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Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!

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Bedrooms 4
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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
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Calendar last updated:
October 21, 2016
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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.


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Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We stayed three nights in this comfortable and well- equiped house with its fantastic view over the hawaiian coast, overlooking the Hanaunau and Halekeokeo Bay. We will come back, just to take a swim with the spinner dolphins.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Fabulous Rental Stay!

  • 5 of 5

My family of 4 really thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Pu`uhonua House. This house had the coolest construction design. It felt like you were staying in a tree house that offered the most spectacular views of Captain Cook's Bay. The house has many steps with all the bedrooms on the lower level plus a large sleeping loft on the top level. All the walls were screened from floor to ceiling. Most of the time there was a breeze to enjoy. Since we were there in August, it was not necessary to close the glass panels due to the warmer temperature. It did get a little warm & humid during the day but usually cooled off for the evening. We loved the eco-friendly environment! Bruce was a very responsive host and set us up with kayaking & SUP outings. Bruce also gave us lots of other location suggestions for hanging out at the various beaches and snorkeling locations plus great restaurant suggestions when we didn't feel like cooking. The house is fully stocked with all the kitchen pots, pans, & spices for cooking. Plus, Bruce provides coolers, plenty of beach towels, beach chairs, & noddles for spending the day at the beach. Bruce took us down to Two Step Beach where we did paddle boards & snorkeled and got to swim with the wild dolphins. Wow, that was so exiting! You will love staying at Pu`uhonua House!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful hillside retreat

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Captain Cook was a relaxing time, enhanced by the beautiful house that was surrounded by nature and spectacular views. Bruce was an extremely helpful host, offering help with things to see and do as well as how to get there. We would definitely stay there again.

Ted and Karen Wingerd

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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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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

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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
  • Housekeeper Included
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
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