|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
If you want the feeling of being on a ship without the movement, this is the place to be! Located in Hawaiian Beaches (about 20 miles south of Hilo), Hale Ehu Kai is a 2-bedroom, 2-bath wheelchair accessible vacation rental house on the Big Island of Hawaii in an area with magical views and other beautiful homes.
Relax in the hot tub on the lanai and see whales and spinner dolphins (in season). The lanai is extra wide for outdoor dining, and a lava barbecue is right out in front. The name Hale Ehu Kai (Sea Spray) is very appropriate for this home as you watch the waves splash against the rock cliffs.
You'll see unobstructed ocean views from the living and dining rooms, kitchen, and oceanfront bedroom. The living area is spacious, with beautiful floors and a tiled kitchen. Ceiling fans help keep the house cool, and the owners have thought about your comfort by providing a TV, DVD, stereo with CD, along with a collection of videos. The home has high-speed Internet and there is a washer/dryer.
The master bedroom offers a king bed, the oceanfront bedroom has a queen bed, and the living room has a double futon. There are two baths, an en suite master bath and a second bath with a Jacuzzi tub. As an extra touch, the house was built to be accessible by the disabled, with a ramp to the front door, wide interior doors, and roll-in shower.
There are many interesting areas nearby where you can go snorkeling, swim in a thermally heated hot pond, and see recent lava flows from the Kilauea Volcano. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is less than an hour away.
From the Hale Ehu Kai Guest Book:
My first trip to Hawaii and what a perfect place to start my Hawaii Experience. Loved being lulled to sleep by the surf. --Esther R., Portland OR
When we drove up tears came to my eyes over the beauty of this place. It was so much more than I hoped for. The views are breathtaking and the house is amazing. --Blake and Sheree E., Atlanta GA
First morning with coffee the whales put on a wonderful show for us. Can't ask for anything more. Great house, great island! --Bert and Deb D., Peoria IL
Hale Ehu Kai is absolutely perfect -- perfect views, perfect amenities, fabulous shower and jacuzzi tub (in and out) in a fabulous part of the island. We'll be back! --Abby R. and Waldine C., Tucson, AZ
I have been to Hawaii many times... but this was the best. I will treasure the memory of the last few days forever. --Janet W., Denver CO
We loved this place. Fell asleep listening to the ocean waves. We could watch the sunrise and sunset while watching the turtles right in front of our Lanaii. The location was also perfect for seeing all the sights on the Hilo side of the island. We would love to come back.
Everything about our stay was easy, from the on-line reservation, communicating via email with the owner/hosts, the detailed instructions that they sent, getting to and into the house, and closing up. Hart even called at the start of our stay to check in with us and offer suggestions for local eats and things to do.
A couple of things to be aware of:
This is a ocean front home, very, very ocean front, as in walk twenty feet away from the back of the house and your feet will be wet. Ocean front homes take a beating from the salt spray and weather. So that means you will see some rust and corrosion on the door frames and windows. That does NOT mean that the house is dirty or poorly maintained. That's just the way it is with a home so close to the salt spray
There is no air conditioning at the house, so don't go searching for a thermostat. We stayed there in late March and had no need for AC. The ocean breeze cooled the place quite nicely.
The house is in Hawaii, a tropical island, so bugs are a fact of life. We saw a few during our stay, but no means were we overrun. Clean up the kitchen and eating areas carefully, do not leave open food on the counters and it will be fine. We never had any problems in the bedroom.
It's in a quiet neighborhood, away from nightlife. Good restaurants, stores were an easy 30 min drive away, and the location was well situated for seeing Hilo and the area north of there, as well as Volcano National Park, and the Kalapana area. If you're interested in being in tghe thick of things, this is not the location for you. If you're wanting a quite neighborhood, with killer ocean views, and a very comfortable house, you will be right at home.
The house is very well stocked with everything that you will need; a fully equipped and functional kitchen, comfortable bedrooms, and 2 full bathrooms. We are not handicapped in any way, but for those that have mobility impairments, the house seems very accommodating in that regard.
All-in-all it was great place to stay.
If you would like to experience Hawaiian island living just a few feet from waves crashing into a cliff below, it would be hard to find a better vacation home. One of the two bedrooms, the living area and the lanai (porch) all face the sea. Looking out, it almost feels like one is on a boat, except their is no rocking. We enjoyed dining on the lanai, watching the hypnotic wave action, and we enjoyed letting the sound of the waves lull us to sleep at night. There are several restaurants nearby in Pahoa, but we enjoyed cooking and eating most breakfasts and dinners in this well supplied home. The home was a good base for visiting a number of beautiful parks, and was close to a hike where one could watch hot lave shooting into the sea at sunset.
This is the lush, green, wet side of the Big Island. The vegetation is spectacularly beautiful. it rained most nights, but late mornings through evenings were clear for us. Between the nighttime rains and the sea spray this house is definitely in a humid location! The good news is that the temperatures in January were perfect. We never felt too hot or too cold. My only complaint about the house is that the beds are exceptionally soft. My back needs a bit more support than most. Fortunately I found a mattress in the closet that let me sleep comfortably on the floor.
This house's location, perched on the cliff, was amazing. In a well-maintained neighborhood, it was a great spot to explore the eastern side of the Big Island from. Loved the wall of windows...the waves were mesmerizing. We ate out on the huge lanai when we had the chance, but never used the hot tub (too busy adventuring I guess). Didn't spot whales or dolphins, but turtles were a common sight feeding offshore. Sunrises were beautiful...
Overall, the house was well taken care of. When we first walked in the house, we were met by lovely music that someone had thoughtfully turned on. A nice touch! The bathrooms in particular, seemed to be recently painted and updated. Very clean, except the blind over the kitchen sink. Mildew around window and on blinds. Upon entering the house for the first time, there was a noticeable mildew smell. This disappeared as soon as we opened the windows and aired it out. Except in the bedrooms....that carpet is somewhat musty. (Maybe yank that out next time you make improvements.) Loved the tall ceilings and ceiling fans too. Kitchen was adequate for our needs. A bit of a time with the gas stove at first. Initially one of the burners (front left) would stay on for about 30 seconds and then go out. Luckily I was standing right there, or we could have had an issue. It took about 5 times relighting it before it finally stayed on. Maybe something blocking the line? We did get a surprise one evening when the hot water ran out. Had run dishwasher, washing machine, and 4 showers over the course of the day. Unfortunately that last shower (late at night) was an ice cold one. Looked for a hot water heater, thinking maybe a pilot light had gone out (remembering stove earlier) but didn't find one. The next morning we looked on the roof, and sure enough, solar hot water! Evidently the cloudy days we experienced were not enough to supply what we needed. Luckily it was only that one day. The other days were sunny enough. But it would be nice if the house info had indicated solar so we would have a heads up. And no, we didn't call since it was late Saturday night and didn't want to disturb anyone for a non-emergency. :-)
We enjoyed our stay here, and I only dinged one star off mainly because of the mildew and minor annoyances. A lovely place to stay!
We loved this home! So close to the water and you get to listen to the waves crash at night, that was a wonderful way to fall asleep. We enjoyed the sounds of the Coqui frogs, they are so cute. The home was very clean and nicely appointed, we utilized the kitchen, balcony and hot tub quite a lot. This was a great place to relax and enjoy, will recommend to our friends!! Made a great base to enjoy the Volcano National Park!! Would stay here again if we ever return to this island.
Other than a few blinds being very worn it was in great shape. Clean and comfortable. Unfortunately it was too windy to use the deck unless you wanted to be soaked by sea spray!
Close to Hilo (the Big Island's Largest City), Wonderful Nearby Snorkeling Areas, Thermally Heated Warm Pond, Near Pahoa with Eclectic Shops and Restaurants, Less Than An Hour to Volcanoes National Park. Ask us about the owner's other vacation rental home on the Kona side of the Big Island