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3-level oceanfront home with views from every room

75 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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Pahoa House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5-7)

Welcome to the East-side of Hawaii. Kai Honu Hale or Ocean Turtle House is a 3-level oceanfront custom home in Hawaiian Beaches that was designed to make you feel as though you are floating on the water... that's how close it is to the gorgeous Pacific Ocean. Year round, from every room in this 3 bedroom 2 bath house you will get a 180-degree unobstructed views of magnificent sunrises with dolphins, turtles, and other marine life. During winter months, you will also see up close, whales passing right in front!!! What a way to enjoy your Hawaii vacation... the sound of the waves, whales singing, and ocean breezes. Another great bonus is that the house is located near the most eastern tip of the Big Island and is therefore almost always free of VOG(volcanic haze) which affects the air quality in Kona(west side) and Ka'u(soutern side)of the island. Prevailing tradewinds and seabreezes keep this haze away from our location.

This house is located in an ideal neighborhood for taking walks, jogs, or bike rides. Or if you feel like relaxing, stretch out on our lounge chairs outside where you can enjoy the sun and ocean views. It is located just 7 minutes from Pahoa town which has many restaurants to choose from (Mexican, Thai, Italian, etc...) We don't have a beach right in front but we are near to Pohoiki beach park (swimming/surf spot), the Wai Opae fish sanctuary which is great for snorkeling, and the geothermal hot ponds just down the road. Also, the Hawaii Volcano National Park is just 45 minutes away. The newest lava flow is 5 minutes away now.

Every room is decorated with Hawaiian-style furniture. The master bedroom on the third floor has a 'boat-like' feel. When you lay on the bed, it feels as though you are on the water! Because of the layout of the house, each additional room also has ocean views, so no guest gets left out. The living room has 3 huge panoramic windows, letting the blue ocean permeate throughout the room where everyday you can see honus(turtles) dancing in the waves. This vacation rental has all the necessities of home, including a 37' flat screened TV, and free Wi-fi internet access. Also available for use is a charcoal BBQ but you have to bring your own charcoals.

If you need advice on any spot in the Big Island, we are here for answers. We can give you informative advise being that we are from the Big Island and live here too. We are located 30-35 minutes from the Hilo airport. Check-in is from 3:00PM or after. Check-out is at 10:00AM, unless other arrangements have been made. Upon confirmation, directions will be e-mailed to you.

Mahalo from the East-side of the Big Island. Emails preferred.

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  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016
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About Liv

My husband and I are both born and raised in Hawaii. I came from Oahu and am proud to be of Hawaiian descent. My husband was born in Kona, but raised in Kalapana on the Big Island of Hawaii, before the lava came and took it away. He brought our family back to the Big Island 12 years ago where we have been ever since. The vacation rental is ours and my dad's house. My dad bought it in the hopes of moving to a peaceful, less crowded place than Oahu someday. We have been managing our family vacation rental since 2007.

Our main goal is to make our malahini(tourist) love the Big Island as much as we do and we put every ounce of aloha in our rental(s) and in keeping our house(s) comfy and clean. If you are looking for cleaners for your own vacation rental, please consider us to help. We really enjoy taking care of vacation rentals.

Liv purchased this house in 2007

Why Liv chose Puna District

The way the house is designed, you have an ocean view from anywhere in the house making it unique compared to other vacation rentals. All of us enjoy it here on the east side of the Big Island because it feels as though you are in 'true' Hawaii, not the over developed parts of Oahu, Maui and the west or Kona side of the Big Island. It is definitely a place where you can enjoy nature at its finest. Plus it is a safe place to raise our three sons and to be able to teach them the ways of Hawaii life such as fishing, diving, surfing, and farming.

What makes this house unique

The best thing about this house is seeing whales just offshore during the winter season. It is amazing to be able to sit and watch the ocean with all its marine life (turtles, fish, whales, opihi, etc...). FYI-if you are looking for turtles, you need to look under the water in the surf(polarized glasses help). They aren't sitting on the rocks in plain sight. Aloha a hui hou!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Aloha, everyone. My three sons, all in their 20's, and I stayed here for five nights that went by way too fast. This is what we imagined a perfect getaway in Hawaii to be. We loved seeing and hearing the ocean from every room and falling asleep each night to the sound of the waves. The house is very clean and comfortable and we all slept like babies. Being from the mainland, it was really cool seeing tropical trees and plants including coconut and banana on the property and in the neighborhood. We visited Volcano Park, visited farmer's markets, went surfing, hiked into Waipi'o Valley(saw a 1450' waterfall and played in the waves at the beach), explored the recent lava flows near Pahoa and Kalpana, visited South Point, relaxed and walked the neighborhood, and visited a few beaches. There is much more that we didn't have time to see. This house is perfect for anyone just wishing to get away and relax by the ocean or to explore the east side of the island. I'd recommend it to families, retired folk, honeymooners, anyone who likes the ocean and tropical settings. It didn't rain much, sometimes in the morning, and the sun came out each day. The owners made us feel very welcomed and comfortable and Liv was super accommodating. Can't say enough about our stay. We're all sad it ended too soon.
Apr 2015
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based on 75 traveler reviews

3-level oceanfront home with views from every room
average rating of 4.92 based on 78 reviews
Long Beach CA USA

What a delight! Crashing waves are only a few steps from the living room.

  • 5 of 5

We love this quiet part of the island with it's proximity to some great places to explore. The home is comfortable and has all the necessities. We stayed with 6 and had plenty of space. The floor plan is pretty open so there's not total privacy in two of the bedrooms. The location and view are amazing. The upstairs bedroom is about 30 yards from the crashing waves and a short walking path takes you to an overlook right above the water. We would definitely come back, and hope to soon.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Washington, DC

Gorgeous and Serene! An Oasis!

  • 5 of 5

This home is wonderful. The pictures (which are really impressive) do NOT lie, and in most cases don't even do the home/property justice. It is well laid out, clean, and situated perfectly on one of the most beautiful pieces of property in the whole of East Big Island. As you will read in the other reviews, there is a constant breeze and a constant relaxing lull of waves crashing on a truly stunning shoreline (to which you have unfettered access and sight-lines). My wife and I really truly can not say enough about it. It has a TON of room (I have no idea how many it is advertised to sleep, but there is more than enough room for a few families to fit - VERY comfortably).

I will, add, however a few items that we overlooked when we booked. There is NO air conditioning. The breeze really does keep it quite comfortable (even during the hottest hours of the day), but that also means that the air inside the home is sea-breeze-damp all the time too. As I said, it really is truly comfortable, but if you need dry or artificially cool air every once in a while, you will need to get back in your car to get that satisfaction. The other thing to be prepared for is the location. You are in an area of the Island that is not ... touristy. Like. At all. You are at least 20 mins from the nearest decent grocery store (which you will need, because the only decent restaurant is in Pahoa - and it is a little too nice to eat there for every meal ((although the food is spectacular)). There are beaches within driving distance, but to get a NICE beach, you're looking at least a half hour drive. You are super close to Volcanoes (way closer than Hilo), but that just makes you further from anything that's NOT Volcanoes! (Side note: do NOT miss Akaka Falls State Park). In addition, since the area is not touristy, you are seeing a side of the State that is not in the guidebooks. The side where you REALLY don't want your car to break down. The side where you keep your wallet in your front pocket and make very careful decisions about where you go out when you do go out. That said, the actual street and surrounding neighborhood specifically are really nice, clean, and safe. It's just getting there that gives you the willies.

If you're looking to "get away from it all," this might be the best house ever for the price. Really. But if you're a do-er and need to be on the move, the location is less than prime. We can't think of a more accurate word than "Oasis." On so many levels :)

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Roanoke, VA

Great views and great value

  • 5 of 5

This property was as described and we had a wonderful stay. The location is close to where we needed to go to hop on a boat to the lava ocean tours. We stayed here on our wedding day and would reccomend it to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A piece of paradise

  • 5 of 5

I love this place. Sitting on the patio drinking coffee in the morning and watching the waves was healing. It's just what my husband and I needed. I loved sleeping in the upstairs room overlooking the ocean. It was so relaxing to fall asleep listening to the waves. The kitchen was well stocked with what we needed to cook. There are many helpful extras in the garage like bikes. The owner is very kind and responsive. While sitting on the patio one day we glanced up to see a rainbow very close. I would come here again and again. It's affordable, peaceful, and beautiful!

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Simply Breathtaking

  • 5 of 5

Breathtaking views and the crashing waves lulled us to sleep. Was a bit warm when we arrived as the house was all closed up, cooled off in no time by the ocean breeze once the windows/doors were all opened up. Our only complaint would be the need for a screen door on the upper lanai. Will stay again on our next trip out, wont even bother looking at other rentals now that we have found this gorgeous home.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful house

  • 5 of 5

We loved the sound of the waves and the lack of frogs! The house had plenty of room and was very comfortable and breezy. The location in Pahoa was perfect for the site seeing we did.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Hilo International Airport
Nearest Barpub
7 Miles
Luquin's Mexican Restaurant and Black Rock Cafe
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Pahoa Town
Nearest Beach
15 Miles
Wai Opae Fish Sanctuary and Isaac Hale Beach Park
Car: necessary

NE side of the island of Hawaii (the Big Island) and to the SE of Hilo town about midway between the town and the east tip (Cape Kumakahi) of the island. The trade winds arrive here from the E to NE and keep the air clean and free of volcanic output (vog) that you'll see along the Kau (SE) and Kona (west) sides of the Big Island. There is nothing between you and California except for over 2500 miles of the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy the breeze, no air conditioning needed!


Rates & Availability

Pahoa House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter Season
Dec 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
Winter/Whale Season
Dec 1 2017 - Apr 30 2018
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $115
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates are subject to change unless you have been confirmed with a price.

Children ages 5 and under are free of charge. If you have a child 5 and under, please let me know in the written area but do not add them as a guest for the total so you won't get charged for them.

Check Payments- 50% due now with $300 refundable damage deposit, 50% due 30 days prior to check-in date.

Cancellations must be made before 30 days to check-in date for a full refund.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Located in the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 bathrooms. Master bathroom has walk-in shower. Main bathroom has a bathtub.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Loft Bedroom 3 - 1 double , Computer desk and modem located here.
    Master Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Small lanai facing ocean and 1/2 bathroom located here.
  • Twin size floor futons are provided in bedroom 2 closet with twin size sheets in loft bedroom 3 closet. A queen size blow up mattress is also available in the closet by the entryway. Could be used for additional guests in the living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Reusable coolers and floats available for use located also in the garage. Please help yourself.

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