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Honu Kai - Puako Beachfront House

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 10 nights


About the property

Honu Kai - Beachfron House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6)

'Honu Kai'

Honu Kai means turtle waters. We chose this name for the property because of the abundance of green sea turtles that reside in the waters surrounding Honu Kai and the Kohala Coast.

This traditional style, two-bedroom, two-bath, Hawaiian, beach cottage comfortably sleeps five people and there are 3 twin 'punees' in the living area for extras. The house has a spacious living area which separates the two bedrooms for privacy. There is a deck with outdoor dining table and large seating area to hang out

The art work and authentic Hawaiian charm create an ambiance which is warm and relaxing. Honu Kai has steps to the ocean and tide pools where you can snorkel and dive in some of the best conditions in Hawaii.

This Puako oceanfront location boasts some of the most spectacular views along the Kohala Coast and great sunsets. A panoramic view reveals an endless ocean in front of the house and Mauna Kea mountain views behind the property.

For those looking for more adventure the Kohala Coast is a paradise for ocean-related activities, fine dining, golf and world class spa facilities.

Come enjoy the 'real Hawaii' at Honu Kai. Thank you for choosing Honu Kai as your Big Island vacation destination. We are sure that it will be a vacation that will not be forgotten as many of our guests return to Honu Kai year after year!

WE HAVE WIFI! Check your email while you watch the whales!


Keywords: Oceanfront, House

HAWAII TAX I.D. NO. W00544020-01

More Details

Marla or Debbie
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, mandarin, Tagalog, Fukienese
Calendar last updated:
April 21, 2017

About Marla or Debbie

Island Beach Rentals LLC ® manages this property on behalf of the owners. We have a team to service our guests and properties. We are here to assist you with the perfect island vacation and any requests during your stay. Deborah D. Sharp ® (AlohaDebbie) has been a Hawaii licensed Real Estate Broker since 1985 and a Hawaii resident for 40 years.

Our staff oversees all of the day to day operations: repairs, communications, arrivals and guest requests. We are on call every day for any emergency or guest need. We have numerous repeat guests. We have been managing Vacation Rentals in Paradise for over 21 years and we have lived in the Islands for all of our lives. We are here to assist you with your dream vacation!

Professional, but personal and friendly “aloha” style. We have been around a long time and we have reputation that we are proud of.

We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Why Marla or Debbie chose Kohala Coast

Honu Kai has been in our family for two generations and is a very special place for us.

What makes this house unique

This is one of the bet snorkeling spots in Puako...some say Puako is the best diving/snorkeling area in the Hawaiian Islands. There is a channel through the tide pools which takes you right out to the reef. We love the quality relaxation time here. Honu Kai is a retreat for us!


Waimea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Resort ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Linens Provided
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining Area
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • VCR
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Honu Kai - Puako Beachfront House
average rating of 4.4 based on 10 reviews
Riverside, California

Location, location, location

  • 4 of 5

The Puako Beachfront House has a stunning location, right above the Puako tide pools. We have rented in Puako before and really appreciate its quiet and comfortable vibe. This is the first time we've rented on the ocean and now we are spoiled. Although the interior really needs renovation and up-dating, we were comfortable and happy there. The photos pretty much show you what you'll get and the property description is accurate, but does not reveal the broken patio furniture, cracked tiles, peeling paint, etc. If you're a stickler about such things, this is not the place for you.

We took advantage of the proximity of the property to the Fairmount Orchid Resort, walking along the beach path. A drink and dinner was a nice respite from cooking in, although we were unimpressed with the food at the resort's Brown's Beach House. (Much, much better, although not accessible with a stroll down the beach, was dinner at the Four Season's 'Ulu Ocean Grill.) When we cooked in, we enjoyed the fresh fish from the Da Fish House in Kawaihae. The fresh Kauai shrimp is outstanding!

We enjoyed walking the portion of the Ala Khaki Trail near Puako and recommend it for its panoramic ocean views and occasional ancient Hawaiian settlement sites. For swimming, we liked the beach at Mauna Kea, approached from Hapuna Beach Park along this same trail.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Nautical-Themed Oceanfront Cottage

  • 5 of 5

Much roomier than we'd anticipated, the quaint cottage was comfortably furnished, nicely clean, well stocked, and had wonderful ocean views. The beds seemed hard at first but were very comfortable... the linens were just perfect. The kitchen was a nice space to cook in, and the lanai a beautiful place to relax both day and night. Tide pools, turtles, a monk seal, incredibly starry nights, and incredible sunsets all made the visit all the more special.

Bring a radio or CD player if you'd like to listen to music and be prepared for windy days and nights along this coast (bring kites!). Early morning landscapers were a surprise one morning, but they do a fine job maintaining the yard. The beach access on the side of the property brings traffic, but they were respectful of our privacy.

Bring your food and drink supplies with you; the local market is close by, but you pay a price for the convenience.

This is a quiet, eclectic neighborhood with friendly neighbors.

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Very nice

  • 5 of 5

Last summer we spend 4 nights with our family in this house. It was very nice, the vieuw was great and every morning we had breakfast with huge turtles. The house was clean and had everything we needed. If we go again to this Island we definitly want to stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome location!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for ourselves, our son and daughter in law and toddler. The location in Puako is perfect! We could swim between the rocks in a sandy section just down the beach, explore tide pools right in front, and snorkel with the numerous turtles without driving. Within driving range, a mere 5 minute drive away, are three beautiful and unique beaches -- Beach 69, Haupuna Beach, and Mauna Kai Beach (in front of the resort but open to public). Puako has a small general store, but nearby Waimea has everything else one could need, including a great brew pub -- the Big Island Brewhaus. Mostly, we enjoyed our location so much we were happy sitting on the sea wall enjoying the tropical breezes and incredible sunsets. The house is not new or fancy or remodeled, which we were fine with. There's a lot to be said for a beach bungalow! It was clean and comfortable and had most everything we needed including beach chairs, towels, etc. There is an ant issue in the kitchen which we were aware of from reading other reviews -- a very typical problem on the islands and not a big deal to us. The lawn area is perfect for a toddler and the sea wall was helpful as a border to the bay. We loved putting our chairs up on the sea wall and watching the turtles swim and come ashore each evening. We would definitely return and continue our explorations of the Big Island! Thank you for a wonderful stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wow- what a spectacular place!

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay here THOROUGHLY! Complete relaxation with no worries or headaches...can't beat the ocean air and sound of the surf as you wake up. Puako is a very special place- somewhere you can leave all your troubles behind and just soak up the sun-kissed, salt-infused energy, and a calm you've never felt in your life. This house encompasses all of those things and also makes you feel at home, wherever home may be.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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very misleading all the way around

  • 1 of 5

Here are the facts about this rental

Over ran with MICE, COCKROACHS and ANTS.

These photos must of been taken YEARS ago.

Dingy and dirty, the owners have put nothing back into this place.

Mattress in the "master suite" was dirty with huge tears in the box spring, there were mice in the closet and cockroachs on the bed.

We've rented "rustic" Puako homes before but this was the absolute worst.

We left and aloha Debbie refunded the rest of our money. We shook out all of our clothes check the bags for stowaways and GOT OUT.

Shame on aloha Debbie and the owners of this rental!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2014
  • Stayed: Apr 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have many very happy guests at this property, but it is true that it is not for everybody. The pictures of this property are recent. It is a older home with out any major upgrades. The owners have preserved the authentic Hawaiian style feeling of Puako in this property. It has a lot of charm and the location is unbeatable! We do maintain a monthly pest control service and in this instance put an emergency call in to the pest control man, who responded immediately. We are in the tropics and in a constant battle to keep the pests out. Leaving the screen doors closed is a must! It was unfortunate that these guests were not happy with their choice of vacation rentals. We did refund their rent and wished them a wonderful stay on the island. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just can't please everyone. We continue to work hard to keep our property clean and well maintained so that our happy customers keep coming back!
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Nearest Airport
23 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hapuna Prince or Seafood Bar
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Mauna Kea or Mauna Lani or Hapuna Prince
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queen K
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Cafe Pesto
Nearest Point of Interest
Car: recommended

Snorkle boat cruises. Whale watching from November - April.

Best diving in the world!


Rates & Availability

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 15 2017 - Jan 3 2018
10 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Dec 15 2018 - Jan 5 2019
10 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Cleaning $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

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