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Serene Oceanfront Puako, HOME of the HULA MOON, All Bedrooms have ocean views!

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
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Waimea Estate Rental Photos and Description

Large House, 4 Bedrooms + Office, 4.5 Baths, Sleeps 8


Stately and serene, HULA MOON sits on one of the most beautiful oceanfront properties in Puako. Each bedroom has a perfect ocean view. Located near the end of the road, you will enjoy year-round sunsets and privacy. As you enter through the gates, lush tropical plantings enhance the large courtyard swimming pool and generous lanai. The pool is not heated and is seasonally between 77 and 88 degrees. Designed so that every room has a magnificent view of the ocean, you will love the open and airy feeling of this 5000 square foot contemporary home. Please view our VIRTUAL TOUR- just scroll down to find the link which is below the Rates and Calendar section.

If you are getting married on the Big Island, congratulations, but please note that we do not allow any weddings or receptions or other events on the property.

HULA MOON was designed for gracious living in a relaxed atmosphere. Including the covered lanais you have almost 7000 square feet of indoor/outdoor living space. The two-story Great Room is breezy and inviting with wonderful views of the ocean. The beautiful oceanside lanai has a dining table for 8, seating for an additional 12 guests, and a built-in wet bar. Enjoy watching the humpback whales in season, spinner dolphins and green sea turtles from everywhere in the house. The Puako reef offers some of the best snorkeling and walk-in scuba diving on the Big Island.

We have four large bedrooms located at opposite ends of the house for maximum privacy. The Kona and Kohala suites are on the main floor and both have stunning ocean views and doors that open onto the lanai. Each suite has been beautifully appointed with new King mattresses and linens. Both have large bathrooms with a separate dressing area and a large open-air shower filled with sculpture and tropical plants.

The two spacious upstairs bedrooms have expansive ocean views and a private lanai that runs the length of the house. The Aloha suite has a new King bed and two plantation chairs for relaxing. The Turtle suite has new Twin beds (that can be made into a King Bed) and a daybed 'trundle bed' that also has an additional lower twin mattress. The Turtle suite is a great room choice for the kids or for parents with a couple of children. Of course, it is also perfect for a couple or for several friends to share. Both upstairs bedrooms have private bathrooms with large walk-in showers. The bathrooms were completely remodeled in late 2015.

Each bedroom has a TV/DVD player and an iPod speaker dock. There are 6 televisions with premium cable channels throughout the house. We do not have air conditioning because the home was designed to 'breathe' and to take advantage of the steady ocean breeze and the winds coming off the mountain. This provides excellent cross ventilation. There are ceiling fans and louvered windows in every room. It remains cool and comfortable and every bed has a blanket plus a quilt or comforter which guests often need at night.

If you have business to attend to, we have a great Wi-Fi connection, and several work stations. The upstairs double office has a printer that you are welcome to use. And a punee (Hawaiian lounging bed) for relaxing.

Daily housekeeping, private yoga lessons, in-home massage, kayak rentals, and more can be arranged through our concierge. Just ask and we will do our best to help you make the arrangements for your perfect Puako experience!

HULA MOON is a welcoming home where visitors can feel like a local. Join our ohana of happy guests.

HULA MOON is professionally managed by the owner. This is our only vacation rental property and it shows in our excellent professional staff and attention to details.

This property is compliant with Hawaii Tax Act 326. We collect and pay our Hawaii GET and TAT taxes. Our tax ID number is: 25465279-01.

Please include your correct PHONE NUMBER when making an inquiry. This is very important to us as we cannot continue to respond to you without it.

Welcome to the HOME OF THE HULA MOON.

Warmest Aloha

More Details
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Gail (owner) Niki Christian (manager)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 2, 2016
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About Gail (owner) Niki Christian (manager)

I came to Puako 30 years ago. The homes are larger now, but the community retains its laid-back friendly atmosphere. There is something magical about the Big Island and if you spend a little while in Puako you will feel the 'mana' and aloha spirit of this special location.

Gail (owner) Niki Christian (manager) purchased this estate in 2010

Why Gail (owner) Niki Christian (manager) chose Kohala Coast

This is a beautiful home. Every bedroom and living space has a fabulous ocean view and we have excellent cross ventilation throughout. The pool area is protected so it is warm and sunny. We are not located near a public beach access so our house is very private and more secure.

What makes this estate unique

Puako has the finest sunny and dry climate year round. The reef is healthy and wonderful.

Our home was built so that every bedroom has a gorgeous ocean view. The home is perfect for four couples or for a large family group. There is almost 7000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor living so you can always find a private place to relax. We enjoy year-round sunsets and quiet friendly neighbors.

We swim in front of the house with manta rays, and dolphins, and buy fresh fish directly from the fishermen at the nearby harbor. We get freshly baked bread and organic produce at the Waimea farmers' market and buy orchid plants and fresh papayas from a woman down the road.

Home of the Hula Moon will be your own private paradise during your visit to the Big Island. Join our ohana of happy guests.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We agree with all of the other comments in this book- a very special place in paradise! Just perfect for us and our two grandsons. Lots of magic in and around your lovely home. Best wishes to you-
Mar 2014
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(41 traveler reviews)

Serene Oceanfront Puako, HOME of the HULA MOON, All Bedrooms have ocean views!
average rating of 5.0 based on 100 reviews
Crownsville Maryland

Amazing, beautiful, immaculately maintained oceanfront paradise!!

  • 5 of 5

An amazing home on an amazing lot. Oceanfront, daily gorgeous sunsets right from the lawn and beach, sunbathing turtles right off the beach, this place is heaven! We were a group of 8, 4 couples, each with king size beds and private bathrooms. Bedrooms were spacious, and the master had a massive outdoor shower, which was hard to leave!

We shared many cocktails at the private pool, many meals on the breezy lanai, it was fantastic. The home is close to the airport, close to shopping, and 5 minutes down the road from a gorgeous sandy beach, with private groves and crystal clear waters. My wife and her brother snorkeled right from the beach at the house every day and saw some amazing fish and turtles in the ocean. One night, on my wife's 50th birthday, we had a luau, complete with musicians, dancers, and great food. All going on as the sun set behind them, it felt like we were in a movie! I would so recommend this home to any family or group, we are going back to Home of the Hula Moon whenever possible!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Michael, Thank you so much for taking the time to compliment us. We love our home and I'm so happy that you and your wife enjoyed it too. You are welcome back anytime. The housekeepers gave you 5 stars for being tidy and treating it like your own. I hope that we see you in the Spring. The turtles are out on the rocks in front right now. Welcome to our ohana of happy guests. Sent with aloha- GM
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The Best!

  • 5 of 5

There are simply not enough superlatives to describe Home of the Hula Moon.

We've just returned after a wonderful 10-day family stay there. We could not have asked for a more lovely and accommodating home. We have stayed in many vacation rentals and never before have we found a home where the photos online do not do justice to the reality of the place. This home has to be seen to be believed. The furnishings are beautiful, comfortable and first class. The art work throughout the house is impressive. And everything is meticulously maintained.

Before writing this review I reread the description of Hula Moon on the website. There is not a single misstatement or exaggeration in that description. In fact, if anything, it understates how much Hula Moon has to offer.

The house lacks absolutely nothing: the kitchen is stocked with all the dishes, glassware, utensils, tools and appliances one could possibly need and the garage is filled with bikes, beach chairs and umbrellas, snorkel equipment, reef shoes and pool toys for everyone. And if you do somehow find there is something lacking, I'm quite sure Niki or Steve, the concierge/property managers would happily bring it to you.

We did have a couple of minor equipment glitches early in our stay, but the owner, Niki and Steve all went out of their way to make sure everything was up and working properly.

We loved lounging on the lanai or the back lawn watching the ocean, the turtles and the sunsets. At night, we floated in the pool gazing at the impressive night sky over the Big Island. (The only complaint we could possibly have is that we wished there was a way to turn off some of the outside lights around the pool to get an even clearer view of the sky.) Although we loved spending time at the local beaches and snorkeling, we found that we rarely wanted to leave the property. There is something magical and inviting about the place that makes it hard to leave. You never feel as if you're in a rental property. We felt as if we were in our own home -- it's just that welcoming.

It's very clear that the owners and managers treat this home with love. If you have the chance, run, don't walk, to book some time at Home of the Hula Moon. You will not regret it. We're already trying to figure out when we'll be able to get back there.

Annette & Mike

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Annette and Mike, Thank you for a great review, I really appreciate it and I am so happy that you noticed the art collection and the other personal touches. We do love our home and we want our guests to feel at home there. Niki and Steve are the best, thank you! The cleaning crew gave you a gold star for being tidy, so thanks very much and welcome to our ohana of happy guests. We would love to have to return to the "Home of the Hula Moon" in wonderful Puako. Sent with Aloha- Gail
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  • 5 of 5

This experience was first class in every way.

Home & location : Spectacular.

Furnishings: More beautiful/useful than anyone could expect.

Support: Niki and staff is the best!

Bottom Line: We wish it was our own!!!

Bobby & Diane

  • Submitted: Jul 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Bobby- Thank you so much. We are pleased that your family was able to stay at Hula Moon for that very special birthday! You were great guests and we are happy that you are now part of our ohana. Please come back any time. Sent with aloha to you and Diane.
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Outstanding house and accomodations! Every deal covered.

  • 5 of 5

What a perfect setting to have a family celebration of my wife's 60th and our 35th anniversary. The house was perfect for our age range ....6 months to 60 years. Great snorkeling in front of the house . We hired a young chef via the culinary school who prepared magical meals for our family of 9 with a wide range of eating habits and desires.( Our meal cost's were $18 per person....all ingredients from local farmers markets and from local growers and fishing boats).

You can't go wrong with this property. It is managed by Niki and owner Gail who are very responsive to every need.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review. We are really happy that you enjoyed your celebrations at our home. Please come back for your birthday! We are glad that you are now part of our wonderful ohana and we look forward to seeing you again. Warmest aloha
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Corona del Mar, California

Amazing home for a wonderful vacation!

  • 5 of 5

If you’re searching for a house to call home while you’re on the Big Island, Hula Moon is the place. We held a weeklong family reunion there and it was perfect. There was space and privacy for everyone when they wanted it, along with beautiful and comfortable areas to gather. Our favorite, of course, was the spacious lanai facing the ocean with a front seat to sunsets and an area where several sea turtles sunbathed every day. The home is equipped with everything you need just as it’s listed. Having rented other homes, we always hope that it is clean and well maintained. Hula Moon is beautifully maintained and everything is clean and ready to use and enjoy.

Working with Gail leading up to our trip was a pleasure. She was extremely accommodating to our needs. Niki, our personal concierge, was so friendly and helpful, making our stay complete with local recommendations.

The bottom line is that we all had a fabulous time in this beautiful home in Puako, a very special neighborhood. We highly recommend it. Aloha!

  • Submitted: Apr 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your great review. I'm really happy that your family reunion went so well and that you loved our home. I appreciate the kind words, as does Niki. Please think of us if you return to the Big Island. We'd like to have you back and thanks for being part of our wonderful ohana. Sent with aloha-
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  • 5 of 5

Ten of us stayed at this lovely home for a week--ranging in age from 1 1/2 to 73. We couldn't have found a better place for a once-in-a lifetime event. Every bedroom faces the ocean, the house is open and cool, the spot perfect. The house comes equipped with snorkel gear and beach shoes, towels, excellent kitchen equipment and grill so we cooked and ate out on the lanai as a family. Great snorkeling access a block further down the road to extraordinary snorkeling, and state beaches a 5-minute drive. The details of this house make it really special: soft sheets, robes, great indoor/outdoor showers, a lovely pool for the little ones... You can't do better.

  • Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Meryl, Thank you so much for your nice review. We really appreciate guests like you and hope that your family returns to visit us sometime. I'm glad that you were able to be together and we're happy that everyone enjoyed the pool and the ocean. Puako reef is a great spot for snorkeling and kayaking and paddle boarding. Warmest aloha.
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Fairmont Orchid Hotel
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
Mauna Lani, Fairmont Orchid, Hapuna, or Mauna Lani
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Hapuna Prince, Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea, Fairmont
Nearest Point of Interest
Petroglyph Fields
Nearest Point of Interest
Puako General Store
Car: necessary

Puako is quite possibly the sunniest spot on the Big Island. Blessed with a dry climate and pristine water, Puako remains a top destination for travellers seeking a perfect beach location. The Puako reef is alive with fish, green sea turtles, eagle and manta rays, dolphins, and whales during the winter season. Early Polynesians considered it a spot with strong 'mana' or spirit, and carved numerous petroglyphs in the fields near our home. Surfers love the winter surf at nearby Paniau, a five minute walk from our home, and children will love the tide pools where the sea turtles rest each evening. Puako is a family neighborhood which was originally homesteaded in the 1950's. The Aloha Spirit is strong and you will love being part of this small friendly community. Puako is a short 25 minute drive north of the KONA Airport. Exclusive resorts with spas, restaurants, tennis and golf courses are a 10 minute drive from Puako. Relax or do everything!

Other Activities: Walk-in scuba diving is a 5 minute walk from our home.

Great snorkeling on the Puako Reef.

Hiking trails.

Lovely sandy beaches nearby.

Yoga/massage/spa services nearby.

Golf: Beautiful golf courses at the Mauna Kea and Mauna Lani and other nearby resorts that are a ten minute drive from here.

Rates & Availability

Waimea Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
December low season
Dec 1 2016 - Dec 16 2016
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Dec 31 2016
7 night minimum stay
High Season
Jan 1 2017 - Apr 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jun 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Nov 15 2017
7 night minimum stay
Nov 16 2017 - Nov 30 2017
6 night minimum stay
December Low Season
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 18 2017
7 night minimum stay
Christmas 2017
Dec 19 2017 - Dec 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter High Season
Jan 1 2018 - Apr 30 2018
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $10,000 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,000
Property Damage Protection $99
Cleaning fee $885
Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates are subject to change until contract is signed. The number of guests on the signed contract cannot be exceeded without written permission from the owner. No events or gatherings of more than 13 people are allowed without written permission. Guests agree to let gardeners, maids, pool cleaners etc. do their work as scheduled, please do not turn them away from the property. Please do not take indoor furniture outdoors. No fireworks! Mahalo.

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Waimea Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Local Calls
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Printer
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Blender
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • All bathrooms have large walk-in showers. The two downstairs bathroom showers are very large tiled areas with sliding glass doors from the bedroom and with very tall arched screened ceilings.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Kohala bedroom - 1 king
    Kona Bedroom - 1 king
    Aloha Bedroom - 1 king
    Turtle Bedroom - 4 twin/ single , 2 of the twins can be made into a King bed.
    Upstairs Office - 1 twin/ single , Office has no closing doors, but has a Hawaiian Punee bed
  • 3 bedrooms with new King mattresses. The 4th bedroom with two new twin beds or they can be made into a King bed. This bedroom also has a trundle bed for 2 more people. (best for kids) There is also a Hawaiian Punee (twin) in the upstairs office. We prefer that guests only sleep in the bedrooms.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Umbrellas
  • Bicycles ...
  • Binoculars
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Deck Furniture
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Entertainment Area
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Wood Deck
  • Yard
  • 4 bicycles
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • In Ground Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
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
  • fitness center
  • 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
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
A large flat lawn that goes straight to the ocean, snorkeling fins and masks, beach umbrellas, boogie boards, beach chairs, coolers, pool toys, board games, DVD movies, full-sized pool in the private courtyard.

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