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Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,800 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-10) - Very close to town...

If you are adventurous and free spirited, but still require all the amenities a luxury rental home has to offer then Pu`uhonua ('Place of Refuge') is the place for you. Experience tropical Hawaii at it’s finest in this unique pole house nestled just above Kealakekua Bay ('Pathway of the Gods') in Captain Cook, Hawaii. At this elevation you will enjoy the perfect climate and sweeping 180+ degree views of the ocean, Mauna Loa and Kealakekua Bay, in a quiet and comfortable setting.

Convenient location, just a moment away from the town of Captain Cook, with all of its amenities including one of the islands best grocery stores, fantastic restaurants, local shops and a wonderful farmers market.

Watch breathtaking sunsets from the spacious upper lanai that wraps around the house. Just 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona Airport, Pu`uhonua House is minutes from an array of activities including horseback riding, hiking, tennis, diving, dolphin and seasonal whale watching. Rent kayaks and kayak across the majestic Kealakekua Bay, swim with spinner dolphins and snorkel one of Hawaii’s best kept secrets, the Captain Cook monument.

Enjoy a variety of tropical fruits and flora grown on the property such as bananas, papayas, lemons, avocados, breadfruit, macadamia, coffee and mangos. We are close to some of south Kona’s finest beaches and minutes from great swimming, snorkeling and child safe beaches like Hookena, Manini, Keei, and Kealakekua Bay.

Pu`uhonua House (Place of Refuge House) was built in 1988 by a physicist and his wife. As a former sailor he and his wife had traveled to many parts of the world, before they chose this spot to build their dream home where they would eventually retire. Being a physicist he was intrigued by the simplicity and structural durability a pole house has to offer. Supported by nine thirty foot tall cedar poles imported from Washington state, this house unlike traditionally constructed homes, has a more open floor plan allowing for more glass. The main living level perimeter is nearly all glass/view. You feel as though you are part of your beautiful surroundings. All of the structural and finish components of the house were all hand crafted on site. The property is a one acre private parcel located in the McCoy Plantation subdivision, once a coffee plantation. Much of the property is still rich with coffee plants and certain times of the year the air is thick with the sweet scent of the blossom. If you like peace and tranquility then you will enjoy this piece of paradise.





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Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
April 8, 2018

About The Owner

Aloha. My Name is Rowan. My mother and father, Bruce & Nikki, fell in love with this very special piece of paradise. It is a unique Hawaiin style home on a very peaceful private 1 acre lot in the town of Captain Cook.

The Owner purchased this house in 2004

Why The Owner chose Captain Cook

We vacationed for may years on the Big Island, staying on all parts of the island. We fell in love with the Captain Cook area because of its proximity to everything, the local culture, the coastal access and all the town has to offer.

What makes this house unique

Captain Cook is a great location for your family vacation. We are close to many beautiful coastal destinations, great shopping, restaurants and a perfect location to explore all that the Big Island has to offer. You are in a great location for day trips and close to Kailua Kona. We have some of the best snokeling, kayaking and surfing spots on the Island.


Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Garden Room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Mid level bedroom with lanai
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Mid level bedroom with lanai
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Mid level bedroom with lanai
    Loft - 1 queen , Private, spacious loft
  • King size bed (1 ), Queen size Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
New Microwave, New Dishwasher, New Refrigerator w/Ice Maker, New range and oven, Come see our web site for additional information and pictures


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average rating of 4.9565215 based on 92 reviews

Beautiful views and great location on the Big Island

  • 5 of 5

Perfect property for our large group of family members. The house is as described and as others have noted, the pictures do not do the view justice. Bruce was very helpful in providing recommendations and showing us the details of the house. When we had questions, he was quick to respond via text which was great. Kitchen had all you need to prepare meals and having a propane grill on the lanai was super helpful. The location of the house was outside of town so it was quiet and relaxing, but close enough that it wasn't an issue to do and see things. 10 minutes to get to awesome snorkeling at Two Step, 20 or so minutes to Kona, Magic Sands, and other beach areas. If we return to the Big Island, I would absolutely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved this incredible house!

  • 5 of 5

Eight of us spent a week in this wonderful 3-storey pole house, enjoying the exceptional view and each others company. From the top floor you look out over the Pacific and, at treetop level, it's easy to see the birds. It's conveniently located on the slope just below Captain Cook--the grocery store is 5 minutes away--but when you're in the house you feel like you are living in the countryside or perhaps an eagle's nest.

All the bedrooms are equally comfortable. The house was clean. There was plenty of bedding and towels available, the kitchen was well stocked, and some beach gear was also available. Needless to say, we will go back.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2018
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Head-spinning views of the ocean from this "treehouse"

  • 5 of 5

This unique home is built like a treehouse, except it stands sturdily on volcanic rock. The main living area is a huge screened porch, walled with glass. Without exaggeration, you're on a thousand foot cliff overlooking the vast Pacific ocean below. The house is cool for sure, but the views will blow your mind.

Indoors, the finish is all wood. The kitchen is well-equipped with dishes, cutlery, cookware, and a heavy-duty Ninja blender. We used the outdoor propane grill nearly every night - having a good kitchen is key for us as a family, as it saves us a bundle to be able to cook at home instead of dining out. Beds were comfortable, ample towels, lots of extras like boogie boards, sand toys and lounge chairs. The children had a marvelous time climbing up the ladder to the loft. And down again. And discovering the green, red-spotted geckos that also inhabit the home. And watching the pretty guinea fowl from next door peck about. Our 5-yr-old was upset to realize we had to leave at some point.

The property has coffee, coconut, papaya, and lemon trees on it. Bruce said we were free to pick what's ripe (our youngest picked a lemon and it became her best friend) and brought us a bunch of tiny, delicious bananas. It has a large garden full of tropical flowers and ornamentals, studded with a'a, which is kept simultaneously groomed and lush. I recognized one of the huge bushes as the same type of plant I got back in Wisconsin in a small pot. Everything here grows like crazy.

It's one of the best properties we've stayed at to date, and that helped us have the time of our lives on the Big Island. Thanks to Bruce and his team for a job very well done.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect home in the perfect location!

  • 5 of 5

We visited the Big Island with another family and we absolutely fell in love with this house. This amazing property is situated in a very quaint location, just a short drive from Kona and all of its attractions. Great restaurants and shopping centers are all close by and convenient to the home. The pictures of this home are just the tip of the ice berg because its views and amenities are just amazing. The home has wrap around porches on the second and third floors so every room takes in the beautiful and lush views. The home itself was wonderfully maintained and had all the basics needed for preparing meals. When we visit the Big Island again, we would love to come back and stay at this home to create more memories that our family will cherish forever!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Could not have asked for a more perfect place. Beautiful and relaxing. Clean , unique and fun.

  • 5 of 5

Property is unique and a treasure. The whole time you are here you keep thinking about when you can come back. Town is charming, locals are great and the location is perfect for a little more immersion into the Kona life. You just feel the energy of Hawaii here..

  • Submitted: Feb 18, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Spectacular View

  • 5 of 5

There are so many nice things to say about this house that it can slightly obfuscate the single most amazing feature - there is a wrap around deck with a wrap around sliding door system that looks out to the most eye popping views you can imagine. If I wasn't so busy enjoying myself on the island I would have spent every waking hour out there. Yes, there are pictures you can see here, but they just don't do it justice.

One thing to note that might be meaningful to you. There is a large master bedroom on the first floor that is a separate entry, though just a step from the entry to the rest of the house. If you are looking for extra privacy, this is good, if you are watching over a brood of kids, perhaps not. For us it was inconsequential and we didn't even use it, but it is worth noting.

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Corner Pocket
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Many of the Islands finest restaurants
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Kealakekua Bay
Car: recommended

Kayak across beautiful Kealakekua Bay to Captain Cooks Monument for unbelievable snorkeling.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $275 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates are good for up to six guests. Add $25/night for each additional guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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