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SAFE AREA IN PUNA! Private & Serene Artsy Oceanfront Home; Pool & Spa; Bikes;

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms2
Space 1,700 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Perhaps you've heard Pele is dancing now, in new and unusual places. This is an oceanfront home, upwind of any volcanic activity and uphill from the active zone. There are 9 lava zones (based on historical flows). Our home is in Zone 3. The "action" is in zone 1, the East Rift Zone. The takeaway? Zone 3 is where many are going to evacuate. It is safe, and the air is good at the oceanfront, despite what you may surmise from all the media reports. We'll keep our super special Volcanic Action offer as long as Pele is chanting and doing her hula.

Guests often comment that our home exceeded their expectations. It's probably because of all the local materials and the attention to detail. There are local hard-wood floors throughout (even the bathrooms and kitchen), custom stained glass windows, granite counter tops, and lots of original artwork. There's also an outdoor shower, two beach cruiser bikes and two mountain bikes, Instant access Netflix Movies and unlimited music from Pandora on the TV, purified (by reverse osmosis) drinking water, your own water well with whole house ultra violet filtration system (no worries about running out of water or other problems association with 'catchment systems' that are common in our area), solar-heated hot water, a solar-heated pool, various board games, some good Hawaiiana books, various floaty pool toys, and plenty of etc. All this on a 1/2 acre property.

MASTER BEDROOM (UPSTAIRS)

A comfortable king sized bed with soft cotton sheets, vintage rattan reading chairs, vintage mango wood dresser, ceiling fan, and 2 bed side tables both with reading lamps. The direct ocean view from the bedroom also allows for great breezes. The wide balcony is directly in front of both upstairs bedrooms.

2ND BEDROOM (UPSTAIRS)

A comfortable queen sized bed also with soft cotton sheets, writing desk and chair that faces the ocean, 2 bed-side tables with reading lamps, ceiling fan, and a dresser make this a fully functional room with that same huge ocean view.

BATHROOM (UPSTAIRS)

The bathroom is accessed by both bedrooms. It has a tub/shower and sink/vanity in one room, and a separate room for the toilet. Shampoo, hair conditioner, hand soap, TP, and plenty of towels are all provided.

3RD BEDROOM (DOWNSTAIRS)

A comfortable queen sized bed, with good cotton sheets, a small closet with shelf for luggage, ceiling fan, chair, luggage stand, a free-form mango-wood built-in table and 2 reading lights. This room is set back from the front of the house but still has an incredible ocean view. It also has 2 intriguing stained glass windows -- 1 depicting Kilauea Volcano, the other a humpback whale breaching. Breathtaking when the light hits it just right.

BATHROOM (DOWNSTAIRS)

Tub/shower, vanity and sink, toilet, and incredible large stained glass window depicting a Polynesian voyaging canoe and a variety of wildlife. Again, shampoo, hair conditioner, hand soap, and TP are all provided.

LIVING SPACE AND KITCHEN (DOWNSTAIRS)

The living room is decorated with a vintage Hawaiian comfort, yet with modern updates -- DISH TV, Pandora, Wi-Fi. There is also quite a bit of original artwork. There's a full sized dining table with 6 chairs, as well as 4 bar chairs. The kitchen is fully stocked -- espresso machine, regular coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave, and plenty of dishes, silverware, cookware, and all things needed for cooking your healthy meals at home. The Barbecue (propane) is just outside--Fresh Fish is always good cooked on a BBQ.

STAIRS: The upstairs is accessed via stairs which start near the front door and are on the outside of the house. We like this because we see the ocean and the stars at night. It also keeps the upstairs bedrooms more private.

HEALTH ISSUES

The triple filtered drinking water is a big bonus. Many houses in our area use 'catchment' systems, catching water off their roof. There are good filter systems, and there are less-than-good filter systems. We have an excellent reverse osmosis system that actually purifies your drinking water. FYI, wherever you decide to stay in East Hawaii you should ask about their water system.

HUMPBACK WHALES -- WOW, THEY CAN BE CLOSE.

In front of our home, the ocean gets deep quickly. Because of this, their birthing and mating months (December - April) are excellent times for hearing humpback whales at night, and of course seeing them by day. Their tail slapping can wake you up--no kidding.

IN CONCLUSION

Our home is fully functional, clean, comfortable, AND in a great location. In short, it is 'homey'. You will be only 25-30 minutes from Hilo Airport, a few minutes more to Downtown, Bayfront or Richardson's Beach and 20 minutes from Pahoa, a Great/Funky Restaurant town. You will be 30 minutes from the warm ponds at Ahalanui and the Marine Sanctuary where you can snorkel with tame good-sized schools of fish! You're also 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park (location of the historical Kilauea Caldera, and home of Pele the fire goddess) and 45 minutes away, in the other direction, from the Ocean Entry for Flowing Lava. This is subject to change of course, but has been amazingly steady of late.

If you're looking for a comfortable, spacious, truly OCEANFRONT home, retreat, and a base of operations, this is it. This is the house that Jack built, in 1998. First camping out in the would-be garage, then creating an artistic retreat/bachelor pad, and ultimately a great family home. We happily lived here for many years.

The ocean is mesmerizing by day, lulling to deep sleep at night. The ocean-side deck with spa and swimming pool will become your outdoor living room. The neighborhood is nice and friendly and you can walk or ride bikes for miles along the coast in either direction. Or you can hang out. You just might not want to leave.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we receive notice of your cancellation:

• Within 90 days: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 service fee, and less any credit card fees.

• Less than 90 days: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee and less any credit card fees.

• VRBO sometimes has blanket statements about refunds, which are not accurate for our property. We tend to be more accommodating than their options, though we do have a small cancellation fee of $100. Our cancellation policy is fully explained in an attachment and summarized here.

• Thank you for understanding.

Also: To be in compliance with Hawaii State Law (Act 204 Session Laws Hawaii State Legislature, 2015) our Hawaii Transient Accommodations Tax I. D. No. is TA-116-308-1728-01.

Keywords: Oceanfront Home; single-family house

More Details

Owner
Barbara Bell
Member since: 1998
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
September 20, 2018

About Barbara Bell

Here we are checking out the lava flow. We have lived in East Hawai`i for over 30 years, so we obviously love Hawai`i. Jack is a 3rd generation Hardwood Flooring Contractor, newly retired, and Barbara is a jaquette of all trades, most recently working for the County of Hawai`i.

Barbara Bell purchased this house in 1998

Why Barbara Bell chose Keaau

East Hawaii is varied, and exciting; the volcano never ceases to inspire and thrill. Madame Pele gives her unique energy to the whole of East Hawaii, and especially the Puna District. We have lived in East Hawaii for so long, and this house was our home, until we moved to the Big City of Hilo. Jack built this home in 1998, after living a few blocks away for about 15 years. We have completed a major re-fresh in Fall, 2013, and seem to always be cleaning, upgrading, or doing maintenance on something. The house is definitely in good order.

What makes this house unique

Because our home is almost at the end of a quiet dead-end street, it is very restful and private. We like to find new spots, via bicycle, or hiking boots, or swimming fins. There are so many incredible places to explore and we never get tired of adventuring. We like to walk or bike the coastline--for miles. To the south, we go to some tidepools about 1 1/2 miles away. To the north, we bike, then hike the last bit to a white sand beach that's about 5 miles away. When we are here, if we're not doing maintenance stuff, we also spend many hours lounging back and forth between the hot tub, the solar heated pool (90-95 degrees F), and lazing around on the deck. It's so private and quiet--we love it.

Amenities

Keaau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Out by the pool, very convenient.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , UPSTAIRS. Shared between 2 bedrooms. Separate toilet room.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , DOWNSTAIRS. Wonderful stained glass too.
  • The upstairs bathroom is accessed by both bedrooms. There is a separate 'toilet room'.
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , UPSTAIRS. Sitting area. 2 reading lights. LARGE
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 queen , DOWNSTAIRS. Comfortable futon & topper. Big Ocean View!
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , UPSTAIRS - Ocean View, 2 reading lights, desk, dresser, fan.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , DOWNSTAIRS: Ocean View Bedroom; Ceiling Fan, Reading Lights
  • 1 King size bed in the Master Bedroom. This one is called 'the pink cloud'. We make sure to have comfortable beds--we come to visit too! 2 Queen size Beds. One is in the other upstairs bedroom and the other one is in the downstairs bedroom. Both are comfortable as friends and family wouldn't be very happy with us if the beds weren't comfortable. There is also queen-sized futon bed in the living room that is always open. The futon has a mattress topper which makes it very comfortable and it doubles as a day bed, called a Punee in Hawaiian. The Punee is a long-standing tradition in Hawaiian homes. You never know when you might need a little nap, especially when on vacation.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
TWO BEACH CRUISER BICYCLES (one speed, aluminum, easy and fun.) and TWO GEARED BICYCLES, DISH TV, all cotton (soft) linens, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, stainless cookware, all utensils, Gas BBQ, garage parking, some pool toys, small DVD collection, Hawaiiana and other books, and Humuhumunukunukuapua`a (Present State fish of Hawai`i, could lose its status soon) go swimming by, Sorry no pets or smoking inside allowed. SUPPLIES: You can count on Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hand Soap in the bathrooms as well as Household Soaps, where needed, for: Laundry, Dishwasher, and Dishes.

Reviews

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5

So wonderful....

  • 5 of 5

This is our 2nd time at Barbara's home. What a wonderful, wonderful time we had. Too many things to comment on, the stars at night, the pool, the hot tub, the waves, the kitchen, the frogs, everything is just simply wonderful here. We will return. I feel like this place has everything a family would want for a very memorable vacation. Love, love, love it!!

  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Mahalo Nui Loa Iā ʻoe

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in "the house that Jack built". It was clean, well-equipped and our hosts Barbara & Jack had provided thoughtful and detailed instructions regarding check-in and the home, plus helpful tips for our stay. Lots of loving touches in the house. The stained glass was breathtaking. We woke to front-row views of beautiful sunrises, and the ocean right outside the back. The moon was full for our first night and the crashing waves lulled us to sleep each night. I don't see a way to upload photos here, but they're better than I can describe. The location is terrific for day trips to Akaka and Rainbow Falls, the beach parks (great snorkeling), botanical gardens or meandering Hilo town. If you are coming from the mainland - take advantage of the time difference; get out and explore early and enjoy the rest of the day at the house. Though we did see the night glow and were on top of news of Kilauea, there was no environmental impact from the current eruptions. The air was beautiful and I spent much of my time outside just breathing. It's all about floating in the pool, ocean & sky-watching. You can walk along the lava rock in the back (be careful!) during high tide and get splash-kisses from the ocean as the waves break up against it. We saw lots of crabs in the crevices. If you are in town Wednesdays or Sundays - the farmer's market is definitely the way to go for produce. Way fresher (it's awesome) than grocery stores and way better prices. Great local prepared foods, too. I brought s/p and spices from home, as well as nuts, chia and flax seeds. If it's not grown in Hawaii, it's $$$. We were there during peak mango season, so I tasted 9 different varieties at the market. Fragrant white pineapples. Young ginger - so fresh. Apple bananas. The cornbread at Ken's diner (a fun stop after walking both falls). We made our own bread and pizza dough. Suisan Fish Market has the freshest catch. There are a lot of options for shave ice, but check out the Alii Ice Company's off-shoot business Pandamonia Paletas. It's a treat. Amazing housemade fresh fruit paletas. 4 days wasn't enough. We'll stay longer next time. Mahalo & Aloha!

  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
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5

Great vacation house!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 5 really enjoyed staying in this oceanfront home. Hot tub and pool were great fun after a day of touring the area. Barbara was very responsive to my myriad of questions ( thank you!)

Located in the Puna district, but far enough from volcanic activity to feel safe, breathe clean air and relax. Beautiful home, views and great kitchen space to use. Loved ocean views from bedrooms and enjoyed Coqui frogs and sound of the waves crashing at night. Would love to return here for another vacation on the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fresh air on the Big Island and Stunning Views!

  • 5 of 5

We loved out stay and were absolutely wowed by the gorgeous views this home offers. We were looking for fresh air because of the recent volcano activity - and we definitely found it here! Every day we enjoyed the beautiful pool and jaccuzzi overlooking the ocean with the wonderful tropical trade winds. The home is beautiful inside and out with wonderful Hawaiiana decor, great kitchen amenities and gorgeous ocean views from all the bedrooms as well as the living room. If you are looking to check out the lava activity while enjoying a great stay, this is the place!!! We loved it!

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Beautiful Home on the Coast

  • 5 of 5

This home is comfortable and well maintained. We enjoyed swimming and lounging on the deck and watching the waves hit the rocks. The home is located far enough away from the lava activity and the air was fresh. We highly recommend this home!

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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5

Incredible place!

  • 5 of 5

We had an absolutely incredible time here. The house is gorgeous and so are the views. There is peace, quiet and privacy. Barbara and Jack were very responsive and made sure we had everything we needed. Even though Kilauea has been erupting, this house (and the vast majority of Hawai'i) is far away from danger. Visit soon and often. This place is definitely our top choice the next time we come back.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
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Map

Nearest Airport
19 Miles
Hilo
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Luquin's Mexican Food, Kaleo's
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Hilo Municipal
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
8 Miles
Pahoa--Kaleo's, Ning's, Paulo's, and Luquin's
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mauna Kea, in the winter only
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Shipman Beach
Car: necessary

All the relaxing or adventurous activities you can dream of, Volcano viewing, warm pond soaking, sea-life viewing/hearing and every once in a while smelling, Especially wonderful for mind-clearing, adventuring, bike riding, walking, and a close-by great Sunday Farmer's Market -- Maku`u Market.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $180 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500

Rates for 2 people. 3 night minimum, 6 nights at Holidays
3rd - 8th persons $25/nt/person
Cleaning Fee = $150 (any stay); Tax = 14.417%
50% deposit to book; Balance due 14 days before arrival
Security deposit $500. Paid at second payment and fully refundable.
For planning purposes--Summer/Winter are higher priced than Spring/Fall.
Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel your reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows:
• More than 90 days before your arrival: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 service fee.
• Less than 90 days before your arrival: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee.
• If reservation is changed, a change fee of $50 applies. We will discuss this at the time of change, and if it is minor, no change fee is required. (Example of a minor change is shifting nights, with no change in charges.)
• We make every effort to re-book. We really are not trying to keep your $ for no reason.
• Thank you for understanding.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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