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Puuhonua O Honaunau - Hale Maka' I' O

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-4)

Rare Hawaiian Style Beach House located just steps to 2 Step Snorkeling, Diving and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park. Take in a bit of Old Hawaii at this special location where many visitors come during the day, but the evenings you can enjoy the sound of the lapping waves on the beach while you watch the stars overhead in peaceful surroundings! There are two bedrooms and 2 baths-master suites overlooks the beach and boat ramp with lawn fronting the house with Monkey Pod and Royal Poinciana Trees and and scented plumeria blossoms. The second master suite overlooks the back garden of bananas, pineapples, papayas, red gingers, yellow plumeria and more!

Both rooms have decks you can relax and enjoy your meals or read a book. For convenience private gate to the beach, enjoy hot/cold shower outside too. This property is just 10 minutes from grocery store, restaurants, and more! 20 minutes to Kailua Kona historic village. Great base to see the island-to the volcano, waterfalls, and all the island has to share!

Keywords: Hawaiian Beach House, Open Beam, Comfortable, Relaxing, Real Hawaii, National Park, Ocean Views, 2 Step Snorkeling, Honaunau

More Details

Sheri Hamilton
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2017

About Sheri Hamilton

Aloha! Welcome to Hawaiian Style Vacations on the beautiful Big Island where you can fish for the largest Billfish in our deep blue ocean, visit the active Volcano, enjoy our picturesque waterfalls, ranchlands, and beautiful island paradise!

Sheri Hamilton purchased this house in 2010

Why Sheri Hamilton chose Kona Coast

One of a kind, real Hawaii!

What makes this house unique

This House is a get a way place, where you shop for your groceries and provisions and relax for days-enjoying the ocean with snorkeling and diving or just getting sunshine! There are trails for hiking also. Much history and heritage and all the 'City of Refuge' is known for.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mahalo for providing your beautiful home to our ohana(family)this weekend.This was

a time of harmony, joy, laughter, love and comfort!

Mahalo nui loa(Thank you very much!)

Ruth & Ohana

Sep 2010
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Hōnaunau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 plus exterior shower with hot/cold water for getting sand off easier.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1 & 2) There are 2 punee's or comfort futons in the living room fyi or inquiry.(can sleep a couple children)
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(5 traveler reviews)

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Puuhonua O Honaunau - Hale Maka' I' O
average rating of 4.6 based on 7 reviews
Casco, Maine

Cute Cottage!

  • 3 of 5

Love the layout of this cottage. Two, very generous master bedrooms with comfy beds and bathrooms. Interesting semi-indoor, semi-outdoor double shower! Colors inside are bright and cheerful. Each bedroom has a lovely deck and we loved the combo kitchen/living room. Lots of room for the three of us! And it IS within a very easy walk to the small beach/snorkeling area known as "Two-Step". When we arrived, however, after two weeks at other cottages, we did not appreciate the large amounts of bugs that we had to contend with. I can deal with a certain amount of cockroaches as I got very good with the kitchen brush! And the red centipedes were only in the two showers and on the walkways so we made sure we checked carefully before going anywhere barefoot. The real troublesome ones were the red fire ants. They were biting us continuously while seated anywhere inside and are so small that you don't feel them until they bite! We also had to spray two very prominent wasp nests that were right where we wanted to be walking or sitting! Looking under furniture we could see that it had only been surfaced cleaned as well, which could be why we had so many insects inside with us! Also, the other reviewers said the cottage was very quiet- uh, absolutely not. It's between a National Park and a definite local hangout at Two Step, plus there is a daycare as well in the backyard! From 5:30 in the morning until midnight there was constant noise. We did not hang out at all at this cottage as we did not feel very comfortable, so we did see lots of this side of the island. We finally found some actual beaches- one right on Ai'i Drive and the others up North past the airport. Quite a drive, but well worth it! If we had not been staying on the island in another cottage on the tropical side of the island and found that place free of the bugs that we found in this place, (plus it was cleaner and organized better), I would have assumed that the bugs on HI are uncontrollable and you just have to live with them, but I can see that it is not the case. So, clean it up and make it better for people to stay and you will have quite the cottage!! Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hawaiian Anniversary Getaway (2 couples)

  • 5 of 5

Aloha!! We had an awesome time on the Big Island, this home makes a great "home base" from which to explore the island. We visited Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, Volcano National Park, Ka Lae, Hilo, Akaka Falls, Mauna Kea and many other places the island has to offer. Also enjoyed watching the sunset at the beach just a few steps from the house. The house is in a really nice quiet area, away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourist/resort area of Kailua-Kona which we truly enjoyed but still close enough to the tourist area to enjoy the many restaurants and shopping if you want. Several nice coffee shops & cafes close for breakfast/lunch. This home is very comfortable and clean. Thanks for making your beach home available for others to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2012
  • Stayed: Dec 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St Louis, MO

Truly Paradise by Sacred Waters

  • 5 of 5

This is an amazing place. The pictures do not do it justice. The location is absolutely fantastic: next door to Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, a block from THE BEST snorkeling spot on the Kona coast (two step), we saw honu and spinner dolphins within 24 hours of being there! The tidal pools were a treat for our youngster, the canoe club next door was fantastic for me: I joined and paddled with them three-four times a week, the hiking trails through the park were quiet and beautiful, and of course, best of all, this is right there by one of the most sacred sites in Hawai'i. One morning, we awoke to a beautiful hawaiian chorus at the school across the way. The house was beautiful and comfortable (no A/C but we definitely didn't need it). There were several local vendors along Ke'e and Napo'opo'o road and we often got fresh homemade tortillas, and fresh produce and leis from them and really didn't need to go very far to eat well. The area has a few good eating places, keoki's fish fry and the coffee shop at the head of the road, the shave ice lady across the street, and Kealakekua bay so close by. There is a fair amount of night traffic due to the fishermen and some noise from falling coconuts and a few roosters. But we got used to this pretty quickly, in fact, it lent a country charm to the whole experience.The owner was gracious and prompt, she had a beautiful gift basket awaiting us. We can't say enough good things about it--it was an idyllic experience!

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Colony, TX

The highlight of our 3-island trip!

  • 5 of 5

I'm so glad we chose to stay at this wonderful house in Honaunau instead of "in town". We are definitely off-the-beaten-path people and this was perfect for us - mom, dad, teenaged daughter and teenaged daughter's friend. The drive from the small town was not bad at all - great road, not scary like I'd heard about in the area. Some of the houses closer to the ocean in the South Kona district do have tiny winding roads but this road also serves the National Historical Park so it's fine. The property was nice & quiet; you'd never know you're next door to an National Park Service site. Speaking of that, the City of Refuge was awesome and I felt so honored to be next to it. My husband decided there's definitely a "presence" you feel from being next to a historical, sacred site. The proximity to the beach and the awesome snorkeling there is fantastic... you can get up, walk maybe 200' and be in the ocean while everyone else is still driving from their hotels in Kona. The local shops, sights and restaurants are also great. Super J's for plate lunch food and South Kona Fruit Stand for smoothies and snacks, the Painted Church (on the way to the house) and coffee farms everywhere... what a great location!

The amenities of the actual house are wonderful! The house is beautiful, extremely well maintained, and has such great perks like the deck that looks out to the sunset over Honaunau Bay. The grounds are full of beautiful plants and trees and we watched the geckos incessantly. I loved the huge master shower (2 shower heads in a giant room) and the kitchen was top notch. We felt very, very welcomed by the owner and we received our security deposit with no problems. Oh, also there is great wifi at the house along with satellite for those nights when you're just tired of nothing but beautiful views and gorgeous weather. There's really no nightlife that I know of here, other than looking for eels in the tide pools at the local beach, but that's not what we were after. We bought a six-pack at the grocery store, some great take-out in town and kicked back on the deck to enjoy paradise.

I'm in love with this place... the house, the locale, everything. Simply amazing.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2011
  • Stayed: Jun 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Great vacation home on the beach

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time at your home. The location was perfect. Here are the highlights of staying at your wonderful residence:

- Ocean view and literally steps away from beach and great snorkeling

- Your home was comfortable, you made it nice for us and we felt we had all the amenities we were looking for. You advertised your property accurately!

- Being right next door to a national historical park was a real treat and we discovered great walking trails and a beautiful sand beech in the park.

- We loved being in the midst of real Hawaii, not the chain hotels and tourist places. One day, by suprise we discovered a 30yr anniversay celebration of a Halau Hula (hula dancing school) under a shelter at the beach and saw some of the most beautiful hula dancing! The people were so warm and full of aloha they asked us to sit down and enjoy the celebration with them.

- The property was clean, well maintained and the owners were accessible and made sure everything was right for us.

- With a car it was easy to get everywhere, and we discovered there was an organic fruit stand close by where we got delicious produce and honey.

- The house was perfect for my 84 year old mother - it was easy for her to get around and she had a very good time

All up, I would stay here again and recommend the property!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Dec 2010
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Coffee Shack, Coffee Shop, Managos, Keei Cafe
Car: recommended

Next to Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park, this is the real

Hawaii experience! From snorkeling, diving, swimming, and seeing

the bay full of dolphins to visiting the historical national Park next door,

there is much to see and enjoy!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
This calendar has not been updated in over 2 months and the availability shown may not be accurate.

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.44%

Refundable Reservation Damage Deposit within 7 days of acceptance of dates booking.
Balance total within 30 days of arrival or 45 days prior 1/2 and balance of
other 1/2 30 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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