|Minimum Stay||5 - 14 nights|
Kolea (the Hawaiian name for the Pacific Golden Plover) are believed to have been migrating between Alaska and Hawaii for at least 120,000 years, returning to the same spot year after year. Symbolizing the unbroken continuity of nature’s rhythms, the kolea is an “aumakua” or “protector spirit” and figures in many Hawaiian stories, songs, chants and hula. It is an apt name for this seaside home, whose owner first came to the site as a child in 1929. Now one of four homes in this family compound (see also Honu, Ehu Kai and Ulu Niu), Kolea itself represents continuity, with many families returning to it every year—for good reason: it is a rare find: a beachfront vacation home at an affordable rate. Set amid the cooling shade of a coconut palm collection that was once the largest in the state, Kolea’s grassy yard is nearly an acre in size—great for children. Steps away is the white sand beach of Waialea Bay, where you’ll swim, dive, snorkel and sunbathe while enjoying the honu (sea turtles), manta rays and wintertime whale activity.
The two-bedroom, two-bath, two-story home, built in 1969 and recently renovated, offers comfortable beachside living with cool breezes, outdoor dining, ocean views and spectacular sunsets. Kolea is one of only a handful of vacation rentals available on Waialea Bay, a prized location for a Hawaii vacation.
TA and GE tax number W 00006906-01
Keywords: beach front house, Puako/Waialea Bay area,
oceanfront house, sandy beach, 2 bedroom beach house, 2 bedroom house
My family (me, husband, two 3yo boys) stayed at this house and were really excited about it given the reviews. We always use VRBO versus hotel/resort vacations and usually have great success. The experience booking and with 2 Papayas was great, and the location was spectacular. We arrived in the early evening, headed straight to the beach and were greeted by humpback whales flapping their tails in the water on the horizon. The beach was mostly sand with some rocks. Not good for small kid swimming really but they had a great time playing in the sand. It rained for most of our stay, but it was really nice to be so close to the beach to capture the windows of sunshine.
The real problem was the house itself. We had planned on putting our kids in the downstairs bedroom but upon arrival noticed that there were carpets of ants on the floor (and some crawling on the bed). The ants got progressively worse throughout the week, to the point where we didn't even want to use the shower down there. So, we put the kids on the floor in our bedroom and two days in I got stung by a scorpion about two feet from where we had them sleeping. Because the floors and walls are all very dark wood, we were constantly living in fear of bugs. We were warned that there might be some mouse activity but kept doors shut/food in the fridge and never saw signs of them. It felt a little bit dirty around the edges in general - grime and dirt built up in cracks between fridge and counter, behind the couch, etc. The only last minor comment is that the living room area only had one couch and a couple of uncomfortable chairs so there wasn't much of an opportunity for lounging around as a family with the exception of the table.
I think and hope this is probably an uncommon experience with the insects, but I wanted to share. On the contrary, we had some friends staying at a 2 Papayas rental (twice as expensive) in Puako during the same week and their house was lovely and very clean.
We had a wonderful family vacation at Kolea. The shade and breezes keep the house comfortable all day, although you don't need to spend too much time indoors with a beautiful beach just outside the door. The beach has shade, which we found is pretty rare on Big Island beaches, but means you can spend all day. Waialeia Bay is a perfect location if you want to swim and snorkel: so many fish steps away, and Hapuna Beach is very close, too, for more active kids who want to boogie board, etc. I wouldn't trade the quiet sunsets for anything; probably our favorite part of our first trip to the Big Island. A huge yard with plenty of shade for kids to play, spacious lanai where we ate every meal, shave ice nearby in Kawihae, sturdy boogie boards and working grill. Gorgeous spot, peaceful house. Hope to return.
We have stayed in the house and area four times and love the Puako area so much. Great beach house and easy to live in and close to all the North end sights. Great information given by 2 Papayas. Look forward to staying again soon. Linda
My boyfriend and I spent a week here and loved it. This place was very clean and well-appointed but the best thing about this house is its proximity to the beach. We rented a surfboard, a paddle board, and brought a fishing rod and snorkel gear and we never had to leave the house. The deck feels private but has a great view of the ocean. We loved the little community of Puako, it feels far from the surrounding mega resorts but it was nice to be close to some shopping, spas and the town of Waimea, which we loved.
We recently returned from about a week at Kolea in Puako. Everything about it was just fabulous, from the warm welcome (calls to make sure everything was OK and that we had arrived and a macadamia nut pie in the fridge!) to the fantastic location on the best beach in the area. We agree totally with everything that is said on the review for the property on the 2 Papayas website. It was very clean and had a impressively stocked kitchen. We cooked a lot and found everything that we needed. Loved it!
Fantastic lanai - great view of the beach, sky/sunset and water (including the surfers). Wonderful cross-breeze kept us comfortable. We've stayed at this beach many, many times, but the first time in this house. What we liked: great lanai, great ice-maker (kept up with our blender drink needs no problem!), good bird book for identifying our friends. Always have loved this beach, but it has become more populated over the years, especially since a paved parking lot, bathroom and showers were added at the public entrance at the end of the road. Beach is still quiet and peaceful early morning and in the evening, sometimes too many shrieking kids midday.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 15 2015 - Jan 5 2016
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Cleaning fee||$200 + Tax|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
Quotable rates are for planning purposes only and are NOT AN EXACT QUOTE due to seasonal pricing, number of people in your party and limitations by vrbo software. Please call or email us directly for an exact quote for your stay. We are a licensed Real Estate company in Hawaii managing this home on behalf of the owner. We will never ask you for credit card info or to wire funds.
We're small, local company so sorry, but due to high fees, we do not accept credit cards. 1/4th rent due by check within 14 days of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to arrival. Each payment, once received, is non-refundable in the event of cancellation unless we can rebook dates. Checks/money orders accept in US funds. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Cmas/NY due dates vary.
Payment is usually accepted in the quoted currency (USD) unless the currency and the amount is specifically agreed in advance with the owner / advertiser.