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Large Studio/Home with Ocean View on Alii Drive

Bedrooms Studio
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

House, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3-4)

Large Studio located in a quiet private residence. Get away from the crowds and condominium complexes and relax. The property (77-6561 Alii Drive) is across the street from the ocean, built on an ancient lava flow. It is approximately fifteen feet above the beach road and affords wonderful ocean views with the sounds of the surf. It has a semi-private driveway with ample private offstreet parking. It is located between the two most popular beaches of Kailua-Kona:White Sands Beach and Kahalu'u Snorkel Beach.

Surf, boogie board, snorkel or just 'kickback' at one of these wonderful beaches. Both are within easy walking distance of a few blocks. Jogging and bicycling are also popular on Alii Drive as this stretch of road is home to the Ironman Triathalon Event held every October.

There is a private lanai with table & chairs with barbecue. In the backyard there is a pool with table and chairs and chaise lounges for your leisure.

Please note there are special rates during Ironman Event and Christmas Season.

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More Details

Gary Penir
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 13, 2018

About Gary Penir

Vacant lot was initially purchased in 1984. Our home was built on the property in 1991 with a downstairs studio which is completely separate and private from the main residence.

Gary Penir purchased this house in 1984

Why Gary Penir chose Kailua-Kona

The property was purchased for its ideal location. It is perfect for maximizing beach time as well as enjoying bicycling/running on the beach road (Alii Drive).


Kailua-Kona House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Walk-in Tile Shower with great water pressure. Bathroom is stocked with shampoo, soap, hair dryer and other necessities.
  • Studio, Sleeps 4
  • One Queen Size Bed, Two Double Beds:Daybed with double bed below.
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Snorkel gear, boogie boards, beach chairs, beach towels, ice chests, etc., located in laundry room.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(56 traveler reviews)

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Large Studio/Home with Ocean View on Alii Drive
average rating of 4.821429 based on 56 reviews

We enjoyed our five-night stay here and would return with no worries.

  • 5 of 5

This unit is at good location between two very popular beaches. It is well-maintained with nice furniture, and has a good offering of appliances and related supplies. Good for a couple or a small family that can sleep together in a single room. The driveway is a little tricky to negotiate in a large vehicle, but we managed in our 4WD Ford Expedition. Because of the unusual bad weather they had during our stay, we lost wifi for 3 of the 5 days and couldn't recover, but the owner was very responsive in trying to help. It turned out that we couldn't fix the problem because the upstairs neighbors were away and the equipment was located in that apartment. The owner gave us a small amount of financial compensation for the trouble, which we appreciated. But I would say if you have any trouble while there, you will at least get prompt attention.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review. Unfortunately, this was the first time we had any internet outage in the six years we have rented the Studio. Sorry for the interruption of service. It was fortunate that we could communicate via phone text while trying to solve the problem. Time Warner cable was swamped with problems due to the severe weather though they tried to remediate the problem from their end more than once. You are welcome back, anytime. Mahalo, Gary Penir
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Perfect place!

  • 5 of 5

Nice and perfect place for vacation. Nice clean studio, everything what you need is all there ;)

  • Submitted: Oct 13, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, good place

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our Kona stay and found the studio to be useful and comfortable in all the ways we needed - terrific appliances and kitchen set-up, good food and bathroom supplies, beach gear, etc. We did find the lack of anyone to welcome, ask questions, and make a connection to be different from our other 3 VRBO locations, since the owner lives on another island and we saw the "house-sitter" only by chance for 20 seconds.

  • Submitted: May 8, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a nice stay at the Studio, we try to anticipate the needs of our guests as much as possible. Our VRBO website has great insight on places to go, places to dine, etc. Not sure if you accessed the site, as it is a wealth of information regarding the Big Island. I know we spoke via phone and e-mail before your trip. I am always available for guests by simply contacting me. Aloha & mahalo, Gary Penir
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A Great Get-away

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time staying at Gary's Studio from Mar 5 - 15, 2016. The location is excellent - less than a 10-minute drive to downtown Kona - it is not that far away but the slow moving traffic takes that long to get there. The studio is spacious; just like what you see as presented on the web. The kitchen is well-stocked. We were very impressed by the full list of beach accessories at the Studio, and we used the beach chairs, beach mats, and the cooler every time we went to the beach. There is no direct access to the waters right across the road because of the private residences there, but the public beach access is within walking distance either you walk north or south along Alii Drive. There is a guidebook "Hawaii The Big Island Revealed" by the small table at the entrance. Save yourself $20 of buying it at the airport and just take it with you wherever you go; it has every bit of info you need to enjoy your adventure on the Big Island.

We love snorkeling and this studio is just a 5-minute drive to the famous Kahalu'u Snorkeling Beach (we had the cooler and the beach chairs etc therefore we chose to drive). We saw more than 15 kinds of species the first time and the second time we went back we came across a turtle! We literally saved ourselves USD150 per person for the snorkeling experience instead of going on a boat trip. Gary was very responsive to our questions. We did not see the wifi password info on the small table beside the main entrance. When we text him he responded immediately.

One small suggestion: it would be nice if the 'day bed' is replaced by a futon couch that can be pulled out as a double bed (for the potential 3rd & 4th guests). The set up of the 'day bed' is not entirely comfortable for us to sit on it when we watched TV at night. But again we did not spend much time watching TV because we were busy exploring this place of paradise. Thanks Gary for hosting us and we indeed had a great get-away!

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: March 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review. We are planning to swap out the daybed for a sofa, just have not found the right sofa bed yet. There is public access to all beaches in the state of Hawaii so anyone can walk between the houses across the street and enjoy the beach/ocean. Glad you two enjoyed your vacation. Aloha & mahalo, Gary Penir
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The Studio Is Just right for our family

  • 5 of 5

It feels like home and has everything you could need for cooking and relaxing. We used every "toy" in the laundry room (snorkeling gear, boogie board, towels, cooler, beach chair....)

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha~ I am happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and used so many of the amenities we have to offer there. Please feel free to come back anytime. Sincerely, Gary Penir
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Pretty good

  • 3 of 5

Nice space, could have been better. My main problem with staying here was that the place was too cluttered with furniture. This is basically a medium-sized one room apartment with an attached bathroom. In this one room, you have a dining room table plus 4 chairs, two beds and two good sized coffee tables. There just isn't much room to move around. The second bed, a large twin bed, is my main problem with the use of the space in this apartment. It is right across the room from the TV set. It occupies a space where there really should be a sofa or a futon. There isn't a sofa or futon to sit down and watch the TV (which we really only used to get the local weather) or read a book or to just hang out in the apartment (there isn't any comfortable furniture to just sit down and relax). This second bed takes up a lot of room and I guess it's for additional people to sleep. But the apartment is really only big enough for 2 people. It would be much better to have a futon that folds down to a bed to sleep additional people rather than having a second bed. My wife and I didn't use the second bed and therefore this second bed was just wasted space. You can't convert the bed into a sofa, so it just occupies a lot of space. My recommendation would to be to replace the second twin bed with a futon or sofa, get rid of the table and chairs in the kitchen area (there is a table and chair set outside on the covered patio) and get rid of one of the coffee tables. This would open up a lot of space and really would allow for more space to move around. But right now, the feng shui of the place isn't very good. Again, there is too much clutter in this one room. I think Gary needs to take a second look at the functionality of this space.

That said, we still enjoyed our stay here. It is a splendid location on Alii Drive. It is easy to get anywhere on the west side of the island. You have a nice ocean view (we watched the sunset from here many nights). The outside patio is a nice place to eat meals and enjoy the ocean view. The beach towels and beach chairs plus on site washer and dryer are nice amenities. It's pretty quiet. And Gary is very responsive to your needs (we had a couple of things that needed fixing while we were there and Gary got on it right away).

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your input. Your idea of a pull out sofa as opposed to a daybed has some merit, though I have never received a complaint about it before. The unit has been used many times with more than two people occupying the space. As for removing the the kitchen table & chairs, I can guarantee that I would garner complaints from guests, as not everyone wants to eat outside every meal. You are the first review that rated our Studio with three stars, so I am guessing "clutter" and "feng shui" are very important in your vacation needs. It is difficult to anticipate everyone's needs and wants but again, thank you for your input, it is appreciated.
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Kenichi Pacific
"Great food. Daily Happy Hour/specials."
Sam Choy's Kai Lanai
"Good food, fabulous views."
L & L Drive-Inn
"Locals love the food here. Great Saimin."
Keauhou Farmer's Market
"Saturday from 9-noon. 1 mile from Studio."
Regal Keauhou Stadium 7
"7 screens. 1 mile from Studio on Alii Drive."
Harbor House
"Great fish & chips. Fresh fish daily."
Quinn's Almost By The Sea
"Traditional food in the heart of Kona."
Bianelli's Gourmet Pizza & Pasta
"The best pizza on the Big Island. 1 mile from Studio."
Buns in the Sun -- CLOSED
"Nice breakfasts, fresh pastries & breads."
Da Poke Shack
"Great Poke=perfect lunch. Close by on Alii Drive."
Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Kona Country Club 808-322-2595
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Bianelli's Italian or Kenichi Japanese Cuisine.
Nearest Beach
400 Metres
White Sands Beach
Car: recommended

Keauhou Shopping Center is one mile south of the Studio.

There are excellent restaurants as well as a cinema, KTA grocery store, post office, a Friday night Hula show and a Saturday Farmer's market from 9am to noon.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100

Contact the owner via e-mail or phone if you are interested in stays longer than two weeks or our monthly rates.
Higher rates and longer minimum stays apply during Ironman and Christmas/New Years Season. Please let us know if you have any further questions.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.