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

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,030 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
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 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.


Puako Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1030 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
  • Away From It All
  • 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 ...
  • 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
  • wildlife viewing
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
Manta Ray snorkeling and/or diving is available at Puako Boat Ramp -- just about 1/2 mile north. You can also go on whale watching boats (in season) or regular snorkeling. Super convenient!


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SPARKLING NEW. FREE EXTRAS-Bikes & Kayak; Top Floor; 1 Min Walk to Beach. COOL!
average rating of 4.7826085 based on 23 reviews

Outstanding home away from home

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 22, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW! Thank you for your wonderful review!
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lovely, clean, convenient and full of charm

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Property view very nice

  • 3 of 5

The condo served our needs and the proximity to ocean was good

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent stay in Puako Beach Condo

  • 5 of 5

Condo was amazing, situated on the top floor corner, it gets a great breeze. Furnishings are super Aloha décor, and I liked them better than all the hotels nearby! Kitchen furnishings have everything you need to cook meals. General store next door has a good supply of the basic foods to cover you. Sara, the manager of the condos, puts fresh flowers in the elevator every day and is always there to help if you have any questions.

I was in the master bedroom and left the doors open at night to hear the surf. Just doesn’t get much better than that. The stars at night were unbelievable, could see the Southern Cross early in the morning before sunrise.

Electric BBQ on the lanai is perfect for all grilling needs. I BBQd a rib eye steak that came out perfectly.


Going out of the condo to the right, there is beach access to a good beach with swimming access.

Going down Puako Beach Drive to the left, almost to the last beach access, is a viewing spot for turtles resting.

Nearby Hapuna and Beach 69 are popular beach spots and I saw whales breaching from shore.

½ mile from the condo. Hapuna has life guards. Beach 69 says Hapuna, but doesn’t have a parking person taking money. Please bring $5 to pay for parking. Turn left to get to areas that are more easily accessible to the ocean.

Also saw whales from the road up the coast flapping their tails to call their young ones I presume.

Going south, turn right at Waikoloa Village drive and go to the Golf Course Club House, Mai’s Grill, to get the best Mai Tai I’ve ever had. It has crushed pineapple and a big straw to suck up those great flavors.

In the Mauna Lani center, you have to go to the Blue Room, it’s a French inspired restaurant and I highly recommend the oysters and blue cheese burger as well as the truffle fries. And, of course, the Mai Tai. OMG.

Going to Hilo, take the saddle road via Waikoloa Village. Not called the saddle road anymore, it’s now call the Daniel K Inouye highway. You can get to the other side in 1 ½ hours.

I’d love to come again, hopefully soon. It took me too long to get back to Hawaii this time and the local feel in Puako makes it feel like coming home.


  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great condo

  • 5 of 5

We were very happy with our stay in unit 401. Clean, well-stocked, great view, nice lanai space, and plenty of room to sleep. Numerous ceiling fans and a great cross-flow breeze through the unit kept it cool. The condo complex is extremely well maintained, clean, and flower arrangements are found throughout. Nice touch! Overall we discovered that we prefer Puako over Kona. Much more relaxed.

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so glad you enjoyed yourselves. AND, as far as preferring Puako over Kona -- well, we agree that the beaches are more plentiful and less crowded. And the little neighborhood of Puako is truly unique--that's why we live in Puako too! Let us know when you're coming back for your "repeat offender" discount. Aloha!
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Cool place to stay - literally and figuratively!

  • 5 of 5

There are so many things we loved about this apartment. First of all, Puako is such a great place, and this is located conveniently next door to the general store, and extremely close to shoreline access. The apartment was comfy, even with five adults and a toddler, and is well furnished with brand new renovations, and interesting artwork. We used the pool regularly, and were definitely appreciative of the keiki pool. One of the nicest things about it is the cool breeze though. Despite being set back across the street from the ocean, it is high up and on the corner of the building, so it was always cool inside with the doors open and the fans on, even when very hot outside. For the price, this place is extremely hard to beat!

  • Submitted: Nov 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Kona (KOA)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Resorts -- Fairmont Orchid or Hapuna Prince
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Hapuna 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.




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 14.417% -- sorry about that.
Hawaii License # TA-116-308-1728-01

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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