Welcome to Hale Pono- House of balance and goodness.
Nestled on the hillside above beautiful historic Kealakekua Bay, come to relax, rejuvenate and recreate. Be amazed by the magnificent panoramic ocean views. Tropical breezes caress you and incredible sunsets await you. Enjoy world class snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and surfing, all less than a mile from your doorstep.
Kealakekua Bay is a pristine marine preserve where you may experience a spinner dolphin encounter while kayaking over to the Captain Cook Monument for snorkeling in crystal clear waters teeming with coral and fish. Visit historic Napoopoo Beach Park and the Hiki-au Heiau. Manini Beach and white sand Ke'ei Beach are minutes away. A 3 mile drive along the ocean takes you to the awesome Place of Refuge (Pu'uhonua o Honaunau). Next to this is the famous '2 Step' site for unbeatable snorkeling and scuba-diving. Salt and pepper Hookena Beach is a few miles south, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, boogie boarding, snorkeling and perhaps dolphins again.
Explore and tour the many Kona coffee farms that abound in the area along with the historic Painted Church and the Peace Garden.
Stop in at Kalama's deli and restaurant, a 2 minute stroll from your door, for cold drinks, local cuisine, and hot plate lunches. Visit the gallery for souvenirs and local artisan wares. ChoiceMart is near by for groceries and the local weekly Sunday Farmers Market. Volcano National Park is a 1.5 hour drive away.
The studio cottage is elevated above the treetops to take advantage of the stunning 180 degree view of the ocean and Kealakekua Bay. The large private lanai is the perfect place to take in the incredible sunsets and watch migrating whales. Soak up the suns rays on the adjacent sundeck. The cottage is light and airy with two large french doors and many windows. Papayas grow outside your door. Inside is a fully equipped kitchen with a full size refrigerator, stove and microwave, complete with mango countertops and brand new cabinets. The unit boasts eco-friendly cork flooring and a spacious bathroom with walk in shower. The unit sleeps 2-3 people comfortably with a futon and comfortable new queen sized memory foam bed. Beach chairs, towels and ice-chest are furnished for your convenience.
Sorry, not suitable for small children.
Also available cottage Moe (cottage of dreams) see last 4 photos. Contact for availability and more information.
Conveniently located 25 miles south of Kailua-Kona International airport and just 14 miles south of downtown Kona in beautiful lush Kealakekua.
Keywords: studio, cottage, house, ohana, sun, ocean view, sunset, snorkeling, kayaking, beach, dolphins, vacation, quiet, privacy, private lanai, sun deck
We have been visiting family in Hawaii for many years and now have found the perfect place to enjoy and to share with guests.
The area boasts some of the best access to the water. The several beaches in such close proximity are unusual on the Big Island. Swimming with the dolphins in the bay is the most remarkable experience. The snorkeling is unparalled.
Lovely view, very airy, comfortable studio, pictures can't capture it! We had a scope along for birdwatching and stargazing and had fun watching whales and dolphins from the lanai. We were serenaded every morning and evening with birdsong, and had flybys at eye level of Hawaii's rare native hawk and owl.
Really a lovely, relaxing time, and I haven't even mentioned the 4-5 hours a day we spent in the water! Kealakekua Bay is just down the hill, and 2 Step is a 5-10 minute drive (depends on how long you stop at the little honor-system fruit stand). Both bays are amazing for swimming, snorkeling and shore-diving. Unlike the reefs in Kona (or Hanauma Bay for that matter), the reefs here look pretty untrampled and we hope they stay that way. So we'd like to add this plea: please be kind to the reef and future snorkelers/divers and do not put your feet/fins down or touch anything - the reef is extremely fragile.
Jill and Dale are wonderful hosts, allowing all the privacy one wants but available and helpful for queries and requests.
We were a little concerned about the possibility of road noise as we don't like to hear this, but had no issues.
The lovely 4-part harmony drifting up the hill on Sunday mid morning is coming from the old and beautiful Hawaiian/Samoan church down the hill, some wonderful ohana down there.
A wonderful, relaxing time - thank you Jill and Dale!
Excellent accommodations,excellent condition very clean & well maintained we could not ask for a more pleasant enjoyable place to stay. Would highly recommend for anyone coming to the Big Island. This end of the Island is the nicest with much more to offer then the rest of the Island. Snorkling was awesome. Sad that we didn't get to meet the owners but the caretakers were wonderful. All the pictures in the advertisement were exactly as we found the unit to be. Thanks Again Ron & Jean Ann from Alaska.
We spent 10 luxurious days at this lovely spot with a beautiful view of Kealakekua Bay. The studio has an airy screened in lanai with bay view, sweet bird song all day long, lush garden with citrus blossom scent wafting on the breeze. The room is spacious and has a full kitchen, the owners are welcoming and generous and gave us all the privacy we wanted. It is within walking distance of the bay where we snorkeled to our hearts content and were blessed with swimming with dolphins 4 days in a row. All in all a fabulous trip. We have already booked our return.
I just got home from spending 9 days at Jill & Dale's getaway and I miss it already! It is a perfect place to run away from the stress and busy day to day life at home. It's quiet, with the music of the birds singing and looking out almost every window and seeing the beautiful ocean. The warm breeze drifting through the house. I believe when people look through the vrbo website they would be lining up to book their reservations for this getaway if they knew how perfect it is. Mahalo Jill & Dale, hopefully I will be back very very soon!
We had the pleasure of staying at Hale Pono in January. Wow! This was our first time to Hawaii and this place rocked. Every morning we sat on the lanai looking at the beautiful Kealakekua Bay while eating exotic fruits from the local farmers market and drinking locally grown Kona coffee. We saw whales spouting in the bay on several days. Our place was lovely and comfortable. The grounds are beautiful! A true spot of paradise. Dale and Jill are wonderful hosts! Just down the road is such a lovely beach. We found a couple of locations nearby that were perfect for snorkeling, and easy for us as beginners. While Hale Pono is secluded, it also has many lovely spots to visit and restaurants nearby. Our location was advantageous for day trips. It took us about 1 1/2 hours to get to Volcanoes National Park. We had days where it was just great to stay in and relax, drinking in the beauty and peace. If you want a feast for your eyes, mouth, and soul, we highly recommend a stay at Hale Pono!
what a pleasure it was to stay here! perfect spot, lovely studio with beautiful handcrafted details and stained glass, peaceful, relaxing.....wonderful hosts. we loved staying here in our favorite part of the big island, and we'll be back! mahalo jill and dale.