When you enter the Hale Aikalani you will see a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. From the lanai you hear and see the waves rolling toward the rocky shore which is within a few feet of the property. The wrap-around lanai is a prime viewing area as well as a nice place for meals or recreation. You can see the ocean from almost every room in the house.
Local artist, Melissa Knott, painted the colorful artwork. She is also the caretaker who will meet you at the house upon arrival.
Sea turtles and whales are frequently present.
The master bedroom has a king size bed. The guest bedroom has a queen bed. And the other guest room has two twin beds. The bedrooms are nicely furnished and comfortable.
The kitchen is fully equipped with modern appliances, dinnerware, and cookware. A washer and dryer are provided.
There is an attached garage.
In-house entertainment includes two TVs; a DVR for recording your favorite upcoming programs, and a DVD player. A selection of videos is available. There are some board and card games in the entryway closer. In addition to regular tv channels we subscribe to HBO.
The lanai is one of my favorite features. I enjoy sitting outside with a cup of tea just watching the waves roll in.
If you have children, there are plenty of places for them to play in the house: the bedroom, upstairs loft, dining room or living room, and if they are old enough to be unsupervised--the lanai which has tables and chairs and if the island breeze is not too strong their game cards and pieces should be safe.
The Big Island is divided into districts, towns, then neighborhoods. Our house is in the Puna District in the town of Pahoa, in the Hawiian Beaches neighborbood. Once you understand this distinction, it will be easier to navigate through tourist guides. Some venues are closer than they may seem.
The townsite is Pahoa and it is one of the most interesting places I have visited. There are small restaurants, craft stores, galleries and boutiques. There is a local grocery store.The atmosphere is that of the '60's or '70's. It features wooden sidewalks.
Pahoa is an alternative to the resort areas of Hawaii. But if you want to visit the resort areas near Kona, it is a beautiful 2-hour drive. The beaches are public so look for the public access signs and be careful not to park in private areas.
In addition to the small grocery store in the Pahoa townsite, there are several strip malls with larger grocery stores, banks, medical walk-in medical clinics which are closer to the house.
Best of all is our off-site caretaker. Should anything need attention, she is there on the spot. I know of no other rental that can guarantee that type of service. Additionally she offers a special lei greeting if desired, and she can grocery shop prior to your arrival so you have some basics when you arrive. Details will be provided in my welcome packet which you will receive about 30 days before your arrival.