About the property
- House2800 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay5 - 10 nights
Large Two Story Home With 2 Kitchens, 2 Living Rooms, 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths
Welcome to Hale Honu, or Tutu's house! We lived in this house for 7 years before we returned to the mainland to join our grandchildren, and hope you will find it as comfortable and accommodating as we did!
This large modern home in White Sands Beach Estates. lies only 3/4 miles from famous Kahaluu Beach Park, which provides some of the the best snorkeling on all the Islands. You can plan trips to South Kona to see the coffee and macadamia farms, Kohala to visit the fabulous resorts, or just stay local in Kona and enjoy the snorkeling, dining, and relaxed way of life.
While we are certainly not a 4 star resort, we provide a enjoyable family ambience and amenities that will let you experience life on Kona like a local. You can enjoy a lovely pool in a beautiful garden, play croquet on the lawn ,chill in the hammock, BBQ on the front lanai, or use the front lanai loungers to read or just stare at the horizon with a cocktail.
*Wrap around Lanai (700 sq. ft) Ocean View from Lanai
*Master King-size suite with private bath and private lanai
*Second queen size bedroom with private lanai and adjacent full bath
*Spacious dining/living room
* Huge living room
* Small bar kitchen
* King size bedroom with lanai overlooking pool and adjacent bath.
*Queen size bedroom
Amenities: Phone, TV, Cable, VCR/DVD. stereo, CD Player, Full Kitchen, Microwave/Convention oven, Dishwasher, Two Refrigerators, Ice Maker, Cooking Utensils provided. Linens provided. Washer/Dryer, Private Pool.
No Smoking in the house, only on the Lanais, please.
Beach Chairs, Towels, Boogie Boards, Pool Floats, Hammock, Snorkeling & Croquet Equipment provided.
Activities: Near Shopping, restaurants, Cinemas, Sightseeing, Swimming, Snorkeling/ Diving, Boating, Sailing, Surfing, Windsurfing Para sailing.
If you aren't looking for a 4 star resort experience, but rather want to enjoy a local and comfortable family experience, please inquire as we would love to host you. Thanks in advance for your inquiry!
State of Hawaii Tax I.D. W40921066-01
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- Response time:
- within one hour
- Calendar last updated:
- May 28, 2018
Hawaii was my dream; to live here in retirement and have my children come and visit. Then the grandchildren started to come, and Hawaii was just too far away for this Tutu (Hawaiian for grandmother) and so we moved back to the big Big Island. This is a family home, in a quiet neighborhood near the beach, able to accommodate up to 10 people for memorable family get togethers and occasions.
Why Owner chose Kahaluu-Keauhou
The lush, garden setting with pool is just magnificent. Tropical birds sing in the trees, plumeria fragrance the air, charming geckos climb the walls, and screens keep out critters we don't want inside. We so enjoy the tropics that we've adapted to them - so no air conditioning, just gentle fans cooling each room. And because it's the tropics, you may find mosquitoes in summer in some areas of the island (occasionally including ours).
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Wonderful stay in Kona
Our family have just returned from Kona and staying in TuTu's Beach House. Seven adults easily shared the comfortable four bedrooms and three baths (with additional outside loo close to pool), large living room and downstairs family room. This really is a spacious home with lots of room for everyone. We loved the huge deck that almost completely wraps around the house. The kitchen is very well supplied with all the tools, dishes etc. that you will need. We really enjoyed the pool area with tons of flowering trees, and beautiful song birds! There are some mosquitos and flies near the pool so bring insect repellant! This house is conveniently located and so quick to walk to Magic Sands Beach, very popular with our young adult family. Also quick to get to grocery shopping or Kona restaurants and shops. The owner and property manager were quick to respond to any questions that we had before and during our stay. The whole family said that they would return "in a heart beat!"
You guys were the best
Mahalo for leaving the house so clean
The house was very roomy. Walking distance to Magic Sands Beach! Close too food, shopping, airport and other beaches. My daughter's ages 5,5, and 2 enjoyed the swimming pool. Owner offers quite a bit of swimming gear, snorkeling gear and boogie boards. Kitchen is fully stocked with plates,utensils,etc. House was clean, no pests visible. Be sure to keep screen doors closed or they can fly in. Upstairs has awesome view with glass doors. WiFi easy to use, had to reset modem but came right back on. Neighborhood is very nice. House is exactly as shown in pictures could use some updating, but the house has a very authentic modern Hawaiian vibe.
Mahalo for your booking
Great vacation home and location
There were 6 adults and 4 young children who stayed at this home for a week. The layout of the house worked well for us, and the pool was great and the landscaping was beautiful. However, because of all the plants, we received many bug bites, so if you are renting the property, be sure to bring or buy bug spray. The location is great - walking distance to Magic Sands Beach and a short drive to town. Nice quiet area. I would recommend this home for your family getaway in Kona.
Appreciate your suggestions
Glad you had a great time
3 Week Stay at Tu Tu's Beach House
Our family enjoyed a great vacation while staying at Tu Tu's. I had 2 sets of visitors come stay with us. The open concept allowed plenty of room for everyone to visit. The house is large and easily accommodates 8 adults with 4 bedrooms. The house has older furnishings but it is clean and comfortable. The lower level was perfect for our adult children to have their privacy.The back yard and pool are private and beautifully landscaped. We picked ripe bananas off the tree the entire visit. The mangos will be ripe soon. The house is a easy 5 minute walk to the beach. It's a lovely place for a large family to vacation in Hawaii.
Mahalo for being such helpful guests with your suggestions
Could not sleep in this house. Arrived around Midnight left to find new accommodations by 10am.
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Arrived after midnight after a long day of travel. Lock box code was incorrect. Climbed in through a window. The scent and uncleanliness immediately made us feel uncomfortable and we knew we couldn't stay there. My son and I had a miserable night sleeping in the rental car. The others slept in/on the beds some in their clothes.
There were dead bugs scattered throughout this place (millipedes, cockroaches, centipedes, ect). There were even small dead bugs between the sheets of one of the beds. The more you looked in under and behind things the worse it got.
Marilee has mentioned in previous replies to reviews that is the tropics, there are going to be some bugs. True, but this was excessive and I am quite familiar with the tropics. There were enough live ones but most of them were dead and in plain sight one cockroach was falling apart it had been dead for so long.
The beds and bedding needed to be thrown in the garbage. I would not sleep in any of them. Things we found wrong with the beds and bedrooms:
Thin see through sheets, all beds
Concave mattress, grimy white leather headboard/pillow thing, rusty bed frame basement bed
Beach towels between fitted sheet and mattress, two beds
Small dead bugs (flies) between the sheets, one bed
Stained mattresses and box springs at least one bed, we did not look at them all
Comforters were filthy
Some sheets were crinkled and appeared to have been slept in
Closet door fell off of its tracks when opened
Curtains rods came apart and fell down when we tried to open curtains
Random junk stored under the beds
Full smelly garbage can in one room
The kitchen had a load of dirty dishes in the dishwasher, the counter tops were dirty and sticky, the Coffee Pot was stained and dirty! Under the kitchen sink stank and was filled with dirty cleaning supplies and rags. There was old bad food in the fridge and deep freeze. The garbage can had garbage in it with no garbage bag. There were a number of holes in the window/door screens throughout the house. We would like this never to happen to another family. I do understand that we may have to pay for the one night even though my son and I slept in the car. We have only received about a 50% refund. The extra costs incurred by us for alternate last minute lodging for eleven people were exorbitant and our dream Hawaiian vacation turned into a stressful mess
I was really sorry to hear this guest was so unhappy with the booking they made. I take feedback from my guests seriously because it was ( and is ) my home.
We keep our house properly maintained. Although VRBO's policy is 60 days for cancellation I did return 50% of her rent.
the guest checked in at midnight and left the next morning at 10 AM complaining that the property was unsuitable. My manager went over the same morning as this guest checked out and took photos as evidence. What she saw is not consistent with the feedback from this guest.
The guest in question exchanged a number of notes with me after making their booking, including inquirying about posts (whether we get plenty of in Hawaii whether at a VRBO or a hotel). I let the guest know that while we hav e an exterminator every 60 days, these pests (mosquitoes, palmetto bugs, centipedes etc ) are a part of being in the tropics. Bugs like milipedes and centipedes don't typically get into the beds, they stay on the floor.
I think it is important for both the host and the guest to understand what type of accommodation the guest is looking for. If you want a sanitized, air conditioned, daily maid service environment, we are not the home for you, and we are not priced to be. This is not a luxury five star hotel. It is a home, in a residential area. If you want the experience of being in Hawaii, living like a local, but being near the best snorkeling beach on the island and one of the best boogie boarding places, where you cook for yourself ( or out out to dinner, ) lounge by a private pool at an appropriate price then we are the place.
I rely on the feedback of the guests that stay with us to help identify where we need to make changes or improve.
The last guests that were staying with us reached out to me to let me know how much they are enjoying their stay. I appreciate the feedback from this guest, but am concerned with the manner in which was delivered and the threatening tone of their correspondence with me during their stay.
I have had 17 years with only two complaints.
Great Home for Large Group
We just got back from Kona yesterday after staying at Tu'Tu's Beach House. We were there for a week and we had a great time.
We had 7 people in our group (5 adults, 2 children) and the house was plenty big for us. We enjoyed barbecuing by the pool and staying out there for hours. The house comes equipped with everything you need- the kitchen is fully stocked with small appliances, cookware and utensils. They have beach chairs, beach towels and water gear.
We will definitely stay here again when we visit Kona.
Mahalo for your booking
Glad the house worked out for your group
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hawaii tax ID TA159-018-3936-01 GE TAX id 159-018-3936-01