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Relax in the Hot Tub and Enjoy the Ocean View

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,950 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

Yes, the whales are this close! Mele Kohola means "Singing Whale" and they will entertain you day and night (in season). There is a view from almost every room...

Whales jump just outside! Mele Kohola means "Singing Whale" in Hawaiian and they will entertain you day and night (in season, of course, December-March). Even when the whales are not in season, you'll enjoy the unobstructed bi-coastal views with waves crashing against the sea wall. There is a view from almost every room in the house including the front and back lanais. The ocean in front of Mele Kohola is very deep and the coastline is shaped in a gentle cove tempting the whales and dolphins to play very close to shore.

Once inside, you will see the pride and care taken in the classy, upscale, tropical decor, with lots of room for a large family but cozy enough for a romantic getaway. Guests love the oversized chaise lounge and extra-high king bed. If you must work, there is an office provided for you with a roomy desk and high-speed Internet. The house is located directly on the ocean in the popular neighborhood of Hawaiian Paradise Park, about 15 miles south of Hilo.

Beautiful furnishings and artistic area rugs on parquet wood floors provide style and comfort during your stay. The main part of the house is on the second floor with two bedrooms, two baths, and the office. The large back lanai (deck) has an outdoor table and barbecue, and there are two front lanais, one off the living area and one off the master bedroom. The first floor has a large open room with living, dining, and kitchenette areas. That level also has a bedroom with a large king bed. The home comes fully equipped with everything you need in the kitchen, and it has a satellite TV, DVD/CD, and washer/dryer.

Out front is an oceanfront Jacuzzi spa with views along the coastline -- dramatic waves crashing against the cliffs with a view that constantly changes. As an extra bonus, you can start your morning with a beautiful sunrise on the horizon. Yes, this is paradise!


More Details

Property Manager
Aloha Coast Realty/Hawaii Holiday Vac. Rentals
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, spanish
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 16, 2018


Keaau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1950 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Oceanfront
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Upstairs Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Downstairs Master Bathroom - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , With ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , two twin beds
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , On lower level, with second living room and kitchenette
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
Leisure Activities:
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surf fishing
Spectacular Views of Ocean and Coastline, Beautiful Sunrises


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Relax in the Hot Tub and Enjoy the Ocean View
average rating of 4.4787235 based on 94 reviews
Comfort, TX

Perfect vacation rental

  • 5 of 5

Spent week here with another couple-fantastic house with plenty of room and privacy for both couples. Sits on lava right on water. Watched whales and sunrises from deck. Spacious, clean and lots of nice touches. Staff was very courteous and accommodating. Close to Volcano park and everything on East side. Stayed on Kona side couple of years ago--this is better by far. I would return to this place in a heartbeat and recommend to anyone. Was able to visit park, Kona side, East coast waterfalls, Hilo with minimal time traveling.

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2010
  • Stayed: January 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
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Tampa, FL

Beautiful location

  • 4 of 5

We loved the crashing waves on the cliffs and the house layout is great. The office has a rollaway bed set up which worked perfectly for my daughter. There is a whole suite downstairs that we didn’t even use.

The closed up smell is a bit rough when you walk in on hot afternoons, and even the couch cushions smell mildewy, but it is likely from the ocean.

Fisherman stand on the cliffs and fish. They talked to us while we ate dinner one night. They are close, so expect people back there. It was only an issue late at night when showering or trying to sleep because the windows are the cooling source and they are still right there.

Each of the 3 houses we’ve rented in HI had ants. This one had them in the kitchen, bathroom towels and bedroom pillows. We washed dishes & did laundry and made it work.

The hot tub isn’t on the cliffs, but tucked away on the side of the house. You can see it with the cover on in one of the picks.

The shower curtain liners need changing and the shelf paper in the kitchen is super gross, but those are the only issues.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Deferred maintenance, filthy kitchen, general lack of care, no beach supplies at this house

  • 1 of 5

It is a shame this house has been allowed to fall into its current condition. Its location is amazing, right on the water and one can see it was once a lovely place to stay. Our experience, was not as advertised on VRBO. The kitchen was filthy. We had to wash every dish, pot, pan, utensil, etc., before use. The strainer had bits of old spaghetti, the rice cooker was wet and slimy from with bits of rice, the large pot was greasy and smelled of tomato sauce. Much of the flatware had food bits dried on. The plates and glasses were put away wet onto filthy shelf paper. The salt shaker had it's top removed and was greasy and damp. Old food that should have been refrigerated was stored in the cabinet and had changed colors. The refrigerator had been cleaned out, leaving no supplies there at all, except a few dead bugs. The sharp knives were covered with food bits. The knife sharpener was covered with ants, which were infesting one kitchen drawer. Dry goods such as rice and spices were not in sealed containers, inviting more bugs. The kitchen only has non-stick pans for cookware and they are severely damaged, with deep scratches and peeling coating making them unsafe for use.

The windows were so filthy we ended up cleaning several so we could see out. It appears the cleaning staff do not wipe the exterior of sliders to remove the salt spray or the interior to remove hand prints. The shower curtains had mildew and one shower had clearly not been cleaned at all, with mildew around the bottom and hair clogging the drain cover. The rubbish bins outside were full/overflowing and smelling when we arrived.

The entire house is musty, likely from the sea air, the leaking roof (and damaged ceilings), and people forgetting to close windows when it rains. It rained one day and we couldn't open windows and the smell was almost unbearable.

The phone and TV did not work. We did contact the management company and they got it working 24 hours before we left. They also delivered beach towels, since there were only 2 for our party of 7.

The cleaners were terrible. Apart from the filthy kitchen and bath, the floors were not cleaned at all in one bedroom, there was rubbish in the drawers of a dresser, a coffee table was left outside, we were supplied with one kitchen rubbish sack, no filters for coffee, and no bottled water, as stated in the book located inside the house.

The railings are made of PVC. They flex when leaned on and don't feel safe.

No mask, snorkel, etc.

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for your feedback, Rebecca. We are so sorry that Mele Kohola did not meet your expectations. This is an older home, and it does show its age. The rainforest climate and direct ocean front location do take their toll. Guests who are used to more high-end accommodations often mistake wear and tear for dirtiness. This is not a fancy property to be sure, and that’s reflected in the pricing. Most guests feel that the low price makes it a good value, but we understand that all guests have different expectations. If you had let us know you had housekeeping complaints, we would have sent cleaners right away to take care of them. Instead, you told us you’d done some cleaning, and so we issued you a refund. We forwarded your comments to housekeeping so they could conduct a deep clean to tackle the issues you’d mentioned. The house is professional pest treated on a regular basis, but this climate is buggier than most. Please understand that we do our best to keep them outside where they belong, but insects are part of life in the tropics. Again, we apologize for the disappointment and hope that you still enjoyed your visit!
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Fantastic views! House needs TLC

  • 3 of 5

The view is terrific and there are great ocean breezes/winds (essential to a comfortable stay). The hot tub is hot. We can see the red sky at night from Leilani Estates. Air quality was great. Awesome waves crashed loudly through the day and night. It took a little getting used to but were absolutely appreciated by everyone as an essential part of our oceanside experience. Really loud, but very cool, little frogs serenaded for most of the night.

We shared the cliff edge with the community. Fisherman at night were a surprise but they caught some good looking fish. We weren’t expecting this small loss of privacy but it wasn’t invasive because folks are looking at the ocean. “Millions “ of little black crabs scuttle across the lava back to the sea each morning.

We expected very high humidity; we did not expect the mildew smell in the house and the rust and mildew on the exterior and at the windows. We left the windows open all the time and that helped quite a bit. There was mildew on several pillows and insufficient bedding and towels for our group, specifically no sheets/clean pillows for the rollaway bed and 3 washcloths/6 towels for a group of 8. When we called, the person was in Oregon and no one showed up with towels or sheets for the 3 night stay. Someone’s used wash clothes were still there and the oven/ broiler was gross. The appliances all worked well. The Wood flooring is gorgeous. Sadly, 1 can see the damage from inconsiderate guests on the stairs and in front of the ocean side windows. There are water stains from leaks on the ceiling. We stayed dry. There are plenty of fans (no AC) and water. We think the water pump may be having issues but it performed like a champ.

The house and grounds are very nice looking, marred only by the mildew streaks and the big black deposit on the back porch. (We didn’t use the back porch.) Overall, the price and location were great for our group. The house really could be outstanding with some maintenance and a little bit attention to detail on the cleaning and the provisions (towels and sheets). We certainly will come back to the Big Island because we couldn’t see volcano NP and a week isn’t even close to enough time to see and do it all. We hope that future visitors comment on improved maintenance which would make our decision to stay here again much easier.

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Big, comfortable house in a great location!

  • 4 of 5

My husband, my sister, and my brother-in law, and I stayed in this house for four days in March 2018. The house is huge!! We had plenty of room to spread out and do our own thing. The house is adequately furnished throughout, and there wasn't anything that we needed. The views are amazing from the deck and the cliff edge. There is no barrier between the house and the edge of the cliff so be extremely careful if you have children. The house, especially the basement, had a musty smell from being shut up, but it quickly abated when we opened the windows, turned on the fan, and let the breeze blow through. We found the location was perfect for exploring the Hilo side of the island, and we loved all the ideas and locations the owner provided in the house notebook. The only downer was that it rained hard everyday we were there. If you have a large group, consider this place. Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Apr 4, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rogers, AR

Overall it was okay

  • 4 of 5

it has a vice view

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10 Miles
Nearest Beach
25 Miles

Whale-Watching (December-March), Swimming in Thermally Heated Pond, Farmers' Market, Golfing at Volcano Country Club Course and golf courses in Hilo and around the Island. Hilo is less than 30 minutes away and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park about an hour. It is a 2-1/2 hour drive to Kona and Kohala white sand beaches. Nearest restaurants located in Pahoa and Keaau (20 minutes).


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional


  • Rates are based on a party of 2; additional guests are are $10 each per night plus tax.
    There is a cleaning fee of $175. Extended stays require a monthly cleaning fee.
    All reservations require a non-refundable $35 damage protection plan and Hawaii taxes of 14.416%

    We accept major credit cards for payment.
    We require a 25% deposit to confirm, with the balance due 90 days before arrival.
    Reservations arriving within 90 days are due in full at the time of booking.

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