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Vintage Beach Cottage *April, May & June * available

Bedrooms 1
Space 825 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

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.

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.

Our guests save over 13% by booking a reservation with us because we are a tax exempt non profit GET and TAT taxes are not collected.

Vintage Beach Cottage guests help to facilitate 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 774 Volunteers and partners and from 4 to 78 years old attended our beach cleanups, workshops in 2017.

We reserve the right to refuse service, all house rules, rates and fees are subject to change without notice. We have a strict refund policy.

More Details

Cynthia Ho
Member since: 2017
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 24, 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.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you for sharing your wonderful property. This was the nicest place we have ever stayed and hope to be back soon. We really enjoyed the outdoor shower and outdoor space. Also, great privacy and wonderful kitchen.
Dec 2016
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Puako Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 825 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • House rules provided on arrival. No smoking, parties, 2 people maximum
  • Late check out fee of 1/2 day's rent is charged for departure after 11 AM.
  • Air condition fee $10 per day
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Resort ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Shower supplies include a variety of shampoos and soaps.
    Outside shower and vintage sink - shower , Outdoor shower, shampoo,soap, sink, mirror & bench.
  • Wood paneling, shelves for storage, first aid supplies, soaps, shampoo, hair dryer, Hawaiian and ocean theme art, and a large supply of bath towels.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
  • King size bed, custom bed dressings, extra pillows, ceiling fan, air conditioning, bed side lighting and storage, and closet with built in drawers. French doors open to screened in porch, allowing cool breezes to fill the room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • pond
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Vintage Beach Cottage *April, May & June * available
average rating of 4.94 based on 66 reviews

Amazing Hawaiian vacation

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Pamela, Thank you for posting such a nice review of property. We are glad you felt comfortable and at home in Vintage Beach Cottage! Aloha, Cynthia & John
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Victoria Canada

Another great stay

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 19, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Stevenson Ranch, CA

10 STARS!!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 23, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Heather, 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, Cynthia
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Guest, We appreciate how much you enjoyed our property and hope you return! Aloha from Puako
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Absolutely fantastic stay in the Vintage Beach Cottage!

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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Portola Valley, CA

My favorite escape....

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed at the Vintage Beach Cottage numerous times. It has become our home away from home. Cynthia & John have maintained this place incredibly & their attention to detail is amazing. It is stocked with everything you could possibly need. Puako is a perfect escape from the hectic resort vacation. They are so welcoming with aloha. It's impossible not to love this place.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You are always welcome as our guests and are glad you have been able to relax and enjoy our property. Vintage Beach Cottage awaits your return. Mahalo, Cynthia
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Nearest Airport
22.5 Miles
Keahole Airport
Nearest Barpub
4 Miles
Tommy Bahamas
Nearest Golf
4 Miles
Mauna Lani Resort
Nearest Motorway
0.75 Miles
Queen Kahahumanu Hwy (Hwy 19)
Nearest Restaurant
4 Miles
Ruth's Chris Steakhouse
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Wailea Bay (Beach 69)

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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $145
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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