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The Pineapple Express~Private House ~Ocean Views~Hot Tub ~ Tropical Landscaping

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

Private House, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

'THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS' is a private and peaceful home on a 1 acre estate . Come enjoy this jewel of the island with spectacular ocean views, and at a COOL 800 foot elevation.

This home is decorated with your comfort in mind, with a tropical flare. Ocean views from nearly every room. Private spa outside bedroom. Landscaped with tropical foliage. Enjoy the dramatic sunsets and magical star filled skies at night.

Enjoy the majestic drive 33 miles south of Kona to this warm climate with cool coastal breezes. Perfect for adventurers. Drive 3 miles from the home and enjoy an unforgettable 20 minute hike to Honomalino Bay. Honomalino is one of the most exclusive black sand beaches on the Big Island and a great snorkel spot. Drive to Volcano's National Park, only 63 miles away. Get groceries, fresh fish, dine or rent a movie just 12 miles away. Or go north to Captain Cook (approx 20 miles) for shopping, groceries and great dining.

Come experience the charm of this beautiful place we call Milolii.


Pineapple Palace VRBO# 469637, Sleeps 12

Keywords: Private House,Queen memory foam mattress, double futon, outside dining area, Barbeque, Outside shower,Beach chairs, ice chests, snorkel gear, beach towels, rice cooker, waffle maker, blender, microwave, toaster, Stereo, surround sound, DVD, movies, Covered Lanai, 1 Acre parcel, Covered Parking, Landscaped, Cool Elevation (800 FT), Volcano, Black Sand Beach, Secluded Beach, Cottage, Spa, Snorkeling, Hiking, Ocean Views, Milolii, South Kona, Captain Cook, 1 bedroom, Hawaii Beaches, Kona Beaches, Honomalino, City of Refuge, Kona Coffee, Kayaking, Green Sand Beach, South Point, Punaluu Bakery, Kahuku Park, Farmers Market,

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Albert & Marsal
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2017

About Albert & Marsal

Our names are Marsal & Albert. We moved to Hawaii in 2005 from Northern California. We are in property management and real estate. We love to explore the island as much as possible, and share our island experiences with our guests.

Albert & Marsal purchased this house in 2004

Why Albert & Marsal chose Kona Coast

After coming to the Big Island several times,and looking at many areas, we decided we loved the climate of our area and the breathtaking views. Almost always sunny and not nearly the amount of humidity as other parts of the island. Plus, the nightly breezes made it very comfortable.

What makes this house unique

We like the location of our place because it is out of the hustle and bustle of city life and close to many great beaches and attractions. It is ideal if you would like to explore the island. You can choose to go to Hilo or Kona for the day. The ocean view is awesome. You can see to Kona and sometimes Maui. The seclusion and tranquility is wonderful. The sunsets are unforgetable and the stars are epic.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Written in our guestbook on April 5th, 2011-

Don & I wish to thank you for the use of your Lovely "Cottage". It is very comfortabel and handy to our kids' house.

We will no doubt be seeing you from time to time.
Mar 2011
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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The Pineapple Express~Private House ~Ocean Views~Hot Tub ~ Tropical Landscaping
average rating of 4.78 based on 56 reviews

Beautifully built and comfortable cottage with a stellar view!

  • 5 of 5

We were only able to stay a few days in this charming little house in the hills but it felt like home from the minute we arrived. The floor plan is open with a wonderful peaked ceiling surrounded by louvered windows that we opened to take advantage of the cool breezes. The kitchen was fully appointed, the grounds were lush and well kept, the bed was SOOOO comfortable, and the bathroom was GREAT--very roomy with a full-size tub and even a stacked washer/dryer tucked away in a closet! The location gets you away from the resorts and the busier areas of town--a bit of a drive from the airport but a PERFECT location from which to explore the island. We would love to return for a longer stay!

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Walnut Creek

Place to escape

  • 5 of 5

We consider ourselves very fortunate to have stumbled upon the pineapple express on VRBO - Our trip to the big island could not have gotten off to a better start. We unintentionally arrived (this was before a business trip) during Iron-Man triathlon weekend, but Miloli'i was far enough away that we felt zero impact from the chaos and road closures associated with the event.

To people looking for accommodations near the restaurants and shopping that you will find in the resorts of Kailua and Kona, you may want to consider an alternative. For us, the accomodations were perfect; The sleepy fishing village of Miloli'i lacks large crowds and even the most basic shopping and tourist traps.

The drive south from Kona/Kailua is amazingly beautiful and the windy one-lane road to the village is steep and slow going. In fact, there is a gentleman who lives along the road that will provide audible feedback if you stray above 10mph on any uphill or downhill trips. However, once you arrive, the pineapple express will impress you with its very clever-yet-minimalist design, it's craftsmanship, cleanliness and breathtaking 180 degree views of the Pacific ocean. Located at about 1000' feet above the village of Miloli'i, the bungalow provided an extreme amount of isolation, security and relaxation for people like the two of us who desperately needed an escape.

We will definitely be coming back on the next trip to the big island.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A wonderful getaway spot on the South Kona coast

  • 5 of 5

This place is great for a couple with nice ocean and sunset views. We loved hanging out on the lanai watching the geckos and listening to the birds. Our main reason for picking this location was the proximity to Hawaii Volcanoes Natl Park - little more than an hour away. Although a bit of a treck to the store, we were out often enough to plan shopping with our outings. The little beach noted by the owners was a great place for a first time snorkeler. The home is very well appointed with very comfy bed. We enjoyed the hot tub too! Thanks for the nice accomodations!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
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Great place for a couple to stay.

  • 5 of 5

The bed was amazingly comfortable. We hiked into the recommended bay and had it to ourselves for 5 hours.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rio Rancho, NM

Great place for a romantic getaway

  • 5 of 5

This was a great place for us to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. We enjoyed watching the sunsets and looking at the ocean from the patio. The hot tub was a nice feature to relax after a day at the beach. We enjoyed using the BBQ as well. The cottage had everything we needed and we would strongly recommend it to anyone.

We gave this a 5 star rating; however, there were two things we experienced that was less than perfect. First, the location of the cottage is an hour away from a nice beach. There is a beach close by but it involves parking and walking over a very rocky trail for 25 minutes to get there. We ended up driving to Kona every day to use the beaches and get supplies (30 miles and a hour drive, one way).

Second, the internet stopped working midway during our stay. Even when it was working it was very very slow. This didn't bother us since we wanted to disconnect and relax but if you need a fast connection you should be aware of that. We had a t-mobile cell phone that had no service and a verizon cell phone that sometimes would pick up one bar.

If you want a place to disconnect and relax this is a perfect place. That's what we were looking for and we couldn't have been happier with our decision.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and thank you for all the nice compliments about the home. I'm sorry you missed Ho'okena beach. It is a very nice beach about 25 minutes from the house. There are many great places to hang out and enjoy the water along the south Kona coast. Most are listed in our guide book. If the hike to our beach is too much for you, there is ocean access about 1 mile below the house. This area is great for snorkeling and swimming. Also the town of Oceanview is just 20 minutes south from the house. There are 2 grocery stores there along with places to eat. Or you can stop in Captain Cook which is 30 minutes away for groceries or more places to eat. We have solved the internet issue and everything is running fine now as of August 8, 2016. Cell service is still spotty as it is in most rural areas on the island. The best service for our area is AT&T or Verizon. Glad we could make your vacation a success and we hope to see you in the future.
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Cute small house, remote location

  • 3 of 5

The house is cute, very small (~500 square feet) and says it sleeps four. We had two adults and a small child and it was TIGHT. The pull-out futon in the living room was pretty darn uncomfortable, even for a child. We knew the location before booking, but didn't realize the closest grocery store was 30 minutes away - there literally isn't any sort of store or restaurant within 30 minutes. For some, this is great, but it is something to note for sure!

We expected to be able to use WiFi and the service was so terrible that we couldn't even load email - we talked to the owner who was very responsive and it improved slightly, but we were unable to stream or download anything for the entire length of our stay. We were told this is just the level of WiFi service they normally have. Another thing we just wish we would've known before booking, but know it isn't an issue for everyone.

We liked all of the extras (cooler, snorkel stuff, etc) that were there for us to use and enjoyed the views from the patio. We found a variety of great beaches and liked the peace and quiet the house provided. Thanks!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and thank you for taking the time to review The Pineapple Express. Sounds like you really enjoyed the peace and quiet the house provided. That comes from being a rural property without stores, and restaurants. We clearly state the distance on our website description of the nearest essentials. If you drove 30 minutes, you must have gone towards Captain Cook which is 20 miles north. The town of Oceanview, is just 12 miles south and takes about 20 minutes. I'm sorry you felt the home was small. We list the homes square footage under our "property description" on our website. We usually rent to 2 guests, but we have stayed there with 4 and it worked fine for us. As far as the wi-fi goes, we have already looked into another carrier. We are very honest and list all pertinent information on our website, as we don't want our guests to be surprised or disappointed in the location, size, etc. We appreciate your business and your input.
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Nearest Airport
43 Miles
Kona International Airport at Keahole
Nearest Barpub
16 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
16 Miles
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Car: necessary

Snorkeling, scuba diving, spear fishing, shore fishing, deep sea fishing, 4X4 trailing, Volcanoes National Park, whale watching, star gazing


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Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $120
Tax Rate 13.42%

$200 night for holiday periods apply.

Albert & Marsal Vanetti 808-328-2379

Hawaii Tax I.D. # W12621424-01

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Hair Dryer
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - outdoor shower , shower only located in carport
  • Shower/tub combo, linen closet, washer/dryer located in bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 double , located in living room
  • Queen size Beds (1) Memory foam mattress with high quality bed linens for your comfort., Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) This double futon is easy to convert and very comfortable to sleep on.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Surround sound, additional outdoor shower

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