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Eileen Levin

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

Oceanfront, Magical, Breathtaking

54 Reviews
Bedrooms 5
Half Baths1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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Hamakua Coast House Rental Photos and Description

House, 5 Bedrooms + Sleeping Porch, 4.5 Baths, (Sleeps 10) NO MORE THAN THAT



High on a bluff 600 ft above Waipio Bay, on property once owned by King Kamehameha IV, sits Hale 'Io. Magical sunsets and sunrises without the glare or heat, Maui on the horizon, gentle nightime rains to lull you to sleep (and make the rainbows) and a quiet and peacefulness so hard to find - this is the magic of Hale 'Io. Lush surroundings, sexy pool with concealed rock slide and waterfall and views that never quit, never. Watch whales from the lanai or ocean deck, awaken to the birds, listen to the wind - it really speaks to you here.

Owner-built, architect designed, custom home for laid back family living. Lush grounds, organic fruit orchard, ample parking, sexy beach-entry pool, magnificent kitchen - 2 dishwashers, 2 microwaves, 2 ovens, warming drawer - fit for the accomplished cook. Color abounds to reflect the natural hues of Hawaii. The house is the color of the ocean, both deep and shallow water and inside is a rainbow cacophony that no photos can do justice. Simply stunning for the non color-phobes! Many exotic woods and finishes, but truly designed for in and out living and a laid back lifestyle. You can sleep a lot more than 10 here, but need

to believe that the comfy sofa, futons and pune' on the lanai are OK for overnights (they are not). Don't worry, you'll believe, as that is where you'll nap! Bring the kids, but they have to sign the contract about the cliff, the pool, the sliding hill and the fort ;-) - which means they must be at least the age of reason and capable of understanding the danger. Pool is completely fenced, cliff is not.

Five bedrooms, 3 with ensuite bathrooms, one with 'across the hall' bathroom and one without. Two lush outdoor showers. Secret room.....if you can find it, you can sleep there.

**Pronounced Hah-Lay EE Oh

Please note that the quotable rates by Vrbo are inaccurate by a small amount. Correct quote can be obtained upon inquiry.

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  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
Eileen Levin (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Eileen Levin

Physician/business woman who retired to Hawaii in 2005. Built this house for family and has thoroughly enjoyed living here. Returning to another home owned in the neighborhood as children have moved on a bit.

Eileen Levin purchased this house in 2007

Why Eileen Levin chose Hamakua Coast

This was our home. If you could build a luxury home in Yosemite, you would, right? This property is simply magical. The ocean views are stunning.

What makes this house unique

Nature abounds in many forms and that is what we have enjoyed the most. Hard to beat watching whales from the lanai.


based on 54 traveler reviews

Oceanfront, Magical, Breathtaking
average rating of 5.0 based on 54 reviews


  • 5 of 5

In short, all of the wonderful things the other reviewers say about this place are true, so I won’t make you read them all over again. This place is truly unique.

Let’s start with the owner. Eileen is “deadly fast” on all correspondence and is a real delight to interact with. She provided a lot of information prior to my even asking and did exactly what she said she was going to do – be available if needed, but generally invisible. Couldn’t really ask for more.

The house and view are incredible. The pictures are real! That view is actually what you wake up to every morning. There’s tons to do and see on the island if you want to be super-vacation-hyperactive and there’s also some prime spaces to sit, stare, drink immense quantities of Kona coffee/beer and ponder life. I traveled with my immediate family and my parents, so everyone had a great time both young and, ahem, older.

This is just a cool place. Go.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A Unique Hawaiian Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Admittedly, I am a resort person and have been to Hawaii twice prior to this trip. On both of those vacations I have stayed at the large resort areas in Maui, Oahu and The Big Island.

Since we were traveling with another family, we decided to rent a property on this vacation. We found this property on HomeAway, and after much research and comparison shopping we decided to rent the home in the Hamakua Coast area.

Although I knew this would be very different from the Kailua resort area, I was unprepared for the amazing views and serene environment. This home is certainly a very different experience from the resorts in Waikoloa, Mauna Lani, Mauna Kea and no comparison to the tourist areas in Maui. It is truly a unique experience, delivering a vacation in a historic Hawaiian town yet located an hour or so from both Hilo and Kona. You will experience local fare in terms of fish and beef and a climate that changes by the minute. Watching the views over the ocean and the weather rolling in can be described as hypnotic. If you are up for a physical challenge, this home is within walking distance to the Waipio Valley and the steepest hike I have ever accomplished (although I am not sure I recommend it for 9 year olds, LOL).

The prior reviews are spot on, the house is beautiful, with top end appliances, a resort style pool and outdoor showers. We were able to hook our technology into the whole house audio and loved listening to music while preparing dinner and watching the rain showers roll in over the ocean. Our children, ages 14 and 9, loved the pool, but also enjoyed the local vegetation of coconuts, limes and the fallen palm branches. We live in the Boston area, so this was a very different experience from their day to day. Falling asleep to the "night sounds" took some getting used to, but became part of the entire experience. We anticipated cooking in often and were able to prepare meals nightly. There is not much of a nightlife in the surrounding areas and the roads are dark and remote at night, so planning on relaxing at the home was best for us.

The owner is extremely responsive and was, as she suggested, "invisible but available". The house was immaculate and in perfect working order.

If you are looking for a unique and a local Hawaiian vacation, I strongly recommend this home as an option. You will not be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely Gorgeous!

  • 5 of 5

It is truly a magical place. I've fallen in love with Hawaii and her people. If you allow, you can be swallowed up in ALOHA and it's easy pace. This home is a haven... We had four generations in Eileen's home and it was absolutely perfect. What a generous gift she shares!

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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An absolutely magical place.

  • 5 of 5

Before we arrived, I read a review on here from a woman that said she cried when she walked through the house the first time and out to see the view. Honestly, I kind of thought that was a bit silly. I mean the pictures -are- spectacular, but... crying??

When we arrived and were walking through this AMAZING house, and then out to the lawn, being just knocked out flat by one hell of a spectacular view... I looked back and sure enough, my mom was crying.

It's -that- special.

Sounds goofy? Yeah. Spend a week there and you'll understand -- this place is absolutely magical. Seriously magical. It's like staying in a 5-star resort, but you're at home. The rooms are gorgeous, every one of them has a view, except the pool room I think, which is beautiful for its view of the pool and sounds of the water. The secret room is SO cool; took us... at least 20 min. to find (OK, we might be a little lame) but so worth it!

We came with our whole brood; 6 adults and 2 younger kids, so it was a full house, but it never ever felt crowded -- the house is massive. We came with lots of plans to do lots of dinners out, but we ended up having every single meal at home together around the huge tables (one inside and one out!) or gathered in the oversized kitchen. Not for lack of local places to eat - there is stuff around, but I think mostly because the house is so inspiring. You want to spend time there, you want to cook in that kitchen. you want to eat on that patio and watch that view and see that sunset... You never want to miss a moment.

We watched wales from the house, sat in the spa, kids swam in the pool... and then did daily excursions to the local beaches and volcano.

As a side note: I have a bad back and tend to kick it while everyone is doing CRAZY things like hiking in volcanos all day. So the wifi got rigorously tested and... PASSED! Flying colours. Fast and reliable. Just in case you have to do anything awful like work, in paradise. :P

We were celebrating my parents 50th anniversary this year, and now my dad wants to come back next year. He said "You know, we'll be having our 51st anniversary NEXT year, and that's even BIGGER than 50... (hint, hint) I love my dad. :)

So, Eileen, save a spot for us next year!

Mahalo, Mahalo, Mahalo.

  • Submitted: Feb 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely amazing

  • 5 of 5

This is the most amazing house I have ever stayed at!!!! We were there for my husbands 40th and it was so perfect!! I will never forget the feeling when walking through the front door to the lanai!!! Not to be dramatic but I cried over the beauty of the view! The house, the view was breathtaking. The house has everything needed. We cooked every night and the kitchen is first class. The house owner was amazing! We loved it so much we booked another trip before we left!

  • Submitted: Nov 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Found

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Eileen, for ruining every other vacation I'll ever take! I came with my wife, four children and my mother for a week of rest, sight-seeing and fun on the Big Island. I left with memories that will last a lifetime. To think, we were considering staying in one of the resorts on the Kona side. I shudder to think what we would have missed out on! I can only echo the other reviews, but suffice it to say that if you're planning to come to the Big Island you MUST stay at Hale 'Io.

For the detail-oriented types, here are some helpful points:

1. The laundry was very convenient. This was the first time I've ever returned from a week of vacation with a suitcase full of clean clothes.

2. The pool/hot tub is to die for. I thought we'd have to sacrifice this when we decided against a resort. Not so much. The kids spent hours out there and never got bored.

3. The kitchen is extremely well-equipped. It was a hoot to cook up some stir-fry in the gigantic wok.

4. Honokaa is a charming little town with a grocery store and a fantastic butcher shop selling Big Island-raised beef at unbelievable (for Hawaii) prices. Waimea is about 20-30 minutes away and offers some outstanding restaurants and a more shopping options.

5. This is the "wet side" of the island, so rain showers are frequent. But the good news is they don't last very long (at least while we were there). The other good news is that the rain brings lush vegetation and rainbows! I much prefer the rainforest scenery and temperate climate of the windward side to the desert and unbearable heat of the leeward side.

5. Try the malasadas at Tex's in Honokaa. If you don't know what a malasada is, think big, square donut.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Hilo, Hi
Nearest Restaurant
10 Miles
Honokaa, Hi
Nearest Beach
35 Miles
Kona side
Car: necessary

Chilling, napping, REALLY getting away from it all, reading. Walking on the longest black sand beach in the state. Surfing at Waipio. Learning to cook 'whatever'. A list of island activities is supplied prior to your arrival by owner


Rates & Availability

Kukuihaele House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Thanksgiving 2016
Nov 19 2016 - Nov 27 2016
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $600 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $1,200
Tax Rate 13.42%

Security deposit is $1200 OR 10% of base rent, whichever is greater. I charge by the night and rent by the week with a discounted weekly charge, though this is not reflected in the VRBO quote provided. Additional days are $825 standard and $950 holiday. Owner reserves the right to change rates from the VRBO quote provided, almost always downward. Owner is flexible and VRBO robot is not.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 4500 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Mountain View
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
    Bathroom 4 -
  • 4.5
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (4)
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 15 garden chairs
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • nude beach
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
No AC or heat, just gentle breezes. Technology purposefully kept to a minimum. Mango and Coconut cabinetry throughout. Elegant stained concrete floors, remotely located, yet not too far away - only Verizon reaches us, exceptionally private site. 1.5 mi long black sand beach just below the property, watch surfers from the deck.

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