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Airy Home Just 5 Minute Walk to Manini Beach

Bedrooms 3
Space sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights
Popular Features
  • Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Grill
  • non smoking only


About the property

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 Numbers: GE-000-453-0176-01

and TA-000-453-0176-01

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Melouise Pfeffer
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 22, 2017

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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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
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
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

Airy Home Just 5 Minute Walk to Manini Beach
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 65 reviews
Snohomish, WA

Kealakekau bay at its finest

  • 5 of 5

This property exceeded our expectations. It is a wonderful combination of modern comfort and old world style Hawaii. We were so close to the beauty of the islands, yet far away from the hustle and bustle of tourist life. We would like to thank the owner of the property and Karen, the downstairs resident, for sharing their slice of paradise.

Bob Thompson and Sue Richmond

February, 2017

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Bob! Mahalo, mahalo, mahalo! Thanks so much for the great review. As always, I love it when I know that people have fully appreciated the house, the birds, the lanai, sunsets, the peace and quiet, Manini Beach, Napoopoo, etc. etc. You were a perfect fit and we look forward to welcoming you again and again. Nothing will have changed in the village. Hana Hou and Aloha, Mel
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Christmas '16

  • 5 of 5

We were a “3 generations family” looking for a quiet, local Hawaiian experience and this is it. Except for the bugs, I thought there would be bugs but the house must be really tight! I saw one dead one in two weeks.

All the other reviews are bang on and give great advice. It’s more a home than a “vacation rental”. You will find things in the kitchen like poultry scissors, decent knives, all kinds of baking pans, containers for leftovers, measuring cups and chopping boards. Also tons of picnic gear, coolers, a really good coffee maker (and a grinder for beans), juice jugs, salad bowls… If we wanted it, it was there. We cooked a full Christmas dinner and baked a birthday cake no problem.

Comfortable beds thank goodness, soft sheets and plenty of pillows. Excellent water pressure – lovely showers! Great Wifi and lots of games including water toys. The wee life jacket fit out little one perfectly and he used it every day! For the old lady (that’d be me) the folding chairs were fantastic too! And bird seed for the birds – a morning ritual.

Here’s what we did – unless we went on a day trip to the volcanoes or something, we would get up early and go down to Manini beach (or maybe down to Two Step) before most folk were up and out. When the sun got up around 10 or so and people started coming, we’d retreat back to the house for lunch and a siesta or go shopping and eat out or go touring in the air conditioned car. Then we went to the beach at around 3 when lots of folk were leaving and had it quiet again until sunset. Not one of us got too much sun and we could pretend we were the only tourists!

Mel is a darling and called to make sure we were OK. Karen (downstairs) is just great and very happy to help with any questions. The chickens for some reason DO NOT CROW and are delightful. Fresh grapefruit and limes were awesome.

  • Submitted: Jan 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Jac (and Mac)! I knew from our first email chats about the house, way back in Feb. 2016, that you were going to have the time of your lives. It looks like you really nailed how to get the most out of every day: Manini, naps and touring. Brilliant! All will be waiting for you in December of 2018..your Christmas dates are booked and the birds will be waiting. A hui ho and a warm aloha, Mel
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Portland, OR

Amazing location and service, clean and spacious house, well equipped

  • 5 of 5

We will return to this house! The location is perfect for exploring the local waters and other attractions on foot or by short car ride. Meloise (owner) was fantastic about getting us oriented before our trip by providing practical information and tips to make our days on the island easy and fun. During a week-long stay we didn't manage to do/see/explore everything she recommended. The house was as pictured, plenty of space for the group to gather in the common areas inside and out, lovely grounds, very well equipped kitchen, and bedrooms with thoughtful touches like laundry baskets and extra blankets. We were grateful to have beach towels, chairs, and snorkeling gear in a variety of sizes to use. Karen, the first floor tenant, was also kind and very informative. Things to know about the house: noises carry, you can hear voices even behind closed doors; there is no glass in the windows, only screens and blinds (this is not an issue, given the warm climate and the extended eaves that prevent rain from entering, but was new to us). Our best advice while staying here: 1.) take advantage of all the local beaches in Meloise's info packet, we were often the only people on them and saw amazing sea life in the shallows and while snorkeling (turtles, eels, sea hares, sea cucumbers, crabs, fish, and more); 2.) Protect yourself and the environment - bring Reef-Safe sunscreen and wear sandals or water shoes when exploring the shallows to prevent cuts from sharp volcanic rock and stings from urchins; 3.) stop in at some of the local farms and co-ops, the people are very knowledgeable and generous with their time and samples; 4.) for parties who want to rent kayaks at Kealakekua Bay, visit Bayside Rentals about 5 minute walk from the house, they are family run and were very helpful + have 1-3 person kayaks, drybags and more 5.) make the trip to Volcanoes National Park and stay after dark - breathtaking; 6.) take time to catch the sunsets.

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo Allilson! It was nice hearing about how much you and your boys enjoyed the house and the bay, and how they took to snorkeling..That's wonderful and a proud accomplishment for your younger boys. I'm glad you appreciated the "treehouse" and the birds especially. I look forward to being able to welcome you and the boys again. Thanks for the hints for future guests. One caution for everyone: None of the kayak vendors at the bay are legally permitted to rent kayaks. On occasion the DLNR (Dept. Land and Natural Resources) patrol the bay and confiscate illegal rental kayaks, which isn't fun for the renters! . I'm glad to know the company you chose were helpful and courteous. The permitted vendors are: Kona Boys, Aloha Kayak and Adventures in Paradise. Melouise
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Lovely home close to the beach

  • 5 of 5

The house is just what you expect from the advertising. It was clean, close to water and very comfortable for 5 of us. The house is well stocked with all the typical household items. The snorkeling near the house is excellent, there are kayak rentals within a hundred yards and a great grassy park area on the waterfront. The Two Step and Refuge are just a couple miles up the road as a bonus. The house is roomy and feels like you are in a treehouse on the lanai. It was comfortable even in the heat of the day. The owner was amazing and the on site manager was very helpful. Overall, I can say enjoy your stay and book with confidence.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for the kind words Brad and family. I'm so pleased to hear that Hale Hana Hou was exactly what you had hoped for. Sounds like you got lots of good kayak time on the bay! Happy holidays to all of you. Mel
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  • 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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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.


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Captain Cook House Rental Rates

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4 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.

HAWAII STATE GET #GE-000-453-0176-01 HAWAII STATE TAT #TA-000-453-0176-01

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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