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3-level oceanfront home with views from every room

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

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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Calendar last updated:
February 17, 2018

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 Pahoa

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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Pahoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Hawaii quite house is at 9:00p.m. and 8:00a.m. Please keep all screen doors closed at all times to keep bugs out.
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
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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3-level oceanfront home with views from every room
average rating of 4.9029126 based on 106 reviews

Million dollar view!!!!

  • 5 of 5

Great place for a couple but could easily accommodate 6. And a terrific bargain!!!! Couldn't ask for a better place!!!! Close to Volcano Pk, beaches and water falls!

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review! Much appreciated and glad you enjoyed Kai Honu Hale. We love when guests get to enjoy the beautiful ocean view. Also just wanted to note that we have added a master bedroom door too for those guests that need privacy and that we took note of previous guest’s suggestions.
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A wonderful home away from home

  • 5 of 5

Great views, beautifully situated on top of a majestic cliff, comfortable and well cared for. We had to seek out swimming spots as there was none near the property but there are tide pools and beaches near by. Thanks Liv for the lovely experience.

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best Big Island House

  • 5 of 5

This sweet Pahoa House on the Hilo coast was amazing! Liv was very helpful in all ways , by far, best Ocean experience

We ever had, the powerful and beautiful waves were so soothing and restful, we never wanted to leave.

5he house was well equipped,and the neighborhood was great,not far from Hilo wsterfalls, and Volcano Park visiting too, we

Will be back but next time for a longer stay!A+++ Liv!

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spectaular home with a tremendous view!

  • 5 of 5

Wow! If you want a vacation rental with a one of a kind view, this is it! My 2 teenage daughters and I stayed here for 8 days and it was just perfect. All the comforts of being in your own home. The kitchen is fully stocked with whatever you may need; the linen closet is full of extra towels, especially beach towels; the garage is also full of many outdoor needs, such as snorkel gear, fins, 2 small ice chests (one that we left behind for future guests to use), beach chairs, good size charcoal bbq grill with coals and lighter fluid; washer/dryer. The photos are mostly true to the home. One of the bedrooms is in the loft so it does not have a true door. The other two rooms do have doors and are quite spacious. I believe that there was also at least one air mattress. This home can accommodate 6-8 people comfortably. TV gives access to cable network as well as DVD system that allows you to log into your own Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon account. The lanai' is a dream! The ocean waves are quite loud, crashing against the cliff below; closing windows at night is a must. The location seems a little out of the way at first, but it's really only a 10-12 minute drive from the main Highway 130. Its about a 30-40 minute drive from Downtown Hilo and about a 40 minute drive from the Volcano National Park. One of the highlights of our trip was catching whales off the coast in the homes backyard! We caught a momma and a baby 3 different mornings we were in the home. Amazing! I would stay in this home for any future visits to this side of the island.

  • Submitted: Jan 9, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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wonderful place to stay with a family

  • 4 of 5

Our family of 6 (including a 3 yer old) had a wonderful stay in this home. it was quite well equipped with the things you might need from cooking supplies (e.g. spices and condiments) through to things for fun such as sand and water toys. The home displays some loving "wear" and is a bit dated (e.g. showers) but very comfortable with spectacular views. We watched an awesome sunrise each morning - the only criticism is that the satellite dish is partially in the way of the sunrises. Pahoa was a short drive (10 minute) away and was one of the highlights of our trip to Hawaii with delightful restaurants. We also enjoyed some awesome snorkelling in the tide pools - which were great for our grandson to play around it and enjoy seeing the fish without battling ocean waves.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the nice review and glad your family enjoyed the home and Pahoa. To address the shower, these poor guests had to deal with the shower head having a small drip which we intend on pulling the entire corner shower out to get to the valve. We should have a brand new shower by the end of 2017 with some nice updated tile. It was too big of a project to get done between stays being that the issue is behind the drywall so I appreciate that they were able to deal with the drip during their stay. Just hoping we can pull off such a big project during Christmas time.
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Wonderful view!

  • 4 of 5

Agree with previous review, reason for 4 stars is because only one of the bedrooms is a traditional bedroom.

Otherwise, this is a nice little house with a remarkable ocean view! Our family of six stayed here for 4 days in Oct. The first two days we saw a big group of turtles surfing in the ocean... it's a memory we'll treasure for a long, long time.

The driveway has a sign that says "Beware of Falling Coconuts", and my kids cracked up every time they saw it. Definitely not something they get to see back in CA!

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lava Tree State Monument
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"Hawaii's active volcano, Kilauea Crater. Even a lava tube that you can walk through. "
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"Authentic Mexican food just 6 miles from my rental."
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"My favorite restaurant on the East side."
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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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning fee $135
Tax Rate 14.25%

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 $100 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 unless there is a natural catastrophe. Rescheduling your dates is okay.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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