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Airy Home Just 5 Minute Walk to Manini Beach

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights


Captain Cook House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 7)

Experience spinner dolphins, sea turtles, hump-back whales (in winter), manta rays, amazing fish and coral reefs at pristine Kealakekua Bay, a protected marine sanctuary.

Enjoy glorious sunsets from the lanai or walk a few steps to the bay for your photos. Sleep with the sound of the ocean in your ears and wake to the riotous songs of birds outside your window. Kealakekua Bay and the village of Napo'opo'o are unlike any you will find in the islands. The area is a quiet village with no stoplights, stores, or crowds. All shopping and dining are located 4 miles up the hill in Capt. Cook or in the other local villages of Kealakekua or Kainaliu Town.

This spacious and airy home sleeps seven comfortably. High ceilings with fans in every room. Covered lanai with peek-a-boo views of the bay. Brightly decorated with artwork from the South Pacific.

Master Bedroom with queen-size bed and private bath and adjoining sleeping porch with twin bed. Hall bedroom with queen-size bed and adjoining bath. Third bedroom has twin beds that can convert to king.

The Hawaii Tax ID#: W40940866-01

Keywords: House

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Melouise Pfeffer
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
December 8, 2016
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About Melouise Pfeffer

We live in northern California and have relatives on the Big Island. We enjoy many recreational sports including backpacking, skiing, hiking, golfing, hunting and fishing and of course snorkeling and kayaking in Hawaii.

Melouise Pfeffer purchased this house in 2000

Why Melouise Pfeffer chose Kona Coast

The community of Napoopoo, at the edge of pristine Kealakekua Bay, is quite small and there are very few opportunities to purchase property there. When this home came on the market we jumped on it with the encouragement of my step-mother who lives nearby. Our entire family has benefited from the opportunity to spend vacations at Hale Hana Hou and we have enjoyed success with the vacation rental, forming many warm relationships with our guests.

What makes this house unique

Well, of course, it feels like home every time we go over to Hawaii. We've had many repeat guests who feel the same way, some that have come back 5 years in a row. Looking out the windows at all the lovely palms and lush vegetation, feeling the ocean breeze while sitting on the lanai with morning coffee and listening to the birds singing, walking down to the bay to see if the dolphins are in...all mean Hale Hana Hou. And of course all the activities listed on the web site: snorkeling, kayaking, hiking, sightseeing, driving down to the volcano, driving up to Waimea or in to Kona for Slack Key Guitar concerts. Wonderful!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Posted by owner from house guest book:

Dear Melouise, Aloha & Mahalo! We loved the house and the location was perfect for us. We swam with dolphins is K-Bay, snorkeled at Two-Step and Hookena. Sunbathed at all three. Borrowed fins & snorkels - Thank you!

We had a very rejuvenating stay. Had fish from the Marina Fish Market "Bite Me". Marlin was awesome and most inexpensive. Hebi was excellent for blackened fish tacos! Delicious!

We shopped very little and found Choice Mart provided a good selection for what we needed as did the Sack 'n Save in Kailua. We had New Year's Eve dinner at Jackie Ray's. Good meal and fun atmosphere for the evening.

Hapuna Beach north of the airport was FUN, FUN, FUN for body surfing and playing in the surf. Beautiful Sand and a nice change.

Thank you again for such a beautiful place. We loved the birds, even the rooster every morning. Mahalo & Aloha. We'll be back!

P.S. We had guests come by and they loved the house & will be in touch with you.
Dec 2013
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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(35 traveler reviews)

Airy Home Just 5 Minute Walk to Manini Beach
average rating of 4.857143 based on 61 reviews


  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful vacation we had! Excellent 🎆 We couldn't find any other words for this location and what we've experienced. The owner was always kind and helpful since we had got in touch with her before our vacation. And her house was great located and in very good condition. We didn't miss anything. This was our first time we didn't need to buy anything except for foods. There were full liquid soap dispensers, dishwasher detergent for everyday, bunch of towels and beachtowels, kitchen papers, bath tissues and clear food wrap, too!!! You can find even different spices in the very good filled shelf at the nice kitchen. We enjoyed the beaches the owner had recommended. We enjoyed Hawaiian fruits every day from her garden. We enjoyed the volcano park according to the owner's recommendation. We tried some restaurants the owner had recommended and we were impressed! Our son said that he wants to stay here forever. So do we. Thank you very much for your sharing and we'll come back!

  • Submitted: Sep 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Haruna! Your pleasure in enjoying Hale Hana Hou is so evident, and I am as pleased to have found you as you are to have found my house. Your wonderful review made me so happy that I will re-read it any time I need an uplift. :-) :-) I love answering questions and doing everything I can to help people understand and enjoy the area. Tell your son that the house is waiting for him every summer (or winter) and he will enjoy returning to his favorite places. Warm aloha and mahalo. Melouise (Note: I am pasting here a response I had sent you for other parents of young children.) " Your 4 year old is a perfect age to enjoy Manini Beach and the keiki (children's) enclosure in the lava there that young children enjoy splashing in. He will also see local children jumping from the lava into the calm inlet and generally being one with the water. As I said, I have sand toys, a floating device perfect for a young non-swimmer, and fins and a snorkel that will probably fit him if he is interested. Keei Beach, not accessible easily by car, is a 15 minute walk from the house, but has a sandy beach, shade and a wide sandy and calm path in the water that children love."
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Charlotte, NC

"Almost-a-Treehouse at Manini Beach!" or "Hale Hana Hou takes the cake!"

  • 5 of 5

We have had great success with all of our VRBO rentals through the years, but Hale Hana Hou was just spectacular! We spent the last half of February 2016 at Hale Hana Hou (party of 7 including our adult children and their spouses). The photographs are an accurate representation of the lovely appearance of the property, but they are not able to convey the tropical treehouse setting! Mel was prompt to respond to every question. Karen (who lives downstairs) was helpful but never intrusive (in fact, we hardly knew she was there!). The kitchen is well stocked (blender, rice cooker, crockpot, coffee grinder, among other items), and there are all kinds of beach goodies to borrow (towels, boogie boards, snorkels, fins, cooler, etc.). We started each morning with a cup of coffee and a walk to Manini Beach. We enjoyed chatting with Sandy and learning some of the history of the area. Following Mel's advice, we tried several restaurants in the area, but we also enjoyed cooking and grilling at home. The papaya trees and lemon trees were bearing fruit during our stay, and we made several pitchers of homemade lemonade along with a delicious lemon tart (recipes added to the guest book). I also followed another guest's advice and tried a POG and rum cocktail...yum! The guest books are a great source of info along with Mel's handy suggestions. We snorkeled Kealakekua Bay right from Manini Beach, and also enjoyed trips to 2-Step, Kua Bay (my son's favorite swimming beach), and Hapuna Beach (beautiful sandy beach and picnic areas with grills). We personally prefer the neighborhood feel of the Napo'opo'o area to the hustle and busyness of Alii Drive. We enjoyed our beach activities and sightseeing each day, but were thrilled to come home to Hale Hana Hou every afternoon/evening. There was plenty of room and privacy in the home, even with 7 adults. I also thoroughly enjoyed Mel's book collection in the family room (Hawaii history, wildlife guides, etc.) and the comfortable, "old-Hawaii" decor. And the birds...we kept the bird feeder filled and had daily entertainment from the java sparrows, saffron finches, and zebra doves. Hale Hana Hou was the perfect vacation home for our family. But don't take our word for it...go see for yourself!!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Chandra! Thanks so much for taking the time to write such a great review. I remember that when I called you to welcome you to Hale Hana Hou, you said you'd rented many houses from VRBO but this one "takes the cake", and I'm so glad you used that comment in your review. You and your family really "got it" about Napoopoo, Manini and the lanai bird show! Please come back again. (Note: Hana Hou means "encore" or "come back" in Hawaiian). I promise you nothing will have changed in the village or the house.... all will be here to welcome you again. Warm aloha to you and your family. Melouise
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Valley Ford, California

Worth the Wait

  • 5 of 5

My wife had mentioned to me many times about a beautiful house on the Big island that she was in love with. She had stayed in Melouise's house 9 years earlier with friends. We stayed 9 days and even my young boys were sad to leave. The house was very clean and spacious. Melouise kept us well informed and even checked up on us. Manini Beach is awesome and we had the great pleasure to meet Sandy who is the Caretaker of the beach. Sandy made us feel welcome to this beautiful island. After bbqing my wife and I spent every night on the lanai listening to the waves off Manini Beach. Morning coffee also was enjoyed off the lanai. My middle aged boys snorkeled everyday and enjoyed playing with local kids. Im already trying to plan our next trip. Cant thank you enough and it was truly worth the wait. 6 stars would be more appropriate

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Aaron! Mahalo for the 6 star review! Your comments are much appreciated and I'm glad that the house was a perfect fit for everyone in the family. Manini Beach will be waiting for your boys and the lanai will be there for your relaxing evenings... Warm aloha, Mel
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Sweet Jungle Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Airy Home says it all.

This is the upper floor of a home in the Kealakeua Bay area. We spent a very relaxing week at Melouises place. The neighborhood is fairly quiet, and there are 2 interesting parks within walking distance. If you like snorkeling, one of the easiest and safe places on the island is a short drive away close to the Pu'uhonaua o Honaunau National Park Refuge.

Thank you for a lovely stay Meloise, we will be back!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Norma! I'm so pleased you wrote and glad you enjoyed your time in our "tree house". I look forward to welcoming you back and Hale Hana Hou will be waiting! Warm aloha, Melouise
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Home in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

Melouise is a gem and so is her home. It was so comfortable and everything one could need is provided. Airy and clean, there were many comfortable sitting areas including the huge lanai overlooking mature tropical gardens. Melouise kept us up to date on the latest news in the area and was great about communicating with us about our every concern. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jan 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow! Thanks so much for your praise of Hale Hana Hou and myself as your host. I'm gratified that all my efforts in communication and maintenance were rewarded with your comments and I so hope to "see" you next year at our lovely bay. Warm aloha, Mel
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Wonderful Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We've been to Hawaii as a family twice before, and this is the best place we've ever stayed. Being just a short walk or drive from excellent swimming, kayaking and snorkeling made it so easy to relax and enjoy our time here. The house is spacious and comfortable, with water equipment for the family, and we loved feeling like we were nestled in the trees because of the garden and the open air layout. The house is fully outfitted with all the basics, even including a first aid kit that that came in handy after some coral scrapes! We would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Samuel.... Mahalo for your wonderful review! It is especially gratifying to receive your praise as return visitors to Hawaii. We will welcome you as you "hana hou" (English translation "to return") to our house, and I am pleased to know the space accommodated your family of 7 so well. May your memories of Hawaii keep you warm this winter! Aloha, Melouise
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Kona Int'l Airport at Keahole (KOA), Kailua-Kona
Nearest Golf
13.5 Miles
Kona Country Club
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Hwy. 11
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Capt. Cook
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Manini Beach
Car: necessary

The Bay is the Site of an Ancient Hawaiian Temple or Heiau and overlooks Captain Cook Monument. Kayak to the monument or hike from the top of Nap'opo'o Road down to the monument through the ruins of an ancient Hawaiian Village. Snorkel, Swim and Picnic at Manini Beach. Stroll to lovely and secluded Ke'ei Beach. Jog or walk south 4 miles on a level Road or drive down this road to visit Pu'uhonua O Honaunau, a fully restored ancient site of refuge. Snorkel at Two Steps Near Honaunau, a popular snorkel and dive spot. For a visit near the volcano, South Point and Black Sand Beach check out our listing at VRBO Listing #120909.

Rates & Availability

Captain Cook House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning $200
Tax Rate 13.42%

Base rate is for the first 4 guests. Additional adults are $25 per night, $175 per week, and children ages 12 and under are $15 per night, $105 per week.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Water View
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Queen size Beds (1) queen beds in MBR and 2nd bedroom, Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twin beds in 3rd bedroom and additional twin in sleeping porch
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming

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