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Big Island Retreat on 10 Acres W/Ocean View

Bedrooms 2
Space 950 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 4)

'Our Big Island vacation was perfect! We want to thank you for your attention to detail prior to our arrival. Upon arrival, the property exceeded our high expectations. The home was perfect! Everything was very clean, the kitchen was well-equipped for cooking, and the bedrooms comfortably accommodated two couples. The location in North Kohala, with views of rolling pastures and sunsets over the ocean, was a perfect jumping off point for exploring the Big Island. It was also a short drive to our favorite beach. We look forward to our return and will recommend this vacation rental to everyone we know!'

'We had a wonderful stay at your house. Now we go back to your website to relive our vacation! It was perfect!'

'We had a great stay at your house--what a beautiful and well appointed home.'

'Your home is perfect. It connects with the outdoors so well. The sun setting in the front yard and the green of the hills and trees, everything.'

Hale Pueo Kea (House of the White Owl) is located just outside of Hawi, in the Big Island’s beautiful North Kohala District. Away from the crowds, but convenient to so many activities, it also offers refuge from the heat and humidity found at sea level.

The house is on 10 quiet wooded acres, with an orchard offering bananas, limes, oranges, grapefruit, papayas, and macadamia nuts. There are two bedrooms, one bath, a fully equipped kitchen, living room with fireplace, dining room, laundry, and a large lanai. Nearby towns of Kapa’au and Hawi have fine restaurants, art galleries, and shopping. The larger town of Waimea is 19 miles up the mountain, and is the home of the famous Parker Ranch.

The best beaches on the island are a 30 minute drive from the house. As you drive the undeveloped, rocky shoreline, watch for whales from November through April. The Big Island has fabulous hiking, horseback riding, archeological sites, and of course, Volcanoes National Park. The only problem is finding the time to fit it all in.

'We enjoyed relaxing, walking, the view, seeing Maui in the distance, the horses up close, the avocados, grapefruit, balmy breezes..'

'Thanks for sharing your delightful home with us in Hawaii. We truly relaxed..'

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Jileen Russell
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 18, 2017

About Jileen Russell

My Husband and I own and operate a Ranch a short distance from Hale Pueo Kea. We chose Kohala, where cows and horses are in heaven before they die. We raise animals on only grass and rain for a exclusive buyers club and we work to steward our land to serve our community.

Jileen Russell purchased this house in 2011

Why Jileen Russell chose Kohala Coast

We purchased this home in 2011. We have always admired the smart design and sustaining features and the native plants in the garden. We are excited to share it with visitors and add our special highlights to your visit. We can offer recommendations for massage, yoga, Feldenkrais, Chinese medicine and local CSA farms that can provide you with fresh produce during your stay.

What makes this house unique

Morning coffee on the lanai with the birds.

Fresh fruit from the orchard including apple bananas, so delicious. Sandy beaches are 30 minutes away, yet there are amazing swim and snorkel spots much closer. Our evenings are cooler and we have fewer bugs as a result. The Kohala Mountain Road is one of the most beautiful scenic drives in this world. The Farmers Markets are delightful. Our small town is safe and welcoming and tourists have been known to go home to sell their homes and then move here.


Hawi House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 950 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bath sink is in Hall and shower and toilet in a separate room with a door.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (2) Folding crib
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • limited accessibility
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • miniature golf
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house sits on the front of 10 acres, nice country walks in a safe place. The house has an interesting design that has the bed and bath in a different building from the kitchen. It allows for sleeping late or going to bed early.


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Big Island Retreat on 10 Acres W/Ocean View
average rating of 4.9130435 based on 23 reviews

Secluded, well-appointed house with ocean view.

  • 4 of 5

The House of the White-Owl is a wonderful 2 bedroom home. The location is up in the hills, a quick 5 minute drive to Hawi/Kappau, but receives some of the inclement weather of the volcano. Often, we would leave sunshine on the beach and return to stormy weather. But the best beaches north of Kona (Kohala coast) are only 45 mins away and the town of Hawi has an excellent sushi/local beef restaurant, as well as other restaurants, a good coffee shop, and food truck. Despite being on the road from Hawi to Waimea, its extremely quiet and tranquil and our host, Jileen, was very respectful of our privacy. The kitchen is well-stocked with everything you could need to make a great dinner or bake. There are citrus trees to avail yourself of! The beds are very comfortable and the place was very clean. The location is also a good jumping off point to the Waipio Valley and even Hilo and the coast north of Hilo (eg. Akaka Falls). We had a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Feb 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I so appreciate your kind words. We love it up here in the mountains of Kohala and I am hoping our weather keeps away the development forever. Please come back and stay again as many of our guest love to return to "their " Hawaii home.
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Fantastic spot with a unique view of the big island

  • 5 of 5

Amazing little home, well kept and extremely accommodating for our stay...Jileen did everything possible to make it great for us....

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Holyoke, Massachusetts

beautiful upscale home on a mountain road

  • 5 of 5

This is a wonderful place to stay while in the Hawi area. The area is cool and breezy, which is a delightful change of pace. The home has everything you might need, both for the beach and for cooking. The sleeping area is in a separate space from the living area, which would be very convenient for children. The view is great and it's less than 4 miles to Hawi, which is a charming town.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. We are always happy when Folks are happy with what we provide here on the mountain. It is quite a spot away from the hustle and bustle of the tourist world. We love to have returning guests.
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a joy especially since you noticed the improvement we made. Please come back again.
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A great home base for exploring the entire island!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved staying at Jileen's place. It's so peaceful and quiet. The location was perfect for exploring both sides of the island and Waimea. It was a bit of a drive to Hilo of course, but an easy drive to all of the west side beaches. We loved the little funky town of Hawi too. Check out the farmers market on Saturday.

We also really liked that the bedroom/bathroom area was separate from the living/kitchen area as we were two couples and sometimes one or two of us felt like being quiet and reading while the others felt like listening to music and talking.

Even the red bird with the thick orange beak that liked to fly into the windows at 6 in the morning was charming.

Don't hesitate to stay here. It's perfect.

  • Submitted: Mar 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice hideaway from busy Kona

  • 4 of 5

Nice clean place. House was stocked with most of the condiments and spices you need which is nice. Haw'i is fun and the area feels like Hana (more rain forest and less lava desert)but much more accessible! Real Hawaii not sirens and traffic.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you. I think you should come every year !
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Bamboo Restaurant
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Mauna Kea Hotel
Nearest Motorway
Highway 250
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Bamboo Restaurant, Sushi Rock, Lighthouse Deli
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Hapuna State Park
Car: necessary

Whale watching from shore December to April

Hilo is 2 hours away

Volcanoes National Park 2.5 hours away

!4,000 ft Mauna Kea with Visitors center at 8000 ft. 1hour away


Rates & Availability

Hawi House Rental Rates

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Off Season Rate
May 1 2017 - Sep 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
Standard pricing
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 13.25%

An additional $150 cleaning fee is charged above the rental fees

Visa, Mastercard, personal check or cashier's check or money order.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.