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Large, Sunny 1 BR with Private Pool and Spa

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Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Ocean View Apartment Rental Photos and Description

1000 sq ft 1 BR, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

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Do you long for…

The majesty of a panoramic ocean view lit by the glow of a tropical sunset?

The grandeur of a star-filled sky unbroken by streetlights or civilization?

The relaxation of watching ocean waves and swaying palms from your patio?

The enjoyment of a steaming cup of coffee, a good book, and a beautiful sunrise?

The solitude of a perfectly quiet evening touched only by the sounds of birdsong and breezes?

But also want…

The fun of swimming and relaxing in your private pool and sun deck?

The joy of swimming and snorkeling with the turtles at a stunning black sand beach?

The excitement of exploring a volcanic wonderland of lava flows and ancient caverns?

The romance of a soothing spa and glass of wine under a tropical sky?

The convenience of nearby shopping, gas, dining, and community library/clubhouse?

Then this might be the perfect spot for you to enjoy your stay in paradise!

Located 45 miles south of Kailua-Kona and 60 miles from Hilo, we offer the wonderful experience of 'Old Hawaii' with its serenity, quiet, and charm. In addition, we are ideally located to allow you to explore both sides of the Big Island. A five minute trip up to the highway takes you to the growing town of Ocean View, with its grocery and hardware stores, restaurants, gas stations, farmers market, and an active community center with library and computer center.

Nearby must-see attractions include the black sand beach at Punalu'u, the green-sand beach and cliffs at South Point, Volcano National Park, and Kula Kai caverns. For the hikers, don't miss walking about 2 ½ miles down to the beach and lagoon at Pohue Bay where you will likely have it to yourselves (especially on a week day). A quick trip to the quaint town of Na'alehu lets you avail yourselves of organically grown local produce, local style restaurants with live music, and a fabulous bakery. Journeying a bit further takes you through lush rain forest to the Kapoho Tidepools with its outstanding snorkeling and abundant sea life.

On the Kona side, you can take time to kayak with the dolphins in Kealakekua Bay and enjoy one of the best snorkeling spots in the state! Of course, you can always head up to Kona or Hilo and enjoy the many sights and experiences they offer and still have plenty of time to return home for dinner on the lanai at sunset.

Hale Li'ili'i Maluhia, or 'Little House of Peace', is at 600' elevation and 2 miles from the coast, providing panoramic ocean views and perfect temperatures and humidity year round. Its unique location at the southern end of the island allows you to experience both fantastic sunsets and sunrises! Because of our low elevation and the cooling trade winds, we are rarely affected by the vog that can affect the Kona Coast. But we are still on the sunny side, where we don't have the rain and the bugs of the Hilo side

Hale Li'ili'i Maluhia is 1000 sq. ft. and features an open floor plan with a living area, dining area, breakfast bar, kitchen, and large bath. The entire unit is located on ground level, providing easy access without the need to negotiate stairs. We provide high speed internet. There are two large glass sliding doors providing abundant light and air which open onto the pool and patio area.

With a king size bed and 32' flat screen TV with Dish Network, it is a great place to relax at the end of a long day of sightseeing and swimming. Two ceiling fans supplement the tradewinds and provide a restful cooling breeze.

The kitchen is open, with a breakfast bar for informal dining. It is well equipped and has oak cabinets. It is ready for you to make your favorite island dishes or just pop something in the microwave for a quick snack. We have tried to provide everything you might need to feel completely at home. If you do need something special, it is usually readily available at the local market.

The pool and spa area is spacious and enclosed by lava rock walls. The 20' x 40' pool is covered to allow for solar heating and is surrounded by tiered concrete decking. A propane fired 5' x 7' spa sits adjacent to the pool for soothing away your tensions at the end of the day. Lounge chairs and a table set allow for relaxation and seating and a gas barbecue is available for outdoor dining. Please note that this area is shared with the owner and his wife living upstairs.

To foster the spirit of quiet and solitude, please be courteous and observe 'quiet hours' before 8:00 AM and after 9:00 PM.

Keywords: private, secluded, apartment,

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 3, 2016
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About The Owner

My wife and I used to live in California and love the sun and the sea. We fell in love with the Big Island during our many vacations to Hawaii, and were fortunate enough to purchase this property for our retirement home. We are avid ballroom dancers and crafters and plan on building a dance and art studio on the property.

The Owner purchased this apartment in 2009

Why The Owner chose Ka'u District

We love the rural charm of 'Old Hawaii' and serenity of the south end of the island. It is on the 'sunny side' of the island and offers a panoramic view of the ocean 2 miles away. We enjoy watching the whale migration in season from our lanai. We also wanted to be in an area relatively free of the 'vog' that can affect the higher elevations and coastal areas to the north. We enjoy having services and amenities close by to avoid the need for frequent trips in to Kona or Hilo. We love the home and hope you will enjoy it as much as we do!

What makes this apartment unique

At 'Hale Li'ili'i Maluhia' you can experience the peace and refreshment of 'getting away from it all' while still 'having it all'. Your vacation can be as active or relaxed as you wish. You can explore the richness of the Big Island or relax with a book on the lanai or by the pool. Kids will enjoy the opportunity to swim and splash about and adults can enjoy a relaxing soak in the spa at the end of the day. It provides a great base for exploring the delights of the east side of the Island without the long drive back to Kona. Make sure you take the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular, star filled night skies and look for shooting stars. The star-gazing is truly world-class!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hi, Bob and Sue,

Mahalo for everything. The studio was very clean and well equipped. We enjoyed our stay here and the pool and BBQ were very nice. We would recommend this place to anybody!

Thanks again,
Aug 2013
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Large, Sunny 1 BR with Private Pool and Spa
average rating of 4.875 based on 27 reviews

Beautiful Retreat From The Crowds

  • 5 of 5

It is never hard to find large masses of people enjoying all of the amazing sights and sounds of Hawaii. What can be difficult is being able to find peace and quiet after a day of touristing about. This rental was perfect for doing just that. If your idea of a vacation is to relax and enjoy awesome views, possess a beautiful private pool, and have all of the modern conveniences still at hand then this home can't be beat. Being able to hike down to a beach that you can pretend is all your own whenever you wish is a huge bonus that I don't know you can find in too many other places in Hawaii.

I feel a certain independence of spirit is required for staying here as the owner lives off-site and the caretaker is invisible if you don't need him. My wife and I needed some time to ourselves and I can safely say we had that in droves. There are better places to stay if you need continual stimuli (there is full internet and tv here if you need it) but if you love laying in bed listening to not much at all or having breakfast outside while gazing over the ocean at infinity then you have found your place.

Everything was clean, orderly and looking like the home we should all have. We left here not only having seen what we wanted to see but also very rested and really not wanting to leave. Perfect.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tipton, Iowa

Quiet, Beautiful location away from it all

  • 5 of 5

We arrived at the house after midnight after a flight delay and Bob was kind enough to stay awake and make sure that we got into the property before he went to sleep. The property itself is great and sits on an old lava flow, which makes it look like you've landed on Mars, it is really something to see. The location is great for checking out the south and east sides of the island, and we took advantage by going into Volcano Park twice and exploring the Hilo area on another day. There is a semi-private beach at Pohue Bay which you can hike to from the house on a rough trail. It is beautiful, but be aware that the hike back to the house is about 3 miles at an uphill grade and can get very warm in the afternoon, so take water and sturdy shoes if you attempt that hike (it is well worth the effort). People should be aware that if you are looking for resort type amenities and restaurants, you will not find that here, but if you are looking for a place that is quiet, remote and has good access to the south shore, then this is the place to be. We didn't have a chance to use the pool or hot tub during our visit since we were constantly out exploring the Island, but both looked very nice. Thanks again for everything, and we can't wait to return to the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Canberra in Australia

Very pleased with our stay

  • 5 of 5

The property was as described and was a pleasure to stay at.

There was a small issue that we could not gain access to the property when we arrived, due to an internally locked door, but that was quickly resolved by the owners in-town house manager.

The surrounding lava landscape is interesting and the old Hawaiian walking trail to the beach is a must do. On the trail you will see interesting pukas and lava balls etc. The walking trail starts off Poko Drive and is marked with white coral bits on lave high points.

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place to geet away from the noise of the city

  • 5 of 5

Awesome location between Hilo and Kona, so you can enjoy the whole island. Only an 1.5 hours to Hilo instead of 3hrs from Kona. 1 hour from the volcano park. very clean and a large space to live in, large patio windows, full kitchen was great to use. Communication with owner was professional and prompt, answered all questions. It was like a home away from home really. Everything we needed was available. the local area is an old lava flow so If you like hiking and bizarre rock formations, you can wet your appetite right from the back yard. We loved it. there is a grocery store, gas station, pizza shops, bbq food, breakfast place all nearby just off the main highway (about 4 miles away). if you like Hiking I highly recommend volcano national park to start. there is a ton of other places to hike. also Snorkeling is good at black sand beach, scuba dive in Kona (Big island divers is the best- DO THE MANTA DIVE) as Hilo is not as good (visibility).

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Chris, we are glad that you found our home as enjoyable as we do! Thanks for staying with us. Bob and Sue
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Nice Studio Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Nice place and decent location for hitting some areas of the Big Island not easily reached from other locales.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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Lebanon, MO

Stan, Judy and Jeremy

  • 4 of 5

We truly loved our stay. The unit is open, light, and has a lovely view of the Kau coast, the complete coverage by the lava flow and South Point. We were able to base here and drive into Kona and Hilo without hassle. The total peace and quiet was more than expected, wonderful sunrises and sunsets for us to enjoy and yet our grandson had plenty of pool time.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Stan, it sounds like you enjoyed the studio as much as we do! We are so pleased that it worked out so well for you and look forward to having you on a future trip. Thanks again for staying with us! Bob
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Discovery Harbor
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Belt Highway
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
L&L Hawaiian BBQ
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Pohue Bay (by hiking trail)
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Ocean View Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 18 2016 - Dec 28 2016
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $12 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $250
Tax Rate 13.25%

Standard rates are for 2 or fewer. Additional guests are $12 per day per person. Please note that VRBO/Homeaway's service fee included in their online quote is only collected on Homeaway Automated Payments which I have disabled, so direct payment by check or Paypal will not include this fee. Please contact me if you find this to be a hardship. You can google "homeaway service fee" to find out more about their recent policy change.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Ocean View Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) full sleeper sofa
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 3 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • festivals
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf
  • hiking
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing

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