About the property
- House1750 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay7 nights
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.5+ Baths, (Sleeps 6)
This is a beautiful, very private home copied from a Frank Lloyd Wright design and modified to provide convenience and openness. A terra cotta cinderblock garden wall, matching the house walls, provides privacy on the mountain side, forming a large courtyard and bringing out the beauty of our bougainvillea and other tropical flowers and gardens. The other side of the house and gardens are fenced for pets, including large or small dogs. Relax on our covered lanai with a drink and your loved ones and watch the Kona sunsets over the ocean. Next to the covered lanai is a large deck with a large, rectangular pool and separate hot tub.
We live in an eclectic neighborhood, mostly smaller houses neatly landscaped, one unsightly house, and one millionaire house . From our house you can't see any neighbors because of the privacy walls and landscaping, but if you walk out on the pool deck you can see the millionaire's house.
Our pool is 17' by 34' and just under 5 feet deep with handicapped steps at one end leading to the hot tub and bedrooms. It's solar heated, but on cloudy days can be cool. Pool temperatures range from 74 on a cold day to 86 on a really hot, sunny day, especially in August and September. I swim every morning even in winter when it goes down to 72.
Enjoy the fishing boat activities on the sea below. Look up the coast at the beautiful Kealakekua Bay. Watch the saffron finches and tropical Java sparrows at the bird feeders and listen to the sounds of the Hawaiian doves. Enjoy our 3 bedrooms, carpeted, with 2 king size beds and one double bed, each equipped with dressers and closets. Each bedroom has sliding glass doors that open onto pool deck. The master bedroom has 2 closets and a regular door to hallway, while the other two bedrooms have sliding Japanese soji doors. Wood finishing and kitchen counters and cabinets are beautiful, old growth fir from Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Our large main bathroom has a shower big enough to share or to contain a wheelchair, aqua tile floor, and long counter. The large living room has sliding glass doors on both sides to allow the breezes through. The house retains a perfect temperature all day, no fans or air conditioning needed, but on an exceptionally hot day there are ceiling fans in every room. During the cooler evenings we sometimes close the sliding doors on the mountain side. From the bedrooms or the living room you can listen to the garden fountain and watch the birds take baths. There are 55 Macademia nut trees on the 3 acres which is a small, older lava flow. We also have mango trees and citrus. A nut cracker is provided on one of the lanai tables. The large table seats six and we eat dinner out there while watching the sunsets. Our pool is long enough for lap swimming, but wide enough for kids to play in. It is heated with a solar heating system. You can walk out of the house and jump right into the pool. Bathing suits are optional because there is a privacy wall from the neighbors who are far enough away that they couldn't see what you have on anyway.
When you finish your swim, relax in our large, blue hot tub which seats seven, with two jet settings and a little waterfall. You can experiment with the different color lights in the evenings. There is a red cement lanai all the way around the house, providing lots of room for your Scuba and snorkeling gear or pool toys.
Dave and Sally are newly retired teachers. We have taught in the Bay Area in California in a two room school, on Hornby Island in British Columbia, Canada, and here in Kona for the last 14 years. We also ran a group home for troubled teens in Victoria for six years. Dave runs a special program at Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona for teen age kids who have trouble with the larger campus, and Sally taught at the Elementary level at a private preparatory school in Kona, both in the classroom and PE and Music. We will be dividing our time between our home in Canada and our home here in Hawaii. We hope you enjoy our place.
Keywords: Available May 15-Oct 15. Private house, macademia nut orchard, large lanais and deck, pets welcome. See Calendar for availability
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, French, Italian. Few words of Mandarin., Finnish, A bit of Spanish
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Sally Englund
We love to travel, snorkel, and dive. We like having our own boat, but now only have a smaller one in Canada. Our son lives in Victoria, Canada, and was the BC light heavyweight amateur boxing champion and competed on Team Canada in England. He was also the Golden Gloves champion for Western Canada. He has just retired from boxing and is in his 4th year of university as a Fitness Trainer and Athletic Therapist. Our daughter lives in San Francisco and works for Adobe Software company. Dave and I have 35 years of teaching experience and have also run a group home and taken in therapeutic foster children. We are looking forward to what retirement will bring, but will still be working part time. Currently I have become a Therapeutic Horse Riding Instructor and volunteer working with handicapped children and adults on horses. THH KONA. Now that we are half retired, we spend 51/2 months in Canada north of Victoria and 61/2 months working in Hawaii. Sally is a substitute teacher and Dave drives school bus for his high school where he taught.
Sally Englund purchased this House in 1988
Why Sally Englund chose Opihihale
This is our home for most of the year. It is out in the country and quiet. Also not far from Kailua Kona and near the best snorkeling and Scuba beach. We vacationed here for almost 10 years and then moved over full time 15 years ago. Now that we are retired we plan to be at our place in Canada for 5 months or more. In 1987 , after spending a year on a teacher exchange in Australia, in the tropics, we decided we wanted to move full time to Hawaii, to the Kona Coast, and a nice realtor helped us find this place.
What makes this House unique
We really enjoy the pool and hot tub, and the nearby beaches. We love the house and copied plans from a friend who had a Frank Lloyd Wright house in Honolulu. Our driveway goes past another house which is right on the road, It's about 250 feet long and paved. We have solar lights to light your way at night. The driveway has a circle at the bottom to make it easy to turn around.
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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
We loved it
Beautiful, peaceful, charming, rustic loved our stay there. Enjoyed gathering Macadama nuts and using the special nut cracker to open them. The pool and hot tub were wonderful. The mosquitoes were a bit of a problem when you sit outside in the evening.
We would be happy to stay there again.
This was our second stay, the home has some signs of sloppy guests (e.g. carpet stains) but the location and amenities are very hard to surpass. We loved being able to look at the stars before sunrise from the hot tub, relaxing by the poolside in the sun during the daytime and grilling (or dining out) in the evening. Sally is extremely responsive in replying to any query and always gets back in a timely fashion for resolving any issues. We particularly enjoyed watching the goats grazing the bushes below the house on the lava rocks, listening to the birds after sunset and waking up to the cool air in the mornings. For those who don't want to be with the other tourists, don't need A/C, and enjoy solitude we highly recommend. The only two negatives for us were: the sunburn risk kept us from being poolside as much as we wished and leaving, of course.
Mahalo Sally for opening up your home, we will always consider your place first on future trips to Kona.
We were really happy to welcome back these guests because they were so relaxed and willing to handle things themselves without complaint.We hope they come back again.And they love the place as we do.
Just what we needed
The privacy and rural location of the property was just what we needed. The house is roomy and the ourdoor space relaxing. We enjoyed both the pool and hot tub. The rental process was smooth and hassel-free. Thank you Sally!
Perfect secluded location with spectacular view to get away from it all!
If you're looking for a place to stay away from other people and soak up some peace and quiet, then this is the perfect spot. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning swims in the pool followed by breakfast on the patio gazing out over the Pacific Ocean. The indoor geckos were friendly and we became fast friends. There was a closet full of family board games that we also enjoyed. The reason we are not able to give the property five stars is due to the lack of cleanliness and the uncomfortable beds. The host graciously refunded the cleaning deposit plus a bit more because the spa was unusable during our stay. Lastly, the host provided her own guide to the island which was full of information that we found extremely helpful.
Overall our stay was a peaceful one, as we had wanted to get away from it all. We had a couple of interruptions, but the owner Sally was very accommodating, even while on vacation herself. The house itself was very comfortable with a very secluded feel. Our family enjoyed the pool and back yard with an unobstructed view of the Kona coast. The peace and quiet was just what we were looking for! Even though you can see right through the house, it still has a very private feel due to the fenced garden on one side and the open cliffs on the other. We especially liked cracking open fresh macadamia nuts and watching all the birds at the bird feeder. The kitchen was well equipped with toaster, microwave, stove and oven and full size fridge. All the utensils cups and plates we could use. Overall it was a very relaxing stay.
We would like to thank our recent guests for their nice review- unfortunately I forgot to warn them about our pool guy and the gardener and that won't happen again. I guess that's why we didn't get our usual 5 stars. Aloha, Sally Englund
Spacious, warm and friendly home with great ocean view in serene setting. Loved it!
Hawai'i was on our dream list and we (2 adults, 11 yo boy and 15 yo girl) stayed at this house during our week on the Big Island in August 2016, so we had high expectations. We became progressively more comfortable with the place as we scanned through the photos, and then interacted with the owner Sally. Our questions were answered in a very welcoming and timely manner, and the information was accurate. For us this place seemed perfect, and it was! Spacious, clean and everything in working order. Overhead fans were great, and in one bedroom the overhead fan was loud but a desktop fan was supplied for comfort, which was fine. The photos on the website were limited, but there are 2 bedrooms side-by-side, then a bathroom, then a master bedroom, all opening into an internal hallway and also patio doors opening onto the pool deck. If you have young children your concern will be that if left unattended they will wander onto the pool deck and into the pool. For us it was perfect. The pool and hot tub were clean and well maintained, and there was a variety of snorkeling gear to use. The view of the ocean was unobstructed and stunning every day - this was a serene oasis after spending the days touring and sightseeing (btw you definitely need to rent a car if you rent this house). The owner provided important and accurate information to guide us on the island, this was very much appreciated. The lovely gardens and friendly geckos (inside and out) added a warm feeling to the home. Tiny ants were seen in the kitchen so everything edible went into the fridge, but this is common in Hawai'i and we'd prefer that over pesticide use. Love the sound of the frogs at night! Boogie boards were left for us to use and we kept them in the car just in case we found a beach, very handy. We would definitely recommend this home for people who love nature, serenity, access to the natural wonders in the area, and we will definitely return if we make it back to the island. Paul and Caroline, Ottawa, Canada
Near Kona Coffee farms, cattle ranches, botanical garden, local restaurants, one hour 15 minutes to Volcano, 50 minutes south of Kona International Airport.