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Leslie Cooney

Speaks english
Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Milolii Cottage Rental Photos and Description

Perfectly located between Kona and Volcanoes National Park.

Pool house for two on 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 comfortably furnished with new island-style decor and tasteful touches. A large, main room filled with amenities spaciously accommodates bedroom, living room, kitchen & dining areas.

The bright, comfortable living area is perfect for reading, playing games, having intimate conversations, or simply relaxing. Lots of windows and a ceiling fan bring in afternoon tradewinds 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 screened for privacy and outfitted with full-size dresser, hangers and shelving, large mirror, and a luggage rack.

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, 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.

The 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 pool lights; for an absolutely memorable experience, pause to enjoy a glowing orange sun setting on the Pacific or the vast, cool, dark Hawaiian night sky studded with stars seeming so close you could touch them.

Hale Polu Lani is a perfect romantic getaway for first (or second!) 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 coolers are available for personal use during your stay at Hale Polu Lani.

We are 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 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

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Speaks english

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

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 with our telescope 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!

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.

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Property Reviews

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Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews
Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting
Milolii Kona Coast
Los Angeles

Diamond In The Rough

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
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.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting
Milolii Kona Coast

peaceful and private

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Feb 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
My husband and I spent several days at this beautiful cottage, and found it hard to leave. It is exactly as pictured, very clean and tastefully decorated. Our favorite part of the day was morning, sitting out beside the pool, sipping delicious Kona coffee, surrounded by beautiful gardens and looking out at the shimmering ocean. The owners are nearby if you have a question or need something, but not at all intrusive. They are also really knowledgeable about the island. The cottage is nicely located between Kona and Volcanoes Natl Park, and it's an easy drive to Hilo on the other side of the island. Don't miss the Hawaiian Vanilla Company if you get over there, interesting tour and great food. The Tropical Botanical Garden at Onomea Bay is a fabulous must-see. There are lots of fun things to do nearby too, we hiked in to a nearby black sand beach, and had it almost to ourselves. Another beach just to the south had large sea turtles sunning themselves by the rocks. You can walk up the road outside the cottage and pass by macadamia trees, avocado, lillikoi, papaya and mango trees. We also enjoyed seeing the variety of farm animals, wild turkeys and pheasants, and the occasional mongoose on our walks. It was so nice to return to the cottage after our adventures and take a dip in the pool, cook supper on the outdoor grill, and toast the sunset. We will definitely return, and highly recommend this charming little oasis.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting
Milolii Kona Coast

Quiet, small cottage in paradise!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Dec 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
This place was very beautiful, quiet, and peaceful. It was the perfect place for me to set up home base during my adventures on Big Island. The owners were very accommodating, providing breakfast our first morning there and the cottage was very clean. There is a market about a 10 min drive south in case you need anything. Otherwise, stock up at the Walmart or Costco around Kona before heading over. Parking is a breeze as you have your own private driveway in front of the cottage.

The view from the cottage was incredible, especially during sunset.

The bed was very comfortable and the room didn't get too warm with the ceiling fan running. There is a small breakfast counter with microwave, coffee maker, and sink supplemented with some basic dishware. There is a gas barbecue grill outside for some light cooking.

The cottage was nicely decorated with some board games and reading material on the island. The bathroom was very well kept with an adequate supply of towels and some basic toiletries.

I had an excellent time here during my stay on the Big Island. It's about an hour drive away from downtown Kona but, for me, the peace and quiet was well worth it.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting
Milolii Kona Coast

Milolii Cottage

  • 4 of 5
  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Oct 2013
6 days stay at this clean, roomy and bright cottage. The listing description accurately described the cottage appearance and amenities. The landscaping and pool was well maintained. Leslie and Brian were very hospitable and welcomed us with a delicious breakfast! They were kind to show us a beautiful beach which was breathtaking. We would recommend this cottage to friends and family. Mi's Italian Bistro in Captain Cook was delicious. The Volcanoes National Park is a must see.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Sightseeing
Ocean views, sunsets, private pool, peaceful countryside setting
Milolii Kona Coast
San Jose

Relaxing and adventure in the Big Island

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
The cottage is wonderful, clean, and has a gorgeous view of the ocean. Brian and Leslie supply you with useful amenities such as snorkeling equipment, beach chairs, a pool, excellent travel guides, free wifi, and delicious free breakfast on the first day. The best part of this experience was the combination of price and quality: you get a whole lot for an extremely good price. The photos and description are accurate. Although Miloll'i is a bit far from everything--the drive to Kailua-Kona is exhausting after having done it back and forth at least once a day--overall, Hale Polu Lani is a great place to stay because it is very accommodating and relaxing. Brian was also very helpful in recommending great snorkeling spots along the southern coast.

There are many coffee farms on the Kona coast to check out. We enjoyed the Greenwell Farms tour where we saw a three-horned chameleon, geckos, and sampled their delicious coffee. If you plan on going to the eastern coast to visit Rusty's Hawaiian Coffee Farm, you need to schedule in advance for a tour with Lorie Obra. We happened to meet her at the Ka'u Farmers Marketin Na'alehu--a wonderful town northeast of South Point. After Rusty's passing, Lorie has continued to craft award-winning coffee, inspired by Rusty the late founder. They make award-winning seasonal and smooth coffee. Our highlight of our adventure was the snorkeling tour with Hawai'i Pack and Paddle. Bari shared his extensive knowledge of the biodiversity of the kai. Nicholas and Lopaka were wonderful guides and we even swam with spinner dolphins near the deeper part of the Kealakekua Bay. Nicholas helped us identify many fish including the Moorish Idol, Humuhumu-nukunuk-apua'a, and the Black Longnosed Tang.

We devoured fabulous Japanese curry from Puka Puka Kitchen in Hilo. In Kailua-Kona we had fresh poke bowls from Umeke's, sushi from Kenichi Pacific, and Hawaiian and Filipino food and savory garlic Kimchi fried rice at Broke Da Mouth Grindz. In Kainaliu, Annie's served great local and organic burgers. Definitely go hike in Volcanoes National Park and utilize the week pass to adventure. Although Kilauea Caldera was closed because of high sulfer dioxide gas, we hiked other trails including the Halema'uma'u Trail down to the Kilauea Iki Crater,where we hiked along the Kilauea Iki Crater trail along the bottom of the crater. Our peaceful stay at Hale Polu Lani was a great way to wind down after a long day of adventure on the Big Island of Hawai'i.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
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Nearest Airport
42 Miles
Kona International at Keahole, Hawaii (Big Island)
Nearest Motorway
1.1 Miles
Mamalahoa Highway 11, Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Beach
4.1 Miles
Honomalino, in Milolii
Nearest Barpub
8 Miles
Ocean View
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
11 Miles
Ocean View
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.

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Milolii Cottage Rental Rates

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Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes No cleaning fees required.
Multiple week rates = $85/night for 14 nights or more; $80/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.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Romantic
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Spa
  • Living Room ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Internet ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Parking
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Kitchen
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Oven ...
  • Microwave
  • Dining Area
  • Dining ...
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Sleep Number Select Comfort mattress
  • Books
  • Games
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
  • shopping
  • scenic drives
  • boating
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • snorkeling/diving
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • hiking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • surfing
  • sailing
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • deepsea fishing
For those arriving at the airport too late in the evening to shop for food before driving to the cottage, we can offer an ISLAND BREAKFAST. 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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