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Oceanview, private pool, 5 acres of avocados! Gorgeous coffee district jewel!

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,800 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 7 nights


About the property

Paradise! 6 Bed, 4 Bath (sleeps up to 12), ocean view, private infinite pool.

PLEASE CHECK OUR CALENDAR for availability and review the posted rates for cost estimates. WE NOW ACCEPT PAYPAL!

WE'VE EXPANDED and can now offer a 6th bedroom with private bath ocean views (a great couples retreat)! This ohana room is only available with the rest of the property and is an extra $135 per night!

Set on the slopes of Mauna Loa in the heart of the coffee district of Captain Cook, our 3800 sq ft home rests on 5 acres of manicured avocado and coffee orchards at 1800 ft elevation and boasts a 180 degree view of the ocean.

Five bedrooms (including 2 master suites with ocean views) and 3 bathrooms comfortably sleeping 10 adults. We have an additional ohana room for bigger families. Gourmet kitchen, 3 big screen TVs, stereo sound system throughout the house, and pocket doors open the entire house to the outdoors! A beautiful stone patio with an infinite swimming pool and hot tub, outdoor barbeque and seating, and gas-powered tiki torches give you the perfect place to enjoy the tropical sun and colorful sunsets!

Master Suite - the main master suite is the only room located on the second floor. Private lanai wraps the bedroom for 180 degree views of the ocean, pool, orchard and mountain slopes. The suite contains a luxurious king size bed, sitting area, wood burning fireplace and big screen TV. The bathroom is exquisite with double lavatories, custom cabinets, and double-head shower for two!

Second Master Suite - this room contains a king size bed, walk in closet, sitting area and 50' TV. It is decorated in a tropical surf theme and has completely retractable glass doors leading to the pool. Private bath with shower is attached.

Three additional bedrooms - one bedroom contains two twin beds and is decorated in an Asian/Moroccan theme. Absolutely wonderful! The other two bedrooms contain queen beds and boast muted palm tree decor and hawaiian-themed bedding. Two of these room share an attached bathroom with shower and tub.

Ohana - this room is separate from the main house and has its own full bath and kitchenette. It has a queen bed and is decorated in calming blue. Its over looks the property and has an ocean view. This room is only available with rental of the main house and is an extra fee of $135 per night.

Living Area - the living areas are wonderful with comfortable seating, another big screen TV, stereo system throughout the house and pool, retractable glass doors that lead out to the pool, Asian influenced decor, and dining room seating for 14.

Kitchen - fully-stocked gourmet kitchen is large enough for multiple cooks with stainless steel appliances including sub-zero refrigerator/freezer, Electrolux dishwasher, Jennair grill, oven, microwave, stove, trash compactor, filtered water, breakfast nook, and island with seating. Laundry room contains top-end LG washer and dryer.

Grounds - one mile up from Hwy 11 through lush tropical scenery (paved road completely accessible in any vehicle), the house is gated and completely private. The acreage is beautifully manicured and boasts over 60 avocado tress, dozens of coffee trees and various fruit trees and is surrounded by foliage of every kind. The house rests inside yet another gate and encloses 1/2 acre with a lava rock wall. The infinite pool and hot tub look out to the ocean and are completely surrounded by a patio perfect for entertaining, lounging about and enjoying the tropical sun!

Surrounding area - Captain Cook is a small town just 15 minutes south of Kailua-Kona. There is a grocery store and restaurants near by. A few minutes down the mountain is Kealekakua Bay (Captain Cook's monument) and some of the best snorkeling and kayaking in the world; Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park better known as the City of Refuge; and Volcano National Park is just 90 miles south.

Climate - Due to our higher elevation, Pu'u Mahana is a perfect temperature of 75-80 during the day and 65-75 at night. In the morning as the sun rises, a breeze comes down from the mountain and in the evening a refreshing breeze blows up from the sea. Every room has ceiling fan to keep the air circulating and comfortable all throughout the year! No A/C necessary but bring a light jacket for cooler evenings.

Capacity - The house will comfortably sleep 10 adults (2 king size beds, 2 queen size beds, and 2 twins). The extra ohana room will sleep an additional 2 adults with a queen bed.

Beach access - Pu'u Mahana is located on the mauka (mountain) side of the highway and is just 15 minutes from City of Refuge and Kealakekua Bay (amazing snorkeling). In Kona visit Magic Sands and Kahalu'u, a short 20 minute drive from our property. The most pristine golden sand beaches on the island are located north of the airport and take just 45 minutes; Hapuna State Park, Kua Bay and Kekaha.

Come and enjoy our home away from home. This is Pu'u Mahana, our place of refuge and peace. We extend Aloha to you and your ohana!

If you need more information feel free to call Jeni at (425)576-1408

Mahalo nui!

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Jeni Herberger
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 9, 2018

About Jeni Herberger

We spent 2 years living in this beautiful home nestled in the slopes of Mauna Loa with our 3 kids. Business and education brought us back to the mainland recently but we have every intention of moving back to paradise some day soon. Enjoy our home in our absence! Aloha!

Jeni Herberger purchased this house in 2006

Why Jeni Herberger chose Captain Cook

Kona has long been a favorite place of ours and when the opportunity presented itself for us to relocate, this was our first choice. We fell in love with the home, the land and the peace and beauty the property offers.

What makes this house unique

Our friends, guests and ohana tell us they don't want to leave the property once they arrive. Everything you could imagine is right there; a resort-style pool, acres of fruit trees, an open house with incredible decor! Simply ono!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Yes, we would like to visit again. Pu'u Mahana is a beautiful place. It has just the right mix of comfort and quietude we were seeking. It is also more of the real Hawaii. The two weeks of doing little passed quickly and many of our planned sightseeing and other activities did not get done. So, there is still much to do next time.
Jan 2009
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Fireplace
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Lobster Pot
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Lanai master bath -
    Pool side bath -
    Guest bath -
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Lanai master suite - 1 king , Full bath, lanai with ocean view, sitting area with TV
    Palm room - 1 queen , Shared attached bath
    Aloha room - 1 queen , Secluded room at back of home
    Moroccan room - 2 twin/ single , Shared attached bath
    Poolside master suite - 1 king , Attached full bath, opens to pool, ocean view, TV
  • King size beds (2), Queen size Beds (3), Twin or Single Beds (2)
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Game Console
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gated Community
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 10 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • jetted tub
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Oceanview, private pool, 5 acres of avocados! Gorgeous coffee district jewel!
average rating of 4.766667 based on 31 reviews

Christmas vacation

  • 5 of 5

Wow! That really is the first way to start. Jeni was great to work with. Her home is completely set up for you to have time. The pool was amazing. The house was built for you to experience the best sun sets I have ever seen. Every bedroom was decorated to perfection. The pictures that Jeni provided us, were great. However the pictures didn’t come close to showing how incredible her home was. Everyone in my family woke up every day to say wow. If I could give ten stars I would. I can’t thank Jeni enough for letting us share her home. Anybody looking to rent a house on the big Island, should try very hard to rent this home. We were able too create the BEST CHRISTMAS VACATION MEMORIES WE WILL EVER HAVE. I recommend this home very highly. Thank you so very much. Daniel Ellis and Family

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Its guests like Daniel who warm my heart! This property is so loved and having been my primary residence for years is filled with all the amenities and details a home would have. Its also filled with memories of my own family and the adventures we shared together. I'm so lucky to be able to add the memories of other families to the spirit of the home!
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Patricia Alberta

A great property for our group and our escape from winter

  • 4 of 5

Our group of 11 stayed at Pu’u Mahana during the Feb break 2018. Jeni was great to deal with from when we booked in and right through our stay. She had lots of tips and information for us in her welcome package, and was very easy to get in touch with if we had any questions while were there. The weather on the Big Island was mostly rainy during our stay and we did a lot of touring around the island. The hot tub and pool were great at the end of the day. There were a few technical issues with the wifi and couple of other minor maintenance issues. Jeni had them dealt with as soon as she could. The cat that came to visit quickly made friends. Our girls named her Mary Margaret for the week. The lemon tree was full of ripe lemons and the avocados also were in season. Nice that we could make use of them while we were there. Lots of room, the bedrooms are suites on their own. All of us could gather in the kitchen for coffee/breakfast in the morning and not be crowded. The rental vehicle had GPS and it took us to the address, it was good that we got there in the daylight because the property is back up the mountain and down a quiet country trail. It would have been tricky to find in the dark but again, all the directions were in the welcome package. I would recommend Pu’u Mahana to other families that are looking to stay near the Kona side of the Big Island.

Janet H Alberta Canada

  • Submitted: Feb 26, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for staying with us! Brand new routers, and even pool equipment have been added to home since our stay just a few short weeks ago. The kitty has been nicely asked to move along as to along as to keep our property as nice as possible for us and our guests. We are so glad you enjoyed your tropical getaway!
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  • 5 of 5

Everything about the place was better than the pictures suggest. Jeni was a pleasure to work with. We had a large family group in support of my sister competing in the Ironman. We had plenty of space. The kitchen, living space and pool/outdoor area is much bigger than expected. The master suites were awesome. The kids loved the pool and we had plenty of fresh avocados every day for everyone to make sandwiches and guac. There's a grocery store within 5-10 minutes and an amazing wrap/smoothie place Loko Wraps. The coffee shack is another recommended nearby stop. We would definitely stay here again if there weren't so many other amazing undiscovered locations in this world. Our only recommendation would be updated pillows and linens for at least the upstairs suite. Other than that A+

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Secluded Paradise

  • 5 of 5

I can't begin to put in words this beautiful retreat. If you want a secluded piece of paradise and just want to relax without the tourist hassle, this it the place. Still close to tourist activity but only if you wish to partake in that type of activity. Great for family retreat with room for all.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were so pleased to have you and your ohana stay with us!
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Monroe Township, NJ USA

Impressive property.

  • 4 of 5

The property was beautiful and the house was beautiful and well equipped. The location was good for exploring all over the island and was convenient for beaches, especially Magic Sand beach which I would highly

Recommend. House had an amazing pool and all the amenities you would need. The only small draw back would be the spotty water pressure - sometime the water pressure would drop, especially if a few people were showering at the seams time. I would recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Indeed, our home offers beautiful amenities and the pool is amazing! Lower water pressure means we need to change the filters and its important we know about these things as soon as they happen. When a large family (these guests had 11) use the home, the filters may have to be changed during their stay. Hope to see you back!
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Amazing experience!!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Captain Cook. The flora, the temperature, the beautiful home, pool, hot tub and plenty of room for our family and extended family. My first time in Hawaii, and it couldn't have been a better experience or more beautiful property!

  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: One of the true benefits of this home is the size; 5 bedrooms plus an extra ohana room; 5+ acres all to yourself. Mahalo for staying with us!
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Lava Tube Cave
Hulihee Palace
Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Keahole Airport (KOA)
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Kealekakua Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Mauna Kea Observatories
Nearest Point of Interest
Waipio Valley
Car: necessary

Volcano National Park is just 85 miles from the property. Captain Cook's monument, Kealakekua Bay and City of Refuge are all nearby and a must see for visitors!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Cleaning fee $350
Energy & water charge $200
Tax Rate 14.41%

We offer a 10% discount for 10 days or longer!

Due to the high cost of energy and a drought, we charge $30 per day. This amount has been estimated at $200 but adjusted based on the length of your stay.

Paypal accepted (3% surcharge)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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