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Recent Puako reviews

  • A special place and taste of old Hawaii (and maybe not for everyone)

    "If this 1930s beach cottage was any closer to the water, it would be a house boat. It's within the confines of a state park, part of a small cluster of bungalows, so we assume it is grandfathered in. The location is remarkable -- I'm sure no one would be allowed to build here today. One steps out and is in the water. What works? Location, location, location. We were utterly charmed by the authentic, 1930s old Hawaii feel of the place. It is well cared for, well stocked, clean, has good wifi, and comfortable in a cozy way. Leilani was responsive and helpful whenever needed. Puako is a nice location -- out of the touristy buzz of Kona (unless that's what you are seeking) and close enough to Waimea for great eating (get yourself to the extraordinary Merriman's while here). It's about escape, not a party-time location. What you need to accept: Bring earplugs -- the surf is incessant and while no AC is needed, the open windows means pounding surf all night long. Authentic 1930s can look a bit funky to some people. The bedrooms are very small (and separated by thin walls), the bathroom is in an adjacent structure (absolutely workable), there is a rodent problem all over the island, so traps here and there (we disposed of a dead mouse -- no big deal). The beach is utterly swimmable, but if you have kids you'd want to keep an eye on them -- the surf can be powerful and there is no lifeguard. Beaches are public and the bungalow sits at the end of a state park beach, so while it feels secluded, there was also a lot of people just outside the bungalow most days until the park closed at 7PM -- it was never a problem, but its not total seclusion if that is what one seeks. We loved it and would stay here again in a heartbeat. it's really a special place and a world away from the hotel resort options that dot the island and that we avoid."
    Guest: Paul L. Date of Stay: January 2017 Review Submitted: January 16, 2017
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  • quite relaxing great owner

    "Me and my wife thoroughly enjoyed our stay at hale hualalai clean bright cottage reminiscent of old Hawaii with modern updates. Our host frank was great making sure our stay was most pleasant wiil be back"
    Guest: paul a. Date of Stay: December 2016 Review Submitted: December 27, 2016
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  • Spectacular view

    "The condo was perfect and we had more room than we needed. Clean, well-equipped and well maintained with a serviceable kitchen and updated bathrooms (3!) You might be tempted to bring various things but you don't need to. There were plenty of high quality beach towels, beach chairs, even a beach umbrella. Previous guests had left behind enough staples and condiments to make it easy to cook, and you can get groceries right next door, although the food land in Mauna Lani was cheaper. The building manager was lovely and put a small bouquet of flowers in the elevator every day. It's also super close to two of the best beaches we've ever experienced., Hapuna and Beach 69, and easy driving distance to charming farmers' markets in Waimea. But it's all about the view. We whale/sunset watched and star gazed on the balcony, then watched the sunrise from the back gallery. Just spectacular."
    Guest: Wendy H. Date of Stay: March 2016 Review Submitted: March 24, 2016
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  • Beautiful Home and Location, Plenty of Sea Turtles

    "We were a group of 4 couples, and this was the perfect place to stay. The well-equipped kitchen and huge lanai made it easy to hang out as a group, and the detached bedrooms gave plenty of privacy and quiet places to retreat. You'll need water shoes for the beach, but there were several pairs on hand, along with a beach umbrella and a few beach chairs. The water behind the house has some great snorkeling, actually, with plenty of fish, urchins, and coral. We also snorkeled with sea turtles most every day. This house is very convenient to Hapuna Beach, which is a great swimming and laying out beach. It's also only about a half hour from Kona-Kailua for a greater variety of restaurants and entertainment."
    Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: August 2016 Review Submitted: September 4, 2016
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