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Steve Rowe

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Ocean View Home on Coffee Farm in Honaunau

9 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Opihihale House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 1-5)

Our home is located on the Big Island of Hawaii about 16 miles south on HWY 11 from Kailua-Kona town. The rates are: $130/night for 2 guests, $20.00 each additional guest/night, $725.00 for 7 nights for 2 guests, $80.00 for 7 nights for each additional guest, or $3,500 per month. A lease agreement, which will be sent email, is required. The road to the house is a somewhat graded/paved single lane road with turnouts and no street lights. We recommend that guests schedule their arrival during daylight. The house is approximately 1 mile up the road and located mauka (uphill) off the road with a concrete parking pad in front of the elevated house. A rental car will be okay for the road provided the vehicle is driven with care. The house is 950 square feet with 2 bedrooms and a 3/4 bath (no tub). As can be seen in the photos, the kitchen, living room, and dining area are an open floor plan. The front lanai (deck/porch) faces the southwest expansive ocean view as do the sliding glass doors for the living and dining rooms. All other rooms have views of the many producing coffee trees on the 5 acre farm. Our coffee is picked and sold to Greenwell Farms in Captain Cook. There are tours available at the facility. There are also producing (depending on the season) Papaya, Avacado, Loquat, Mulberry, and Banana trees. Feel free to pick the ripe fruit. The stove and water heater are run on propane. The pressurized fresh water system-shower, all faucets, and toilet are supplied with roof rainwater into above ground catchment tanks, so water conservation is very important. Clothes washing (available for stays 7 nights or more) should be done with no other hot water in use.(there is drinking water supplied for your stay). We may be in Hawaii but we still have a dry season. Because the house is our second home the kitchen is well supplemented with various condiments, dishware, cooking and baking ware. Please note there is no smoking in the house or lanais. The house is located in a semi-tropical area and there are various critters on the property that can be encountered. There is a 4 night minimum stay with no refund once the reservation is confirmed. Guests are to wash their dishware and return to cabinets upon departure, all furnishings should be in their original place upon departure. A mailing address is required for mailing of information packet and key. Fireworks are not allowed anywhere on the property or building. Check-in no earlier then 1:00 pm and check-our no later than 11:00 am.

In conclusion we hope you enjoy our house with fabulous oceans views, sunsets, crickets, chirping birds, geckos, coqui frogs, roosters, hens and most of all, lack of city noise.

Keywords: Ocean view, tropical, open floor plan, coffee farm

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Steve Rowe (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Steve Rowe

We are semi-retired and enjoy upgrading small homes, traveling, and working in our giant 5 acre yard/coffee farm.

Steve Rowe purchased this house in 2004

Why Steve Rowe chose Kona Coast

After spending 7 straight weeks of upgrading the house we became attached and decided to keep the property. The producing coffee farm with the various tropical plants, ocean view, and fruit was also a big influence on keeping the place for a home.

What makes this house unique

Picking the fresh fruit, ocean view sunsets ( some with a green flash), working in the field, close proximity to snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, picnics on the beach, and the warm temperate climate.


based on 9 traveler reviews

Ocean View Home on Coffee Farm in Honaunau
average rating of 4.888889 based on 9 reviews

Secluded, private but close to all major island attractions

  • 5 of 5

Three of us enjoyed Steve's place very much. The location is perfect, secluded and private but close to the best snorkelling spots, beach and towns. Steve allowed us to collect the ripe fruits on his property ...we will definitely remember the papayas and bananas we had for breakfasts.

We also have to thank Steve for very detailed notes, tips and suggestions. We used them when planning our day trips, hikes and adventures.

We would definitely book this place again.

Victor & Lena

Vancouver, BC

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Orchids, Fruit trees, Quiet, Well Stocked

  • 5 of 5

Four adults stayed for 4 nights and enjoyed our time out of the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas. The kitchen is well set up - we cooked in one night and found everything we needed for meal prep. Early morning strolls through the coffee farm, feeding the chooks, reading on the veranda and the lawn, and the outdoor shower (yes, there's one inside too) were highlights. Steve has guide books and maps and left some of his excellent coffee for us to enjoy.

  • Submitted: Dec 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are glad that everything was enjoyable, especially the outdoor shower. There will be a more formal enclosure with glass and screening next season. Mahalo for you visit to our little paradise in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean.
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Northern California

tucked away in paradise...

  • 5 of 5

My wife and 2 young kids loved this tucked away, homey, gem of a spot. The rutty access road gave us a little worry as we made our way up the hill, but the pleasures that await are tremendous. It is not the Fairmont Orchid, but an adventurous family looking to be one with the Big Island can do no better than hiding away in Steve's place. The property is lush with tropical vegetation and pickable fresh fruit, not to mention coffee, birds, chickens, and koki frogs. The sunset views are astounding, the house is well stocked for daily living/cooking and the peacefulness you will find up here tops any you will find at any of the island resorts! We give it 5 stars for location/surroundings, family comforts and the view.

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We certainly appreciate Patrick's family as our guests and their wonderful complement of our house and farm. We are well aware of the road and have tried to do some repairs to make the drive more comfortable but as Patrick stated to drive is well worth our little paradise in the Pacific.
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Courtenay, BC, Canada

For us, this was the perfect base for exploring Kona.

  • 5 of 5

Other reviews give you give you great detail so not needed here. The pictures are 100% accurate. As to the road up to the house, yes it is rough. But it is an interesting 5 minute drive through 'rural' Hawaii and any passenger will see lots of birds. We had a subcompact car, I drove slowly and we had no problems. After too many days on Waikiki, the coffee farm was heaven. Among the perks, you are only an hour and a half from Volcano National Park. We got to explore the Thurston lava tube and no one else was there. Be early. Other than the day at the park we spent all our time in the Kona area. It is hard to tear yourself away from Place of Refuge, only ten minutes away and you can swim with the turtles and more. But there are other beaches and lots to do. In the area we found a farmer's market, an artisan bakery across from the ChoiceMart, a great pizza place next to the bakery, the Kona Living History Coffee Farm, breakfast at Tashima's ( on Hwy 11 at junction with 180) and tons of little shops and galleries along Hwy 11 for the curious shoppers. And local history sites span from Hawaiian kings to Captain Cook to Saint Damien. Then, you get to come home at night and have a beautiful sunset on the lanai. The Kona area is so much fun and the coffee farm almost makes you feel like a local.

  • Submitted: Jun 2, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice country house on nut farm at base of mountains

  • 4 of 5

This is a nice house located at the base of a hill dominated by macadamia nut trees. So depending on the season you go, there are plenty of nut trees and a few other fruit trees that may be ripe that one can pick if you have something to reach them. The banana and papaya trees are very tall and you need a pole to reach the fruit to knock it down. There is a nice small grass front yard but no backyard, just trees. The description given in the listing is accurate and the house is very clean and tidy. There are a friendly group of chickens and a rooster that one can feed in the morning and Coqui frogs singing at night. Typical country noises for Hawaii. The frogs can be distracting when trying to sleep but they are not too loud and don't go all night talking. The house is a nice 2 bed/one bath with an additional outdoor hot/cold shower. It has cable TV and WIFI and plenty of reference books on things to do while on the island. It has a king bed with a foam top layer making for a nice comfortable nights sleep. It's about a 25 minute drive north to the city/region of Kona and about 10 minutes south of the local grocery store. Grocery products can be much more expensive then mainland items, especially milk ($9 for a gallon). The water for the house is on a rain catchment system, so the owner provide 5 gallon jugs of water for drinking. There are plenty of fans and windows to quickly cool down the house at the end of the day, plus the 1000 ft elevation helps keep things cool at night. The property is easy to find, but be aware of the very rough, pothole filled road getting there. There are scattered spots of relatively paved sections of the road, but a lot of the road is rough, especially for a regular car. Fortunately it's not a long road, but it's something to keep in mind. The turn off from Hwy 11 onto the road is at the edge of a 35 MPH curve, so it is easy to miss and a little disconcerting exiting it onto the highway. The house overlooks the ocean below and on a clear evening one can watch the sun set. It is also about a 5 minute drive to a very good beach/snorkeling area nicknamed "the City of Refugee". All in all I would highly recommend this house to anyone looking to stay in the area, just be cautious driving on the road up to the property and go very slow so you don't puncture a tire or wreck the front bumper.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for the very positive response. Yes, the road is rough. As we state in the description the road should be driven with care and first time arrivals should be in daylight. There are no street lights and it can be very dark. I have provided a fruit picker under the lanai for the hard to reach fruit. We are glad that our guests enjoy our home as much as we do.
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Perfect family vacation and nice owner

  • 5 of 5

we stayed 3 days here. It is quiet and private. I love all the fruit trees, especially some trees I had never seen before: papaya, mango, avocado and bananas! It is close to the "place of refuge", which is a wonderful snorkeling place. The most important thing is the owner of the property was so nice to provide information we needed. By the way, if you want to buy some 100% Kona coffee, you can go up to the hill and find some real home-farm made coffee from Ro-Jo coffee farm.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
24 Miles
Kona International Airport (KOA)
Nearest Golf
12 Miles
Kona Country Club Golf Course
Nearest Motorway
1.2 Miles
Highway 11
Nearest Beach
4 Miles
Ho'okena Beach County Park
Car: necessary

Because Hawaii is an island most of the activities are located within a 100 mile distance. The water activities such as snorkeling are located within a 4 mile distance. Hawaii Island has excellent snorkeling due to very little surface dirt runoff.


Rates & Availability

Opihihale House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Additional guests/week $80 + Tax
Open, clean 3-6 days $200
Open, close 7+days $250
Property Damage Protection $99
Refundable deposit $250
Additional guests/night $20 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

The $250.00 deposit will be returned upon return of the house key and the house has been inspected for check-out cleanliness and condition. The rates are; $130.00/night/couple, $20.00/night/additional guest;$725.00/wk, $80.00/wk/additional guest. There is a 3 night minimum stay. $200.00/3-6 nights, $250.00/7-? nights for cleaning, opening and, closing. Other than linens and towels all dishware will be washed and put away.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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Opihihale House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 925 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The 3/4 bath has pressure fed hot and cold water. There is also an outside hot and cold shower at the rear of the house with glass/fiberglass/screen enclosure.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 1 - King size bed, Bedroom 2 - Queen size Bed
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Porch / Veranda ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
Fresh fruit when in season-bananas, papayas, loquat, avacado, mountain apples, and jabotacaba. There is a picker available under the lanai. House is located on 5 acres with 3,000 coffee trees. There tropical plants surrounding the house and on the property. There are various critters on the property that are common to the state of Hawaii.

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