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Tropical Paradise at the Oceanview Banyan House with wraparound lanais

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Bedrooms 3
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Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Makapala House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 full Baths Including a Private Outdoor Shower, (Sleeps 5-6)

Big Island Vacation Houses presents: The Banyan House. This lush, tropical oasis is located in beautiful North Kohala and offers an immersive Hawaiian experience removed from the tourist traps and bustle of other locales. In fact, it may have you believing you're a local.

A large variety of lush flora envelopes and divides the property, including hibiscus, birds of paradise, orchids, ferns, palms, an awesome banyan tree and fruit trees offering the freshest mangoes, papayas, bananas, and avocados that are yours for the picking. Savor oceanic, pastoral or jungle views as tropical birds sing, geckos chatter, the island breezes caress the trees, and the resonance of the tide rhythmically whispering in the distance.

The Banyan House is two stories of luxury, housing an impressive 9 foot solid koa-slab island in the 1st floor kitchen, large first & second story lanais (including a screened in area on the second story that can be used as a third bedroom), two queen sized bedrooms, 2 full baths with 1/2 bath plus separate private outdoor Bali Stone shower that is great after a day at the beach.

You are a short drive from the historic town of Kapaau, home of the original King Kamehameha I Statue. The charming downtown area has great art galleries and several wonderful restaurant as well as Kamehameha Park which has great tennis courts, a public swimming pool, a skate park and wonderful children playground. There is even a small public golf course you can play on for a nominal fee. A short drive in the other direction leads you Keokea Beach Park, which is a great spot for a picnic. Continue on and you come to the end of the road at the stunning Pololu Valley Overlook where you can enjoy a spectacular view hike down to the valley.

A few minutes past Kapaau is the colorful town of Hawi, known as North Kohala’s biggest little town. It is home to a weekly farmer’s market that we think is one of the best on the island. Be sure to sample local varieties of popular fruits, like apple bananas, strawberry papaya and in season, super sweet white pineapple! Hawi is also the bicycle turnaround for the annual Ironman World Championship held every October and has a great selection of unique shops and tasty restaurants. The world famous Bamboo Restaurant is consistently voted one of the best restaurants on the island with a great lineup of live music featuring award winning Hawaiian musicians. There are also wonderful alternative healing practices located here, with massage therapists , acupuncture specialists, naturopaths, herbalists, and a variety of yoga styles represented.

North Kohala is perfectly located to take advantage of many fun activities including scenic coastal rides on horseback or ATVs, the Kohala Zipline, Kayaking the Kohala Ditch and hiking trails galore. Head up the mountain road to Waimea and experience one of the best scenic drives in the US, with incredible views of Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea and its observatories and a birds eye view of South Kohala with all its resorts and white sand beaches. The beaches in Kohala are the best on the island, including world famous Hapuna beach (Conde Nast rated it one of the top 10 beaches in the world), scenic Mauna Kea Beach, child friendly Spencer Beach Park and local favorite Beach 69.

This private Eden reveals three other private houses spread out over 2 acres and presents a variety of accommodations, as each house offers it's own distinctive floor plan. The entire property sleeps 18-20. Please view our other rental listings at VRBO/215410, VRBO/152916 and VRBO/452049. The listing for the whole property is VRBO/481173

See a video tour of the Banyan House by clicking on 'Video', which is located at the top of the page in the main photo's section.

Keywords: House, Vacation, Big Island, Jungle, Kohala, Pololu, Paradise

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  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Erin Bailey
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english
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October 10, 2016


based on 13 traveler reviews

Tropical Paradise at the Oceanview Banyan House with wraparound lanais
average rating of 4.923077 based on 13 reviews

Great getaway

  • 5 of 5

We (two couples) spent a great 11 days at Banyan House in late April 2015. It is a delightful location for a non-resort experience of the Big Island. As others have noted, the house itself is lovely, with pretty much everything you could ask for, and we spent many pleasant mornings and evenings there. It’s within walking distance of Kekaha Kai State Park and a short drive to the Pololu Valley Lookout and its trail down to a black sand beach. The small towns of Kapaau and Hawi are nearby, and we enjoyed the local restaurants, the Saturday farmers’ market, and getting fresh eggs from a small farm close by.

Mike Bailey, the local caretaker, was a great help to us as well, giving us tips on good beaches, places off the beaten path to see, and even hacking open coconuts for us. One evening he screened a movie for us on the side of the small church next door.

We got great weather, with the occasional rain coming in mostly at night, and we spent a lot of time on the lanai just enjoying the breezes, the sound of the breaking waves, the birds, and even the occasional cow or two in the field of tall grass a short distance away. The banyan tree that dominates one side of the yard is truly a wonder.

As for driving, it was about 45 minutes down the Kohala/Kona side to the Mauna Lani and Waikoloa resort areas, and along the way there is a good place to get fresh fish for grilling back at the house. The beautiful drive from Kapaau or Hawi to Waimea takes about 35 to 40 minutes, and you can continue on over to the Hilo side of the island from there.

  • Submitted: May 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at the Banyan House. The house is delightfully tucked away down a secluded driveway, and we couldn't have been happier with the setting and privacy. The house is clean and comfortable, with a magnificent kitchen, a killer outdoor shower, a stocked closet of beach toys, and endless Lanais. At first we were disappointed with the distance of the ocean view, but we came to enjoy the contrasts of land, water, trees, and sky we could see from the upstairs Lanai. We found the sunny backyard perfect for morning yoga, and spent the evenings eating and talking around the enormous kitchen table. Each morning at the Banyan house brings an absolute cacophony of bird song at dawn. We enjoyed it, but it might be disturbing for some people. The house was ideally located for exploring the wonders of North Kohala. We loved walking the cliffs at Koekea beach park, and the quick access to Pololu Valley and both Kapaau and Hawi town. The drive to the Kohala resort areas and beaches, and up to Waimea wasn't bad. But it was a bit far for trips to Kona, or Hilo/Volcano. We enjoyed being surrounded by the beauty and tropical lushness of North Kohala, but if your vacation plans include the rest of the island, be prepared to spend some time in the car.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband, 2 year old daughter and I had the pleasure of staying in the Banyan House for 2 weeks in January earlier this year. The property is gorgeous - both inside and out. The lanais are large and beautiful with comfortable furniture to sit in and enjoy maitai's and vistas of the sunset, waves crashing in the distance and tropical birds and geckos surrounding you (and fresh mangos dropping from the trees). Even better to enjoy this from the private outdoor shower on the lower level lanai. The design of the Banyan House is sleek yet comfortable, and very spacious. Everything you need has been provided for - plenty of practical kitchen/cooking utensils, BBQ, beach chairs, snorkeling gear, tons of beach towels. The house's location serves as an ideal jumping off point to either enjoy the nicest beaches on the Kohala Coast (a quick drive) or head the other direction to explore the Waipio Valley or continue down to Hilo or the volcano (we did it all!). The quaint towns of Kapa'au and Hawi provide just the chill vibe so you can almost pretend you live there part-time...Farmer's markets on the weekends, and local fruit stands. This was truly a tropical paradise for us without any hiccups. We will return to this property in the future. Mark, the owner, is incredibly responsive. His brother Mike is on the island and takes good care of the properties, in addition to their property manager, Yvette, who lives right nearby and is a good local resource. You won't be disappointed -stay at the Banyan House!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Honolulu, Hawaii

Amazing Beautiful Hawaii Vacation Home in Paradise

  • 5 of 5

The owner built an amazing vacation home, attention to detail was found throughout the house. High ceilings, nicely furnished, comfortable floor plan, large decks on both levels, lots of large windows, cool ocean breeze, nice ocean views and privacy. This is one of the Best vacation rentals in Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2013
  • Stayed: Jul 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Metairie, LA

Holidays in Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Our extended family and in-laws spent Christmas and New Year's on this incredible piece of property close to everything, yet far enough away to be private and secluded. The photos of the property are beautiful, but the property and grounds themselves are breathtaking! This was truly THE most relaxing vacation I have ever had! The property was exceptionally clean and well-maintained, and when we had a minor issue with one of the appliances, help was there within the hour to remedy the situation. I would recommend this property to anyone who was looking to spend some quality time in paradise! We plan to return again real soon!

  • Submitted: Apr 24, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Charlton, NY USA


  • 5 of 5

This is a great spot for relaxing. The property is private and secluded, with good beaches nearby. It is the polar opposite of tourist spots such as Waikiki. We wish we had been able to spend more time there.

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2013
  • Stayed: Mar 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Big Island's North Kohala district is the discriminating travelers' best-kept secret. Experience 'Old Hawaii' in the charming historic towns of Hawi and Kapaau, with artists' shops, galleries, and delightful cafes. Historic sites - the famous statue of King Kamehameha, state parks, tropical gardens, Pololu Valley - with its majestic views, black sand beach, and scenic hiking trails. Or kick back, and enjoy some of the island's best beaches. Whale watching is seasonal (December through April), but the sea turtle sightings occur year-round.


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cleaning fee $150
Tax Rate 13.41%

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Makapala House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , toliet and vanity with private outdoor bali stone shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Full Size Futon Located in Screened in Area On 2nd Floor
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • churches
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
The home is innovatively designed and features custom workmanship, prized Hawaiian woods, fine art appointments, cathedral ceilings with an open-concept design, stylish furniture, indoor and outdoor bali-stone showers. It is also fully equipped with beach equipment including chairs, umbrellas, coolers, beach towels, boogie boards, snorkel, fins and masks.

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