Our home is conveniently located OCEAN FRONT at Onekahakaha Beach Park, Hilo's safest and only sand bottom beach. With a short drive it is close to all the best attractions that include, but are not limited to, waterfalls, swimming holes, surf spots, shops, restaurants, the Zoo, music, and art. Our beach home is cozy yet very spacious, clean, NEWLY RENOVATED, has all the comforts of home and facilitates the true life of a local. Live the life of paradise just as we locals do!
- Half Baths1
- Min Stay2 - 3 nights
- Calendar last updated:
- Oct 13, 2018
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
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Nice home in fine location, but Hurricane Lane dampened our trip.
We found the home just as pictured on the VRBO listing. It has plenty of room for our family group of two seniors, two adults, and one child. Everything was clean and in good order. Torrential rain and local flooding meant we could do virtually nothing on our 3-day itinerary, however, so we were disappointed and a bit claustrophobic.
Overall, we wished we had access to more specific local information during the storm. Road closures kept us from returning to Kona, and we were unsure whether we were located in a dangerous flood neighborhood. The owner did respond to our questions, but could not supply local updates. We were able to shop for groceries and emergency supplies such as flashlights, candles, bottled water, and food that would not require cooking. Fortunately we did not lose power, nor did any water come in the house. We left most of the supplies in the house. I know these conditions are not likely to recur, but at minimum, owners should leave information about reliable local sources of emergency updates.
Excellent location and property for children
We had plans to visit several beaches but my children (ages 13,12, 9, 7, and 2) were having so much fun at Onekahakaha beach that we really did not have any desire to go elsewhere. Several times every day we were out at the beach and it was so close that going home for naps or snacks was not a big deal. There was plenty to enjoy with swimming and snorkeling and exploring tide pools. Everyone got to see lots of fish, sea urchins, coral, eels, and to swim with the turtles. The house was very comfortable for our large group and we prepared most of our meals there. We would definitely recommend staying here again especially for families with younger children.
Close to beach, but Spartan, drab, and not clean
The Good: Proximity to beach, but the tenant in the attached unit has the access to the beach; you have to walk around the house and up steep steps to access or go all the way around via the road to reach the beach. Large living room, kitchen, and main bedroom, but bathroom and two bedrooms on south side are small and hot. All appliances for kitchen, but the utensils were flimsy. Giant washer and dryer; you will need them. Provided “free and clear” laundry detergent and dishwashing liquid as requested. Outdoor shower, but in front of house, no privacy. Maps/brochures provided.
The Bad: Too many, listing only most important that pictures don’t show. 1) Not a stand-alone house; it is a duplex with a tenant whose unit faces the beach (but he’s quiet and only saw him in the morning and at night). 2) The shower stall floor has over a 12-inch drop from the rest of the bathroom floor with no grab bars. Be very careful. If you have mobility problems or bad knees or hips, this is NOT the place for you. 3) Mildew growing on shower curtain (had to run through wash twice). 4) Two bedrooms along the south side of the house never cooled off. Ever. Even with the ceiling fans running. 5) All sheets were black and towels were dark brown, couldn’t tell if they were clean. Had to run them all through the wash, just to be sure. 6) There is a half-inch gap under the front door, so anything could crawl in at any time. The culvert/swamp/pond/tide-pool under the living room and bedroom got, well, swampy smelling.
The Ugly: Communication is non-existent after check in. They simply do not acknowledge or respond. The duplex was tidy, but not clean. Mildew build up around fixtures and urine smell at both toilets was nauseating. Horizontal surfaces (table tops, kitchen counters, etc. were clean, but vertical surfaces (cabinet doors, side of coffee table, etc.) were tacky/sticky. Quick pass with damp paper towel showed an accumulation of grime that made my stomach flip over. (Reported to owner and followed up again next day, no response.) Spent half a day washing and cleaning to make it inhabitable.
Overall: It was Spartan, drab, and not clean. Felt like the house was prepared for unruly teenagers to descend upon and destroy the place. We paid a high cleaning fee, but feel that we should have been paid for all the cleaning that we had to do when we arrived. Believe the bad reviews. We didn’t and found out for ourselves. We have pictures.
Great location, very spacious rooms, tidy
This place has nice hosts and a great housekeeper. Roomy house right on the parking lot for Onekahakaha Beach Park. A rare find. Other beautiful beaches are just a short drive away. We saw six or seven big green sea turtles and good snorkeling at a black sand beach just down the road.
Perfect location for a family with young children. The tide pools across the parking lot are great for kids . The house had a good amount of space for all 8 of us. Because it’s near some standing water , there were quite a few bugs and ants that made their way into the house during our stay (But it was clean on initial check in). Recommend especially for location !
Rest and relaxation
What a great stay! Clean and felt like home. Highly recommended