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Laughing Gecko Lodge - Sunset Ocean & Sunrise Mtn view minutes from beach & golf

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
3 nights

About the property

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

Luxury lives here ...

Kohala Ranch is a 4,000 acre gated ranch on the famed Kohala 'Gold' Coast running west to east from the ocean to a 3,000' elevation and encompassing three very different climate zones

- the Heathers (app. 200'-800'elevation)- warm, sunny, and dry

- the Meadows (app. 900'-1,800' elevation) - cooler, more rain, more windy

- the Summit (app. 1,700' - 3,000' elevation)- colder, most rain, strongest winds

Laughing Gecko Lodge is perfectly located in the most desirable Heathers at 750' elevation - far enough away from the Akoni Pule highway to avoid traffic noise, but close enough to the Ranch entry gate for convenience. This elevation offers the ideal climate if your idea of a Hawaiian vacation includes sunny skies, hot dry days and clear, comfortable starry nights. The weather in the Heathers is a predictable 80 degrees and sunny year round. Annual rainfall is app. 7 inches. (Travel tip - check the location of your rental because you may be disturbed by traffic noise at too low an elevation, or find the climate cooler than anticipated at a higher elevation).

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, small celebrations, or simply getting away from it all. The vistas from the main living areas and lanais feature open ranch land, coastline, ocean and mountains, offering complete privacy. And the views? Spectacular!

The location is quiet and offers exceptional views of the Kohala & Kona coastlines, ocean and all Big Island mountains. Guests often say photos can't capture the incredible views and do the property justice. Enjoy the tranquility of the home to relax, and if you are looking for excitement or activities they are all just minutes away. The ocean is about a mile from the house and Big Island's best beaches, world class golfing, resorts, premiere shopping and dining, theater and entertainment are approximately 5 - 15 minutes by car.

This 4 bedroom home is flexible, accommodating two to eight people in individual suites. The floor-plan offers excellent separation of space between the bedrooms allowing privacy and the ability to welcome smaller or larger groups. The home is booked double occupancy by room count and only rented to one guest group at a time. This means, even if you are a couple looking for a quiet getaway for two and only renting the main house, the entire property is still all yours.

Traveler tip - VRBO auto quote does not factor double occupancy booking. Contact us for an accurate quote for your group. Cleaning fee varies by group size. The following is a guide to 2017 base nightly rental rates:

1-2pp - $345/n - upper master suite

3-4pp - $495/n - upper master suite and upper guest master suite

5-6pp - $645/n - upper master, upper guest master and lower master suites

7-8pp - $795/n - upper master, upper guest master, lower master and lower guest suites

The home is designed as follows.

1.) The main house offers 1,700 sf of tropical living and has a great-room with large kitchen & pantry, dining and living areas and a large master suite (bed & bath I), half bath, lanai & pool.

2.) The upper guest suite is on the same level as the main house and consists of a master suite (bed & bath II).

Both the main house and upper guest suite overlook the pool and spectacular ocean and mountain views.

3.) The lower guest suites are a flight lower and there are two large bedrooms (bedrooms III & IV) with a pass-through bathroom, private lanai, mini-kitchen and outstanding ocean and mountain views.

The home may be rented double occupancy dependent on the size of your group and the rate varies accordingly. Our goal is to exceed your expectations and offer true value so you can enjoy your hard earned vacation.

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, parties, etc..

All sections of the home are designer furnished and exquisitely equipped and all necessary items are provided including luxury linens, toiletries, condiments, laundry supplies, beach chairs & toys, books, DVDs, and peace & quiet. The tranquility of the property is just moments away from all the recreation and fun you could want. There are multiple seating areas on the huge lanai, a 40ft pool, outdoor dining table for 10 and a gas BBQ. Even with a full house there is enough space for everyone to find a place of their own.

Laughing Gecko Lodge is a well located gorgeous home where you can relax, explore, and enjoy a memorable stay. The times we spend in places like this offer a lifetime of memories and we want yours to be extra special. We are on-island and available at a moments notice to assist you if needed. However, we respect your privacy and will be invisible if not needed. With any home rental ongoing maintenance of pool and yard may necessitate service providers being on property during your stay. We do our best to ensure all appliances are in working order but should a system fail and repair be needed during your stay such service providers may need access.

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.

Mahalo nui loa,

The laughing geckos.

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Ali Blackmore
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
February 23, 2017

About Ali Blackmore

Ali Blackmore is a Zimbabwean who 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. A lifelong real estate investor, Ali knows a good property when she sees one and 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 and purchase.

Ali Blackmore purchased this house in 2003

Why Ali Blackmore chose Kohala Coast

I grew up on a 2,500 acre ranch in Zimbabwe and when I came to Hawaii and Kohala Ranch I found a place that was so strikingly similar to my 'home' and 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. Being here is like being 'home' for me. Guests love the house and the views and I love sharing this beautiful place with them.

What makes this house unique

One of the best aspects of renting this particular home, especially for couples, is the affordability. Due to the nature of the design the home can be divided and 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 appointed, 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. Yes, it really is that spectacular!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Aloha Ali,

I just wanted to THANK YOU for renting us your beautiful home. The place is just beyond amazing! We had a great time. next time we are in the big island I will definitely contact you again.


Apr 2015
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

Laughing Gecko Lodge - Sunset Ocean & Sunrise Mtn view minutes from beach & golf
average rating of 4.794872 based on 60 reviews

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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very nice and great setting

  • 4 of 5

This property had two detached units for extra beds, the master is in the main house, no air but there are plenty of fans and cross winds. Also fan in the pantry for sleeping if you need. Nice dipping pool on deck and plenty of deck space. a lot of neat appointments. 7 min drive to great white sand beaches. If you want to entertain, plenty of space for dining, cocktails. TV can be tricking, do not hesitate to call realtor, they can walk you through it. It is on a hill in a protected ranch, but very private.

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha John, and thank you for your review. it's Ironman today so there will be a buzz along the Kohala Coast and it's always exciting to watch the athletes as they ride by the Ranch. But, then it is lovely to retreat to the privacy and calm of this home. You're right about the living room TV - tricky - but I discover it's not the TV; the Oceanic cable box is getting tired so they are getting me a new one and it will be much more simple to operate. I love September/October at the Ranch. Some of the best weather and prettiest skies. Aloha, ali
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Yes, you can go home again, our return to paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Our first visit was perfection, and we spent most of our time at the house by the pool, and cooking while watching the sunrise and set, because we thought we would never return. Well return we did and it was just fabulous. Two slow weeks living island style. After a long days journey we were fortunate to meet Ali for a few short minutes, as she was on property to make sure everything was up to her standards. And they met ours as well. It was like coming home. Bonus was livestock in the Heathers. What a treat to wake up and see cattle grazing around us, as well as upcountry. And the birds and geckos abounded us with delight.

One day, upon returning to the property from a short excursion, I had to laugh at a negative review of this property. The winds were up and after a couple of hours the pool was indeed trashed. But my loving husband/pool boy skimmed it to perfection for my afternoon dip to cool off. People must realize this is a self catering experience, to live on a communal gated ranch.

I admit that I was concerned by August heat, but most nights it got cool enough to add the comfy blanket over the quality sheets, with a fan on. Ali personally made sure all ceiling and floor fans were in working order. She takes serving her guests very seriously, and I admire that personal dedication. She was always available to us if need be.

Thank you Ali for you true aloha hospitality in making our vacation a vacation to home.

We consider this home to be such a great value, when you consider the cost of maintenance. The pool man, the greens man, the gatekeeper, the ranch coop fees, the electricity. All in it was a again a great value. I am sure the owner is not even covering their costs.

Do not hesitate to make this your home for a short piece of your life. It is very rewarding.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was so nice that you could both return to celebrate such a special occasion and I'm so happy you both enjoyed your stay so much. Thank you for your very kind words and I hope you will be able to come again. the recent storms hit the south side, as is typical, but out marvelous mountains protected us once again and all was fine at this home. It was a blue skied lovely day both times actually, although a little windy. much aloha, ali
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Kohala Coast luxury!

  • 5 of 5

We travelled with another couple to celebrate anniversaries. The amount of space in the home, the dual master bedrooms, and the layout in general allowed us to spend time together comfortably and also have privacy. Many afternoons were spent on the lanai with the fantastic panoramic view of the ocean, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa. The pool was a welcomed treat at the end of a hot Hawaii day. We all love to cook local food so the kitchen set up was beyond our expectations. There was not one thing that we had to wish for! Overall, we felt safe, comfortable, and spoiled. It was a completely private location. We enjoyed waking up to the sounds of birds, seeing cows grazing below, and going to bed at night seeing the stars and hearing those cute little chirping geckos! We hope to return some day with more guests as this house could have accommodated two more couples. (We did not rent the lower house). Thanks for an amazing week that we will never forget.

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: For me, the very best, most special times, are those spent with family and friends somewhere nice where we can share food, wine, conversation, and just hang out. This home is perfect for that and I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay. Aloha, ali
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Very nice location, great view, great home!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I enjoyed our stay, we really enjoyed the view, especially watching the rain come across the mountain. The location is very peaceful and relaxing. The kitchen is well equipped so if you like to cook while you are on vacation, this is your place! The price is also reasonable compared to what other homes in the area are renting for. Ali was pleasant to work with as well, very accommodating and not at all intrusive.

  • Submitted: Jun 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! We have had such a lot of rain (well, it's all relative I guess) and all is green. It reminds me of home in Africa in the rainy season when the world turns green overnight. Majestic cloud-scapes frame the view, which is forever beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed your stay. Aloha, ali
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  • 5 of 5

As soon as you enter the home, you see an amazing panoramic view of the best that the Big Island has to offer! From the ocean to Mauna Kea, it's simply stunning! The pictures that you see on the listing is exactly what you can expect. The home was spotless and the kitchen was stocked with everything that you could possibly need. The bedrooms are well appointed, and their placement within the home allowed everyone to have their own private area. The lanai is gorgeous as we spent most of our time out there admiring the landscape, enjoying the pool and watching the owls fly by. When we headed to the beaches (approx 15 mins or so away), we were well equipped as the house also has beach chairs, towels, umbrellas, blankets, snorkeling gear and boogie boards.

Ali is simply amazing! Any questions we had prior and during our stay were quickly addressed. She was a pleasure to deal with! If you are looking for a beautiful home away from the tourist craziness, then this is the place to stay. When we return to the Big Island we will definitely stay here again.

Mahalo Ali!

  • Submitted: May 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The views from this home are very special. i feel like I'm flying sometimes. When the owls fly by the lanai at eye level I imagine how what I see is how they see. We are fortunate indeed. I'm so glad you had a wonderful stay and look forward to your return. Mahalo nui loa. 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

Waimea House Rental Rates

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April Special
Apr 5 2017 - Apr 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
peak season
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 12 2018
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $86 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $79 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $156 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,500
cleaning 2 occupants $225 + Tax
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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Waimea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • 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

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