|Minimum Stay||7 - 14 nights|
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. Now 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 two-bedroom, two-bath, two-story home, built in 1969 and recently renovated, 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, 2 bedroom beach house, 2 bedroom house
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
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|
|Refundable damage deposit||$500|
|Cleaning fee||$200 + Tax|
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. We will never ask you for credit card info or to wire funds.
We're small, local company so sorry, but due to high fees, we do not accept credit cards. 1/4th rent due by check within 14 days of booking. Balance due 60 days prior to arrival. Each payment, once received, is non-refundable in the event of cancellation unless we can rebook dates. Checks/money orders accept in US funds. We recommend that you purchase travel insurance. Cmas/NY due dates vary.