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Big Sky Views of ~Ka'u~ Coast and 2 Volcanoes on Hawaii Island

Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


Minimum Stay
2 - 3 nights


Naalehu House Rental Photos and Description

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Aloha kakou and welcome to our beautiful 3 bedroom/2 bath guest house in the southernmost Ka’u district of Hawai’i Moku. The house has clean modern lines, a modern open kitchen with gas range and dishwasher, vaulted ceilings, stunning views and skylights everywhere. The master bedroom with a king bed has its own bath with a large jacuzzi tub, and opens onto a large covered lanai. There are 2 other bedrooms, each with queen bed, and a second bathroom. We have provided internet access, along with premium cable TV in the living room and 2 of the bedrooms. There is a washer dryer for your convenience, and a garage with direct entry to the house - no getting wet!

We are remote enough to be exceptionally private and quiet, but a 10 minute drive brings you the amenities of the historic plantation town of Na’alehu. 15-20 minutes away are 3 beautiful beach areas: Punalu'u Black Sand Beach (Turtles!) and Whittington/Honu'apo with full facilities, and stunning Kawa Beach which is newly purchased by the county and reopened for public access.

No big hotels or tourist traps, but you’ll find a 2 day a week farmers’ market, local style restaurants with live music, a fabulous bakery and a coffee cafe. The community of Ocean View is 20 minutes away with expanded services and shops. Golfing is available at Sea Mountain and Volcano courses.

We are only minutes off the highway but a world away from the crowds of Kona. The climate is drier than Hilo, but more lush than Kona - 60 inches average rainfall per year. Our hale is surrounded by 1/3 acre of tropical garden. Settle in with your morning cup of locally grown Ka’u coffee on one of the two large covered lanai. There you will experience transcendent views of Mauna Loa floating over forested hills to the north, and Kilauea crater to the northeast. As you watch the sun rise over the ocean and illuminates the big sky. let your eyes sweep up miles of untouched coastline and sparkling water. When it is clear you will see the eruption plume rising from the Halema'uma'u crater, home of Pele, at Kilauea.

As your hosts, we will be delighted to provide you with detailed visitor information about the area. South Point, or Ka Lae, is 15 minutes away, where you can fish, hike, and encounter Hawaiian sacred sites. For the adventuresome, the hike to Green Sand Beach starts there. The famous Black Sand Beach at Punalu’u, with its estimated 1400 member colony of Green Sea Turtles is a 20 minute drive. There, besides fishing, swimming and snorkeling, you can hike along the coast past an ancient heiau on a section of the old Hawaiian road that once surrounded the island. The beach at Honu ‘Apo, (Whittington Beach Park), now the largest State Park in the islands, is 20 minutes away and features a large inland estuary that attracts waterbirds and monk seals. Kawa Beach is newly reopened to the public. The new Kahuku Ranch section of Volcanoes National Park, where large forests of native trees and plants have grown untouched, is a 5 minute drive to the entrance. This exciting new part of the park is just beginning to become known to visitors now that the Park Service is allowing public entry on weekends. Access points to the higher elevations of this spectacular area are within easy driving range as well. The main area of Volcanoes National Park is a 40 minute drive away. See our links for more info.

Whether you want to spend your days relaxing on the lanai, or seeking out adventures, we say to you: E Komo mai I kou hale kipa a na kupuna (a warm welcome to our “home that cherishes the elders”).

Keywords: hale, bungalow

More Details
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Thomas Schnetlage
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 2016
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About Thomas Schnetlage

We live in Berkeley, California and plan to retire on Hawai'i Island.

Thomas Schnetlage purchased this house in 2009

Why Thomas Schnetlage chose Ka'u District

We love the area and have many friends there. We feel a deep spiritual connection to Hawai'i Island and Ka'u.

What makes this house unique

Peace, quiet and adventure.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(18 traveler reviews)

Big Sky Views of ~Ka'u~ Coast and 2 Volcanoes on Hawaii Island
average rating of 4.7222223 based on 18 reviews

Relaxing and peacful

  • 4 of 5

Very roomy and quiet area right on the golf course with a beautiful view

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hoodsport, WA

Lovely home with everything provided

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our week's stay in this immaculate, spacious, attractive home, which the owners have furnished with everything a vacationer could ever want or need. One needs to get used to the humidity, but there is always a cooling breeze. Note: You need to pick up a cooler in Kona and all the groceries you will need for your stay unless you plan to make the 90-minute trip back to the Kona area for more. The owners provide detailed accurate information about the home and area in their e-mails, and there is a large library of additional information at the house, including a big atlas of Hawaii Island and the excellent book Hawaii Revealed, both of which we used to plan our days. The best restaurant is the Hana Hou in Naalehu. We saw sea turtles at the Black Sand Beach, the Kilauea volcanic crater and the visitor center at the nearby national park, snorkeled at Kahaluu Beach (the beach at Honaunau is another good snorkeling spot--both on the west coast south of Kona), and the fabulous Hawaii Botanical Tropical Garden (don't miss it!) on the east coast, among other things. Yes, I would recommend the property to others.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you James for your wonderful review. We just want to make one small but important correction: There are two good sized supermarkets 20 minutes away in Ocean View. Stocking up in Kona or Hilo before coming is a good idea, though, as prices and selection will be better.
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  • 5 of 5

The day before we were to arrive the news reported a hurricane was to hit the island. I got a concerned call from the owner . He gave me all the emergency contacts and web sites to watch. Luckily the storm didn't hit as hard as expected. The home was very comfortable with beautiful views plenty of space for myself husband and parents. Saw wild pigs lizards and golfers. Kitchen had everything for an extensive stay. Days were field with late rising drinking coffee on the lenis and early afternoon adventurers. Perfect location to really see the island. I would really suggest this for people who want to relax.Just want thank the owners for sharing there space.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Strategically located quiet neighbourhood.

  • 4 of 5

Well-priced, spacious and well-furnished house with beautiful yard adjacent to golf course. Close to Green Sand Beach in South Point, Punalu'u Black Sand Beach (great snorkelling, lots of fish and green sea turtle), and other beaches, Volcano National Park, Kula Kai Caverns in Oceanview; 90 min from Kona and 90 min to Hilo. Macadamia Farms nearby. Punalu'u bakery open daily (southern most bakery in USA). Craft/fruit market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Blairsville, GA

Paradise revisited

  • 5 of 5

We loved this wonderful home for our two month visit to the Big Island! What did we love about it? In a word, everything! Spacious, well equipped, very clean, wonderful king size bed (three bedrooms, but only two of us), centrally located for our needs, quietness of the area, views of the mountains, ocean, and beautiful sunrises made this the ideal home for our visit. The owners are really nice people and very accommodating. We had great communication and even additional photos before our arrival and provided a list with descriptions of exciting things to do on the island. They even provided beach chairs, snorkel gear, beach towels and anything else needed for the beach.

We were here during the winter visits of Humpback whales and blessed with many spectacular viewing opportunities. There are great beaches and hiking opportunities in the immediate area and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is just a short drive away with many sights and hikes to enjoy. We really enjoyed two local places to eat and snack, Hana Hou Restaurant with a full and the Punaluu Bakery with great sandwiches, ice cream and malasadas. The central location, which is roughly halfway between Hilo and Kona, enabled us to do several day trips to other parts of the island and we even got in an overnighter in the backcountry of the national park.

For us this home was magical and the great value allowed us to do more things than if we had stayed in a resort area. We hope to be able to return in the future.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect for us

  • 5 of 5

We felt this was exactly what we saw in the pictures inside and out. Loved the sunrises from the lanai, and was a good home away from home to kick off and unwind before and after our many hiking and snorkeling adventures up both the east and west side of the island. We are a family of four and it gave us some space to spread out and fun places to hang together.

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Kona and Hilo airports are about equidistant
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Car: necessary

Entry gate to Kahuku Ranch section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is 5 minutes drive. Main part of the National Park is 50 minute drive. 20 minutes from Black Sand Beach home of hundreds of green sea turtles. 12 miles from Ka Lae, southernmost point in U.S., sacred to Hawaiian People.

Rates & Availability

Naalehu House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Off season 2016
Jul 14 2016 - Dec 9 2016
2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Winter 2016-2017
Dec 10 2016 - Apr 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Off season 2017
Apr 17 2017 - Dec 13 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee <2 weeks; $110
Refundable damage deposit $200
$150 cleaning for 2+ wks $0
Tax Rate 13.25%

There will be a $10.00 additional charge per person per night for >4 adults and/or >2 minors in your party, this may not show up when you initially make the booking.
VRBO/Home Away service fees are in addition to our rates. If you want the lowest rates (ie. without VRBO fees), please select the "Send email" button which appears in the "Owner" box below the "Book It" button. We accept checks without any service fee. We also accept PayPal, adding the 2.9% domestic/3.9% international fee that PayPal charges us.
Cancellation Policy: Full amount of amount paid will be refunded with at least 30 days notice. For less than 30 days notice, refund amount will be prorated. Owner reserves right to cancel reservation and refund amount paid in rare case of unforeseen circumstances out of owner's control.
Hawaii Tax ID#: W16416979-01

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Naalehu House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
  • 1 story
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Master bathroom has large jacuzzi tub/shower, second bathroom has full tub and shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Large master bedroom with king size bed and cable tv, 2 more bedrooms each with a Queen size bed
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 beach chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Tropical landscaped garden, 2 huge wind protected and covered lanai with views

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