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Puako - Well Appointed, Kid-Friendly Island-Style Corner Condo

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights


About the property

Condo, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Hawaiian-Style, Well Appointed Beach Condo. 2nd Floor Corner Unit for refreshing cross breeze and more light. Well equipped and remodeled kitchen with all appliances, great pots and pans, sharp knives and small appliances - everything a cook would desire. Boogie boards, Snorkel Gear, Small Coolers, Beach Chairs, Towels and Umbrellas make a day at nearby Hapuna or Beach 69 easy.

We Love Puako!!! We have tried to make it so this condo will enable you to have a great and easy stay here. It was chosen and remodeled with ease in mind, with a flat screen TV, Roku, Netflix and Blu-ray player, great Broadband and WiFi, and beds that are firm, designed for people who have not been gentle to their backs. We recently added a second TV w/Roku box & Netflix in the master suite.

The waters around Puako are great - they are very clean, and three of the islands' largest and nicest white sand beaches (Waikoloa, Hapuna & Mauna Kea) are in adjacent coves within two miles of the condo. For those times in between visits to the beach, the condo has a nice, gated pair of pools. One is small and shallow, ideal for kids under 3. The other is larger but by no means a lap pool.

Puako is a relaxed, beachfront community, and this unit is ideally located to make your life easy and relaxed. We are next door to the quaint and funky Puako General Store - a reasonably priced and incredibly convenient place with supplies for everything from breakfast to dinner to cocktail fixings and Hawaiiana. If you stay for a few weeks, you may want to do one stock-up trip into Kona (30 minute away with Costco, Safeway, etc...) or Waimea (western style town, home of the Parker Ranch, about 15-20 minutes away, and with a gigantic western style wooden play structure to make the trip fun) and you can spend the rest of the trip being mellow on the beach.

We have a map of all the best locations for activities ranging from a hand-built sheltered rock tide-pool to explore, to romantic beaches on which to watch a sunset. Toss the cooler in the car, and enjoy a different sunset beach within a 5 minute drive each night. 3 large world class beaches and one that we love are all really near by. Pick the beach that has the combination of sand, surf & snorkeling that suits your fancy on each day. During the winter Hapuna has great body surfing - with regular nice sized waves every day. Wailea Bay has lots of trees right next to the ocean - it is a great beach to enjoy some shade but with your toes in the sand. It is hard to go wrong! There are also lots of smaller beaches directly off of Puako road, accessible through pretty well marked signs, with walks to the beach typically being less that 50 feet. The nearest access is a great one - it is just a block away (and fine to walk), with a sheltered lava-rock pool for the kids, and decent entry for a nice, early morning scuba dive.

If you want to go out for meals, both modest and fancy restaurants are within a 10-15 minute drive, ranging from the resorts of Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani and the Hapuna Prince to the nearby town of Kawaihae, home of excellent shave ice and complete with an open-daily Farmer's Market - our best source for papaya, vegetables and sweet cane rice sticks. Slightly upcountry is Hawi, a lovely artist community with the best ice cream on the island. We have a list of restaurants we have personally tried, plus a list of other places that have been well recommended.

If you want to stay home, you can sit on the Lanai and enjoy the ocean breeze, and use the renovated kitchen (designed by me - someone who really likes to cook).

On the technical side, we are a registered Hawaii business, and our business number is W12347509-01. Our on-island caretaker/agent is Tiffany Wainwright 808 430-6190 , though we prefer all initial communications to come through us. She will take great care of you once your on property though! Please note that our rates vary by the number of guests.

We welcome you to Hale Hanu (Turtle House) in our delightful little community here in Puako.

All the best, Kimberley and Alan

Keywords: Condo, Kids, Scuba, Hapuna, Puako

More Details

Kimberley Lippman
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
November 12, 2017

About Kimberley Lippman

The owners live in Washington State, and enjoy the wonderful contrast of living in the Pacific Northwest coupled with having access to warmth and waves whenever we get away. We're both in technology - hence the high speed internet. We've got an eight year old who grew up going to Hale Hanu and wants to return as often as she can (as do we...). We very much enjoy sharing our home with friends and family.

Kimberley Lippman purchased this condo in 2010

Why Kimberley Lippman chose Puako

We love it here - plain and simple. The people are lovely, the environment is quiet and unpretentious, and with the Puako General Store right next door you are never completely out of luck when cooking a meal and needing a surprise ingredient. The beaches are the best - and having a nearby option with lots of shade is great when you've got little kids. Nothing happens here. We like that a lot.

What makes this condo unique

The quiet, the birds, the wild turkeys, quail and finches that abound, the fresh fruit from the garden, amazing beaches right across the street, tide pooling, turtles and a gentle breeze to keep things cool. Puako is a great location from which to get just about anywhere on the island - either upcountry or around the horn to Hilo. South is easy too.


Puako Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both baths have a full-size tub and nice shower head.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen Bedroom - 1 queen
    Twin / King Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , Can be converted to King upon request
    Master Bedroom - 1 king , Opens onto the Lanai. Wall mounted 50" LCD with Roku/Netflix
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
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
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Hale Honu was remodeled when we bought the unit in 2009/2010. Continual updates as needed since then. We completely re-did the kitchen with new Appliances, Kitchenware, etc. Coffeemaker, Coffee Grinder, Toaster, Blender, Hairdryer, Two Pools, Secure Pool for Adults and Toddler Wading Pool(shared), Grounds with grapefruit, citrus and banana (in Season), beach chairs, umbrella, Beach Towels and Cooler. Boogie board, Snorkel equipment, Electric BBQ, Private Lanai.


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Puako - Well Appointed, Kid-Friendly Island-Style Corner Condo
average rating of 4.72093 based on 43 reviews
Tempe, AZ

Quite, beautiful location with excellent amenities

  • 5 of 5

Clean and quiet with a beautiful beach across the street this condo was perfect for a special getaway. All the amenities you need plus some you didn't expect. Fresh fruit laid out to enjoy around the property was a real bonus. I highly recommend this condo.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always lovely when guests come away with getting even more than they expected. We are so happy to provide access to all the lovely experiences Hawaii has to offer from a cozy, well-appointed home away from home, and it's great to hear others feel the same way we do!
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Very pleased and hope to return

  • 5 of 5

We found the unit to be spacious and clean, with a well-equipped kitchen and convenient location on the second floor (next to the stairs). The unit and entire complex seemed quiet and secure. Our stay was short, but comfortable...we hope to book unit 201 for our next visit to Puako.

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alvin was a gracious guest, and has stayed in other units in the complex. We were pleased that he liked our little Hale Honu so very much!
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful 5 nights on Puako Beach in the condo with 3 adults and 2 children (3 & 1). The beach is great, not huge, but gentle enough for kids and has amazing tide pools. Over the course of our time we saw 9 Sea Turtles just relaxing on the beach usually at the second public access point to the left. We also saw fish and crabs including a rather large Puffer Fish trapped in a pool.

The condo was spacious, the Lanai was great for relaxing and for drying our constantly wet bathing suits between the beach and the condo pool. Everything we needed for beach or pool time was here, there was snorkeling gear for both adults and kids as well as boogie boards, chairs, umbrellas, and sand toys. The condo did require being conscientious of airflow and sun to keep cool, however we never found it to be a big issue. It can be very dark, especially late at night, so do please be sure to follow the instructions about carrying a light to get in if you are arriving late. On that note if you arrive late in the evening there is a grocery store at the turn off for Mauna Lani which is open until 11pm if you need supplies.

The grounds were great and the property was fairly vacant while we were there. The pool was great for kids and Property Manager was kind enough to allow them to "help" her in her tasks at the pool. The grounds contained many fruit trees, which only a few were ripe when we were there. Our one regret was that we were about 1 week to early for the mango's to be ripe. We managed to get 1 early mango and it was amazing, as well as many bananas.

The General Store was handy to have, for either a quick sandwich, char su bun, or Ice Cream.

We drove into Kailua twice on our trip, as well as over to Waimea and up to Hawi. The location was central to both things we wanted to do and to a wedding we were attending in Hawi.

If we do find ourselves back on the big island we would love to say here again.

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are always so happy to hear especially from families, since we are a family too with a wide range of ages to be satisfied. I think our guest hit the highlights beautifully! The note about the Mauna Lani Foodland being open till 11 is valuable...I was there just last evening for that very purpose! Thank you Matthew - you are all welcome any time.
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Lippman Puako Condo

  • 5 of 5

As advertised, well appointed, great location, great time !

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The condo was perfect! Clean, quiet, and equip with all the gear we needed.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Pauko. It's in a great area, very quiet. There's a general store next door with everything you would need. The condo was well equip with all the gear we needed- beach items, towels, condiments, etc. We had a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so happy when our guests are happy! This was the first time that we had had a request to turn the twin beds into a King - so glad that it worked!
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As Described

  • 4 of 5

We had a great vacation on the Big Island with Hale Honu as our home base. This is not a luxury waterfront estate and that suited us just fine. We were looking for a location that was affordable enough for our whole family to go and this was one of the few three bedroom options that fit the bill. As a plus, it was clean, well equipped and had generous lanai space. The BBQ was used every night - I would suggest a bit better lighting on the deck off the kitchen if possible.

We checked out the beaches across the road and they were okay. We really enjoyed Beach 69, which is just a little north. The General Store was super handy to grab the items we forgot when we did our 'big shop' - and their fresh bagels were great in the morning.

Overall a great vacation and I would recommend this rental for a family.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Queen K Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Four Seasons Orchid
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Across the street!
Nearest Point of Interest
Wailea Bay aka Beach 69
Nearest Point of Interest
Hapuna Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Queens Pool
Nearest Point of Interest
Paniau - one of the best dive spots!
Nearest Point of Interest
Mauna Kea Beach

Fantastic Shore Diving & Body Surfing, Yet with beaches and pools gentle enough for toddlers! Nearby beach regularly voted #1 on the Big Island. Puako reef is one of the nicest in the islands, and this unit is within 200 yards of a good shore entry for scuba divers, and within 1 mile of one of the best shore dive locations on the Islands. Tank rental/refills, Gear Rental and Boat Dives available in nearby Kawaihae (10 minutes away). Fantastic Body Surfing at Hapuna Beach (mostly during the winter months), but still gentle enough for the little ones. Great Beaches within minutes for all ages. Our daughter loved these beaches from the time she could walk!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $175 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.42%

With permission, wee are happy to provide you with a late check-out if available for an additional half-day rate ($75.00).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.