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Unique View Cottage In Tropical Garden Setting, Convenient to Beaches & Town

Bedrooms 1
Space 725 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Ocean And Garden Views Surround You In This Stylish Studio Cottage & Lanai.

Enjoy this hideaway in a tropical garden setting at the 1,000 foot elevation, where you will be surrounded by ocean views and Hawaii's exotic landscapes, but be minutes from beaches, shopping, golf, galleries, coffee farms, sea excursions and the Big Island's many other attractions. Please review the description of the cottage, below, as well as the “THINGS TO NOTE IN DECIDING TO STAY WITH US” that follows the description.


*Desirable upland Kona location - gardens, not lava fields

*Separate building and entrance

*Stylishly furnished

*Convenient & secure parking

*Ample storage for personal items

*Close to Holualoa's artists haven, coffee farms & tasting rooms

*5 minutes to Kona's most popular beach

*10 minutes to historic Kailua village & Keauhou shopping

*2 minutes to highway access, for trips to Waimea town, the Volcano, or the island's rainy side (Hilo and surrounds)


*Queen-sized bed

*Flat screen television with cable

*High-speed wireless internet

*Sufficient electrical outlets

*Abundant lighting

*Ensuite bathroom (shower)


*Separate laundry facility

*Full size washer & dryer

*Iron and ironing board

*Hair dryer

*Wall mounted & hand mirrors


Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, hand soap, paper goods, dish soap, sponges also supplied


# Apartment-sized refrigerator

# Large microwave

#Double Hot Plate

#Propane fueled barbecue with side burner

#Toaster/convection oven

#Rice cooker/steamer

#French-press coffee pot

#Coffee grinder

#Electric tea kettle

#Automatic coffee maker

#Good quality pots, pans and tools

#Salad spinner

#Storage containers, pitchers, serving pieces

#Dinnerware, flatware and glassware


Large, private, secluded lanai (covered porch) with a view to Kailua Bay (cruise ship, boat traffic and Ironman start) and the coastline of Kailua-Kona, furnished with a large futon couch, an 8' dining table and chairs, a hammock, and various accessories


*Beach towels

*Beach chairs (Tommy Bahama)

*Beach coolers

*Boogie boards


*We live next door to the cottage and we try to welcome guests personally and make ourselves available to share local insights and address questions as they arise, but otherwise we stay out of guests' way (we are happy to provide as much local information as you would like!).

*Our home, and the cottage, is in a residential area of owner-occupied homes. The cottage is therefore not suitable for more than two people, for parties or gatherings that produce noise above the level of ordinary conversation (“inside voices” at all times), or for amplified music of any kind (guests should plan on using IPod or similar personal listening devices).

*Although the weather in Hawaii may seem to be the same year-round (always about 82 degrees and sunny), it actually varies quite a bit. On the Kona side, the rainy season starts in about April or May, and continues until about October. Rain occurs mostly at night. But is is also quite humid during the rainy season, so July, August and sometimes September can seem quite a bit hotter than the thermometer reflects, especially in the afternoon and early evening. Similar to our house, the cottage is not air conditioned, but has large windows and a ceiling fan. You should consider whether the cottage is right for you during the warm, humid, summer months if you are particularly heat sensitive. Winter days are warm, but at night temperatures can occasionally drop into the high 50’s which, when accompanied by a breeze, can be quite cool. So guests at this time of year may need a sweater and long pants, especially after dark and in the morning.

*Like any subtropical locale, Kona has insects and reptiles. These include mosquitos (especially in rainy season), ants, spiders, moths, bees, and a large and ever-changing complement of other crawling and flying bugs, as well as geckos (on the bright side, Hawaii is snake-free, and all the critters we do have are non-poisonous). We try to keep our house and the cottage pest-free, but neither we nor anyone else in Hawaii has ever succeeded entirely in this endeavor.

*We are part of a small neighborhood music group that plays together weekly, on Fridays, rotating among the homes of the group’s members. We will therefore host the music group in our home, next door to the cottage, or our adjacent neighbor will host, about two weeks out of every six. The music begins about 6:30 and ends by 9:30


Hawaii Business excise tax i.d. no W0130071601

More Details

Robin Parisi
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, italian, Un peu de Francais; un po d'italien
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 12, 2017

About Robin Parisi

Frank and I are retired professionals and have lived in Hawaii full-time since about 2008. Before retiring, we lived and raised our family in Portland, Oregon. We have two children, a daughter (27) and a son (25), now both employed in Silicon Valley. We are quite sporty and love a challenging do-it-yourself project. Our yard/garden here in Hawaii has been our main retirement activity. We have tamed and terraced the garden by building rock walls, and we have added extensive concrete pathways and stairs. We swim in the ocean or ride our road bikes almost daily. I am a mosaic artist, and Frank plays guitar and ukulele.

Robin Parisi purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Robin Parisi chose Kailua-Kona

For years we escaped on vacation from Portland's gray winters to blue Hawaii and, after trying the other islands, kept coming back to the Big Island for its unparalleled ocean swimming, and to Kailua-Kona for its old-time, 'spirit of aloha' small-town atmosphere. We originally bought a sea-level condo, but found that it was too hot and too touristy for our tastes, so we started looking for alternatives.

What makes this cottage unique

The little estate of which the cottage is a part was built starting in the late 1970's. We found its all-wood post and beam construction, cedar interiors, cool location, garden setting and beautiful expansive views almost unique in Kona's home market, and fell in love with it the day we first saw it.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dear Robin, I don't believe I've ever stayed in such a well

-supplied vacation rental, you thought of everything, thank you so much. This is a real treat. You made it very easy to relax here, tho we feel like we've hardly made a dent in the pleasures of this part of the big island.

Thank you, Katherine
Nov 2013
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Kailua-Kona Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 725 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Unique View Cottage In Tropical Garden Setting, Convenient to Beaches & Town
average rating of 4.9666667 based on 35 reviews
Calgary, AB/Canada

The most relaxing place to stay for peace and quality time together.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have stayed many places over the years, and yes, ocean front is nice and has its advantages, but my wife and I have stated numerous times while we were here, this cottage was so far the best place, ever. It was so comfortable and quite at night, and everything you could ever want or need is here. We would leave for our regular beach day and rush back so we could hang out on the lanai all afternoon. The lanai is beautiful with so much room that is very functional.

We will definitely put in a request to stay here again when we return. Thanks Robin for sharing this beautiful cabin.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Place for Two

  • 5 of 5

Loved this cozy cottage. Comfortable bed, fully stocked kitchen, beautiful view from the lanai, and everything we needed for the beach.

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded, quiet, except for bird life...😊

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, secluded place up from the beach and away from the crowds. Comfortable for two with amenities to stay and cook in or drive to local establishments. Robin was quite responsive when necessary yet respected our solitude. We have every intention to return to this cozy Kona cottage!

  • Submitted: Sep 29, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Prince George, BC Canada

Return Visit to Tropical Oasis

  • 5 of 5

A year ago, after returning from Kona, I wrote this..."My husband and I had a fabulous two week stay at the cottage. Tucked away in a private setting, it's surrounded by lush vegetation, with great views of the city and ocean below. It's fully equipped and tastefully decorated. The spacious lanai was our oasis. Robin and Frank are friendly, generous hosts. We highly recommend this vacation rental, and hope to return again ourselves."

Well, we did just return from another wonderful two week stay at this lovely cottage. It truly is a great find!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Minneapolis, MN, USA

Comfortable, private and quiet

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I spent two weeks in this great "home-away-from-home". This cottage was spotless, thoughtfully decorated and well-supplied with everything one could possibly need. We spent most of our time on the lanai enjoying the great view of Kailua Kona and watching/listening to the birds in the gardens which totally surround it. It's a short trip to town, the beach and several interesting national parks. Just up the hill is Holualoa with galleries and a very pleasant restaurant. Robin is delightful and discrete! Would love to have the opportunity to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2017
  • Stayed: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage, well kept

  • 5 of 5

Great place to relax,enjoy...

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
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Hulihee Palace
Holualoa Village
Kona Blue Sky Coffee Visitor Center
Keauhou Store
Nearest Airport
10 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Kailua Village
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Kona Country Club
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Mamalahoa/Queen Kaahumanu
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Holuakoa Cafe
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Magic Sands
Car: necessary

The cottage is in the Holualoa area of Kailua-Kona. Kona is the heart of Hawaii Island's 'gold coast,' known for great weather. The cottage's mountain location means that you are removed from tourist traffic, noise and sea-level heat, and instead surrounded by tropical flora and fauna, and 'locals' who call the Big Island home. You can reach numerous beaches within 10 minutes, and many more within 20-30 minutes. The art colony of Holualoa, featuring artists' workshops and galleries, is less than a mile from the cottage. A working coffee farm and tasting room, one of many in South Kona, is less than a half mile. The groceries, farmers' markets, restaurants, boutiques and other attractions in Kailua-Kona and Keauhou are all within a 3-mile, 10-minute drive.

The Big Island is the home of an active volcano, renowned observatories on Mauna Kea's 13,000 foot (4,000 meter) peak, the most extensive coral reefs in the Hawaiian islands (great snorkeling and scuba), famous Kona coffee farms and tasting rooms, great surf breaks, world-class sport fishing, the annual Ironman World Championships, and numerous other attractions. Ocean sports here are some of the best in the world, including swimming, surfing/wave-boarding, stand-up paddling, kayaking, and outrigger canoeing. We frequently see (and swim or kayak) with manta rays, dolphins and humpback whales.

We recommend the guidebook Hawaii: The Big Island Revealed. This guide book covers the entire island and will answer almost any tourist question you have.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Damage Deposit $200

Rates firm.
Check-in time 2:00 pm; Check-out time 11:00 am. Exceptions considered; please request as far in advance as possible.
50% deposit, refundable until 60 days before arrival, when balance is due & total is nonrefundable except to extent we get replacement booking(s).

At booking, tell us where traveling from, purpose of visit. Once booking request accepted, we will ask for cell phone #.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.