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Spectacular Oceanfront Home

26 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Half Baths
Minimum Stay
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Captain Cook House Rental Photos and Description

1 king, 2 queens, 1 futon, 2.5 baths, sleeps 1-8

Hale Kai means 'Home by the Sea' and sits only 20' from the ocean. Step outside this home onto your own private white sand under the shade of your palm tree garden. Hale Kai sits 32' above the water on a pali and within a few minutes of the house, one can snorkel, swim, scuba dive, hike, surf and kayak and enjoy the pristine beauty of a quiet, serene and romantic ocean side setting. You will love lounging on the shaded and tiled lanai overlooking the Pacific Ocean entertained by the locals...Spinner Dolphins, Green Sea Turtles and Humpback Whales.

The Plantation style home has 3000 square feet of breathtaking views from any part of the house and is surrounded by water in three directions and some of the most pristine coral reefs in all the islands. Located conveniently halfway between kona and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hale Kai makes a great base from which to explore the Hilo and Kona side of the island.

Lulled to sleep by moonlight on the water, Hale Kai will flow into yo

Beaches near the Home: 3 beaches lie close to the house. Sea Cave Beach is a 15 minute walk South & hosts a cool sea cave where one can swim. Beyond the sea cave, the beach is about two hundred yards wide & deep. It is a sand & pebble beach & provides great swimming, sunbathing & snorkeling unless there is a large winter swell.

The second beach is at Milolii Beach Park where sand pockets are surrounded by lava & coral to form a very quiet wading area for kids with great swimming, snorkeling & scuba further out. Great place for kids to play in the tidepools. Milolii Beach Park is about a 5 minute drive from the house.

The third & by far the most spectacular beach is located at Honamolino Bay, a 5 minute drive & then a 20 minute walk from the house. It has been touted as one of the most beautiful beaches in all the islands. A true tropical paradise, the water is almost always very calm with many coconuts palms along a crescent of black sand. A white sand beach can be found on the S. side of the bay.

Location, Location Location: Located conveniently between Kona and Volcano's National Park, this home is a great base from which to explore the island. The lushness of Hilo Town (The City of Orchids) is a beautiful drive through the rain forests of Hawaii Volcano's National Park. The nightlife and restaurants of Kona are less than an hour's drive from the house.

The area is quiet and serene with stunning sunsets and lots of room to explore. The Kings Trail runs through here and can be walked for many miles. The kayaks that come with the house can also be used to explore miles and miles of coastline. Secret beaches, sea caves and lots of marine life can be discovered with a trip either up or down the coast. You will see parts of Hawaii that very few visitors ever see. If you are lucky, the local Spinner Dolphins, Grees Sea Turtles and Humpback Whales may choose to swim with you. A once in a lifetime experience!

National Parks Near Hale Kai: Haunaunau National Historical Monument is North of the house about half an hour and features a comprehensive look back into the ancient Hawaiian culture with a reconstruction of the 'City of Refuge'. Watch an outrigger canoe be carved from a single log as well as sea turtles haul out of the bay. Lots of great info in a beautiful setting. A short walk North at a site called 'Two Step' also hosts some of the islands best snorkeling and diving and a chance to swim with dolphins.

Hawaii Volcano National Park is located about an hour's drive away and features one of the only places in the world where one can hike and watch fresh red hot lava waterfall into the sea. Petroglyghs, rainforests, lava caves, a world class visitor center, Hawaii Volcano National Park should not be missed. Guests should easily plan on spending at least a full day here exploring the park and another full day in Hilo hunting out waterfalls and enjoying the Tsunami Museum among other attractions.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Mike or Jamie Selby
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french
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Calendar last updated:
September 28, 2016
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About Mike or Jamie Selby

We simply love Hawaii and being on, under and on top of the blue Pacific Ocean. As naturalists we love the water sports and wildlife we encounter on our wild stretch of coast line. We normally live at 7600 feet in the Sierra's and love to ski. Hale Kai provides a nice balance for us from our snow haven where we can play in the water snorkeling, swimming, cliff jumping, surfing, boogie boarding, scuba diving and exploring one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific.

Mike or Jamie Selby purchased this house in 2006

Why Mike or Jamie Selby chose Kona Coast

We fell in love with this property and built a home on Makahiki Point because as young newlyweds we swam with Spinner Dolphins near here. They played with us for about 6 hours and when we decided to have kids, we wanted them to share that kind of experience. Well, not only have they shared it but have swam with dolphins and whales many times since then. As art lovers, we wanted a house that was pure artistry and bought local art to fill the walls with color where we could enjoy the property inside and out. Raw, natural and away from all the traffic and sirens of Kona, we just love coming back to Hale Kai after a day exploring either above or below the waterline!

What makes this house unique

You simply can't get closer to the Pacific and keep your feet dry. We proposed and received a special twenty foot, instead of forty foot set back for the house so we can watch fish right off the lanai as well as hear whales breach and let the waves lap us to sleep. As the last house in the subdivision we feel blessed to enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean as far West, North and South as far as the eye can see!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hot Kona Coffee on the deck overlooking the lava cliff with the sound of turquoise that's peace and tranquility! Thank you for hosting us at your beautiful home, offering both great local fun and convience to Hawaiian Volcanos National Park and Kona. Try to be home for sunset, wine, cheese and bread while the tranquility returns and the breeze refreshes.
Jul 2006
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based on 26 traveler reviews

Spectacular Oceanfront Home
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 28 reviews

Not happy

  • 2 of 5

My wife and I were not happy with the overall condition and cleanliness of the house - moved out after 2 nights - paid all 7 nights.

Our expectations with regards to cleanliness may be "above average" - but so was the rate we paid (plus cleaning fee), so one would expect more than what we found. All wooden furniture and handrails were sticky (and not just from a bit of humidity - took us 2 boxes of wet wipes), cookware in poor condition etc. The three cockroaches that "visited" us in the bedroom were finally just too much. (Yes, I know it's the tropics and they live there, but still)

Don't get me wrong - the location and the surroundings are just beautiful and serene and with more thorough cleaning and some upgrades this house could be wonderful - for us, it just wasn't the paradise we expected.

Two days after our arrival, we informed the owner and moved out. Another two days later the local caretaker replied asking for more details regarding our dissatisfaction - we described what we found and attached a number of pictures (responded the same day). Never heard back from the caretaker. Later communication with the owner was very difficult - replies typically came only after 1-2 reminders.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is the first negative review we have ever received and we have been renting Hale Kai consistently for over six years now. To tell you the truth, this woman never gave us a chance. Our house managers who are on-site and always ready to assist guest in any way, didn't receive a notice that anything was out of the ordinary until after the guests had already left. Like any rental, we occasionally have things show up missing or broken and our House Managers, Angie and Merle are always there to address each issue immediately. One of this woman's complained was that there was dust on the top of the fans... I should note that to find that out you would have to climb on something and give them the "white glove test" which I guess she did. Even after she left without warning we tried to keep her happy by offering her a future discount etc but she wanted money back. We strive to keep our guests happy, but every once in awhile, you run into somebody that wouldn't be happy if you rubbed her feet, peeled grapes for her while fanning her with your other hand... I think thats what we have here. She would have been unhappy no matter what we did.
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Relaxing Family Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed at the house for 6 wonderful fun filled days. The accommodation is top notch. The lanai with the view of the nightly sunset is quite nice as well as the sea life that you can observe from the deck. Although the house is a bit out of the Kona area, it's well worth the extra few minutes if you are looking to get away from resort living. I would highly recommend getting groceries in Kona before heading to the house as there are no convenience stores nearby...but that is part of what makes this property great - it's at the end of the road at the edge of the cliff where the lava flow ended, with no one but the Pacific Ocean in out your back porch. It can't get any better! This modern house has all the conveniences you need for a large group and the owners are very knowledgeable and accommodating. There is no A/C but the nightly sea-breeze and the ceiling fans in every area in the summer was enough to allow us to sleep comfortably with no complaints. We highly recommend this property and if we travel back to Hawaii, will look to come to Hale Kai again.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We designed and built the house with folks like you in mind. We didn't want to be anywhere near Kona and its sirens and traffic and crime. Instead, we wanted a place where we could look off our lanai and see Spinner Dolphins and then take our kids into the water and swim with them which we have done now many times. Hale Kai has been a dream location for us to watch whales, swim with dolphins and turtles and enjoy scuba diving and snorkeling. We love the sea, the quiet and being on the edge of a wilderness which we can explore with the kayaks. Thank you so much for your review and we hope to serve as hosts to you again, Mahalo nui loa, Mike and Jamie
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Great Family Get Away!

  • 5 of 5

We just came home from the Big Island and our first week of our two week stay was here... it was WONDERFUL! Great memories and beautiful setting. We enjoyed the porches in the evenings and mornings, the ocean breeze, and all the adventures this area had to offer! We enjoyed the night sky and the sunsets. The ocean view was priceless! Thank you for sharing this gem! Matilda

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Simply put, Hale Kai is definitely one of my favorite places! I first stayed there in the summer of 2010, and since then I've been there two more times, and I'm already booked for early 2015. I think that says it all. With 3000 sq ft, the house has multiple "living areas" on two levels, so lack of privacy is never an issue. The location is perfect; on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, which is maybe 20 feet away. The view is unbelievable! On this last trip we saw a pod of dolphins, at least 25, no more than 30-40 yards off the coast, and 8-10 whales at about the same distance. Seeing these majestic beasts against the background of the nearly infinite Pacific Ocean was breathtaking, and that alone was worth the trip!

I travel frequently, and I've found nothing that fits my definition of vacation enjoyment as well as Hale Kai. I love it there, and I will be back frequently!

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Magical Christmas Week at Hale Kai

  • 5 of 5

Little did we know that as we sat is Seattle and awaited de-icing of our plane, that in just 7 hours we would be watching an amazing sunset in our shorts and tank tops, toasting the spectacular waves, warmth and house that would make the most memorable holiday ever! The pictures of Hale Kai are accurate, but the real thing is even better. The house was well supplied with linens, kitchenware, and some basic cooking supplies. As I am sure previous guests did, we left behind some cooking oils (didn't have to pry the coconut oil out of the jar here), coffee filters, seasonings and such in the kitchen. One of my passions is searching Thrift Stores for needed items. I hope the large coffee cups I found are still there when we get back to Hale Kai! Also, the travel sized toiletries in the bathroom were fun and I hope the guests after us enjoy the shampoo/conditioner packets we left. My parents taught me that when you stay at someone's house, leave it nicer than when you arrived. Because Hale Kai is so incredibly well furnished, located and serenaded by nature, extra coffee cups and bathroom supplies were the best I could do.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great Owner

  • 5 of 5

The home is as beautiful and secluded as it appears on the surprises. The owners are the real deal and honorable people. They worked hard and dilligently to assure we recieved our deposit back through a cumbersome VRBO process.

  • Submitted: Jan 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Kona Airport
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Ocean View
Nearest Beach
368 Metres
400 yards down the coast hiking

Hale Kai is the only property in Milolii Beach without neighbors right next door. located on historic Makahiki Point, Immerse yourself in the serenity of sea and sun in your own little slice of oceanfront paradise. The Pacific Ocean is right outside your door with hikes to beaches within 15 minutes.

The local area contains some of the gems of the Pacific like Honomalino Beach, Hookena Beach and Green Sands Beach. For the adventurous there are plenty of places to kayak or hike to...for those more inclined to relax, the chaise lounges on your own private white sand beach will be calling your name.

Honaunau National Historic Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are both close by and offer amazing looks into Hawaiian local culture and natural history. For those looking for a basecamp to explore the island away from the hustle and bustle of Kona Town this makes a great basecamp.

For those who enjoy the water...the house sits just 20 feet back from the Pacific Ocean!

Other Activities: whale watching, swimming, cliff jumping, shelling


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Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Tax Rate 14.25%

Rates change for the number of guests renting: 1-4 is $275, 5-6 is $325 and 7-8 is $375 nightly

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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Upstairs Half Bath - toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , shower , Walk in Glass Block double headed shower, handpainted sink
    Exterior Lava Rock/Seashell Shower - shower , outdoor shower , Shower off outdoors under the palms by the Sea
  • The Master Bathroom is appointed with Italian tile, a hand painted Italian sink and a glass block walk-in double headed shower. The Outdoor shower is lava rock, sea shells, coral and bamboo and comes with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 king
    Turtle Roon - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Shell Room - 1 queen
    Library - 1 double , Double Futon
  • Every bedroom enjoys stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Watch the dolphins and whales commute up and down the coast from the comfort of your room. You may also enjoy watching the moon slip into the Pacific or relax and watch the stunning sunset from your bedroom. Each bedroom contains beautiful examples of local artists work. We hope you enjoy the local island art and furnishings. The beds in each room are Angel Light Memory Foam Beds. If you have not slept in an Angel Light, you will be spoiled! They are the most comfortable beds in the world and we are proud to showcase them
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Sand Box
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Hale Kai sits on Makahiki Point, (in Hawaiian, the Place of Peace) and an ancient shrine is located just a couple hundred feet from the house. This is sacred land where the blue sea offers up such daily treats as swimming with Spinner Dolphins, Humpback Whales and thousands of tropical fish. Hale Kai is located exactly 20 feet from the water which makes it the closest house to the water in all the islands. If you are a water person, this is your house! Hale Kai is located in a private setting where hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and diving are a way of life for us. We love the water and look forward to sharing this special place with you. We have connections with local business's who specialize in deep sea fishing, dolphin tours, whale watching, dive and snorkel tours, kayak lessons and tours as well as naturalist excursions. Please contact us for more info.

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