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Last Min Sep/Oct Couples Special $199/n 2pp - Ocean & Mtn view mins from beach

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, (Sleeps 8). Rate varies double occupancy 2 - 8pp

This home is perfect for couples looking for a special place to enjoy a great vacation. Imagine relaxing by your own private pool, on your own private lanai, looking at a sweeping ocean, coastal and three mountain view. No hotel crowds here. Your own home. Complete privacy, peace and quiet. All just minutes away from the island's best beaches, golfing, restaurants and shopping, and an easy drive to the island's top attractions.

This is a 4 bedroom house though, so if you have a bigger group you will love this home for it's flexible accommodation. Just inquire about rates for your group's needs.

Tucked at the top of a quiet cul-de-sac on 3.5 acres in a premiere location, Laughing Gecko Lodge is the perfect place for vacations. The views feature open ranch land, coastline, ocean and mountains, offering complete privacy.

The home is booked double occupancy by room count and only rented to one guest group at a time. VRBO auto quote does not factor double occupancy booking so contact us for an accurate quote for your group. Cleaning fee varies by group size.

The home is designed as follows.

1.) The main house has a great-room, large kitchen & pantry, dining & living areas, large master suite, lanai & pool, and laundry.

2.) The upper guest suite is on the same level as the main house and has a master suite.

3.) The lower guest suites are a level down with two large bedrooms and a pass-through bathroom, private lanai and outstanding ocean and mountain views.

If you are a couple looking for a romantic getaway set apart from the hustle and bustle of resort locations consider renting the main house. The resorts are just moments away and all amenities are available to you without paying the resort price tag. Inviting another couple along? Rent the main house and upper guest suite. Bringing the whole family? Rent the whole house. This is a single home and only one booking group is reserved at a time irrespective of size. Non-booked suites are closed off. You will never share with anyone else.

Please note, occupancy of the home is limited to the the rental group only and the home is not intended for use as an event space for reunions, weddings, group entertaining, business entertaining, parties, etc..

Many of our guests love Laughing Gecko Lodge so much they come again and several have confessed it is the best vacation rental they have ever stayed in.

Please note this home has ceiling and floor fans. It does not have air conditioning.

Please don't hesitate to contact us, without obligation, for more information. Per HRS ACT 204 HI TA tax ID# is displayed in the rental agreement and provided to renters upon request by contacting the owner/manager.

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Ali Blackmore
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2017

About Ali Blackmore

Ali Blackmore has traveled the globe, living in eight different countries over four continents. Dual careers in real estate and design have traveled with her and continue on Big Island, Hawaii where she works in real estate & design specializing in Kohala Coast property. Ali bought Laughing Gecko Lodge because it is one of the all-round best view lots and locations in the Heathers at Kohala Ranch. If you are visiting Big Island to look at or buy property Ali would be delighted to assist you with your search or purchase.

Ali Blackmore purchased this house in 2003

Why Ali Blackmore chose Hawaii

Growing up on a large ranch in Central Africa, when Ali arrived in Hawaii she found a place that was so strikingly similar to her 'home' that she fell in love with the area. The location struck an emotional chord and met a career goal at the same time. Quite simply, the Kohala Coast is the most popular place to vacation on Big Island and the Heathers at Kohala Ranch is one of the nicest spots to rent a vacation home. Guests love the home and the views and Ali loves sharing this beautiful place with them.

What makes this house unique

One of the best aspects of renting this home, especially for couples, is the affordability. The home can be rented to couples or groups of up to 8 and pricing is adjusted accordingly. For couples this means paying just for two, but enjoying all the benefits of the entire property without the cost. It's a perfect place for enjoying your vacation; quiet, private, beautifully designed, and with exceptional views. Located just minutes from beaches, golf, dining and shopping, all a holiday-maker needs is close at hand but can seem a world away when it's time to relax and get away from it all. Often when guests settle in to the outdoor living room on the lanai and look at the view they never want to leave or do anything else. Yes, it really is that spectacular!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have thoroughly enjoyed your lovely house and find it very hard to leave. We will return...this is such a wonderful property!

Jul 2017
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Kamuela House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3.5
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (3) 1 king in upper ohana, 2 cal-king; 1 in master suite main house, 1 in master suite of lower ohana, Queen size Beds (1) 1 queen in lower ohana, Twin or Single Beds (1) Sofa in living room is twin bed size, Baby Cribs (1) may be rented locally. Request information
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • alternative lifestyle
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
No events. No parties. For guest residential rental purposes only.


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average rating of 4.818182 based on 66 reviews

Stunning views - very well stocked home

  • 5 of 5

The views from this property are magnificent. And not just during the day, the stars at night are breathtaking. You can sit outside and enjoy the pool and the views, or use the supplied beach chairs, coolers and umbrella to visit the many beautiful nearby beaches. When you are at the house, you get lots of privacy due to the large lots in Kohala Ranch. The kitchen is extremely well stocked. We cook almost all of our own meals, the downside of this at other rental homes is that we often have leftover food at the end of our vacation. This is the first time that as part of the checkout list, we were asked to leave the food in the fridge/freezer for the local food bank - we really appreciate that, so much better than having to throw food away. We also enjoyed the flexibility (and savings) of being able to rent only the space we needed. Ali was very responsive to questions that we had before and during our stay. We loved our vacation here, and would happily return.

  • Submitted: Oct 19, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha and thank you for your kind words. This is a lovely spot and I like to cook too. It can be frustrating staying places where there is minimal kit for meal prep and enjoyment. I like a well stocked kitchen and pantry. I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. The Ranch is a good place to relax and unwind. I hope you will be able to return. Kind regards, ali
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Quiet and Peaceful

  • 5 of 5

Ali was great. The home is well stocked with dishes, pots and pans, towels, and everything you need. The view was spectacular. It was peaceful and very quiet. We live in Honolulu where traffic is terrible and its always so noisy. We picked this place because we wanted to get away, relax, and do nothing. That is exactly what we did.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, getting away, relaxing, and doing nothing sounds good to me! It is quiet, peaceful, and a perfect place to unwind. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. The City is wonderful in many ways, but, we all need a bit of peace and quiet and to 'slow down' at times. Many thanks for the review and kind words. Aloha, ali
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  • 5 of 5

Very nice and comfortable house. The view is second to none!

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Charles, I have to agree with you there! That view is the reason I bought the house. Kind regards, ali
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

We had two families of four staying here - including our 4 boys between 9 and 12. The boys stayed in the lower house which has two bedrooms with TVs and a shared bath and is down a little path, which allowed the parents a bit of an escape. We didn't realize until the last night that the view of the sunset from the lower house porch was even better than the amazing view from the main house! We rent houses fairly regularly and this was by far the best stocked we have seen as far as dishes, appliances, and beach gear (chairs, towels, boogie boards). Ali has clearly thought of everything one might need during their stay. The property is amazingly quiet and far enough from the neighbors that we didn't have to worry about disturbing anyone. The house has many fans and is breezy enough on the hill that we never wished we had a/c. Thanks, Ali! We hope to come back!

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Amy, Isn't that a nice surprise about the view from the lower house? It seems counter intuitive, because it is lower, but somehow I love that view too. It reminds me even more of my beloved Africa than the one above and I often go down to that lanai with a sunset drink to celebrate the end of the day. I'm so glad you all had a good visit and yes, it is a big plus having separation of space to differing generations can each have their space to do their own thing without disturbing each other. I think younger ones really also like the autonomy of having their own "house" Kind regards, ali
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Elegant, Tranquil, and Romantic!

  • 5 of 5

We knew as soon as we stepped through the front door that four nights in your beautiful home would leave us wanting more. So much expertise, thought, and love went into every detail of the home. Beautifully decorated and immaculate. The kitchen was perfect for cooking down to spices and condiments. The linens were 5 star hotel quality...and I am very picky!

The inside was a dream but the best part was the amazing outdoor space! The panoramic view of the mountains and coastline was sublime. We sat outside every morning sipping coffee watching the sun come over the mountains and every evening sipping a cocktail watching the sunset over the ocean. A dip in the cool pool was a delight after a day of trekking around the area. The geckos lulled us to sleep every night otherwise there was total peace...our best sleep of the trip! Kohala Ranch is a fabulous, well maintained ranch. So much to do in that area, too. Dinner at Canoe House, Hawi, Pololu Valley, Waimea via the Kohala Mountain Road were high points and so much left undone that we will definitely be back!

Thank you Ali! We know why you love this place so very much!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Ann, I must admit reading your words gave me goosebumps, and was so touching, because I truly do love this place, for so many reasons, and when other people find and share and enjoy that, well, it's about the nicest thing in the world. Funnily enough I just returned from there where I spent the day and the resounding thing I remember from today was the birdsong. All day, the birds were outdoing themselves. So sweet. We are blessed. You simply must come back. Kind regards, ali
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Amazing holiday

  • 5 of 5

It was my second stay at the Lodge and enjoyed it like the first time. Amazing property, the view from the terrace and the kitchen over the sea is tremendous, great way to start the day sitting out there and enjoying the sun coming up! The kitchen is more than well stocked, everything you need is available. Great BBQ as well, used it several times in the evening for steaks and burgers. So nothing to fault at this place. And Ali is the perfect host as well!! So really enjoyed the time there and would definitely return at any time!!

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yup, can't beat that view! I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. We are indeed blessed to be surrounded by such beauty and enjoy what our beautiful island has to offer. Aloha, ali
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
mauna kea golf course
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
akone pule
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Mauna Kea Resort
Car: necessary

Observatories / Star gazing, Botanical Gardens, Historic Homes, ATV Tours, Farm tours, Whale watching, Sailing, Zip line, Jungle hikes, Waterfalls, Swim with dolphins, caving.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning 2 occupants $225 + Tax
Pet Fee $156.25 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates quoted are for 2 people only using the main house & master suite. You do not share the property with anyone else. Ask about rates for more guests/rooms.
Cancellation 90 days out full refund less 15% handling fee.
Fees subject to change. Inquire about last minute (same month) discounts.
Cleaning fee depends on number of guests and/or rooms used. Rate quoted is for 2 people using the master suite.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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