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Big Sky Views of ~Ka'u~ Coast and 2 Volcanoes on Hawaii Island

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,700 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

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

Aloha kakou and welcome to our beautiful 3 bedroom/2 bath guest house in the southernmost Ka’u district of Hawai’i Moku. The house has clean modern lines, a modern open kitchen with gas range and dishwasher, vaulted ceilings, stunning views and skylights everywhere. The master bedroom with a king bed has its own bath with a large jacuzzi tub, and opens onto a large covered lanai. There are 2 other bedrooms, each with queen bed, and a second bathroom. We have provided internet access, along with premium cable TV in the living room and 2 of the bedrooms. There is a washer dryer for your convenience, and a garage with direct entry to the house - no getting wet!

We are remote enough to be exceptionally private and quiet, but a 10 minute drive brings you the amenities of the historic plantation town of Na’alehu. 15-20 minutes away are 3 beautiful beach areas: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach (Turtles!) and Whittington/Honu'apo with full facilities, and stunning Kawa Beach which is newly purchased by the county and reopened for public access.

No big hotels or tourist traps, but you’ll find a 2 day a week farmers’ market, local style restaurants with live music, a fabulous bakery and a coffee cafe. The community of Ocean View is 20 minutes away with expanded services and shops. Golfing is available at Sea Mountain and Volcano courses.

We are only minutes off the highway but a world away from the crowds of Kona. The climate is drier than Hilo, but more lush than Kona - 60 inches average rainfall per year. Our hale is surrounded by 1/3 acre of tropical garden. Settle in with your morning cup of locally grown Ka’u coffee on one of the two large covered lanai. There you will experience transcendent views of Mauna Loa floating over forested hills to the north, and Kilauea crater to the northeast. As you watch the sun rise over the ocean and illuminates the big sky. let your eyes sweep up miles of untouched coastline and sparkling water. When it is clear you will see the eruption plume rising from the Halema'uma'u crater, home of Pele, at Kilauea.

As your hosts, we will be delighted to provide you with detailed visitor information about the area. South Point, or Ka Lae, is 15 minutes away, where you can fish, hike, and encounter Hawaiian sacred sites. For the adventuresome, the hike to Green Sand Beach starts there. The famous Black Sand Beach at Punalu’u, with its estimated 1400 member colony of Green Sea Turtles is a 20 minute drive. There, besides fishing, swimming and snorkeling, you can hike along the coast past an ancient heiau on a section of the old Hawaiian road that once surrounded the island. The beach at Honu ‘Apo, (Whittington Beach Park), now the largest State Park in the islands, is 20 minutes away and features a large inland estuary that attracts waterbirds and monk seals. Kawa Beach is newly reopened to the public. The new Kahuku Ranch section of Volcanoes National Park, where large forests of native trees and plants have grown untouched, is a 5 minute drive to the entrance. This exciting new part of the park is just beginning to become known to visitors now that the Park Service is allowing public entry on weekends. Access points to the higher elevations of this spectacular area are within easy driving range as well. The main area of Volcanoes National Park is a 40 minute drive away. See our links for more info.

Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on the lanai, or seeking out adventures, we say to you: E Komo mai I kou hale kipa a na kupuna (a warm welcome to our “home that cherishes the elders”).

Keywords: hale, bungalow

More Details

Thomas Schnetlage
Member since: 2010
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 a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Thomas Schnetlage

We live in Berkeley, California and plan to retire on Hawai'i Island.

Thomas Schnetlage purchased this house in 2009

Why Thomas Schnetlage chose Discovery Harbour

We love the area and have many friends there. We feel a deep spiritual connection to Hawai'i Island and Ka'u.

What makes this house unique

Peace, quiet and adventure.


Discovery Harbour House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bathroom has large jacuzzi tub/shower, second bathroom has full tub and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Large master bedroom with king size bed and cable tv, 2 more bedrooms each with a Queen size bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Tropical landscaped garden, 2 huge wind protected and covered lanai with views


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Big Sky Views of ~Ka'u~ Coast and 2 Volcanoes on Hawaii Island
average rating of 4.774194 based on 31 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful place to relax after a day of adventures on the big island. The house was much larger than we expected and the vaulted ceilings along with fans and the nearly constant breeze helped keep the house comfortable. Great home base for two couples traveling and exploring the big island of Hawaii for the first time. Kitchen was well-equipped with most appliances you might need, so we didn't have to eat out all the time. We also liked borrowing one of the coolers to take a picnic lunch with us. Especially helpful in Volcanoes National Park where there isn't much available.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Ms. Gibbons, for the positive review and for being such great guests. You treated the house as if it were your own and we appreciate you.
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Awesome Getaway

  • 5 of 5

This house is for those that would like to get away from the hustle and bustle of things. Conveniently centered between Kona (apx. 60 miles) and Hilo (apx. 30-35 miles), the house sits on the southern tip of the island.

If you are more of the outdoor type, this is the place for you.

A quiet setting on a golf course with spectacular views, you will not be disappointed. Lots of room (three bedrooms) with a large open living room and a full kitchen with everything you will need (pots, pans, coffee pot, etc).

One piece of advice: Buy all of the food and other needs before you leave Hilo or Kona. Very limited places to buy groceries and such close by.

There are a couple of decent pizza places within 15-20 minute drive and a market (small grocery store) also within the same distance.

This house was perfect for our family. We wanted to spend most of our time near the volcanoes and hiking.

If you stay here, do not miss going to South Point cliffs and the green sand beach very close by.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wasilla, AK

Coming back for sure!

  • 5 of 5

Big, beautiful, confortable house. Breezes throughout, lanais galore with outrageous views...quiet and peaceful. Furniture in the house is comfortable. House is well stocked with laundry soap, dish soap, papertowels, tp etc which is really nice. We absolutely loved it and plan to return. I suppose some would say it is an older house and has some mold on the lanai, but the environment is a little damp and mold is part of the deal. Well maintained for the most part and an absolute keeper. Thanks so much for making your house available...we loved it!

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Juneau, AK

Enjoyed our stay.

  • 5 of 5

This house was much bigger than our usual rental. It was nice to spread out and have use of a nice big kitchen and two big lanais. This is the first rental we’ve had were the owner has allowed the renter to have use of the garage. This was nice on the rainy days. For being in a subdivision this house was relatively private. The only other houses were on one side of this house. Other than the golf course, the other sides of the property were undeveloped lots. We spent 21 days at Tom’s house and enjoyed all of our time there. We found Tom’s list of adventure ideas very helpful for ideas of what to do at the south end.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Orleans, LA

Lovely home in a serene neighborhood

  • 5 of 5

The property was very well maintained and clean. A great value for the house and amenities. The location is very much out in the middle of nowhere so make sure you stock up on essentials. They did have soap and shampoo for guest use and a few condiments and pantry items. No central air conditioning, but with the number of windows in the house we did not need it. There are also a few box fans for those who need extra air circulation. Very close to volcanos national park and the green sand beach, two "must do" activities while on the island.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Upton, MA

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay. The house is large and well maintained. The views are incredible. My wife and I had our coffee each morning while watching the sunrise over the ocean. The owners provided us with good information on both the house and area activities. Very friendly people in the nearby town. Thanks so much. We had a great visit to the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Kona and Hilo airports are about equidistant
Car: necessary

Entry gate to Kahuku Ranch section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 5 minutes drive. Main part of the National Park is 50 minute drive. 20 minutes from Black Sand Beach home of hundreds of green sea turtles. 12 miles from Ka Lae, southernmost point in U.S., sacred to Hawaiian People.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
$150 cleaning for 2+ wks $0
Cleaning fee <2 weeks; $110
Tax Rate 13.25%

There will be a $10.00 additional charge per person per night for >4 adults and/or >2 minors in your party, this may not show up when you initially make the booking.
VRBO/Home Away service fees are in addition to our rates. If you want the lowest rates (ie. without VRBO fees), please select the "Send email" button which appears in the "Owner" box below the "Book It" button. We accept checks without any service fee. We also accept PayPal, adding the 2.9% domestic/3.9% international fee that PayPal charges us.
Cancellation Policy: Full amount of amount paid will be refunded with at least 30 days notice. For less than 30 days notice, refund amount will be prorated. Owner reserves right to cancel reservation and refund amount paid in rare case of unforeseen circumstances out of owner's control.
Hawaii Tax ID#: W16416979-01

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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