About the property
- House980 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
2 bedrooms, 2 queens, 2 baths with ocean view showers, 2 lanais & 1 great room.
At night the ocean sound is your lullaby to get your to sweet dreams. The only house closer to the water is Kapoho Makai, our other rental property in Vacationland, where the whole yard is under water during high tides.
Kehena Makai is beautifully furnished in classic Hawaiiana style rattan and bamboo. Both bedrooms are master oceanfront with views along two walls. The woven bamboo ceiling adds to the tropical ambiance.
The house is built in the traditional sugar cane shack style and yet newly constructed in 2001 and finished in 2007. This is a classic Hawaiian home in upscale materials and design. As you open the entry door, you see a 16' glass wall between you and the ocean. The kitchen, dining and seating "great room" is 17' wide with 16' of it glass. A whole lot of ocean view. All the furniture is rattan, the sectional, dining set and barstools. The decor is Hawaiiana right down to the surfboards and traditional local crafts. There is a desk, 42" TV and a large DVD library. The floors through out the house are porcelain tile. The ceiling is woven bamboo. The kitchen counters are rain forest marble tiles. Light fixtures are retro-tropical and complete the look.
On either side of the great room are master bedrooms with showers that have ocean views. The beds in each room face the ocean and have 6' windows facing the ocean. Even the windows on the sides of the bedrooms have ocean views. You will appreciate the views and the windows that all open for the sea breeze. The showers in each bathroom are quite large and feature unique local touches.
The sliding doors in the great room open onto a 35' lanai perched 40' above sea level. It is 53' to the water from the lanai. There are very few homes this close to the waters edge. The lanai has 2 sofas, 2 lounge chairs and 2 ottomans all with Sunbrella cushions.
The lanai at the front of the house, has a gas grill, American made patio dining set and spring base lounge chairs with Sunbrella cushions. This lanai also has an ocean view and is private and offers full sun. This lanai is perfect for private sun lounging or star gazing. Dining here can be out of the trade winds and away from the porch lights.
There is a carport and covered entry stairs in the old Hilo style as it does rain at night especially. Locals fish off the pali below the house and opii pickers test their luck at low tide. Unless it's an extremely calm flat day, there is no ocean access below the house. And remember to never turn your back on the ocean, rouge waves do appear.
There is a laundry room downstairs accessed from outside the house. There are some ice chests, snorkel gear and reef slippers also. The yard is landscaped with 8 coconut palms, hibiscus, heliconia and monstera. There is an ocean side outdoor shower under the lanai.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, Chinese
- Calendar last updated:
- May 21, 2018
About Susanna Billings
Since 1984, we've traveled to Hawaii and the Big Island's Puna district since 1988. While we love our home base in California's Central Coast, we both are most comfortable in Hawaii. Susanna was born in China and has traveled the world for work and play. Her passion is food and wine and her kitchens reflect her tastes. John began his business in San Luis Obispo in 1973 and still shops the world for home furnishings for indoors and out. That business, Daylight Home Lighting & Patio, is widely known for quality and selection second to none. John has designed 3 homes and all reflect function and comfort with a classic sense of style. Susanna is the manager and booking contact for Kehena Makai. She is always connected and responds to questions, concerns and issues no matter what time zone or continent she is in. We love travel, love meeting people, entertaining friends, Hawaii the Big Island is one of our favorite destinations in the world. We love the air, the sky, the rain, the ocean, the fish, the people, the plants, the flowers, the animals, the lava, the passion.
Susanna Billings purchased this House in 2006
Why Susanna Billings chose Kehena Beach Estates
Kehena subdivsion has ocean front lots unlike other neighborhoods and Kehena Makai has a low key, sugar cane shack curb appeal. We like that it looks like pre-war Hawaii and blends into the neighborhood. We bought the house in 2006 and it had just been built in 2001. When we purchased it, it had plywood floors, no sheet rock, a corrugated steel ceiling and was very basic. We loved the old Hawaii feel of the place and felt it deserved to be more finished. We added walls, porcelain tile floors, woven bamboo ceiling, sliding doors, ocean view showers and an up graded kitchen with rain forest marble counters. The kitchen/dining/seating main room has a 17' peak and exposed beams. Ceiling fans are seldom needed as the many windows and trade winds keep the house as cool or warm as you'd like. The lanais are on both sides of the house and both have ocean views. We been working a lot on this house to make sure it has the best offering a higher end vacation rental home could be, so more people could experience the unique and true Hawaiiana of this part of the island. We love white sandy beach and luxury resorts too, but we love the original Hawaiiana more! If you like to snorkel in one of the best tide pools in Hawaii, there's the Kapoho Waiopai tide pools; if you like to see Pele there's the only live volcano which flows into the ocean, amazing fireworks drop into the ocean with sky high steam it's just breathtaking; if you like to drive along the uncultivated coast line you can do it along one the most beautiful drives in the world - the red road with tree canopy on top of your head; if you like to see traditional and historical hula cultures there's the Merry Monarch Festival every April at Easter Time; if you like to surf with the local boys and girls, come on over; if you like to see the best tropical botanic garden, come on over...this is Puna, the real Hawaii.
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Absolute Tranquil Perfection
My husband and I spent almost a week here and loved every minute. We checked into the unit in the evening and walked through the front door to Hawaiian music playing and the spectacular views from the back lanai. The place was spacious, exceptionally clean, and tastefully decorated in charming Hawaii style. We loved spending time drinking coffee or wine out on the lanai listening to the waves crash. The house is about a 15 minute drive from Pahoa, which had a few dining options (we loved Kaleo’s), but the kitchen was perfectly well stocked and made cooking a breeze. The house is also about a 5-10 minute walk to Kehena black sand beach which was lovely (though be aware it has a bit less clothing there than you’re used to!). We LOVED this house and will be back!
The house and location were both perfect!
We loved staying at your beautiful home. Thanks for having us and we hope to return again someday. Mahalo nui loa! 🤙🏼
Fantastic Location and Memorable Stay
We spent a wonderful 3 nights at their house on the ocean. The balcony looks out directly on the ocean, and on the second night there was a pod of dolphins not far off shore. The house had all that was needed to make our dinners after a day of activities; Beds were very comfy. Susanna was a perfect host in giving us all the details that we needed, and the guidebook on the desk had some good suggestions for activities. In particular, the volcano trek from the east side (although the flow is not so active this month), and the black sand beach about 0.5 miles from the house. We would certainly stay there again if the opportunity presented itself.
The Perfect Place!
We just came back from our first vacation to Hawaii. This house was exactly what we wanted. The furnishings are very attractive and interesting. I especially loved the back lanai at night with the sound of the crashing waves and the trees frogs. The place was very clean and had plenty of amenities. We had some difficulty finding this location. One of our flights was canceled, causing us to arrive late at night. And, of course, my GPS wasn't working when we needed it! It was difficult to see the address but we eventually found it. I wanted to explore rain forests and volcanoes; this was a perfect location for doing everything that we wanted - volcanoes, black sand beaches, warm pool, tide pools, waterfalls - what else is there? It is situated close to the town of Pahoa which gives you several choices of restaurants. This is definitely a place to pick when you are visiting the Puna region. Thank you Susannah and John for being our hosts.
Does not get any better than this!
Imagine being in the constant mesmerizing wave form of Mama Ocean, when you sleep and when you wake. After a bit, it does not take your focus, but remains in the near background of all your breaths here in this paradise on the edge of the Pacific. Did you know that this super fresh, highly ionizing wind travels for 2 weeks, unfettered by human activity, before it blows over you? So energizing. So health giving. This art-filled 2 bedroom home has all the amenities you would want....and then some. Perfect for relaxing, reading and writing. Well padded, comfy lounge chairs on both lanais. Uncle Roberts' Wednesday night market and music is a 5 minute drive. The ONLY beach, Kehena, is a 2 minute drive....and Pahoa, the tiny little town caught in the 1900s, is only 15 mintes! Check out the coconut curry shrimp dish they offer at Kaleos - outstanding! And the latte and eggs Benedict at the Tin Bakery Cafe are so worth the drive! Lloyd was incredibly helpful and quick when it came to a couple of items that needed replacing or adding. Super service! Thanks, Lloyd. And thanks for a wonderful stay! I will come back......
Holy Guacamole, this place is awesome
What I really enjoyed was sitting out on the lanai watching the waves break and the occasional whale. We were told by the neighbor that the waves were not usually that big. But they would break and go even with the house. We would sometimes get mild mist. I loved it. The front of the house is lush and jungly. A orchid was growing by itself in the garden.
The house itself is very nice and charming. What you see in pictures is what you get. Laundry is handy. You are within 50-100' of ocean.
If you are up to it the hike out to the lava field to see hot lava was possibly the highlight of a great trip. It is unworldly and it wasn't a hard hike, but it was never easy.
We will be back.
Mahalo for the review,
and yes the house is 50' from the ocean and 40' above it. The house was built by an astronomer whom was very precise about such measurements.
We are on our own private lava ledge of the Pacific ocean, perched 40' above the water. No ocean access, but what a setting. On top of the Kehena Pali, we're a 4 minute walk to the Kehena Black Sand beach, 10 miles to Kapoho Vacationland and the famous Waiopae Tidepool Preserve and the Hot Pond and Champagne Pond along the beautiful Red Road, near Kaimu, Kalapana and Opihikao.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Options on Damage Protection is either you purchase a $59 plan for a $1500 coverage on our property, or $1000 refundable deposit which will be held and refunded by Homeaway within 7 days after your stay to your same credit card or checking account you paid with if no damage reported by manager. By clicking "book it" you accept our terms and conditions as stated in the "rental agreement" attached; and our CANCELLATIONS/TRANSFERS policy: must be in writing. No refund on deposit, and no refund on total rental payment within 60 days before arrival unless it can be rented with less 25% fee. CHECK IN time: after 4:00 P. M. on the arrival date CHECK OUT time: before 11:00 A. M. on the departure date. To book directly with us: with a check payment, and $1000 damage/security deposit is held onto a credit card without charging, and there's no booking fee. Rate is quoted based on 2 people; maximum occupancy is 4 people; $15 a night for the 3rd person Cleaning fee is $125 plus tax, one time cleaning per stay; Hi state tax is 13.416%. $1000 damage deposit is charged and held by vrbo/homeaway, and will be refunded by vrbo/homeaway to your same credit card or checking account you paid with within 7 days after your stay. No smoking, no pets please.