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Beautiful Hawaiiana Estate Home--Spectacular Ocean View--Close to Everything

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 2,300 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Just 10 minutes to Kailua-Kona but tucked away in the peaceful, cool hills above

You will have to see this peaceful beautiful home to believe what good fortune may come your way! A spectacular 180 degree view overlooks the Kona coast from a lovely lanai, Kona Le'a Guest House is located in the quiet rural hills above Kailua-Kona, just minutes away from the ocean. Beautiful Hawaiiana decor sets a relax-and-enjoy mood. Set back far from the road on five acres of tropical greenery, chocolate and fruit trees--you will enjoy strolling around the property, picking fruit, taking pictures of flowers. Three bedrooms, each with their own bathroom. Perfect for couples traveling together or alone and ideal for families. Gourmet kitchen fully stocked for all your cooking needs. Office, lanai and dining room with a great view. Piano room. Everything you need (WiFi, Cable TV, IPOD connected stereo system, pantry with washer and dryer) and more is here for your stay. You will find it to be the perfect temperature at this elevation in the hills above Kona.

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 20, 2017

About Lisen

Des and Lisen were both born in Hawaii, Des' family first having arrived in the early 1800's. We have a coffee farm, Holualoa Kona Coffee Company, about a half a mile from this property where we grow, mill and roast coffee for many farmers in the Kona area. Free tours of our organic farm are offered. Des is a farmer at heart and also enjoys growing chocolate, breadfruit and tropical fruits which you will see surrounding Kona Le'a Guest House as well. In our free time we enjoy ocean swimming, stand up paddle boarding, surfing and hiking. We live about an hour away in the center of the island in the small town of Waimea where our children go to school.

Lisen purchased this house in 1998

Why Lisen chose Kahaluu-Keauhou

We love the privacy of living in the rural hills above all the action of Kona--but also enjoy being close to it. It's a perfect spot between two worlds. This elevation has a delightful temperature--never too hot or cold, just right. This home has a special feel to it--a feeling of old Hawaii with all the comforts you enjoy.

What makes this house unique

Huge old trees surrounding the house give a feeling of being in a tree house--tucked away in a tropical wonderland of flowers and fruit trees. A great feeling of privacy with a grand view of the Kona coast.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Two couples from Tucson, visiting the Big Island again, as we have for many years, and we stumble upon this glorious home that welcomes us at every turn. To say we are taken with the charm of this home is an understatement. The decor, the wonderful kitchen, the comfy lanai, and the lush grounds all come together to create a magical setting for an amazing stay on the island. As our adventure unfolds we soon realize we will someday return to this heavenly place. This is our first stay here but not our last. This vacation home has exceeded our expectations in so many ways. The painted panels on the walls, the magnificient light fixtures, the special touches throughout, and the beautiful artwork all unique and calming. Our island oasis.
Sep 2015
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Hulihee Palace
Nearest Airport
14 Miles
Keahole Airport
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 11
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Miles
Holuakoa Cafe
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary

Just south of the small artist town of Holualoa, perched on the mountain above Kailua-Kona is a perfect place to enjoy Hawaii at its best. You've got the ideal temperature here where you can quickly escape the heat and crowds of Kailua-Kona. The lovely town of Holualoa is just a little over a mile away for you to wander through and get a feel for this creative artist community. Here some of the finest coffee in the world is grown. Mamalahoa Highway is a historic scenic drive that winds you through Kona coffee farms and tropical plantings. Kailua-Kona and Keauhou are so close (10 minutes!) for all your beaches, groceries, dining and entertainment.


Kahaluu-Keauhou House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2300 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , With drawers and cabinets for storage
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Master bathroom, next to full, large walk-in closet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Off third bedroom (twins) with drawers/closet for storage
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , Half bath off of Living Room
  • 3.5 bathrooms, each bedroom having its own full bath.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Sleeping Porch - 1 king , Kingsize futon bed on lanai for afternoon naps
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Located privately at one end of the house with its own bath
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Has it's own bathroom with tub/shower
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , With attached bathroom w/ shower
    Day Beds - 2 sleep sofa /futon , Two Large Day Beds in Living and Dining Rooms
  • King size bed in (1) Master bedroom with its own full bathroom and walk-in closet, (2) The 2nd bedroom has a king bed with private full bathroom. (3) In the 3rd bedroom two twins can be put together to form a king, or can be separate. Has its own full bathroom. There are also two large daybeds built-in at side of dining room and living room--great for extra guests. There is a king sized sleeping bed that is on the lanai for the true lazy afternoon island experience.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility ...
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • racquetball
  • rafting
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
We encourage couples with our pricing--it's really not too big a house for just two people. We love our longer term rentals and provide a good break in price for stays of over a month. This is a great house for couples traveling together as the main bedrooms, both with king beds, are at opposite ends of the house, providing privacy. It's perfect for families as well--we raised our two children in this home. Millie lives below house in separate apartment--very low key, gone much of the time--you will hardly know she is there.


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Beautiful Hawaiiana Estate Home--Spectacular Ocean View--Close to Everything
average rating of 5.0 based on 37 reviews

This is the nicest property we have ever stayed in and I would love to Live here

  • 5 of 5

The pictures do not do this place justice. The serenity of the lanai with the beautiful view and the sounds of birds every morning and every afternoon is something one must experience Fruit trees :-) too

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Larry--we would love to have you back someday! Aloha, Lisen and Des
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Tucson, AZ

Vacation Paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in this wonderful house many times, the beauty of the home and grounds still amaze me.

Driving up the drive way we feel like we have come home when we arrive.

The minute you step in the door you know you are in a special place.

Lisen and Desmond are the best and could not be more accommodating.

Thank you again for a great relaxing getaway.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much--we look forward to having you back again! Aloha from Lisen and Des
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El Dorado Hills

Beautiful Home.

  • 5 of 5

This home and property are as advertised. The afternoon/evening rain showers were amazing. The house has all the amenities you could need. Will be planning a longer stay at this home in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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tucson, az

A very special place

  • 5 of 5

Even after seeing the beautiful photos online, my family was blown away by this house. It's so spacious, comfortable and clean, well-equipped, peaceful and secluded but with incredible vistas -- felt like our own private paradise. Thought we'd never want to leave the luxurious lanai but eventually we did get hungry...easy to drive all over Kona-Kailua, to great snorkeling, beaches and the rest of the island from the highway just below the gated entrance to the property. Great food and coffee in Holualoa just a couple minutes away; groceries and everything else we needed within 15 minutes drive. A car is essential. The owners were very responsive even though they were on the mainland when we were there. The neighbor downstairs, Millie, is very nice but we barely saw her and certainly never heard her dog so we really felt like we had the place to ourselves. My daughter loved harvesting her own cocoa, papaya, avocado and lychee; there are gorgeous orchids everywhere too. We had lovely evening rain and clear mornings. Being so high up the hill, we didn't need A/C or even the fans that were there to feel comfortable at night. What an incredible place. We can't wait to go back. (and yes I really did see the famous "green flash" at sunset from the lanai the day we arrived!)

  • Submitted: Jun 8, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh my goodness-- thank you so much for your lovely review! I think you really do know why we love it so much too. We look forward to your return!
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Charming old house on beautiful grounds

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic place to stay, very large, private grounds with Avacodo trees, Mangos, Banana, Cacoa growing all around. Fairly close to Town.

The house is very well cared for and has everything & more that you would need for your stay.

  • Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The ultimate spot to unwind

  • 5 of 5

This is such a calming place to be. The bird song is a constant, along with the smell of flowers. We loved having our meals sitting on the lanai overlooking the ocean. The house is fully equipped with a large kitchen and huge bedrooms. The only slight disappointment is that two years on the piano is still unplayable.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh so sorry about that piano Sam! I'm afraid it has seen better days. The piano room serves as a nice game room for the kids these days. Glad you enjoyed the peaceful getaway. Aloha
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 13.25%

Rates are based on two people. Add $40 for each additional adult/$20 for child per night for daily and weekly rates. Half this additional person charge for stays of one month or more. Rates include all utilities. Cleaning charge for a month's stay or more is $200. A $500 deposit is required to hold a reservation, which is refundable within two weeks of departure. Cancellations require 120 days for full refund. Please contact me directly at with any questions.

Owner'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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