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Stunning Puako Tropical Beach House Fabulous Sandy Beach, Heated Infinity Pool

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths2
Space 5,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

4 bedrooms and media room 6.5 baths, sleeps 10 WE HAVE A 7 NIGHT MINIMUM STAY.

Hale Nana Kohola (Whale Watch House) Located in the heart of Puako, offers a tropical retreat that showcases the best of Hawaii and is perfect for a romantic getaway or a family vacation. Escape to the sunny Kohala Coast on the Island of Hawaii. Hawaii's perfect year-round weather allows for your endless summer. Puako is one of the sunniest spots in all Hawaii. This tropical paradise meets the blue Pacific ocean. Hale Nana Kohola frames Haleakala, Maui's highest peak directly from the gorgeous lanais across the reflective HEATED infinity swimming pool.

You feel thoroughly at home, and completely at your best with every imaginable amenity. Designed to inspire, its beauty and connects you with the surrounding environment.

'Hale Nana Kohola' (the Whale watch House) is over 7000 sq ft under roof of architectural masterpiece on the beach in beautiful Puako. Several lanais to lounge around on when you're not at the beach. Kayaking and snorkeling only steps away in pristine clear coral reefs where Humpback whales come to breed.

We have a seven night minimum stay. The only reason it may show lesson seven nights is because the HomeAway calendar is very confusing.

This home offers 2 master suites, 2 guest bedrooms with their own baths, a media room with a bath, an open living, dining and gourmet kitchen area with cathedral ceilings that opens to a huge covered lanai adjacent to the 46' 360 degree infinity pool. Each bedroom, the living and media room, each have a large flat screen TV complete with an advanced audio system that can accept individual IPOD music selections. (Bring your IPOD!) Great care was taken with the landscape, creating a beautiful palm tree oasis on the ocean side. This gorgeously designed home is topped off with a 3rd story 'whale watch' retreat that offers 360 degree view

We have a 7 night minimum stay. Even though it shows 1 night on HomeAway and VRBO. The reason for this is it was confusing our guests the way the calendar is written.

This property is compliant with Hawaii State Legislation (HB2078) for vacation rental accommodation Hawaii Tax TA-003-387-3920-01 And general excise tax GE-003-387-3920-01

On Island manager is Jodi Anderson 808-443-8934

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Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About The Owner

Jane is an artist and a designer and Ron is a contractor. They both have teamed up over the last forty years to build homes with balance and flow that they and visitors can enjoy. It is like creating a feeling that is appealing to the senses. Over the years with Jane’s visions and Ron’s construction ability and help from various architects, several of their homes have been awarded; have been in charity events for architectural walks and in publications.

The Owner purchased this house in 2007

Why The Owner chose Kohala Coast

When we found Puako we felt we were home. It reminded us of old Hawaii, a sleepy little street running along the Beautiful Kahoka Coast. It was not our intent while building to use it as a vacation rental. It just happened and we have been very fortunate to share this paradise with others.

What makes this house unique

No need to make arrangements and rent kayaks, stand up boards, swimming gear, beach chairs and other nominally not supplied amenities. Hale Nana Kohola Will save you hundreds of dollars in rental expenses and inconvenience supplying all necessary equipment. There are also many amenities in the house such as bicycle cruisers and of course high-speed Wi-Fi. There are many options of free movies and the sound system due out to play your favorite music. The swimming pool is a heated saltwater pool which normally does not irritate your eyes such as chlorinated pools. There is also a workout equipment on the upper floor to be able to watch the ocean and get some exercise.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi Ron,

I will write more after our trip, but just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how much we are enjoying our vacation at your beautiful home on the Big Island. Your home is amazing, exquisite, and such a treat for our whole family-kids, parents, and grandparents included. The setting is idyllic and tranquil and offers so much for us all to do, whether relaxing on the lanai, by the pool, swimming in the pool or bay, snorkeling, kayaking, or paddle boarding, exploring the tide pools, or walking the quaint community of Puako. I already know it will be hard to leave your little slice of paradise on Saturday.

And I also wanted to mention that Jodi has been so welcoming, helpful, and a true life saver! We had a rough trip to the Big Island on Friday. Our flight was delayed multiple times in Denver due to mechanical issues with two different planes. My parents, however, were on a different flight from Arizona and were on time. This was a problem since the plan was to meet up in Kona and drive up to Puako together. So as I sat in the airport while my parents were in the air, I started to panic and was texting Jodi to inform her that I wasn't sure when we would be able to get there. As the day wore on it became clear we were going to be at least several hours behind my parents. She called my nerves and graciously offered to stock the house with groceries for Friday night and Saturday breakfast, and even go out of her way to pick my parents up at the airport and bring them to your house. I was so, so thankful!! As it turned out, we were delayed almost 6 hours, so Jodi really saved the day for us!

Though we arrived to storms and heavy rain throughout the night, the weather cleared Saturday morning and has been gorgeous ever since.

We feel truly blessed to be able to spend special time with family in this special place. Thank you for sharing your little bit of heaven with us!! I am already trying to think of excuses to come back someday!

Most sincerely,

Mar 2016
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Waimea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Beach ...
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Carport
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • PC
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Safe
  • Secure Parking
  • Security System
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • Sunbed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Vacuum System
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • fax
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , sound system
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , sound system
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Media room bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bathroom - toilet
    Pool Bath - toilet
  • Both master suites are complete with two lavatories, tub, shower, separate toilet rooms with bidets and large walk-in closets. There is also personal safes in both master suites to store your valuables.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king
    Media room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size air mattress
  • Master bedroom 1 and master bedroom 2 both have amazing ocean views. during whale season you cannot only spot whales, you can hear them summoning their mates. All the bedrooms have their own private bathrooms with fabulous showers.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Game Room
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Boat ...
  • Crow's Nest
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Golf Clubs
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • 2 bicycles
  • 12 garden chairs
  • 6 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Large modern gourmet kitchen including a unique concrete countertop with fossil inlays and an integral sink, 2 Fisher & Paykel dishwasher drawers, and top of the line appliances. Built-in BBQ and kitchen in lanai/patio area. Free Long Distance. Snorkeling gear. Chefs are available to interview for your stay contact management staff.

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website:


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(51 traveler reviews)

Stunning Puako Tropical Beach House Fabulous Sandy Beach, Heated Infinity Pool
average rating of 4.980392 based on 58 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Amazing home with amazing location. Would love to stay again.

  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo
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Outstanding, beautiful property and amenities

  • 5 of 5

I was amazed by the beauty of this place. The home was laid out so well for a large group of people. We had 4 couples in our group and had enough space to enjoy each other's company and still have private space to ourselves when we wanted it. The outdoor/indoor living space is combined when the huge sliding doors are opened. Bedrooms/bathrooms are all spectacular. Bedding is super comfortable. Kitchen is well equipped. Our group was comprised of several very good cooks. We all had space to move around and all truly enjoyed putting together group meals. The snorkeling right out front of the property was beautiful. Enjoyed swimming with turtles, fish, and even saw mantas. Kayaking and stand up paddle boards were provided as well. The pool was wonderful. So nice to have a swim and not smell like chlorine afterwards,. Great view of the sunset from the beach. Would not hesitate to recommend this home to anyone. The property owners and manager do an outstanding job of keeping the home clean, in good repair, and the grounds beautifuly maintained.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many Mahalos for your wonderful review. We are so pleased your group enjoyed their stay. Our on island staff had kind words about how you took care of our home and you folks are always welcome back!
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You MUST stay at this AMAZING home!

  • 5 of 5

If I could give more stars, I would. This magnificent home granted us a vacation beyond compare. Stunning architecture, unparalleled views and amenities, room for entertaining AND still private for romantic evenings. Everything is of the highest caliber - the gourmet kitchen, the living & dining spaces, the multiple suites, the luxurious pool - complete with lava rock waterfalls and an infinity edge... I could go on and on. Suffice to say, if you're planning a vacation to Hawaii and want the best of EVERYTHING, there's only one house to choose. You MUST stay at this AMAZING home.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jane and I really appreciate your very kind review. We are also glad you enjoyed your stay. You are always welcome back at our home. Many Mahalo's, Ron
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Fantastic Oceanfront in Puako

  • 5 of 5

This was paradise on the ocean. Whales breaching in front putting on a spectacular show, snorkeling every morning and seeing Manta Rays, lots of fish and turtles, infinity pool to hop into and swim a few laps, great entertaining lanai, huge kitchen and living area to preparing food and fun. Store nearby for the loose ends, sandy beach, water toys for entertainment (SUPs, kayaks, snorkels, fins, bikes and more). Well maintained and super clean. We had a great time and highly recommend this home.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the great review. Jane and I are so glad everything worked out well. We hope you come back soon! Mahalo Ron
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Great family vacation rental

  • 4 of 5

The design of the house accommodated our family of 7 adults and one infant perfectly. (A Pack and Play is available with the house) Sufficient privacy and plenty of bathrooms. The layout of the kitchen made group meal prep very comfortable. Indoor and outdoor seating options. The pool is a lovely shape and size although we would have preferred it to be a tad bit warmer in the morning hours. The elliptical on the top level of the house was used daily, affording beautiful views of the larger landscape and of course the whales. Located steps from the ocean was wonderful, although the wind and waves made paddle boarding and kayaking challenging. The community of Puako is quiet and peaceful and the Puako General Store couldn't be more conveniently located - a two minute walk! It is also well stocked and fun to visit. Larger grocery stores are only 10 and 15 mins away. Morning exercise in the form of walking, running or biking on the cruisers from the house, was excellent. Great for walking the baby in the stroller too. We experienced several nights of unusually high winds which resulted in little sleep, especially for those in the bedroom nearest the road, as one of the immature palm trunks repeatedly hit the wooden railing outside the room, causing damage. Hopefully the grill is receiving attention, as it never was able to reach a high consistent temperature. The ice machine in the refer was not working, so we had to buy ice, but a new door is on order. The filtered water from the door of the refrigerator was delicious. Snorkeling beaches and swimming beaches are minutes away. Puako is approx 30 mins north of the Kona area, for deep sea fishing, visits to Costco and a highlight of our trip: Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm. A must!

Driving north from Puako, to Hawi and Waimea was lovely as well. The huge open expanses of the flanks of the volcanoes are reminiscent of the Serengeti. Really beautiful. A house manager is only a text away, as is the local handyman. All in all, a very comfortable house for a family vacation - and i would imagine for 4 couples as well.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Maggie, Mahalo for your review and kind words. I was abreast of the issues regarding the ice maker, barbecue and high winds. I want you to know what I have done to resolve these issues. Also not to mention the week you were there three large Kiawe trees blew down on the beach in front of our home. I booked a flight for our first available dates which happen to be a week after your stay. I ordered all new parts for the barbecue and replaced everything, it is working like new. I repaired the ice maker and it was working well and ordered a new freezer door from GE Monogram. My neighbor and I hired a tree contractor to remove the trees that were blown over. He also tied up the palm trees that were rubbing on the house so they will not do that in high winds again. It was sad that we lost those big trees, but it opened up the view amazingly. I also put up a weather station that you and other guests can check the weather at any given time. It is on the underground whether site you can Google this at (KHIWAIME57). January at our home is generally the coldest month and with the high winds it takes longer for the pool heater to get it up to temperature. Since I put the weather station and I monitor it daily. We certainly hope your family will come back to enjoy our house and hopefully not be unfortunate enough to be there during a storm. Mahalo, Ron
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Magnificent Property, Amenities, & Service! Part 3

  • 5 of 5

Part 3 of Review:

Because we loved this home, the amenities, and the tranquil location so much, we only took a few trips "off-site". We visited Hawi and returned to our favorite sushi restaurant, Sushi Rock--definitely worth the drive. We also took a snorkeling/whale watching trip, spent an afternoon at Mauna Kea Beach, walked the ocean trail to the Fairmont, shopped at Mauna Lani, took in the luau at Maua Kea Resort, and had dinner at The Blue Dragon.

But we spent the majority of our time simply relaxing and reconnecting at Hale Nana Kohola. I loved sitting up in the 3rd story "Whale Watch" with it's 360 degree view, or on the lanai simply taking in the stunning and peaceful view! On our final day we saw tremendous whale action just off-shore. A group of whales hung around for quite a while, breaching, slapping, and tail-flapping! It was breath-taking!

In summary, this home is amazing, exquisite, and was such a treat for our whole family--kids, parents, and grandparents included. The setting is idyllic and tranquil and offers so much to do, whether relaxing on the lanai, by the pool, swimming in the pool or bay, snorkeling, kayaking, or paddle boarding, exploring the tide pools, or walking the quaint community of Puako. It is the perfect layout for a large family or several couples. It is luxuriously appointed and beautifully decorated, and is perfectly situated and designed to take advantage of the tranquil Hawaiian breezes, and stunning ocean view!

Ron and Jane, your home was the perfect spot for our multi-generational group! You have a gorgeous house, property, and setting, with wonderful spaces for being together or having privacy. It was hard to pry ourselves away. Everyone (kids, parents, grandparents) agreed it was a special place and the best vacation ever! We feel truly blessed that we were able to experience its beauty and wonder for even a short bit of time. Thank you so much for making that possible! I was so sad to leave, and actually cried the last morning, knowing it was the last day I would wake up to that incredible view. The week flew by much too quickly. I do hope we can manage to make a return visit some day! I am already trying to think of an excuse to come back!! (Maybe in a few years when my friends and I all turn 50?)

Many Mahalos to you and your team!


  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Several within 4 miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Approximately 1 mile
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Several within 4 miles
Car: recommended

Between Mauna Lani and Mauna Kea 24 mi north of Kona airport

Other Activities: Kayaking, Turtles


Rates & Availability

Waimea House Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Apr 17 2017 - Jun 3 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017
Jun 4 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 10 2017 - Nov 17 2017
7 night minimum stay
Thanks Giving
Nov 18 2017 - Nov 25 2017
7 night minimum stay
Dec. 2017
Nov 27 2017 - Dec 14 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas and New Years
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 2 2018
14 night minimum stay
Best Whale Watching 2018
Jan 3 2018 - Apr 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 9 2018 - Jun 9 2018
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 10 2018 - Sep 8 2018
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Sep 9 2018 - Nov 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
Thanks Giving
Nov 17 2018 - Nov 24 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 8 guests; add $75 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $5,000
Cleaning $700 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

There is a 7 night minimum stay. I changed this to one night because the calendar was confusing our guests with what dates are available.
We would recommend trip insurance.
Hawaii accommodation Tax TA-003-387-3920-01 and general excise tax GE-003-387-3920-01
Jodi Anderson On Island Manager

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