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Hale Kahakai - Oceanfront Puako With Sand

Bedrooms 2
Space 18,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 10 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms/2 Baths (Sleeps 5)

Puako style beach living...just throw on your mask and fins and snorkel right out the front door. This charming and comfortable beach home has been the retreat property for a kama'aina family

(born in the islands) for many years and now they open their doors to offer their Aloha to you! The two bedrooms are separated by a hallway for privacy. One of the bedrooms has two full size beds and a connecting bathroom. The oceanside bedroom has a queen and a twin bed, for a extra child or adult.

Relax on the deck and watch the whales in the winter, turtles in the summer. Have a barbeque! Watch the green flash!

Puako Beach offers some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving in the world!


Keywords: Puako Style, Island Living

Beautiful sandy beach area,

Oceanfront, whales, kayaking,

HAWAII TAX I.D. NO. W40893274-01

More Details

Property Manager
Marla or Debbie
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, mandarin, Tagalog, Fukinese
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 22, 2018

About Marla or Debbie

Island Beach Rentals LLC RB-21967 manages this property on behalf of the owners. We have a team to service our guests and properties. We are here to assist you with the perfect island vacation and any requests during your stay. Marla is our Reservation Agent and Kirsten is the manager of Guest Services. Jay and Arlene are Owners and Carla Ellis is the Principal Broker.

Our staff oversees all of the day to day operations: repairs, communications, arrivals and guest requests. We are on call every day for any emergency or guest need. We have numerous repeat guests. We have been managing Vacation Rentals in Paradise for over 22 years and we have lived in the Islands for all of our lives. We are here to assist you with your dream vacation!

Professional, but personal and friendly “aloha” style. We have been around a long time and we have reputation that we are proud of. We look forward to speaking with you soon and helping you with your dream vacation!


Why Marla or Debbie chose Puako

Puako (Pu-ah-ko) is a small, quaint oceanfront community on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island located about 30 miles north of Kailua-Kona and 22 miles north of the Kona airport. The island's largest white sand beach, Hapuna, is right next door.

Puako is conveniently located for visiting all the resort hotels and restaurants on the Kohala Coast. The Mauna Kea, the Fairmont Orchid, the Mauna Lani and Hilton Hotels are just minutes away with their beaches, first class restaurants, shops and world class golf courses. Kohala Divers is nearby at Kawaihae Center, and offers various ocean activities including scuba diving and sunset/afternoon sails. Kawaihae Center and Harbor are just 10 minutes by car, with several great restaurants and shops. You are close to almost any activity you may choose, with the exception of the volcano which is a 3 hour drive.

Puako Beach is a combination of tide pools and patches of coral sand, but there are several fabulous white sand beaches just a few minutes away. Hapuna Beach (voted best beach in Hawaii by Conde Nast Magazine) and Waialea Bay (Beach 69) both are wonderful for swimming, snorkeling and boogie boarding. There is great surfing spot called Paniau at the end of Puako Beach Drive. When the surf is not happening, fantastic snorkeling and scuba diving will entertain you with beautiful green sea turtle, eagle rays, brightly colored tropical fish and one of the most glorious coral reefs in the world.

The neighborhood is called Puako, and it is conveniently located for touring all parts of the island. All homes in this neighborhood are on small acreage, so it is a very low density area. Driving time to the Kona airport is approx. 30 minutes, Kailua Kona 50 minutes, Waimea 20 minutes, Hilo 1½ hours, Captain Cook, coffee country, 1¼ hours, Hawi and Polulu Valley 20-30 minutes.

What makes this house unique

The sun shines 355 days per year and the average temperature highs are in the 80's with low's in the 60's. The ocean's edge is about 150 feet from your doors

Puako offers ideal fishing, snorkeling, diving, surfing and kayaking. Walking and biking is a favorite, too! Sea turtles, dolphins and whales are some of the sea life you may see. Puako offers beach style living and a real sense of getting away from it all.

Puako is rich in Hawaiian history. Walk south along the ocean trail to see the petroglyphs. There are approximately 3,000 petroglyphs scattered throughout the Puako Archaeological Fields. These pictures are etched into the lava rock that dominates the Kohala and Kona Coasts. Access to the Puako Petroglyph Park is through the adjacent Mauna Lani Resort.

The waters around Puako are extremely clear due to the fresh water run off and strong coastal currents. Divers and snorkelers can enjoy waters abundant in sea life along the shallow reef at Puako. The Puako Marine Preserve is a protected environment for endangered sea life. Green sea turtles are a protected species and should not be bothered, only enjoyed and admired. Watch the humpback whales play along the coast. Beyond Puako's reef shelf the whales play and breach during their migration to Hawaii from Alaska. It is quite a sight!

Guestbook comments from the manager

“Amazing amazing location! Swim with turtles in your backyard!! Funky older beach house has everything you need for a relaxing stay. We can't wait to come back soon!”
Feb 2017
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Puako House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 18000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • King size beds (1) In the oceanside master bedroom, Double Beds (2) in the 2nd bedroom (mauka), Twin or Single Beds (1) In the oceanside bedroom (makai).
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Great skin diving, snorkeling, diving, ocean sports! Whale watching in the winter!


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Hale Kahakai - Oceanfront Puako With Sand
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Excellent Location

  • 4 of 5

Pros: this house has a perfect location on the beach with a nice and shady yard.

Cons: as the other reviewers have said, the house is a bit run down and dark inside. In particular, I found the kitchen really outdated and hard to cook in. There were lots of mismatched pots and pans and appliances. And, the stove top is uneven. The living area and eating nook need additional lighting. We had to read with headlamps.

However, even with the cons mentioned above, I would go back again. I just loved the location and the house was comfortable despite the issues mentioned above.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA

Authentic Old Hawaii

  • 4 of 5

We loved, loved loved the location and being in this beautiful spot on the water. And loved that it felt like a comfortable old shoe of a house- just funky enough. I would have liked more lights inside and some updates in the house- feels like it hasn't been touched in many years- but we spent our days exploring the different beaches and our evenings watching gorgeous sunsets and on the porch dining and playing games. Quiet street for walking and access to snorkeling and pleasant waterfront walk to the bigger resorts south of us.

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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carmichael ca


  • 5 of 5

this is a lovely home on the beach that retains the island feel, unlike many mcmansions taking over puako

i go to puako once or twice a year and enjoy just sitting, or swimming, or looking at stars. this trip was with my two college roommates from over 40 years ago. we traveled to waimea and the volcano but mostly enjoyed sitting in the yard of this wonderful home

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for staying with us! We are so happy that you enjoyed yourselves. Please come again to our little slice of paradise! Debbie & Staff AlohaDebbie Properties
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Clean Comfortable House in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

The house is set back from the road and there are large trees on the beach side making this house feel very private. The beds were comfortable and the house was equipped with everything we needed for a one week stay. Great house to share with another couple. The property management was professional and addressed all of my questions prior to our stay. They even sent a referral for an equipment rental service where bikes, kayaks and paddleboards were delivered during our stay (note as of July there was a kayak and oars on site next to the garage). Bikes are recommended as the residential road is minimally used and our teens were able to have some independence by riding to the general store at the end of the road. For almost the same price as renting a condo, this house is the perfect place to experience what most people go to the Big island for.....beach access, turtle watching, snorkeling, sunset and whale watching....but you don't have to fight any crowds to do it and most of the time, you'll have the entire beach to yourself!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2015
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for staying with AlohaDebbie Properties! We are so happy that you enjoyed yourselves in our little slice of paradise! Please come again!
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Bayside, CA

Very nice beach front

  • 4 of 5

My husband and I stay in Puako every year. We have stayed in several properties and have rented this particular one twice. It is a large spacious home. The ocean view is wonderful and we enjoyed whale sightings and viewing ocean turtles from the Lanai. The reason for the 4 stars is the property is a bit outdated but comfy and fun. It is a great value for the size and the location. I would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2014
  • Stayed: January 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Vacation Spot

  • 5 of 5

My family has been renting in Puako for 40 years and have finally found the perfect beach house. It is very well equipped, has easy beach access, and has great sunset viewing--perfect. The whales, dolphins, and turtles add much to this pleasurable location. Excellent swimming beaches are short drives down the road.

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2014
  • Stayed: December 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Hapuna Prince or Seafood Bar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Hapuna Prince or Mauna Lani Resort
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queen K Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Hapuna or Mauna Lani
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Your front yard, plus Hapuna Beach
Car: recommended

Fantastic whale watching in the winter!


More than 28 species of birds have been seen from this property. A list follows:

Black-crowned Night Heron

Gray Francolin

Wild Turkey

Zebra Dove

Spotted Dove

Mourning Dove

Japanese White-eye

Common Myna

Yellow-billed Cardinal

Northern Cardinal

Saffron Finch

House Finch including Yellow and Orange males

Yellow-fronted Canary

Java Sparrow

African Silverbill

House Sparrow

Northern Mockingbird

Pacific Golden Plover*

Ruddy Turnstone*

Wandering Tattler*


Semi-palmated Plover**

Spotted Sandpiper**

Bristle-thighed Curlew** (At least one has been wandering the coast for the last three years)

Barn Owl

Pueo (Hawaiian Owl)

Great Frigatebird

Hawaiian Hawk

*Common in winter

**Occasional in winter


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 14.41%


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.