check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand

Kimberley Lippman

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

Puako - Across from Ocean - Well Appointed, Comfortable & Kid Friendly Condo

34 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Pay with confidence

When you book through the HomeAway checkout, your booking is backed by our Book with Confidence Guarantee™ offering comprehensive payment protection.

Learn more


Kohala Coast Condo Rental Photos and Description

Condo, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Hawaiian-Style, Well Appointed Beach Condo. This unit is equipped with all appliances, accoutrements and amenities. We Love Puako!!! - and we have tried to make it so this condo will enable you to have a great and easy stay here. It was chosen and remodeled with Kids and Parents in mind; with a flat screen TV and DVD player (and family DVD rentals right next door), great Broadband and WiFi, and beds that are firm, designed for people who have not been gentle to their backs. We recently added a Roku box to the media center with access to Netflix Included.

The waters around Puako are great - they are very clean, and three of the islands' largest and nicest white sand beaches (Waikoloa, Hapuna & Mauna Kea) are in adjacent coves within two miles of the condo. For those times in between visits to the beach, the condo has a nice, gated pair of pools. One is small and shallow, ideal for kids under 3. The other is larger but by no means a lap pool.

Puako is a relaxed, beachfront community, and this unit is ideally located to make your life easy and relaxed. We are next door to the quaint and funky Puako General Store - a reasonably priced and incredibly convenient place with supplies for everything from breakfast to dinner to cocktail fixings and a DVD for the kids. If you stay for a few weeks, you may want to do one stock-up trip into Kona (30 minute away with Costco, Safeway, etc...) or Waimea (western style town, home of the Parker Ranch, about 15-20 minutes away, and with a gigantic western style wooden play structure to make the trip fun) and you can spend the rest of the trip being mellow on the beach.

We have a map of all the best locations for activities ranging from a hand-built sheltered rock tide-pool for your toddler to play in, to romantic beaches on which to watch a sunset. Toss the cooler in the car, and enjoy a different sunset beach within a 5 minute drive each night. 3 large world class beaches and one that we don't like quite as much are all really near by. Pick the beach that has the combination of sand, surf & snorkeling that suits your fancy on each day. During the winter Hapuna has great body surfing - with regular nice sized waves every day. Wailea Bay has lots of trees right next to the ocean - it is a great beach to enjoy some shade but with your toes in the sand. It is hard to go wrong! There are also lots of smaller beaches directly off of Puako road, accessible through pretty well marked signs, with walks to the beach typically being less that 50 feet. The nearest access is a great one - it is just a block away (and fine to walk), with a sheltered lava-rock pool for the kids, and decent entry for a nice, early morning scuba dive.

If you want to go out for meals, both modest and fancy restaurants are within a 10-15 minute drive, ranging from the resorts of Mauna Kea, Mauna Lani and the Hapuna Prince to the nearby town of Kawaihae, home of excellent shave ice and complete with an open-daily Farmer's Market - our best source for papaya, vegetables and sweet cane rice sticks. Slightly upcountry is Hawi, a lovely artist community with the best ice cream on the island. We have a list of restaurants we have personally tried, plus a list of other places that have been well recommended.

If you want to stay home, you can sit on the Lanai and enjoy the ocean breeze, and use the renovated kitchen (designed by me - someone who really likes to cook).

On the technical side, we are a registered Hawaii business, and our business number is W12347509-01. Our on-island caretaker/agent is Karen Medieros, 808 937-5595, though we prefer all initial communications to come through us. She will take great care of you once your on property though!

We welcome you to Hale Hanu (Turtle House) in our delightful little community here in Puako.

All the best, Kimberley and Alan

Keywords: Condo, Kids, Scuba, Hapuna, Puako

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Kimberley Lippman (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english

About Kimberley Lippman

The owners live in Washington State, and enjoy the wonderful contrast of living in the Pacific Northwest coupled with having access to warmth and waves whenever we get away. We're both in technology - hence the high speed internet. We've got an eight year old who grew up going to Hale Hanu and wants to return as often as she can (as do we...). We very much enjoy sharing our home with friends and family.

Kimberley Lippman purchased this condo in 2010

Why Kimberley Lippman chose Kohala Coast

We love it here - plain and simple. The people are lovely, the environment is quiet and unpretentious, and with the Puako General Store right next door you are never completely out of luck when cooking a meal and needing a surprise ingredient. The beaches are the best - and having a nearby option with lots of shade is great when you've got little kids. Nothing happens here. We like that a lot.

What makes this condo unique

The quiet, the birds, the wild turkeys, quail and finches that abound, the fresh fruit from the garden, amazing beaches right across the street, tide pooling, turtles and a gentle breeze to keep things cool. Puako is a great location from which to get just about anywhere on the island - either upcountry or around the horn to Hilo. South is easy too.


based on 34 traveler reviews

Puako - Across from Ocean - Well Appointed, Comfortable & Kid Friendly Condo
average rating of 4.7647057 based on 34 reviews

Well stocked for our trip. Wish we had known more.

  • 4 of 5

I was born and raised on the Big Island and this location is perfect for getting around the island, close to many of my favorite beaches, and full of supplies for adventures in Hawaii. I really wish we knew a little more about what the place had available so we could have packed a little better. There is a washer and dryer on the premises, so we could have packed fewer clothes. There is tons of snorkel gear, 3 boogie boards, and assorted games throughout. These are all great things for the place to have, I just wish they were better advertised.

Biggest complaint is the lack of air conditioning. Not much of a problem at night or in the morning, but a little brutal during the day.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Great condo for fsmilies

  • 4 of 5

Very well stocked and tidy condo - with essential cooking items, beach toys and snorkel gear, esp good for families with babies and young children.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
0 0

Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful vacation. Perfect location, you can walk to the beach or drive just a few minutes to other beaches. Perfect for children... Great places to snorkel and the pool was lovely!!! Loved the cute place, and we had everything we needed. Definitely going back!

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


  • 5 of 5

Every one we encountered in the condo complex was friendly and manager was very helpful. We loved all the little touches, like flowers in the elevator and the offerings of fruit from trees on the property. The condo itself was very clean with plenty of room for a family. We enjoyed eating our meals on the lania, in the company of song birds. Also appreciated was the availability of coolers, beach towels, boogie boards, beach chairs, pretty much everything we needed! While the best snorkling beaches were a short drive away, every evening we walked to the beach access points just across the road to catch the sunset and visit with sea turtles. The Puako condo felt like home and we would definately return!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
2 0

I love the Puako condos

  • 5 of 5

John and I had a super two weeks at the very comfortable Lippman condo. We snorkelled every morning, usually Beach 69 or Mauna Kea beach, then explored other bits of the island in the afternoon and had a dip in the pool in the evening. It was a lovely relaxing holiday. We several times had lunch from the General Store and also borrowed books from their free library. One day we went over to Pahoa to see the January lava flow at the Transfer Station, most amazing, looking just like toffee stopping at the chain link fence and flowing through at a few stops. We didn't have time to check out the flow off the cemetery road, should have allowed more time. Pahoa still seemed stunned by the experience of having lava flow to within 150 yards of the central village market. Then we went up to the Volcano NP to see the evening spectacle of the active lava lake, also a great experience. It is a pity Waimea doesn't have public footpaths into the attractive surrounding Kohala hills.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0
Singapore, Singapore

Perfectly appointed condo; excellent service!

  • 5 of 5

This is a fabulous place to stay for families like us who have young children and want a very well stocked kitchen and barbecue. The condo had more than everything you'd want to stay with young children (eg high chair, pack and play, beach toys) and everything is adults need to cook. It is plenty large (it's bigger than it looks from the pictures) and the owner is incredibly responsive and flexible. It is tastefully and thoughtfully done. Plus, she has an excellent team of on site care takers.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
1 0


Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Queen K Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Four Seasons Orchid
Nearest Beach
0.1 Miles
Across the street!
Nearest Point of Interest
Wailea Bay aka Beach 69
Nearest Point of Interest
Hapuna Beach
Nearest Point of Interest
Queens Pool
Nearest Point of Interest
Paniau - one of the best dive spots!
Nearest Point of Interest
Mauna Kea Beach

Fantastic Shore Diving & Body Surfing, Yet with beaches and pools gentle enough for toddlers! Nearby beach regularly voted #1 on the Big Island. Puako reef is one of the nicest in the islands, and this unit is within 200 yards of a good shore entry for scuba divers, and within 1 mile of one of the best shore dive locations on the Islands. Tank rental/refills, Gear Rental and Boat Dives available in nearby Kawaihae (10 minutes away). Fantastic Body Surfing at Hapuna Beach (mostly during the winter months), but still gentle enough for the little ones. Great Beaches within minutes for all ages. Our daughter loved these beaches from the time she could walk!


Rates & Availability

Puako Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
Convert Currency
Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 23 2016 - Nov 30 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $250
Cleaning Fee $135
Tax Rate 13.42%

With permission, wee are happy to provide you with a late check-out if available for an additional half-day rate ($75.00).

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
Enter dates to see total
Send a Message
Available arrival
Available stay (no arrival)


Kohala Coast Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Sports & Activities
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • Both baths have a full-size tub and nice shower head.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (2), Child Beds (1), Baby Cribs (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • 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
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Hale Honu was remodeled when we bought the unit in 2009/2010. Continual updates as needed since then. We completely re-did the kitchen with new Appliances, Kitchenware, etc. Coffeemaker, Coffee Grinder, Toaster, Blender, Hairdryer, Two Pools, Secure Pool for Adults and Toddler Wading Pool(shared), Grounds with grapefruit, citrus and banana (in Season), Beach chairs, mats & umbrella, Beach Towels and Cooler. Boogie board, Snorkel equipment, Electric BBQ, Private Lanai.

Partner Offers

Travelers who viewed this property, also viewed...