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Secluded Elegantly Furnished Cottage with Panoramic Views of Kealakekua Bay

Bedrooms 1
Space 700 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 10 nights


About the property

Cottage, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3)

Tara Cottage is a handcrafted redwood and cedar octagon on secluded and beautifully landscaped property in Kona coffee country, overlooking Kealakekua Bay and the South Kona coastline. Kealakekua Bay, with its unparalleled fine swimming, snorkeling and kayaking, and Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (the Place of Refuge in Honaunau) National Park are both less than 10 minutes away.

Three lovely beaches are within a 15 minute drive. Tara Cottage is within minutes of fine restaurants, health food stores, produce markets, shops and theater in the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu. The bustling resort town of Kailua-Kona with its array of fine options for dining, shopping and entertainment is 30 minutes drive north.

The cottage features a dramatic 300 sq. ft octagonal main room with a 15 ft apex and skylight. Furnishings include: a raised platform bed with an excellent queen mattress, Art Deco armoire, writing desk and a sitting area with an enclosed cabinet for cable TV and DVD. There is a fine stereo system with both CD player and iPod/MP3 dock and high speed wireless internet.

Tara Cottage is beautifully appointed with original artwork, fine furniture and Indonesian wood carvings and fabrics. You will also enjoy the excellent libraries of fine books, CDs and DVDs.

Surrounding the octagonal main room are: the kitchen with its door to the service porch with washer and dryer and recycling center; the dining area with a 9 foot bank of windows framing a stunning view of Kealakekua Bay, and the door to the lanai; a large 'water closet'; and an intimate day room with its twin bed, window to the garden and its birdbath, and the back door opening to the shower area in a gorgeous bamboo and bromeliad garden. One showers outdoors in a dramatic lava rock grotto within this garden. The shower is equipped with Grohe fixtures and side jets, for a sensual, satisfying shower/massage. The shower is the most complimented amenity of the cottage... Guests love this waterfall shower! Complete privacy is provided by the landscaping and the surrounding lush Thai bamboo.

On the ocean side of the cottage is a bi-level lanai with superb unobstructed views of Kealakekua Bay and the coastline, featuring a dining table and chairs and chaise lounges for sunning and relaxation. The spacious lawn area with its profusion of Hawaiian ti plants and bougainvillaea provides a truly park-like setting-- ideal for special occasions and small wedding/ commitment/ recommitment ceremonies.

Tara Cottage was carefully sited to take full advantage of prevailing day and nighttime breezes and is comfortable year round at its 900 ft elevation. It is a truly remarkable destination for adults desiring a peaceful environment with few distractions--perfect for honeymoons, special anniversaries, contemplation and preparation for life changes, and creative endeavors.

(For larger parties please inquire about additional B&B accommodations nearby.)

Hawaii Tax ID #: W21736723-01

Keywords: Cottage, seclusion, Kealakekua Bay, spinner dolphins, Kona coffee, Place of Refuge National Park.

More Details

Michael Sisk
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 12, 2018

About Michael Sisk

My name is Michael Sisk and I have been living above Kealakekua Bay on the Kona Coast of Hawaii's Big Island since 1994, when I moved here from the island of Kauai. I live on land that I developed and named Tara Farm--a 15-acre Kona coffee and white pineapple farm--also the site of beautiful Tara Cottage.

I was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, moving to San Francisco to take a job as the Audiologist for Alameda County in 1978. After 13 years in the Bay Area I moved to Kauai in 1991 and hosted a B&B there for 3 years. The move to the Big Island followed in 1994 where I hosted another beautiful B&B at Kealakekua Bay while developing my farm upslope at the 950 ft elevation. I moved onto the farm full-time in 1997 and have been privileged to live there ever since.

My interests include swimming, snorkeling, playing the piano and film festivals!

Michael Sisk purchased this cottage in 1994

Why Michael Sisk chose Captain Cook

While rebuilding my home and business on Kauai following Hurricane Iniki in 1992, I would periodically visit the Big Island for relief from the physical and emotional stress associated with recovery from that truly devastating (Level 4) hurricane. Instinctively I was drawn to Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge National Park area of South Kona-- though I had previously visited there only once before during my years of exploring the Hawaiian islands beginning in 1981. In this area that I later learned is sacred to the Hawaiian people, I experienced what I can only describe as profound healing energy. This healing allowed me to return to Kauai again and again over the next two years -- each time invigorated, energized and able to engage in the demanding hurricane recovery efforts.

My love for the beauty and the healing that I found in the Kealakekua Bay and Place of Refuge area was so remarkable that I was literally compelled to move here. This I did in late 1994 after selling my property on Kauai. And after months of careful searching I finally was led to the land that I have developed over the years into Tara Cottage and Farm.

I believe that this land that I now call Tara-- and that I am privileged to caretake-- is imbued with the healing energy so often associated with the Big Island in general--and this region of South Kona in particular. This belief has been shared and reinforced by native intuitives/healers from both Hawaii and other cultures who have visited this property over the years.

But please-- don't take my word for it! Visit yourselves and see if you too feel a sense of peace and calm once you have explored this beautiful island retreat.

What makes this cottage unique

Tara Cottage is ideally located between Kealakekua Bay and the beautiful Place of Refuge National Park--both less than a 10 minute drive way. The Bay--the site of the demise of famous explorer Captain Cook in 1779--is a marine preserve that is truly the best place on the island to swim, snorkel, kayak and scuba dive-- while enjoying the infinite varieties of reef fish, sea turtles and the famous spinner dolphins that come closer to shore here than anywhere else in the world.

The Place of Refuge National Park, sacred to the Hawaiian people, is another wonderful place to explore, with educational exhibits on the life of the Hawaiian people, a superb picnic area, and wonderful hiking trails along this historic coast. There are three lovely beaches within 15 minutes of Tara Cottage. Also the villages of Captain Cook, Kealakekua and Kainaliu are within a 10-20 minute drive and offer an array of fine restaurants, shops with local arts and crafts, and markets and produce stands featured the organic fruits and vegetables for which this area is well known.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"The Perfect Place to Reload Your Batteries"

You can read all about the attractions and the beauty of the Big Island in appropriate travel guides. So, let's concentrate on Tara Cottage, the cottage surroundings and the host Michael.

We arrived at night after a long trip and did not take much notice of anything and went to sleep in the very big and comfortabel bed. When we woke up the next morning, we could admire the sheer beauty of it all: the view over the Pacific Ocean and Kealakekua Bay, the very tastefully furnished cottage, the exquisit choce of classical music CDs, the vast assortment of books on the shelves, the welcoming basket of treats that waited for us (including delicious coffee from the farm Tara Cottage is located on). To make a long story short: we had the feeling, we had arrived in paradise and this cannot get any better... but then we met Michael, our host. He is the most charming man you can imagine: warm, friendly, very willing to share his knowledge, considerate and always observing our privacy.

The whole atmosphere in and around Tara Cottage is the perfect place to relax and reload your batteries or for a romantic time-out with your significant other.

We decided and promised to come back and can hardly wait to do so.

It is a pity that I only have the possibility to assign 5 stars here. I would like to add a PLUS!

Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Romantic Getaway
Jan 2010
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Captain Cook Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 700 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain ...
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Secure Parking
  • Shampoo
  • Solar Hot Water
  • Solar Panels
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large 'Water Closet' inside with toilet and large vanity. The outdoor 'waterfall' shower is in a very private garden and lava rock setting with Grohe fixtures and side jets. A very special Hawaiian experience!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Other (See Description) - 1 queen , 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Bed (1). Firm and remarkably comfortable Serta 'Perfect Day' mattress. Twin Bed (1) In the adjacent bed alcove with Spring Air pillowtop mattress. Only a curtain separates this space from the queen bed in the octagon room.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • water parks
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
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outdoor shower equipped with Grohe fixtures and side jets, skylight over bed, Kona coffee and fresh fruit grown on the property


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Secluded Elegantly Furnished Cottage with Panoramic Views of Kealakekua Bay
average rating of 5.0 based on 57 reviews
Seattle, WA

Down to Earth Elegance

  • 5 of 5

Tara Cottage is elegant, but approachable. Sophisticated, yet simple. The bed is comfy. The outdoor shower is fabulous. The WiFi is fast and reliable, so I was able to get all my work done. Everything was exactly as advertised on the HomeAway site! Michael even left us a goodie basket as an intro Thank You gift, which was delicious and so appreciated.

For us it was in the perfect location! We adore the funky neighborhoods north of Kona. This residential area is minutes away from Captain Cook and Two Step, without all the noise and mayhem of Kona, or the stuffiness of Kohala. Lots of great restaurants and stores nearby made this location incredibly convenient.

One thing that the HomeAway website does not do justice to is the killer view. Each morning we woke to see the sun rise over the Captain Cook monument in the distance. It was so peaceful and tranquil. Absolute paradise!

Michael was incredibly easy and efficient to work with during the entire booking process, which meant we could relax and feel confident that there would be no issues with our accommodations.

I can't imagine staying anywhere else on the big island!

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Paradise! Beautiful attention to detail in the cottage/ beautiful view.

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't leave without promising ourselves we would come back. Michael thinks of everything-- from the delicious fresh fruit down to every aesthetic detail: he is the perfect host. And while the cottage is close to so much natural beauty, it was difficult to leave the serenity and the company of the wildlife. The shower grotto made me never want to shower indoors again. Additionally, the cottage was designed to feature the most magnificent sunset view. Tara is a rare gem.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Relaxed, private elegance in a tropical setting

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic 5-night stay in this unique and private cottage - Tara. There was a wonderful view from the front deck and inside dining area, a very private outdoor shower surrounded by a tropical garden, a comfortable bed to dive into after the day's adventures and listening to nature's nighttime sounds, a welcoming and charming host - Michael - who answers all your questions and is very knowledgeable about the island. This is the perfect location to stay at for some R&R and also active relaxing, like us, who enjoy the outdoor playground!

Ruth and Martin


  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Fabulous place to stay in Captain Cook area. I would of given this place 10 stars if I could. The care and love the owner has for this place truly shows. Everything you could possibly need and more. Great place to relax and get away from the touristy part of Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Lovely quiet spot

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely five days at Tar a Cottage. Michael was a great host providing us with home grown coffee and other goodies in a we coming basket. Spending time on the deck with its great sunsets was a treat as was the outdoor rock shower. The bed was comfortable. One of the nicest places we have stayed.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
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Tara Cottage

  • 5 of 5


I recently spent ten wonderful days at Tara Cottage in South Kona. The Cottage is beautiful as is the surrounding property. Who could ask for more than early morning light, an orchestra of birds, and Tara Farm coffee. I plan to return as soon as I can.


  • Submitted: May 28, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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St. Benedict Roman Catholic Church
Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Kealakekua Bay Historical Park
Amy BH Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden -- CLOSED
Ho'Okena Beach Park
Hulihee Palace
Kilauea Volcano
Kilauea Volcano in Volcanoes National Park is the most active volcano in the world, with a c...
Nearest Airport
22 Miles
Keahole Airport (Kailua-Kona/KOA)
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
The Corner Pocket in Kealakekua
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Keauhou Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
0.5 Miles
Mamalahoa (Hwy 11)
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Mi's Italian in Captain Cook
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Manini Beach at Kealakekua Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Painted Church
Nearest Point of Interest
Pu'uhonua O Honaunau (Place of Refuge in Honaunau) National
Nearest Point of Interest
Paleaku Peace Gardens
Nearest Point of Interest
Kealakekua Bay Marine Life Conservation District
Nearest Point of Interest
Ho'okena Beach Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Honaunau Bay (Two-Step snorkeling/diving spot)
Nearest Point of Interest
Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden
Car: necessary

The district of South Kona hugs the southwestern coastal slopes of the huge 13,679 ft. Mauna Loa volcano. This region's one main road, Hwy. 11, passes through an upslope rather than coastal area dotted with small villages. It is a rural agricultural region of undulating green hillsides, colorful tropical foliage and panoramic oceanviews, renowned for its Kona coffee fields, macadamia nut orchards and organic fruit and vegetable farms. Its most popular coastal region is lovely Kealakekua Bay, famous for its unparalleled fine snorkeling, kayaking and scuba diving, and as the site of the demise of explorer Captain James Cook. Another remarkable coastal area is beautiful Puuhonua O Honaunau National Park, the ancient Hawaiian Place of Refuge.

Both the marine preserve of Kealakekua Bay and the Place of Refuge National Park are within a 10-15 minute drive of Tara Cottage. Just north of the boundary of the Place of Refuge Park is the popular 'Two-Step' snorkel/dive spot, with easy entry into the water for swimming/snorkeling surrounded by colorful reef fish, sea turtles and spinner dolphins.

Even closer is beautiful Paleaku Peace Gardens, offering strolls through manicured gardens as well as ongoing yoga classes and various scheduled events; and the popular Painted Church.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Out cleaning Fee $110
Tax Rate 13.42%

Quoted rates are for 2 adults. For a 3rd adult/older child add $15/night.
There is a required Mid Cleaning Fee of $80 for stays of 3 weeks or more.
Rates are subject to change at any time until the reservation has been confirmed.
Ask about discounts for longer stays.
Tax !D# W21736723-01

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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