I'm so glad that we "lucked out" in finding such a perfect condo to stay in for 3 weeks in/on Hawaii! I was a little worried about VBRO in the beginning; it seemed so sketchy to be trying to contact lots of individual owners, balancing dates, requirements & preferences, etc, all at the same time and coming up with what might be the best option for us. (I still think it is. Wish there were a better, more centralized system.) But in the end, all I can say is that we were lucky, and I am very grateful that this was a great place and all worked out well. Gayle was very easy to work with.
The unit has absolutely everything a family could need -- lots of dishes & cookware (in a BIG kitchen!), 3 TVs, sports & beach gear, pretty & comfortable furniture. AND -- that lanai!! It really is as huge as advertised, with good furniture and a nice view (over the tops of about a zillion palm trees) to the ocean.
We liked the location in Kaeuhou, although we did have to drive everywhere. We found that it's about 90-100 miles to Hilo, Kilauea, and Mauna Loa (LONG trips if you do it in one day and return). But we also took many other excursions to places closer such as Kona, Holualoa, small beaches & bays , Hawi/Kawahae and historical sites along the west coast.
If you are an active bunch, this is a great home base. If you want to be more quiet and just laze away the days in warm sunshine & not do much, just stock up with the fresh food you like & you'll be very comfortable here. It's not a hotel here -- no one does the dishes for you -- but we think it's much better!