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Susanna Zhao Billings

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Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 2 - 4

Kehena Makai is like a pearl among Kehena properties. It sits right on the lava rock ledge where the waves splash on them every moment, you can feel the spray! The owners had this house completely remodeled and everything is new as of June 2007. It's so much nicer to vacation in a brand new home, let alone the superb ocean front setting. There's nothing between you and the ocean, just feel the nice tropical warmth. The blue Pacific ocean is 180 degree wide open in front of you! During the day you might spot whales and dolphins. At night the ocean sound is your lullaby to get your to sweet dreams. The only house closer to the water is Kapoho Makai, our other rental property in Vacationland, where the whole yard is under water during high tides.

Kehena Makai is beautifully furnished in classic Hawaiiana style rattan and bamboo. Both bedrooms are master oceanfront with views along two walls. The woven bamboo ceiling adds to the tropical ambiance.

The house is built in the traditional sugar cane shack style and yet newly constructed in 2001 and finished in 2007. This is a classic Hawaiian home in upscale materials and design. You will appreciate the views and the windows that all open for the sea breeze. We have had many repeated guests since we started the rental.

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Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Guestbook comments from the owner
Even the rainy days are fantastic at this side of the island - so much to do and see! We spent days chasing down the best ice coffee - from the food truck at the park just north of Pahoa.

It's hard to pin point our faves:

Mauna Kea Observatory

Wai'opae tidal pools and hot pod

hike to Shipman Beach, great!

And this house! The sorndo, the sun, the air is like velvet.

Thank you, mahalo for your hospitality!
Feb 2013
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Susanna Zhao Billings

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Ocean front location, plus a well decorated and comfortably furnished interior are what we are up to. We own Daylight Home, Lighting and Patio, a home furnishing retail store in San Luis Obispo, CA. John also likes to participate in building homes; Susanna helps him with the business and loves to communicate with people who are interested in renting our lovely homes, and likes to decorate the interiors and cooks. So it works out just perfect. We love travel, love meeting people, entertaining friends, Hawaii the Big Island is one of our most favorite destinations in the world. We love the air, the sky, the rain, the ocean, the fish, the people, the plants, the flowers, the animals, the lava, the passion. We feel that we are the kane and wahine when we are on the island or when we miss the island. Our license plates are 2kapoho and 2kehena!

Susanna Zhao Billings purchased this house in 2006

John came to the Big Island in the 80s and his love for it has grown all these years. We purchased this home Kehena Makai in 2006 to further fulfill our Hawaiian dreams. John's been working a lot on this house to make sure it has the best offering a higher end vacation rental home could be, so more people could experience the unique and true Hawaiiana of this part of the island. We love white sandy beach and luxury resorts too, but we love the original Hwaiiana more! If you like to snorkel in one of the best reserved marine conservations in the world, there's the Kapoho Waiopai tide pools; if you like to see Pele there's the only live volcano which flows into the ocean, amazing fireworks drop into the ocean with sky high steam it's just breathtaking; if you like to drive along the uncultivated coast line you can do it along one the most beautiful drives in the world - the red road with tree canopy on top of your head; if you like to see traditional and historical hula cultures there's the Merry Monarch Festival every April at Easter Time; if you like to surf with the local boys and girls, come on over; if you like to see the best tropical botanic garden, come on over...this is Puna, the real Hawaii.

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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4.8
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10% off Sep/Nov - Feel the Ocean Spray Right on Your Lanai !!
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10% off Sep/Nov - Feel the Ocean Spray Right on Your Lanai !!
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Kehena Puna District
5

LOVELY SPOT OVERLOOKING THE SEA

  • 5 of 5
My daughter and I really, really enjoyed our stay here. We were looking for a quiet place away from the regular tourist haunts where we could relax and from which we could explore.

The place was one of the best outfitted and decorated stays I've experienced. Really top notch. We loved the location as we sat for hours on the verandah looking directly at the breaking surf.

Location: The nearest beach is a 5-minute walk. Be aware it is clothing optional and somewhat counter-culture but the waves are quite amazing. The nearest corner store is a 5-minute drive away, but a real shop or restaurant is about a 20-minute drive.

Anyone staying here should be aware of a few things however. Wouldn't stop me from staying there, but just in case...
* the ocean surf is 24x7 (of course). If that level of noise bothers you, it might be an issue.
* there are plenty of noisy critters at night. The coqui frogs are incredibly loud, but we found them charming... almost sounds like they're asking a question "Ko-ki?"
* internet speed and reliability is not great. I imagine network access on a corner of an island is challenging. If you expect to steadily stream Netflix or some other service, you might get frustrated.

I would definitely visit again and would recommend this place to friends.
  • Submitted: Jun 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Kehena Puna District
Houston, Texas
5

WONDERFUL HAWAI'IAN VACATION!

Wonderful Hawai'ian vacation!
  • 5 of 5
We had a spectacular time on the Big Island and thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this property. It was gorgeous, serene, and felt quite private even though it's in a neighborhood. The home is located in/near the rainforest portion of the island, which I just loved. The home was clean, well stocked, and perfectly met our needs. We arrived on the island early in the day and Susanna was gracious enough to allow us to drop our luggage off earlier than check-in time while we explored the island. The lanai is magnificent allowing for wonderfully relaxing evenings and mornings. I would highly recommend this property. We can't wait until we can return and would definitely rent this property again. We explored nearly the whole island during our stay and absolutely loved the location of this house. While it isn't convenient, it was well worth the drive for the location. And if you rent this home you definitely have to drive the Red Road. Most beautiful drive ever.
  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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LOVELY!

  • 4 of 5
Our stay was all we might wish for. The house was well equipped and in good working order. Our only regret was that we only had three nights.
Mahalo!
  • Submitted: Nov 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
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5

EVEN BETTER THAN I EXPECTED!

  • 5 of 5
If you are like me, you have looked at 100 rentals trying to find just the right one for your Hawaiian vacation. And now you have happened upon this one. Trust me...Pick this one. I had never been to Hawaii and had never done a vacation rental house. I wanted to spend a week totally unplugged from work and soaking in the Hawaiian vibe. I could not have chosen a better place. I was a bit overwhelmed by the whole rental process, but Susanna and John promptly and politely replied to all of my questions. Soon I had booked it and was counting the days. We flew into Hilo and drove to Kehena Makai. The directions provided were perfect. I walked into the house and could not believe that it was even better than the pictures. Completely comfortable, fully stocked, and the view from the lanai...unbelievable. The house was immaculate, and we enjoyed the beds that faced out onto the water so that we could see every sunset. You can absolutely feel the spray from the ocean on the lanai and we were sucked out onto the porch for many hours reading to the sound of the pounding surf or just watching it roll in and out, mesmerized. While you have the feeling of complete relaxing isolation, there is a small community surrounding the house that is fun to walk around. Also, at the house, a large flat screen TV with DirecTV, a great wi-fi connection, and a land line phone keep you connected, if you so desire. A fully stocked kitchen let us cook most nights and a new washer and dryer let us wash clothes when we needed to. There is a front porch with a grill and a table, but we were so taken by the ocean, we never sat there. A great secluded black sand beach is about 1/2 mile east. About 3 miles west is the small community of Kalapana, which has a fabulous cafe, a coffee shop, and a small market with great prices on essentials (even better than what we paid at Safeway in Hilo). We shared a table with locals at the cafe and learned some of the history of the area. Don't miss crossing the street from the cafe and taking a walk out across the lava field to another more expansive black sand beach. Scenic drives are close as are other great restaurants (try Kaleo's in Pahoa). Volcano NP is just one hour away (although we missed it because of the government shut down). Hilo has all the necessities you need, but take it from me...once you get to this magical place, you will not want to leave.
  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I dreamed of whales last night, I missed my Hawaii, it's been a while. But this morning I woke up with this notice from Homeaway of this nice article (I'd rather call it an article than a review, well written Wendy)! This is "da kine" review we'd love to have, thank you, thank you and thank you! We're also glad to know that you had a good time and enjoyed our home - that's very important for a vacation and that's the reason why we turned our house into a vacation rental home, so more people could enjoy the beautiful part of Hawaii, since this area is so unique among all the Hawaiian islands. You could have the lush resorts on the white sandy beach everywhere but you could not see the beautiful and unique Puna district, the Black Sand beach, Uncle Robert's night market (think of Hawaiiana far beyond of a market), the Volcano National Park, the Wai'Opae tide pools, the people, the spirit and the energy etc, etc. Come and experience all these then you can tell your friends and families that "I've been to Hawaii!", while of course you will have to find the right home to stay to enjoy.
Aloha to Wendy, and to all!
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Kehena Puna District
Seattle WA USA
4

NICE AND QUITE, EXCEPT FOR THE ROAR OF THE OCEAN

  • 4 of 5
Stayed at this house for two days with the main goal of seeing the volcano. Was a great location, close to Hilo and Volcano national park. Also checked out the "new" black sand beach near Kalapana. House was fine, but starting to show some wear (sliding doors were tough to open, and only one had a screen). Also couldn't figure out how to work the overhead fan in the main room. Ceiling fans in the bedrooms worked and that's what was really important. Definitely had a family vacation house vibe.
  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Families with Teenagers
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United States
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RIGHT ON THE OCEAN, FEEL THE SPRAY, AND HEAR THE WAVES.

  • 4 of 5
In all weathers it was a wonderful experience to sit on the ocean side Lanai (porch). The house was comfortable and clean. Everything as described, owners really helped in every way, would highly recommend this wonderful house for position, comfort, location, and ease. We explored Volcano National Park from here, beaches and rainforest area. Our children loved the flora and fauna. Wonderful to experience this side of the Big Island, and we would return here again.
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
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Map

Kilauea Volcano
"it's the new flow and the only flow into the ocean currently in the world. It's a couple of ..."
Lava Tube Cave
"the Lava Tube cave is in the Volcano National Park."
Kona Coast
"lots of beaches for beginners to swim and snorkel at"
Hiilawe Falls
Nearest Airport
35 Miles
ITO Hilo International Airport
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
137
Nearest Beach
0.01 Miles
Kehena Black Sand Beach
Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Pahoa
Nearest Golf
40 Miles
Volcano Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
15 Miles
Kaleo in Pahoa
Car: necessary

We are on our own private lava ledge of the Pacific ocean, perched 15 above the water. No ocean access, but what a setting. On top of all Kehena, we're a short walk to the Black Sand beach, ten miles to Kapoho Vacationland and the famous Waiopae Tidepool Preserve and the Hot Pond and Champagne Pond along the beautiful Red Road, near Kaimu, Kalapana and Opihikao.

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Availability & Rates

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Kehena House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Peak Season
Dec 10 2014 - Apr 13 2015
3 night minimum stay
$199
$1,359
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$179
$1,199
 
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

One time cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes rate quoted is for two people; $30 a night for two more people.
10% off for Sep/Nov 2014. Dec 15 to Jan 10 minimum stay is 5 nights otherwise $225 a night.
Damage Deposit is $400 to be held on a credit card without charging if not necessary;
No parties or big gatherings in the house otherwise lose the $400 deposit.
Booking is confirmed when signed rental agreement and deposit is received.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Kehena House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Forms of Payment:
  • accept credit card
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 980 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Beach
Theme:
  • Family
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Telescope
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Activities Guide
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Paper Towels
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Basic Soaps
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Parking ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Kitchen ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Grill
  • Kitchenette
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Freezer
  • Oven
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Ice Maker
  • Stove
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Stove
  • Cooking Utensils ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Ocean Front Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Ocean Front Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Toys
  • Television
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Video Library ...
Communication / Internet:
  • fax
Outside:
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Small Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • Balcony
  • Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Golf ...
Suitability:
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
  • children welcome ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Attractions:
  • nude beach
  • museums
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • rain forests
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
  • reefs
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • eco tourism
  • beachcombing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • snorkeling
  • golf privileges optional
  • surf fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • deepsea fishing
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