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Peter and Darla

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Bedrooms 4
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Kailua Kona House Rental Photos and Description

House, 4 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)

Welcome to HALE HONU ~ the Home of the Sea Turtle ~ an amazing vacation home right on the water just 3 miles from Kailua-Kona! **** SPECTACULAR LOCATION!! UNSURPASSED VIEWS!! FABULOUS HOME!! Our 45 reviews rank us 4.94 on the 5 star rating system 5 star (94% perfect score)! Read on, you'll see why everyone loves this home, the original Kona 'Hale Honu'!

If you are looking for a unique private, oceanfront home, where the unobstructed ocean view and sounds of the waves will lull you away from all your cares, offered by experienced owners, LOOK NO FURTHER! YOU'VE FOUND HALE HONU!

Hale Honu is a two-story, four bedroom, three bath, truly OCEANFRONT home with extraordinary views of the ocean from all rooms of the home. The home is designed with an upstairs 3 bedroom/2 bath main house, and a large 1 bedroom/1 bath ground level studio/suite with a separate entrance. 2007 saw a major remodel upstairs, including all new windows, bedrooms and baths, kitchen, and exterior. The bedrooms each boast a 4 X 10 foot retractable Nana window that completely open to the ocean. It's like being on the bow of an ocean liner! The master bath has a jetted bathtub and a custom Mango wood vanity and vessel sink.

This gated property is surrounded by a beautiful lava rock wall and borders Pahoehoe Beach Park (an oceanfront beach park with shaded sitting areas, grass and a small keiki (child) friendly beach). A two minute walk takes you to MAGIC SANDS BEACH, the best white sand beach in Kailua-Kona, and famous for body surfing & boogie boarding.

Hale Honu is located just three miles south of Kailua-Kona village, and two miles north of the Keauhou shopping and cinema complex. Here you are close enough to everything but still in a world of your own!

The grounds of the property are nicely landscaped and totally private, enclosed within 6 foot lava stone walls. We have 6 padded chase lounges in addition to 3 sets of outdoor tables and chairs, love seats, and two outdoor futons. You can bask in the sun just meters from the waves or wile swaying the oceanside hammock for two.

When the sea is calm, there is excellent snorkeling at the abundant reef and arches directly in front of the house. We enter the ocean right off the property. You can also easily enter the ocean from the always sheltered small beach at Pahoehoe Beach Park adjacent to Hale Honu. We swim with Honu (turtles) almost every time! A large lava shelf has excellent tidal pools for exploring at low tide.

The main living area of Hale Honu ('the house') is upstairs, where there are two large bedrooms (king beds), plus a 6X10 foot 3rd bedroom with a full bed. Upstairs are two full baths, and a sunny, open kitchen and living area, leading to the covered 2nd floor lanai. The kitchen is a gourmet's delight with a 5-Star range, french-door refrigerator, lots of workspace and everything a serious cook wants. The 180 degree views of the Kona coastline are breathtaking from every window. You may never want to leave this spot!

Throughout the home there are open beam cathedral ceilings and nearly floor to ceiling windows making the home light and airy, with full ocean views everywhere. The sound and energy of the ocean is present in every room. Decorated with travertine tile, bamboo flooring, seagrass mats, Balinese antiques, island fine art and photography, as well as elegant tropical furnishings, you will feel like ali'i (royalty) in this home.

A favorite lounging spot is the queen sized futon on the upstairs lanai-perfect for a shaded nap or sleeping over the ocean!

On the garden/ground level is the fourth bedroom, the 'honeymoon suite'. It has been designed as a complete PRIVATE STUDIO/SUITE with a separate, secured entrance, outdoor garden, dining and relaxing areas. This large (650+ square feet) space includes a king-size bed romatically draped in privacy sheers, and a roomy living / sitting area with tropical decor, a dining nook, and private covered lanai at the oceans edge.

The suite has a complete kitchen with a cook-top, refrigerator and full sized sink. The bathroom has luxurious marble tile and glass block, and a walk in shower for two with dual shower heads. Windows and sliders encompass all of the makai (ocean side) walls, so you can simply let the ocean air in, or step out and be right at the ocean’s edge. Hale Honu studio/suite is also listed as a separate vacation rental at VRBO 46951.

Spend your evenings on the tiled huge ground-floor covered lanai in the Kama'aina (Local way ...barbequeing and talking story. This 400+ square foot outdoor lanai is filled with the sound of waves, trade winds, and Hawaiian ambience.

When rented in it's entirety, Hale Honu would be a PERFECT SITE FOR A FAMILY EVENT (reunion, celebration). The beautiful outdoor areas will accomodate a large party, with room for outdoor cooking/reception areas, seating, and spectacular ocean views.

We strive to make our homes and your experience in them unique and filled with the spirit of aloha. You’ll find the home tastefully decorated, carefully maintained, and filled with lots of little extras (CD collection of Hawaiian music, binoculars, books on local history and cultural sites, etc.)

Hale Honu imbues a special feeling of Peace and Aloha to everyone who visits it, and it is with that Aloha that we welcome you!

Please Note... We do offer this property for vacation rental in three different ways:

* Entire Home (including suite for a full four bedrooms and three baths)

* Upstairs Only (three bedrooms and two baths)

* Suite Only (one bedroom and one bath) (See vrbo listing #46951)


Mahalo and Aloha,

Peter Knoblich and Darla Mabery


Keywords: Oceanfront Private Vacation Home, Turtle cove

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome

Peter and Darla

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This is us, Darla and Peter, relaxing with friends and a 'Pint of Liquid Aloha' at the Kona Brewing Company! We bought our first oceanfront condo (KKSR # 186) in 2002, on our first visit to the Big Island. (The Big Island definitely hooked us after several trips to the other islands!) We have been blessed to now offer four homes in Kona, including Hale Honu which we purchased in 2004. There is something about this particular spot on the ocean that everyone feels when they first walk on the site...maybe the turtles living in the cove, the spinner dolphins swimming by daily, or the calving humpbacks off shore every winter, but for us it was total love at first sight. We have been improving Hale Honu every year, with major remodeling completed in 2008 and ongoing maintenance and improvements several times a year. We have a semi-permanent presence on the Big Island managing our Bed and Breakfast in Kona, The Hawaiian Oasis. Both of us are physicians, with continuing practices in California. We have a large extended family (everyone loves each other!) and three grown children...a fine arts painter, a photographer/film maker, and a textile designer. We employ a full time contact person on the island and can respond to just about any need within a few hours or less.

Peter and Darla purchased this house in 2004

You'll know the first thirty seconds that you stand on the sea wall and gaze over the ocean. Paradise. Amazing. Endless Ocean. Perfect... were our first thoughts. It continues to feel the same every day even after nine years.

You can simply lose yourself in this place. Peacefulness. An intimate connection with the ocean. Whether it's the constant pulse of the waves, palm fronds swaying and clacking in the trade winds, laying in the hammock or soaking in the spa under star studded skies a few feet from the breaking waves, Hale Honu is 'just what the doctor ordered' to escape from your 'cares of the world.' We all need 'down-time' in which we can just breathe and let our bodies and minds relax and rejuvenate. You need look no further, you'll find it, and more, right here at Hale Honu.

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
Contact the owner directly to confirm reservation details and pay with an approved method (credit card, check, or bank transfer), to protect your payment up to $1,000.
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Property Reviews

52 Reviews Write a Review
Private Oceanfront Home 3/4 BR, Spa, walk to best beach
average rating of 4.8541665 based on 52 reviews
Private Oceanfront Home 3/4 BR, Spa, walk to best beach
(530) 913-9235 (California, USA
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
Northern British Columbia, Canada

Hale Honu

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
We have just arrived home from 2 weeks at the Hale Honu house. I must say Peter and Darla are accommodating and easy to deal with. We loved the location of the house and you cannot get any closer to the water. We rented a vehicle and mopeds as there is not a store close by, which is exactly what we wanted.

We loved the crashing surf and were mesmerized by it every moment and found it did not bother us at night but be aware that it is not a quiet lapping shoreline if that is what your looking for. You will not find this anywhere in this area of Kona if you want to be close to the water.

The only negative we found was that the lanai furniture and cushions were well used and "tired". For the money we also would have appreciated good pillows and nicer sheets. The beds were very comfortable. The 2nd bedroom needs screens replaced as moths seemed to get in easily.

Overall we would stay here again and certainly enjoyed our trip.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Private Oceanfront Home 3/4 BR, Spa, walk to best beach
(530) 913-9235 (California, USA
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
Lewes, DE, USA

Kona oceanfront paradise

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
Hale Honu, House of the Turtle. Right on the Pacific Ocean on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, about 3 miles south of Kona. Five of us stayed on the top floor in 2 large and one small bedroom. The photos representing the accommodations on Trip Advisor and VRBO web sites are very accurate. Communication with the owners was very straightforward by email, and overall the value for what we paid was excellent.

Our relaxation highlight was a large open porch right above the ocean from where we enjoyed Green Turtles and Yellow Tang swimming in the clear water below. Out in the ocean, usually less than a mile offshore, Humpback Whales were seen everyday, often breaching. In the beginning it was too rough to snorkel, but toward the end of our stay we got several days of excellent snorkeling, and saw several turtles underwater, as well as a great number and variety of tropical reef fish

As far as creature comfort, the two large bedrooms both had magnificent ocean views. The beds had new firm mattresses, the two bathrooms were clean and well equipped, the kitchen was very well furnished with pots and pans, utensils, plates, salt, pepper and spices, cups and glasses, which even included very nice wine glasses. The refrigerator was new and large, easily holding three or more six packs of beer. The stove was also new and large. There were guests in the smaller first floor apartment, but we rarely saw them, and never heard them. The property is gated, so we always felt very secure.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Private Oceanfront Home 3/4 BR, Spa, walk to best beach
(530) 913-9235 (California, USA
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
Santa Cruz, CA

My Perspective Since I Was Mentioned in the #6754697 Review

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
Our stay at the studio at Hale Honu was spectacular. Our view was absolutely amazing. Every day we watched turtles and fish from our patio. Every few days, dolphins would swim by leaping into the air with what appeared to be pure joy. In the evening, the sunsets were breathtaking. Our studio was clean, comfortable and attractive. I can't begin to express what a fantastic experience we had at Hale Honu. Peter, our host was extremely gracious and generous. He truly embodies the Aloha spirit. He went out of his way to make our stay very pleasurable. I want to speak about the centipede in the studio. When I was told that the neighbors were having some problems with insects and a rodent and that the owners were going to spray around the house, I emailed Peter and begged him not to spray around our studio. I was aware before I rented the studio that they used a light touch regarding the use of sprays. I was very happy about this fact. I appreciate that our neighbors had different needs, but I want to be clear that it was at our request that only a few baits would be used around the studio and not spray. Peter didn't have to do that, and I was extrememly grateful that he was willing to accomodate everyone's needs. Sometimes weird things happen, but I don't consider this Peter's fault. Our whole stay was extraordinary and we can't wait to go back to the Hale Honu Studio. I think that it would be so sad if someone decided not to stay here because of that centipede incident. This is a very magical property. I hope that you give yourself the chance to stay at Hale Honu.
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Owner's Response: Mahalo nui loa for your review and addressing the issues raised in a previous review. Your experience captured the essence of the magic of Hale Honu! Thank you for sharing it with all of us!
A hui ho ! ("until we meet again!")
Peter and Darla
Private Oceanfront Home 3/4 BR, Spa, walk to best beach
(530) 913-9235 (California, USA
Kailua Kona Kona Coast

Hale Honu House

  • 1 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
My family and I stayed at this house "Hale Honu" for 10 days.
Although the location of the house was outstanding - right by the water, I'm afraid we would never stay here again.
I am not one to complain, but felt the need to share my experience with other potential guests to beware.
The house had insects, i.e.. ants, cockroaches and a rodent. And the neighbor downstairs got bit by a centipede the last day of our stay. I am well aware of dealing with insects on the island, but to charge the kind of prices the owner is asking, and then not continually maintain pest control was shocking to me.
Although the owner apologized and sent a pest control person out within 2 days, you have to ask yourself, "is this really what you want to be dealing with on your vacation and at these prices?"
Next time we will stay at an upscale hotel for the same price, minus the insects and rodent.
Owner's Response: This was an unfortunate and unique experience at Hale Honu. One need only read the other 49 reviews of Hale Honu to be convinced that bugs are not a common problem at this home. As responsible stewards of an oceanfront property fronting a reef with abundant sea life, we have strived to minimize our use of exterior pesticides that may be harmful to the native birds and aquatic life around Hale Honu. We routinely deploy contained insect baits and mouse traps in hidden areas of the house, and contained rodent bait stations around the perimeter of the house. This has been a sufficient practice for our many years of offering Hale Honu.
We believe the experience of this reviewer is the result of a combination of environmental conditions (unusually heavy rains) and personal levels of tolerance and acceptance of the critters abundant in Hawaii. Tiny ants are common and can appear within an hour of any drop of food or juice left behind. The mentioned “rodent” was a small field mouse, which was readily dispatched. Please see the review posted by the couple that occupied the ground floor studio during this same time period. Their experience of Hale Honu was completely different (posted also on VRBO #46951). They specifically “begged him not to spray around the studio” because insects were not a problem for them in the studio. Her sting from a centipede hiding in a bath mat (first ever in over 10 years of offering 4 Kona properties) occurred 3 days after the property was professionally treated.
Never-the-less, we are instituting changes in our pest management practices at Hale Honu. We will deploy regular professional pest control treatment of the property, assuming we can find a strategy that we are convinced poses no health risks to our guests or the reef life of Hale Honu. We will not however “carpet bomb” our property like big resorts do. Bamboo flooring will replace our sea grass matting next month, reducing potential habitat. We always advise our guests who are uncomfortably squeamish about an occasional flying bug or a gecko on the lanai, to stay at a big resort where such things are systematically exterminated.
If you are considering our property and have questions or concerns, please contact us by email. We respond quickly and truthfully. This is a great property, and we welcome you with Aloha!
Peter and Darla
Helpful votes: 5/6
Private Oceanfront Home 3/4 BR, Spa, walk to best beach
(530) 913-9235 (California, USA
Kailua Kona Kona Coast
San Diego

Yes...another 5 star review!!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
It was perfect! Everything...location, all the necessary things we needed, space for everyone, did I mention location?! Breakfasts on the patio watching the turtles and dolphins and you could even see the fish because the water was so clear. The huge kitchen was a great gathering spot, as was the downstairs lanai. Gated parking was a bonus and the outdoor shower was a necessary luxury!
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Daisy! As a returning guest at Hale Honu for the Queen Liliuokalani Canoe Race, you and your team are always welcome. See you next year!
Aloha! Peter and Darla


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Exact Location of Hale Honu (Use Hybrid Map Setting)
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Pahoehoe Beach Park
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Magic Sands Beach
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Kailua-Kona Village ~ Home of the great King Kameamea III
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Kona Makai 1-302 (VRBO 34203)
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Holualoa Coffee Country
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Kealakekua Bay ~ Captain Cook Monument

Whale watching, Dolphin swims, Petroglyphs, Coffee Farms, Live Music


Availability & Rates

Kailua Kona House Rental Rates


  • From $470/nt - $3175/wk
  • US Dollars
  • Rates vary by season. "High" is Jan 2-March 31, "Low" is April 11 - Dec 18.
  • Rates are listed below as High/Low Season.*5 NIGHT MINIMUM (except late bookings)*
  • Entire Property: $675/625 ~ $4550/4200/wk ~$16500/14800/mo (28 nights)
  • House 3 BR + 2Bath: $510/470 nt...$3350/3175 week...$11275/10750 month
  • Suite only: $275/232 nt...1875/1595/week **HI Tax 11.4167%**
  • Christmas (12/18 - 1/1/11) & IronMan(10/5-10/14/13)Entire = $695/nt 4775/wk
  • Ironman/Xmas for 3BR house only = 610 nt/4100/wk Suite = $305 nt /1985 wk
  • Cleaning $165 house, $90 studio($255 both) Refundable damage $1000 ($500 suite)


Kailua Kona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • King size beds (2) Master Bedroom Platform King, Studio King Bed, Queen size Beds (2) 2nd bedroom upstairs queen bed. There is also a queen futon on the covered lanai of the main house., Double Beds (1) Double bed in the third bedroom of the upper floor. Room overlooks bamboo, park and ocean, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) A queen size engineered bed that opens automatically out of a case with the push of a button. Stows easily with the push of another button.
  • Stereo
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • CD Player
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • restaurants
  • cinemas
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • shelling
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • golf
  • sailing
  • hiking
  • parasailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • surfing
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
***2 MINUTE WALK TO MAGIC SANDS BEACH*** Futon for outdoor sleeping on raised lanai, private oceanfront HAMMOCK, Gated property, HIGH SPEED CABLE/WIRELESS INTERNET, VCR/DVD, 2 Full Kitchens, 2 Refrigerators, all cooking utensils and quality linens provided, full sized Washer & Dryer, Beach supplies, Separate private studio/honeymoon suite, Perfect special event home