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Beautiful Home with Panoramic Ocean View, Large Pool, Hot Tub.

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Half Baths
Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

3 Bedrooms, 1.75 Bathrooms, Other (See Description), Sleeps 6

This is a beautiful, very private home copied from a Frank Lloyd Wright design and modified to provide convenience and openness. A terra cotta cinderblock garden wall, matching the house walls, provides privacy on the mountain side, forming a large courtyard and bringing out the beauty of our bougainvillea and other tropical flowers and gardens. The other side of the house and gardens are fenced for pets, including large or small dogs. Relax on our covered lanai with a drink and your loved ones and watch the Kona sunsets over the ocean.

Enjoy the fishing boat activities on the sea below. Look up the coast at the beautiful Kealakekua Bay. Watch the saffron finches and tropical Java sparrows at the bird feeders and listen to the sounds of the Hawaiian doves. Enjoy our 3 bedrooms, carpeted, with 2 king size beds and one double bed, each equipped with dressers and closets. Each bedroom has sliding glass doors that open onto pool deck.

Additional Details: The large living room has sliding glass doors on both sides to allow the breezes through. The house retains a perfect temperature all day, no fans or air conditioning needed, but on an exceptionally hot day there are ceiling fans in every room. During the cooler evenings we sometimes close the sliding doors on the mountain side. From the bedrooms or the living room you can listen to the garden fountain and watch the birds take baths. There are 55 Macademia nut trees on the 3 acres which is a small, older lava flow. We also have mango trees and citrus. A nut cracker is provided on one of the lanai tables.

More Information: The large table seats six and we eat dinner out there in the sunsets. Our pool is long enough for lap swimming, but wide enough for kids to play in. It is heated with a solar heating system. You can walk out of the house and jump right into the pool. Bathing suits are optional because there is a privacy wall from the neighbors who are far enough away that they couldn't see what you have on anyway.

When you finish your swim, relax in our large, blue hot tub which seats seven, with two jet settings and a little waterfall. You can experiment with the different color lights in the evenings. There is a red cement lanai all the way around the house, providing lots of room for your Scuba and snorkeling gear or pool toys.

Dave and Sally are newly retired teachers. We have taught in the Bay Area in California in a two room school, on Hornby Island in British Columbia, Canada, and here in Kona for the last 14 years. We also ran a group home for troubled teens in Victoria for six years. Dave runs a special program at Kealakehe High School in Kailua-Kona for teen age kids who have trouble with the larger campus, and Sally taught at the Elementary level at a private preparatory school in Kona, both in the classroom and PE and Music. We will be dividing our time between our home in Canada and our home here in Hawaii. We hope you enjoy our place.

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Sally Englund
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
January 5, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

We spent 10 glorious days at your property and were thrilled with the house and the location. The house had everything we needed and the view was spectacular. We were surprised to find what turned out to be arguably the best snorkeling/diving/swimming with dolphins spot on the Big Island just a few minutes down the road (Honaunau Bay). We loved hanging out by the pool on the lanai watching the sun set in the evenings and in the morning eating papaya from the fruit stand down the road. We had a truly restorative vacation and hope to return soon. Many thanks!!!
Dec 2010
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Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(24 traveler reviews)

Beautiful Home with Panoramic Ocean View, Large Pool, Hot Tub.
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 27 reviews
Eureka, CA

Just what we needed

  • 5 of 5

The privacy and rural location of the property was just what we needed. The house is roomy and the ourdoor space relaxing. We enjoyed both the pool and hot tub. The rental process was smooth and hassel-free. Thank you Sally!

  • Submitted: Oct 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect secluded location with spectacular view to get away from it all!

  • 4 of 5

If you're looking for a place to stay away from other people and soak up some peace and quiet, then this is the perfect spot. We thoroughly enjoyed our morning swims in the pool followed by breakfast on the patio gazing out over the Pacific Ocean. The indoor geckos were friendly and we became fast friends. There was a closet full of family board games that we also enjoyed. The reason we are not able to give the property five stars is due to the lack of cleanliness and the uncomfortable beds. The host graciously refunded the cleaning deposit plus a bit more because the spa was unusable during our stay. Lastly, the host provided her own guide to the island which was full of information that we found extremely helpful.

  • Submitted: Oct 25, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Puna HI

breathtaking views

  • 4 of 5

Overall our stay was a peaceful one, as we had wanted to get away from it all. We had a couple of interruptions, but the owner Sally was very accommodating, even while on vacation herself. The house itself was very comfortable with a very secluded feel. Our family enjoyed the pool and back yard with an unobstructed view of the Kona coast. The peace and quiet was just what we were looking for! Even though you can see right through the house, it still has a very private feel due to the fenced garden on one side and the open cliffs on the other. We especially liked cracking open fresh macadamia nuts and watching all the birds at the bird feeder. The kitchen was well equipped with toaster, microwave, stove and oven and full size fridge. All the utensils cups and plates we could use. Overall it was a very relaxing stay.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We would like to thank our recent guests for their nice review- unfortunately I forgot to warn them about our pool guy and the gardener and that won't happen again. I guess that's why we didn't get our usual 5 stars. Aloha, Sally Englund
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Spacious, warm and friendly home with great ocean view in serene setting. Loved it!

  • 5 of 5

Hawai'i was on our dream list and we (2 adults, 11 yo boy and 15 yo girl) stayed at this house during our week on the Big Island in August 2016, so we had high expectations. We became progressively more comfortable with the place as we scanned through the photos, and then interacted with the owner Sally. Our questions were answered in a very welcoming and timely manner, and the information was accurate. For us this place seemed perfect, and it was! Spacious, clean and everything in working order. Overhead fans were great, and in one bedroom the overhead fan was loud but a desktop fan was supplied for comfort, which was fine. The photos on the website were limited, but there are 2 bedrooms side-by-side, then a bathroom, then a master bedroom, all opening into an internal hallway and also patio doors opening onto the pool deck. If you have young children your concern will be that if left unattended they will wander onto the pool deck and into the pool. For us it was perfect. The pool and hot tub were clean and well maintained, and there was a variety of snorkeling gear to use. The view of the ocean was unobstructed and stunning every day - this was a serene oasis after spending the days touring and sightseeing (btw you definitely need to rent a car if you rent this house). The owner provided important and accurate information to guide us on the island, this was very much appreciated. The lovely gardens and friendly geckos (inside and out) added a warm feeling to the home. Tiny ants were seen in the kitchen so everything edible went into the fridge, but this is common in Hawai'i and we'd prefer that over pesticide use. Love the sound of the frogs at night! Boogie boards were left for us to use and we kept them in the car just in case we found a beach, very handy. We would definitely recommend this home for people who love nature, serenity, access to the natural wonders in the area, and we will definitely return if we make it back to the island. Paul and Caroline, Ottawa, Canada

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Extraordinary is the right word to summarize our stay in this beautiful home. We were there ( a family of 5 ) from 25 of july to 2 of august 2016 and we really appreciated. The house is super comfortable, the breathtaking view; really nice pool and spa. The owner is very accomodative. The localisation is perfect. We wholeheartedly recommend this rental.

Mario Lafond

  • Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rustic House, Beautiful View

  • 2 of 5

This home has a beautiful view from the pool deck (lava rock, with a distant view of the water), and a wealth of surrounding tropical foliage and birds. The house itself is rustic, with a cement shower in the main bathroom, plentiful roaches (in the kitchen and living room particularly); and beds and carpet badly in need of replacement. We cut our stay short due to the beds and roaches. When we shared the reasons for our early departure with the owner, she was apologetic and said she would look into the situation and even refund a few nights of our rental fee. She later followed up to let us know that her housekeeper and the exterminator checked on the house, couldn't find any evidence of roaches, and that the beds seemed fine also. We didn't receive the refund that was offered. The owner seems like a very nice person, but from this experience, we suspect there is a certain amount of denial about the condition of this home. The exterminator claims that "mainlanders" like us don't understand about roaches in a tropical climate, but we live in Florida and are very familiar with the signs of roach infestation. Beyond dealing with the roaches, our backs couldn't withstand the condition of the bed in the master bedroom. With a little bit of TLC, this could be a wonderful vacation home.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: As soon as these people let me know they had problems, which was after they checked out early, I immediately called Terminix, who treats our house, and our cleaner, who is excellent and has done big hotels before. They were there the next day and both the Terminix man and our cleaner were adamant that they found no evidence of roach activity. I told the Terminix guy to treat it anyway. Our cleaner and her husband lay on the bed and didn't feel anything. I said I would refund them anyway and they wrote that it wasn't necessary. I waited till we returned to the states because Canadian mail can take up to 3 weeks and there was a postal strike imminent in Canada, but then was not near a Post Office and I confess, because they said it wasn't necessary, I put it off but have not forgotten. I am very confused about their comments, because both the professionals disagreed and the people just before and just after have written 5 star reviews. So please read all our other reviews. Our cleaner takes everything personally and was very upset, saying it was very clean and we have had no other complaints.
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.02 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Car: necessary

We are south of Honaunau, off the main highway, with a 180 degree view of the ocean and up the coastline to Kealakekua Bay and Kailua Kona. It is very quiet and private, in the country near cattle ranches and Honaunau Bay, which is the best dive and snorkel site in Hawaii, and also near the National Historical Park. We are 15 minutes from Captain Cook, where there is a shopping center, and 35 minutes from Keauhou and Kailua Kona. Our place is an oasis on a small lava flow, but landscaped so you don't see lava from the lanais. We are one and a half hours to Volcanoes National Park. There are plenty of nearby activities: snorkeling, swimming, Hookena Beach Park, scuba, kayaking, hang gliding, antiquing, coffee farms, madademia nut farms. We have 55 macademia nut trees, 4 mango trees, citrus trees. Eat your fill. Watch the birds at the feeder and the boats on the ocean. Enjoy a drink on the lanai and watch the Kona sunsets.

Other Activities: shopping, kayaking, parasailing, miniature golf, boating, wildlife viewing, basketball court


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Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $150 + Tax
Pet Fee $30
Tax Rate 13.5%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Opihihale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Half 1 - toilet
  • Our large main bathroom has a shower big enough to share or to contain a wheelchair, aqua tile floor, and long counter. There's a door that opens onto the pool deck. The shower can be used as a bathtub. Out on the lanai is another small bathroom that has a toilet and a shower with a view of the side yard. You can wash hands in the nearby kitchen sink inside.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , 1 double
  • Enjoy our 3 bedrooms, carpeted, with 2 king size beds and one double bed, each equipped with dressers and closets. Each bedroom has sliding glass doors that open onto pool deck. The master bedroom has 2 closets and a regular door to hallway, while the other two bedrooms have sliding Japanese soji doors.
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Hot Tub
  • Private Pool
  • Spa Whirlpool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Near Kona Coffee farms, cattle ranches, botanical garden, local restaurants. Enjoy the fishing boat activities on the sea below. Look up the coast at the beautiful Kealakekua Bay. Watch the saffron finches and tropical Java sparrows at the bird feeders and listen to the sounds of the Hawaiian doves. Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer. Deck/Patio: Large wood deck around pool, with railing. Lanai (3) : Red cement lanais all around the house. Ocean View: 180 degree ocean view, no houses in front of us. Mountain View: Looking up the hill at Mauna Loa, Hualalai Mountain can be seen from the front and side of the house. Kid Friendly: Toddlers and small children must be watched as pool is accessible to bedrooms and lanais. Small children will be welcome at your own risk. Handicapped and Wheelchair Accessible (may have limitations). Wood finishing and kitchen counters and cabinets are beautiful, old growth fir from Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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