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Relaxing, Away-from-it-All home on the water with small Natural Pool

42 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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3 bedrooms, 2 baths, sleeps 6

Hale Pali (Cliff House) is a spectacular (non-smoking) OCEANFRONT home overlooking the blue Pacific. We heartily agree with our guests who have enthusiastically stated: 'there is nothing that compares to actually being on the water' - what better way to enjoy the sound of the waves, and the smell of the sea air.

The home is beautifully and tastefully decorated and features teak furniture.

You will love cooking in the fully equipped, Rick Hartman designed, gourmet kitchen.

You can keep cool by taking a dip in our 3,000 gallon 'natural' (unheated) lava-pool or just 'chill' while lounging and sunning yourself on our small private white sand beach, you may also choose to kick back in the comfort of our shaded hammock.

If you need to stay connected you can do so via FREE WIFI.

A perfect day begins while sitting on the sea wall, sipping Kona Coffee, and looking out to sea. You will be amazed by the spectacular “blow-hole” that adds to the OCEANFRONT splendor of our seaside home.

If you are looking for 'off-the-beaten-path relaxation. We think that the serenity you will find here makes the 45 minute drive south from Kona Village very worthwhile.

About the Owners: Carl and Deborah have lived here on the Big Island for more than 30 years and reside on an 8 1/2 acre farm just 15 minutes up the mountainside from the Beach House. They are both retired School Counselors following 30+ year careers, and are San Francisco State Alum who moved here from the Bay Area.

They say that their favorite part of owning Hale Pali is meeting guests from all corners of the globe.

Come see us for some Big-Island-Style Hospitality.

We are a fully licensed and registered LLC with Hawaii Tax ID TA-041-172-1728-01 and GE-041-172-1728-01

Also ask about our Airstream Trailer Rental.

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Carl Ramsey
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
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Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
October 22, 2016
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About Carl Ramsey

Carl and Deborah Ramsey have resided on the Big Island for more than 30 years. They are San Francisco State Alum and moved to the islands from the Bay Area. Carl and Deb are retired after many years of rewarding work counseling in the Hawaii Island public school system (who ever thought up the idea of retirement knew what they were doing!)

Their residence is an 8 1/2 acre farm just up the mountainside from the beach house. Although the crops are not extensive, Deborah does grow some Kona Coffee.

Meeting fascinating guests from all around the planet is the best part of owning and operating Hale Pali, they say. Please come and join them along the beautiful and peaceful south kona coast.

Carl Ramsey purchased this house in 2006


based on 42 traveler reviews

Relaxing, Away-from-it-All home on the water with small Natural Pool
average rating of 4.952381 based on 42 reviews
Oregon City, Oregon

Peace, Beauty and Solitude

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Deb & Carl for sharing this beautiful home with us. It was everything we hoped for. Privacy, never-ending view, comfort and style! The Master Suite is sooooo nice, with A/C, large walk-in shower, built-in cabinets and drawers, 2 different doors to the balcony, sitting area... LOVED IT! All of the other rooms are nicely appointed also with doors to the balcony too. The kitchen is FULLY stocked with everything you need! The best feature though is that huge veranda with TWO sets of screened French doors from the living room & dining room. The veranda has a hammock, swing chair, 3 sets of table and chairs, overlooks the white sand back yard and soaking pool to the endless ocean view. The rock work low walls are stunning but I hope that no one would ever stay here with small children. Too many dangers, you'd never be able to let them out of your site for one second. The home sits on a huge double lot so there are no neighbors close by. We enjoyed every aspect of this home. We visited all of the nearby beaches and snorkeling spots and were never disappointed. I like being far from crowds and resorts and this fit the bill. There are no real close sandy beaches but lots of places to explore.

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fairfax Station

Tranquil in Kona

  • 5 of 5

Carl and Deb made sure that from the minute we arrived on Kona that our stay was perfect. The house was open with music playing when we arrived. Communications with Carl about recommendations, etc were immediately received. We would plan day trips throughout the island every day and always have a relaxing swim, drink and dinner every evening. This house is fairly remote but it was perfect for us. Kitchen well appointed and once you get back to the house, you definitely can get into an island chill and listen to the birds and ocean waves crash up against the lava walls. Thank you Carl and Deb for opening your house to us.

  • Submitted: Oct 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful paradise on the ocean

  • 5 of 5

We just finished our stay at Hale Pali and we cannot say enough about Carl and Deborah's fabulous beach house. From the layout to the gourmet, well-equipped kitchen to the beach oasis they have created just off the lanai, this place has all you could expect and more! The view of the ocean (we enjoyed the dolphins and some sort of fish that scoots along the top of the water at high speeds!) and sunsets may be worth the stay by themselves. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and honestly had to guilt ourselves into leaving to explore the island! It is clean and well maintained with lots of space and is very well furnished the way you think a beach house should be.

We loved the drive to the National Volcano Park which is not to be missed. Great stops at Black Sand Beach to see sea turtles and South Point to experience the southernmost point in the U.S. (and maybe the windiest too!). Don't miss the bake shop in Naalehu (Panulu'u Bake Shop) for sweetbreads, malasadas and ice cream on the way back. Hilo is just half hour past the volcanoes and is worth continuing on and checking out. Make sure you stop by the park on Banyan drive by the hotels on the bay. Very beautiful. Rainbow falls is just up on top of Hilo and is a nice stop.

Costco of course can't be beat for supplies (wine selection and prices can't be beat) but we preferred to pick up fruit, vegetables and baking from the local stands and shops which are plentiful (South Kona Fruit stand is especially good on the road to Hale Pail).

Hale Pali was recommended to us by friends and we will most definitely be passing on that recommendation to anyone we can!

Mahalo to Carl And Deborah for an unforgettable stay!


  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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Great location with a beautiful view of the ocean. House was well equipped and clean.

  • 5 of 5

The property was well maintained and clean. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Would highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley, CA

Wonderful vacation in a wonderful home

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a week at Hale Pali and we had a great time. We are a family of two parents and two kids ages 12 and 9. The home is large, well-appointed, and very comfortable. The wrap-around deck is great. The kids (and adults) loved the lava pool, which was great for cooling off from the heat. The views are spectacular and we were fortunate to see spinner dolphins from the deck. We enjoyed feeding the bountiful fish off the sea wall and the neighbors seemed to be having good luck catching them next door. It was not whale season, but I hear being at this home when the whales are there is spectacular. We might need to come back in the winter months.

The home is well off the beaten track, so be prepared. Do all of your shopping in advance, as there is no popping round to the corner store to get milk. It's a good hour plus to get to Kona to go to safeway or Costco.

Some recommended side adventures:

1. Take the time to drive and then hike to see the lava flowing to the ocean at Kalapana, but be sure to give yourself lots of time and bring lots of water. It is an amazing thing to see and it won't be flowing forever. Look up online to see what is accessible and how to get there, as it changes depending on conditions and location of the flow.

2. Do the nighttime manta ray snorkel/dive. It was amazing to see those giant creatures inches away from your head (don't worry...perfectly safe).

3. We did a twilight tour of Volcano National Park through Hawaii Forest and Trail. It was a good tour, but took about 12 hours total. We got to see Mana Loa crater glowing at night with lava, which was really cool. Also got to walk through a lava tube (i.e., tunnel) which was fun.

Carl was a great host and checked in with us periodically to make sure we had everything we needed.

Overall a great stay and highly recommended.

The Johnson-Rizzos (Berkeley, CA)

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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The property was even better than we expected!

  • 5 of 5

This home far exceeded our expectations. The bedrooms had the most comfortable beds. Each bedroom had a separate door leading out to the wrap-around lanai. The kitchen was huge, with excellent cookware. It had everything you would ever need. The living room couches were very comfortable and there were myriad views from all the windows. The lanai facing the ocean had plenty of seating space at 3 tables. There was a hammock and a hammock chair. The rainwater fed natural pool was wonderful for soaking in and enjoying the ocean views. Carl said that he had accumulated house ideas for 20 years before building this house, and it certainly shows. We all found the artwork inside the house pleasing. There are too many little details to enumerate that make this house so perfect. We were all perfectly content to relax at the house. The feeling of peace and tranquility really permeates the property. We all felt grateful that Carl and Deborah are willing to share this wonderful house/experience.

Be aware that the property is far south of Kona. I would recommend stocking up on groceries at either Costco or one of the larger grocery stores. We packed a large insulated fold up bag for our refrigerated items and it worked fine with ice. There were no mosquitoes this trip. Our only glitch was that my wife had to have emergency surgery. The hospital and staff were wonderful, but she couldn't wait to come back to the house to recuperate.

Carl and Deborah are wonderful hosts. They are full of useful information. Carl came by and checked that everything was fine several times. Nothing was left to chance. The Aloha and Ohana spirit reigns at this house. We will come to this house again the next time we are in Hawaii.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
15 Miles
Mehe's Bar & Grill
Car: necessary

sunbathing, star gazing, visit active volcano, walk on green sand beach, visit south point, beachcomb for glass balls, visit Pu'u Honua O Honaunau (place of refuge), enjoy the endless beauty and splendor of the 'Big Island'


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Dec 15 2016 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
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5 night minimum stay
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Tax Rate 13.42%

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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Oceanfront
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Master Bath - toilet , shower
    Guest Bath - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Both Baths feature Slate Flooring
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master - 1 king
    Guest Room 1 - 1 queen
    Guest Room 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Beach Towels
  • Binoculars
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Hale Plai is equipped with virtually everything we could think of to make our guests comfortable and welcomed.

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