Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)
- english, je parle un peu de francais
About Barbara Rushton
I believe that my move to Hawaii in 1997 is a perfect example of why the Big Island is referred to as the 'Healing Island'. Sure, I had fallen in love with Hawaii ever since my first vacation here in the '80s, but I was far from financially ready to make the move until pow! my life blew up one insane day, and the decision to move was made for me! And so it was, within 22 days, I resigned from my position as a police administrator, divorced, and hopped a plane bound for Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with my 80 year old mother. Why Hawaii? It was the only place on earth where I had always felt completely happy and healthy and where I knew I would be safe to begin a new life. It is often said that the Mana, or 'Spirit', of this island calls out to those whose hearts need to heal. I know now that it was not a coincidence that I was called here or that I found an old coffee plantation house for sale, next to the most famous 'place of refuge' on the island, Puuhonua O Honaunau. With pennies down, we bought it and learned how to grow and roast coffee! and hung macadamia nuts to dry in our old panty hose! Eventually, we sold that wonderful place for such a profit that you may now guess the rest of this story: that first humble house, our place of refuge, sold for an amount large enough to provide not only for our next home, but also for the purchase of this beautiful condo at Punalu'u! And now I am blessed to offer a haven and oasis to travellers and visitors from all over the world, whether weary from life and needing to heal, as I was; or those coming to explore and enjoy the wonders of Hawaii. I still pinch myself often, to be sure this is all real!
Barbara Rushton purchased this Condo in 2003
Why Barbara Rushton chose Pāhala
I first saw Colony One at Sea Mountain way back in the '80s when we stopped at the Black Sand Beach on a tour bus, and I vowed then that I would find a way to stay there on my very next trip to the islands. Sea Mountain is unique, not only to the Big Isle, but truly anywhere else in the entire island chain! Not a ticky-tacky high rise, this garden-style small complex sits on a bluff like a quaint Polynesian Village might have, with the calm, turquoise Pacific Ocean at its foreground and the dark green forestland of Mauna Loa Volcano as its background. I can't imagine a more perfect location for a vacation, as we're located half-way between the 'big' towns of Kona and Hilo, and only a 30 minute drive to the Volcanoes National Park. There's plenty to do without ever leaving the resort, as well! With our own magnificent black sand beach, Sea Mountain Golf Course, a beautiful fresh water pool and a volcano-style spa, tennis courts, tropical gardens and manicured lawns to enjoy, I jumped at the first possible chance to purchase one that I could afford, in 2003. I've had nothing but positive experiences managing the rentals myself, and I've met people from all over the world!
What makes this Condo unique
The perfect day for me while staying at the Turtle Hut myself always begins with watching the SUN-RISE out of the ocean with a freshly brewed cup of local coffee, right on my lanai. Remember, we're located on the windward coast, so its the sunrise that lights up the sky with every glorious color you can imagine, and I promise you'll re-define 'pink' and 'orange' and 'red' . I always have great company on the lanai, as our neighborhood cardinals and finch families will be waiting for me --sometimes chirping their impatience from atop the chairs! -- calling for their pieces of fruit and nuts! We've given them all names, down to the smallest male yellow finch with a broken left foot, who we call - you guessed it: 'Lefty'. When I'm lucky enough to have finished most of a papaya from the garden here, I usually take off for a good, long walk. There are endless walking or hiking choices here, depending on your conditioning, time and interests. One of my guests called me one day so thrilled that he had found waterfalls on his hike during a heavy rain. The perfect day's end always is spent here in our magnificent volcano-style spa. It's huge and the perfect place to un-wind from a long day while gazing at unbelievably clear night skies. I love listening to the stories of other guests, sharing their adventures of the day, and sometimes competing in counting the falling stars above.
Pool / Spa
No smoking - Smoking permitted in designated areasSmoking permitted in designated areas
Max guests: 4
Minimum age of primary renter: 21 - Age 21Age 21
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property caused by you or your party during your stay.
Love in the time of COVID
We had a lovely, if short stay, at the Turtle Hut this time. Barbara is a gracious owner and we look forward to our return when our planet is not reeling from a pandemic.
Aloha nui loa, dearly Molly! I just found your beautiful review and I have to tell you it brought me to tears! We’ve been dealing with cancellation after cancellation and while I understand that folks are so scared of traveling now, it’s also frustrating. Our magnificent Big Island is, thankfully, nearly untouched by Covid-19, with only 4 cases now, 0 hospitalizations and 0 deaths. And our vast Ka’u District? has had no cases at all.
Molly, I offered you a full credit for another stay anytime n the future, and I hope you plan to take us up on that offer! You’ve been so gracious and wonderful throughout such a disappointing time, and I look forward to the day when I see your name pop up again in my email stack!
Thanks so very much for taking the time to write such a lovely review!
Always with aloha
Had a very nice stay, quiet & relaxing.
Aloha, dearly Jane, and you really are an exceptional guest! Taking the time to write a lovely review on your departure day— in the midst of packing and all that entails — is a shining FIRST in my experience!
Thanks so very much and we’ll look forward to hearing from you again soon to reserve next winter’s holoholo!
Always with aloha
Well it’s been 11yrs staying in the turtle huts. It’s like coming home each time. We just love such peace an quite. Barb an Dina an Sharon going out of there way to make everything so welcoming. All the people we have met over the years teaching us the way of the island. So if you looking for a quite beautiful place to stay this is it. Thanks again Barb an we will see you next year. As always big hugs to all of you who take such good care of us
The property was great. It was nice to be close to black sand beach and green sand beach but it was far away from anything else which caused for a lot of car time. The pool and hot tub are a nice end of the evening treat. Over all the property and space was great the location is just far from a lot to do.
Great but indication of possible loud neighbors above should be given.
Perfectly located mid-way between Kailua-Kona and Hilo, and only a half hour drive to Volcanoes National Park, our resort is the perfect home base location for touring all of the island's special attractions; and within only a 40 minute drive, our guests marvel at the magnificent other sites on our "Don't Miss!" List: Papakolea, the GREEN sand beach, Kula Kai Caverns, South Point, Wood Valley, Ka'u Coffee Mill, and just a wee bit further, a beach where you may swim with wild spinner Dolphins!
Wednesday & Saturday Farmers' Markets in Na'alehu & Volcano Village offer great fresh produce and local coffees as well as one-of-a-kind artist creations to take home! Enjoy a facial or Hawaiian Lomi-lomi massage in Na'alehu or Volcano; aestheticians and microdermabrasion specialists, as well!