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Gayle and Bill Smith (owners)

Member since: 2001
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Speaks: english

GaylesCondo, Oceanfront Penthouse, with Panoramic Ocean and Sunset Views

61 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Kailua-Kona Condo Rental Photos and Description

2 Bedroom, 2 Bath, Sleeps up to 4, Upgraded and Fully Equipped

PLEASE check with owner before booking (e mail, cell, or text) ........ we can make sure it is a GOOD MATCH. We also have a 2nd floor unit oceanfront and that might be open for your dates and we can talk about that, as well as your looking at my website.

Looking for a Special Place to relax with wonderful oceanfront views? You have found it, beautiful 2 bed/2 bath, or can be rented as a 1 bedroom. KONA Condo has all the conveniences of home, with awesome views of ocean, sea turtles, surf and sunsets. Luxurious, panoramic 180 degree view of breathtaking ocean and sunsets from your large 200 sq. ft. lanai. Our location is at the northern end of the building, which is the preferred location. We do rely on the great ocean breezes and ceiling fans for cooling. So, if you prefer to have a.c, and sleeping behind closed doors, this is not it. This place has wonderful crashing waves, that I love falling to sleep listening to, but we do keep our floor to ceiling doors open full in the summer. This place is not for those who are bothered by the sound of the ocean but rather for those who love the ambiance.

Romantic, totally private, 30 feet to the water. Don't worry we have an elevator in the building, to get you to the top floor. When you walk in, all you see is ocean and palm trees; when you sleep in the master bedroom, it is oceanfront; all you hear are the sounds of the surf. Whether you prefer the 2nd floor (see website to look at that one,) or the 4th (top floor); both have all the same amenities, views, layout, etc. We do own 2 in the same building! Living room and master bedroom have Floor to Ceiling glass sliding doors (with screens) across the water. VIEWS FROM EVERY ROOM with the exception of the 2nd bedroom. Fully equipped kitchen, Washer/Dryer in the unit, High Speed WiFi included, 2 cable flat screen TVs, CD player, Ceiling Fans for cooling in every room (no a/c), library of Hawaiian books, DVD with movies for your use, and of course, free parking in the garage. Tiled floors including lanai, tropical furnishings, upgraded granite in kitchen and both bathrooms, new cabinets, tide pools, sea turtles live on property, best surfing beach on the island, Pool, Jacuzzi, Free Parking, only 3 miles from town, in a private quiet location grocery is 2 miles away. Come stay in a home taken care of with TLC. There is also the POKE SHACK, which on Yelp is one of the top eateries in the islands, if you love POKE!!

Many of our guests return year after year. We'd love to share our special place with you. We also have another unit, (2nd floor ) in the same building, so inquire if interested as dates might be open! ( will show you some more pictures of our places. LInk and Video below is of the 2nd floor for your viewing.

Many units say they are on the ocean, this one is as close as it gets, and the view is AWESOME!! Pictures are worth a thousand words, so check website below in this ad under LINKS.

Call or e-mail owner for availability or any other questions. . We'd love to share our place with you and we do not rent through any agents or front desk.

Other RENTALS: VRBO 74546 in Maui.

HI tax ID W0065520-01

All my guests receive my favorite things to do in Kona!

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Gayle and Bill Smith (owners) (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Gayle and Bill Smith (owners)

We have been married 40+ years and have loved Kona since we first traveled there in the 70's. We love lava rock, huge waves, watching surfers, awesome sunsets, turtles and being so close to the ocean. This building was as close as one could get! We'd love to share either of our oceanfront places with you. Just call, email or text me for more information.

Gayle and Bill Smith (owners) purchased this condo in 1990

Why Gayle and Bill Smith (owners) chose Kona Coast

This building was built in the 70's before anyone worried about building so close to the ocean waves. Consequently, you feel like you are almost in the water. The master bedroom is oceanfront, and the waves lull you to sleep at night. The lanai is HUGE, 200 sq. ft. across, offering panoramic views. I rented here before purchasing and fell in love! You will too.

What makes this condo unique

Proximity to ocean, sea turtles who live right below us, on property and are there 24/7 year round. Amazing sunsets year round, and wonderful tide pools out back at low tide.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Oh my gosh this condo is beautiful. My hubby and I have stayed at the Hilton and the 4 Seasons - they can not hold a candle to Gayle's Condo.. We have stayed there I think 5 times maybe more and it is the only place we will stay. It's like coming home everytime we stay there we bring our clothes and a little food and everything else is there. I mean EVERYTHING-boogie boards snorkle masks beach towels-condiments, spices, it's like coming home.

> The whole front of the condo is sliding doors and windows so you can see the ocean from any room. I used to be the person who when she went on vacation would not cook, take me out; but now I want to stay here and bbq. There are nice bbq's with picinic tables right beside the tide pools you can watch the turtles come in at night. They are so funny they surf the waves in then swim back out and do it over again. During the day it's not unusual to see them sunning on the beach.

We usually go in March because we love to sit on the lanai and watch the whales go by. I spend every minute that I'm not on the beach on the lanai - there is a nice fan to cool you down and beautiful glass topped table and chairs it's great for a romantic sunset dinner.

> The unit is spotless and beautifully decorated. You can tell the owners really care about it and take excellent care of it. Even our rental car has a beautiful parking spot facing out on the ocean. (that was input from hubby). Also there is an elevator which is great since my husband has a bad leg and back.

> The pictures are great but it's so much more in person the colors and the smells of the ocean and flowers, I love to lay in bed at night and listen to the ocean and in the morning the birds sing you awake as the sun rises. Oh and when the sun hits waves just right - about 7-8am you can actually see the fish swimming in the wave the water is so clear.


> I'm counting the days untill I get to go back next March. I would highly recommend this condo to anyone looking for a relaxing-carefree totally furnished just move in vacation rental."
Feb 2010
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GaylesCondo, Oceanfront Penthouse, with Panoramic Ocean and Sunset Views
average rating of 4.9344263 based on 63 reviews

A trip of a lifetime and we enjoyed every minute

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I took my elderly mother to Kona and stayed at the Kona Bali Kai. We had never rented anything from the internet before and were very nervous about it. I felt much better after emailing Gayle and felt even better after talking to her. She was very helpful and personable. The condo was exactly as she had described it. There was an elevator for mom to get to the second floor and the pool and hot tub were very clean. The view from the lanai was exactly the same as the picture on the web site. We were so very pleased. It was clean and had everything we needed... Things that I never assumed would be in the condo for us to use. There were even snorkels and fins. And the very best thing was that there really were turtles in the tide pools right under our lanai. Just like we were told. And they were there every day of our 2 week stay. There were also tropical fish and eels in the tide pools. You never knew what you would see. It was great. We spent many evenings after our busy days watching the gorgeous sunsets. The washer and dryer in the suite were a real bonus, saving trips to a coin laundry. Gayle also provided us with some of her favorite things to do on the island. Her hints were really helpful and we did a lot of what she suggested. The snorkelling was amazing, the people were terrific, the deep sea fishing netted us a couple of suppers and the scenery was so totally incredible. It was a trip of a life time. In fact we actually stayed an extra week after my mom went home. We stayed in a few other places during our extra week but nothing was as great as Kona Bali Kai. Would we come back and stay at Gayle's condo? Already working on that!!!

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Turtle Watching Heaven

  • 5 of 5

GaylesCondo is everything she wrote in her description.

My girlfriend and I stayed for 10 days in June 2016. It was our first trip to Hawaii and we found the condo convenient to everything on the Island and the perfect place to relax. The apartment is nicely appointed and comfortable. The kitchen is well stocked. One bedroom is on the water and the other faces the pool area. The pool side can be noisy but quiets down at a reasonable hour. We could see fish in the lava pool from the deck and the sea turtles sunned themselves daily. We absolutely loved the ocean view and spent many hours on the deck with Gayle's guidebooks in hand watching the colorful birds, fish, surfers and turtles. We were quite comfortable with fans and did not feel the need for A/C.

We would totally stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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Fabulous location for family getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our recent vacation to the Big Island, and Gayle's Condo was great for us. She is wonderful to work with, and made everything so easy. The condo's location is great because it is close enough to the action without being right in the middle of it. Driving is so easy on the island, that it only takes minutes to get around Kona and Kailua-Kona.

The condo was clean and had everything we needed including beach chairs and an umbrella that we loved having to take to the beach.

Our favorite thing about the condo were the views and the proximity to the ocean. There's nothing quite like hearing the ocean as you fall asleep and wake. It was a little warm during our visit, but the cross breezes and fans make all the difference. And I loved having the washer and dryer in the unit too - a real plus. There was plenty of room for our family of four to lounge and hang out when we were not our on an adventure.

We went to Da Poke Stop a few times, and it was very good. Although our kids don't like poke, my husband and I do. We also enjoyed Green Flash Coffee, just down the street on Alii Drive toward town, and went to Huggo's many times.

I would recommend the condo to anyone.

Thanks again!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Great view from the lanai

  • 5 of 5

+ The property is clean and well-maintained. It's conveniently located just off the busy section of Ali'i Drive.

+ Great view from the lanai. There's a little cove with several turtles frequent the area.

+ Kitchen is well-equipped.

+ The owner, Gayle, is really nice and responsive either through phone or email!!

+ One of the bedroom is right next to the lanai with the sight & sound of the ocean waves.

+ Plenty of (permit) parking at the time we stayed. Even great view and breeze from the parking.

+ The staff is friendly and helpful.

- The other bedroom can be a bit noisy at time from the street cars -- with the shades opened.

- Swimming pool probably needs a cosmetic fixing at some points :)

  • Submitted: Jun 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
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  • 5 of 5

We, my partner and I, just returned from a one month stay in this unit. The description is exact. The view is even better in person. You must like the sound of the ocean....which we loved. The comfort of the bed and the open doors to the ocean made our sleep the best ever. Their is no air condition, which was not a problem for us as the doors were open all the time and we were comfortable. You have ceiling fans if you get warm but most of the time you have constant breeze. The unit is very comfortable and fully equipped with everything you could possibly need. We did not cook a lot but everything was there if we chose to. We spent a lot of time in the unit just relaxing, reading, napping, watching the turtles below or just watching the ever changing ocean. You could walk to town if your energetic (which we aren't anymore) or jump on the trolley or just drive in the 3 miles. We took day trips just exploring the island, took a submarine ride on the reef, took a helicopter ride of the island did some deep sea fishing and caught a 523 lb. Pacific Blue Marlin (true), checked out coffee plantations, drove up to see volcano park, it never ends to what you CAN do on this island. The condo location is the's quiet, they have a pool and Jacuzzi, BBQ grills that are kept spotless (like new, we used these), the complex is well maintained, parking is VERY convenient, elevator is so helpful (they have little carts you can use if you have a lot of groceries or luggage), 24 security....and the endless sunsets. This was our retirement celebration vacation.....we only booked the condo and made no other plans till we got to the condo and took it all a-day-at-a-time. No appointments, no schedules, no company, just time.! It is a very laid back place.....reflect, regroup, relax.! The TV has cable but we like movies at night so I took my HDMI cable and hooked up my laptop and pulled up Netflix and watched them on the TV. Remember, the location is key and this is close to town but not too close and easy access to main roads and only 15 minutes to can't beat this location....after a month here, we speak from experience. If you can possibly take a long or short vacation, this is the perfect condo to just doesn't get much better than this. Gayle, the owner, is very easy to work with and communicates very well. It was everything we wanted and much more.

  • Submitted: Mar 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Three wonderful weeks in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

This is the second year we have spent three weeks in this rental . It is clean, well equipped and has been upgraded with new sliding doors to the Lanai, granite counter tops and fresh paint. The owner communicates well and pays attention to detail. The rooms are spacious and the Lanai is where we spent much of our time. The view is incredible and the palms in front provide nice shade for the afternoon sun. Before we rented the first time I spent time on the phone talking to the owner. I told her we were fussy and wanted an nice place to stay. We were very pleased with what we found. Oh, and the sunsets are spectacular. Look for the Green Flash. It happens here on occasion. Next year we will spend four weeks here.

David and Mary Victoria, MN

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
11 Miles
Keahole-Kona Airport (KOA)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Kona Country Club
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Downtown, Kailua-Kona (many)
Nearest Beach
1.5 Miles
Kahalu Beach
Car: recommended

Close to town, yet private and quiet..........farmer's markets nearby, arts and crafts, supermarkets (2 miles), small beach on property, best surfing beach as well...........turtles right on site, 365 days per year! POKE shack (loved by everyone) and surf shop on property. You can't get any closer to the ocean, than this unit.

Also, Costco is on island, between condo and the airport.


Rates & Availability

Kailua-Kona Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Jul 2 2016 - Sep 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Sep 28 2016 - Oct 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Fall, 2016
Oct 10 2016 - Oct 18 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Late October
Oct 19 2016 - Nov 9 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
November 2016
Nov 10 2016 - Nov 16 2016
6 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Rest of Nov,
Nov 17 2016 - Nov 24 2016
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Dec 2 2016 - Dec 8 2016
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
January, 2017
Jan 12 2017 - Feb 5 2017
Changeover Day: Thursday
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Valentine's Period
Feb 14 2017 - Feb 18 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Mid Season
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 16 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Spring Season
Apr 17 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Low Season
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $125 + Tax
Registration $30 + Tax
Paying with a cr. card $99 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.46%

Rates are for 2 persons
$15 extra per person per nt.
Additional fees apply for paying with credit cards or by PayPal as there are costs associated with using them.
Cancellation: Please understand, once you reserve the unit, all others are turned down. Therefore my cancellation policy is to refund all nights that I can rebook minus admin fee($200). Consider trip insurance to protect trip.

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Kailua-Kona Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 900 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Dialup Access ...
  • Elevator
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Walk in shower in master suite
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 2 twin/ single
  • Condo has a California King bed in the master OCEANFRONT bedroom, and 2 twins in 2nd bedroom, with it's own cable tv!
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Shared Hot Tub ...
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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