Welcome to our Mauka Beach Bungalow. The house is located at the south end of the Puako Beach community road and is situated on the Mauka or mountain side adjacent to state owned 'open space' with direct beach access across the road. There is a sweeping view of Mt. Mauna Kea to the east as well as views of the Kohala Mountains to the north and Mt. Mauna Loa to the south. The mauka side desert nature preserve provides a wonderful refuge for many birds including the Francolin which is similar to a partridge. And just across the road, the sandy edge of the lava tide pools provides a protected napping destination for many of the sea turtles in the area. Enjoy an evening stroll across Old Puako Beach Road joining neighbors and friends at the waters edge for another beautiful Puako sunset.
The bungalow is designed with two bedrooms, each with a bathroom located at opposite ends of the building. The open kitchen/dining and living rooms are located in the center of the structure and combined with the covered lanai offer a variety of dining and entertaining options. Framed sepia toned photographs of palm trees, an antique Indonesian punee and wood pegged Indonesian dining table, rustic Oaxacan cabinets, and clay pottery from Crete and Tunisia complete the eclectic island interior.
Puako Beach Road is two and a half miles long and perfect for walking and jogging. Direct water access is convenient for snorkeling, ocean kayaking, or spending an afternoon on the beach with the turtles. The south end of the road leads to a path along the ocean's edge where you may watch the surfers, picnic at Holoholokai Beach Park, explore island history from the Malama Petroglyph Trail, or walk on to the shops and restaurants at the Fairmont Orchid (Mauna Lani Hotel). You will find the Puako General Store at the north end of the community along with the picturesque 1859 white stucco Hokuloa Church. The white sands of Waialea Bay as well as Hapuna Beach Park are located on a side road near the north entrance to our community.
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We first visited the Puako neighborhood nearly fifteen years ago renting a cottage on the water. We have always been intrigued by the desert climate in an otherwise 'tropical' setting and the concept of a place in the desert but by water.
We were delighted a few years ago when we found our own bungalow located adjacent to state owned 'open space' and just across the road from the ocean. Here we are enjoying another Puako sunset and invite you to share our vision of a bungalow on a desert by the sea. Owners: MBB
After spending many holidays at various hotels and private residences on the Kohala Coast, the Puako neighborhood remains the destination of choice. Puako, rich in ancient history, and located on the Big Island's Gold Coast among world class hotels, still evokes the character of early days in old Hawaii. Although newer residences have been added, these co-exist nicely with the simple bungalows of an earlier era, thereby maintaining the character of this special island community.
Located just across old Puako Beach Road from the ocean, this proximity allows for morning coffee and evening beverages at the water's edge. Following the sunrise over Mt. Mauna Kea to the east, we generally stroll over to see turtles swimming through the black lava tide pools for a day of basking in the sun on the beach. We quite often return for sunset and visit with neighbors and visitors staying in the community. Snorkeling just off the lava tide pools and spending a day at Wailea Bay beach just five minutes up the road remain favorite activities when we visit Puako.
We sometimes entertain friends for lunch or evening 'umbrella drinks' at the nearby Fairmont Orchid beach bar located within walking distance along a beach path from Puako Beach Road. A favorite and close-by excursion includes a visit to the two Saturday markets in Waimea (Kamuela) located at the 2200 ft. level (bring a sweater) about a 30 minute drive in to green hills and near Parker Ranch land. We then continue our drive over the Kohala Mountain ridge to the western store front towns of Hawi and Kapa'au for lunch and loop back along the coast through Kawaihae to our community. As you enter the port of Kawaihae, there are several restaurants which are good destinations for lunch or dinner as well as the local dive shop. As you proceed farther south you will find Spencer's Beach Park, the beautiful crescent shaped white sands beach at the Mauna Kea Hotel and Hapuna Beach Park for big wave action: all open and for public use. As you continue over the next hill you have returned to the Puako neighborhood and have enjoyed one of many island day trip adventures.
Identify the many birds of Hawaii from the lanai which looks on to a State owned preserve. This is a bird watchers paradise and we are still on the look out for the red cheeked Cordon Bleu. Explore the nearby petroglyph park, enjoy two Saturday morning markets in Waimea, horseback riding near the Parker Ranch, the white sands of Wailea Bay and the mysteries of the Queen's Bath at the Ponds.
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