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 Kona-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 to make our house a comfortable 'home away from home' for our guests. It is attractive and comfortable without being so fancy that guests are afraid to relax. 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.
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 flat-screen television and a Blu-Ray/DVD player. You may bring your own Blu-rays or DVDs or watch some of the 600 available in the house. The living room has satellite TV. The floor plan allows for privacy as well as communal activities.
Most of our guests especially appreciate the wrap-around lanai, which includes 840 square feet facing the ocean. The lanai has four table-and-chair sets, four lounge chairs, and a gas barbecue, which makes it perfect for communal meals or individual relaxing and reading.
The driveway is large enough for four vehicles to park comfortably.
The house is surrounded with irrigated foliage and flowers, which are especially colorful and beautiful in the spring and summer months.
If you are looking for a getaway or a place to get-together, you will find that Hale Kephart fills the bill.