1 bedroom/1 bath airconditioned guest house accommodates two persons comfortably. (Small child OK too).
There is a kitchenette, bedroom with walk-in closet and balcony. Ocean view from the bedroom. High vaulted, open beam ceilings create a feeling of spaciousness. King size bed that can convert to two twins.
This delightful cottage is well cared for and landscaped with lush tropical plantings. Fantastic snorkeling, kayaking and ocean fun. Watch the whales in the winter months and turtles year round. Enjoy peaceful sunsets from the sandy shore just footsteps from your cottage. Picnic table on front lawn is a perfect place to enjoy your meals while surrounded by the beauty of Puako.
Amenities Include: AC, High Speed Wireless Internet, TV/DVD, CD player, Double Door Fridge-Freezer, Micro, Filtered Drinking Water, Washer/Dryer (located in garage below), BBQ.
Keywords: Ocean View Vacation Rental, Hawaii, WiFI
AlohaDebbie Properties (R), manages this property on behalf of the owners. We are a mother-daughter team (Debbie & Leilani) and we are here to assist you with the perfect Big Island vacation. We are local residents and live within a few minutes of this property, ready to assist you with any requests during your stay. Deborah D. Sharp (R) has been a Hawaii licensed Real Estate Broker since 1985 and agent since 1981.
Puako (Pu-ah-ko) is a small, quaint oceanfront community on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island located about 30 miles north of Kailua-Kona and 22 miles north of the Kona airport. The island's largest white sand beach, Hapuna, is right next door.
Puako is conveniently located for visiting all the resort hotels and restaurants on the Kohala Coast. The Mauna Kea, the Fairmont Orchid, the Mauna Lani and Hilton Hotels are just minutes away with their beaches, first class restaurants, shops and world class golf courses. Kohala Divers is nearby at Kawaihae Center, and offers various ocean activities including scuba diving and sunset/afternoon sails. Kawaihae Center and Harbor are just 10 minutes by car, with several great restaurants and shops. You are close to almost any activity you may choose, with the exception of the volcano which is a 3 hour drive from Kohala.
Several fabulous beaches are minutes away. Hapuna Beach (voted best beach in Hawaii by Conde Nast Magazine) and Waialea Bay (Beach 69) both are wonderful for swimming, snorkeling and boogie boarding.
The neighborhood is called Puako, and it is conveniently located for touring all parts of the island. All homes in this neighborhood are on small acreage, so it is a very low density area. Driving time to the Kona airport is approx. 40 minutes, Kailua Kona 50 minutes, Waimea 20 minutes, Hilo 1½ hours, Captain Cook, coffee country, 1¼ hours, Hawi and Polulu Valley 20-30 minutes.
The sun shines 355 days per year and the average temperature highs are in the 80's with low's in the 60's. The ocean's edge is about 150 feet from your doorstep with crystal blue water that is 72-76 degrees year round.
Puako offers ideal fishing, snorkeling, diving, surfing and kayaking. Walking and biking is a favorite, too! Sea turtles, dolphins and whales are some of the sea life you may see. Puako offers beach style living and a real sense of getting away from it all.
Puako is rich in Hawaiian history. Walk south along the ocean trail to see the petroglyphs. There are approximately 3,000 petroglyphs scattered throughout the Puako Archaeological Fields. These pictures are etched into the lava rock that dominates the Kohala and Kona Coasts. Access to the Puako Petroglyph Park is through the adjacent Mauna Lani Resort.
The waters around Puako are extremely clear due to the fresh water run off and strong coastal currents. Divers and snorkelers can enjoy waters abundant in sea life along the shallow reef at Puako. The Puako Marine Preserve is a protected environment for endangered sea life. Green sea turtles are a protected species and should not be bothered, only enjoyed and admired. Watch the humpback whales play along the coast. Beyond Puako's reef shelf the whales play and breach during their migration to Hawaii from Alaska. It is quite a sight!
Was the house (or condo) more or less than you expected? Perfect! Hale Okalani Cottage was lovely and the location was excellent.
Was the house (or condo) clean enough? Absolutely
Was the house (or condo) well equipped and well maintained? Perfect!
Were the directions adequate and the check in and check out instructions clear? Yes
Was the staff at AlohaDebbie Properties friendly and professional? My husband's only comment was to answer the phone with the company name, but we may have called after hours.
Were they responsive to your needs, concerns or special requests? Had a few issues that were resolved, Marla was the person that responded mostly, sometimes it took a few inquires to get things solved. We may have been working on of “mainland” time versus Island time ; ). We did leave our camera chargers (totally our fault) at the cottage and you (Theresa) were awesome in letting us know what to do.
Would you rent from us again? Absolutely
Do you like our website? Love all of the photos and the calendar. You really get what you see online.
Any other comments? We really enjoyed our time in Puako and will probably return to the area on our next trip to the big island. I really think the sunsets are better than in Kona (but the Kona sunsets aren’t to shabby either). Loved it. Thank you.
My wife and I enjoyed the best vacation yet while staying in this cottage right on the beach. We have been to Hawaii 5 times and this accommodation tops the list. We had everything we needed in the kitchen, and were within walking distance of the general store. We had snorkeled all over the island and decided to finally snorkel in our backyard and for the first time encountered turtles. We really had diamonds in our backyard and did not know it. We would stay here again and again. Great neighborhood and wonderful and the cottage was perfect.
My husband and I really enjoyed our stay at Hale Okalani. We stayed for 5 nights in February 2014. They have everything you could need: beach towels, boogey boards, bikes/helmets, cooler, beach chairs, maps, guidebooks- not to mention a hair dryer, little bath things, bath towels, etc. The kitchen is stocked as well with a blender, pans/pots, toaster oven, microwave, etc. They have plenty of plates and cups and wine glasses There is a little general store across the street that stocks ice and anything you could forget, and about 10 minutes to the south is a Foodland grocery store where you can stock up on your food. And the closest gas station we could find was about 15 minutes away.
The location is perfect. The owner's backyard is the beach, and the beach has a great reef with tons of fish and sea turtles galore, perfect for snorkeling and exploring. And during whale watching months, it's perfect! We saw more whales than we could count just from the beach. They are about a 4 minute drive from Hapuna Beach, and about 10-15 min drive from the Waikoloa resorts. We did excursions up past Hawi and Waipio Valley, and it really didn't feel like we were driving forever. Helps it's all so pretty. It was a pretty perfect central location.
The room itself is nice as well, the bed was comfortable and there was a/c for the warm nights. It was quiet. From the main bedroom window, you see the ocean. There is a bbq on the porch, but we never got around to sitting out there, we always went down to the beach. The owners are friendly, but you do barely see them. True, the wifi isn't great, but that wasn't a big deal for us and the shower could be improved a bit, but it wasn't a drawback at all. We'd definitely stay here again!
The location of this rental is very nice. Located in a quiet neighborhood on puako beach. We were happy to have such close access to the tide pools on puako beach. This kept our 4 year old entertained for hours. The swimming and snorkeling at this beach is decent.
The rental itself does not have ocean views. I would not recommend this rental for people who might be spending a lot of time in it. It is nicely furnished with everything a person might need and served us well as a place to sleep and clean up. It does NOT have reliable wi/fi.
We were able to explore the island and many beaches from this location and will probably stay somewhere near Puako beach when we visit again someday.
A lovely one bedroom chalet - perfect for 2 people. The furnature and decorations were tasteful and high quality. Everything was clean/immaculate and in working order. The kitchen was well stocked with nice equipment and dishes. We ate in and barbequed on the grill out on the deck several nites and the kitchen was more than adequate for that use and for breakfasts. The deck and deck furnature are well made and comfortable. Is a perfect location with easy access to beaches and Waimea and Kawaihae. The owners live in an adjacant home and are pleasant, unobtrusive and respect your privacy, There are ample beach chairs/mats/towels etc available in the unit for your use. The only item which was a minor disappointment was the wifi, which was slow/weak; for example, was too slow to stream a radio station. Overall was an outstanding experience - we would stay there again witout hesitation.
The one bedroom cottage was very comfortable, well designed. We did, indeed, walk to the beach to watch the sunset every night. I would just comment that a deck off the stairway on the LEFT side of the cottage facing the ocean would be a wonderful addition--to have that view!
When we complained that the blender did not work the owner bought a replacement that very day. He was very helpful.
Puako was a lovely, quiet place to stay. We did many wonderful day outings from there.
We had a great stay!
Very clean, bright and airy, and tastefully decorated, this charming place was ideal for two adults and a young child. Great snorkeling and beautiful views were just across the lawn. The kitchen and linen closet were thoroughly stocked to make home-away-from-home comfortable and easy. There's a little general store a short walk away, in case you forget your toothbrush. The owners went out of their way to be friendly and helpful, supplying us with local info, beach towels, boogie boards and bicycles, but were never intrusive. We'd go back in a minute.