Kealakekua Bay House Rental Photos and Description
Sleeps 10. 3 Bedrooms. 3 Baths.
We invite you and your family to experience the sights and sounds of the Big Island in our quiet, comfortable home on 3 acres overlooking Kealakekua Bay. Our 2-bedroom, 2 bathroom main house, which sleeps 4-6, has a breathtaking view of the bay from its huge lanai and almost every room. Fully open the bank of disappearing sliding doors in the great room and louvered windows throughout the house to invite the cooling island breezes and experience Hawaii’s unique outdoor living. A cozy Ohana cottage, which sleeps 3-4 and has an additional bathroom, is just steps away from the main house and is great for older children, teens, or another family.
Our property is conveniently located near Napo’opo’o Village and Kealakeua Bay, but without the congestion and noise. You can be at the warm water’s edge in an approximately 10-minute walk down the hill or a very short car ride. Experience a family picnic and great snorkeling at Manini Beach or rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for an adventure with the spinner dolphins to the Captain Cook monument on the bay. Just a little farther south off a bumpy dirt road, explore Ke’ei Beach with its white sand speckled with black lava fragments and tide pools—this area appeals to picnickers, fisherman, surfers, and the more adventurous snorkeler and is generally not very populated. Approximately 5 miles south of our property (~15 minute car ride), is the very popular “Two Step” snorkeling area in Honaunau Bay and adjacent to Pu’uhonuoa O Honaunau National Park (Place of Refuge). Snorkel or dive around coral covered lava fingers and deep water canyons for an entirely different underwater experience. Stop at the adjacent Place of Refuge and learn about the history and culture of Hawaii. For more adventure, experience the very remote green sand beach of South Point (~1.5 hour drive) or fascinating scenery and geology of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park (~2 hour drive).
If you are looking to unwind and decompress in a rural setting away from the more touristy parts of Kailua-Kona (~20-30 minutes north), then our home and property will appeal to you. Our year-round warm dry climate and warm ocean waters are our idea of paradise. Enjoy our brilliant green “laughing” geckoes, our tropical native birds and their musical serenades, our fun “bleating” wild goat herd on the adjacent lava flow, and chasing the occasional hopping toad across our driveway. We offer a home-away-from-home for nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, and for those that just want to slow down.
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
- pets considered
- Minimum Age Limit for Renters
About Mary & Bob Stechmann
It has always been our dream to live in South Kona on the Big Island, and in November 2013 our dream came true. This home will be where we live full time in our “golden years”, but for now we want to share the magic of the island with you. We ask you to treat this home as if it is your own, and to act as a steward for those that will enjoy it after you.
We are both geologists, specializing in environmental geology, and lovers of the great out-of-doors. We love animals, both domestic and wild. The warm temperatures of Kealakekua Bay and rural feel of the area held great appeal to us, plus the surf spots and snorkeling were a great draw. We plan to nurture our existing fruit trees, plant some mango trees, and add a couple of domestic goats, possibly a pig, and a flock of chickens to the property in the future.
The home was built in 1989 by a couple now in their 80s who had to move on. We have done very little to change the flavor of the home—a lot of thought, work, and love went into its construction and maintenance. The stained glass, mosaics, ceramics, and woodwork were all done by the former owners. (It was our family project to add the Yellow Tang mailbox!) We think the walls enfold wonderful memories and energy. Please take care of it all for us, while we are away…
Mary & Bob Stechmann
Mary & Bob Stechmann purchased this house in 2013