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Direct Oceanfront, Big Wave Penthouse-1,200 sq ft, Stunning View. Free,fast WiFi

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,500 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, With Panoramic Ocean Views, Gourmet Kitchen and a Huge Lanai.

*** For more details and more pictures, go to our website at BIGWAVEHAWAII•COM***

The Big Wave Penthouse is arguably in the best location on the Big Island. Consider this:

• Facing west, you're guaranteed a front-row seat every evening to a spectacular and colorful sunset. You'll think you're on a (very stable) cruise ship.

• You're literally feet from the ocean. Construction setback rules now preclude this for new developments.

• There are only 12 condo units per building and there are acres of greenbelt between and around them.

• You're well removed from Alii Drive, the busy main access road to all Kailua-Kona ocean-front properties.

• You'll be away from other developments. The Keauhou Surf and Racket Club is bordered on the north by Kahalu'u Beach and on the south and east by a golf course. Because of this low density, traffic within and around the complex is very light. And it's quiet.

• You'll be on the top floor, in a corner unit. Only the top floor units have soaring, 20-foot vaulted ceilings, very large lanais and sweeping ocean views.

• You're within walking distance of the Keauhou Shopping Center where you can find a grocery store, several fine restaurants and shops of many kinds.

• Although the Big Wave is not air-conditioned, none is needed. The cooling trade winds keep the interior delightfully cool during all but the hottest days. For the rare times when the trade winds are still, efficient, high-capacity ceiling fans will keep you comfortable.

HI Tax ID: W50856555-01

More Details

John and Linda McCluskey
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

About John and Linda McCluskey

We've been frequent travelers to the Big Island, our favorite destination, and we've stayed in many houses and condos, but when we saw the Big Wave Penthouse we knew we would never see a better, more lovely place and knew we had to buy it. We hope you'll share this beautiful home with us and enjoy a bit of true Hawaii Aloha spirit.

John and Linda McCluskey purchased this condo in 2012

Why John and Linda McCluskey chose Keauhou

The oceanfront view is incredible and we were impressed by the condo's location, in a gorgeous, impeccably landscaped, 17-acre sanctuary. Hawaiian royalty used to live on the grounds; they knew where the best location on the Big Island was.

It's close to everything but the property is tranquil, quiet and peaceful.

What makes this condo unique

This a very large home. Including the lanai, there's nearly 1500 sq. ft. of living space. The wide-open floor plan and soaring, 20' ceilings makes it seem even larger.

Original Hawaiian art is displayed and the 50's period furniture from well-know designers such as Paul Frankl, Paul McCobb and Heywood Wakefield is both beautiful and comfortable.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your beautiful condo with us. It was everything we wanted and more. Beautiful sunsets and such a joy to hear the ocean waves, birds singing and seeing the whales!!! Mahalo!
Feb 2013
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Keauhou Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower
  • Master bath has granite vanity surface and tile floor Guest bath has tile floor and tub/shower combo
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
  • Master bedroom has 1 King bed and an ensuite, full bath Guest bedroom has 1 King bed and an ensuite full bath with tub. Convertible sofa expands to queen-size
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • luaus
  • shopping
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • tennis
Wine cooler for red and white wines


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Direct Oceanfront, Big Wave Penthouse-1,200 sq ft, Stunning View. Free,fast WiFi
average rating of 4.8735633 based on 88 reviews

Well stocked

  • 5 of 5

The beach supplies included beach towels, beach umbrella, two boogie boards, snorkel equipment, and three coolers of different sizes. The unit also included four tennis rackets, two for kids two for adults and various tennis balls.

The kitchen was well stocked with implements including a full Henkel knife set. That’s the first time I’ve rented a unit that had good quality knives. Also, had an assortment of items like aluminum foil, napkins, sugar, cooking oil. We added to the collection leaving new peanut butter and jelly jars which were unopened and several grocery bags purchased from Wallmart. Note, Wallmart won’t provide plastic or paper bags for your groceries.

As the pictures show, view was great and lanai was large. The unit was 5 min away from the Sheraton Luau and from Kahaluu Beach Park and also Keauhou shopping center. It was also close to the Kona hospital if you have an emergency (don’t ask). The gas grill was located out back and was easy to start and had propane. Note, the tennis courts currently don’t have lights so plan accordingly.

  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's gratifying to see a guest appreciate the little touches that add up to a relaxed, fun experience at the Big Wave. Since we too spend a fair amount of time staying at the Big Wave, we chose the best of the "small" things that often are missing at other vacation rentals. The Henkel knives are a perfect example: they're very high-quality and hold their sharpness extremely well. A dull knife might not ruin your vacation but why have annoyances of any kind?
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Fantastic view, super clean and comfortable

  • 5 of 5

The property description was accurate, and the condo was even more beautiful and cozy than in the pictures. It was super clean and well stocked with bedding, towels, beach play equipment, and paper goods. The owners were great to deal with and welcomed us and checked on us by emails to make sure everything was OK. It was easy to get to the many Kona attractions from the condo. We did so much in a week, had a fantastic time, and hope to be able to stay there again in the future. I would definitely recommend the Big Wave to friends and relatives.

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Place

  • 5 of 5

Wow! What can I say except that we loved it. It was a wonderful vacation with friends. The condo was perfect for us and had everything we needed.

Great location, close to restaurants and grocery store. We ended up going to store than stopping at Costco due to traffic and it worked out fine. Pool is great for kids and adults to just hang out and relax.

  • Submitted: Mar 29, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful property

  • 5 of 5

This is the perfect spot for a Kona stay. Close to activities, restaurants and shopping but oh so far away from it all. This luxurious property is located away from the noise and crowds in a relaxing, right on the ocean setting with gorgeous manicured grounds. And the condo is perfectly situated to enjoy sunsets, outstanding views and ocean breezes. We didn’t want to leave the large wrap around lanai. The condo is well maintained, beautifully decorated and stocked with everything you could possibly need. The owners stayed in touch by email with information about the area and hints for a fabulous vacation. Thanks for sharing your lovely home!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Stay

  • 4 of 5

The property was well-looked after and as shown. The owners have taken the time to install features that make a stay very convenient, and the penthouse is one of the better rentals I have had the pleasure of staying in. The view is of course gorgeous. I also appreciated a mid-stay email checking in to see how everything was going.

I will say that while the listing does state that it is a 3rd floor unit, it is not mentioned that there is no elevator. This was a challenge for my 87 year old grandmother, but was also difficult for me (who is physically fit) in terms of carrying up and down suitcases, groceries, water, etc. For those who don't mind, this wouldn't be a problem.

Overall we had a wonderful stay and would definitely recommend to others !

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guest is correct: the Big Wave building has no elevator. Homeaway and VRBO have a great search feature that a prospective guest can use to ensure the property they're considering has the amenities that are important to them. Just check off that must-have feature and the resulting search will only show properties that have it. In this case checking "Suitable for the elderly and disabled" would have left the Big Wave off the list. If we had known that an 87 year old was included in this guest's party, we would have warned her about the lack of an elevator as well.
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Another great stay

  • 5 of 5

Another wonderful stay at this lovely condo. Great views, good location, responsive owners and a true aloha spirit at the complex. We will return😊😊😊

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love having return guests. This couple has stayed with us many times, feel like friendly neighbors and treat the Big Wave like it was theirs. It's why we strive to keep the Big Wave clean, functional and always up-to-date.
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Kailua-Kona Airport
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Keauhou Shopping Center
Nearest Golf
1 Kilometres
Kukio Makai Beach Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Keauhou Shopping Center
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Kahalu'u Beach
Car: necessary

The Big Wave Penthouse celebrates early Hawaiian style throughout. We've taken care to integrate all the elements of the warm and colorful Hawaiian ethos in every aspect of the layout and design.

Life in Hawaii revolves around the water and the beautiful Pacific Ocean is front and center and visible from nearly all the areas of the penthouse. Soaring 20-foot foot ceilings, massive sliding glass doors and floor-to ceiling windows blur the distinction between inside and outside..


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $195
Damage waiver $59

Special rate: if you see 5 days or less BETWEEN existing reservations. Email those dates for a SPECIAL quote.

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.