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Ocean front - Spanking new - Large pool

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 13 nights


About the property

Fantastic new oceanfront house with pool

Welcome to Pau Hana, a large new oceanfront house with pool on the East Coast of Hawaii Island. Perfect temperature all year round. Watch and hear the whales during the winter, observe large sea turtles all the time.

Situated in a quiet neighborhood only 30 minutes from Hilo (2nd largest city in Hawaii) and its International Airport.

We have a 35ft pool with automatic pool cover, ideal for swimming laps or just relaxing and watching the waves. From the lava cliffs in front of the house you can see Mauna Kea (13,800ft) on a clear day, with snow on its peak during the winter.

The house, completed late 2014, was rebuilt on the site of an original fishing shack built in the 60s. It has 3 bedrooms including a master bedroom with spectacular ocean views. Almost all of the ocean-facing side of the house is glass, giving fantastic ocean views from the kitchen and living room. The second bathroom contains a giant tub with room for two. The 2200 sq ft house was designed by the owners and is tastefully decorated (please see photos).

Custom made shoji doors crafted from the original exterior walls (redwood) are throughout the house. Big windows and skylights bring in the Hawaiian sunshine. All doors are 3 ft wide and custom made, also from the original redwood (interior) and local eucalyptus (exterior). Kitchen cabinets/drawers are also made from the original redwood in the home, and the granite counter is locally known as “Green Sand” as it looks like Hawaii’s own Green Sand Beach.

While the house is not ADA compliant, it is wheelchair accessible.

Broadband internet and wi-fi is provided, as is cable TV on a new 39-inch HD television set that is internet enabled. Kitchen is fully equipped with brand-new appliances, including dishwasher. Brand new washing machine and dryer also available. The master bedroom has a King-size bed and a walk-in closet. The second bedroom has a Queen-size bed while the third bedroom has a double futon bed. Bathrooms have tropical vessel sinks and large walk-in showers. There is also an outdoor shower. Almost unique to East Hawaii oceanfront, we have a sizable yard on the ocean side. (Please note, the yard has been recently landscaped with spots of new grass still growing.)

For those concerned with their carbon hoofprint, the house's 18 solar panels produce enough electricity to cover normal use (we are on the grid) and we harvest clear clean rainwater from the roof - but triple-filter it just in case.

Although we are oceanfront, the house has been built back far enough and with double glazing in the front so that you can 'turn off' the sound of the waves if you wish. This also avoids the sea spray which can cover windows of houses too close to the surf.

If you would like to book, we can hold your booking for 24 hours at absolutely no cost while you try to arrange flights and a rental car. Let us know. Note also that it is often cheaper to fly to Kona (KOA) instead of Hilo (ITO) - if you don't mind the two-hour drive. Many of our guests do this and use the drive for sightseeing.

There is no construction going on anywhere near our house.

PLEASE NOTE: This house is not suitable for children under 12. It is dangerous for them due to the lava cliffs and the swimming pool which can be accessed directly from the living room. Please let us know the ages of any children included in your booking.

NOTICE: 10% discount to repeat customers. Welcome back!

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we receive notice of your cancellation:

• More than 60 days before your first night:: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 service fee, and less any credit card fees.

• Less than 60 days before your first night: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee and less any credit card fees.

• Thank you for understanding.

Hawaii Tax number (TAT) : W49186691-01

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

1. Do you have air conditioning?

No! Most people don't, it's not necessary in Hawaii. Even in summer, the

average high is under 84 degrees. Every room has a ceiling fan and a

portable fan and we have ocean breezes from the Pacific Ocean, which

starts at the bottom of our yard.

2. Do you have a hot tub?

No! We enjoy a hot tub as much as anyone when we're in Canada, but in a warm

climate we find them uncomfortable and unnecessary. If you really crave a

good soak you can make use of our mega two-person bathtub where you can crank

up the temperature hotter than any hot tub and enjoy your champagne.

3. Can I have my wedding reception at your house - is there room for the DJ to set up his stuff on the lanai?

Unfortunately, this is not a party house. We live in a quiet area and we don't want to annoy our neighbors. Loud laughter - yes. Loud music - no.

4. Are you really oceanfront?

Yes! The Pacific Ocean is our water feature. Good question though - there are many houses listed as "oceanfront" on VRBO that are miles away from the water.

5. Can I bring my toddlers to splash in your pool?

Alas! Our house is not suitable for children under 12. The pool is unfenced and there are lava rock cliffs at the end of our yard. It is too dangerous for small children.

6. Do you have internet?

Yes! We have cable internet that is fast enough to support streaming of movies on Netflix (which is available on our TV). We also have wi-fi. Many houses in Hawaii do not have cable - we were on dial-up just two years ago.

7. Is your area free of construction noise?

Yes! It's very quiet; we have an empty lot on one side and a small house with a semi-retired couple (hi Andy!) on the other side

More Details


Keaau House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , Huge 2-person tub, large shower, seashell sink
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Large shower, tropical leaf sinks
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Note: Bedroom 3 would not be comfortable for two people as it is an open-top office/bedroom. This is common in Hawaii, for airflow.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Bathroom scale (handy for weighing suitcases), First Aid Kit, (cheap) ukulele, two bodyboards, umbrellas, 'chimney' for the BBQ, hair dryer, makeup mirror, bathrobes, fire extinguisher, HDMI cable (connect laptop to TV), thumb drive (also for TV), security camera, garage, snorkel masks, small fishing rod of some sort, iron + ironing board, macadamia nut cracker, flashlights in the nightstands, two sets of old golf clubs.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 49 reviews

Beautiful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay. Even though it is on the rainy side of the island, the shoreline and waves were stunning. No swimming at this shoreline but we did not mind this because the view was incredible. The house was very clean and spacious. The neighbors expect people to adhere to the quiet hours; if you use the pool later at night or make noise, the neighbors will most likely complain to the hosts about it.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad you enjoyed our house! As stated in the rental agreement there is NO noise allowed after 10pm. We are in a quiet residential neighborhood, so we encourage our neighbors to complain if our guests make noise after hours. This is not a party house, the police WILL be called if you have a party. Sorry, but those are the rules!
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Beautiful house with ocean view

  • 5 of 5

Good location for visiting volcano park, water falls and Kapoho Tidepools for snorkeling.

  • Submitted: Dec 26, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cynthia!
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One of the best properties and vacations we had!

  • 5 of 5

Incredible vistas and superb facilities, just sit and relax on the the great Linai while your hubby get you a MaiTai ...while in a private pool... Great for a family, but even better for a couple to get away into a most private, ultra modern and a secret runaway in Big Island!

  • Submitted: Oct 22, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sergei, it was fun having you here!
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A beautiful place to stay, all the amenities you could ever hope for

  • 5 of 5

This was our second time to stay at this house, the property is very well maintained and has everything you could possibly need.

The ocean view and sound of the waves hitting the lava rock are something to behold.

We really enjoyed sitting on the lanai watching the waves and looking at the beautiful pool, a true paradise.

Thanks for the use of your beautiful house,

Al and Nell Holt

Lake Charles, La

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Al and Nell. Return visits are the sincerest flattery of all! It was great having you here and we hope to see you many more times in the future. The waves and pool are waiting. - Rick & Sandy
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Fair Oaks, CA

Fantastic House with a Pool and a Wonderful Ocean View!

  • 5 of 5

Pau Hana is an incredibly beautiful location to spend a vacation. We spent 7 nights at Pau Hana and enjoyed every minute of our stay. We really enjoyed spending time relaxing in the pool after going out to visit various sites in the Hilo area. The ocean view was every changing and it was fun to watch the changes. One of the best things is hanging out on the covered lanai in the afternoon with the ocean breezes. The location is perfect for visiting Volcanoes National Park and for getting to any place in the greater Hilo area. The house is comfortable with a full kitchen. We spent several days just enjoying the house and the pool. We highly recommend the Pau Hana house

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review John, we are very glad you had a great time!
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Great House

  • 5 of 5

This house is great. Everything about it was awesome. We were pleasantly surprised by the amenities it had. From the shampoo and soaps in the bathrooms to the food and supplies provided and left from other guests this house is well equipped. Nicer than a hotel or condo by far and you have your own private pool steps away from the master bedroom and family room. Weather here in June was nicer than the Kona side. Only rain was early mornings.

Good location to see Volcano N.P. and explore the island from. If we came back to The Big Island we would stay here without looking at other spots.

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Sandy Vos
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, french, dutch, We understand anything Google can translate!
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2018

About Sandy Vos

Sandy and Rick are world citizens that prefer to spend as much time as possible in Hawaii. We have traveled widely so we (hope we) know just what the discerning traveler is looking for in a vacation rental.

Sandy Vos purchased this house in 2008

Why Sandy Vos chose Keaau

We have been vacationing in Hawaii since 2005 and were lucky enough to be there when the original home on this lot was for sale. It started out as a old fishing shack and had undergone many modifications but had seen better days. Yet the house still had this million dollar view! So we rebuilt the house and pool to fit in with this gorgeous location.

What makes this house unique

View, view and view. The palm trees swaying in the trades and the splash of the humpbacks in the winter (November to April). It just can't be described! As an added benefit, Hawaii has the best weather in the world - never overly hot or cold.


Nearest Airport
19.2 Miles
Hilo International Airport (ITO)
Nearest Barpub
8.5 Miles
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Hilo Municipal Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
4.4 Miles
Highway 130
Nearest Restaurant
8.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Shipman Beach - by foot!
Car: necessary

The East Coast of Hawaii Island is a very relaxing destination. If you can tear yourself away from gazing at the ocean, you can go hiking over the lava rock cliffs to various hidden gems (more information upon arrival). The most popular spot on Hawaii Island is Volcanoes National Park, where you can visit the most active volcano in the world (erupting for over 30 years now). Sometimes, the lava flow itself is accessible - it constantly changes location.

Close by, you can visit quirky Pahoa and even quirkier Kehena Beach. Makuu Market, held every Sunday, is just 5 miles away. Thirty minutes drive takes you to Hilo (2nd largest city in Hawaii, after Honolulu) with its shops, restaurants and museums. In two hours you can drive all the way to the top of 13,800 ft Mauna Kea and perhaps experience snow in Hawaii.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150
Damage Deposit $500

Rates for 4 people. 3 night minimum, 5 nights at Holidays
5th person: additional $25 per night
Cleaning Fee = $150 (any stay); Tax = 13.42%
50% deposit to book; Balance due 14 days before arrival
Security deposit $500
See for full VRBO listing.
Please contact us for special requests (e.g. 2 nights, long term)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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