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Spectacular Oceanfront Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

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. Cancellations more than 90 days will incur a 10% fee of the total rental price. Cancellations less than 90 days will incur a 50% fee of the total bill.

More Details

Mike or Jamie Selby
Member since: 2006
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, french
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Within a day
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Calendar last updated:
September 24, 2018

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 Captain Cook

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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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Cancellations less than 60 days will incur a 50% penalty of the entire amount due. Cancellations less than 30 days will incur a 100% penalty.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • 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 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
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • 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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Spectacular Oceanfront Home
average rating of 4.716981 based on 55 reviews

Mezmorizing Landscape

  • 5 of 5

Photos are accurate, although the landscape simply cannot be captured on film. The black lava cliffs are dramatic and other-worldly. The house sits high on a cliff with spectacular views in every direction from the spacious deck. We watched scuba divers and fishermen use the nearby cliffs off to the left of the house. The floors have nice tile work throughout. The house has an easy to maintain informal style that we all able to relax and enjoy. The drive down from the main road is windy and steep. If you want to explore the unique terrain, bring supportive hiking boots and for hiking to beaches, you’ll need water socks/sandals for navigating over the uneven surfaces of this extraordinary landscape. This property is great for both relaxing and adventures. The owner provides ample suggestions for enjoying this property and surrounding areas. A highlight of the entire trip was the day at Homolino Beach. We had it entirely to ourselves (on a week day).

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love sharing Hale Kai with people like you Deb who can really enjoy its rugged beauty and raw nature from the comforts of a well appointed home only 20 feet from the water. Thanks so much for staying with us and we look forward to serving you in the future! Mike
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  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Hale Kai! The house is beautiful, and the setting is spectacular! The views of the ocean are unbeatable, and there's nothing like falling asleep to the sound of the waves crashing onto the rocks. The location was great for us, away from the busyness of traffic and other tourists, and gave us a chance to experience what it's really like to live in Hawaii. Mike and the managers were also very responsive and easy to work with. We're already anxious for a chance to return!

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Breath taking views, right on the water (no beachfront)! Does not disappoint.

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay. We were a little disappointed that there was no AC. I do recommend shopping on way in as closest stores are 1hr away. The house is fully furnished and we did not want for anything that wasn’t available. Plenty of beautiful sunsets! We would return for sure!!

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We too love the fact that Hale Kai is right on the water where we can watch Spinner Dolphins do their thing and enjoy Mai-Tai sunsets on the large lanai. Although we don't have a beach in front of the house we often walk down the coast to one thats about 20 minutes away. We would love to have you back Christine anytime and can offer you the "Returning Guest Discount" of course! -Mike
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Beautiful Location, Nice Home, Quiet and Relaxing

  • 4 of 5

A bit remote and the drive from the belt highway is challenging, but once you're there you are really at land's end.

We saw spinner dolphins, a few mongooses, did some ocean kayaking, and made the difficult walk to the beautiful, almost private black sand beach to the south.

A good location for the drive to South Point, and a good starting point for the trip to Volcano National Park, though the park was closed during our visit because of ongoing volcanic activity.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2018
  • Stayed: July 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay! The "remote" part is the part we enjoy most. No sirens. No tourists. No crime. No streetlights. Just Spinner Dolphins, tropical fish and incredible sunsets 20 feet from the sea! Thank you for completing a review. It is much appreciated. Hope you come back again and stay with us sometime. -Mike
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Three Stars Due to Location and Air Quality

  • 3 of 5

This is a lovely home with a gorgeous view from the back deck. It is an interesting area, as the front view and surrounding area is barren with lava and minimal vegetation, but the water view from the back is stunning if the air is clear and the waves are crashing. (The vog from the volcano was bothersome - we were not able to see sunsets or very far out and it made breathing uncomfortable at times, but hopefully this will not be a problem once the volcano stops erupting.) We loved listening to the water break against the rocks while we slept! There is no AC in the house, which I don't think normally would be a problem, but when the recommendation (due to the vog) was to stay inside, you really couldn't close up the house, as it was very, very hot without having everything open. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms spacious and clean with new towels.

Keep in mind that everything is FAR away. Because the vog from the volcano seemed to really collect in the Miloli'i area, we tried to venture away from it as often as possible. Our drive to the Hilo area, where the air was much better, took about 3 hours. Driving into Kona (also better air) was over an hour. Our favorite beach, Makalawena Beach near Kona, took us an hour and 15 minutes (traffic!). The closest thing to the house was Honomolino Beach, which was pleasant, and is a short drive from the house and a 20 minute walk in. You park in the Miloli'i Beach area which looks a little rough, but everyone we talked with there was lovely, and we were able to buy fresh ahi twice by waiting for the fishermen to come in and dock (we did have to clean it ourselves - an adventure!)! Also walking around the water on the lava rock next to the house is fun. IF you have a 4-wheel drive and drive very slowly, you may want to try Road to the Sea near Oceanview - it was an incredible adventure (but rough on cars)!

The communication with the owner was excellent before our visit, with emails answered quickly and ideas for things to do plentiful. My only complaint was his confidence that the vog wouldn't be a problem (it was) and his inability to let us cancel past the cancellation date once the volcano became an issue. The tradewinds move in a southwesterly flow, which brings the air directly to Miloli'i. The airlines offered to fly us to a different island for no charge, but that really wasn't possible after paying for this house (scheduling a different date not possible for this group).

  • Submitted: Jun 20, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kathy, I am so sorry the VOG came in badly to Miloli'i. I was told it had been worse up in Kona and Makalevena... that is too bad. You are correct that normally with all the windows open the sea breeze cools the house quite well but with the VOG and you not getting the Great Room fan to work I can see where that would be a problem. The weather is constantly changing over on the islands with the tradewinds so I feel badly that you had to endure more VOG than I predicted. Please accept my apologies and I would be happy to offer you several free nights at Hale Kai once the volcano settles down and the air quality returns to normal. As for the distance to Kona and Hilo... you are correct, we are a ways out... however for some of us, the further away from the cities the better! -Mike
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Unbelievable Location

  • 5 of 5

My most recent visit to Hale Kai was my sixth, going back to 2010. The ambiance is everything I look for: location on the ocean, gorgeous sunsets, large spacious house, rap-around lanai on the upper level overlooking the ocean, privacy, whale watching (I've seen humpbacks on all my visits), and all the amenities. I've spent considerable time on all the islands except Lanai, and I've learned that they're all very different. The obvious difference between the Big Island and all the others is size. Driving distances are significantly longer, but, with the exception of Molokai, traffic is generally better. In fact, one of the longest stretches of open road in the state is on the way from Hale Kai to the volcanoes, a beautiful black sand beach, and the southernmost point in the USA. No matter where you stay on the island, traveling distances are significant, and Hale Kai is better than most locations, and certainly as good as any. On my last visit, I went several times to beaches north of the Kona airport. These were long days, but without rushing, I was always back at Hale Kai in time for sunset. I frequently stopped at nice restaurants for lunch, so I felt that I was able to enjoy both worlds. Also, staying in a condo in a highly congested area is not my idea of a vacation!

Another noteworthy item to me is that when you rent Hale Kai you're renting a FAMILY'S HOME. You're not renting from corporate America, or even a local rental agency. That fact has always governed my treatment of the home.

I'll be back in 2020!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review Don! Reading through your review I can see you enjoy Hale Kai as much (or more) than we do. It makes renting to you very gratifying for us. We toiled and lost some blood building Hale Kai just 20 feet from the ocean but now that its done, there are always tears when we pull out of the driveway for the last time on our fall vacation. As the place where we first swam with wild Spinner Dolphins, it has its own Hawaiian Magic and we tap into it every time we are there. Every so often during the sunset we can hear the call of the Cowry Shell and the faint beating of the drums of the night marchers preparing for the march along the ocean. One of the calmest most relaxing places in the world.
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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


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $1,000

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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