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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!

Barbara Rushton

Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Barbara Rushton

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
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Turtle Hut I at Punalu'U Black Sand Beach! More FIVE STAR Ratings!!

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

Overview

Punaluu Condo Rental Photos and Description

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 Papakolea, 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!

Keywords: Exotic, unspoiled Hawaii at bargain prices!

Great BEACH; POOL & SPA: GOLF: VOLCANO Natl Park & Green Sands Beach only 30 minutes away! Save $$$

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Barbara Rushton (Owner)
Member since: 2003
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Speaks: english
Response time:
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Response rate:
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Calendar last updated:
May 6, 2015

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

Turtle Hut lives up to every great review and more! We thoroughly enjoyed the quiet and natural beauty in which we have slept so delightfully for five nights. This paradise is so different from the concrete jungle where we currently reside.
Jul 2014
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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 4.714286 based on 129 reviews
Northbrook, IL, USA
5

Outstanding!!

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous time my husband and I had on our Hawaiian vacation and a large part of that is due to our outstanding accommodations. Turtle Hut I was the perfect place for us. Barb does such an excellent job with amenities and decorations: everything from the beautiful, soft, coordinating towels to the chilled glasses in the freezer, Barb, you thought of everything! I, personally, loved the European style walk-in shower!! The views of the ocean and the golf course (which had very few golfers on it, which was nice for us) were beautiful. I even saw a whale from our lanai one day!! Such a nice short walk to the Black Sand Beach!! Barb even texted us one day to remind us of the farmer's market in Naalehu.....what a nice personal touch : ) Turtle Hut 1 was such a nice "home base" for us as we ventured off to the different parts of the island each day. I will most certainly tell people about this gem of a place! Thank you again, Barb, we will hopefully be back!!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, dearly Penny, and ..... WOW ! Finding your review, so beautifully worded with so many lovely compliments, MORE than makes up for all the hard work our team does to prepare and present a welcoming place for our guests! With your permission? I'm going to ask VRBO to place your review to the "Featured Review" position at the very top, because without a doubt, it's the very best we've EVER received! In fact, I'm going to copy it and show it also at the start of my listing page; I'm sure we attract prospective guests with our "More 5 Star Ratings" Banner, and what better example of a 5 Star Rating could be found, than yours?? From the bottom of our hearts, Penny, mahalo nui loa for taking time from your busy life back in the real world to write and send such a fabulous summary of your stay! PLEASE come back soon! Malama pono, pumehana, a hui hou, (take good care of yourself,dear friend, until we meet again), and Away's with aloha, Barb
4

Home away from home

  • 4 of 5

This condo had everything needed as home base. Wonderfully furnished with all amenties of home. A little loud with upstairs neighbors but manageable. Was able to hear their every move each morning but evenings were quite. Great view of ocean and golf course. This spot is right between Hilo and Kona, lots of driving but also led to adventure each day.

We had a little issue while there but Barbara was on top of it and responded quickly. Would visit Turtle Hut again!

  • Submitted: Apr 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Alaska
5

Spectacular

  • 5 of 5

This is are third time to the turtle huts we usually stay in II but was booked we stayed turtle hut I it was outstanding Barb as usual had everything set up so nice. It is so peaceful an quite, black sand beach outstanding an the local people so friendly. If peace an quite what your looking for this is the place. Thanks Barb & Dina we will see you again next year

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha again, dearly Willie and Kris, First, we miss you! After years of communicating only by email, we finally had the chance to meet you two for real, and you're in trouble now! You've made at least four new life-long friends!, and if you're still willing to keep on teaching us how to fish here?, we'll all have a blast forever! How to properly thank you for the ultimate treasure of all the Alaskan wild salmon!, halibut!, even moose meat! You showered us with? We were so proud to share it with our pastor, our guests in Turtle Hut II, our resident managers, our housekeepers, several neighbors and friends, and we STILL have so much in our freezer! We enjoyed moose burgers last night, and they were delicious! Can't wait til you come back, so hurry, please! Always with aloha, Barb & Rush, Dina & Ken Debbie & Jon
5

very awesome, then some.

  • 5 of 5

could not have asked for a more enjoyable, laid back, restful stay. accommodations were lovely. all the comforts of home but definitely not home. awesome.

  • Submitted: Mar 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha again, dearly Robert, YIKES! We work very hard to earn an "Excellent" occasionally; and every once in the proverbial Blue Moon ? , even an "Awesome"! But......to find your "VERY Awesome, and then some!" ? not only made our day, our week, our month, and on! Thanks so much for shooting us over the moon! We'll never forget you and your kindness, so come back soon for some more Aloha spirit! Always with aloha, Barb, Sharon & Dina Jon, Debbie & the entire Turtle Hut Team
Prince George, BC Canada
4

Quiet Time

  • 4 of 5

We had a very quiet 7 days. Perfect place to relax and enjoy the weather. The black sand beach is wonderful for the turtles. We both had nasty colds, so did not do any swimming there. The shoreline right by the condos, was fun to explore and we saw more turtles.

The condo was as nice as advertised. We were very comfortable with the doors open and the ceiling fans on. Barbara was very kind in sending us weather updates before we arrived and then what was happening in the region via emails. There are stairs as you enter, so you want to be mobile. A very cozy and complete unit. You do need a car. There is a great whale viewing area on the highway to Nahaleeha(sp). Pool area very nice.

  • Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
5

Relaxing time at Turtle Hut 1

  • 5 of 5

Attention to detail, beautiful grounds and views, everything you would need for a relaxing vacation. Walking distance to the black sands beach and watching whale spouts while sipping local coffee from our lanai were perfect! The owner is very personable and accommodating, as our trip changed a bit at the last minute. Perfect getaway for a couple, might be a bit crowded for more than two people.

  • Submitted: Dec 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and a very Hau'oli Makahiki Hou 2015 to you, Kari and Jeff! Thank you so much for such a thoughtful, wonderful review of your all-too-brief stay with us! In fact, it's so perfectly worded, I'm tempted to ask for your help in re-writing my listing information! In addition, I'll never forget your extraordinary example of "living aloha": gifting part of your stay to friends from Pahoa, whose home was threatened by the current lava flows...... However, lest our future prospective families of four guests be concerned about reserving the Hut? I do want to assure them, that more than half of our bookings ! are families of four! Just browse thru our other glowing reviews from these families! Kari and Jeff, we would LOVE to have you back anytime in the future, and hopefully, for a much longer stay! Mahalo nui loa for taking time from your busy lives to write such a lovely review!

Map

Nearest Airport
60 Miles
Kona or Hilo
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Shaka's BAr & Restaurant
Nearest Golf
0.2 Miles
Sea Mountain Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.2 Miles
Hwy 11
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Hana Hou Cafe, Punaluu Bakery, Burger Shack, Shaka
Nearest Beach
0.2 Miles
Punaluu Black sand Beach
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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Rates & Availability

From $75 Per night

Punaluu Condo Rental Rates

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low Season Rate
Apr 16 2015 - Dec 15 2015
3 night minimum stay
$75
$525
 
 
Winter Rates
Dec 16 2015 - Apr 17 2016
7 night minimum stay
$560
$2,400
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$75
$525
 

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.

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Amenities

Punaluu Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Golf Course View ...
  • Ocean View ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • You'll love our new double walk-in shower, complete with a turtle mosaic, of course!
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Tempur-Pedic Pillow Top in Bedroom & queen size sofa sleeper in Living Room
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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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