About the property
- Cottage825 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay4 nights
E Komo Mai. Welcome to the Vintage Beach Cottage! B.M. says, "The vintage Beach Cottage is our favorite place to stay on the Big Island. "A.M. says, "Private and quiet." J.S. says, "when I first walked into the cottage, I felt like I'd just entered my dream vacation." Indeed, we offer a unique one-of-a-kind vacation destination for travelers to Puako. Our 7,000 sq. ft. turn-key property is an immaculate, well-maintained, and well-stocked one-bedroom cottage located just across the road from one of the best fingerling reef in Hawaii. Explore inviting near-shore tide pools for ocean treasures. Enjoy a swim in the tropical waters, a walk along the shoreline, sea shelling and watching dolphins, turtles, manta rays, whales, occasional monk seals, and green flash sunsets.
The open floor plan of the interior includes a well-equipped gourmet kitchen, dinning room, living room, laundry/service area, and bathroom. A comfortable king-size bed awaits you in the bedroom, with custom bed dressings and French doors that offer a view of the grounds and ocean beyond. Ocean breezes and the soft scent of stephanotis flow through the French doors where you will drift to a restful sleep under the ceiling fan. Optional air conditioning use for a fee is in the bedroom. Fans and A/C combine to cool the whole house. Guest may choose to "option out on A/C use and save the fee.
Preparing an island-style meal is made easy in the fully equipped kitchen, complete with spices, cookbooks, and any pots and pans or serving dishes you will need. The gas BBQ outside is a great way to grill the local catch of the day. Dinning under the stars or in the comfortable dinning nook is a perfect way to enjoy your island meals. Alternately, you can visit several wonderful restaurants nearby.
Additionally, orchids and houseplants located throughout the house ad a feeling of home. The living and dinning areas are decorated with a mixture of restored vintage rattan furnishings, custom Hawaiian island decor, and art. Craftsman details in this home include vintage wood floors, koi-wood cabinetry, wood paneling, tile floors and counters. These furnishings are combined with provisions, picnic gear, Hawaiian books, novels, games, an entertainment center, and other resources to provide guests a truly relaxing environment.
Park your car in the shade of the garage, which allows you easy access to a beach-equipment box complete with flippers, snorkels, masks, beach mats, chairs, and a beach umbrella. Grab a beach towel, equipment from the box or picnic gear and go to one of the award-winning beaches just a few minutes drive away. Later grab a beach chair and watch the sunset over the ocean just steps from the house.
Relaxing outdoors is easy in our privacy-fenced grounds. Outdoor spaces surround you with tropical landscaping, grass and custom art glass. E.W. says, "The outdoor shower is so nice when you come back from the beach." Landscape lighting creates a tropical evening scape. Puako nights and stargazing is another wonderful experience. Don't miss the spectacular rising full moon whit Mauna Kea in the foreground, or watch Mauna Kea turn purple at sunset!
Vintage Beach Cottage awaits you! Picture yourself resting in the hammock under cool shady trees, grilling the local catch of the day, dinning on the patio under the stars, reading a book under shady trees on the lawn chairs, refreshing after a swim in the outside shower surrounded by scented ginger, fragrant jasmine, and stephanotis vines, or enjoying the tropical garden with morning coffee and a newspaper under the covered lani.
whatever you do, it will be a very special experience-one you will remember for a long time
Homeowners are extremely respectful of their guests privacy and live on a property next door. Having quick response for guests comfort, resources information, and emergencies is a benefit service for guests.
There are many activities in Puako for guests to enjoy without going back on the main highway. Take a walk in our picturesque neighborhood, listen to birds wake up in the morning, jog, explore the Puako petroglyph fields, hike to Waialea Bay (beach69) on the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail , bike jog or walk on Old Puako Road to Hapuna Beach and take a swim in this award winning beach. Head south and access the Mauna Lani Resort's historic fish ponds. Whatever you choose, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, diving, turtle, dolphin or whale watching, you don't have to leave the Puako area to have all this fun!
Nearby resorts offer world class golf, tennis, fine dinning, and shopping.
Vintage Beach Cottage guests volunteer for Keep Puako Beautiful and South Kohala Reef Alliance's(501c3) programs and keep us sustainable. Funds are used to continue beach cleanups and Keep Puako Beautiful's Ocean Environment and Education Station projects for marine conservation. We offer guests information on activities related to conservation in West Hawaii like beach cleanups, recycling, and reducing plastics in our ocean environment to help them understand how valuable these conservation activities are to maintaining a clean and healthy Hawaii.
We were blessed with 800 Volunteers and partners and from 4 to 78 years old attended our beach cleanups, workshops in 2017.
We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone, all house rules, rates and fees are subject to change without notice. We have a strict refund policy.
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- Response time:
- within a few hours
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
About Cynthia Ho
We feel fortunate to have been in Puako since 1979. Many changes have taken place but we couldn't have wished to be any where else! We spend much of our time caring for the Vintage Beach Cottage and various reef conservation projects. We engage with many partners who enjoy taking care of Hawaii and keeping it sustainable for the future. Our tax exempt status results in reduced rent to guest. Book a reservation and save with us.
Cynthia Ho purchased this Cottage in 1979
Why Cynthia Ho chose Puako
My neighbor and her husband were the inventors of Loco Moco, a popular Hawaiian dish. She would always say to me as we turned off the highway and were dropping into Puako, " There is no place like Puako."
What makes this Cottage unique
We carefully outfitted our property to make your vacation unique and enjoyable. This is a home away from home. Many guests immediately refer to Vintage Beach Cottage as "Home." Our 501c3 non profit partner is South Kohala Reef Alliance. Guests rent is tax exempt, we do not collect GET or TAT taxes which is more then a 13% savings. We educate our guest about Hawaiian resource conservation through printed materials provided on site or activities our conservation partners have on the island.
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Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 11:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Amazing Hawaiian vacation
What an amazing well appointed home. Everything and anything that I needed was there. The luscious bedding along with the fluffiest towels made every nights sleep better than the last. As a frequent traveler all around the world, I have to say this was the best vrbo experience I've ever had. The vintage Hawaiian décor made me feel right at home. Anything I needed for the beach was also available. Chairs, coolers, beach towels. I felt right at home and like a "local". Special thanks to Cynthia and John, I'll be back soon.
Thank you for posting such a nice review of property. We are glad you felt comfortable and at home in Vintage Beach Cottage!
Cynthia & John
We enjoyed our stay very much. Cynthia and John were very helpful and welcoming.
The property is lovely and well maintained. It’s in a nice neighborhood and owners have paid close attention to detail. Everything was very comfortable and we felt right at home. The cottage is well stocked with everything you could ever need ( beach supplies, guide books, binders full of helpful info about the cottage, community and the island in general.
Dear Robert and Ann,
We enjoyed you as guests and are glad you were comfortable on your vacation.
It is important for our guests to have a positive experience while staying with us.
Another great stay
Our ten day November 2017 stay was our fourth. Obviously, it fits our needs perfectly, and we’re already looking forward to another visit. As we’ve said in previous reviews, the cottage is very-well designed, superbly equipped and very comfortable, with lots of fans inside, and lounging options both inside and out. We love the proximity to Hapuna, Beach 69, and Mauna Kea beach (we got down there before 8:30 on 3 or 4 mornings, and there was always room in the public parking lot). And of course, after time at the beach, we love coming home to that great outdoor shower. The public access trails along Puako Road provide a good range of options for short walks. Thanks again to Cynthia and John for making their place available.
Hi Jeremy & Georgie,
You are welcome and we are glad you are returning next year. We love having you as guests! Thank you for the wonderful comments about Vintage Beach Cottage and sharing the things you enjoy doing around this area.
See you in Puako,
Cynthia & John
The 4 nights we stayed in the cottage were the highlight of our 2-1/2 week trip in Hawaii. Such a beautiful area, water is right across the street, lots of great snorkeling areas within 5 minutes of the house. Cynthia has thought of everything so this truly is a “Home away from home”. We can’t wait to come back and stay longer.
It was nice meeting you. I can't believe you snorkeled for 4 hours at Paniau! Just kidding, Paniau is truly a special place.
We are glad you found us and are thinking about returning to a " Home away from home".
See you soon,
We so enjoyed our stay at the vintage cottage. The cottage is perfectly remodeled, with an eye to ease and comfort. No amenity has been overlooked. The accommodation is comfortable and immaculate. Nearby are the best snorkeling beaches in the area. We had a great time and hope to return some day.
We appreciate how much you enjoyed our property and hope you return!
Aloha from Puako
Absolutely fantastic stay in the Vintage Beach Cottage!
We loved our stay at the Vintage Beach Cottage. Cynthia and John were wonderful hosts. The cottage is perfectly sized with a full working kitchen, living room, bathroom, bedroom, and tons of outdoor spaces. We enjoyed breakfast on the lanai and patio and spent time reading in the hammock on the lawn. The outdoor shower was perfect for rinsing off after the beach, and Cynthia provided all of the amenities to make us feel right at home. Towels, an umbrella, beach chairs, and towels made visiting Hapuna Beach (a short 10 min drive) easy. We also enjoyed walking down to the Puako beach and seeing some sleeping sea turtles! This was the absolutely perfect choice for our honeymoon - thanks again, Cynthia and John!
Dear Lindsey and Nate,
We are glad you enjoyed your honeymoon in the Vintage Beach Cottage.
Thank you for the thoughtful and detailed review of the property and surrounding area. We ran into each other at the beach, just like neighbors!
Best wishes on a wonderful marriage!
Cynthia & John
Must do activities; Ride the manta and whale watching boats that leave from the Puako Boat Ramp, just .5 miles from the cottage. Take a snorkel kayak tour of the Puako reef, just a 5 minute walk from the cottage. Hike and explore the Puako petroglyph fields. Visit and swim at award winning Hapuna Beach. Take a dip in the Queens bath, visit the Eva Parker Woods museum and historic Hawaiian fish ponds at the Mauna Lani Resort. Don't forget there are 4 National parks on the Big Island. Pu'ukohola heiau National Historic site is 6 miles away. World class golf within a 10 minute drive.