|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
'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.
Thom is 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 ten 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
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.
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.
This has been one of the funnest family vacations we've ever been on. We did all kinds of new stuff--kayaking, being one of them--and now we're actually giving advice at the kayak launch area. Swimming with the dolphins will, of course, be our top highlight.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful home with us.
Mike, Leslie, Natalie and Taylor Dicou
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!
This property is close to all of the important locations on the leeward side of the Big Island, but away from the crowds. It's only a few minutes' walk to Manini Beach, one of the best entry points on the island for beginning and intermediate snorkelers, in a bay frequented by a large pod of spinner dolphins. The house has many amenities for visitors and is well maintained, with creatively themed bedrooms. You will love the place!
We ate at many nearby restaurants, including Annie's (burgers) and Gypsea Gelato (made in-house, and some of the best you'll taste anywhere). A mere 4 miles from the City of Refuge and the neighboring Two Step Beach, with a wonderful variety of sea life.
Bring your friends; bring your family. The housing will be one of the smallest expenses of your entire trip.
This house was perfect for our "Twenior" vacation. Our group consisted of 6-adults (3-couples). We had ample room to spread out & make ourselves at home. The Hale Hanai had everything we needed, it is very comfortable & the location was perfect for our daily adventures. The beds are comfy, towels are plush & the hospitality was "OUTSTANDING".
Susan went above & beyond to make sure the house was set up & ready for our arrival. All of her special touches made us feel like family. I was grateful to see an "Ono" basket filled with essential~! It came in very handy since the airlines lost our luggage.
Thank-you for sharing your lovely home with us~!
First off, LOCATION! This luxury beach house is situated just *steps* from the most beautiful bay on the Kona side of the Big Island, where in the morning, we saw spinner dolphins jumping in the bay, and from the balcony of the master suite, we could watch the sun setting, orange and amazing, ensconced by leaning palms. The Kaleakekua Bay has reportedly the best snorkeling on the island, and is where Captain Cook first landed. The black sand on the small beach and the lava rocks there make the most peaceful morning sitting spot to watch the waves, and this beach house was steps from the bay. It’s a quiet street, away from the hubbub of Kona, and the perfect romantic place to just escape all your worries and your strife. It’s a mere couple of miles to Place of Refuge (a Big Island must see) and the adjacent Two Steps, where snorkeling is delightful as well.
Second, AMENITIES! This beach house had everything our family needed, and more. There was a full kitchen upstairs, plus a second small kitchen downstairs. Two full baths with plenty of fluffy towels made our family of seven happy. Four nice bedrooms (which our kids loved the fact that they were themed and nicely decorated) slept everyone, and there were couches and sleeping spots to spare. Our California king sized bed in the master suite had one of the most comfortable mattresses I’ve ever slept on.
There were movies to watch during down time, and board games for a lazy afternoon. Our daughters painted coconuts gleaned from the incredibly lush back yard. The full kitchen let me to cook our family’s meals, and we had dinner on the patio, with tiki torches lit—something our kids will never forget. Cooking also saved us a lot on dining-out money, so we were able to do more adventures with our family, like rent kayaks from the guy next door and paddle to the Captain Cook Monument.
It was so handy to have laundry facilities on site—a thing that made our packing so much lighter, since we could do wash halfway through our trip. Saved us a bundle on checked bags.
With the master suite segregated from the kids’ area downstairs, it made the family vacation into a couples’ retreat for the evenings, and everyone was able to relax in their own space after a day traveling around the island. We also loved the breeze coming through all the windows, and I loved hearing the waves’ roar as I fell asleep at night. It was just magical.
It’s the perfect place to take a large family for your island getaway.
This 4 night stay was a home away from home. The landlords had everything ready as agreed upon. Super friendly, helpful with orienting beforehand.
The home is just awesome. Truly felt like home, too. Clean, comfy, and close! A short walk down to Kealakekua Bay. Our first morning we saw dolphins, kayaked out to see them, and snorkeled/swam with them for two hours!!! Then we snorkeled at National Monument, then kayaked back across the bay. It was heavenly, and oh, so convenient we were staying right there, literally less than 5 minute walk to the beach. We spent other days just laying out at minini beach, and in the water there.
It is a short drive to several other snorkeling and hiking locations.
For our 10 year anniversary this was perfect. It was in Hawaii, yet in this place, it's in a neighborhood, not with all the other touristy places or people.
The landscaping is beautiful--made us want to read all day. The trees surrounding the home made us feel we were in the jungle. We enjoyed a nice meal outside one night. Despite being in a neighborhood, it is very private.
The master bed was also very comfortable.
Thank you! thank you! We can't thank you enough.
1) the owner met us at the property late Sunday even though she lives in/near Hilo and had a decent drive ahead
2) the property was nicely stocked, including an 'ono' basket filled with several Hawaii edibles, and an 'oh-no' basic filled with personal care products that one might forget to pack. There were also many towels for bath and beach
3) The house is very close to K-bay and just up the road from a very good snorkeling spot
1) Several of the other rentals close to the water were on narrow streets that demanded a low speed limit. Not so for this property; ~5 cars would speed their way by from 4-5 am each weekday. For the heavy sleepers, you can ignore this feature. For the rest of us this was a great annoyance. Even with the white noise provided by fans, there is no masking these commuters
2) This property is close to K-bay - a distinct advantage if you plan to spend most of your time here. If you want to see the rest of the island, driving up/down the very windy road (10 min at least) because a trial, especially at the end of the day.
3) In contrast to every one of the vrbo's we have stayed out, this rental required us to take our trash to a transfer station down the road. This isn't a hassle if you're driving down to the nice snorkeling spot by the Place of Refuge, but it isn't open every day, and you probably won't go to that snorkeling spot many times.
4) the downstairs had poor air circulation and was always 5-10 degrees hotter than upstairs. This circumstance was exacerbated by the lack of screens, although we were told new screens would be installed shortly. the lighting near the small sink/refrigerator area was also severely lacking.
5) a dishwasher is included in the rental. but it must be moved in the cramped kitchen space to use it - so we ended up doing everything by hand.
On the 2nd to last day we were here I started looking up the various rentals down the road, which were right on the water or just across a narrow street. Much to my surprise these had equal or less cost and many great features. I *didn't* check their square footage but the location was unbeatable. If you would consider splitting your party between two smaller footprints on the same property, I would recommend looking down the road closer to the water (there was a downstairs unit with 3 bed, 1 bath and a detached 1 bed/1 bath unit right on the water) . Less road noise, more ocean sounds, and less green
|Cleaning groups 1-7||$250|
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.