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Keokea Beach Sweet Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Cottage, 2 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 1.25 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

This magical 2/3 bedroom cottage, on the road to Keokea Beach Park in North Kohala, is a peaceful retreat in a special old Hawaii neighborhood. Surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and perched above a gulch with seasonal stream, the cedar home features luxurious woods throughout the interior. Cabinets of African mahogany, koa, maple and red gum eucalyptus make the kitchen an artistic delight. Eight different woods pattern the floors. Cathedral ceilings give plenty of light and a feeling of spaciousness.

The large surrounding deck invites you to live outside, enjoying views of Maui and a peek of the ocean below. The landscape gives a sense of seclusion, yet only a short drive from the charming towns of Kapaau and Hawi. Keokea Beach Park is walking distance from the cottage. Local families enjoy picnics and watching for whales in season there! Or drive /run 2 miles to Polulu Valley and hike down to the black sand beach. Rich soil, just enough rain, and wind-protected gulches made this area the breadbasket of the ancient Hawaiians. They say that the property was home to King Kamehameha's private Taro patch!

The master bedroom has a king bed; the 2nd bedroom has a double bed. The bathroom is between the two bedrooms. Outdoor shower near laundry. Wake up and pick your breakfast right off the tree! papaya, mango, bananas, mac nuts, lemons, Tahitian limes, collard greens grow right on the property. Enjoy quiet nights and the Milky way with local hiking and fantastic beaches a walk away!

Keywords: North Kohala, Near Pololu Valley, Keokea Beach, Lush Tropical Garden, 2b

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 27, 2017

About The Owner

I am a single mom who has raised her kids in this magical setting. We have learned about the rich history of the land and how to grow food and appreciate the simple pleasures of the good life!

The Owner purchased this cottage in 2005

Why The Owner chose Hawaii

This is a very special place in an old Hawaii setting rich with history and culture and cool folks!

What makes this cottage unique

I enjoy gardening, nature, quiet nights and the Milky Way with local hiking and great snorkeling, diving and beaches.


Makapala Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View
  • Free Long Distance
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Queen size Beds (2), Double Beds (1)
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Bonus Room with Screened Outdoor Room and Queen Bed/Outdoor Shower


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Keokea Beach Sweet Retreat
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews

Gorgeous house

  • 5 of 5

This was a fantastic house. So beautiful and well stocked. We loved our retreat here. Was so helpful to have baby stuff available (crib, toys for sand, high chair) , and loved the futon for naps on the lanai.

  • Submitted: Feb 24, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Ilana for your kind review! I appreciate you taking the time to write one for the sweet retreat 😍򓐮 I am so happy you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to hosting you and your sweet family again. A hui hou!
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Enjoyed our stay!

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable and cozy, a lovely setting in the "jungle" with lots of beautiful birds to watch. Close to wonderful hikes, beaches, and day trips to Hawi/Kapa'au, Waimea, Kona, and all points in between. Susan was easy to work with, which made it all just perfect!

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So happy you enjoyed your stay at the sweet retreat and our lovely and special part of Big Island. Mahalo for your kind review! A hui hou! Susan
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay at the Sweet Retreat was more than we could of asked for! The property is absolutely beautiful and there were more than enough activities in the area to keep us busy while we were there. Hopefully we will get the chance to stay here again in the future!

  • Submitted: Feb 14, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha David, Thank you so much for your kind review and I am so happy you enjoyed your stay. Please come again soon. A Hui Hou! Susan
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  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay at Sweet Retreat !

Quiet peacfull and relaxing place. Enjoyed the jungle atmosphere and really appreciated the nature of the place. Lots of birds at the feeder . Like that. Also liked the outdoor shower.

Definitely be back !!!!

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for staying at the Sweet Retreat David! We love the birds too 💗𵰡 We will look forward to hosting you again. Safe travels and a hui hou!
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Absolutely Blissful

  • 5 of 5

The Keokea Beach Sweet Retreat is just that- a sweet retreat from reality. Set in the midst of a lush, green jungle, I was completely content. Pololu is just a mile or so up the road and quite possibly the most spectacular view I have ever seen. I spent the majority of my time relaxing at the house--at night you can see SO many stars. Not a typical sight for someone from LA. The house is so homey and warm, my favorite morning was when I woke up to the sound of rain. The white sandy beaches were not too far and I loved coming back to a spot that wasn't so touristy and noisy. It felt like the genuine Hawaii experience I was always wanting. Couldn't recommend this sweet spot more.

  • Submitted: Nov 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful paradise is yours to be had at Sweet Retreat

  • 5 of 5

I just love the Keokea Beach Sweet Retreat! The solitude, the starry nights and greenery all around you lend to a very magical stay. Lots of birds to watch and listen to off the deck looking out to views of Maui and the ocean where we spent much of our time relaxing. A short walk to the lovely Keokea beach that was a perfect spot for our little boy to enjoy the ocean. 2 miles down the road is one of the most breath taking spots on earth- Pololu Valley! Not to be missed!!! An access trail makes for a fun walk down to a beautiful black sand beach that is magnificent to behold and explore once you get down won't want to leave. The hike up is steep, but do-able for sure. You won't want to go fast anyhow...take your time and take it all in. This valley is beautiful beyond words. The house was very comfortable. Feels rustic and homey with everything we needed and more. Susan even had a high chair and baby crib on hand which helped us to lighten our load when packing. Overall, it was a very sweet and special spot indeed that no one wanted to leave. The quiet this place offered to city dwellers was like a healing balm for our souls. Just writing this is bringing me a little peace of mind as I reflect on our wonderful stay. Hope to be back again at some point.

  • Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Point of Interest
keokea beach park
Nearest Point of Interest
zip lining!
Nearest Point of Interest
Pololu valley
Nearest Point of Interest
Lighthouse surf spot
Nearest Point of Interest
art galleries, local grindz and good shopping
Nearest Point of Interest
sky flights
Nearest Point of Interest
#1 Drive in the world!

Zip-Line Adventure is only Minutes Away and there are many beautiful hikes that start from the property. Pololu Valley is 2 miles away with stunning hikes to black sand beaches. Keokea beach is a lovely family fun beach.


Rates & Availability

Makapala Cottage Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning fee $150
Pet Fee $25
Tax Rate 14.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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