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Snorkel Hawaii's Best Reef, Swim w/ Dolphins, Enjoy Historic Hawaii Local Style!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Historical 4 bedroom, 2 bath Hawaiian Plantation Home Right on Kealakekua Bay.

This historical Hawaiian style beach home is perfect for anyone wishing to experience a self-guided experience to the natural beauty Hawaii has to offer. Located just one house up from the beautiful Manini Beach Park (the entrance to the famous Kealakekua Bay) and bordering Napoopoo Park (a beautiful ocean front with great tide-pooling), this home is a perfect base camp for the many adventures awaiting you nearby; including snorkeling/kayaking to Captain Cook Monument, swimming with the wild spinner dolphins, exploring and uncovering the treasures in the local tide pools, and hiking the many beautiful cliffs and trails through the Kona countryside. However, if you would rather slow the pace down, kick up your feet and relax, this is also the perfect place to do it. You can wake up to the natural salty breeze coming off the ocean, brew up a truly fresh cup of Kona coffee, then wander outside to catch some sun on our beautifully manicured lawn, or to the beach for a morning swim. While here, you can meet the locals, visit some of the nearby historical sites, such as Puʻuhonua o Hōnaunau also known as the city of refuge, Captain Cook Monument, and others local sites. Later on that evening you can enjoy a perfect Hawaiian sunset, after a calm soothing day.

Our spacious 4 bedroom home is open and airy, which is perfect if you like to go to sleep to the sound of the ocean waves, and wake up to the sounds of Hawaii's abundant wildlife. And who would not enjoy rinsing off in our outdoor shower after a beautiful swim in the bay? We also have papaya, mango and pumulo trees in the yard for your enjoyment. While there are 4 bedrooms (3 rooms with queen and/or double beds, and 1 room with a double and a twin), there is also one hide-a-bed, as well as a twin bed downstairs in the reading nook. In all, the house can sleep up to 10 people comfortably. There are 1 and ½ indoor bathrooms, and one outdoor shower, to make this 2 full bathrooms total for the whole house.

The surrounding area is adorned with flowering plants, and tropical fruit trees. As you are out and about, you will likely see several neighborhood vender stands that are sprinkled throughout the area offering fresh local goods, such as tropical fruits, macadamia nuts, traditional Hawaiian lays, and fresh Kona coffee.

We look forward to opening our home to you, so enjoy your stay, and mahalo!

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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • 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
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , This is Located on the Main floor.
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , This is the 2nd shower that is outside. It is private.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , The half bath is located upstairs.
  • There are 2 total bathrooms, one on each floor. The upstairs bathroom is a half bath, with a sink and toilet. The downstairs bath is in two separate parts. One part has the toilet and sink, while the shower is separate. It is an extremely large walk-in shower. Additionally, there is a separate large outdoor walk-in shower that you can see in the pictures. This is great for when you finish snorkeling in the bay, because you can rinse off all your gear, and comfortably shower in the privacy of your own yard.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • There are 4 separate bedrooms on the upstairs level, and a reading nook with a twin bed in it on the main level. In all, it can sleep 9 people in bedrooms, with the daybed in the reading nook it allows 10 people to sleep in beds. We also have 1 pack and play available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Perfect floorpan to accommodate a large group, or multiple small groups, who want a great place that will not break the bank. With the ability to have up to 10 people, and cook your own meals, you can make vacations about what matters most....sharing it with the people you love! Bring them all and spend some quality time in our home, and find the activities that all ages will enjoy and make memories that will last a lifetime. We will gladly recommend activities and places to shop or eat when you book with us, so you don't have to worry about researching what to do while here. Just ask us when you book your stay, and we will email you suggestions to fill your whole trip with. Mahalo!


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Snorkel Hawaii's Best Reef, Swim w/ Dolphins, Enjoy Historic Hawaii Local Style!
average rating of 4.9210525 based on 38 reviews
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Still Feels Like Home

  • 5 of 5

Our return to K-bay after two years was just as wonderful as we expected. This time we spent a week with our daughter and her new husband and two grandsons following their beach wedding and reception in Kailua-Kona at Daylight Mind. We even woke early on January 31 to see the spectacle of the blood moon eclipse and so many shooting stars. Unforgettable! Mahalo Boone family for sharing your home with us. We will be back.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Loved the Boone house!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at the Boone house, and look forward to our return next year. The location, neighbors, 2 refrigerators, washer/dryer, beach gear, the gas grill, quality of sheets, and plentiful towels were enjoyed. Our granddaughter who is 2 1/2 loved the big swing under the beautiful tree. I think the all time favorite thing was the outside shower!

Thank you Tonya and Shyloh for sharing your Hawaiian home with our family!

  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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Recommend highly

  • 5 of 5

We were a family of 8 (including one child and one single person). The house was spacious, clean and comfortable. The kitchen is well-equipped, from basic spices to all the basic cooking tools (plus a bit) you'll want to cook delicious food for a crew. There was also a good variety of beach things - snorkel gear, flippers, beach chairs, boogie boards, water shoes - so that we could travel lightly and enjoy all the benefits of the nearby Manini Beach, as well as Two Step (not to be missed snorkeling!).

We had a delayed flight on our way in, which led to a car rental hiccup, and Tonya went above and beyond to help us find a solution.

The house is in a very pleasant neighborhood, not in a rural area. The neighbors were very nice, and respectful of one another. You are likely to have a few brief conversations (or more if you look for it) walking to or at Manini Beach, on the rocky beach just off the property, or in the driveway. Traffic moves slowly, and it's the kind of place where kids (safely) play in the street.

The neighborhood is isolated, and as with most of the Big Island, you'll need a car to get there. It's about a 30 minute drive from town.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Comfortable, big house with nice eating area, kids liked playing in the tree in the backyard. Close to two-step and Captain Cook (best snorkeling on the Big Island). Swam with dolphins, kayaked with manta rays...

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
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My stay was fsbulous!! I will definitely stay at Boons house again.

  • 5 of 5

I loved this house/ definitely old Hawaii. The yard was wonderful to relax in and only 2 houses away from manini beach. some of best snorkeling on Island Could hear ocean at night and wake up to birds singing. Also loved out door shower and the privacy that the house provided .i have stayed at a few of the vacation rentals in this area over the years and this was definitely the best. I recommend this place for a true old Hawaii experience. M . Phillips Sedona Az.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charming and magical beach house

  • 5 of 5

Spent a week at Boone's beach house with 5 other adults for my mom's bday. From the beginning, communication was great with the owners who were very accommodating. The local contact Denise brought us a brand new bbq on day one and was great for tips about the island. The house has immaculate gardens anchored by the magical tree in the backyard. I particularly enjoyed the outside shower with a cold beer. Despite having 6 women in the house, it never felt crowded. We enjoyed dinners around the big table and quality family time in the cozy downstairs living room. The home is next door to Manini beach so being able to walk to one of our favorite beaches was so nice. We had evening snorkels and swims and the house was stocked with beach towels we put to use. The house feel is traditional Hawaii with touches of modern. There is no a/c but the numerous fans really helped. The large kitchen was perfect for our family dinners and barbeques. We stayed here for the charm and location and fell in love with the house. Although most days spent at Manini, the home was also a good anchor point for coffee farms, 2 step and Ho'okena. We are already talking about when we can return.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Tonya Childers & Daniel Boone
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 18, 2018

About Tonya Childers & Daniel Boone

Brief history of Doc Boone’s beach home.

We are the third family to own this home since it was originally built, and it has been in our family since the early 1960’s. it started as a fishing shack, and evolved into what it is today. It is a vintage style Hawaii plantation home with a rich history.

The beach house main structure was built in the 1920’s, and was the first home built in the bay area. It was originally located at the down by the beach in Napoopoo, and it was a single level home, with the upstairs portion initially comprising the whole home. In 1946, there was a tidal wave that carried the home from its original location, and washed it inland a distance by the flood water. Later, a Japanese family purchased the home, and moved it to its current location, but they raised it up on the stilts that it still rests on today. The lower level was initially left open, and used as a boat storage and garage for that family. Additionally, at that time time, the only water for the home was captured rainwater, that was collected into a redwood tank for use. The home remained that way until the 1960’s when Doctor Wilmot (Doc) Boone purchased the home.

Upon completing medical school and his residency, Doc Boone moved to Hawaii and opened a private doctors practice in the area where he treated the locals for years. The home was in relatively crude condition when he bought it, so he just used it as a diving and fishing camp for several years. He would keep his boat out in the bay, and used the home as a quick escape when he had time off.

In the 1970’s Doc’s son Dan, decided to move into the home permanently, so he and Doc began making the home more livable by closing in the downstairs portion of the house, adding plumbing, and other upgrades for Dan and his family (Dan and Tonya are still the owners today). Dan and Tonya continued to update and add onto the house, and over time, they created a home for their young family.

Tonya Childers & Daniel Boone purchased this house in 1962

Why Tonya Childers & Daniel Boone chose Captain Cook

The yard that you see, used to be much like the landscape out by the tide pool area. The home was surrounded by jagged lava rock. Doc and Dan spent hundreds of hours hauling in truckloads of macadamia nut husks, to fill in the crevices in the lava rock and level the ground in the yard. Once it was level, they hauled in truckloads of dirt to dump on top of the mac nut husks to give the vegetation something to grow roots into. The door to the downstairs shower is what used to be the fresh water tank. The kitchen table was is an old electrical spool that Dan and Tonya found and turned into a family dining table to accommodate the whole family.

When Dan and Tonya moved back to the mainland for work, Doc moved back into the home and did some additional renovations to make it his permanent home where he lived until he passed on in 2004.

The home is still owned and frequently enjoyed by Dan, Tonya, their children, and grandchildren to this day. Grandpa Doc loved this place, and while the structure has changed slightly over the years, it has always remained Doc’s heaven on earth, and we want to share his little slice of paradise with you, and allow your family to appreciate and enjoy the beautiful refuge that Kealakekua bay has been to our family for several generations. Mahalo!

What makes this house unique

Few places can accommodate as many people as our home, and for the price, there is nothing like it anywhere. With the ability to have a home base for a large group right in the heart of Kealakekua Bay...What more needs to be said! Nowhere else can you find a place like this! You wake up to the salty breeze and sound of the crashing waves in the heart of the best tropical coffee country in the world! Dolphins swim in the bay nearly every morning, there is unforgettable diving and snorkeling, fishing, gorgeous scenery, and beautiful Manini Beach. The historical City of Refuge National Park is just a 5 minute drive away as well. If you want to see Hawaii, and experience its rich culture as it was 50 years ago in a quaint Hawaiian plantation home, then come enjoy this piece of historic Hawaii and let our home become your paradise.


Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Kona Airport
Nearest Golf
14 Miles
Kona Country Club
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Mamalahoa Highway
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Miles
Keei Cafe
Nearest Ski
80 Miles
Mauna Kea
Nearest Beach
0.15 Miles
Manini Beach
Car: necessary

Instant access to Manini Beach Park and Kealakekua Bay, where you can snorkel Hawaii's number one Marine Conservation Sanctuary. Hike down or snorkel/kayak across the bay to get to Captain Cook monument. Learn about Hawaii's rich History at Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Park. Take a night dive (or just observe) 23 foot manta rays. Check out the farmers markets and great shopping on Alii Drive.

For adventure minded guests who wish to use home as a base camp, or even for the homebody, there is a Costco, Walmart, and other nearby local grocery stores where you can buy groceries to stock the fridge and cook in the home.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee <8 people $250
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 14.0%

*Damage Deposit is due at booking, will be returned 14 days after your stay pending inspection.
*There will be a 100% refund is canceled at least 30 days prior to arrival date.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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