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Oceanfront Family Gem - Single family house on 2 large open space lots.

Bedrooms 3
Space 986 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Two level House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Our home is on the ocean, protected by a lava wall and tide pools with an incredible 270-degree view looking north to Kailua-Kona and south to Kahalu'u Park on Keauhou Bay. Views of the ocean and gorgeous sunsets can be seen from every room in the house. The porch is a family-favorite for breakfast, lunch, reading, napping, and sunset dining. Excursion boats, deep sea fishing and snorkel boats and spinner dolphins pass directly in front of our home. During the winter months, migrating and breaching humpback whales are seen from the porch.

The upstairs has an open, full kitchen with granite counter tops and bamboo flooring which opens to a dining room and living room. Cooks in the kitchen can view the ocean and mountains while cooking. Upstairs has a master bedroom with queen bed and bath. Two bedrooms - one with king bed and the other with two double beds - are downstairs. The downstairs bedrooms share a large tiled bathroom with a huge shower with double heads. Both bedrooms open out through sliders into the garden and ocean. All three bedrooms have ocean views while lying in bed.

The most-popular picnic and snorkel beach of Kahalu'u Park is 1/2 mile south. Body surfing and surfer activities are found at White or Magic Sands Beach, 1/2 mile north. Off the front lava rocks, one can drop into the water to scuba, snorkel or kayak. Masks and snorkels, towels, boogie boards, fishing equipment, beach chairs, hammocks, portable BBQ, coolers are provided.

We have cable TV upstairs and down, as well as internet.

Our home is on a double lot on the ocean so you'll have a bit more privacy and, if you have kids, they have a grass yard to play around on.

Please contact owner by phone or email before placing on line bookings.


More Details

Tim or Misako Canby
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, japanese
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 19, 2018

About Tim or Misako Canby

My father visited the Big Island first in 1928. He finally found this dream home in 1962. I started coming to Hawaii in 1962 and through the years have both worked as an engineer for OTEC and vacationed in Hawaii. Management of the home has now evolved to me and Misako originally from Hiroshima Prefecture. We enjoy the correspondence with guest many of whom return every year. We invite you to contact us should you wish to learn more about the house.

Tim or Misako Canby purchased this house in 1962

Why Tim or Misako Canby chose Kailua-Kona

This property is ocean front and huge! There is a rock beach space between the house and the water. Ancient Hawaiians made this the point there fishing base which is evident from the many mortars carved into the rocks. The point provides a safe entry and exit from the water. The view from the porch is 180 degrees of 100% nature. The site is old Hawaii. The house is a classic Hawaiian / Japanese influenced single wall beach home style built in 1948 by Earnest Kabota, whose home was in Hilo. Earnest enjoyed the lifestyle, weather and fishing in Kona. Across the street towards the mountains (Mauka) is a undeveloped 7 acre parcel that provides a natural view from the kitchen. Parrots often roost in the trees there. A family of Grouse is often seen and heard.

What makes this house unique

The view, sounds and feeling is very calming and relaxing from the moment of arrival. A coral and lava stepping stone path by the side of the house leads through a wall opening and out to the ocean. The lava flow extends about 200 feet out to a point which one can stand on and look down at the fish swimming. It's easy to jump into the water and swim in front of the house to look at fish. Many commercial site seeing post often congregate off in front of the house because this is where dolphins often rest and play.


Kailua-Kona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 986 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • You can see out to the ocean while using the bathroom, even while standing in the shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Double Beds (2), Baby Cribs (1)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 3 beach chairs
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
At ocean edge. Private driveway. Very private surroundings on double lot with large lawn and garden. Site of former Hawaiian settlement with old Hawaiian dry stack walls. Trees for hanging hammocks. Tide pools and easy access into water for snorkeling and kayaking.


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Oceanfront Family Gem - Single family house on 2 large open space lots.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 15 reviews

Breathtakingly beautiful view, on the ocean, quaint family home with unique history!

  • 5 of 5

The house was lovely, split level with plenty of room for large family but it was just two of us. The best location fell asleep to the crashing waves 10 ft from us! Saw a sea turtle, school of dolphins sali boats and paddle boarders off the deck. Fully equipped kitchen, towels with all you could need for your vacation. Beach and snorkel equipment. Snorkeling right off the rocks. Tim is very organized and extremely helpful. The home is very clean. Thank you for sharing your home to others. We we're truly blessed! I would definitely recommend this property to anyone. It's amazing location with plenty of stores and attractions nearby.

  • Submitted: Feb 5, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Janice, We’re very happy you were happy with the waves breaking. My dad Charles born in 1913 rebuilt the wall with 4 friends in 1980 after a huge storm and Geno who helped him rebuild is the sole one still living, will be at the house tommorow doing stone work. We had a seal come up a spend the day resting by the tide pool my daughter was guest then her children got to see it within the last 5 years. It’s been a great house to visit for all are family many friends a guests, mostly who appreciate it just the way it is like the beautiful way you expressed your stay. Mahalo, Tim Canby
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Shingle Springs, CA 95682

House of the Whale

  • 5 of 5

Great accommodations and wonderful location. A lot of extras available for recreation, which was really appreciated.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing House right on the water- Hear the waves lulling you to sleep

  • 5 of 5

We had a glorious week's vacation in the house. The house comes equipped with all the amenities and has a warm and welcoming feel to it. We were able to snorkel, boogie board, have beach towels, chairs, and an ice chest without breaking the bank and buying everything over there. Sitting on the front patio or down below to watch the sun rise or set was awesome. My kids fished and snorkeled right in front of the house, while I was in the comfort of my beach chair. They saw an eel, tons of fish and made many memories without having to load up the car! We could not have asked for anything better! I hope to be able to go back to the house for many years to come! Thank you Ted for sharing your beautiful home with us!!

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can't beat this spot

  • 5 of 5

This was my first visit to the lovely Big Island so I had no idea where the best location to stay was and I must say we got really lucky with this place. The location is prime; literally right on the water and close enough to the restaurants and attractions yet not so close that you get all of the noise & foot traffic that comes along with being near the entertainment.

It's important to understand that this house is older and has history as it has been in the owner's family since the 60s so you must respect the things that come with older places. Still, it has great character, plenty of parking, towels, silverware, snorkel gear, and just about everything you need to enjoy your time in beautiful Kona.

Tim was great to work with and the house was in expected shape upon entrance.

So while this isn't the Four Seasons, if you want a quiet getaway where all you can hear are the crashing waves as you sit and watch the cruise ships disembark for the night, you've found your spot.

I will be remembering this place for future visits to Kona as we really appreciated our stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Regina Saskatchewan

Dolphins Galore

  • 4 of 5

We spent 4 glorious weeks at this home and enjoyed it immensely. The sheer numbers of dolphin and whale sightings from the front porch was mind blowing. The owner was very accommodating as was his housekeeper.

The surf was high most days, so the waves were crashing a lot of the time so some might find it noisy. This also made it difficult to enter the water at the house. The yard is rough and difficult to walk in for anyone with mobility issues. But it is a great location for a great holiday. Easy access to public transportation in case your rental is not available!!

Not a good choice for people with disabilities but otherwise a great choice. Aloha.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2015
  • Stayed: February 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kona is on the calmer or lee side of the island. High surf conditions generally occur for short periods of time in the winter. Kahaluu Beach Park about 1/2 mile south can be used during these periods. I always walk with and enter the water at the house wearing short or cut off fins. All walkways and surface around the house are natural. They consist of grass, gravel, worn lava stepping stones and broken worn coral washed up.
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Vintage Hawaii

  • 4 of 5

We loved this comfortable classic Hawaiian style home with an unbeatable oceanfront location. The very large lot affords exceptional privacy. The only negative feature is that the 2 bedrooms downstairs can be accessed only by an outside staircase and they do have a bit of a "basement" feel although they are both attractive and well appointed. The house is incredibly well stocked with beach equipment and the kitchen is fully equipped for serious cooking. Very comfortable and very "homey" place to enjoy Kona.

  • Submitted: Dec 18, 2013
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Kailua-Kona (KOA), Hawaii
Nearest Beach
0.5 Miles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Setup & cleaning $250

Nightly rate is for 4 persons. Add $25/night for each additional person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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