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Ocean View Island Home, Beautiful Sunrises, Breezy Lanai, Whales, Bikes

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Two bedroom two bath ocean view

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If you're planning a vacation to East Hawaii, I'd like to welcome you to stay at the Koholā Hale "Whale House". This renovated, two bedroom, two full bath vacation home offers a South East Asian decor with furnishings sure to please.

Located on a street that fronts the ocean, this property features a large lanai with excellent ocean views. Listen to the waves break on the shoreline and watch green sea turtles playing in the surf. During the winter months, October thru March, it's an excellent location to whale watch! With your morning cup of Kona coffee, enjoy a beautiful sunrise on the front lanai. A private lanai off the master bedroom looks over a beautifully landscaped tropical garden that's home to a variety orchids, palms and plumeria trees. The space includes a large cabana. Great for relaxing with family and friends!

Offering internet access and satellite TV, you'll feel right at home. The kitchen is fully equipped for all your culinary and entertaining needs. A large granite counter provides extra space for entertaining and seating. A beautiful mango wood dining room table seats eight. French doors open onto the large, ocean facing lanai.

The master bedroom includes a king size bed, large closet, and nicely appointed private bath and vanity. The second bedroom hosts a queen size bed and closet. Located in the semi-private den is a full size futon and built-in desk. This den can be used as a third bedroom. With a second full size futon in the living room, this house can sleep up to eight comfortably!

With a short drive to the quaint old village of Pahoa, you'll find a local supermarket, gas stations, bookstore, cafe, drugstores, gift shops, surf shop, Post Office and a handful of excellent restaurants; Mexican, Thai, Italian and local fare.

Conveniently located, many sights can be found within a hour's drive. At Volcano National Park you'll be able to see the volcano put on a show for you. At Kaimu Beach, sink your feet into one of Hawaii's newest black sand beaches. Explore Kapoho Fish Ponds where you can snorkel with tropical fish. Be adventurous at Alahanui Park and take a dip in the calm, healing waters of a natural geothermal pond or visit one of our many botanical gardens in this area. See why this island is nicknamed the "Orchid Island"!

Come stay at the "Koholā Hale"!

FIRST TWO CHILDREN AGES 5 AND UNDER STAY FREE. More than two children or ages 6 and over, add $15 per night, per child. Please contact us if you have children ages 5 and under so we can adjust the quote.


MILITARY, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS and EMS WORKERS SPECIAL... 10% OFF OUR RENTAL RATES. Deposit and Cleaning Fees remain the same. We can only apply the discount prior to booking... contact us to provide ID proof of service.

Hawaii Tax ID Number - W01550232-02

More Details

Richard Marston
Member since: 2015
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 20, 2018

About Richard Marston

I was born and raised in California and moved here 25 years ago. My wife's family is from this area so naturally, we would come here to vacation with our own family. When it came time to retire, we built this house and moved to the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. We've been on vacation ever since!

Richard Marston purchased this house in 1989

Why Richard Marston chose Pahoa

This house is located directly across the street from the ocean which protects it from some of the strong waves and spray that frequent the area. On days that have tropical showers, we have a covered lanai and cabana with BBQ, perfect to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.

What makes this house unique

You can sit on the front lanai with your cup of Kona coffee and watch the sunrise. On our nice pleasant Hawaiian nights you can sit and watch the silvery Moon come up over the ocean and if you're lucky, you'll be here during whale season, when you can hear the humpback whales bellow and play right in front of your very own home away from home!


Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • 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 ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bathroom - toilet , shower
    2nd Bathroom - toilet , shower
  • Bathrooms include bath linens, blow dryer, walk-in shower, vanity, drawer and cabinet space to store your toiletries.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king
    2nd Bedroom - 1 queen
    Livingroom - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon has a full size mattress
    Den 1 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Futon has a full size mattress
  • Bedrooms include bed, linens, ceiling fans, night stands, dresser, full length mirror and closet.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming


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Ocean View Island Home, Beautiful Sunrises, Breezy Lanai, Whales, Bikes
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 42 reviews

Home away from home, we will be back!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 7 nights here and loved every night. The home is very comfortable...decorated tastefully, not 'cute'.. we knew we were in Hawaii.. on vacation. The large deck looks out into the ocean. A small, public park is a short walk ... where you can sit on the lava rocks and watch the large waves come in. The small town of Pahoa is a 10 minute drive, where you can buy groceries and gas. This home is very close to all of the sites we wanted to see.. the volcano, the black sand beaches.. the scenic 'Red Road' as well as the McKenzie Park, the Lava Tree park... and a short drive to Hilo, with it's museum's and past Hilo to the Waipio Valley look out, and scenic jungle road. After a busy day of site seeing we could come 'home' and make a great dinner to eat on the large deck, enjoying the tropical trees and ocean view. Richard, the owner is friendly, helpful, and lives in a little town just a short distance away, so he can be there within 1/2 hour if you need anything. This was a perfect vacation. We have already told our daughter & her little family about this treasure. They are planning their trip now... and we surely will be back. Thank you Richard! Sincerely, Jeff & Colleen Case. Whidbey Island, Washington state.

  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am happy that you enjoyed your stay. It is a very unique place and glad that you experienced the lifestyle in our little corner of the world. We will definitely look forward for you and your family to come and visit us again ...much aloha Rich
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Ocean out your door!

  • 5 of 5

We surely enjoyed the house and the ocean view!

Richard’s place is quite comfortable....

A very nice porch to sit out and relax the ocean for whales ...listen to the waves crash against the lava cliffs. Walk to the park and enjoy morning sunrises ....there was quite high surf during our stay and we got some spectacular shots of the waves churning and crashing on the cliffs!

You won’t be disappointed ....away from traffic .....relaxing!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 4 of 5

Well cared for property. Good location. Clean and well stocked!

  • Submitted: Dec 29, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect oasis

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved the home. The owner made a visit just to be assured we didn't need anything. I would highly recommend this home to anyone planning a visit to the island.

  • Submitted: Dec 16, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We lived on the Lanai

  • 5 of 5

Very Peaceful 3 days. We sat on the Lanai and enjoyed the sound of the ocean waves and the trade winds. Sunrises are indeed beautiful. Nice location. Everything was as advertised.

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful, beautiful view, great host!

  • 5 of 5

Very pleased with the house vs. hotel stay.

Bed was comfortable. No air-conditioning but not needed at night. It did get humid and warm in the day but we were gone during the day. Full size kitchen, large island, adequately stocked and has a dishwasher, stove/oven, microwave, refrigerator (no-icemaker), toaster, coffee pot. We had coffee and breakfast every morning on the lanai. This house is very nicely landscaped. Snorkels, fins, masks provided and are nice. We only used 1 snorkel but he makes sure they are sanitized. Umbrellas are provided. There are 2 bicycles available but we did not use. Washer and dryer are available with soap. 2 hairdryers (no defuser). Hand soap, t-paper provided but no shampoo / conditioner.

He has a suggestion book available for places to see. There are a few games.

You can not get in the ocean across the street, but you can walk over to see it.

Stop by Walmart for your groceries. There is a grocery store near by but quite a bit more expensive.

If no air-conditioning is ok - this is a great place to stay.

2 hour drive to Kona side.

Bring walking shoes and a jacket for the night view of the volcano at the Jaggar Museum.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am glad you had a good time. We always try to make our guest comfortable and appreciate any suggestions that will help our future guess. Sorry about not having a air-conditioner, very expensive to run a air-conditioner 24 /7. Being situated right across the street from the ocean we normally get tradewinds most of the time that help keep things cool.
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Hilo Farmers Market
Maku'u Farmer's Market  
Ahalanui County Beach Park
Akaka Falls State Park
Skyline Eco Adventures - Akaka Falls
Akatsuka Orchid Gardens
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area
Mauna Kea Observatory
Lava Tree State Monument
Thurston Lava Tube (Nahuku)
Kalapana Cultural Tours (LAVA Boat & Hike)
St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church
Lava Tube Cave
Papakolea Green Sand Beach
Kapoho Tide Pools
Uncle Robert's Awa Bar and Farmers Market
Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Factory
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Luquins-15-2942 Pahoa Village Rd., Pahoa
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Hilo Municiple Golf Course - 340 Haihai St., Hilo
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Pahoa - Thai, Mexican, Italian, American, etc.
Car: necessary

House is located on an island with high tropical rain fall which makes it ideal for botanical gardens. House is located near cliffs with deep ocean water which makes it ideal for whale watching.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $120 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.42%

FIRST TWO CHILDREN AGES 5 AND UNDER STAY FREE. More than two children or ages 6 and over, add $15 per night, per child. Please let us know if you have children age 5 and under so we can adjust the quote.

MILITARY, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE FIGHTERS and EMS WORKERS SPECIAL... 10% OFF OUR RENTAL RATES. Deposit and Cleaning Fees remain the same. We can only apply the discount prior to booking... contact us to provide ID proof of service. Only one special can be applied per reservation.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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