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SPARKLING NEW. FREE EXTRAS-Bikes & Kayak; Top Floor; 1 Min Walk to Beach. COOL!

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

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.

More Details

Barbara Bell
Member since: 1998
Speaks: english, And Korean!
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2017

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 Kohala Coast

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.


Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Kona (KOA)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Resorts -- Fairmont Orchid or Hapuna Prince
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Prince & Mauna Kea Hotel
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Hawaii Belt Road -- Highway 11
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Resorts: Fairmont, Mauna Lani, Prince, Mauna Kea
Nearest Beach
150 Metres
Puako Beach
Car: recommended

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.


Puako Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Nice towels, shampoo, conditioner, hair dryer.
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Thick and Thirsty towels. Shampoo, Conditioner, Hair Dryer.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master Bedroom - 1 king , Comfortable King bed; direct access to the lanai. HUGE VIEW.
    Queen Bedroom - 1 queen , Comfortable Queen Bed, Ceiling Fan, 2 Reading Lights,
    Twin(s) Bedroom - 2 twin/ single , 2 Comfortable Twins. Nice sheets, Ceiling Fan.
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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average rating of 4.875 based on 16 reviews

Great Puako Location!

  • 5 of 5

What a great spot! We travel to Hawaii for a conference at the Hilton Waikoloa every few years and back in 2014 we started staying away from that really touristy area and started staying in Puako instead, renting at one of the houses down the road. This time we really lucked out being able to stay at this condo which was MUCH better then where we were last time in Puako. First off, it is on the top floor, so the views are much better than they were at the prior house which was at ground level where we had no view. We saw whales flapping away in the ocean while eating breakfast on the deck there every day! I think being up higher than anything else around also helped to have great breezes here, making it a really nice temperature at night for sleeping. It's also at the end of the row from the elevator so it is quiet at night with nobody walking by to another place. And it was a bargain compared to what else was available.

Sleeping was easy, the beds were comfortable and there was plenty of room for us (three couples) to spread out in our own bedrooms. The condo was fully equipped for eating in, which we did, taking the owner's advice and making the short trip up to Kawaihai (I'm not sure I'm spelling that right) for some fresh fish. It's also right next to the only grocery in Puako which was a really handy short walk the first morning to get some breakfast things we forgot to get at Costco on our way up from Kona. The internet wifi was fast and reliable. The cable TV also had netflix. What more could you ask for

My wife and I really like the 'vibe' in Puako. It's near enough by the Hilton Waikoloa village for us to attend the conference but worlds above in terms of relaxation and serenity. There're ocean access places up and down Puako Beach Road, the closest an easy walk from the condo. It was amazing how many turtles we saw when we snorkeled there. One day there must've been 20 to 30!

We plan to be back when the conference returns in 2020. We will definitely want to return here to stay when we do!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review! So glad you got to see turtles and checked out Kawaihae. It's nice that you appreciated our quiet beach community vibe. We love it too. Our Hawaii Love Shack will be here, patiently waiting for your re-visit. Aloha, Barbara and Jack
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Clean, quiet, and convenient location with great views.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here because of the close proximity to some world-class snorkeling in Puako Bay. The rental was very clean and the neighborhood was very quiet. There is some limited shopping right next door, and a bigger grocery store a 10-minute drive away.

Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hilo, HI

We will stay here again!

  • 5 of 5

We often travel to the west side of the Big Island for sun and surf but have never stayed in the Puako condos until a couple of weeks ago. What a surprise! Barbara and Jack’s condo was cool, quiet, and relaxing. A wonderful place to get recharged. There was a feeling of intimacy beginning with the plumeria and banana tree lined walkway to the condo’s vintage décor. Love and care was evident everywhere and reflected the owners’ personalities. It felt wonderful to wake up in the morning and have a peaceful breakfast on the lanai facing the ocean before a great day snorkeling in Puako's crystal clear waters! Didn’t stay long enough to take out the kayaks but plan on doing that on our next trip!

  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Kapoho, HI, USA

Cool and comfortable even in August!

  • 5 of 5

> In late August booked our second stay in this airy 4th floor condo. This time we were with two other couples. One of the many things we like about this unit, is that it is on the windward corner of the top floor and the breeze can come through on three sides. When the front door is open (there is a screen) there is a wonderful view of Mauna Kea and the airflow through the unit is amazing. We had the bedroom with two twin beds. We were surprised at how cool the room was at night even though we slept with our door closed. There was a great breeze coming in through the windows and of course all rooms have top-of-the line ceiling fans. One of the three nights we were there, we didn't even need to use the ceiling fan. Another factor that may be responsible for keeping this condo cooler than most is the fact that the new owners had the walls throughout plastered with Venetian plaster. I understand it has ground-up marble in it and, like marble, it is always cool to the touch. Kind of hard to resist touching those beautiful walls!


> This condo's location in charming, quiet Puako and its' reasonable price, factor into some of our other reasons for staying here! It is nice to be out of the hustle and bustle of the resort areas, but close enough to visit them if we so desire. Puako has our favorite, secret snorkel spot. We love to walk the trail to Beach 69 from the boat harbor or walk the coastal trail from the end of Puako Road to the Fairmont and Mauna Lani resorts . Another option is to take a morning stroll along the 3 mile length of Puako Road which is lined with gorgeous beach homes and ocean access spots.


> The new owners have fully stocked their nicely decorated and sparkling clean condo with everything needed for a great vacation. We felt so relaxed staying here and enjoying the huge ocean views and nice breezes. We are already making plans for next time!

  • Submitted: Aug 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great views, stocked kitchen, cute geckos and fruit trees around the property

  • 5 of 5

We were wary of no A/C in the summer but it was mostly fine; with the windows and door open the cross breeze cooled us off well, though A/C would have felt good on the sunburn. Kitchen was stocked well; we made most of our meals in the condo and weren’t missing anything. The appliances were high end. Having an electronic door lock was great, we didn’t have to sync up to transfer keys, we could split into multiple groups. We liked that there was shampoo, conditioner, and laundry soap already, we weren't sure if we should buy some at our post-airport wal-mart stop. There were really nice views of the ocean across the street. We used the electric grill on the lanai a few times. The fruit trees on the property were cool, we ate apple bananas and a papaya and made grapefruit, lemon, and orange juice (juicer in the condo).

As mentioned in the description, there is a general store next door but the food selection is limited and the prices across the board are high, even by island standards. The living room / kitchen area is connected and there is no dinner table so we had to split up for meals, three at the bar and two at the coffee table. There is a larger table on the lanai though. The building (not the condo itself) has a lot of rules. Overall most were reasonable and led to better enjoyment for all. But some seemed excessive, e.g. for the pool there was to be no marco polo, loud children noises, or entering before 9am. No picking bananas without a bag (because some of the drippings were hard to clean off the sidewalk.)

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Portland, OR

Quiet, beautiful view

  • 5 of 5

Very welcoming and peaceful feeling. I felt in true paradise with all fresh fruit trees around the property (and often fruit from the trees left in the lobby for the guests to take). The condo is really cute with AMAZING views. The street in front is not busy which made it comfortable to take the bikes to the beaches. If you like turtles, there's a short coastal hike from the condo where I saw a ton of them basking in the sun. Lucky me!

  • Submitted: Aug 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $300
Cleaning fee $200 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.42%

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 13.417% -- sorry about that.
Hawaii License # TA-116-308-1728-01

Cancellation Policy: 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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