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Donna Verbrugge

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Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Kohala Waterfront House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms, 2 outdoor showers, 4 full Baths, 2 half baths( Sleeps 10)

When you walk through the front door, the Ocean view is breath taking! Unobstructed ocean Views from every room in the house! Our expansive resort style home is 500 feet from the ocean, on a gentle slope, so the views are perfect, but you still have a large flat lawn and gardens. All bedrooms have balconies with an ocean view. The very large, covered lanai, off the living room, opens up through 38 ft pocket sliders, so the mahogany floors flow from inside to outside seamlessly.

Gourmet kitchen with professional viking appliances and fully equipped with everything you can think of, with an ocean view. The house is 4700 sq.ft plus 2000 sq. ft. of lanais. Three bedrooms on the main floor, with 2 full bathrooms and 1 half bath and 2 bedrooms on the ground floor, with 2 full baths and one half bath and also with a large rec room, which leads to a stained concrete lanai and large lawn. In the rec room there is a ping pong table, foos ball table, pool table and large screen tv and large seating area. Great for adults and kids. The house is perfect for families and a couples tennis, golf or dive retreat. Great training spot for the iron-man triathalon in October. We have just recently added two beautiful outdoor showers. One off of the master bedroom with a gorgeous ocean view and one in the back of the property between the two mainfloor guest rooms. Perfect for rinsing off the sand when you return from a day at the beach.

Very private, but only 5 minutes North from Mauna Kea and Hapuna Prince Resorts, with the two best beaches on the island, many restaurants, golf and tennis. Three minutes South is quaint, historic Kawaihae town. There you will find many restaurants, a fresh fish market, fruit, vegetable and flower market, dive shop and catamaran cruises. It's a 20 minute drive up to Beautiful Waimea, and 40 minutes to the airport and Kona.

The dive boat anchors in front of the house every day, it is one of the best dive spots on the Kohala Coast. many of our guests say it is the best snorkelling they have ever had. You can enter the water at the cove you see in our photos. On the 4th of July and New Years Eve you can watch the fireworks from the resorts, all the way down South to the Four Seasons' Hualalai.

There are many activities nearby such as golf, tennis, diving, sailing, fishing, zip lining, hiking, surfing and more. But, you may want to relax at the house and sip mai tais by the pool, play bocce ball on the lawn, have a sunset drink on the large lanai looking over the ocean and have a BBQ on the biggest built-in viking grill you have ever seen.

The whole house is decorated in a Hawaiian/Indonesian resort style. Many rich hardwoods and natural materials have been used. The infinity edge pool looks like it flows into the ocean, there are 8 lounge chairs on the Brazilian wood pool deck and 3 more lounge chairs on the lower lanai beside the lawn. The whole feel of the house is serene, open and expansive.

Keywords: We are located at Kohala Waterfront Development, on one acre of private, landscaped gardens 500 feet from the Ocean. Feels like waterfront. The whales come in so close they sound like they're playing in the swimming pool. You see sunsets all year round. Close to best beaches (mauna Kea and Hapuna), resort amenities, restaurants, diving, snorkeling, tennis, golf and much more. Concierge service available upon request.

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  • children welcome
  • wheelchair accessible
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters

Donna Verbrugge

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My family and I are Canadian Citizens, we have lived full time on the Big Island for 9 years. Our boys graduated from Hawai Preparatory School up in beautiful Waimea and have gone back to Canada to attend University at UBC. We are now going to split our time between Vancouver, Toronto and the Big Island.

Donna Verbrugge purchased this house in 2007

After living in the Caribbean for 5 years, we found a diamond in the rough, 'Kohala Waterfront'. We then realized that Hawaii is the closest you will ever get to 'paradise'. Kohala Waterfront is the perfect balance of privacy and yet close to all amenities. We have one acre of private gardens over looking the ocean. We get our waterfront living at a fraction of resort prices and are able to use the resort amenities. We don't have the restrictions that you have living in close quarters in a resort. We really feel we have discovered the perfect balance.

Kohala Waterfront is the best whale watching spot, since the water is deep in front of the house, the whales come in very close. They will wake you up at night, with thier talking and slapping of fins sounds like a door is slamming in the house. Laying by the pool feels like you are floating in the ocean. The diving and snorkeling out front are one of the best spots off the island. We would like other people to enjoy what we have for so many years, there no other play like Hawaii.

Bedrooms 5
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 nights

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Property Reviews

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Amazing Views, Luxury Resort Style Home, Oceanfront Privacy
average rating of 5.0 based on 19 reviews
Amazing Views, Luxury Resort Style Home, Oceanfront Privacy
(778) 995-8284
Kohala Waterfront Kohala Coast

Beyond our wildest dreams

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
Everyone expects rental houses to not live up to the expectations the owners set on their listings - in some way. Could be that the pictures exaggerate the size of rooms, or hide ugly surroundings; the appliances in the home might not be in good shape; the home might be dingy or showing wear and tear that pictures do not reveal. I've rented close to a dozen homes before and each one, in some way, failed to meet my expectations. Kohala Waterfront just broke that trend for me. I literally cannot think of a negative thing to say about the home - it is spectacular, well-designed, in great shape, truly a short walk to beautiful coastal hiking and snorkeling, well-appointed, and just all-around comfortable. In fact, as I think about what I expected, it exceeded those expectations.

Some notes for those with younger children considering this house - we have a 4-year-old (who cannot swim yet) and a 1-year-old. We were initially concerned about the safety because of the large lanai and stairs down to the pool, as well as the large staircase inside the main living area. The owners were well prepared for families with kids. There is an easy to install gate for the inside stairs, plenty of great baby equipment (pack and play, high chair, etc.), and since the pool is on a completely separate level from the living and sleeping areas, the only thing we had to do was not leave the kids unattended on the lanai - that turned out to be fairly easy to do, so hopefully that will be helpful for families with little ones considering this property.

If I were coming back to Big Island, I wouldn't spend much time searching for places to stay. This one was perfect.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Amazing Views, Luxury Resort Style Home, Oceanfront Privacy
(778) 995-8284
Kohala Waterfront Kohala Coast
Edina, MN

An Amazing Vacation Celebrating Friends, Food, Dolphins, Whales and Marriage Equality!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
We returned to the Big Island (and this property) for the third year in a row and were not disappointed! This year we lengthened the trip by a few days and 8 dear friends, two of whom are without question aspiring gourmet chefs, joined us! We had great weather, awesome food, extended pool time, days full of massages, group yoga on the lawn, and from the pool saw school after school of spinner dolphins, and even saw two whales blowing air with huge tails just south of the house despite the early date!) Some friends had the idea to rent the catamaran that frequented the water in front of the house so we did - right from Kawaihae. 40 minutes into the trip - just as we were hitting the wild open ocean - the spinner dolphins appeared and swam and showed off for us for over 30 minutes. The captain suggested we snorkel up and jump in with hopes of them staying to swim with us - and they did! Getting that close (within arms reach) of dolphins swimming, playing, jumping, was incredible!!! And of course, we visited Maximo at 6:45 p.m., the 14 foot Mantaray, that lives right off the cliffs in front of the house. We played pool, foosball, pingpong. Even our friends who vacation all over the world were blown away by the home, the view, the openness and every luxury detail. The only way to describe it is it's like a private Four Seasons residence. Thank you to the owners for allowing us the honor once again to vacation here. We look forward to bringing family back next December over the winter holidays to celebrate life, love and the New Year! Mahalo!!!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Amazing Views, Luxury Resort Style Home, Oceanfront Privacy
(778) 995-8284
Kohala Waterfront Kohala Coast
Monroe, WA

Unbelievable Vacation. Couldn't of been better

Unbelievable Vacation. Couldn't of been better
  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
I have to say that, like the last review, this is a wonderful place to spend a vacation. We also had 3 generations staying in the house, with plenty of room. We celebrated not only our wedding, but my parents 48th wedding anniversary as well. And couldn't of asked for a better place to stay. This house really provides it all. First of all, we have stayed on the big island many times, and this area of the island is definitely the driest. If you are looking for sun. This is the perfect spot. But since my parents are in their 70's, they really just enjoyed staying at the house. Watching the spinner dolphins come by every morning. The house was also great for our nephews and niece as well, because the pool table, ping pong table, and swimming pool were used daily. It definitely provides nice entertainment when the sun goes down. But we also love this spot because it is close to some of our favorite beaches. Mauna Kea and Hapuna. Its really quiet in this area, compared to down in Kona. So if you are looking to get away from the noise of the kona area. It's perfect.
If you are thinking of using the kitchen and BBQ outside. Its fantastic. We purchased fresh seafood from the local market 2 mi away and grilled fresh ono and prawns. They basically sell what they catch that day.
We can not review this beautiful place without saying how wonderful it was working with Donna. She was available to answer any questions we had. Even having Suzi near by, incase Donna wasn't available was nice.
We are definitely going to come back to this beautiful piece of paradise again. It is much better than staying in a hotel. And you are right. The pictures don't do it justice.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Amazing Views, Luxury Resort Style Home, Oceanfront Privacy
(778) 995-8284
Kohala Waterfront Kohala Coast
Portland, Oregon USA

North Kohala Coast Paradise

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
3 generations of my family were on this trip. It was grandpa and grandma's first and, possibly, last trip to Hawaii. So we had to "do it right." And boy did we. This home is stunning.

It's quite spacious and the views are great. This is my 4th time renting a home in Kona. This one was the largest and the best maintained. There are a lot of moving parts. But if something seemed a little out of kilter, Donna (the absentee owner) and Suzie (the local manager) were super responsive.

In many respects, the home is nicer than the photos. There are no homes or buildings between it and the ocean. However, there is a private street between the home and the ocean. You can walk to the shoreline; but it's very rocky. But once you're in the water, there are plenty of fish and they seemed to be bigger than the ones we saw at Hapuna Beach or Mauna Kea. Also, it's just a 5 minute drive to Spencer Beach, a public park with sandy beach and convenient parking.

We really liked the warm temperature of the swimming pool. They said it would be 83 degrees; but it might have actually been warmer. Other homes have solar pool heat. But this one actually worked. This home is great for children who want to spend a lot of time in the pool. We made a big mistake hauling floats to Kona. This home is well equipped with lots of pool floats and toys. They even have fishing poles in the garage.

There's also a superb highchair and Pack-n-Play style crib there. So no need to haul those either. The kitchen is very well equipped and there's plenty of room for people to dine. I would recommend the place to anyone who wants a quality Kona vacation.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 4/4
Amazing Views, Luxury Resort Style Home, Oceanfront Privacy
(778) 995-8284
Kohala Waterfront Kohala Coast
Cupertino, California


  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
Your vacation home was absolutely magnificent and our family has declared it our best Hawaiian vacation of all time. We would like to return in the near future. My family loves to snorkel and they snorkeled every location on the western shore and said your Kohala was the best on all of the islands.

Snorkeling in the near vicinity of the house is fabulous. The superb visibility and the underwater terrain of the area make for great snorkeling conditions. Within a 10 minute drive we snorkeled at four great spots -- Mauna Kea Resort, Hapuna Beach, Waialea Bay (aka 69) Beach (in the Puako area), and Mauna Lani Resort (49 Black Sand Beach). Our favorite spot was 69 Beach located within Waialea Bay, particularly around the protruding rocks near the south end of Waialea Bay. We saw quite a variety of fish there. We also liked the black sand beach and interesting rock formations at the Mauna Lani Resort, which is accessible by the public at the southern most security kiosk at the resort. Similar access is provided at the Mauna Kea Resort, but the walk to the snorkeling spot is longer and the reefs not as interesting. Hapuna Beach has public access, but the best snorkeling is in front of the resort and quite a long walk to get there. We also snorkeled at Captain Cook in south Kona, by taking a zodiac boat tour (Sea Quest). The reefs there are beautiful, but the fish variety was no better than what we saw at nearby Kohala Coast. The boat ride and historical tour made the venture worthwhile. There is good snorkeling at the coves in front of the house but we were not adventurous enough to try what appeared to be a tricky entry along this rocky stretch of coast.

We ate "in" most evenings by stocking up initially at Costco and Foodland and then enjoyed adding fish from the local market and fruit and vegetables from farmers markets. We have family members that are vegetarians, gluten intolerant and those that will eat everything in sight, so were cooking a variety of food each night. Your mighty barbecue made that all possible. We find that by all of pitching in to provide a complete dinner, it brings us closer as a family and gives us time to really visit with each other - we live in five different cities. We toasted the beautiful sunset every night.

Your vacation home provided everything our family needed, a variety of active games, the beautiful and much used pool, a quiet area to read or just stare at the ocean,trails to walk along the shore and quiet areas.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers
Helpful votes: 3/3
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2 min. walk to rocky beach in front of house. snorkel or dive from the beach, shore fish, explore. concierge service available upon request for an extra charge to the guest. We will try to accommodate all reasonable requests.

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cleaning fee 10 people $725.00
Property Damage Protection $69.00
cleaning fee 8 people $685.00
Tax Rate 13.25%
Notes Rates start@$1200 US/night, plus GE tax of 4.17% and TA tax of 9.25%.There is a $685 exit cleaning fee for up to 8 people and over 8, the exit cleaning fee is $725. The holiday rates for Thanks Giving, Christmas, and New Years range from $1400 to $1800 per night. No weddings, parties or entertaining of other persons that are not listed as guests on the rental agreement. Tax i.d.#W98400415-01.
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Kohala Waterfront House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4700 sq. ft.
  • 2 stories
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Garage
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 9 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , double sink. hug shower with 3 different shower heads.
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower , between bedroom no. 2 and 3. plus outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , powder room off of kitchen and living room
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , and sink. powder room off of rec room ground floor
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower , ensuite bathroom to bedroom no. 4
    Bathroom 6 - toilet , shower , ensuite bathroomm to bedroom no. 5
  • There are 4 full bathrooms, 2 powder rooms and two outdoor showers. Plenty of showers for everyone.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • master bedroom - 1 king , masterbedroom with huge ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , shares full bathroom with bedroom no. 3
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single , This bed can be either a king or two twin beds.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , ground floor private. ensuite bathroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , private room has own ensuite bathroom
    Other (See Description) - 2 sleep sofa /futon , 2 blow ups or two sofas. children only plus powder room
  • King size beds (2) master bedroom main floor. Another king can be made by connecting two twins in upper floor bedroom, Queen size Beds (3) main floor 1 bedroom with a queen and ground floor 2 bedrooms with queens., Twin or Single Beds (2) main floor bedroom. the twin beds can be made into the 2nd king bed if needed., Child Beds (1) we have one pack and play and a high chair, Baby Cribs (1) we have one pack and play, can be used as bed for baby., Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) two twin blow up mattresses and one queen blow up mattress. We also have two outdoor showers. One is outside, between bedroom no. 2 and 3. The other one is off the master bedroom
  • Television ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Books ...
  • Toys ...
  • Game Room ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Foosball
  • Video Library ...
  • CD Player
  • VCR
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Pool Table
  • Stereo
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Golf ...
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Balcony ...
  • 8 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • marina
  • synagogues
  • restaurants
  • live theater
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • miniature golf
  • sight seeing
  • boating
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • antiquing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • fishing
  • wind-surfing
  • surfing
  • cycling
  • sailing
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • jet skiing
  • parasailing
  • golf
  • tennis
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
concierge service available to guests at an extra charge. We will do our best to meet any request within reason. Some options include in-home chef, catering, massages, tennis matches, golf, cruises, dive charters etc. Chef Kathy Morris, is close by to the house, so this is very convenient. Please check out her website.
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