About the property
- Condo1030 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights
3 BR, 2 Bath, Incredible View, Across from Puako Beach, Swim; Snorkel; Bike
NEWLY RENOVATED! We have just snapped this 1974 apartment into the 21st century with a complete renovation! The walls are now Venetian Plaster (amazing, you'll want to check them out-- please touch), the plumbing and lighting fixtures are all new, high-grade, and zippy. AND there are granite counters in the kitchen and baths.
The furniture is all comfortable and well-suited for each room. There's lots of details to make this a great place to stay. And did we mention this is in Puako? A wonderful local beach community. If you don't know the area already, you'll be extremely happy to find it now.
This top-floor corner-unit was chosen for its location when given first choice of any unit in the building. It was an obvious choice as the ocean and mountain views are superb! Puako is a highly desirable neighborhood that has been popular since Polynesians first came to Hawaii. Really! It is now an established beach community of about 120 homes along a low-key friendly road. People walk or run as well as ride bikes along the length of the road--about 4 flat miles long.
The 1974 Puako Condominium building has the luxury of being built in a different time, when views were straight-on to the ocean, and when the grounds had ample space around the building. There are many fruit trees and lovely old mature flowering trees. Fruit is shared when in season -- bananas, and mangoes are the most common for sharing. The building, and the residents have a great, low-key vibe. This is a place to live like a local. Sure, check out the resorts, and the island, and then come back "home" and kick back. You can also hang out by the pool, with an extra shallow Keiko pool too!
** A 2 person Kayak (with paddles, and seats of course).
** 2 Beach Cruiser Bikes (actually 3--an extra in case something goes wrong with 1).
** TV with Netflix, Amazon Prime Streaming, and Pandora accounts, Basic Cable which includes local stations.
** Beach Gear -- 4 Chairs, 2 umbrellas, Boogie Board, Noodles, and quite a bit of snorkeling stuff (masks, fins, snorkels).
** 4 Big Beach towels.
** High Speed WiFi
** Laundry in unit. (With soap and cleaning "aids")
MASTER BEDROOM: Comfortable KING-Sized Bed, with nice 100% cotton linens and choices of pillows -- from soft and scrunchable to firmer and thicker. Strong Ceiling Fan. Ocean Breezes from the jalousie windows or the sliding door with screen door. 2 Bed-Side Lamps for reading. Walk-in Closet. AND the same killer view as the Living Room. The big lanai area is in front of the master bedroom.
2ND BEDROOM: Comfortable QUEEN-sized Bed, again, with nice linens and pillows. 2 Reading Lamps, STRONG ceiling fan, a small desk in case you need to work a bit, desk chair, and a big closet.
3RD BEDROOM: 2 Comfortable TWIN-sized Beds, again, nice linens and pillows. 1 Reading Lamp, STRONG ceiling fan, a dresser, and another big closet.
2 BATHROOMS: Both bathrooms are accessed from the hallway and both have new cabinets and granite counters, professional-grade faucets, and plenty of thick and thirsty towels. Beach towels too. Also, shampoo, conditioner, hand-soap, TP, and hair dryers.
LANAI: BIG VIEW (of course). Teak table that seats 4-6, as well as an electric Barbeque for cooking your local fish and veggies. Sunsets can be magical and yes, the Green Flash is real (though we call it the Green Blip most of the time). In season (primarily January - March) you can easily see Humpback whales cavorting off the coast from the lanai--that's kinda fun!
KITCHEN: Breakfast bar with 3 rattan stools. ALL the basics--refrigerator, stove top, oven, small dishwasher, microwave, toaster, blender, espresso machine, french press, Mr. Coffee (we're in the belt AND suspenders arena when it comes to making coffee) plates, cups, utensils, nice heavy-weight stainless pots and pans, bowls, tupperware, cloth napkins, dish soap, dish washer soap, and lots of etc.
Just in case you're worrying about walking up 4 flights of stairs -- YES -- there is an elevator.
Puako Store, a small, well-stocked grocery/liquor store is steps away -- super convenient if you do not want to cook, or forgot to bring something with you. They have excellent wine too. You'll probably want to celebrate at least a little bit.
There are about 6 sets of decent snorkel gear (though it's always better to bring your own as we cannot provide all sizes), some boogie boards, and 2 beach cruiser bikes. You can easily ride to many great beach spots or high-end resorts as Puako Beach Drive is flat and the south end is a beach trail that leads to the Fairmont Orchid and the Mauna Lani. Going North is Beach 69 (Wailea Bay), Hapuna Beach, the Hapuna Prince hotel and the Mauna Kea hotel --though the road going north is hillier.
Basically, if you're thinking about staying at a resort, because you really love resorts, by all means stay at one of the many in West Hawai`i. If you are instead looking for more of a local experience, which is definitely harder to find, then Puako is a fantastic choice. It's the place that was the first choice for beach homes in South Kohala. The weather is just about perfect and the beautiful Pacific Ocean is right there.
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one hour
- English, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Barbara Bell
We have lived on Hawaii Island for almost 40 years and are pleased as punch to also be living in Puako. Jack is a retired wood-flooring contractor and I (Barbara) am most recently retired from the County of Hawaii. We own and manage this condo and we think that our pride of ownership shows.
Barbara Bell purchased this Condo in 2017
Why Barbara Bell chose Puako
We think this is the best unit in the building -- in the only condo (or apartment, or multiple unit) building in all of Puako. It is taller than any house in the area, hence the great views and breezes. Puako is a wonderful and relaxed beach community. We think the real question is why not this property?
What makes this Condo unique
You'll have the best of all worlds here. The low-key vibe of a local beach community, yet super-close to world class resorts. A little unusual in that sense--Mauna Kea Hotel, Hapuna Prince Hotel, Fairmont Orchid Hotel, Mauna Lani Hotel. All of these are 5 star (or higher) with fabulous pools, spas, restaurants, gyms; in short -- all the trimmings.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Loved the condo. It is well equipped with nice kitchen ware for those who like to cook all the luscious food found here. Puako is close to many wonderful beaches.
Happy to be a "Repeat Offender"!
The Puako Love Shack is as comfy and well-maintained as ever since our visit last August. Great 4th floor breezes and views this entire 5 nite stay! Being on the top floor in a corner unit makes this condo the most unique in the entire complex, I believe! Love the beds and linens and the best fans for a cool sleep. The sunsets and waxing moon have been stellar. I so enjoy cooking in this kitchen while looking out at the plumeria, palms and ocean. All the utensils and efficient appliances make it more fun than cooking at home. Fast internet for staying connected. There were so many turtles along our coastal walks and swims. The "toys" do move around so be sure to read the book and check all the closets.. everything you need for super beach days is provided. The hosts are happy to share their Puako neighborhood and answer any requests a guest might have. I hope to visit again soon and hope that y'all plan on doing so as well. Aloha!
Nice property. Enjoyable stay
Very nice. Updated kitchen. Corner unit with lots of light, great breeze and views. Not too noisy. Kitchen well stocked. Market next door is convenient. Outdoor patio great for breakfast and watching the sunset. Quiet neighborhood excellent for walks.
lovely, clean, convenient and full of charm
We spent the most incredible 6 days in Puako and loved our location. Being on 4th floor was easy and loved the views. Thanks to Barb for her flexibility and quick responses to inquiries.
Outstanding home away from home
This was a great place to stay with our 6 year old and explore the Kona and Kohala areas. The condo comes with a well stocked kitchen and great beach gear to borrow. To be honest, VRBO should send other owners here to show how it should be done. Thanks!
WOW! Thank you for your wonderful review!
Property view very nice
The condo served our needs and the proximity to ocean was good
Thank you for your good review. Aloha.
Many people come to the Big Island to see an active volcano, others come for our host culture which is very much alive and evident, others come for the fine weather (not too hot; not too cold), and many want to enjoy the ocean A LOT. Puako is a good base for all these reasons because it is a Beach community, with 9 public access points to the coastline; the ocean is very accessible. You can live like a local and enjoy a nice beach too. You are closer to the beach here than at the big resorts, that's for sure. And you will have a feeling of neighbors and community. Puako is a special place on the Big Island, which most locals know, yet it's still low-key, calm, and quiet. World-Class Resorts are very close (3 miles for Fairmont Orchid and Hapuna Prince and 4 miles for Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea) with their restaurants and golf and spas and tennis. Kilauea crater, and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is about 2 hours away. You can go for a day-trip from here.
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
Rates are based on 2 people. $20/person/night for extra guests. Children under 1 year, no charge. Cleaning is $200 for any length of stay. Hawaii State Taxes are 14.417% -- sorry about that. Hawaii License # TA-116-308-1728-01 Cancellation Policy: PLEASE CHECK CANCELLATION POLICY ATTACHED TO CONFIRMATION EMAIL. VRBO may make other statements. Basically, If you wish to cancel your reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows: • More than 90 days before your arrival: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 service fee. • Less than 90 days before your arrival: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee. • If reservation is changed, a change fee of $50 applies. We will discuss this at the time of change, and if it is minor, no change fee is required. (Example of a minor change is shifting nights, with no change in charges.) • We make every effort to re-book. We really are not trying to keep your $ for no reason. • Thank you for understanding.