Awesome sunsets, ocean breezes, and quiet starry nights await you at this cozy, newer 1 bedroom home situated 400 feet up on two and a half acres in the rolling hills of the Kohala Coast. From here you are only minutes away from the finest beaches (such as Hapuna), water activites (such as sailing, fishing, whale watching, great snorkeling and diving), dining and golfing the Big Island has to offer.
Hale O Pueo is well built, light, airy, and located where the sun shines 350 days a year. This tranquil, end of the road property is lavishly landscaped with a variety of tropical flowering plants and trees. Comfortably furnished living room framed by night blooming jasmine and lush bamboo, opens out through sliding glass door onto the covered lanai. Luxuriate here in the serene setting and balmy ocean breezes as you swing in the hammock or nestle into the tropical furnishings.
Wake up in your queen sized bed to the morning sun glistening on the ocean below as you look out the large sliding door. Step out onto the covered lanai to take in the expansive, unobstructed views of the rolling hills, ocean, coastline and nearby Hualalai Volcano as you plan your day in paradise.
BBQ on your lanai along with gas burners, new appliances and everything necessary for your dining needs. Includes breakfast bar and beautiful bamboo set.
Tiled bathroom with large vanity opens up to your exotic private outdoor shower, surrounded by red lava rock walls and tropical plants.
Check in 3PM; Check Out 11AM (sometimes flexible)
Transient Accommodations License #W01777464-01
Hale O'Pueo is the perfect retreat in No. Kohala on the Big Island of Hawaii. It rests up in a rural area of the island close to the Northern tip and the wonderful town of Hawi, and within 10 miles of diverse and active Waimea. You can plan day trips to Kailua-Kona (and Walmart/Costco...), the beautiful Hilo-town and the Hamakua Coastal drive, or just hang at Hapuna Beach and body surf. When you return to your piece of paradise, the peace overtakes your soul, you can shower outdoors and prepare the perfect meal in the large and fully equipped kitchen. WiFi is available, gorgeous sunsets from your lanai and your favorite games on the large-screen TV, or you can just listen to the abundant bird life and feel the Hawaiian breezes. Kalia has built a lovely home-away-from-home and I, for one, will surely return. Mahalo.
Since this property was already booked for the four nights we were there, Kalia graciously offered her home, which is the duplex side of the home. The view is spectacular!! The landscaping around the home is gorgeous! The location of the home was perfect, easy access to beaches or to Waipio Valley, etc. but just far enough out to make you feel like you are away from all the congestion. Kalia is a wonderful hostess. She kept in touch over e-mail before our arrival and was prompt in answering any questions. She also provided not only beach towels, but access to beach chairs, snorkel gear, etc., which those extra's are such a plus! She kindly allowed us to stay after 11 on our departure day. We heard wild turkeys and birds, which only added to our experience. I wish we could have stayed longer (or forever)!
The pictures tell the story. They are recent and accurate depictions of an intelligently-planned and laid out, tastefully-decorated, totally functional and very beautiful space with sweeping panoramic views that stretch nearly to the airport and around to Maui. The setting is a beautifully-groomed flowering oasis in a rural semi-arid pastureland at 800' elevation. The huge covered lanai with its comfortable hammock and furniture provides great functional outdoor space, the big glass doors bring the outside views and breezes in, and the amenities are very amenable. "Off the grid" doesn't involve any hardship or inconvenience, unless you find birdsong irritating!
Kalia is an excellent hostess, providing warm care and attention and anticipating her guests' needs, while still respecting the desire for privacy that drew you away from the tourist hordes to begin with. Hale O'Pueo is just right for the Big Island visitor who wants to experience the less-touristed local values of Kawaihae, Hawi, Waimea and the rugged North Kohala coast, but still wants easy access to beaches like Hapuna and Wailea.
We stayed for 12 nights, and would gladly have stayed for 120. Maybe next time...
What a great home base for our first visit to the Big Island. An excellent dwelling--clean, well equipped, out-of-the-way. The location was north of the vog zone and close to white sandy beaches. We explored the whole island and were glad we stayed here. Extra points for: ALL the beach gear that was appreciated and used, fresh juicy lemons from the yard, the view and all the windows, and the outside shower. I have already passed on the rental info to friends.
We have just returned from our fourth stay at Hale O'Pueo - this time we stayed for a full four weeks and yet it feels as if we had arrived yesterday! The location is spectacularly beautiful, off the beaten path, very private (you may go days without seeing anybody), very quiet and serene, with a view that you will dream about for many months after returning home. Sunsets from the lanai are otherworldly, and you will wake up with the song of the birds. It is located some 800 ft above sea level and a couple of miles from the coast, with an absolutely unimpeded view of the ocean, almost all the way to Kona. This high location is actually a big plus, as it means that it is always cooler than right next to the ocean, and the breeze is always cool and dry. And there is no traffic noise - the closest road with any significant traffic is miles away (did I say that you may not see anybody unless you choose to?)! Walk a few hundred feet up the driveway and you will have an incredible view of Mauna Kea (so close that it feels you could touch it), Mauna Loa and Hualalai. Moonless nights bring the most unbelievable stars, or, if the Moon is over the horizon, an incredible view of the moonlit ocean. The house itself is very comfortable, completely private, IMMACULATELY CLEAN, and very well maintained - everything works, the paint looks like it went up yesterday, the floors look untrodden, the furniture is modern and in as-new shape, and so are the kitchen and bathroom. The photos on the owner's website show EXACTLY what the house looks like - there is no Photoshop nor stock photos here! It is very well appointed with absolutely everything that you will need for your stay. There is no AC but believe me, YOU WILL NOT NEED IT!! In fact, some nights you may even need a thin blanket (also provided - did I say that the house has all you need?). More importantly, no AC means none of the annoying noise that comes with it! Some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii (and maybe in the whole world) are only a few minutes drive away. Need a beach umbrella, beach chairs, cooler and snorkel gear? Check the walk-in closet, they are all there for you to use, but please take good care of the stuff, as we will want to use it on our next visit :) The beautiful Hawi area with its great craft stores is only 20 minutes away, Kona some 40 minutes, and Hilo a couple of hours away. If you want to know why Hale O' Pueo is such a special place, go there. You will not regret it!!
This place was truly magical for us. My wife and I just got back from a 2 week honeymoon on the big island, starting at Kalia's Hale O Pueo followed by three other amazing vacation rentals...but this place was far and away our favorite (and it was actually the least expensive). We spent time on all sides of the island, and the Kohala coast area was easily our favorite. Close proximity to all the best beaches and snorkeling spots (just ask Kalia, the best snorkeling on the entire island is down the road 1-2 minutes, and you will have it completely to yourself!). It was awesome to check out the numerous beaches and endless snorkeling spots and be able to escape back to the house for peace and quite. The outdoor shower is wonderful, the place is super clean and the airflow through the screened doors and windows makes for really cool and peaceful nights. The sunsets here were lovely, the stars at night were endless, and you even get a hint of sunrise too (the mornings here were my favorite... sipping coffee in the hammock).
The kitchen is really well equipped (better than any of the other places we stayed), which we really appreciated because we love to cook. Down the street there is even a local fish market (very small but super convenient) and an easy drive into Waimea to hit the farmers markets or grocery stores. If you are a foodie, eating out on the Big Island can be a little frustrating, but it is wonderful to cook here, and this is the spot to do it. So much fresh produce, fish and meat available, it was really easy to use nearly 100% locally produced ingredients for all of our meals.
When we arrived, we were a bit surprised that the owner (Kalia) and her partner (Lon) lived in the house attached to the other side (however, you can barely even tell it's there when you are on the property). But this didn't end up being a problem at all, in fact it was great because Kalia and Lon are awesome and they gave us so many great tips on what to do and where to go. We found our selves even wanting to hang out with them, but they are clearly very conscious about respecting the tenants privacy. We already want to return to the big island, and when we do, we intend to stay here and no where else.
I have only one suggestion for this place, and that would be to have some sort of dim lighting option for the lanai for evening dining and hanging out there at night. Otherwise, the place was perfect. Can't wait to return.
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My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
$50 cancellation fee if cancellation is 90 days prior to arrival. Cancellation of less than 90 days prior to arrival nonrefundable unless we can rebook.
Check or Money Order Within 10 Days of Confirmation. Final payment 60 days before arrival.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.