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Ocean Cliff Villa overlooking Black Sand Beach w/Pool, Hot Tub & Gym!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 4,000 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Landmark Oceanfront Villa With Pool & Spa Overlooking Kehena Beach!!

Aloha from Kehena Beach Villa!

Perched high on the edge of a lush coconut studded absolute oceanfront sea cliff at the dead end of this quaint coastal beach community's most exclusive cul de sac stands this romantic gated landmark villa that was thoughtfully designed to be enjoyed by a couple who desire a level of privacy, comfort, safety and luxury that is more akin to a high end resort but is value priced and capable of accommodating a group of up to 8 adults if desired.

The the property has exclusive views of the magnificent Kehena Cove including the Kehena Black Sand Beach all the way to the tip of the cove where the villa is situated and assures a high level of privacy and exclusivity that is not shared by neighboring vacation rentals. There are no immediate homes on either side along the coast of the villa which is surrounded by 6 foot solid lava rock walls and accessed by a coded artistic gate that was custom designed by famed Honolulu based French sculptor Frederic Zimmer. The entire oceanfront block is adorned by a series of artistic gates and custom matching light fixtures that automatically illuminate the gorgeously landscaped lava rock walls nightly. The only other oceanfront home on the block is the smaller sister residence which is equally private and luxurious.

The villa is a landmark for Kehena Beach and is the closest oceanfront residence to the beach. It is situated on a large oceanfront parcel

and spans nearly 200 feet along a 50 foot high sea cliff that is typically teeming with sea birds. The lucky guests of the villa will not only enjoy the direct views of Kehena Beach and Bay, but also the extraordinary sunrises and moonrises and will experience near constant cooling trade winds due to the primarily northeasterly orientation of the oceanfront villa.

The oceanfront deck, or 'lanai' has been updated and redesigned, nearly doubling its size in 2014 per our former guest's recommendations and is certain to be the most popular living area of the villa. It features a large and new refreshing jetted Endless pool in which one may enjoy the stunning views while relaxing or swimming in the solar heated water. At night time it can be illuminated to enjoy a nighttime swim or just sit and watch the stars! The pool can be accessed from either the open uncovered lanai or the covered pool 'cabana' sides which has a translucent roof and comfortable outdoor furniture facing the pool and beach view. The tiled lanai is furnished with teak furniture including a custom bar, adjustable cushioned chaise loungers, and bar height dining table and chairs. One has the option of dining 'al fresco' or under the covered portion of the lanai which has a translucent roof to provide the added illumination of the stars and moon at night. The oceanfront railing is clear glass. The Endless pool directly abuts the deck on 2 sides so you can just step right in. There is an outdoor lava rock shower with hot water adjacent to the pool deck.

The courtyard to the villa greets you with a pond and lava rock waterfall feature and a stunning variety of guppies and goldfish. An adjacent screened 'lobby' area is well furnished to accommodate your party and is the ideal site to gather in the evening by the soothing sounds of the waterfall and the chorus of coqui frogs that it invites. The grounds are professionally landscaped and maintained. The garden foliage is striking and includes many varieties of bromeliads, orchids and heliconias.

The gym is a recent addition and has a wall of sliding glass doors that overlook the courtyard gardens. It has a wall mounted TV/DVD player with access to over 250 DishTV channels as well as a blender, fridge, and sink for your convenience. Per our former guests recommendations, the gym has been updated to include a hybrid elliptical trainer/recumbent bicycle so that a lower impact cardiovascular workout can be accomplished. Dumb bells and a Gold's Platinum professional gym that is equipped even for bench pressing or squats without the need for a spotter is provided.

The oceanfront yard is terraced with a lava rock walkway above that has a unique imported covered teak swing for two. Below there is a grassy lawn dotted with mature coconut trees and a cozy hammock for two! You will also encounter a new 9 person oceanfront spa. Don't forget to bring your I-Pod so you can plug it into the spa outlet and enjoy your favorite tunes.

If you can not resist the urge to visit Kehena Beach, it is a mere 5 minute walk from this, the closest oceanfront residence. This gorgeous strip of sand is not to be visited by the faint of heart. Although nudity is generally deemed unlawful in Hawaii, the beach has been routinely frequented by naturists since its formation back in 1955 after a small lava flow. Sturdy shoes or Tiva's are recommended to walk down the rocky trail to the beach. It is steep in some places and not deemed suitable for young toddlers, the elderly, or anyone who might have significant physical limitations. It is, however, well worth the effort. The black sand, unlike most of Hawaii's 'black' sand beaches, is granular and pure black. The beach itself is reputed to be among Hawaii's most scenic beaches.

Kehena Bay is perhaps best known for the Spinner Dolphins that frequent the beach year round and occasionally can be seen swimming among local swimmers. It is not unusual to see Spinner Dolphins performing acrobatics with the naked eye directly in front of the house. Whales can occasionally be viewed during the season from about November to April. At times , one can hear the majestic sounds of the mother Humpback Whales communicating with their calfs, particularly throughout the evening and night. Sea turtles can be spotted year round. The reef below is teeming with marine life and on calmer days one can look down and see a wide variety of reef fish.

First time visitors to Kehena Beach are discouraged from entering the ocean until they have talked with our property manager, particularly the young, elderly, and those with physical limitations should avoid. As with anything Mother Nature provides she should be respected for it's power and unpredictability! Swimming with the dolphins should not be attempted unless you are a good swimmer and feel safe being a couple of hundred yards out in the ocean! Undoubtedly, there are frequently opportunities to watch a considerable number of people swimming with the dolphins, but to do so as a malahini (newcomer) is not without risk to the life and safety of the swimmer. The beautiful but rocky shoreline can prove to be unforgiving.

There is a drum circle that regularly occurs Sundays on the beach. You can view it on U-tube. It tends to be reminiscent of the sixties. The atmosphere is laid back and includes a very eclectic crowd. There are no facilities at Kehena Beach , but you are guests of the nearest oceanfront estate to the beach, so you are only minutes away by foot from all the comforts you may desire .

You may wish to access a lunar calendar and make a reservation around the time of the full moon. The experience of watching the moonlight shimmering on Kehena Bay cannot be aptly described with words. On certain months, you may be afforded the opportunity to watch the moon rise over the ocean horizon.

We look forward to Hosting you!

* We are a Licensed Vacation Rental in the State of Hawaii*

TA-212-7056-01 GE-212-791-7056-01

Mahalo nui loa (Many thanks),

Kehena Beach Estate

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Property Manager
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
November 22, 2017

About Iliahi

We manage this Amazing Villa for our close friend and Neighbor of many years. He built this Luxury Villa to share with everyone the beauty of the Puna Coast.

Aloha and E Komo Mai!

Why Iliahi chose Kehena Beach Estates

The opportunity to build right on the cliff and capture the amazing views overlooking Kehena Black Sand Beach home to spinner dolphins and humpback whales in winter months ! The East side of Hawaii captures amazing sunrises and constant trade winds.

What makes this villa unique

Located along the Puna Coast and right on the cliff's edge, gated and very private & exclusive!

Guestbook comments from the manager

It is really a great place to stay at. The kind of place I only see in magazine about where the famous stay!!! The location is fantastic, the decoration is great, everything is available. The beds are very comfy, and although I normally need to be in total darkness to sleep, no problem at all. I just wish I could return soon, having a drink on the terrace... Enjoy
Jan 2014
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Kehena Beach
The Bali House~Romantic Oceanfront Escape w/Hot Tub across from Kehena Beach!
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Uncle Robert's
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Hilo Municipal
Nearest Motorway
0.05 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Kalapana Village Cafe
Nearest Beach
1 Miles
Kehena Beach
Car: necessary

Absolute Oceanfront 300 ft from Kehena Black Sand Beach,

We are only 2 miles from Kalapana home to Uncle Robert's Awa Bar with live entertainment Wed. and Fri. nights and Farmers Market, it also features a small corner store, and even a forming Black Sand Beach.

Other sites.. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 50 min drive, Ahalanui Park, Oceanside tropical lagoon for swimming, geothermally heated (15 minute drive), Kalapana, Lava hiking and resturant and local entertainment (10 minute drive), Mackenzie State Park, Spectacular oceanside park, incredible coastal views within ironwood forest (15 minute drive), Isaac Hale Beach Park, Surfing and boat launch (15 minute drive), Lava Tree State Park, Ghostly lava formations in jungle setting (20 minute drive), Superb Snorkeling nearby at Kapoho tide pools, Kalani Honua Retreat, Restaurant, cafe, Hula classes, massage, and more (5 minute drive)Pahoa (20 minute drive), Offers dining, full-service grocery, health food, fast-food, gas, and other amenities, Hilo (40 minute drive), Hilo Bay, Akaka Falls, Rainbow Falls , Downtown Hilo, Hilo Botanical Gardens, Waipio Valley, Sacred Mauna Kea and more of the East side of the Big Island are only a 45 to 1 hour away.


Kehena Beach Estates Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • No additional Guest allowed on premises, no smoking allowed anywhere on property. No parties allowed. Only 2 vehicles max, parking outside gate.
  • Please wash all dishes and throw out all trash in outside bin before departing
  • No jumping in pool, no glassware in pool, please rinse off any sand before entering pool.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Main House - toilet , shower , bidet , Main House Full bathroom
    Main House - toilet , Main House 1/2 bath
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , tub , shower
  • 1 1/2 Bath for Main House only. the 2 extra bathrooms are in detached bedrooms.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Main House Master - 1 queen , Main House
    Main House 2nd Master - 1 queen , Main House
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Detached bedroom, only opened if paid for.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Detached bedroom, only opened if paid for.
  • Main House only with 2 bedrooms 1 bath with full kitchen. Loft and Studio ( Detached bedrooms)1 bedroom 1 bath and kitchenette. Note: The side cottage are not rented separately, extra charges will apply for extra guest. $50 per ay per person.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Absolute Oceanfront property, Right on the Cliff, Full Gym, Screened Lobby, Hammock, Swing, Fish Pond and waterfall, Teak Patio Furnishings and Ocean view Bonus Yoga Room.


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Ocean Cliff Villa overlooking Black Sand Beach w/Pool, Hot Tub & Gym!
average rating of 4.6875 based on 18 reviews

Awesome place

  • 5 of 5

The view was amazing, the property was everything we wanted. We had a fantastic 12 days there enjoying the view and the sun.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Nui Loa Mary and Ohana for staying with us and celebrating your Birthday here! We where so Honored to Host have you, we hope to see you again soon. A Hui Ho! With our warmest aloha, Tim and Iliahi
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Queensland, Australia

Great location and beautiful views

  • 4 of 5

We were 4 couples who stayed 5 nights and really enjoyed the areas attractions and the properties location and vista, the hot tub and pool. We saw whales, dolphins, enjoyed multiple trips to view the lava flows as well as snorkelling in the lava pools. The owners were easy and excellent to deal with. thanks Tim & Iliani

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui loa for such a wonderful review and coming back to stay with us Chris! We happy your Ohana had such a wonderful experience:) With much aloha, Tim and Iliahi
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  • 5 of 5

We were in Hawaii for two weeks, visiting multiple islands, and I wish would could have spent the entire time here! The home is even more beautiful than pictured. Our greeting and arrival tour were generous and thoughtful. The sound of the ocean, the views, the kitchen equipment (we cooked in quite a bit), the bedrooms - all worked perfectly for our group of 7. The location is remote enough to allow magnificent light-free views of the night sky but convenient to the quaint little town of Pahoa. Many people seem to favor Kona for a visit to the Big Island; I would return here in a heartbeat!

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Nui Loa for such an Amazing and beautiful review! We really love hearing back from our Guest. We do really hope you come back and stay with us again. With much aloha and Happy Holidays! Tim and Iliahi
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Location, location, location & this was the best!

  • 4 of 5

Never having stayed on the Hilo side of the Big Island and having the impression that it rains frequently, we were hesitant...and it did rain, but only for a few minutes at a time, and really not much. It was sunny and warm, the waves on the beach were so relaxing both day and night, as were the tree frogs that serenaded us each evening.

Tim gave excellent recommendations, we even went back to Kaleo's Restaurant a couple times; and don't miss 'Uncle Robert's' if you are there on a Wed night-go early, stay late.

  • Submitted: Nov 6, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Nui Loa Suan for the wonderful review! We cannot wait to have you guys back again! With much aloha, Tim and Iliahi
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Stunning views!!

  • 4 of 5

The property was lovely - just what our family needed for the last week of out Hawaii vacation. The owners offered great suggestions for restaurants and activites. Some issues with the wifi, which the homeowner addressed for us. Loved the pool. Saw dolphins frolicking and rainbows daily. Loved the outdoor shower, and koi pond. Overall a wonderful visit.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Nui Loa for such a wonderful review, we are so glad you and your Ohana a great time and we hope to have you all back again. A Hui Ho! With much aloha, Tim and Iliahi
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Quirky property with incredible view

  • 4 of 5


(1) One of the most incredible views we'd ever seen. Just stunning. Fantastic stargazing. Thunderous, mesmerizing wave sounds.

(2) Excellent weather for the east side. Less rain than Hilo and the ocean breezes make for clean air with no "vog".

(3) Secluded, secure location with amenities and off-the beaten path attractions within easy reach.

(4) Prior to our arrival, the main contact (Illiahi) was responsive and helpful, answering several inquiries about services / amenities in the area.

Downsides / surprises:

(1) Almost none of the windows are clear, obscuring the incredible view. The windows were not dirty, but they all appeared to have moisture trapped inside the panes. Obviously this is a humid climate, but given the view I would have expected better windows.

(2) Odd layout for larger groups. We rented the entire property (main house + 2 side cottages), which is advertised as sleeping 8, but there isn't anywhere for a group that size to easily dine together. The indoor dining table seats 6. There is a small table on the patio that seats 4. For meals we had to either tag team, split up, or have some people balance their plates on the outdoor sofa. Not an issue for smaller groups.

(3) Several advertised amenities were hard to use, access, or find. The hot tub is awkward to get to and the cover is so heavy that two adults could barely get it off and on. The photos showed a hammock but we only found hammock hooks (and got no response to our email inquiry about the hammock). Much of the gym equipment is rusty and musty-smelling.

(4) Cooking as a group is challenging. The kitchen is functional and reasonably well equipped (though no working toaster) but not well ventilated and with an open electric stove, gets very hot. The BBQ grill is near the front door, well away from the pool deck (off the back door) where people are likely to gather, so anyone handling the grill is pretty isolated.

(5) Owners were difficult to reach during our stay. We never met them and, while they were very responsive before our arrival, they didn't respond to our email inquiry while we were there. The phone number they provided was not in service. On the flip side - plenty of privacy.

Overall, I'd say the view and location are 5-star, while the house itself is more 3- to 4-star, large and fairly comfortable but oddly designed and not really "luxurious." Better suited for a small group in the main house than a larger group.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your review, As you know the property is right on the coastline and is subject to a tremendous amount of salt and moisture spray due to the close proximity to the Ocean and near constant trade winds. The windows were cleaned less than 24 hrs prior to your arrival. Most of the windows are Jalousie (single pane) and can not get moisture trapped inside. The other windows were inspected after your review and there isn't ANY window with moisture inside, they do have some salt spray and will be cleaned 24 hrs prior to the next guests arrival. Regarding seating for meals we have never had a complaint like this before, we provide a large amount of photos so that you can see the layout prior to booking. Yes the table seats 6 however the bar at the kitchen less than 4 feet from the dining table seats an additional 4 people. The hot tub is located at the end of a WELL lit path leading to the back yard right along the coastline. This path is just to the right of the front entrance (next to the BBQ grill). The cover can be heavy for 1 person (it is a 9 person hot tub) but 2 people can easily remove the cover. We provided you with a new toaster the day after you emailed us. The "electric stove" is a Jenn Air range and has a built in exhaust system that functions perfectly. The location of the BBQ grill is less than 12 feet from the kitchen... the reason it's located where it is, is because the ocean spray and winds tend to blow out the "Gas grill" or cause hot spots for cooking, not to mention accelerated corrosion being too close to the coastal edge. Implying we were hard to get hold of “After” check-in is untruthful. You were given our personal cell phone number (due to our having to leave for an emergency trip to Oahu for only 2 days, which you were notified of a week prior to your arrival). You also had our business number which was located in the "Welcome Packet" just inside the front door & on the Internet Voucher sheet (which you used in order for emailing us. You managed to contact us about the toaster and location of the Hammock which we responded to less than an hour after receiving your email. We returned 2 days before your planned departure and were only 800 feet away. Not ONCE did we receive a telephone call from you about ANY of your concerns. The only communication we received from you was about the Toaster & Hammock which we answered in a reply via email within an hour of your email. Sincerely Tim & Iliahi
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $300
Additional Guest Fee $50 per person per night
Damage Insurance $59

Extra clean fee for side using side at $50 each. The side cottages are only extra bedrooms and are not rented out separately. If only 2-3 guest are renting the Villa, the side cottages will be locked up. No parties allowed, no overnight stays, no events allowed.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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