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Last April & May nights SPECIAL $275/n 2pp - Ocean & Mtn view mins from beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,335 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8). Rate varies double occupancy 2 - 8pp

This home is perfect for couples looking for a special place to enjoy a great vacation. Imagine relaxing by your own private pool, on your own private lanai, looking at a sweeping ocean, coastal and three mountain view. No hotel crowds here. Your own home. Complete privacy, peace and quiet. All just minutes away from the island's best beaches, golfing, restaurants and shopping, and an easy drive to the island's top attractions.

This is a 4 bedroom house though, so if you have a bigger group you will love this home for it's flexible accommodation. Just inquire about rates for your group's needs.

Tucked at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac on 3.5 acres in a premiere location, Laughing Gecko Lodge is the perfect place for vacations. The views feature open ranch land, coastline, ocean and mountains, offering complete privacy.

The home is booked double occupancy by room count and only rented to one guest group at a time. VRBO auto quote does not factor double occupancy booking so contact us for an accurate quote for your group. Cleaning fee and refundable damage deposit varies by group size.

The home is designed as follows.

1.) The main house has a great-room, large kitchen & pantry, dining & living areas, large master suite, lanai & pool, and laundry. Good for couples.

2.) The upper guest suite is on the same level as the main house and has a master suite. Good for two couples.

3.) The lower guest suites are a level down with two large bedrooms and a pass-through bathroom, private lanai and outstanding ocean and mountain views. Good for three or four couples.

If you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway set apart from the hustle and bustle of resort locations consider renting the main house with master suite. The resorts are just moments away and all amenities are available to you without paying the resort price tag. Inviting another couple along? Rent the main house and upper guest suite. Bringing the whole family? Rent the whole house. This is a single home and only one booking group is reserved at a time irrespective of size. Non-booked suites are closed off. You will never share with anyone else.

Please note sf quoted is the full house. If renting any amount less than 4 suites of the full house the sf will be less.

Please note, occupancy of the home is limited to the the rental group only and the home is not intended for use as an event space for reunions, weddings, group entertaining, business entertaining, parties, etc..

Many of our guests love Laughing Gecko Lodge so much they come again and several have confessed it is the best vacation rental they have ever stayed in.

Please note this home has ceiling and floor fans. It does not have air conditioning.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, without obligation, for more information. Per HRS ACT 204 HI TA tax ID# is displayed in the rental agreement and provided to renters upon request by contacting the owner/manager.

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More Details

Ali Blackmore
Member since: 2008
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 25, 2018

About Ali Blackmore

Ali Blackmore has traveled the globe, living in eight different countries over four continents. Dual careers in real estate and design have traveled with her and continue on Big Island, Hawaii where she works in real estate & design specializing in Kohala Coast property. Ali bought Laughing Gecko Lodge because it is one of the all-round best view lots and locations in the Heathers at Kohala Ranch. If you are visiting Big Island to look at or buy property Ali would be delighted to assist you with your search or purchase.

Ali Blackmore purchased this house in 2003

Why Ali Blackmore chose Kamuela

Growing up on a large ranch in Central Africa, when Ali arrived in Hawaii she found a place that was so strikingly similar to her 'home' that she fell in love with the area. The location struck an emotional chord and met a career goal at the same time. Quite simply, the Kohala Coast is the most popular place to vacation on Big Island and the Heathers at Kohala Ranch is one of the nicest spots to rent a vacation home. Guests love the home and the views and Ali loves sharing this beautiful place with them.

What makes this house unique

One of the best aspects of renting this home, especially for couples, is the affordability. The home can be rented to couples or groups of up to 8 and pricing is adjusted accordingly. For couples this means paying just for two, but enjoying all the benefits of the entire property without the cost. It's a perfect place for enjoying your vacation; quiet, private, beautifully designed, and with exceptional views. Located just minutes from beaches, golf, dining and shopping, all a holiday-maker needs is close at hand but can seem a world away when it's time to relax and get away from it all. Often when guests settle in to the outdoor living room on the lanai and look at the view they never want to leave or do anything else. Yes, it really is that spectacular!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have thoroughly enjoyed your lovely house and find it very hard to leave. We will return...this is such a wonderful property!

Jul 2017
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Kamuela House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4335 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (3) 1 king in upper ohana, 2 cal-king; 1 in master suite main house, 1 in master suite of lower ohana, Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen in lower ohana, Twin or Single Beds (1) Sofa in living room is twin bed size, Baby Cribs (1) may be rented locally. Request information
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
No events. No parties. For guest residential rental purposes only.


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Last April & May nights SPECIAL $275/n 2pp - Ocean & Mtn view mins from beach
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 76 reviews

Views, Location, Privacy and! a Chef's Kitchen

  • 5 of 5

Views, Views and more Views! plus your own Lap Pool. It was rainy almost everywhere during our week but the house' location seemed to be spared during many of the down pours. That said, we would sometimes opt to drive the short distance to a local beach to catch the morning sun then scoot back home for an in-house lunch and gage the weather by the horizon. Usually from the vantage point of the pool . Horse back riding tours were just up the hill. Wonderful shops in Hawi, Dinner at Merrimen's in Waimea and of course Trails to treck&traverse everywhere. We also spotted Day Owls, turkeys, many happy and colorful birds and of course cows and horses! (did I mention geckos?) while going to and from and of course from the patio and dining al Fresco.

The many books in your library and house binder were very helpful.

Ma'halo! Ali!... for this amazing opportunity to experience your corner of The Big Island.

We hope to return.

A Warm Aloha! to you from Maine

Rebecca and Rob

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed the house. This spring we have had more rain, State wide, than normal. The flip side of that is the most majestic cloud formations for stunning sunrise and sunsets. Happily, because we have so many different climates on island, if it's raining in one area it may be sunny in another. Everything is jewel green from the rain and flourishing. Catchments are full for the first time in many decades. There are several new places to eat in Hawi and Kapaau and it's such an interesting area to explore. I'm so glad to hear you spent time up on the north side of the island. Aloha, ali
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Portland, OR

Fantastic quiet, private retreat

  • 5 of 5

This home is just what we hoped it would be. It was gorgeous inside and out and incredibly quiet and private. As others have noted, the kitchen was unusually well equipped. We were grateful for other details, like good lighting for the evenings. And, by the way, during a warm first week of March we didn't feel the absence of air conditioning. Thank you, Ali, for sharing your home with us and for making the rental process effortless!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Helmi, You are most welcome! Thank you for your kind words and I'm so glad you were able to unwind and recharge, and had a great stay. Kind regards, ali
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Stunning Property

  • 5 of 5

The pictures don't do the property justice. The view from the pool area is breathtaking. Being able to drink our morning coffee and with a pair of binoculars watch the whales is unbelievable. The house itself is so well stocked, nothing is overlooked. We were a family of 6 adults and 2 children and there was ample space for everyone. When we return to the Big Island we will certainly book this property again.

  • Submitted: Mar 5, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Doug, I'm so glad you got to watch the whales from the lanai! I do that too!! It is a lovely spot and thank you for your kind words. We are indeed fortunate to enjoy such natural spaces. Kind regards, ali
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Great Big Island option

  • 5 of 5

What a terrific vacation rental on the Big Island. The pictures really don't do it justice, it's a wonderful property in a tranquil, quiet setting.

The house itself is in great shape with nearly every amenity you could think of. Beach chairs, an umbrella, boogie boards, and pool accessories are at your fingertips. We stayed during a time where the trade winds were not blowing, and the temperature was still comfortable inside the house.

When we eventually return to the Big Island, this is where we would want to stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, and thank you for your review. We would love to have you back. You just missed a huge rainstorm last night. A real tropical downpour, which is rare in this area, and the Kohala Ranch world is quenched, fresh and clean this morning. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Kind regards, ali
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San Jose

Unique and perfect home with awesome views. Great host.

  • 5 of 5

Ali was a perfect host - both helpful and communicative. House has incredible views from the kitchen and living area, bedrooms and pool area. Very private. All the things you could need and everything in great shape. We can't wait to come back.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, Thank you for your kind words. I'm so glad you had a great stay. Now you know the lay of the land next time you may just base yourself from here and take day trips. That seems to work out pretty well for many guests. The views can't be described really, but are one of the many reasons I was drawn to this particular spot. Kind regards, ali
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The sunset views, the peace and quiet were amazing!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family Christmas reunion at the Laughing Gecko! The property was perfect for a family with private space for all, the kitchen and the walk-in pantry were divine for creating great meals to share around the perfect long table on the lanai! The location worked well with beaches, restaurants , and even a fresh fish- shack close to the property. We will be back! Did I mention the family enjoyed the pool and huge outdoor patio area every single day! The owner was very attentive and made sure things were perfect for our family..

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Janelle, I'm so glad your family reunion was a success. I personally think the times we spend reconnecting with our loved ones is the most special and treasured time we have. I'm glad my home was a nice place where you could do that and enjoy each other's company in such a wonderful space. kind regards, ali
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
mauna kea golf course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
akone pule
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Mauna Kea Resort
Car: necessary

Observatories / Star gazing, Botanical Gardens, Historic Homes, ATV Tours, Farm tours, Whale watching, Sailing, Zip line, Jungle hikes, Waterfalls, Swim with dolphins, caving.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning 2 occupants $225 + Tax
Pet Fee $156.25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 14.42%

Rates quoted are for 2 people only using the main house & master suite. You do not share the property with anyone else. Ask about rates for more guests/rooms.
Cancellation 90 days out full refund less 15% handling fee.
Fees subject to change. Inquire about last minute (same month) discounts.
Cleaning fee depends on number of guests and/or rooms used. Rate quoted is for 2 people using the master suite.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.