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Private & Serene Artsy Oceanfront Home; Pool & Spa; Bikes; WiFi; FUN

Keaau, HI, USA
  • House1700 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 6 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Guests often comment that our home exceeded their expectations. It's probably because of all the local materials and the attention to detail. There are local hard-wood floors throughout (even the bathrooms and kitchen), custom stained glass windows, granite counter tops, and lots of original artwork. There's also an outdoor shower, two beach cruiser bikes and two mountain bikes, Instant access Netflix Movies and unlimited music from Pandora on the TV, purified (by reverse osmosis) drinking water, your own water well with whole house ultra violet filtration system (no worries about running out of water or other problems association with 'catchment systems' that are common in our area), solar-heated hot water, a solar-heated pool, various board games, some good Hawaiiana books, various floaty pool toys, and plenty of etc. All this on a 1/2 acre property.


A comfortable king sized bed with soft cotton sheets, vintage rattan reading chairs, vintage mango wood dresser, ceiling fan, and 2 bed side tables both with reading lamps. The direct ocean view from the bedroom also allows for great breezes. The wide balcony is directly in front of both upstairs bedrooms.


A comfortable queen sized bed also with soft cotton sheets, writing desk and chair that faces the ocean, 2 bed-side tables with reading lamps, ceiling fan, and a dresser make this a fully functional room with that same huge ocean view.


The bathroom is accessed by both bedrooms. It has a tub/shower and sink/vanity in one room, and a separate room for the toilet. Shampoo, hair conditioner, hand soap, TP, and plenty of towels are all provided.


A comfortable queen sized bed, with good cotton sheets, a small closet with shelf for luggage, ceiling fan, chair, luggage stand, a free-form mango-wood built-in table and 2 reading lights. This room is set back from the front of the house but still has an incredible ocean view. It also has 2 intriguing stained glass windows -- 1 depicting Kilauea Volcano, the other a humpback whale breaching. Breathtaking when the light hits it just right.


Tub/shower, vanity and sink, toilet, and incredible large stained glass window depicting a Polynesian voyaging canoe and a variety of wildlife. Again, shampoo, hair conditioner, hand soap, and TP are all provided.


The living room is decorated with a vintage Hawaiian comfort, yet with modern updates -- DISH TV, Pandora, Wi-Fi. There is also quite a bit of original artwork. There's a full sized dining table with 6 chairs, as well as 4 bar chairs. The kitchen is fully stocked -- espresso machine, regular coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave, and plenty of dishes, silverware, cookware, and all things needed for cooking your healthy meals at home. The Barbecue (propane) is just outside--Fresh Fish is always good cooked on a BBQ.

STAIRS: The upstairs is accessed via stairs which start near the front door and are on the outside of the house. We like this because we see the ocean and the stars at night. It also keeps the upstairs bedrooms more private.


The triple filtered drinking water is a big bonus. Many houses in our area use 'catchment' systems, catching water off their roof. There are good filter systems, and there are less-than-good filter systems. We have an excellent reverse osmosis system that actually purifies your drinking water. FYI, wherever you decide to stay in East Hawaii you should ask about their water system.


In front of our home, the ocean gets deep quickly. Because of this, their birthing and mating months (December - April) are excellent times for hearing humpback whales at night, and of course seeing them by day. Their tail slapping can wake you up--no kidding.


Our home is fully functional, clean, comfortable, AND in a great location. In short, it is 'homey'. You will be only 25-30 minutes from Hilo Airport, a few minutes more to Downtown, Bayfront or Richardson's Beach and 20 minutes from Pahoa, a Great/Funky Restaurant town. You will be 30 minutes from the warm ponds at Ahalanui and the Marine Sanctuary where you can snorkel with tame good-sized schools of fish! You're also 45 minutes to Volcanoes National Park (location of the historical Kilauea Caldera, and home of Pele the fire goddess) and 45 minutes away, in the other direction, from the Ocean Entry for Flowing Lava. This is subject to change of course, but has been amazingly steady of late.

If you're looking for a comfortable, spacious, truly OCEANFRONT home, retreat, and a base of operations, this is it. This is the house that Jack built, in 1998. First camping out in the would-be garage, then creating an artistic retreat/bachelor pad, and ultimately a great family home. We happily lived here for many years.

The ocean is mesmerizing by day, lulling to deep sleep at night. The ocean-side deck with spa and swimming pool will become your outdoor living room. The neighborhood is nice and friendly and you can walk or ride bikes for miles along the coast in either direction. Or you can hang out. You just might not want to leave.

CANCELLATION POLICY: If we receive notice of your cancellation:

• Within 90 days: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 service fee, and less any credit card fees.

• Less than 90 days: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee and less any credit card fees.

• VRBO sometimes has blanket statements about refunds, which are not accurate for our property. We tend to be more accommodating than their options, though we do have a small cancellation fee of $100. Our cancellation policy is fully explained in an attachment and summarized here.

• Thank you for understanding.

Also: To be in compliance with Hawaii State Law (Act 204 Session Laws Hawaii State Legislature, 2015) our Hawaii Transient Accommodations Tax I. D. No. is TA-116-308-1728-01.

Keywords: Oceanfront Home; single-family house


Barbara Bell

Member Since 1998
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Calendar last updated:
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About Barbara Bell

Here we are checking out the lava flow. We have lived in East Hawai`i for over 30 years, so we obviously love Hawai`i. Jack is a 3rd generation Hardwood Flooring Contractor, newly retired, and Barbara is a jaquette of all trades, most recently working for the County of Hawai`i.

Barbara Bell purchased this House in 1998

Why Barbara Bell chose Hawaiian Paradise Park

East Hawaii is varied, and exciting; the volcano never ceases to inspire and thrill. Madame Pele gives her unique energy to the whole of East Hawaii, and especially the Puna District. We have lived in East Hawaii for so long, and this house was our home, until we moved to the Big City of Hilo. Jack built this home in 1998, after living a few blocks away for about 15 years. We have completed a major re-fresh in Fall, 2013, and seem to always be cleaning, upgrading, or doing maintenance on something. The house is definitely in good order.

What makes this House unique

Because our home is almost at the end of a quiet dead-end street, it is very restful and private. We like to find new spots, via bicycle, or hiking boots, or swimming fins. There are so many incredible places to explore and we never get tired of adventuring. We like to walk or bike the coastline--for miles. To the south, we go to some tidepools about 1 1/2 miles away. To the north, we bike, then hike the last bit to a white sand beach that's about 5 miles away. When we are here, if we're not doing maintenance stuff, we also spend many hours lounging back and forth between the hot tub, the solar heated pool (90-95 degrees F), and lazing around on the deck. It's so private and quiet--we love it.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king, UPSTAIRS. Sitting area. 2 reading lights. LARGE
      • Bedroom 2
        1 queen, UPSTAIRS - Ocean View, 2 reading lights, desk, dresser, fan.
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen, DOWNSTAIRS: Ocean View Bedroom; Ceiling Fan, Reading Lights
      • Convertible bed(s)
        1 queen, DOWNSTAIRS. Comfortable futon & topper. Big Ocean View!
      • 1 King size bed in the Master Bedroom. This one is called 'the pink cloud'. We make sure to have comfortable beds--we come to visit too! 2 Queen size Beds. One is in the other upstairs bedroom and the other one is in the downstairs bedroom. Both are comfortable as friends and family wouldn't be very happy with us if the beds weren't comfortable. There is also queen-sized futon bed in the living room that is always open. The futon has a mattress topper which makes it very comfortable and it doubles as a day bed, called a Punee in Hawaiian. The Punee is a long-standing tradition in Hawaiian homes. You never know when you might need a little nap, especially when on vacation.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, combination tub/shower, UPSTAIRS. Shared between 2 bedrooms. Separate toilet room.
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, combination tub/shower, DOWNSTAIRS. Wonderful stained glass too.
      • Bathroom 3
        outdoor shower, Out by the pool, very convenient.
      • The upstairs bathroom is accessed by both bedrooms. There is a separate 'toilet room'.

      Location Type

        • Mountain View
          Mauna Loa view from the cliff in front of the house.
        • Near The Ocean
          Yes, VERY near. You can feel it in fact.
        • Ocean View
          HUGE ocean view from every bedroom, living room & kitchen.
        • Oceanfront
          Hear comforting sound of waves hitting the cliff which lulls you to sleep at night and provides endless entertainment by day. The drop to the ocean is about 25 feet and it's possible to see Green Sea Turtles or other fish swimming in the super clear water. Pretty fantastic. You can also fish here, though you'll need to bring your own gear.
        • Rural
          It is a nice feeling of having some neighbors, but also a lot of space to enjoy nature.
        • Village
          Pahoa, about 8 miles away, is an old logging town gone hip. You'll have to decide for yourself how to describe Pahoa. It does have quite a few good restaurants. Keaau is about 10 miles away.
        • Water View
          Hard to escape from the ocean view.
        • Waterfront
          We are pretty sure the Pacific Ocean counts as waterfront. : - )


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Living Room
                      A great room with vintage rattan furniture, dining area, the punee (day-bed), TV, Hawaiiana library (as well as various novels) and the kitchen.
                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Yes indeed, right next to the washing machine.
                    • Fitness Room / Equipment
                      Does nature count as a room? Pool for doing aqua aerobics, bikes for long rides. Some snorkel gear for adventures in the ocean.
                    • Garage
                      Yes. Functions as a giant mud room and staging area for sports and activities--very convenient. It also works as a car garage.
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Internet
                      Wi-Fi. Password is given at check-in. It is in the 'house book' with LOTS of other information.
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                      Sheets are all 100% cotton, 200 thread count, or higher. Towels are sufficiently thirsty and kitchen towels are plentiful. Even cloth napkins for this reasonably green home.
                    • Covered Parking
                      There is a large 2 car garage that holds the bicycles, pool toys, and the laundry area. It's a very useful area, basically a giant mud room.
                    • Parking
                      Plenty of off-street parking.
                    • Parking Off Street
                      Plenty of parking for cars, in the yard.
                    • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
                      Plenty of outside parking.
                    • Telephone
                      Private phone line with FREE long-distance calls to the US and Canada.
                    • Towels Provided
                      Nice bath towels and large-sized towels for the pool.
                    • Washing Machine
                      Washer and Dryer are conveniently located in the garage. You are welcome to use them. Laundry soap is provided.
                    • Wireless Internet
                      YES. We hope you can use it for planning & fun, rather than work! The network name and password are in the 'house book'.


                        • Microwave
                          Easy to use for left-overs or popcorn or whatever you desire.
                        • Coffee Maker
                          3 versions of Coffee Makers. 1. A regular 'Mr. Coffee' style coffee maker. 2. A french press. 3. Even a fancy espresso machine! And a coffee grinder for checking out the local beans.
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Plenty of all the basics. Plenty of plates, glasses, flatware.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Very quiet. No need to time its operations because it might interfere with other fun.
                        • Freezer
                          In combination with the refrigerator.
                        • Kitchen
                          Includes: Regular Coffee Maker, French Press, Espresso Machine, Stainless Steel Cookware, Blender, and some basic condiments. Shampoo, Conditioner, Hand soap, Dish & Dishwasher soap, Laundry soap
                        • Cooking Utensils
                          Stainless steel cookware, plenty of bowls and utensils mean you're well stocked and can create to your heart's content. Sorry, no copper bowl for making souffles ;)
                        • Oven
                          In combination with the gas range top.
                        • Pantry Items
                          There are usually some condiments, balsamic vinegar and oil. You'll need to check though.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Good-sized and quiet, in case you're expecting to have someone sleeping on the great room futon-bed.
                        • Stove
                          Gas (propane in Hawaii) stove top, with 4 burners, and full-sized oven.
                        • Toaster
                          Yes, indeed.


                            • Dining
                              Good-sized dining table in the great room with 6 chairs. And, 4 chairs at the counter-height bar. There is also an outdoor table on the deck with 6 chairs.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Books
                                  Many books -- Hawaiiana and novels. You can while away quite a bit of time here.
                                • CD Player
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                  Quite a few board games.
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                  Dish TV (basic stations) and Roku TV (connects to wi-fi, for Netflix account and Pandora, as well as other pre-programmed stations).
                                • Stereo
                                  CD player and a decent small sound system.
                                • Television
                                  Roku for Netflix and Pandora. Also basic Dish TV channels.
                                • Video Library
                                  We have some popular or interesting DVDs. Also, about 10 board games and a variety of novels as well as some really good Hawaiiana resource books.


                                    • Balcony
                                      UPSTAIRS. In front of both bedrooms is the large lanai/balcony.
                                    • Bicycles
                                      2 aluminum beach cruisers (one speed) and 2 mountain bikes with multiple speeds.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      DOWNSTAIRS. Next to the pool and hot tub, right outside the house. It affords a great view of the coastline both north and south. It may become your favorite 'room' at the house.
                                    • Golf
                                      Hilo or Volcano are the closest courses.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      You can rent kayaks or SUPs (stand-up paddleboards) in Hilo, presumably to use in Hilo Bay.
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                      UPSTAIRS. A cool and quiet area, outside the upstairs bedrooms, with an even better view of the coastline and the grand Pacific Ocean. Plenty of room for everyone to hang out up here.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      You can throw a frisbee around, or otherwise feel like you have some space.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                      Gas (propane) grill. It's a smaller Weber that we actually like a lot more than the bigger ones--the grate size is perfect.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      A few stray floating toys for the pool. 5 sets of mask/snorkel/fins, though we suggest you bring your own snorkel gear--that way they fit you. Also, we cannot guarantee the condition of our equipment


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible
                                          Though the house was not specifically built to be wheelchair accessible, the first floor has only one door threshold from the garage, and the door is wide. The bathroom door is 30' wide, and the bedroom is on the same level. Our elderly family really like the downstairs bedroom/bathroom because they are convenient and beautiful. They get the full experience of the house, and the ocean, even if they never go upstairs. Ask for more particulars if you need true accessibility.

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Heated Pool
                                            • Hot Tub
                                              View the stars at night, or whales in season, in a really private setting. Also, no matter what the weather delivers, this has the view!
                                            • Private Pool
                                              THE POOL IS HEATED (as of 2014)! There is solar heating for the swimming pool. It's fun and reminds us of the many warm ponds in the area. And there are a few floaty toys!
                                            • jetted tub
                                              OUTSIDE -- The Hot Tub has jets--perfect for soothing some aching muscles (too much hiking at the National Park?) The bathtubs in the house are not jetted.


                                                • churches
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • museums
                                                • restaurants

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • luaus
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain biking
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • TWO BEACH CRUISER BICYCLES (one speed, aluminum, easy and fun.) and TWO GEARED BICYCLES, DISH TV, all cotton (soft) linens, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, stainless cookware, all utensils, Gas BBQ, garage parking, some pool toys, small DVD collection, Hawaiiana and other books, and Humuhumunukunukuapua`a (Present State fish of Hawai`i, could lose its status soon) go swimming by, Sorry no pets or smoking inside allowed. SUPPLIES: You can count on Shampoo, Conditioner, and Hand Soap in the bathrooms as well as Household Soaps, where needed, for: Laundry, Dishwasher, and Dishes.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  121 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  So wonderful....

                                                                  Christine R.

                                                                  This is our 2nd time at Barbara's home. What a wonderful, wonderful time we had. Too many things to comment on, the stars at night, the pool, the hot tub, the waves, the kitchen, the frogs, everything is just simply wonderful here. We will return. I feel like this place has everything a family would want for a very memorable vacation. Love, love, love it!!

                                                                  Perfect in every way!

                                                                  Kari W.

                                                                  We absolutely loved this house. The location provided a short drive (30 min) to Hilo & waterfalls in one direction, and Volcano National Park in the other direction. We also drove across the island to Kona (2hr drive) for a day, but the drive seemed so quick due to the fascinating terrain. The house was so welcoming, comfortable, spotless, and had everything we needed. It rained for most of our visit, so the covered porch upstairs was wonderful so we could still spend time outside, even during a downpour. We saw multiple whales, even one that jumped out of the water! Our favorite way to wind down each night was sitting outside just watching the waves. Thank you for a magical stay!

                                                                  Owner's Response:

                                                                  We are so glad you enjoyed yourselves. We also love spending time outdoors watching the ocean doing it's dance. Always entertaining! And, thank you for your lovely review--it means a lot to us.

                                                                  Aloha, Barbara and Jack.

                                                                  Beautiful, private location

                                                                  Kristen C.

                                                                  The house is spacious with a beautiful view and fairly private. The pool is the perfect size to relax and watch the waves and the grill made some fantastic meals. Overall we had a great time at Barbara and Jack's place.

                                                                  Quiet retreat

                                                                  Michael M.

                                                                  Very comfortable, well appointed, and just right for two couples to spend time in the same place but not feel crowded. The views and sounds of the ocean were great. It had a warm Hawai'ian feel. It is close to Kea'au for food shopping and an easy drive to both Hilo and Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park. The owners were very responsive and helpful through the entire process. Finding the house the first time was a bit of a challenge but very easy to get to afterward. The sound of the waves crashing onto the lava was enjoyable at night, the neighborhood is quiet, and the roads around the area provide an excellent opportunity to do some birding, walking, and ride the bikes kept on the property. The house is well stocked with cooking and dining supplies and implements and the pool and spa are well maintained and offer a great view of the ocean. Passive solar heating keeps the pool comfortable. Cell phone service (AT&T and Verizon) was surprisingly okay and the WiFi was good. There are plenty of distractions if the weather turns such as books, games, and cable TV. The TV is in the main living room, not in each bedroom, which is okay because we didn't come to Hawai'i to watch television. Highly recommended for those who enjoy peace and quiet at the end of the day.

                                                                  A true Hawaiian paradise

                                                                  Miguel R.Seattle, WA

                                                                  I loved the cabin style home just in front of the sea. I never got tired of the waves crashing on the cliff while swimming in the heated pool. I wish I didn't have to leave the house. The house was well stocked and clean

                                                                  Beautiful home, visually stunning.

                                                                  Lorie C.Soquel, CA

                                                                  A bit loud at times, due to the surf.


                                                                  Keaau, HI, USA

                                                                  All the relaxing or adventurous activities you can dream of, Volcano viewing, warm pond soaking, sea-life viewing/hearing and every once in a while smelling, Especially wonderful for mind-clearing, adventuring, bike riding, walking, and a close-by great Sunday Farmer's Market -- Maku`u Market.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

                                                                  Cleaning Fee
                                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                                  Tax Rate

                                                                  Rates for 2 people. 3 night minimum, 6 nights at Holidays 3rd - 8th persons $25/nt/person Cleaning Fee = $150 (any stay); Tax = 14.417% 50% deposit to book; Balance due 14 days before arrival Security deposit $500. Paid at second payment and fully refundable. For planning purposes--Summer/Winter are higher priced than Spring/Fall. Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel your reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows: • More than 90 days before your arrival: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 service fee. • Less than 90 days before your arrival: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee. • If reservation is changed, a change fee of $50 applies. We will discuss this at the time of change, and if it is minor, no change fee is required. (Example of a minor change is shifting nights, with no change in charges.) • We make every effort to re-book. We really are not trying to keep your $ for no reason. • Thank you for understanding.

                                                                  121 Reviews
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