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Kepharts' Hawaiian Ocean-View Hale

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Hale Kephart from the driveway in early spring


Last updated: 04/21/2017
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  • Minimum stay:3 nights
  • Sleeps:16
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:3
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

About the Property

5BR Oceanview Vacation Rental Kamuela, Hawaii USA

This five-bedroom/three-bath home sits on five acres of land in the Kohala Estates. We specifically designed the house as a family vacation gathering spot, and we built it ourselves in 1989. Its high ceilings and 760 square feet of windows make it particularly light and airy. Tradewinds and 13 ceiling fans will help to keep you cool. The kitchen and the master bedroom have 180-degree ocean views. You can also see the Kohala Mountains, Mauna Kea, Hualalai, Maua Loa, and nearly the entire Kohala Coast. With luck and timing, you can spot Hawaiian spinner dolphins, humpback whales, or the occasional green flash. We can't guarantee blue skies and no mosquitoes; but your odds are better here than anywhere else in the central Pacific. The house sits in the rain shadow of the Kohala Mountains, and annual rainfall totals are typically in the low single digits! We have tried hard to make our house a comfortable 'home away from home' for our guests. The library boasts plenty of books and movies.

Extras: You'll find enough kitchenware and linens to choke a flea market! Kids will enjoy several cubic feet of Legos, building blocks, and other toys.. Puzzles and board games abound. Binoculars, beach towels, coolers, beach chairs, boogie boards and hammocks are left out for your use. You won't need to bring much besides your clothes and your camera.

Many of our guests consider this 'their' second home; and accordingly, our most popular times can be booked over a year in advance. Fall and late spring usually have the best availability.

You will also enjoy a VCR in every bedroom, a satellite TV with Hi-Def in the living room, a phone for making local calls, and WiFi Internet access.

Location, Location, Location: Most of our guests appreciate where the house is located. It is in a semi-rural neighborhood, which has no street lights and a myriad of stars at night. Weather is usually warm and dry. Within easy driving distance to the Big Island's premiere beaches and golf courses, it is also conveniently located between Kailua-Kona and Hilo. Good restaurants are only three miles away. Neighboring houses are quite a distance away, and the neighborhood is quiet and safe.

The ocean view is spectacular, and in the winter months you can watch the humpback whales right from the lanai. Sunsets are beautiful, and some times you will even catch a green flash.

Home away from home: The house is very comfortable. Many of our guests say that they feel right at home as soon as they walk in the door. The living room walls are lined with books. Each room has a television (four of which are flat screens) and a VCR/DVD player. You may bring your own DVDs or videos or watch some of the 600 videos available in the house. The living room has satellite TV. The floor plan allows for privacy as well as communal activities.
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Member since: 2002

Speaks: english
Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

Property Type

  • House
  • 2300 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 16
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    toys, games, puzzles, sand toys, boogie boards, and kid-vids are available...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 16, Beds for 10-16

  • Bedroom 1: 1 king, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedroom 3: 1 queen


  • Bedroom 4: 1 queen, 1 baby crib


  • Bedroom 5: 1 queen, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Bedrooms are all roomy and well-ventilated with windows and ceiling fans. Beds are relatively new, and mattresses are firm. All of them are next to a bathroom. We sometimes accommodate more than 16 people by using cots and air mattresses. Each bedroom has a TV monitor and a DVD player. ...moreless

Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathroom 3: toilet, combination tub/shower


  • Bathrooms are also well-ventilated with windows and ceiling fans.

Other Amenities

  • Kitchen has more than enough dishes, glassware, flatware, cooking utensils, cutlery, and linens to host a large party. It also has a bar-sized refrigerator as well as a full-sized refrigerator with freezer and ice-maker. It has almost any small appliance you would want to use on a vacation as well as two microwave ovens. The front lanai is 84' x 10' feet and has three tables, 14 chairs, a couple of hammocks, and a barbecue. It also has a beautiful ocean view, which is visible also from the living room, kitchen, and master bedroom. ...moreless


  • Books:

    Plenty of adult books, young-adult books, and children's books...moreless

  • Books For Adults
  • Books For Kids
  • DVD Player:


  • Games:

    Lots of board games for people of all ages...moreless

  • Games For Kids
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable:

    Hi-Def Satellite TV is in the living room....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Arboretum
  • Botanical Garden
  • Caves
  • Churches
  • Forests
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Marina
  • Playground
  • Reefs
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Volcano
  • Waterfalls

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Beachcombing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Luaus
  • Outlet Shopping
  • Paddle Boating
  • Photography
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Whale Watching

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Hualahai, and the Kohala Mountains are all visible from the lanai. In the winter months, Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa are often blanketed with snow. ...moreless

  • Near The Ocean:

    Ocean is less than one-half mile away. House is perched on a hill at about 300 feet above sea level. View encompasses the Kohala coast from just north of Kona Airport to just south of Upulu Airport....moreless

  • Ocean View:

    Unit has a sweeping view of Kona and Kohala coasts and three volcanic mountains. Close-up whale-watching in the winter from the front lanai. Spectacular sunsets and green flashes over the water....moreless

  • Rural

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Basketball Court
  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Golf Privileges Optional
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Pier Fishing
  • Roller Blading
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Surf Fishing
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wind-Surfing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining:

    Fourteen people can eat at the two tables in the house. Over 20 people can eat at the four tables on the front lanai. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 14 people


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer:

    Dryer is in the unit....moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided:

    Beach towels are also provided....moreless

  • Living Room:

    The living room features four chairs, a couch, several tables, a flat-screen Hi-Def TV that is on the satellite, and a book case full of books and DVDs. It has an ocean view and opens onto the lanai....moreless

  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street:

    Plenty of parking on the driveway....moreless

  • Parking For RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Washer is extra-sized and in the unit....moreless

  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker:

    There are at least two coffee makers at the rental at all times....moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    The kitchen has plenty of pots and pans as well as baking dishes. ...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    There are plenty of dishes and utensils for large groups....moreless

  • Dishwasher:

    Dishwasher is full-sized....moreless

  • Freezer:

    Freezer is on top and includes an ice-maker...moreless

  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    Kitchen is good-sized. Best of all, it offers an ocean view. ...moreless

  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave:

    (1) Microwave is on the counter top....moreless

  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven:

    Oven is full-sized....moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    The pantry includes paper towels, wastebasket liners, refrigerator bags, spices, and a random assortment of products that other guests have left behind. ...moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    (2) One refrigerator is full-sized, and the other is bar-sized for keeping drinks cold....moreless

  • Stove:

    Stove is electric with two large and two small burners....moreless

  • Stove
  • Toaster:

    Toaster holds four pieces of bread and is easy to clean....moreless


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Golf:

    Closest public course is in Waikaloa, and closest private ones are at the hotels just south of us. Also Kapa'au and Honoka'a both have 9-hole courses that are inexpensive and good for beginners....moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    Lanai wraps around the house. The ocean-facing side alone is 84' long and 10' wide....moreless

  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden:

    The house is landscaped with palms and flowering plants. ...moreless

  • Outdoor Grill:

    A gas grill is provided....moreless

  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis:

    Public courts are in Kapa'au and Waimea. Private courts are at the hotels....moreless

  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear:

    Check with the owners if you need snorkel gear. Boogie boards and swim noodles are provided. ...moreless

  • Wood Deck


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Dec 1 - Apr 30, 2017
3 night min stay

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  • Refundable Damage Deposit $400
  • Tax Rate 13.41%


We ask for a booking deposit of 25% of the total of the basic rent to reserve the property. The balance of the rent plus the taxes and cleaning/security deposit are due 30 days before arrival. If you cancel, we will retain the booking deposit unless we are able to re-rent the house.

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Last updated: 04/21/2017
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30 Miles
Nearest Airport
Kailua-Kona International
3 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Seafood Bar and Grill
5 Miles
Nearest Golf
Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
Rte #19 and Rte #270
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Cafe Pesto
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
Spencer Beach Park

Car: Necessary

The house is located on the Kohala Coast just three miles north of Kawaihae: The scenery is breathtaking---five volcanoes in view plus the Kona Coast to the south and the Kohala Coast to the north. The climate is nearly perfect--warm and breezy and dry. Snorkeling is wonderful along the Kohala coast because a coral reef extends out several hundred feet. You can watch the humpbacks breach and blow right from the roadside or the lanai during the winter months. Several premiere golf courses, beaches, and restaurants are within a short drive. The night sky is a gorgeous star scape. The rugged Kohala coast is a spectacular example of Hawaii as it was before it became so developed in other areas.

Hale Kephart is ideally located--45 minutes from Kailua-Kona, 20 minutes from Waimea (Kamuela), 20 minutes from Hawi and Kapa'au, 90 minutes from Hilo, and 120 minutes from Volcanoes National Park. In Kawaihae, there are several restaurants and two shave-ice vendors. Da Fish House sells fresh fish from local catches of the day. Kawaihae also has a dive shop and dive boat, a charter fishing boat, and a whale-watching or dolphin-watching boat that also offers sunset cruises.

Two helicopter-tour companies are only six and twelve miles away. Fixed-wing tours are available at Kailua-Kona Airport.

Some of the activities that our guests have raved about include:

professional snorkel and dive trips

zip-line adventures over rain forests and waterfalls

tours to the top of Mauna Kea, near to the top of Hualalai, into

the rain forest, into Waipio Valley

hikes along the coast, in the rain forest, and on the mountain


a flume tour through the Kohala Ditch system

a manta-ray dive at night

a charter fishing trip

ATV tours in North Kohala

horseback riding on local ranchlands

visits to coffee farms, a vanilla farm, and a chocolate farm

an over-night trip to Volcanoes National Park to allow time for

hiking and sightseeing

sampling the boutiques and restaurants in Hawi and Kapa'au in North Kohala or at the major hotels in South Kohala

visiting the museums--Lyman, Imiola, Kona Historic Society

visiting Hualalai Palace and the historic Mokuaikaua Church in

Kailua Kona

parasailing or jetskiing off the pier in Kailua-Kona

kayaking in the bays at Puako or Kealakakua

doing a circle drive around the island, allowing time to stop for

scenic views and to visit interesting spots

visiting Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden

buying a day pass at the Waikaloa Hilton and swimming in their

pools and enjoying their monorail, shops, and restaurants

driving to the top of the island and walking down into Pololu


walking the beaches at Koloko-Honokohau Natiional Park to

check out the sea turtles

walking down to Kiholo Bay to swim in a freshwater cave, check

out the king's and queen's baths, and to swim in a turquoise


boogie-boarding at Hapuna Beach

visiting the tide pools and enjoying swimming, snorkeling, and

reading beneath the shade of kiawe trees at Wailea State Beach


having lunch at the Lava Lava Beach Club right on the sand

visiting historic Pu'ukahala National Park only three miles away

visiting the Mauna Kea Visitors' Center and looking through

their telescopes at night

joining a bird-watching tour

taking a commercial snorkeling tour either out of Honokohau

Harbor or Ke'eau Bay

golfing at either the hotels' courses or at some of the municipal

courses nearby

taking a commercial snorkeling/adventure inflatable-raft tour out

of either Honokohau Harbor or Ke'eau Bay

taking advantage of the good food and live music at the Blue

Dragon Restaurant in Kawaihae and the Bamboo Restaurant

in Hawi

taking in some of the free concerts at the Kings Shops and the

Queens Marketplace

booking a bicycle tour

attending some of the performances at the Kahilu Theatre in

Waimea, the People's Theater in Hanaka'a, the school theaters

in Waimea, and the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu

taking the time at night to watch the sunset, the possible green

flash, and the star-and-moon show

going to a luau or a clambake at a local hotel

taking a lava-boat tour

taking aerial tours of the volcano, the Kohala coast, or the

entire island

signing up in season for a whale-watching cruise

visiting Kona Bay or Hilo Bay Used Book Stores

participating in local events, such as farmers' markets and

rodeos and craft fairs

paddling at the Kawaihae Canoe Club--they welcome newbies

swimming with the dolphins at the Waikaloa Hilton

walking and picnicking in Waimea Park


visiting the Isaacs Art Gallery in Waimea

snorkeling offshore from Puako, the Mauna Lani hotels, Mauna

Kea Beach Hotel, Mahu Kona

visiting Lapikahi State Park, an ancient fishing village

family golfing at the inexpensive six-hole course

in Kamehameha Park

playing tennis at Waimea Park or at Kamehameha Park

sampling microbreweries in Kona and Waimea

wine-tasting at the Volcano Winery

reading a book in the hammock on the lanai


Owner info

Year Purchased: 1989

About the owner: Don grew up in California, earned his B.S. and M.S. from Stanford University, and his PhD in biology from the University of Chicago. Kerrill moved to California from Michigan. She earned a B.A. from Eastern Michigan University and an M.A. in English literature from California State University in Long Beach. We both finished our teaching careers at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, where we were able to teach the subjects we loved to students who made us laugh and think every day we spent with them. We built Hale Kephart in 1989 during nine weeks of our summer vacation with the help of family and friends. We enjoyed staying in the house during spring, winter, and summer breaks for 14 years. Then we retired and built our current residence on the same five acres as the vacation rental and thus began another chapter in our lives. Hawaii is our home now, and we cannot imagine wanting to live anywhere else. We love the climate, the dark and quiet nights, the fresh air, the ever-changing views of ocean, mountains, and sky. We have embraced the aloha spirit and the whole concept of ohana. We also love the people. We have made friends from many walks of life; each one of them has enriched in our lives in some meaningful way. Some of them have been guests at our vacation rental who kept coming back until our relationship metamorphosed into a deep friendship. Others we met while writing articles for the local newspaper or playing tennis at Mauna Kea's Seaside Tennis Club. Most we met through other friends. Our lives have developed a rhythm to them that is both interesting and comfortable. Every year we take at least one trip to the mainland to touch bases with friends and family. Almost every other year we take a longer trip. We have enjoyed sojourns in Alaska, Australia, New England, Washington D.C, New Zealand, Micronesia, and the Pacific Northwest. We have seen spectacular places and had breathtaking experiences, but we are always glad to come home.

Why the Owner Chose Kohala Estates (Big Island Hawaii, HI, USA):
Our son taught high-school mathematics for a year in Kona. We came out during spring break to see him and to see the Big Island--the only major Hawaiian island we had not visited. We fell in love with the spaciousness and the diversity of the island and kept finding ourselves drawn to Hapuna Beach, which is six miles south of us. A few years later we came back and stayed at Puako. We began looking for property. Kerrill kept coming back to a windswept, almost barren piece of land on a hillside in the Kohala Estates. Don finally said, "If you can find anything green on that lot, I'll consider buying it with you." We are not sure that we ever did find anything green--only sere buffle grass and dead kiawe trees. But we kept coming back because the view was better than anywhere else we had looked. And, finally, the land spoke to Don, too, and we put in an offer. Our offer was refused because someone else offered more money--in cash. It turned out he didn't really have the cash, so he agreed to sell us five of the nine acres if we would float him a second mortgage so that he could come up with the money on the day escrow closed. We both knew the owner would come to realize that his asking price was below market and we might not be able to afford what it was really worth. So we loaned him the money, and right after escrow closed for him, he sold us the bottom five acres. We've never regretted it. We enjoyed the vacation rental for 14 years and then built our retirement home behind it on the same lot. When we are not traveling or maintaining the property, we enjoy reading and writing--we have a library of close to 12,000 books. Don does woodworking, builds model wooden ships, makes and shoots off rockets, hunts feral goats and pigs, makes knives, and enjoys photography. Kerrill enjoys tennis and gardening. We both like to take out our Boston Whaler, especially when the humpbacks are here.

The Unique Benefits at this House:
The unique benefits are self-explanatory to anyone who has visited our property. It enjoys an ideal location and an especially beautiful view. It is in a quiet neighborhood, one that so far has been so safe that most of our neighbors don't bother to lock their homes and cars. Besides, where else can you watch whales breaching against the backdrop of a full-sky sunset from your own front porch? When we return to the mainland--as much as we enjoy seeing family and friends and taking in some of what it has to offer (theater, museums, specialty stores, national parks, restaurants, swap meets, etc.)--we soon become a little homesick. We especially appreciate the lower population density here. A traffic jam here would be considered a mild slowdown in most parts of Southern California. When we are away we find ourselves missing the raucous calls of the gray francolins in the mornings, the trade winds blowing (sometimes gusting) through our palm trees and making their clattering fronds sound like falling rain, the panoramic and ever-changing vista that our eyes drink in as we look in any direction. We miss the fragrance of plumerias and gardenias, the bright and gaudy colors of the hibiscus and plumbagos and poincianas. We miss the fresh and soft air. We even miss the physical labor that it takes to keep up two houses and five acres of land. We like to think that we have been here long enough now to consider ourselves kama'aina even though we weren't born here.

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Response time: Within an hour
Response Rate: 100%
Calendar last updated: 04/21/2017

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  • Hale Kephart from the driveway in early spring

    Hale Kephart from the driveway in early spring

  • Entry way off driveway

    Entry way off driveway

  • Kitchen area with ocean view from the windows

    Kitchen area with ocean view from the windows

  • Oak table in living area

    Oak table in living area

  • Master bedroom--king-sized bed and convertible couch

    Master bedroom--king-sized bed and convertible couch

  • Bedroom #4--queen-sized bed and convertible couch

    Bedroom #4--queen-sized bed and convertible couch

  • Bedroom #1--queen sized bed, convertible couch, and flat screen TV

    Bedroom #1--queen sized bed, convertible couch, and flat screen TV

  • Bedroom #3 with queen bed and baby crib

    Bedroom #3 with queen bed and baby crib

  • Bathroom #2

    Bathroom #2

  • Laundry area with over-sized front-loading machines

    Laundry area with over-sized front-loading machines

  • Back walkway and garden

    Back walkway and garden

  • Double rainbow behind the house

    Double rainbow behind the house

  • Entry way

    Entry way

  • Front lanai

    Front lanai

  • Living area of great room

    Living area of great room

  • Small table in entry area

    Small table in entry area

  • Master bedroom with dresser, desk, and flat screen TV

    Master bedroom with dresser, desk, and flat screen TV

  • Bedroom #4 with love seat, convertible couch, and flat screen TV

    Bedroom #4 with love seat, convertible couch, and flat screen TV

  • Bedroom #2 with queen bed

    Bedroom #2 with queen bed

  • Bathroom #1

    Bathroom #1

  • Master bathroom

    Master bathroom

  • Closet full of puzzles, games and toys

    Closet full of puzzles, games and toys

  • Ample parking for large groups

    Ample parking for large groups

  • View from back of the house--Pacific Ocean  and Hualalai Mountain

    View from back of the house--Pacific Ocean and Hualalai Mountain

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This listing was first published here in 2002.

Date last modified - Friday, April 21, 2017

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