TURTLE HUT I AT PUNALU'U BLACK SAND BEACH! MORE FIVE STAR RATINGS!!

Barbara Rushton

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TURTLE HUT I AT PUNALU'U BLACK SAND BEACH! MORE FIVE STAR RATINGS!!

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Condo, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

TURTLE HUT I

Now you've found your perfect vacation spot... 'Hale Honu' or 'Turtle Hut,' aptly named for the endangered hawksbill turtles nestling along our black sand beach, offers a tranquil haven to human travelers, too! Perched on a bluff with Mauna Loa Volcano as its background and the soft blue waters of the Pacific as its foreground, Sea Mountain welcomes visitors seeking 'Old Hawaii' at its best.

Just browse through our former Guest Reviews Tab and you'll see we have earned more than double the number of FIVE STAR ratings than any other listing in our resort, or our district! There are many reasons why:

The Turtle Huts have everything you're looking for in your 'dream' Hawaiian vacation: outstanding LOCATION, fantastic AMENITIES and surprising affordability for a top-rated resort in paradise!

Serene...peaceful...secluded...oasis...historic...natural.... are apt descriptors for this magnificent region. The Turtle Hut's location in the more secluded and peaceful section of the resort is an added asset, and its VIEW of the OCEAN is what brings our guests back, year after year. We are thrilled to have earned more than TWICE the number of FIVE STAR ratings from our guests than any other property in our resort, and we work hard to achieve that record.

We are ideally located between Kailua-Kona and Hilo, making day trips to either side of the island's attractions easy! We're also only a short drive to Volcanoes National Park and its awesome eruption shows, Turtle Hut overlooks the magnificent Pacific Ocean AND the 18th Green and Fairway of Sea Mountain's Par 72 Golf Course. Can you believe 18 holes of golf with your cart for only $25.00?! with plenty of whale-watching possibilities thrown in for free! A 30 minute drive and a short hike takes you to our incredible GREEN Sands Beach, or tour nearby Kula Kai Caverns in Ocean View, South Point, Wood Valley? Hike the ancient Ala Kahakai Trail fronting our resort and beyond to discover petroglyphys and heiaus dating back to pre-contact times...The possibilities nearby are endless.

Bask in our glorious tradewinds-cooled sunshine or under our spectacular star-filled night sky! Our beach has been consistently rated among the most exotic, natural beaches in the world by beach afficianados, so the unit is equipped with great beach chairs and mats, umbrella, and basic snorkel sets.

Thoughtfully furnished and equipped with a selection of books and music to enjoy from the lounges on your lanai! and, of course, a blender awaits your mai tai or cocktail of choice.

Nearby villages of Volcano, Pahala, Na'alehu and Ocean View offer 'local style' culture as well as conveniences such as grocery stores, gas stations, banks, restaurants, hair salons, nail and facial aestheticians, massage therapists, and on Wed. and Saturdays, wonderful Farmers Markets with amazing arrays of fresh veggies, fruits, local Ka'u coffees and treasures from local artists and craftspeople. When in doubt where to eat?, just browse through the local restaurants list you'll find in the condo! for up to 21 great choices nearby, rated by travellers like you, and filled with helpful information.

Perhaps most importantly, when you rent from us, you are renting from TRUE, local owners, NOT from a property management business or out-of-state owners with little knowledge of the area or concern about your experience! Our guests receive concierge-style service from us, including recommendations on restaurants, activities and little-known 'not-to-miss!' places. You'll never receive this level of aloha from out-of-state owners or rental businesses!

Need additional room for family members joining you? Look up 'Turtle Hut II'now available for booking. Same great resort and amenities, offering additional space. Look up listing #251908!

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Suitability:
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Barbara Rushton (Owner)
Advertiser since 2003
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About Barbara Rushton

I believe that my move to Hawaii in 1997 is a perfect example of why the Big Island is referred to as the 'Healing Island'. Sure, I had fallen in love with Hawaii ever since my first vacation here in the '80s, but I was far from financially ready to make the move when pow! my life blew up! one insane day and the decision to move was made for me! And so it was, within one month, I resigned from my position as a police administrator, divorced, and hopped a plane bound for Kailua-Kona, Hawaii with my 80 year old mother. Why Hawaii? It was the only place on earth where I had always felt completely happy and healthy and I where I knew I would be safe to begin a new life.

It is often said that the Mana, or 'Spirit', of this island calls out to those whose hearts need to heal. I know now that it was not a coincidence that I was called here or that I found an old coffee plantation house next to the most famous 'place of refuge' on the island, 'Pu'uhonua O Honaunau'. With pennies down, we bought it and learned how to grow and roast coffee! and hung macadamia nuts to dry in our old panty hose! Eventually, we sold that wonderful place for such a profit that you may now guess the rest of this story: yes! That first humble blessing, our place of refuge, sold for an amount large enough to provide not only for our next home, but also for the purchase of this beautiful condo at Punalu'u! And now I am blessed to offer a haven and oasis to travellers and visitors from all over the world, whether weary from life and needing to heal, as I was; or those coming to explore and enjoy the wonders of Hawaii! I still pinch myself often, to be sure this is all real!

Barbara Rushton purchased this condo in 2003

Why Barbara Rushton chose Punaluu

I first saw Colony One at Sea Mountain way back in the '80s when we stopped at the Black Sand Beach on a tour bus, and I vowed then that I would find a way to stay there on my very next trip to the islands. Sea Mountain is unique, not only to the Big Isle, but truly is not to be found anywhere else in the entire island chain! Not a ticky-tacky high rise, this small complex sits on a bluff like a quaint Polynesian Village might have, with the calm, turquoise Pacific Ocean at its foreground and the dark green forestland of Mauna Loa Volcano as its background. I can't imagine a more perfect location for a vacation, as we're located half-way between the 'big' towns of Kona and Hilo, and only a 30 minute drive to the Volcanoes National Park. There's plenty to do without ever leaving the resort, as well! With our own magnificent black sand beach, Sea Mountain Golf Course, a beautiful fresh water pool and a volcano-style spa, tennis courts, tropical gardens and manicured lawns to enjoy, I jumped at the first possible chance to purchase one that I could afford, in 2003. I've had nothing but positive experiences managing the rentals myself, and I've met people from all over the world! I've made enough $$ in the last couple of years to offer free stays to returning soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan, and have a few more scheduled this year. Life just doesn't get any better than this! So come and find out for yourself!

What makes this condo unique

The perfect day for me while staying at the Turtle Hut myself always begins with watching the SUN-RISE out of the ocean with a freshly brewed cup of local coffee, right on my lanai! Remember, we're located on the windward coast, so its the sunrise that lights up the sky with every glorious color you can imagine, and I promise you'll re-define 'pink' and 'orange' and 'red' and try to find new ways to define those desciptors. I always have great company on the lanai, as our neighborhood cardinals and finch families will be waiting for me --sometimes chirping their impatience from atop the chairs! -- calling for their pieces of fruit and nuts! We've given them all names, down to the smallest male yellow finch with a broken left foot, who we call - you guessed it: 'Lefty'. When I'm lucky enough to have finished most of a papaya from the garden here, I usually take off for a good, long walk. There are endless walking or hiking choices here, depending on your conditioning, time and interests. One of my guests called me one day so thrilled that he had found waterfalls! on his hike during a heavy rain!

The perfect day's end always is spent here in our magnificent volcano-style spa. It's huge! and the perfect place to un-wind from a long day while gazing at unbelievably clear night skies. One night, I counted seven falling stars!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much, Barbara, we had a wonderful visit and hate to go home. We LOVED all of your recommendations, and made a point of seeing each one: did the two hour Kula Kai Caverns tour, really more like three hours, Gary was so interesting. The black sand beach was great, we walked there everyday to see the turtles. Had a wonderful massage from Noa! Wood Valley IS as beautiful as you described, and we even saw spinner dolphins in the bay at "Two Step". Met lots of interesting folks at the weekly poolside puupuu party, too.
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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
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Reviews

4.7
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
average rating of 4.736842 based on 38 reviews
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p26727vb
(808) 936-9615 (Hawaii, USA)
Punaluu Ka'u District
Windsor, CT
5

What a fabulous place to enjoy paradise!

  • 5 of 5
We were more than pleasantly surprised when we arrived at Turtle Hut 1....the pictures online don't do it justice. Not only is it tastefully decorated but the furniture is very comfortable for relaxing. We slept like logs on the wonderful mattress and were impressed with the fine quality of bed linen that the owner provided. The bathroom is very spacious, well equipped with great towels, and has a paddle fan to keep you cool after a shower. We loved how nicely equipped the kitchen was....everything you'd need to cook up a great meal....and the owner even provided wine glasses in the freezer for a little refreshment after a day in paradise! The view of the ocean from the spacious lanai is to die for and we could even enjoy it while laying in bed! The grounds of the condo complex are meticulously maintained and we really enjoyed our visits to the lovely pool and relaxing hot tub. Heaven is sitting on a chaise lounge by the pool facing the gorgeous ocean view! We were impressed with the owner's
attention to detail, her informative communications about places to visit....the Black Sand Beach is fabulous!...and her tips about where to shop for food and supplies. The cleanliness and comfort of the unit and our ability to contact the Housekeeper with any questions or concerns only helped to make our stay as wonderful as it was. We will definitely be returning to Turtle Hut,
  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
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Punaluu Ka'u District
5

Honeymoon Stay

  • 5 of 5
My husband and I recently stayed at the Turtle Hut for our honeymoon in Hawaii. At first I was a bit dismayed because I had forgotten there was no AC; however, it was totally unnecessary. The weather was lovely, cool in the evenings and with the unit being on a lower level it was well shaded and didn't get too warm during the day. Everything was nice and clean when we arrived, and there was a little gift waiting for us from Barb which was so sweet. She also worked with my family to arrange for a care package they sent ahead for my husband and I. It was so thoughtful of her to help out. Barb's recommendations for sightseeing were fabulous, we had a great time exploring the island and the Turtle Hut made for a great home base during our stay. It was also nice to be so close to the laundry facilities. Reception for the internet was good on the lanai and in the bedroom. All in all we had a blast and would love to go back!!
  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
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Punaluu Ka'u District
Juneau Alaska
5

Swimming with turtles

  • 5 of 5
This is real gem of a place. The condo is very nice, quiet, clean and perfectly located. We enjoyed walking out the back lanai doors facing the 18th hole of the Seamount golf course to eat breakfast, then taking a five minute walk to the beach to snorkel with turtles. After playing a round of golf on the funkiest course in Hawaii we enjoyed walking back to the condo to watch the sunset on the lanai. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Romantic Getaway
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
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Punaluu Ka'u District
California
5

Delightful Place to Stay!

  • 5 of 5
This was our second visit to the Turtle Hut. It's in a great location. We enjoyed being close to the Black Sand Beach and Volcanoes National Park. The listing photos accurately reflect the appearance and amenities of this lovely, updated condo. The unit was immaculate in every way and is very well maintained. The kitchen was perfect for preparing meals. We enjoyed peaceful mealtimes on the lanai while watching the ocean and listening to the sounds of the surf and the songs of the tropical birds. The owner is both pleasant and helpful, and gives a lot of information to her guests about local sights and restaurants and quickly answers any questions via email. We highly recommend the Turtle Hut to all. Truly a visit to paradise! Can't wait to return!
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!
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Punaluu Ka'u District
5

Our escape from winter

  • 5 of 5
Excellent location, close to Black Sand Beach and turtles. Short drive to Volcano National Park. Owners suggestions via e-mail for local attractions and tours were all excellent. Expect to do a lot of driving as this is really the BIG island. Best tour guide to buy is "Hawaii, The Big Island Revealed", by Andrew Doughty.
  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing
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Punaluu Ka'u District
Beverly, MA USA
5

what a great place to stay! You'll love it!

what a great place to stay! You'll love it!
  • 5 of 5
I can't say enough positive things about this place. The owner gave excellent directions so that we could find the place, and we immediately felt welcomed when we entered and saw a basket of star fruit in the fridge! what a treat! We were travelling with our 3yr and 7mth baby and the housekeeper was kind enough to welcome us with a little toy for each of them, an incredibly nice gesture!!! There were also some beach toys that our 3yr son loved to be able to play with.

The property was clean, the kitchen was perfect for making some meals and the location is outstanding as it's 1/5mile from the black sand beach where we saw 6 turtles sunning themselves. It's clear that the owner cares about providing a comfortable setting with guidebooks at our disposal as well as recommendations for local things to check out (the farmers market is outstanding).

When our kids got a little sick we decided to change out plans and stay an extra day at this property, and fortunately the owner was quick to respond and able accommodate our request.

Based on our experience, I'd highly recommend this property.
  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Aloha, dearly Brian and ohana, and mahalos for one of the loveliest reviews we've ever received! Believe me, the pleasure was entirely OURS! While we always strive to present a home-away-from-home for our guests that fulfills their every hope, what we REALLY enjoy is surprising them with a special personal touch or two: a little treat or toy for the keikis, favorite flowers or goodie baskets, a sample package of award winning Ka'u coffee, or whatever seems extra special. We always provide a beautifullly framed Hawaiian & English Wedding Prayer for our Honeymoon couples, and a similar gift whenever we know our guests will be celebrating an anniversary, too. It's all part of the wonderful island philosophy to "LIVE aloha", and so much more fun that scrubbing toilets in preparation for guests!
We'll be looking forward to your return visit, Brian, and hope you'll be able to stay much longer next time......so much to do and see nearby! Did you happen to catch the snowfall atop Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea during your time on the island? We had another 12" of snowfall last week, and the view of the volcano glistening white, right from the condo front door, was just magnificent!
Thank you so much for taking the time from your busy life in the "real" world to write such a glowing and thoughtful commentary.....we are very grateful.
Always with aloha,
Barb, Dina & the Turtle Hut TeamI
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Map

Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Kona or Hilo
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy 11
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Punaluu Black sand Beach
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Shaka's BAr & Restaurant
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Sea Mountain Golf Course
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Hana Hou Cafe, Punaluu Bakery, Burger Shack, Shaka
Nearest Point of Interest
Colony I at Sea Mount Resort Condominium #41 & 47
Nearest Point of Interest
Sea Mountain Golf Course
Nearest Point of Interest
Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
,Uncle Abel's Beach/Surfing Competitions
Nearest Point of Interest
Hana Hou Restaurant
Nearest Point of Interest
Punalu'u Sweet Bread Bakery
Nearest Point of Interest
Farners' Market
Nearest Point of Interest
South Point & Green Sands Beach Hike Start
Nearest Point of Interest
Wind Farms
Nearest Point of Interest
Ancient Kings' Trail (Ala Kai)
Nearest Point of Interest
Hokuloa Chapel
Nearest Point of Interest
Hwy. 11 to Pahala Village, Only 6 Miles away
Nearest Point of Interest
Turtle Hut @ Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Turtle Hut I at Punalu'u Black Sand Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Whittington (Honuapo) Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

Wednesday & Saturday Farmers' Markets in Na'alehu & Volcano Village offer great fresh produce and local coffees as well as one-of-a-kind artist creations to take home! Enjoy a facial or Hawaiian Lomi-lomi massage in Na'alehu or Volcano; aestheticians and microdermabrasion specialists, as well!

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Availability & Rates

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Punaluu Condo Rental Rates

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low Season Rate
Apr 16 2014 - Dec 10 2014
3 night minimum stay
$75
$525
$2,100
 
 
Winter Rates
Dec 12 2014 - Apr 7 2015
7 night minimum stay
$560
$2,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$75
$525
$2,100
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning & Supplies Fee $70 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.25%
Notes Winter Nightly Rate $80; Low Season Nightly Rate $75; Check-in time is 3:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am unless prior arrangements have been agreed to by both owner and guests. $75.00 fee will be charged if keys to unit are lost or not returned to unit upon check-out; and guests agree to leave the condo in the same condition in which they found it upon arrival, wear & tear of items excluded.

Cancellation Policy

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

Amenities

Punaluu Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Romantic
  • Family
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities
  • Adventure
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
Kitchen:
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Freezer
  • Stove ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Pantry Items ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Tempur-Pedic Pillow Top in Bedroom & queen size sofa sleeper in Living Room
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • VCR
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • eco tourism
  • walking
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • luaus
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • hunting
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • snorkeling
  • spelunking
  • mountain climbing
  • hiking
  • hunting big game
  • deepsea fishing
Notes:
4 Tennis Courts; Adjacent to Sea Mountain Golf Course and a short drive to Volcano Golf and Country Club and Volcano Village's art galleries, five-star restaurants and winery. Hiking the Alakai and ancient Kings Trail nearby marked with petroglyphs and sacred signs. 4-wheel drive or hike to our Green Sand Beach near South Point.; lomi-lomi & traditional massage available right on your lanai for a special treat!
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