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Air Conditioned, Tropical Garden, Ocean View, Central Location, Free Snacks

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Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights

About the property

Guest Apartment, quiet Kailua-Kona neighborhood, Air Conditioned

This spacious, well appointed apartment is located in Kailua-Kona, Big Island, on one acre of land, on a private road, and overlooks 15 acres of grassland and jungle, with background ocean views. At 938 feet above sea level, the property enjoys morning and evening breezes, cooler temperatures, and spectacular sunsets. This apartment is one of two ground level apartments in a two story private home (owners reside in the 2nd floor living space); it is the right unit in the photos taken facing the sliding glass entrance doors. Each apartment has a separate outside entrance which is located on the opposite side of the house from the owner’s 2nd floor entrance. The owners are very quiet and considerate of guest privacy but they are always available to answer questions, make suggestions, and provide directions.

The apartment has one large bedroom, with a high quality queen sized mattress, one bathroom, and a dining/living area/kitchenette. The apartment sleeps a maximum of 2 people.

If this unit (the South Unit) is booked during the dates you wish to stay, please review the VRBO listing for the adjacent unit, 648500 (the North Unit).

The home is conveniently located just off of Palani Road and it is only a 13 minute drive from the Kona Airport (KOA), a 7 minute drive to the Kailua-Kona pier and the Ali’i Drive “old-town” tourist and restaurant district, a 5 minute drive to Walmart, and a 10 minute drive to Costco. Additional attractions include multiple nearby world-class snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, surfing, and turtle/whale watching beaches, multiple golf courses, and numerous coffee plantations, farmers markets, restaurants, historic sites and other tourist attractions. As an added bonus, the property is a great spot for bird watching, including wild parrots, kalij pheasants, francolins, wild turkeys, cardinals, saffron finches, various song-birds, pueo (Hawaiian owl), and 'io (Hawaiian hawk).

Additional amenities include air conditioning, 40" cable tv, highspeed internet, barbeque grill, outdoor dining area, shared laundry access, use of snorkeling gear, beach towels and beach chairs, and off-street parking for one car per apartment. Also available, upon request, is a portable mini-grill and a portable Coleman camping stove, for use during your outings. The unit has newer furnishings, is very clean, and has everything you will need, including stove/oven, microwave, toaster, drip coffee maker, French press, water kettle, pots/pans, dishes, silverware, knives, cutting boards, can and bottle openers, cooking utensils, clothes iron and ironing board, towels, sheets, blankets, pillows, blow dryer, paper towels, Kleenex, and toilet tissue. Also included in the rental price is a welcome snack basket, an assortment of cold drinks, and coffee fixins, to hold you over until you can go to the grocery store.

Note that an excise tax (in lieu of sales tax) and a temporary accommodations tax will be charged in addition to the daily room rate. As required by Hawaii State Law, the owners’ Hawaii Tax ID Number is W76311435-01.

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Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2017


Martha and Lisa were married in 2008 and moved to Hawaii in August of 2014. Martha is currently a practicing attorney and Lisa is a recovering attorney looking for life balance, island style. They are loving Hawaii's welcoming aloha spirit and look forward to sharing it with others.

LISA ALTMAN purchased this apartment in 2014

Why LISA ALTMAN chose Kona Coast

Great location, nice view, and the opportunity to sculpt our own perfect piece of jungle. Also, the house was specifically designed and built with 2 independent apartments and is perfectly positioned for vacation rental.

What makes this apartment unique

This property is close to everything; great snorkling beaches only minutes to the South, great turtle beaches due West of the property and great swimming, surfing and whale watching beaches just minutes to the North. The property is also centrally located between multiple tourist attractions ranging from Volcano National Park, to various historic sites, to elegant plantations, spectacular botanical gardens, and tropical adventures including kayaking the Kohala flume, ocean kayaking, and zip lining in Hawi.


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(26 traveler reviews)

Air Conditioned, Tropical Garden, Ocean View, Central Location, Free Snacks
average rating of 5.0 based on 26 reviews
Anna Maria Island, Florida

Sweet Spot

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much. The apartment was comfortable, clean and had everything that we needed. The tropical garden on the property is beautiful. We loved watching the stars from our bed at night through the big bedroom windows.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Relaxing paradise

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful, relaxing time at this property in Kona. Lisa and Martha are the perfect hosts, taking care of every need and wish. They supplied us with fresh papaya and limes from their garden every morning. The apartment is tastefully done and the bed is extremely comfortable. The view from the lanai is exquisite. The bird sounds and the gentle breezes lulled us into a deep relaxation. We would definitely stay here again.....and hope to soon!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the great review. This endeavor is so rewarding with guests as appreciative and easy going as the two of you. Glad we could be a part of your self-discovery sabbatical. Come back soon! Mahalo ame a hui ho. Lisa and Martha
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Paradise Visited

  • 5 of 5

We spent 10 days at Lisa's place, over the Christmas break, and it must be said that it was the most perfect place to spend the holidays.

We arrived late at night and there were nice cold drinks, fruit, breakfast goodies and snacks left for us. The suite was just as pictured on VRBO. Waking up the next day to the sounds of tropical birds was a real treat. I loved the large garden that has been tended to with TLC. I sat for half an hour and took photos of the geckos crawling around the yard. The papayas fresh from the trees tasted so much better than the supermarket variety.

Lisa and Martha were super helpful, giving us ideas and maps of how to get to some of the places we wanted to see.

It was also so nice to have snorkelling gear, towels and beach chairs to use while we were there.

Loved snorkelling, boogie boarding, and going up to the volcano...first time I've seen lava.

Will definitely return some day. The big island is so amazing

Thanks again for everything Lisa and Martha

Martha and Geoff

North Vancouver, BC

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Martha and Geoff, Thanks so much for the great review. We loved having you stay with us and look forward to having you back again whenever you can get here. Mahalo ame a hui hou!
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Ohana to return to time and time again!

  • 5 of 5

We've visited Hawaii and especially Kailua-Kona multiple times and finally discovered a home-away-from-home. This is the Ohana we'll revisit every time we return. We've recommended it highly to our friends and relatives on the Island to suggest for their visitors. Most of the locals don't have a place to recommend that would provide what we discovered in their back yards.

It's a 5-star accomodation with a laid back atmosphere and everything you could possibly need for any length of stay. With less than a 10 minute drive to the village you can't beat the serenity when you're in the Ohana.

During our 12-night stay we celebrated a birthday and wedding anniversary at Hale Pamahoa and wouldn't change a thing! Every expectation was met and most often exceeded by Lisa and Martha's attention to detail and their eternal efforts to make our stay the best it could be. Upon arrival we were greeted cheerfully and respectfully and this continued throughout our stay and even now that we are home.

Not one thing was missing from the Ohana's furnishings and supplies. As a matter of fact an abundance of non expected items were included from snacks, fresh picked fruit, beach and swim gear - all of very good quality. When we had a need (electrical tape, binoculars, maps...) Lisa or Martha was there to either furnish the item (instantly) or privide the easiest way to get it ourselves. We had privacy, peace and quiet on the end of a cul-de-sac. The grounds are splendid!

We've traveled extensively around the world and have finally found a place that we will return to every time we visit the Big Island. If only we could find the same accomodations everywhere we go our vacations would all be perfect.

Maholo Lisa and Martha!

With regards and much respect.

See you next time...

Sharon and Brock

  • Submitted: Dec 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Sharon and Brock. We enjoyed having you and enjoyed hearing about your adventures and discoveries. Looking forward to your return (many times we hope)...
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Paradise in paradise

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in vacation rentals all over the world, and this is my favorite. From snacks and beverages waiting for us after a long flight, to clean everything, to beach supplies to borrow, I could not ask for a better hostess. Many rentals say they have beach supplies to borrow and there is one grubby chair that falls apart when you sit in it. Lisa and Martha had chairs and umbrellas and snorkels stuff and boogie boards and everything was clean and working. This is huge for convenience and cost savings. The location was great, 10 minutes from the airport or downtown Kona, but you still feel completely secluded. Drinking coffee in the garden would have been enough for the entire vacation, except for switching to beers in the evening. I cannot say enough good things about this place, rent it and see for yourself.

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kailua-Kona stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here a couple nights while visiting the Kona side of the Big Island. The apartment was very nice and new, with a nice west-facing lawn and a garden with fruit trees. Super convenient to Kona and what's around, and peaceful and away from the touristy downtown area. Bed was comfy and kitchen had everything we needed to make ourselves dinner, and snacks and drinks already waiting for us when we arrived.

There were also beach towels, chairs, umbrella and snorkel gear to borrow. Hosts were very friendly, stopped by to see if we needed anything (we didn't). Apartment had it's own AC but we didn't need it. Would definitely stay here again visiting Kona.

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
8.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles

Air Conditioned. Barbeque Grill. Full Kitchen. Yard and Lanai. Washer and dryer available on site. Free use of snorkling gear, boogie boards, beach chairs, beach umbrellas and beach towels. Portable stove and grill available, upon request, for beach/picnic outings.


Rates & Availability

Kailua-Kona Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Winter (2016/2017)
Nov 16 2016 - Mar 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Mar 16 2017 - Sep 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $75 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Price to rent both units (privacy door can be opened to join the units for family or group accommodations) is double the listed price. To book both units together, either call or email the owner, or check out VRBO listing number 648500, to view the other unit's availability. Once you verify both units are available, you can either call or email owner to book both units, or you can book both units, online, through their separate VRBO listings (648636 & 648500). When rented together, the two apartments can be connected through an interior privacy door. When rented together, the combined maximum occupancy of the two apartments is 6 persons.

All rental rates are subject to change up to point of booking and payment.

Taxes include a State of Hawaii Transitory Accommodations Tax (TAT Tax) of 9.25% and a State of Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET Tax) of 4.166% (grossed-up to cover the additional GET Tax that is assessed on the collection of the GET tax (it's a Hawaii thing). Note that the GET Tax and TAT tax rates are subject to change at the mercy of the state and county governments. As required by Hawaii State Law, owners’ Hawaii Tax ID Number is W76311435-01.

By booking this space, you agree to the terms of the rental agreement that is available for your review as part of this VRBO listing.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Kailua-Kona Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Full bathroom, with large vanity, sink, tub/shower, and toilet. Towels, toilet paper, and use of blow dryer are included in rental price.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Top quality queen mattress; very comfy! Guests not wising to share the bed can use a queen sized air mattress in the living/dining room space. Maximum occupancy is 2 persons, per apartment, unless both units are rented, together. Both units rented, together, will accommodate 6 persons in two traditional queen beds, and a queen sized air mattress in one of the living/dining room spaces. Note that the two units can be joined by opening a privacy door which can be unlocked only by the owner.
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • 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:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
An assortment of snacks is provided to hold guests over until they can go to the grocery store. Off street parking for one vehicle per apartment is included free of charge. Also, we are more than happy to suggest activities and excursions if you want help planning your trip. Feel free to call or email your questions; or, you can chat with us, in person, after you get here.

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