Beautiful House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)
Jill Ami Meyers
About Jill Ami Meyers
I am an artist. I own and operate the Blue Ginger Gallery located in Kainaliu, Kona. I came to live on the Big Island 28 years ago. I have lived at this Manini Beach location for 23 years. I love the ocean. I enjoy snorkeling and paddle boarding in the Bay when ever possible!~
Jill Ami Meyers purchased this House in 1990
Why Jill Ami Meyers chose Captain Cook
This old Hawaiian village is very special. There is lots of history yet to be told here! The relaxed lifestyle and neighborly feeling never changes. Mostly, I love the pristine ocean here, it is like nowhere else on earth, combined with tropical smells and the quiet in this quaint neighborhood of Napo`opo`o.
What makes this House unique
I really enjoy jumping into the clean magical water at Manini Beach. There is cold, underground, mountain water which enters the ocean at Manini Beach. This creates brackish water which is supposed to be healing. I always appreciate swimming with the beautiful reef fish and the sea turtles, the visibility is beyond compare. Also, the beach access road is wonderful for biking or jogging. Walk to Manini Point for a sunset and watch whales breach in the winter months. Dolphins play all year round. Swimming with the Spinner dolphins is a breathtaking experience for anyone to enjoy, young and old alike!
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
Please remove all your used diapers from property
Minimum age of primary renter:21
Please take any stinky garbage to the dump which is located only 2 minutes away. (this especially includes any used diapers)
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Amazing Stay at Napo'opo'o
This is a very special VRBO property due to the perfect combination of accommodation, location and management. We texted Jill when we got off the plane and she made us feel welcome immediately. After we arrived and settled in, she came by with a basket of fruit from her garden. The house is even more impressive than photos show and our family of 4 was very comfortable in the two king beds and huge lanai. I love to snorkel and found amazing adventures steps away in Kealakekua Bay, and short drives to Ke'ei, Honaunau and Ho'okena. My son picked up a ukulele in Maui, and Jill invited him to her house to sing and play with friends. The property is very quiet and relaxing, and remains off the beaten path. We have stayed in several vacation properties and this is one of our favorite.
Beautiful, clean house &lanai
A Mixed Bag
This property is a mixed bag: a good rental within its four walls, but adversely impacted by location and billing issues.
For background, my wife and I have lived several years in Hawaii, on the islands of Oahu, Hawaii, and Molokai. We have rented scores of vacation properties, both inside and outside the United States.
The positives: It’s clean and well-maintained. Internet service is good. Clothes washer and dryer. The kitchen is workable (we cook, so kitchens matter). The property allows pets (we had our two dogs with us during our stay).
The mediums: There are cats that frequent the property. If you bring dogs, you should know this. The cats are friendly; but if you are bringing dogs that react to cats, it’s something you need to know in advance.
Now the negatives:
The property is in the flat-lands near the shoreline. That may sound like a positive (and it certainly can be, because you are close to some good things on a great bay); but it means that you have no view, and the surrounding properties and vegetation limit airflow. Your view is the small yard, there is little-to-no breeze, and the house gets hot. There are window air conditioning units in the bedrooms, which helps with sleeping, but they do nothing for the rest of the house. The way you avoid air conditioning in Hawaii is exposure to the trade-winds; this house is lacking in that regard.
Next is privacy. The owner lives immediately adjacent to the rental, and the rental is in a separate house that contains another basement-level VRBO. If you are looking for privacy, you aren’t going to find it here. Hawaii living typically involves close proximity on small lots, but that isn’t always what someone wants in a vacation rental.
The final negative is the security deposit. We were charged a cumulative of two thousand for a three-night rental. That is more than anything we have encountered anywhere. Two weeks later, we still haven’t received a refund, although the owner says she has approved a full return. I just talked to VRBO.com, and was told that the refund was “initiated” by the owner just yesterday. I don’t know where the issue lies, but the amount and timeline are excessive.
So this is, again, a mixed bag: a nice rental within the confines of its physical structure; but lacking a view, privacy, and airflow; and requiring a large security deposit that is refunded at a snail’s pace. With dogs, it's about as good an option as you can find; no dogs, and you might find better.
WOW... Firstly, this house is located in a very small neighborhood at Manini Beach right by the entrance to the wonderfully, world famous, "Kealakekua Bay"! (we all know each other in this neighborhood we are all friendly, Hawaiian mixed with mainland neighbors, mixed with vacationeers from all over the world)!
We can hear parties going on at Napo'opo'o, a half mile away because it is so nice & quiet!
BTW, In Hawaii the owner of a vacation rental, must live on the premises to legally vacation rent their property!!!!!
The time of year and weather patterns really reflect on how many breezes come through this entire neighborhood and as a matter of fact, the whole West side of this Island...
Daniel, I did tell you clearly that I had cats. My cats live outside on my property!
I generously allowed your dogs to be on my property at my house!!!
I will think twice before I do that again! Although, it never was an issue before...
This property clearly states that the views are of nature, fruit trees and beautiful gardens with lotus ponds. If you really needed a view, you might have found yourself an ocean front home for at least twice as much or more money, that would allow your dogs... (not likely though)!
Your FINAL negative comment about the security deposit has nothing to do with me as an owner, but TOTALLY has everything to do with VRBO and their policy regarding security deposits.
I have never had any other guests ever complain about VRBO's policy!
You mentioned VRBO's policy when you communicated with me, before you even committed to rent my vacation home! You had had problems before.
(It is in the thread if you want to check it out again...)
[From VRBO: "When will I receive back my refundable damage deposit?"
You will automatically receive the amount you paid for a damage deposit back once you have completed your stay, provided the owner or manager has not reported any damage to the property.
This process can take up to 14 days for the amount you paid to be released back to you by the owner, depending on their account settings.]
You also said you were here for medical issues... NOT a vacation!
If you spent your day on the ocean or adventuring, you might have had some wonderful experiences because it was a hot week... the "UV index was a 12"
The ocean was exceptionally beautiful and crystal clear because the winds were so still which might have provided for a better time! Mahalo nui, Jill
Another fantastic stay at this lovely spot. Beautifully maintained in a quiet and peaceful location. Looking forward to returning very soon! Mahalo!
Alway nice to see you and your daughter, have a wonderful vacation!
A beautiful, serene retreat
This Manini beach home is a wonderful retreat, with quick and easy access to kayaking and snorkeling. It is set in beautiful, lush gardens, with flowers and birds in abundance. It is a perfect location to unwind and relax. Jill, the owner, is charming and delightful. She is very responsive to any needs that you might have, and a pleasure to work with. The property has plenty of space, and is filled with eclectic pieces of art. It has everything that you could possibly need.I highly recommend a stay here!
I enjoyed meeting you and your family. I am very happy you enjoyed your visit! I look forward to seeing you again in the very near future. Best to all of you,
Mahalo nui loa and aloha,
Authentic Hawaii Experience
We've been visiting the Big Island for 25 years and this time, we decided to stay near our favorite snorkeling area. The neighborhood is sweet, charming and somewhat quiet; we took many walks down to the old pier and state park. The Mermaid House is so wonderful and relaxing. The lanai is amazing, the perfect place for dining, chatting, reading or even napping. The interior is cheery and full of beautiful art. The kitchen is well-stocked and we were able to watch Netflix in the evening. Jill is extremely relaxed and lovely; she helpfully provided snorkeling equipment, beach towels and chairs, and boogie boards. The best part was having the fantastically chill beach park with world class snorkeling just steps away. Needless to say, we slept well after days crammed with recreation and fun. After two weeks, we were completely relaxed and filled with aloha. We can't wait to come back!!
It was very nice meeting you both. I am especially glad to know you enjoyed your stay and I look forward to seeing you both next year! Next time, I am going to take some bike rides with you (if I can keep up)... E'Komo Mai,
Mahalo nui loa,
Swim, snorkel in the underwater protected sanctuary of Kealakekua Bay, enjoy kayaking, paddle boarding, surfing, hiking, jumping off rocks into the ocean, beachcombing, biking, plein air painting and my refreshing outdoor beach shower to cool off after your adventure!