master suite segregated from the kids’ area downstairs, it made the family vacation into a couples’ retreat for the evenings, and everyone was able to relax in their own space after a day traveling around the island. We also loved the breeze coming through all the windows, and I loved hearing the waves’ roar as I fell asleep at night. It was just magical.

It’s the perfect place to take a large family for your island getaway.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church
Manini Beach Rd
Captain Cook
Ho'Okena Beach Park
Captain Cook Monument
Two Steps (Honaunau) Beach
Kona Coffee Living History Farm
South Kona Fruit Stand
Keei Cafe
Patz Pies
Nearest Airport
40 Miles
KOA (Kona International Airport
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Queen Kahumana Hwy.
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles
Manini Beach
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $250

We currently waive a security deposit in lieu of a credit card number for any theft, damages or excessive cleaning. There is an additional $50 cleaning fee for groups of eight or more.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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