|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
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!
My husband and I enjoyed our stay at this comfortable and beautiful house. We had everything we needed. The house was clean, well furnished, comfortable and equipped very well, and was affordable. We loved the hot tub on the deck. Someone came to check it while we were there to make sure it was safe to use. The view of the ocean was amazing. We never got tired of watching the waves come in. We appreciated the notebook with the information about the area that the owners had prepared. Pahoa was an interesting town and we would love to return sometime. We would recommend this rental and the beautiful area that surrounded it.
While this is a lovely house with a fantastic view, we only stayed one night. We were scheduled to stay for three nights, but after the first night we left. Sadly, there was mold all over everything in this house. I know that it is hard to control moisture when you are right off of the Pacific, but there has to be something that can be done. I live in Houston and grew up on the Texas coast, so I am very familiar with humidity. When you see black splotches on the walls, smoke alarms, and blinds, something needs to be done. The place also had quite a few bugs, both alive and dead. My husband said he found dead roaches in the tub in the guest bathroom....I'm glad he decided to keep that a secret until we left, because we would have been sleeping in the car at that point. I debated about leaving this review, but felt that it needed to be known. I was so disappointed.
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