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Great family home on sandy beach

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

Kolea (the Hawaiian name for the Pacific Golden Plover) are believed to have been migrating between Alaska and Hawaii for at least 120,000 years, returning to the same spot year after year. Symbolizing the unbroken continuity of nature’s rhythms, the kolea is an “aumakua” or “protector spirit” and figures in many Hawaiian stories, songs, chants and hula. It is an apt name for this seaside home, whose owner first came to the site as a child in 1929. This is one of four homes in this family compound (see also Honu, Ehu Kai and Ulu Niu), Kolea itself represents continuity, with many families returning to it every year—for good reason: it is a rare find: a beachfront vacation home at an affordable rate. Set amid the cooling shade of a coconut palm collection that was once the largest in the state, Kolea’s grassy yard is nearly an acre in size—great for children. Steps away is the white sand beach of Waialea Bay, where you’ll swim, dive, snorkel and sunbathe while enjoying the honu (sea turtles), manta rays and wintertime whale activity.

The three-bedroom, two-bath, two-story home, built in 1969 and recently renovated in 2017, offers comfortable beachside living with cool breezes, outdoor dining, ocean views and spectacular sunsets. Kolea is one of only a handful of vacation rentals available on Waialea Bay, a prized location for a Hawaii vacation.

TA and GE tax number 003-998-7200-01

Keywords: beach front house, Puako/Waialea Bay area,

oceanfront house, sandy beach, 3 bedroom beach house, 2 bedroom house

More Details

Property Manager
Mary Fox
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 15, 2017

About Mary Fox

loha, I am Mary Fox, R (B) and owner of 2 Papayas, LLC. I manage this wonderful Puako home on behalf of the Owners. I would love to help you and your family find the perfect home for your stay on the Big Island. I am a nearby resident, myself, so I am available to greet you upon arrival, answer any questions you may have, or attend to any concerns or requests that may arise during your stay. Until we meet in Paradise....

Why Mary Fox chose Kohala Coast

A great family beach house with all the comforts of home, yet steps to the world class Waialea Bay.

What makes this house unique

This beach front home offers you one of the best locations to enjoy Waialea Bay. The home itself is cool and comfortable with AC in the bedrooms and ocean breezes throughout.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We will dearly miss the sounds of the birds, the warm breeze and watching the ocean waves. The location, access to beach, Hawaiian styling were the best!
Jan 2016
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Waimea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Upstairs attached to the bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , Downstairs bathroom adjacent to the bedroom
  • There is also an outdoor shower to rinse after a day on the beach
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , Downstairs bedroom with two beds and adjacant bathroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Upstairs bedroom with attached full bathroom
  • Each bedroom has an air conditioning
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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(14 traveler reviews)

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Great family home on sandy beach
average rating of 4.428571 based on 15 reviews
Rhode Island

Heavenly beach not so heavenly house management

  • 2 of 5

The beach is amazing, absolutely heavenly snorkeling. The home management company was condescending at best and really quite rude. They unfortunately manage quite a few homes on this beach but there are alternatives and we will seek them. As for the House the downstairs is dank and lots of bugs, the shower backs up. The upstairs is fine though (not fancy but not full of bugs and clean). Great breeze from the ocean where up the hill it will be hot at night it's not so here. Watch your things on the beach, lots of theft happening, don't leave anything valuable.

  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are saddened and disappointed that this traveler had a less than stellar experience with the house and with us. Having recieved awards for "Best Property Managers" for three years, we pride ourselves in good customer relations with a friendly aloha attitude, but it sounds like we missed the mark with this guest. Interestingly, this review was posted in April 2016 with a check-in date of October 7, 2015 but upon reviewing our records we did not show a check-in on that day. We would love to have our mystery guest contact us so we can make this right. We are lucky enough to have vendors available to us at a moment's notice, or at least a day's notice, so we would hope that any guest who has an issue with anything, including plumbing or pests would contact us during their visit so we can correct any issues at hand. As for the "dank and buggy downstairs room"; Kolea will be remodeled this fall so everything will be bright and new. Look for photos of the remodel coming in 2017. Mahalo, the Management of 2 Papayas
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Seattle, WA USA

Second Kolea stay

  • 5 of 5

We love this beach (sand, shade, snorkeling) and house, and 2 Papayas is a very responsive property manager. My husband is particularly happy with the cooking gear in the house, and there is a great lanai for meals and lounging. 5 miles away in Kawaihae is a wonderful fish store, next door to the best lunch truck (fish tacos and seared ahi salad). A very relaxing vacation all together.

  • Submitted: Dec 28, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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2 Papayas Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Condo was great and well maintained. It is an easy trip from airport, easy walk to beach and a short ride to Weimea headquarters to the Parker ranch and great place to shop. I highly recommend 2 Papayas and hope to return.

  • Submitted: Dec 17, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, house not so great

  • 1 of 5

My family (me, husband, two 3yo boys) stayed at this house and were really excited about it given the reviews. We always use VRBO versus hotel/resort vacations and usually have great success. The experience booking and with 2 Papayas was great, and the location was spectacular. We arrived in the early evening, headed straight to the beach and were greeted by humpback whales flapping their tails in the water on the horizon. The beach was mostly sand with some rocks. Not good for small kid swimming really but they had a great time playing in the sand. It rained for most of our stay, but it was really nice to be so close to the beach to capture the windows of sunshine.

The real problem was the house itself. We had planned on putting our kids in the downstairs bedroom but upon arrival noticed that there were carpets of ants on the floor (and some crawling on the bed). The ants got progressively worse throughout the week, to the point where we didn't even want to use the shower down there. So, we put the kids on the floor in our bedroom and two days in I got stung by a scorpion about two feet from where we had them sleeping. Because the floors and walls are all very dark wood, we were constantly living in fear of bugs. We were warned that there might be some mouse activity but kept doors shut/food in the fridge and never saw signs of them. It felt a little bit dirty around the edges in general - grime and dirt built up in cracks between fridge and counter, behind the couch, etc. The only last minor comment is that the living room area only had one couch and a couple of uncomfortable chairs so there wasn't much of an opportunity for lounging around as a family with the exception of the table.

I think and hope this is probably an uncommon experience with the insects, but I wanted to share. On the contrary, we had some friends staying at a 2 Papayas rental (twice as expensive) in Puako during the same week and their house was lovely and very clean.

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so sorry our guest had this buggy experience which does sound exasperating for a family. Unfortunately, during the rainy season, the bugs moved in out of the rain, too, and despite our best efforts, were a problem.
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Beautiful Kolea

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful family vacation at Kolea. The shade and breezes keep the house comfortable all day, although you don't need to spend too much time indoors with a beautiful beach just outside the door. The beach has shade, which we found is pretty rare on Big Island beaches, but means you can spend all day. Waialeia Bay is a perfect location if you want to swim and snorkel: so many fish steps away, and Hapuna Beach is very close, too, for more active kids who want to boogie board, etc. I wouldn't trade the quiet sunsets for anything; probably our favorite part of our first trip to the Big Island. A huge yard with plenty of shade for kids to play, spacious lanai where we ate every meal, shave ice nearby in Kawihae, sturdy boogie boards and working grill. Gorgeous spot, peaceful house. Hope to return.

  • Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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puako vacation

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in the house and area four times and love the Puako area so much. Great beach house and easy to live in and close to all the North end sights. Great information given by 2 Papayas. Look forward to staying again soon. Linda

  • Submitted: Jul 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Keahole (Kona)
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Seafood Bar/Kawaihae
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
numerous golf coursese
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Under the Bodhi Tree
Nearest Beach
Waialea Bay
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Waimea House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
2017 Cmas
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 5 2018
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $300 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $500
Tax Rate 14.17%

Quotable rates are for planning purposes only and are NOT AN EXACT QUOTE due to seasonal pricing, number of people in your party and limitations by vrbo software. Please call or email us directly for an exact quote for your stay. We are a licensed Real Estate company in Hawaii managing this home on behalf of the owner.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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