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Close But Far....

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Property type cottage


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Sleeping Porch, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Aloha and welcome to Hotel Pa'amalu the only one room hotel in Kealakekua Hawaii. Hotel Pa'amalu is a blend of Polynesia, Indonesia and amnesia. Come swim in our warm tropical waters or explore the enchanting tropical rain forests atop Kilauea, possibly the most active volcano on the plant. Plan your day while lounging on the lanai, comforted by the warm gentle trade wind breezes.

You will begin your day 5 minutes from historical Kealakekua Bay, on the leeward slopes of Mauna Loa on the island of Hawaii. The weather is warm, sunny and mild all year long, yes all year long.

Hotel Pa'amalu is not really a hotel, I just thought that was a catchy name. My dad, friends and I built this little house a few years back. I would, how ever, describe it as a small story book cottage, welcoming you to write your own chapter. We are settled just up slope from an old Hawaiian fishing village known as Keei. We are surrounded by many different varieties of mangos bananas and other horticultural surprises.

Hotel Pa'amalu is a fun, retreat, romantic get away, or a brief interlude as you travel through out our beautiful islands.

Thanks so much for visiting, hope to hear from you soon.


Oh, if you come during mango season you may never leave the lanai!

Mahalo Nui Loa,

Charles Cope


Keywords: quiet, get a way,

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Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 18, 2017

About The Owner

My name is Charles Cope I am a retired Fire Captain from the Hawaii County Fire Department. In my retirement I have been surfing as much as possible and fixing up and managing Hotel Pa'amalu. And of course enjoying life. Hope to see you.


Charles Cope


Captain Cook Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Broadband Access
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Catering Available
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) Futon / Air Mattress
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Possibly the best Mangos you will ever eat.


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(52 traveler reviews)

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Close But Far....
average rating of 4.8846154 based on 52 reviews

One little problem . . .

  • 5 of 5

Hotel Pa'amalu is a very comfortable and welcoming traditional Hawaiian cottage. Even though you are only a few steps up, inside one has a sense of floating in the palm trees. There are all sorts of Asian and Polynesian touches that make this little place very charming.

The cottage is just as presented in the photos. There is an open porch on the front and a large screened lanai running the entire west side of the cottage. Inside is a compact but efficient kitchen, a lovely bath with walk-in shower and a large bedroom area with seating, TV, closet and dresser.

There is hardly any wall space in this cottage because there are so many windows. The cottage itself is surrounding by palm, mango, tangelo and banana trees. And orchids, did I mention orchids? There is a wonderful bubbler fountain off the lanai where, during our stay, we counted 19 species of birds bathing and frolicking.

There is a lounging area outside off the lanai with space to plant the BBQ and grill while the sun sets. The parking is on the grass, but there is a lovely carport to shade the car while it is resting.

The cottage is located just above Kealakekua Bay and about a 15 minute drive from Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park and snorkeling at Two-Step. Kona is very accessible and there is a well stocked grocery at the top of the hill. Volcanoes National Park is a nice day trip away.

Charles is very welcoming and accommodating. Scooby, the dog, will do a perimeter check in the morning and evening, will greet you when you come back from your days adventures and will sit quietly on the front porch waiting for the cottage lights to go out for the night. He is a charmer, that one.

We stayed here for nine days in February and as I mentioned in the title there is just one little problem with this place. There is a lot to see and do in Hawaii, but once the refrigerator is stocked and you let the mainland go, it is really hard to leave the cottage behind.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I really appreciate all reviews. I try and fix, clean or paint when ever its called for. In this particular case, I think the best solution, is to grant, Scooby, our little dog, refrigerator privileges.
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Millbrae and Mammoth Lakes CA

Peaceful Paradise

  • 5 of 5

We found 'Close But Far....' to be an authentic Hawaiian island experience situated in the midst of a lovely mango grove with a view of the Kealakekua Bay. Outstanding! Everything you need is at hand with a Polynesian flare! Beach towels, a local guide book, and some snorkeling equipment are waiting to take you on your next Hawaiian adventure. And Scooby will meet you on the front porch upon your return in hopes of obtaining some of your affection. 'Close But Far...' is located about 10-15 minutes from Place of Refuge, an area with marvelous snorkeling. We returned there almost daily. It's also well located if you want to see Volcanoes National Park. And sitting on the lanai at the end of the day watching the sunset can't be beat! We will definitely return!!

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location. Lots to explore. Owner was great. Has cute friendly dog.

  • 5 of 5

The house was perfect for two of us. Yard full of mango trees. View of ocean. Close to snorkeling. Overall a great experience. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This place was really special. Incredible location, fun house, and unforttable lanai!

  • 5 of 5

Charles is a great host overall and his place is in such a lovely location. It's situated in his mango grove with a view of the ocean. Beautiful sunsets and if you're lucky you might get some of Charles' mangoes (best we've ever had). You can walk down to an incredible beach with awesome snorkeling. The only warning I have is that Charles doesn't have a cell phone so don't try texting him. If you call or email though, he's very responsive. Overall my wife and I had a fantastic time.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cleveland, OH

Adorable Cottage, Friendly and Knowledgeable Host

  • 5 of 5

The only regret about our stay here is that it was only for one night! Situated in a mango orchard, this one room cottage is comfortable, beautifully decorated and convenient to some of the best snorkeling spots on the west side of the island. The owner's house is on the property too, so Charles is immediately available for questions, and as a local, he's happy to share recommendations from restaurants to dolphin viewing spots. As many other guests have commented, Scooby is clearly in charge of greeting and he does so with adorable enthusiasm! Make sure you get the property tour from Charles - who in addition to being knowledgeable is incredibly welcoming - and enjoy the peace this nature-immersed property invites!

  • Submitted: Aug 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unfortunate choice

  • 2 of 5

We chose to rent here for our honeymoon but we got there late the first night and couldn't bring ourselves to stay- we opted to stay at a resort down the way instead which Charles kindly recommended. The house was not what we expected. It was very dark with curving roads in order to get there and then it was basically in the middle of nowhere. Not close to a beach and a 30 min drive to get anywhere- not ideal for what we had expected and for all the things we wanted to go and do. The cottage was very cramped and warm since it had no A/C and it was quite humid at night-no "sea breeze" that we were promised when asking about the lack of A/C prior to arriving. The doors to the cottage barely locked and most of the walls were not actually walls but just windows or screens instead- not quite what we wanted for a honeymoon stay. Overall, we would not recommend unless you are in an island mindset already where aparently none of those things we complained about matters. Also, we were refused a refund by both Charles and VRBO to put the cherry on top of that disaster. We ended up staying at the Kona Coast Resort which we highly recommend for cheaper!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm very sorry our cottage was not what they were looking for. Most of their complaints, are just what many of our guests are looking for. They felt much more comfortable in a "resort/ condo" setting. We are happy they found what they were looking for, and wish them the best of luck . Visiting the Hawaiian Islands, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, is a privilege, and best experienced, if one can try and imagine a "island mindset". Mahalo
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $90

Hawaii GE and TAT tax will be add on. Approx. 13%
Departure cleaning fee of $90.00 will also be added.
Deposits are non refundable within 120 days of scheduled arrival. Deposit monies may be applied to other open days.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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