About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 nights
House, 5 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8-12)
'Pathway of the Gods' is the meaning of the name given by ancient Hawaiians to Kealakekua Bay. Five hundred feet from the bay, nestled among the palm trees and fragrant plumeria blossoms is Hale Hanai, the site of your next vacation.
This two-story five-bedroom vacation rental home will give you a taste of old Hawaii, away from the crowds, with a large private yard abounding in pineapples, bananas and coconuts. Designed with a family in mind, Hale Hanai would love to be your home-away-from-home. 'Hanai' is a word Hawaiians use to designate adopted family. When you stay with us, you are our adopted family.
Upstairs, Mom and Dad can relax and enjoy their own private living room with views of the bay. The Alii (royalty) room is furnished with a California King bamboo canopy bed, a seating area, and a lanai from which to view some of the most beautiful sunsets in the world. There is a fully-equipped kitchen and a dining room with a table that seats eight, as well as a china hutch with dishes for that special meal.
Downstairs the kids have their own living area, where they can enjoy watching a video or television. Equipped with a small dining table, a mini fridge, sink, and microwave, they have their own space. The Dolphin Room has a queen-size bed and is perfect to accommodate Grandma and Grandpa or a married child and spouse. The built-in daybed is wonderful for a younger child, and it also makes a great place to sit and enjoy a book while the ocean breezes rustle the curtains and wash your cares away. There is even a portable crib ready for a napping baby, if needed. The Volcano Room sports a double bed and the decor has been heavily influenced by Madame Pele, the goddess of fire. The Observatory Room has a daybed with a pullout trundle bed. Two queen-size sleeper sofas (one up, one down) round out the sleeping arrangements.
Across the bay is the historic Captain Cook monument that marks the place where the famous explorer met his untimely end. Spinner Dolphins visit the bay daily, and there is unparalleled snorkeling in this marine sanctuary. After a day of sightseeing or kayaking in the bay, the outdoor shower will wash away the sand. The barbeque awaits, as you dine outdoors on the picnic table as the sun sets on another perfect day in paradise.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 17, 2018
About Susan Curtis
Thom is retired from being a Sociology professor at the University of Hawaii in Hilo. Susan is a writer. We got married in 2000, after having both lost our spouses. Between us we have six children and eleven grandchildren. We love to travel and see the world, and we love to stay home and enjoy the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
Susan Curtis purchased this House in 1990
Why Susan Curtis chose Honaunau-Napoopoo
We turned the former family home into a vacation rental. The family enjoyed being close to the ocean when we lived there. A transfer to the other side of the island for employment changed our residence, and this was a solution that allowed us to keep a home we all loved.
What makes this House unique
We enjoy staying at Hale Hanai whenever it isn't rented. We spend most weekends there and whatever other time we are able. It makes a wonderful writing retreat and a great place for us to invite friends and family from the mainland. We love the historic bay with the snorkeling and the dolphins. We love the quiet feel of old Hawaii. We enjoy sharing the home with travelers for a memorable visit to Hawaii's best kept secret - the Big Island.
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Wonderful house and wonderful host. We loved every minute of our time.
And we loved having you! Come back and see us again.
Great location and value
We stayed at several different places during our travels and by far Susan’s home was the best! I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great place with lots of room. The fins and snorkels were super convenient.
Great stay at a wonderful house close to the ocean
Susan is an awesome host and her home is lovely. She was great and when we had a small plumbing issue she made sure that the issue was fixed quickly. She has some snorkel and beach gear that we used. we left behind some fishing poles we bought on the island for the next guests to enjoy. dont hesitate to book her home for your next vacation on the big island! you wont regret it
Perfect place for our large group
Susan has a beautiful home that we more then equipped to handle a large group! The house had plenty of towels, games, snorkeling gear, and was just a short walk to the water with some pretty amazing snorkeling. Captain Cook is a great place to stay and this is the perfect house to do so! Can not wait until our next visit!
I could tell from the moment I met these folks that they were the kind of people that make all the effort and work worth it. Admire my towel origami, and I'll follow you anywhere!
We highly recommend this vacation home. The home is comfortable and very well stocked. Anything we needed was right at our fingertips. There is privacy between upstairs and downstairs. Seating area outside is perfect for enjoying a meal or having morning coffee. Yard is very nice. Outside shower is convenient. Ten minute drive to easy-access snorkeling. Very short walk to bay -- 5 minutes at most. Susan & Thom were always available by phone if we had questions or wanted tips. There wasn't a single down side to this property. We would like to return soon.
Great for families!
We were a group of 3 adults and 4 children under the age of 3 (!). Susan was so kind and accommodating. Because we were set to fly from Oahu the day the second of two hurricanes (!) was in the area she offered to let us check-in a day early at no charge. We ended up not needing to change our plans, but I thought it was a very generous offer. She also left out age appropriate movies and toys and a portable crib, big hit with the kiddos and parents. The house is very well equipped - it has everything you could need in the kitchen, lots of cleaning supplies (a must with young children), a ton of towels, beach supplies etc. Pictures and description are very accurate. It was very warm when we were there in early September, two of our nights it cooled off nicely but one was pretty uncomfortable. The house does come with a ton of fans. There is a little beach within easy walking distance and you could kayak to the Cook memorial, we saw dolphins one morning. Since we have such little kids we drove to nearby Two-Step for swimming, perfect tide pools for kiddos. In short, great place for families!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
We currently waive a security deposit in lieu of a credit card number for any theft, damages or excessive cleaning. There is an additional $50 cleaning fee for groups of eight or more.