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Peaceful Oceanfront Secluded Retreat

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

ocean view/1 master bdrm, 1 shoji-screened bdrm /1 full bath, 1 half bath

Named for the white tailed tropic bird seen along the cliffs, Noio Koha Hale is a beautiful, artistically designed, solar-powered home within walking distance (about two miles) of historic Kapa'au Town on the northern tip of the Big Island.

It was lovingly built by its owners on 13 acres of farmland and native plant restoration groves above the dramatic, rose-tan Kohala cliffs. A large lanai (porch) looks out past a border of native plants across the spectacular Alenuihaha channel to the island of Maui.

Built from sustainably grown Big Island woods using post and beam construction, this home feels of the 'aina' (land).

The house sleeps up to two couples in a private master bedroom/bath and a second small bedroom/writing/meditation room equipped with a full-sized futon bed, writing desk and adjacent half bath. This second sleeping area is separated from the main living area by a beautiful Japanese folding screen.

A private outdoor shower with an ocean view features a tree of life mosaic created from volcanic rock carried up from adjacent Kapa'au Gulch. An antique claw foot tub offers a deep and restorative soak after a long day's hike.

Guests may prepare and share meals on the huge monkeypod counter, the centerpiece of the living space, built from one of Kohala's largest trees after it fell in a windstorm. Or watch the sunset or sunrise from the lanai, where an antique table seats eight.

Noio Koha Hale is a perfect romantic getaway or retreat from the hectic pace of life. Far from traffic sounds or artificial lights, you will fall asleep to the sound of trade winds and ocean swells. The house is surounded by fruit orchards (mango, banana, papaya, and exotics). Sheep graze in the lower pasture. Chickens and ducks roam the orchard.

Coastal trails pass along the cliff side, providing access to two gulches and dramatic wave-swept coves. A walk or drive up the hill from the property takes you through rolling pasture lands to a small golf course and into King Kamehameha Park, equipped with a public outdoor swimming pool, ball fields, tennis courts, exercise and weight room, playground and a skate park.

Kapa'au Town is a ten minute walk from the park. There you can take yoga classes, enjoy excellent food, and wander through quaint shops and several lovely art galleries.

A few miles to the south is Hawi Town, with a locally owned grocery store (which includes a natural food section and local produce), a beautiful new public library, more fine dining and unique shops. A bustling farmer's market opens at first light Saturday mornings.

Hiking in the spectacular Pololu Valley is only 20 minutes away. Hiking along with swimming and snorkeling from a historic dock/railroad bed from the sugar cane days is eight miles away at Mahukona.

Some of the island's best beaches are only a 30 minute drive but chances are you will want to stay put and soak in the serenity and beauty of Noio Koha Hale.

More Details

Property Manager
Nancy Clement
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
May 26, 2017

About Nancy Clement

Eva Saulitis and Craig Matkin do whale research in summers in Alaska and spend winters on this 13 acre property in Hawaii that they share with another couple that resides in Hawaii year round. As a poet and writer, Eva is artistically inspired by the peace and beauty of both Kohala and Alaska. We both love the balance of far north and the islands -- mirroring the migrations of the humpback whales we study in Alaska in summer and watch from the bluff top in winter in Hawaii.

Nancy Clement purchased this house in 2010

Why Nancy Clement chose Hawaii

This land was bare pasture and old sugar cane land that we have been restoring with orchards, gardens and native plantings. We love its wild view of the channel and the magic of the Kapa'au gulch, which drops to the ocean alongside the property. Fruit trees, gardens and farm animals (sheep, geese, ducks and chickens) and solar power help us to live sustainably off the bounty of this land. It offers a unique combination of wildness and gentleness. You will understand when you see it!

What makes this house unique

Spectacular views of the channel and Maui, uniquely and artistically crafted home powered by the sun, great hiking around property and adjacent area, peaceful isolation, no noises or lights of city or town, spectacular stars at night, sounds of ocean swells to lull you to sleep, chance of viewing tropicbirds and frigate birds over the bluff and channel, charming nearby villages, local old-Hawaii flavor off the beaten tourist path.


Halaula House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Adjacent to second bedroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Partially japanese screened
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(19 traveler reviews)

Peaceful Oceanfront Secluded Retreat
average rating of 4.7894735 based on 19 reviews

Beauty in a Breath!

  • 4 of 5

It was truly incredible - there were some initial snaffoos such as the water line breaking and the oven not working but the owner was responsive to the unexpected challenges and they didn't get in the way of the extraordinariness of the place.

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a sublime one-week stay. It was hard to leave! From watching baby lambs gambol, to enjoying the breezes, flowers, and always changing views of pasture, sea and Maui in the distance, everything was perfect. The house had everything we needed. We did find that drives to the other parts of the island were long but since we enjoyed the home, Hawi, and hikes around the north end so much, missing the South end of the island was not a problem.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house with stunning view of ocean.

  • 5 of 5

Once there we did not want to leave this place. We spent four wonderful days exploring the grounds and just soaking in the beauty. The house is a work of art and so comfortable to be in. The kitchen was well stocked with pots, pans and utensils. The front porch and grounds were gorgeous. We spent a lot of time sitting on the porch watching the ocean. We would like to stay longer next time. My only caution is a good clearance vehicle during the rainy season as the driveway put our low Nissan rental car to the test.

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The house itself has all the charm you would want of Hawaii bungalow with perfect private ocean view

  • 3 of 5

But....if your vacation plans include going to the beach and exploring the island, don't rent a car as you will need the suspension and clearance for the 10 minute road to the property as it is one of the worst I have experienced. Also, the property is on the very Northern tip of the island, and everything you will want to do will be 35 minutes to 3 hours drive one way. If you could move the property closer to Kona it would get a higher rating, but it would also rent for more.

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Private clifftop pastoral paradise

  • 5 of 5

You kind of figure that, leaving the highway, a half a mile or more of one lane mostly dirt track through lush forest and tall grass will lead to a private setting. The entire house impressed us as a work of art blending structure, finish and contents. Very clean and comfortable with an incredible view off the spacious covered lanae to Maui. Surrounded by flowering plants, open grounds dotted with bunches of healthy fruit trees, a few geese and chickens, some sheep in a large lush pasture secured by a solar powered electric fence. Well stocked with cooking essentials, with pots and pans for any dish, the kitchen is open to the great room over an enormous salvaged Monkey Pod tree slab-topped island and pro stove. Incredibly relaxing environment in the heart of a wonderfully mellow part of the Big Island. On the other hand, it is within easy reach of any form of recreation you might seek in Hawaii, depending on the time of year (snorkel, SUP maybe not so much in winter, when you'll have to suffer whale watching from an easy chair). This will be our spot on the north end for as long as we are lucky enough to secure a reservation.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect getaway on the Big Island!

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks at this wonderful home, and it was everything we wanted for our vacation. If you are looking to avoid touristy resort areas, this part of the island is a slice of heaven! Awesome location just 20 min from restaurants and galleries, 30 min from beaches (Mauna Kea and Hapuna were our favorites), and a great base camp for day trips farther out. Gas station, post office and grocery store are right nearby too, which is handy.

The property is located on a partially paved road inside acres of hills and pasture don't need 4wd, but it is bumpy in some spots so make sure your car doesn't have a super low clearance (our rental Nissan Versa did fine). We loved watching the sheep down in the pasture and the chickens & geese over in the orchard, that was a first for us city folk!

Artists, writers and musicians will find lots of inspiration in this home. The lanai is a great location for stargazing once it's too dark to take in the spectacular ocean view. The big kitchen, full size fridge, gas grill and great cookware make it easy to enjoy sunset dinners at home, and that outdoor shower is pretty fabulous too. I don't know if it was the super comfy bed, the wind chimes or the trade winds that breezed thru all night but I have never slept so well in my life. We can't wait to come back!

  • Submitted: May 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: necessary

The nearby towns of Hawi and Kapaau are filled with many activities , great shopping and dining.

The local park has a small golf course and impressive pool.


Rates & Availability

Halaula House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
May to October
May 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $130 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

Cleaning fee - $120.00
Additional guests (each, more than two) $20/day or 100.00/week

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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