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Ranch Retreat at Kahua Ranch- Private Ranch Paradise in Kohala Sleeps 8

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


About the property

3 Queen bedroom, 2 full bath, spectacular million dollar ocean view from 3200ft.

Aloha! The Ranch Retreat at Kahua is located in the Kohala Mountains on the stunning, privately owned, 8600 acre Kahua Ranch. Breathe in some of the world's freshest, clean air that travels 2500 miles across the ocean and is filtered down through our moist rain forest.

The Ranch is conveniently located between the beautiful ranching town of Waimea (Kamuela) and historic Hawi town with it's dining, gift shops, art galleries, and coffee house; the views from the Retreat are unparalleled!

The cozy, historic 1950's Ranch house is completely renovated and boasts spectacular views of Maui, the Kohala Coast, and Mauna Loa; there are sunrise and sunset views from the spacious deck, bedrooms and the living areas.

Perfect for vacation/family getaways, special gatherings or just holo holo ( go on adventures); the Retreat has 3 bedrooms- plus a brand new Queen Sleeper (sleeps 8)- with luxurious queen beds and two full bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen with commercial hood and gas stove, double oven, dishwasher and SS fridge. A full bar including fridge and bar sink along with an expansive deck with a gas grill, complete any entertaining or delicious meals you have in mind. Two gas fireplaces provide ambiance and warmth after watching the sun sink into the ocean from the 6 person hot tub as the stars swing overhead. Luxurious organic cotton sheets, plush bedding and ample towels are provided. Cable TV, movies on the flat screen and blazing fast Internet is provided.

The best of the Big Island’s beaches are a short 20 minutes drive South and a cooler, chairs and beach towels are also provided for fun in the sun. Snorkling, diving and swimming in Hawaii’s crystal clear waters are a short drive to the Kohala Coast as well as other water activities are available at Kawaihae Harbor (20 min drive). If hiking and strolling is your preference, the black sand beach at Pololu Valley is 30 minutes away, through the town of Hawi as well as many other neighboring trails.

Waimea has three Farmer’s Markets that take place throughout the week and weekend, and Hawi has the Kohala’s Farmers Market, perfect for the Farm to Table experience with Hawaii’s local produce.

Horseback Riding, ATV tours and a fantastic BBQ Ranch dinner are also available at Kahua Ranch — discounts available when booking in advance and staying at the Ranch Retreat.

End your day with a glass of wine on the expansive deck, away from the resort crowds, watching the sun sink into the ocean behind herds of cattle and horses grazing in the golden sunlight. E Komo Mai!

Come experience a rare opportunity, unique to the Big Island of Hawaii!

Need more room? Need less room? Also available is the Ohana Hale (sleeps 5), full kitchen apartment with 2 bedrooms/ 1bath and punee (day bed ) in the living area.

VRBO listing #697418

More Details

Member since: 2015
Speaks: english, Thai
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018


Kamuela House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2200 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 12:00 PM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Max. adults: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Elua - 1 queen , Direct access to deck/hot tub. Ocean, mountain, sunset view.
    Ekahi - 1 queen , Queen bedroom with micro rainforest view, private bath.
    Ekolu - 1 queen , Ocean, mountain view.
    2nd Living Room Sleeper - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Brand new Sleeper with 12" Foam topped mattress.
  • All bedrooms have soft, organic cotton sheets, closets, luggage racks and extra bedding.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports Gear
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(13 traveler reviews)

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Ranch Retreat at Kahua Ranch- Private Ranch Paradise in Kohala Sleeps 8
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magical views at Kahua Ranch

  • 5 of 5

This is a lovely, homey property in the mountains on a working cattle ranch. Wake up to lush, verdant views of hilly pastureland with sheep, cattle, horses and rainbows!

The kitchen is well appointed, their was ample room for 6 adults and stunning views from the large windows and deck.

The owner was friendly and informative, giving us many dining and activity suggestions. This property is far different from the idea of a Hawaiian beach vacation but a wonderful, relaxing retreat in the country.

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 3 of 5

If you're looking for a quiet retreat with a mountain location every bit as breathtaking as the photos in this area, you cannot go wrong.

I would suggest with the cooler temperatures at this elevation to definitely pack warm house slippers with the home request to remove shoes upon entering. Removing shoes is the local custom, however, visitors unfamiliar should at least be forewarned that the floor is freezing!

Since we live on island and are aware of the seclusion of this particular part of the island, we thought we had packed accordingly. Not so. There are zero condiments in the fridge and I had to search high and low beginning with the bar area, to the far opposite end of the kitchen to find a wine opener. A little bit of pepper in a shaker and no salt to be found led us to make an hour roundtrip drive to town in order for basics to complete a meal that in past rentals had at least been standard. Since we were only there for two nights and had not planned to leave, it was not at all convenient.

Property states two fireplaces but only one was available for use, therefore we did not occupy that area with gorgeous views, which was disappointing.

Also note that the ohana guest house is occupied when you book at this rate, so the property does not afford 100% privacy.

We love to stay at vrbos and the idea to feel at a home away from home, but this fell short on basic conveniences for us. I had to search each bathroom to locate a hairdryer and also under cabinets to find shampoo and conditioner. While I did bring my own toiletries, thank god, my fiancé did not. Boasting luxury accommodations, we just never expected to be on such a hunt for standard basics. We soaked the sheets in the sink with an accidental spill, yet with no washer and dryer on site and only watered down soap refilled in hand soap canisters, we were only partially successful. We spent 30 minutes stripping the bed and did our best with 95% success, but not good enough. When the security deposit was docked, we regretted we had wasted our time trying.

I would love to recommend this place and absolutely do. Beautiful home. Plenty of space. Magical part of the island. As long as you pack everything you could possibly need, think of it as glamping maybe.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Jessica, Thank you for your review! I am a bit confused on a few things on your review? I double checked in our bar area and kitchen and we have a total of 5 wine openers including an air pump cork opener? There is a Costco Pink Himalayan Salt grinder in the refrigerator (For humidity ) and we have a full laundry area that guests use- washer and dryer as well as laundry soap, bleach and stain remover, right next to the boogie boards, beach chairs, coolers, slippers and beach toys. There is a hairdryer in each bathroom under each sink. Body soap is provided in the shower-- but most people have a preference for shampoo and conditioner so we will leave extra in the cabinet, but it is not in the showers. We are at 3200 feet so in March it is quite warm during the day and can get chilly at night (thank goodness for the hot tub!), unfortunately we are on an island (as you live here too) and Fireplace repair is not instantaneous. I am and have been available to guests nearly at all hours, so if you had had any questions or needed extra condiments, I do wish you had contacted me :) Thank you again, a hui ho!
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Ranch country charm

  • 4 of 5

We love the country and this place was in the middle of ranch land. A nice escape from the coastal tropics but convenient to beaches and sights. The place is new and clean with comfortable furnishings and nicely decorated. Wish we could have stayed longer and the night sky had been clear so that we could see the stars.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Terrific property!

  • 5 of 5

Terri is a wonderful host. Her houses are spitting images of the pictures on VRBO. If you're looking for a quite, relaxing/cozy place with a gorgeous view, you need to stay here. You will NOT be disappointed. We rented both the Ranch Retreat and Ohana Hale for the weekend of my wedding at Kahua Ranch. The locations were perfect. Walking distance to our venue. The beautiful scenery created a calming atmosphere while 8 bridesmaids were getting ready. Every room in these houses had its own theme, and our photographer and I loved the lighting in one in particular. We even had our own photoshoot in one! The night after the wedding, some friends and I relaxed in the hot tub after a night filled with dancing.

Terri, thank you so much for being a fantastic host and opening up your houses to us. Kahua Ranch has a special place in our hearts now and we will defiantly plan to stay again!

  • Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Unique slice of Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Couldn't have been more beautiful. The home is well stocked and honestly feels nothing short of magical. Rainbows, animals, and views for miles. By far the best stay we had over the few weeks we were on big island. Thank you for sharing with us, Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely beautiful!!

  • 5 of 5

Green, hilly, and beautiful! Gorgeous sunset from the house.

  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Nearest Barpub
10.5 Miles
Seafood Bar /Redwater Cafe
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Kohala Mountain Road
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Sushi Rock/Redwater/Seafood Bar
Nearest Beach
12 Miles
Spencer Beach Park (through Kohala Ranch)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Departure cleaning fee $125

Personal check, travelers check or cashiers check and cash are accepted and we will waive service fee.
Rates starting at $400, please inquire for Event rates and long term rental.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.