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Charming Historic Ranching-Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Large Open Lanais, Ocean Views, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Fully Appointed Kitchen.

Featured in the coffee table book, The Hawaiian House Now, the home is a historic 1895 structure, modified in the 1940s and retaining the charm of old Hawaii with architecture and furnishings of the day, while satisfying the needs and aesthetic of today's lifestyle.

Panoramic views of the ocean, Kona coast, tree canopy, landscaped yard, and surrounding pastures will amaze. The cool 1,200' elevation of Holualoa, the open lanais, spacious bedrooms, and a well-appointed kitchen are sure to please. The rural feeling of Hale Akala and the large established yard with old plantings of avocado, ulu (breadfruit,) fig, starfruit (carambola,) dragon fruit, and banana is guaranteed to take you away from life's stresses and please the senses.

Four bedrooms to choose from, of which three have their own private en suite. The fourth bedroom, with a queen-sized bed, is on the lower level of the home and adjacent to the TV/sitting room. Three sets of French doors extend to a terraced area in the yard, providing the room beautiful light. The middle (and main-floor) level consists of kitchen, dining, living room, two lanais, and two bedrooms with queen-sized beds. Upper-level master-suite has a king-sized bed, two window seats, single sleigh bed and pull out twin ottoman to sleep up to four adults in beds. The two wide window seats can sleep a young child. The sleigh day-bed area is just outside a door and separate from the master bedroom. In total, one king, three queens, and one single will accommodate eleven people in beds. Two ottoman twin pull out options for overflow sleep two more and the window seats allow for two children more. A wonderful fireplace on the main floor living area will warm you on chilly winter nights. Lower floor accesses the yard and outdoor cooking terrace via stairs from the kitchen as well as from the ocean-side lanai.

A charming 1940-era guest cottage with a screened-in lanai, galley kitchen (toaster, microwave, electric kettle, fridge) and shower bath, privately situated across the driveway, sleeps two in a queen bed, allowing larger parties to use the entire property. Please scroll down the page to Owner Information to view this additional VRBO listing, #643478. Separate rates apply.

A leisurely stroll on a walking path through a sixty year old coffee orchard leads guests from the front door of Hale Akala to our coffee establishment, Kona Blue Sky Coffee's visitor center where guests can have a coffee tour, sample our estate grown coffee and take home a reminder of their pleasant Hawaii visit with freshly roasted 100% Kona arabica coffee.

A large lawn to the north, is super for bocce, throwing a football or frisbee, sitting on the lawn chairs to take in a sunset spectacle and will delight outdoors appreciators. Comfortable seating area on terrace below the kitchen sports a gas grill and a teak dining set, certain to entertain the outdoor dining enthusiast.

Two friendly dogs and a social cat live on the property and will greet you and say hello on many occasions.

**I prefer receiving payment by E-check, or electronic check. A simple option for you to choose in the payment process. It will save both renter and myself from transaction fees and international surcharges. Please look into this option on the listing.

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Member since: 2013
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This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 18, 2018

About Lisa

Aloha! I'm Lisa, Hawaii-born (raised in Honolulu and Hilo) and have lived on this property for thirty-three years, raising four children with my husband, Christian. I love to share my culture, our Islands' stories and history with all. I cherish my morning coffee, love food, appreciate engaging people, like gardening and yard work, and happy dogs!

Lisa purchased this estate in 1945

Why Lisa chose Hōlualoa

Hale Akala is a special piece of Kona. Built in 1895 by Manuel Silveira Goularte, a Portuguese rancher who raised his thirteen children here. It was utilized by cowboys of the neighboring Greenwell family's Palani Ranch, to re-supply and feed ranch-hands in the 1920 and 30s. It was abandoned and left to the elements before WWII, eventually being purchased by Christian's grandparents, William and Margaret of Honolulu, in 1945. Wanting to retire to Kona (where Margaret's great-grandparents, Reverend Asa and Lucy Thurston--part of the company of first Christian missionaries to the Islands who arrived in Kailua-Kona (the seat of Hawaii's ruling Kamehameha reign) in 1820 and lived until the 1860s) they chose the cool uplands of Holualoa. Hale Akala has been in the family for four generations. A few cattle roam the surrounding acres of pasture and you'll hear an occasional bull bellowing from nearby Palani Ranch, in the quiet evening hours.

What makes this estate unique

The spacious nature of the property, old established landscaping, dry-stack rock walls (a ranching heritage feature here in Kona,) pathways, fruit trees, flower beds, along with the home's architectural appeal will make you feel held and comforted.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the moment we walked through the door, I felt all the tension just slide from my shoulders. We were surrounded by beauty, both inside and out. Our host, Lisa, thought of everything we could possibly have wanted: the freshest fruit, right from the garden/trees, books about the island, even Hawaiian music CDs...and the best coffee EVER. She is a wonderful resource about the property and the history of the island.

The house has lots of art and is tastefully appointed, but still feels like a place where you can relax. The animals are part of the welcome committee.

Lisa, mahalo for a wonderful visit. Aloha to you and Christian and Mariella, Hobbs, Maca and co. See you next year!
Feb 2014
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Hōlualoa Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Smoking outside in yard, away from separately rented cottage, allowed, if smoker cleans up after him/herself.
  • Remote car key fob locking/horn sounding is to be kept to a minimum, especially at night. Practice your silent lock, thank you!
  • Loud voices kept to a minimum after 10pm. Be considerate of cottage renters. Close house doors to keep voices in if you are up later than 10pm.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms are ensuites with bedrooms. No half-bath in the home.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 2 child bed , Two wide window seats can accommodate a child.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , In a room adjoining the TV area downstairs with no bathroom.
  • Upstairs suite has a king bed, window seat, and separate sitting area with twin sleigh bed and window seat and private bath. Child's nook next to window seat offers floor pillows, books, and toys. October 2014 renovation of an adjacent guest cottage will accommodate two people in queen-size bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The home is your's when you are here. We will be as accommodating as possible, answering your questions about Kona and Hawaii in general.


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average rating of 4.86 based on 53 reviews
Kaukauna, wis.

Really had a good time and just perfect for us four couples. Thanks Lisa.

  • 5 of 5

Very comfortable with every thing we needed

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
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A beautiful, historic home in a wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

My adult family from various locations in the country all met to have our vacations together on the Big Island. I, the father of the group, choose Hale Akala for our stay because of its wonderful location and it's amenities. I was concerned when we my wife quietly walked from one beautiful, comfortable room to another in silence! Did I mess up again? She finally broke the silence with one word "spectacular!" And everyone agreed!

What a fabulous place to spend a vacation on a fabulous island. You can't go wrong!

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful, comfortable, historic and interesting home with beautiful views and grounds

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 6 adults had a wonderful experience at this lovely home. Coffe in tge morning on the lanai looking over the ocean was a highlight. Equipment for many activities was everywhere, and the really charming collections of books, bottles, teapots....gave warmth to tve atmosphere. I highly recommend this house!

  • Submitted: Nov 10, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
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Elk Grove, CA

Beautiful home with lots of charm!

  • 5 of 5

This home, along with the property, was absolutely beautiful! Every aspect of the house was well-thought out; it comes fully equipped with anything and everything one might need (especially the kitchen). Even a bag of the estate's Kona coffee was generously provided.

Speaking of the kitchen..."wow" sums it up. Not only is it well-stocked, but the view is amazing. My favorite part of my stay here is enjoying the stunning view from the kitchen every morning while having my coffee.

Lisa was a wonderful host. She was readily available to address any concerns we had. My party and I especially appreciated her going above and beyond to accommodate a last minute request due to our late flight. Mahalo Lisa, for allowing us this opportunity to make such great memories while staying on your beautiful property!

I will definitely stay here again and will be recommending this property to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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  • 5 of 5

So much character in this property.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Melbourne, FL USA

Amazing home with lovely property and breath-taking views!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Where do I begin? We stayed at this lovely home for 4 days. The house is like none other. It's was like visiting a relative's home (warm and inviting) that is part art gallery, part museum.

I stayed here with nine family members. Initially I was concerned there wouldn't be enough room to accommodate the 10 of us, but Lisa assured me we would be fine. She was right! We all had a comfy spot to sleep and having three-stories, the house gave us all plenty of room to spread out. The window seats made perfect beds for my son and nephew. (5'4" & 5'9" respectively). The beautiful wooden dining table sat all of us. The panoramic windows at the back of the house gave us spectacular views of the ocean and sunset.

The grounds are magnificent! A gardener's paradise- we enjoyed exploring the acreage and picking the fruit hidden among the foliage.

The home's location was a convenient drive from the airport-less than a half an hour away. We stopped at Costco which is on the way to the house. I believe there is also a Walmart and another supermarket en route.

The closest beach is about 15 minutes away, where we enjoyed snorkeling and saw sea turtles and lots of fish swimming just a few feet away from us.

We also throughly enjoyed the tour of the coffee operation! It was a pleasant surprise, being less than a minute's walk from the house. The sweet young lady there gave a very informative tour and we even watched coffee beans being roasted! A fascinating experience, even for the non-coffee drinkers in the group!

Last, but certainly not least, are the furry ambassadors. We were greeted by Maka first. Such a sweet boy! Then we met sweet Ellie. It was so fun for the kids to have the pups visit as we missed our fur babies back home. They are very respectful, so if you're not an animal lover please don't let this be a turn-off to this spectacular home. It's just an added bonus if you enjoy their company. Oh, and the kitty. There are signs on every door warning to keep the doors latched in order to not let the cat in. Well, after day 3 of our stay I still hadn't seen said kitty, so we became laxed with the door latching. Well, on day 4 guess who shows up and welcomes herself in? ;-) So unless you enjoy cat wrangling in your spare time, it is best to heed the signs...(But we still loved her visit!)

Lisa was always very sweet and answered emails promptly. To say we enjoyed our stay would be an understatement. I would emphatically recommend this home to everyone!

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
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Kona Blue Sky Coffee Co
Coffee Store
Mexican Restaurant
Mi Taqueria Potosina
Mexican Restaurant
Holuakola Garden
Holuakoa Cafe
La Bourgogne French Restaurant
French Restaurant
Holualoa Kona Coffee Co
Coffee Shop
Tiare Lani Coffee
Tea House
Blue Moon 100% Kona Coffee
Coffee Shop
Da Poke Shack
Seafood Restaurant
TJ'S BBQ By The Beach
Barbecue Restaurant
A Whale of a Crêpe
Ueshima Coffee (UCC Hawaii) Corp.-Kona Coffee Estate
Coffee Shop
Kahaluu Beach Park
Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill
Eclectic Restaurant
Green Flash Coffee
Coffee Shop
Peaberry & Galette
Breakfast Restaurant
Royal Thai Cafe
Thai Restaurant
Los Habaneros
Mexican Restaurant
Tea:licious Cafe
Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
Hawaiian Restaurant
Aloha Kona Coffee Co
Coffee Shop
Keauhou Shopping Center
Doutor Coffee
Kenichi Pacific
Asian Fusion Restaurant
Mauka Meadows Coffee Farm
Coffee Shop
Mauka Meadows Coffee Farm
Coffee Shop
Tropics Tap House - Keauhou
Sports Bar
Bianelli's Gourmet Pizza and Pasta
Pizza Restaurant
Banyan Tree Cafe
Habaneros Grill
Mexican Restaurant
Basik cafe
Health Food Restaurant
GetSum' Pizza
Pizza Restaurant
Don the Beachcomber
Fusion Restaurant
Laverne's Sports Bar
Bongo Ben's
Fine Dining Restaurant
Oceans Sports Bar & Grill
Bar & Grill
On the Rocks
Seafood Restaurant
Humpy's Big Island Alehouse
Kona Haven Cafe
Kanaka Kava
Foster's Kitchen
Fine Dining Restaurant
Island Lava Java
Bar & Grill
Japanese Restaurant
Sushi Shiono
Asian Restaurant
Thai Rin Restaurant & Bar
Thai Restaurant
Island Ono Loa Grill
Hamburger Restaurant
Kona Country Club
Amici Vista Italian Restaurant
Italian Restaurant
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Teshima's...a true local scene!
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Makalei Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queen Ka`ahumanu, Highway 11
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Holuakoa Cafe
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mauna Kea summit in winter!
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
White Sands Beach
Car: necessary

The town of Holualoa, once a ranching community, is known today as an artist's hub with several well-known artist residents and established galleries to explore. Just up the road, you'll find a full service spa, churches, a world-class restaurant, and a country post office, for your convenience. Holualoa is in the prime of the 30-mile wide Kona coffee belt, where coffee has been a staple crop here for nearly two hundred years. Several coffee tours are offered in the area. The Kona Historical Society, a twenty minute drive south, offers an excellent cultural living history experience in early coffee lifestyle with thier interactive Uchida Farm destination tour. Kailua-Kona Town is just fifteen minutes away with restaurants, beautiful monarchy-era Hulihe`e Palace museum situated on the water's edge, grocery stores, banks, ocean related activities, the Kona pier (the start and finish of the world famous Ironman World Championship competition in October, as well as the sight of the International Billfish Tournament in August.)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $260
Pet Fee $50
Damage Deposit $500

**I prefer payment by electronic check. Please see this option in the payment details.
**All confirming rental parties will receive an individualized rental agreement to complete and send back to Lisa in a scan.

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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