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AWARD-WINNING Home-Sweeping Ocean Views & Tropical Gardens

Michele Croci

Member since: 2011
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Speaks: english
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

Michele Croci

Member since: 2011
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Calendar last updated:
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AWARD-WINNING Home-Sweeping Ocean Views & Tropical Gardens

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


Special Offer! ONE NIGHT FREE!! SPECIAL OFFER for AWARD-Winning HOME! August 1 - November 30

Captain Cook House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-8)

ENJOY this peaceful, beautiful two-story home surrounded by tropical landscape and 180 degree ocean view! This gorgeous property has been recognized and has won the prestigious award of 'TOP VACATION RENTAL in Captain Cook for 2012 AND 2013'! This unique property has 1/3 acre surrounded by tropical and lush gardens. Two minutes by car to our private beach and secluded crystal clear and warm water bay where you can snorkel, swim, kayak and more!

Panoramic ocean views span the horizon as far as your eyes will take you; this property is considered to be in the 'favored zone' due to the perfect elevation, climate and proximity to local parks, 1 hour to Volcano National Park, just 20 minutes to Kealakekua Bay, 10 min to Hookena Beach where the dolphins rest and where you can swim easily with the dolphins. Honounou National Historic Park is only 15 min. from this beautiful property. Hiking trails abound, horseback riding (20 minutes away). Hilo is two hours away--great location!

Also, the home is only two minutes from the wonderful BLACK PEBBLE BEACH, Kaohe Bay, at the bottom of the street. The average water visibility is 40 feet and more. It is calm almost every day of the year. For the beachgoers, we are stocked with snorkel gear, boogieboards, umbrella, beach chairs, beach blankets, coolers and more.

The panoramic ocean and coastline views are simply mesmerising, with the 1000 ft surrounding lanai where you can rest and enjoy dining with the gas grill barbeque! Embrace a sense of peace the minute you walk through the tropical gardens leading to this private home.The sun pours in through the stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings with high-reaching windows offering a sense of openness, light and views of the tropical gardens below and ocean abound.

Kona Leilani is a perfect retreat for groups and families. A gourmet kitchen is fully equipped for entertaining. The three large bedrooms will wow you with their openness to beauty. Beautifully furnished and filled with unique art, the two bedrooms upstairs will encompass you with quiet elegance. Three “full” bathrooms (one bathroom is downstairs in the ohana) allows for stress-free mornings.

The home boasts an additional separate OHANA (family) quarters downstairs complete with full bathroom, kitchenette, queen sofabed and its own private lanai that has its own entertaining and meditation area. All ocean view. A queen sofa bed and full aerobed are available downstairs in the ohana for additional guests.

You will love the space in the master bedroom which has a comfortable queen size bed with a walk in closet and full bathroom with walk in shower. It even leads to a private lanai, so you awake to a view of tropical flowers from your bedside. Each of the bedroom suites are enhanced with custom furnishings and decor to captivate a mood of relaxation, tranquility and comfort.

Children love this home since there is room to play and explore the gardens and the mini-lava caves right on the property. As one of our guests have said; 'This is a magical garden and perfect for group settings.' It is both elegant and spacious; perfect for weekly or monthly stays with family or friends, or a romantic get away for a couple.

Sweet island fragrances will surely awaken all your senses, as you explore the 1/3 acre of lush landscape and the plentiful plumerias, papayas, mangoes and tropical flowers right in your yard, and experience the flora and fauna of the Big Island from the privacy of your lanais. The surrounding lanai, with complete ocean views, allows for private seating and resting areas from each bedroom and from the dining and living room areas. The downstairs lanai has its own ocean view and garden views.

We also offer our guest EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL DISCOUNTS!!


*20% of ON KAYAK RENTALS, snorkeling tours and more!

*20% Discount on Fair Winds Charters--this is a must-do adventure with charter tours and night-time manta-ray diving!

*10%-15% SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR OUR GUESTS to ISLAND SPIRIT SPA in Kealakakua Bay (20 minutes from property)!

*20% off dolphin/whale excursions with Dolphin Essence!

PLEASE VISIT our new website for video, additional photos and travel tips and links to Big Island travel information.

We want this to be a vacation of a lifetime for you. Our many guests have enjoyed this beautiful home. We want to create a memorable, joyful and enjoyable holiday experience to you so that you will fall in love with our beautiful Kona Coast and the Big Island.

Keywords: Our 'KONA LEILANI' is a spacious private home on 1/3 acre with coastline and panoramic ocean views & tropical gardens! Two large bedrooms and two full bathrooms upstairs, with a spacious separate ohana (extra studio) downstairs complete with queen size bed, kitchenette, full bath and its own 700 foot lanai and outdoor dining area. Fantastic 1,000 ft. lanai surrounding top floor with panoramic ocean view so you can enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner outside! Lanai overlooks palm grove and plumeria, mango & kukui nut trees. Located less than 2 minutes from the wonderful secluded BLACK PEBBLE BEACH, perfect for snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking & sunbathing. Close to coffee plantations, Captain Cook town, Volcano National Park, Kealakekua Bay and MORE!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Michele Croci (Owner)
Member since: 2011
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About Michele Croci

My husband and I love the ocean. We are both artists and have taken our home and turned it into an artistic getaway! We enjoy being in Hawaii and the Big Island, as it stills has the feeling of 'olde Hawaii,' and country. You will love the location and the smell of plumerias outside the bedroom windows. The blue warm ocean is perfect for swimming with much of the time sunny. We really love providing a wonderful vacation experience for our guests.

Michele Croci purchased this house in 2007

Why Michele Croci chose Captain Cook

We bought this home as our retreat from the big city. We wanted a space where we could create and Ron, as a professional artist, could paint. So now Ron has created so many beautiful paintings that decorate this beautiful home. It makes it even more special for us.

What makes this house unique

You will enjoy the quiet and the privacy of the tropical gardens. The ocean and coastline view is 180 degree and you can see all the way down the coast on clear days!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi, Michele,

Just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous stay in Hawaii! The house was everything you said and more! We even had a built in "alarm clock" as a big tom turkey roosts in the tree right outside and would start making noise promptly at 6:45 each day! We used the boogie boards and chairs etc. almost every day! That was so nice to have available to us! I hope we can visit there again in the future!
Jan 2015
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AWARD-WINNING Home-Sweeping Ocean Views & Tropical Gardens
average rating of 4.8490567 based on 79 reviews

from cold Canada to a paradise home

  • 5 of 5

I need to start off by saying WOW this house is exactly as shown, beautifully landscaped, clean, amazing, quiet location. if your looking to be close to Kona this is not the house for you it is 30 min. south. but if you want to sit on this incredible balcony and drink your morning coffee and watch the whales swim by this is the house for you, if you like watching incredible sunsets this is the house for you. I can go on and on why this house was incredible for our family, I'm a seasoned traveller with realistic expectations so trust me when I say WOW. If your going to be on the Big Island your going to need a car to see everything so this is the house for you and it is the perfect starting point to see all that the Island has to offer. the south route is the nicest and quickest to the other side of the Island and volcanoes. black beaches, captain cook monument all, fantastic snorkeling are all within 10 min. in close Michele thank you, you were the best to deal with, very professional and a joy to talk to, thank you again.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW!! Thank you so so much!! We are so happy, William, that you all enjoyed your stay with us. It has been a pleasure that share our home with you. We do sincerely hope that you will return soon. We are always adding new services and new vendors to our partners, so that we can pass on great excursion discounts to our guests. Let's stay in touch! and take care, William.

Our stay at captain cook

  • 5 of 5

The property is everything we could want , great views , well equipped and comfortable. The location South of the airport is away from the crowds but close enough to get to both sides of the island as long as you don't mind a bit of driving

Michele the owner was very helpful and emailed us a couple of times to make sure we were ok

We were two couples so only really used the upper part of the accommodation but downstairs looked ideal if you had another couple or children with you

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Graham, We are happy you enjoyed your stay! The Big Island is very rich with things to see and experience. We have been on the island for 10 years and I dare say that we are still discovering. We do hope that you could take advantage of some of our travel and activity discounts such as the manta ray diving and ziplining adventures. If any of your friends or family wish to visit or you would like to return, Graham, we will be happy to offer you a 10% discount on your stay! Be well and enjoy your summer! Kind Regards, Michele and Ron

Review stay

  • 5 of 5

This was the best vacation stay ever! Could not have chosen a better location at the Croci home-away-from -home!! Thank you so much!

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, what can I can't get any better than the "best". LOL! Krista, please do come back, we are always improving the house and our Hawaii Kona Experience for our guests. Michele
British Columbia, Canada

Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

Everything was wonderful! We all had a great time, loved the comfort of your home :) We researched the area well, so we were prepared for any driving required. No issues there. Also, your description & pics via online were quite bang-on with expectations. If we visit the island again with another couple, we'll definitely book your lovely home again! We totally appreciated the comfortable beds & extra change of linen if needed, plus plenty of bathroom towels! Hat's off to your cleaning lady for excellent work, your home was spotless upon arrival. We did our best to leave it as we found it. Our favourite of course was your view via the decks, lovely every morning & night! We sure got a kick out of the turkeys in the trees & birds behind the house ~ what an pleasure to watch them :)

Cheers, from the Autinson & Maclean family ~

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mia, thank you so so much for the great review and your insights! The views are so wonderful you feel like you have entered into heaven. Well, the turkeys and our hens are recent additions to the "entertainment." HA! They are delightful to watch along with the views...please do return soon and thank you for your kind comments about the housecleaning and home cleanliness; our team is very conscientious. Kind regards, Michele and Ron

Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

My family of four and my parents and my adult sister all stayed here for a week in February. I loved how the minute you walk up to this house you are greeted by beautiful flowers and a wonderful view of the ocean. It was very relaxing to wake up and have your coffee on the lanai every morning, even the turkeys seemed to enjoy the view as they have taken up residency in the trees nearby! The house looks exactly like it does in the pictures the owners have posted. The kids (ages 6 and 8) had a great time playing hide and seek in the garden and running up and down the stairs every night. It really felt like the swiss family robinson house. I would love to go back and would definitely stay here again. The owners were very easy to work with and got back to me very quickly with any and all questions I had. The only downside I would say to this place is that it is 45 minutes away from Kona but it is great because you are away from all the commotion. Thank you Michele for allowing us to stay at your home!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Emma, I love your description of our home--the Swiss Family Robinson--how sweet! thank you so much for your kind comments and we are so glad that you and the children enjoyed the gardens. The views are so spectacular and we are so happy you did enjoy them....Please do come back, we would love to have your all again! Michele and Ron
Iowa City, IA, USA

Hawaiian Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We had an awesome vacation in Hawaii! The condo was absolutely perfect and everything that it was said to be. We thoroughly enjoyed having access to the boogie boards, snorkeling stuff, beach towels, beach chairs, etc. The place even had its own built in alarm clock--a big turkey would make noise every morning haha. Very relaxing and definitely recommend to anyone because it is spacious and nice to get away. Michelle was great to keep in contact and the property managers were super helpful and accommodating!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I love your great comments, Jan! We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us. So besides the great ocean views, we have birds in our abundant tropical surroundings....thank you so kindly for your lovely comments about us. We hope you will return soon! Michele


Wailua Falls
Kona Farmers' Market
"fun to visit and open tues through sunday every week!"
The Black Sand Beach
"So very special--the bay is lovely to swim in as well!"
Kealakekua Bay Historical Park
"Famous bay with a beautiful setting. This is a must to visit!!"
Captain Cook
"Well-known tourist location with quaint galleries, restaurants, shops and coffee shops."
The Painted Church, St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church
"A lovely historical site, known as the Painted Church. Built in the 1800's, this charming c..."
Car: necessary

Enjoy the community's private beach, Black Pebble Beach and Kaohe Bay. Wonderful snorkeling diving, swimming and hiking near by. Visit the coffee plantations and tours nearby. Visit the South Kona horseback riding also. Volcanoe National Park is 1 hour away. Visit Green Sands beach at Southpoint about an hour away. Papa Bay and Miloli'i Fishing Village is 20 minutes south. National Parks located 15 minutes south of the Kona Paradise subdivision.


Rates & Availability

From $190 Per night

Captain Cook House Rental Rates


Special Offer From:
Dates Aug 1, 2015 to Nov 30, 2015

Stay in this award-winning home for a minimum 7 night stay! (that is a free night!!) You will enjoy all the amenities and great discounts offered by our property alone! Enjoy panoramic ocean views and beautiful tropical surroundings with a private beach! Reserve your dates now.

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Aug 1 2015 - Nov 30 2015
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
High Season
Dec 15 2015 - Apr 20 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $175.00
Property Damage Protection $59.00
Tax Rate 13.42%
Notes Rates are:
2 people - $185 per night
3-4guests - $195 per night
5-6 guests are $205 per night
6-7 guests the rates are $215 per night
8 guests the rates are $230 per night
Special rates are available!!

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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3) Located in master bedroom, richly furnished with extra bedding.Queen bed located in guest bedroom upstairs with extra bedding. Downstairs studio/ohana has queen bed as well. Downstairs ohana quarter is complete quarters with kitchenette and full bath., Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Upstairs double sofa bed located in livingroom area.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Two bedrooms and two full baths upstairs. Separate ohana (family) studio downstairs with kitchenette. Ocean views from both floors. Beautiful tropical courtyard garden with bromeliads, plumeria trees, mangos and more! Privacy galore. Tropical setting. Courtyard garden great for children. Long FLAT driveway easily accomodates 2+ cars.

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