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Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!

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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-10) - Very close to town...

If you are adventurous and free spirited, but still require all the amenities a luxury rental home has to offer then Pu`uhonua ('Place of Refuge') is the place for you. Experience tropical Hawaii at it’s finest in this unique pole house nestled just above Kealakekua Bay ('Pathway of the Gods') in Captain Cook, Hawaii. At this elevation you will enjoy the perfect climate and sweeping 180+ degree views of the ocean, Mauna Loa and Kealakekua Bay, in a quiet and comfortable setting.

Convenient location, just a moment away from the town of Captain Cook, with all of its amenities including one of the islands best grocery stores, fantastic restaurants, local shops and a wonderful farmers market.

Watch breathtaking sunsets from the spacious upper lanai that wraps around the house. Just 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona Airport, Pu`uhonua House is minutes from an array of activities including horseback riding, hiking, tennis, diving, dolphin and seasonal whale watching. Rent kayaks and kayak across the majestic Kealakekua Bay, swim with spinner dolphins and snorkel one of Hawaii’s best kept secrets, the Captain Cook monument.

Enjoy a variety of tropical fruits and flora grown on the property such as bananas, papayas, lemons, avocados, breadfruit, macadamia, coffee and mangos. We are close to some of south Kona’s finest beaches and minutes from great swimming, snorkeling and child safe beaches like Hookena, Manini, Keei, and Kealakekua Bay.

Pu`uhonua House (Place of Refuge House) was built in 1988 by a physicist and his wife. As a former sailor he and his wife had traveled to many parts of the world, before they chose this spot to build their dream home where they would eventually retire. Being a physicist he was intrigued by the simplicity and structural durability a pole house has to offer. Supported by nine thirty foot tall cedar poles imported from Washington state, this house unlike traditionally constructed homes, has a more open floor plan allowing for more glass. The main living level perimeter is nearly all glass/view. You feel as though you are part of your beautiful surroundings. All of the structural and finish components of the house were all hand crafted on site. The property is a one acre private parcel located in the McCoy Plantation subdivision, once a coffee plantation. Much of the property is still rich with coffee plants and certain times of the year the air is thick with the sweet scent of the blossom. If you like peace and tranquility then you will enjoy this piece of paradise.





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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Aloha. My Name is Rowan. My mother and father, Bruce & Nikki, fell in love with this very special piece of paradise. It is a unique Hawaiin style home on a very peaceful private 1 acre lot in the town of Captain Cook.

The Owner purchased this house in 2004

Why The Owner chose Kona Coast

We vacationed for may years on the Big Island, staying on all parts of the island. We fell in love with the Captain Cook area because of its proximity to everything, the local culture, the coastal access and all the town has to offer.

What makes this house unique

Captain Cook is a great location for your family vacation. We are close to many beautiful coastal destinations, great shopping, restaurants and a perfect location to explore all that the Big Island has to offer. You are in a great location for day trips and close to Kailua Kona. We have some of the best snokeling, kayaking and surfing spots on the Island.


based on 54 traveler reviews

Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews

Great House!

  • 5 of 5

A totally unique and spacious house with a great owner. The landscape was a tropical feel and the ocean views were beautiful. I also thought it was very centrally located to navigate the Big Island and lived how close it was to Kona coffee country. Thanks Bruce!

  • Submitted: Jul 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

This is the most gorgeous place. Like being in a spacious treehouse overlooking the sea in the middle of a gorgeous tropical biosphere. We had only 4 people--my 81-year-old mother, 19-year old son, my husband and me. There are three floors. We stayed in the 3 bedrooms on the floor underneath the main (top) floor, so did not have to use the bedroom on the first floor, or the loft above the third floor. It was perfect for us! If we had more people, there would need to be more living room seating on the main floor, as there is only a chair and couch. (Though dining room chairs could be pulled over they wouldn't be as comfortable. ) That is a minor flaw. We would absolutely rent this home again. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing Aloha Space!

  • 5 of 5

I brought my Women's Retreat group to the Pu'uhonua House and everyone was absolutely surprised by the beauty, charm and gracious energy of the space. The owners have put a lot of love and Aloha into the home and it fit our needs perfectly. Each floor and each room felt spacious and serene with wraparound views, fresh Hawai'ian breezes and lush gardens. We were greeted each morning with fresh picked fruit from the gardens by Bruce, the owner. He warned us that the Strawberry Bananas would ruin us forever and he was right. They are so good! Bruce was also so easy to work with and made sure my retreat guests were taken care of. He was very generous with his time and even helped me with a package that was delivered during the Retreat. This is a great space for groups and families that like adventure. From climbing the ladder to the loft to the paddle boards you can rent from Bruce, we all had so much fun plus were serenaded by the sounds of Nature at night. It made my swimming with Wild Dolphins Retreat perfect and my group now has many fond memories of our shared experience. I highly recommend staying at this beautiful home. Mahalo!

  • Submitted: Apr 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family reunion

  • 5 of 5

My family of 17 stayed in 2 houses on Kona, one of which was the Pu'uhonua House. What a fun place to stay! It's like a tree house. My family really enjoyed the lanai's, the unique bedrooms, the rooftop viewing area (awesome stars!), and the comfortable feel. There are lots of stairs, but easily manageable. Bruce was a pleasure to work with and made us feel welcome. We appreciated the credit he gave us when a couple people had to drop out just before the trip. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The perfect vacation spot!

  • 5 of 5

We were taking this trip to Hawaii to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Some close friends joined us in this celebration so 6 of us stayed in the house for 7 of our 17 days, while the four of us enjoyed it the entire time. What we loved most was the open-air feel on the main living floor. We truly were awestruck by the beauty that surrounded us. We each claimed our favorite morning spot on the Lanai, where we watched the sun come up while enjoying our breakfast (we were early risers). The loft was a favorite sleep spot and we enjoyed the Eagles Nest look out above that. We tanned there early in the day and gazed at the beautiful sky at night. The kitchen was well equipped for the meals we prepared. We used the boogie boards and snorkel equipment several times. Having nice beach towels and chairs was fantastic! A washer and dryer right there was greatly appreciated and used plenty. We were well situated to enjoy the entire Island. We visited the white sand beaches further north, the Green Sand Beach further south, as well as took a trip to Volcano and Hilo. A favorite of one of our party was a 7 mile hike from the house to Captain Cook Cove for snorkeling. Bruce, the owner was at our disposal to help make our stay as comfortable as could be. A broken iron was quickly replaced, and while waiting for the replacement blender to arrive he shared his Vitamix with us, which was huge as my husband and I have a smoothie every morning. He also treated us on many occasions with fresh oranges, bananas, mangos and macadamia nuts...all picked on the property. We did need a day to adjust to sharing our space with the geckos, but once we adjusted we got to enjoy them. We actually miss them now. They were fun to watch and were absolutely no bother to us. We loved getting a real sense of living in Hawaii! We all agreed that this was The Most Relaxing vacation we have ever had!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the house, convenient to Captain Cook and 2 steps for snorkeling and water activities. The house is very nice lots of steps so be aware of that, also not suited for very young infants. Beautiful views down to the ocean. Very lush with vegetation and being in a tree house, we really liked it and would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, We have had many other families with infants and young children with no problems. We offer a pack and play crib for use and we have a baby gate for use as well at the top of stairway.
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Miles
Corner Pocket
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Hawaii Belt Road
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Many of the Islands finest restaurants
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Kealakekua Bay
Car: recommended

Kayak across beautiful Kealakekua Bay to Captain Cooks Monument for unbelievable snorkeling.


Rates & Availability

Captain Cook House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Peak season
Dec 15 2016 - Mar 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates are good for up to six guests. Add $25/night for each additional guest.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Garden Room
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Mid level bedroom with lanai
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , Mid level bedroom with lanai
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Mid level bedroom with lanai
    Loft - 1 queen , Private, spacious loft
  • King size bed (1 ), Queen size Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
New Microwave, New Dishwasher, New Refrigerator w/Ice Maker, New range and oven, Come see our web site for additional information and pictures

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