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Marla or Debbie

Member since: 2004
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Speaks: english, mandarin, Tagalog, Fukienese

Puako Beachfront House

8 Reviews
Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights

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House, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5)

'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

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Marla or Debbie (Owner)
Member since: 2004
Call Owner
Speaks: english, mandarin, Tagalog, Fukienese

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!


based on 8 traveler reviews

Puako Beachfront House
average rating of 4.375 based on 8 reviews

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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A little piece of heaven on the tidepools of Puako

  • 5 of 5

In April of this year, my boyfriend and I spent a week in Puako at this house. The house was spacious, comfortable, and wonderfully located near Hapuna, which is one of our favorite beaches in the world. The amenities at the house are great - lots of beach gear, kitchen equipment, and comfortable places to nap. The house itself is a throwback to old Hawaii -- it's not new or modern, but clean, cozy and charming. (Well, it's clean so long as you put away your food / cocktail glasses each night! Otherwise, beware of the ants.)

Each morning it was a pure delight to wake up to the sound of the ocean, brew a pot of Kona coffee, and sit on the sea wall in the backyard as the light turns golden. Walking out amongst the tide pools was one of my very favorite things to do -- so many beautiful honu and other sea creatures to watch as the sun warms the island. And the sunsets were just brilliant.

So highly recommended. Next time, we'll bring friends and share the magic.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Paradise Personified!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from our wonderful week at Honu Kai in Puako, one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. This was our annual family Christmas beach holiday, which we have previously spent in Miami South Beach, Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Rico, Akumall Mexico and St. John USVI. Although we were 3 couples - ourselves and our 2 sons and girlfriend and wife - there was plenty of room for either privacy or family togetherness and this was our favorite rental of all. The fact that the house is so wide (not narrow like nearly every condo) and the yard is so huge, you have an incredible view of the ocean and feel like like you are the only ones for miles around. We especially enjoyed sitting on the little wall, watching the ubiquitous whales and turtles as well as enjoying the fantastic sunsets with glasses of wine. There were so many windows that there was always a pleasant breeze and the soothing sound of ocean waves. Meals on the porch were memorable and we enjoyed snorkeling with the turtles and fish right in front of the house. This is a comfortable house, more like your parents lake cottage than a sophisticated modern home and we loved the comfortable, casual decor but it it would not be for anyone who prefers new and modern. Everything was clean and the kitchen was well equipped but there were some problems with ants if any food was left out. After this, our group moved to a condo right on the beach in Kailua-Kona and although it was very nice, we definitely missed Honu Kai.

The people at Aloha Debbie were very friendly and helpful when there was an unavoidable problem with the house which delayed our check-in date and we highly recommend this company. We are already looking ahead for when we can return to the Big Island and we will definitely want to return to Honu Kai!

  • Submitted: Jan 10, 2013
  • Stayed: Dec 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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

Waimea House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Sep special
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $10 per night, per additional guest
Holiday Rate
Dec 15 2016 - Jan 5 2017
14 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Jan 6 2017 - Mar 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Apr 18 2017 - Jul 15 2017
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
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

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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Waimea House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
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
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • 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

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