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Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting

Leslie Cooney

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Leslie Cooney

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2015
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Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Milolii Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Perfectly located between Kona and Volcanoes National Park.

Pool house for two on the sunny South Kona Coast.

'Hale Polu Lani' (Blue Sky House) rests on the lower slopes of Mauna Loa, where sea and sky meet. It boasts grand views of the Pacific Ocean and the Kona Coast, colorful gardens, sun-drenched days, stunning sunsets, and starry nights.

This 3-room guest cottage on our 1-acre property is surrounded by lush gardens and comfortably furnished with new island-style decor and tasteful touches.

A large, main room is filled with amenities and spaciously accommodates bedroom, living room, kitchen & dining areas. The bright, comfortable living area is perfect for reading, listening to music, watching TV or a movie, playing games, or simply relaxing. Lots of windows and a ceiling fan bring in afternoon trade winds and cool evening breezes sweeping down from the mountain. There's also a window air conditioning unit for exceptionally hot days.

The queen-size 'Sleep Number' Select Comfort brand bed adjusts so each of you can sleep comfortably, according to whether you like your mattress soft or firm. Bedside tables have reading lamps, radio/alarm clock, and a wide selection of books, magazines and travel information.

A separate dressing area in an adjacent room is outfitted with full-size dresser, hangers and shelving, large mirror, and a luggage rack. There's a writing table here for you and a notebook filled with information on all there is to see and do on the island.

The bathroom is a sunny space with a beautiful stone tile shower and stone tile floor; it's stocked with all the basics (plush towels, shower gel & hand soap, hair-dryer, TP, kleenex, etc.) and features a second door leading directly out to the pool.

A small but efficient kitchen is well-equipped with refrigerator, microwave, toaster and coffeemaker. Dishes, flatware, beverage and wine glasses, cooking pots and pans, cooking and serving tools, cooking oil, wine & beer openers, coffee filters, paper towels, salt & pepper, sugar, napkins, dish soap, towels, etc., are all in place. Additional cooking facilities are on the lanai just outside the sliding glass doors on a gas grill with separate burner for frying, boiling or sauteeing. This is, after all, Hawaii and we do most of our living outdoors!

You can choose to dine poolside under the patio table umbrella or inside at your cozy table for two.

Your own swimming pool, surrounded by palms, bromeliads, banana trees and other tropical plants, is just steps from your door. Chaise lounges, sun umbrella, table and chairs make a quiet day relaxing by the pool a great option if you want a break from all the other activities available to you on the Big Island. Evening here is softly lit by tiki torches and a string of lights under the eaves; for an absolutely memorable experience, pause to enjoy a glowing orange sun setting on the Pacific or the vast Hawaiian night sky studded with stars seeming so close you could touch them.

Hale Polu Lani is a perfect romantic getaway for honeymoons!

The closest beach, on palm-lined Honomalino Bay, is a short hike from the village of Miloli'i; it has great snorkeling, spinner dolphin, sea turtles, and the occasional migrating whale. Quiet and serene, truly off the beaten path, you're likely to be the only ones on this local black sand beach. Other beaches nearby include Hookena where caves and pristine reefs offer exceptional snorkel adventures, 'Two-Step' at Kealakekua Bay, the Black Sand Beach at Punalu'u, and Green Sand Beach at South Point, a marvel in hue and isolation.

Snorkel gear, beach towels, chairs and a cooler are available (at no charge) for your personal use during your stay at Hale Polu Lani.

Well situated on the west side of the island on the South Kona Coast, halfway between Kona and Volcanoes National Park, the cottage is located an hour's drive from Kona and approx. 2 hours from Hilo and the east side of the island. We're a short drive from a number of coffee farms offering free tours and tastings. Other notable sites nearby include Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge), the Painted Church, Captain Cook monument, and Amy Greenwell's Ethnobotanical Gardens.

We are here on-site (our house is next door to the cottage) to offer a friendly welcome and personal recommendations as well as provide for any special needs you may have. We do, however, respect your privacy (it's quite possible you won't even see us during your visit -- if you choose not to!) and you can consider the cottage and pool your own while you're here.

E komo mai! Welcome to our ohana!

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
Leslie Cooney (Owner)
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 17, 2015

About Leslie Cooney

My husband and I are originally from Minnesota and Iowa, but have also lived in northern California.

We first visited Hawaii 20 years ago on our honeymoon, spending the majority of our time on Maui and the Big Island. When the opportunity presented itself last year we leapt at the chance to move here permanently.

Leslie Cooney purchased this cottage in 2012

Why Leslie Cooney chose Milolii

We wanted something away from town, in a quiet, more rural area, off the beaten path, with some land around us.

An ocean view was a must!

Our idea of 'night life' is watching the sun set over the big blue Pacific, scanning the ocean for passing whales, enjoying dinner on the lanai and, later, star-gazing into Hawaii's amazingly vast night sky.

We love the pool and all the tropical plants. Being avid gardeners and home improvement veterans, we relished the opportunity to put our own stamp on this place.

That we could also welcome guests to our little piece of paradise is a great bonus. We love sharing our experiences of the island, offering restaurant recommendations, and helping visitors make the most of their time on the Big Island.

The cottage is a stand-alone ohana/guest house on our property, adjacent to the main house where we reside. My husband and I are here to help if you need or want it, otherwise you're on your own; we respect your privacy. This is your vacation!

What makes this cottage unique

This is a very diverse island, where one can experience nearly every earthly climate. Here, on the southwest slopes of Mauna Loa, at approx. 1200 feet above sea level, we're perfectly situated to enjoy the best of the Kona Coast's warm, sunny days, consistently cooling tradewinds and clear, star-filled nights.

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Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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based on 18 traveler reviews

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Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting
average rating of 4.9444447 based on 18 reviews

Quiet, peaceful cottage with sea view & private pool

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I enjoyed this place so much. We spent a week here. I agree with all everybody said in the other reviews. It was almost perfect! With the exception of the small fridge and I could of used a grater and maybe a blender would be nice, then I would call it perfect. Picky picky! LOL I hate to rave too much about the place because then it will be impossible to get. But alas to be fair to Leslie and Brian, I feel I have to say something. This place was so quiet at night, we loved the stars, the garden, Jack the dog, what a good boy! Visited Kau and South Kona. The National Parks, the coffee and mac farms, the farmers market in Captian Cook, the local beach, snorkeling, they have gear there for you and beach stuff too. Even had pool exercise gear. We cooked most of our meals in since it was so beautiful there and we loved just hanging out at the pool and patio. Brain and Leslie are delightful people, so kind and caring and you will feel very safe here. They are good in an emergency, very respectful of your privacy, very helpful if you need them, otherwise you will think you are all alone. I would love to come back and stay here again and would definitely recommend this place to friends and family that want to be away from the tourist areas, like nature, peace and quiet. Thank you so much Leslie and Brian for sharing your beautiful home. I will never forget the wonderful time we enjoyed here!

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ron & Cheri. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay! It was wonderful getting to know you. We only wish we'd known you needed a grater and a blender -- they could have been easily provided while you were here. For future guests, however, we will happily add these items to the kitchen cabinet. We mean it when we say 'if you need anything, just ask'! Aloha, Leslie & Brian

Simply the best!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed 3 weeks in Hawaii in February and we experienced 6 different VRBO accomodations. Simply put, Leslie & Brian's Hale Polu Lani was the best of all. How could it not be when you have the opportunity to watch the sunset every evening from your private pool for such a low price? Beside that, the house is spotless, the kitchen well equipped, there's a BBQ on the patio and the hosts provide beach gear such as chairs, towels and snorkeling equipment (which is very convenient since the house not far from Kealakekua Bay and the Two Steps).

So if your plan is to visit the Kona Coast and the South Coast, consider pay a visit to Leslie, Brian and their dog Jack. You won't be dissapointed!

Laurent et Lili

Montréal, Québec (Canada)

  • Submitted: Mar 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway

Quiet, peaceful, VERY clean and great stay!

  • 5 of 5

We spent 5 nights here at this wonderful house and loved it! Leslie and Brian were very helpful and friendly, and Jack was very fun to play with the few times we saw him. I was slightly concerned when we arrived as I had not realized a dog was at their house, but we literally did not hear him once for the entire stay. If anything, we kept asking them where the dog was so we could visit him. Their house is right off to the side, but the guest house is situated such that it is off to the side and has its own entrance, so it is very private. We really enjoyed cooking our meals outside every night and the unit had plenty of dishes, cookware, etc for our stay. The ocean view was amazing to sit and look at while having morning coffee and breakfast, and the patio was great with the outdoor lights to bbq under. We really enjoyed the sleep number bed and all the decorations at this unit! It was clear that Leslie and Brian put a lot of effort and thought into this unit to make it feel like a hotel, but without the traffic and noise that hotels have (and the costs!). There is a town with a market about 10 minutes away, and there are plenty small stores within 20 minutes of this place if you need something in a pinch. Having been to the Big Island several times already, we stayed here so we could explore the south part of the island and this place was perfect to see the volcano park, south point, Green Sand Beach, and the Hilo side. Brian and Leslie are very friendly and gave us some great suggestions on places to visit while we were staying there, and we loved the places they recommended! We will definitely be staying here again in the future and have recommended this place to all our friends and family!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Boise, ID

Great, peaceful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We stayed five nights at this cottage in Milolii and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. It's a great location to visit places on the south part of the Big Island like Volcano National Park and South Point. The cottage itself is comfortable, the pool and patio are lovely to hang out by. The fridge and microwave were a little on the small side for the food we brought. There's a great beach at the bottom of Milolii road too if you don't mind a short hike. We had the beach all to ourselves on a Sunday when we walked in to it. Overall, a great place to stay!

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Tacoma, WA

Great Escape!

  • 5 of 5

We just spent 9 days in this lovely cottage and had an absolutely fabulous time. The pool was a huge plus for us as we spent most of our days exloring or at the beach and an evening dip in the pool was a perfect way to start winding down from the day. The grounds are immaculate and beautiful. The sleep number bed was heavenly. Plan to cook meals at the cottage as restaurants are few and far between in this area.We played rummy almost every night and had so much fun. Great place to reconnect with your spouse as you truly are "away from it all.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Los Angeles

Diamond In The Rough

  • 5 of 5

This place was everything advertised. It's a little oasis of colorful plants nestled on the dark hillside of a former lava flow - a sparkling diamond in the rough rocks. Spotless interior and exterior even more lovely than the photos. Leslie and Brian are excellent hosts; there when we needed them but otherwise the property was all ours.

It is a bit of a drive from the busy tourist towns, so you should keep that in mind. If you're looking for a quiet place to simply decompress, you've found it. If you want a base from which to explore the whole island as we did, it's in a great central location on the dry side of the island. We went to Volcanoes National Park and Hilo one day, Waimea the next and nearby snorkeling after that. This is how the lucky locals live.

Our hosts had not yet decided whether to install a television. We had mixed feelings about that. We recommended they do for future guests who want that option, so if it's important to you, inquire before booking.

All-in-all, a Five Star stay for us.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Kona International at Keahole, Hawaii (Big Island)
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Ocean View
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
Mamalahoa Highway 11, Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Ocean View
Nearest Beach
4.1 Miles
Honomalino, in Milolii
Car: necessary

The sunny South Kona Coast has some of Hawaii's best bays and reefs for snorkeling, diving, kayaking, and fishing. Colorful reef fish are varied and plentiful. The western coast of the Big Island is also home to sea turtles, spinner dolphin and migrating whales.

Coffee plantations dot the mountainside with tasting rooms at regular intervals along the highway. The history and importance of Big Island coffee farming is artfully explained at Greenwell Farms. Amy Greenwell's Ethnobotanical Gardens are nearby.

The drive down the coast from the airport to Milolii treats you to a variety of island environments, expansive ocean views, lava fields and a nature reserve.

This part of the island is also home to a lively arts community (SKEA) with many galleries, live theater and craft fairs. Farmers markets, where local growers bring fresh pineapple, coconuts, papaya, mango, mac nuts, and other fresh produce, are held daily up and down the Kona Coast; these are also excellent opportunities to find authentic artisan crafts using local koa wood and other natural elements of the island. Antique shops are rich in Hawaiiana. Great restaurants and roadside cafes are easy to find.

The south end of the Big Island is home to dramatic cliffs and rocky coastlines. World-famous Punalu'u Black Sand Beach and fascinating Green Sand Beach at South Point are just a couple of stops you'll want to include in your itinerary. Quaint Na'alehu is the southernmost town in the U.S. and boasts a great bakery.

A must-see for everyone visiting the Big Island is Volcanoes National Park. Plan on spending at least two days exploring this natural wonder with its other-worldly landscapes, caves, steaming calderas and active lava flows. Seeing fiery red molten lava falling into the dark blue surf of the Pacific ocean at night is a stunning and memorable experience. Entrance to the park is an easy 75-minute drive from Miloli'i.

Hale Polu Lani is located in the Hawaiian countryside -- you'll pass an avocado orchard and a macadamia nut farm on your 1-mile drive down Miloli'i Road to our home. Our closest 'town' is the village of Miloli'i, an ancient fishing village and still one of the best deep-sea fishing areas in the Islands.


Rates & Availability

From $110 Per night

Milolii Cottage Rental Rates

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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes We don't levy any additional charges above the nightly rate (with the exception of the required state taxes). All services and amenities such as cleaning, laundry, wi-fi, TV, pool use, snorkel and beach gear, etc. are INCLUDED within the posted rates.
Multiple week discount rates: $95/night for 14 nights or more; $90/night for 21 nights or more.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Milolii Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Hair dryer
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleep Number Select Comfort mattress
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
For those arriving at the airport too late in the evening to shop for food before driving to the cottage, we can offer you an ISLAND BREAKFAST for 2 for $20. Just let us know after booking if you would like us to provide coffee, juice, fresh fruit and breakfast breads for your first morning at Hale Polu Lani. We would be happy to accommodate you.

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