|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Ever dreamed of whiling away the day in a hammock, swinging in fresh breezes at the edge of the ocean? Then welcome to HALE HONU, and this beautiful, romantic private oceanfront studio!
Hale Honu means 'House of the Sea Turtle,' aptly named for the 'family' of turtles frequently seen cruising and foraging in the waters directly in front of the house (known locally as 'turtle cove'). This very special oceanfront home is perfectly situated to offer privacy and unobstructed views of the Kona coastline.
Please see our VIDEO TOUR OF HALE HONU through the 'links' found just under the rates table, near the bottom of this webpage. Hale Honu is a two-story, 4 bedroom, 3 bath, truly OCEANFRONT home with spectacular, unobstructed views of the ocean from every room of the home. Hale Honu is designed with an upstairs 3 bedroom/two bath main house, and a LARGE 1 BEDROOM COMPLETE STUDIO, WITH BATH, KITCHEN AND SEPARATE PRIVATE ENTRANCE.
This website (VRBO 46951) is specifically for the separate rental of the studio-suite. The entire home can be seen at vrbo #34465. During peak seasons (winter) we do not generally offer the studio unless the main house (VRBO 34465) is already booked.
This unique ocean front gated property is surrounded by a beautiful lava rock wall and borders Pahoehoe Beach Park (an oceanfront beach park with shaded sitting areas, grass and a small beach that affords easy access to the ocean and great snorkeling. With less than a three minute walk to Magic Sands (aka 'Disappearing Sands) State Beach Park, a sugar white sand beach popular for bodysurfing & boogie boarding, Hale Honu is the closest oceanfront home to the best beach within 5 miles of Kailua-Kona village.
On the garden/ground level is our complete PRIVATE SUITE with a separate, secured entrance, oceanfront private covered lanai and garden hammock, and private oceanfront sitting and dining area. The large (650+ square feet) living space includes a heavenly king-size bed romantically shrouded in privacy sheers, and a living-sitting room with comfortable tropical décor furnishings and small flat screen TV. Included with the studio suite is Wifi, laundry facilities, a room safe and security alarm system.
The suite has a complete kitchen with cook-top and refrigerator. The bathroom is luxuriously appointed with marble tile and glass block, and a large walk in shower containing dual shower heads, (for sharing of course!). Windows and sliders encompass all of the makai (ocean side) walls, so you can simply let the ocean air in, or step out and be right at the edge of 2500 miles of unbroken Pacific Ocean blue!
In late 2014 we remodeled the studio suite, installing a state of the art sound isolation system with a suspended ceiling and acoustical blocking technology. This has eliminated almost all transmitted sounds and footsteps from the floor above.
Our large hot tub also at the ocean's edge is a unique experience! The hot tub and BBQ are in an outdoor common area of the property, and shared with the main house guests.
Hale Honu is located just 3.5 miles south of the heart of Kailua-Kona village, and two miles north of the Keauhou beach shopping and cinema complex. Hale Honu is close to everything but is in a world of its own!
The grounds of the property are nicely landscaped and totally private, enclosed within six foot lava stone walls on three sides, opening to the Big Blue Pacific on the makai (ocean) side. There are many comfortable places to sit and bask outside in the sun, or relax in the shade of the palms and tropical greenery.
When the sea is calm, snorkelers can explore the abundant reef and arches directly in front of the house; the ocean can be entered and exited from the lava outcropping on site when the surf is low or you can also enter the ocean from Pahoehoe Beach, right next to Hale Honu. You will likely get a visit from our resident turtle family when snorkeling! All pictures of sea life on this website were taken in the waters right in front of Hale Honu. Pahoehoe beach park also has a large lava shelf with excellent tidal pools for exploring at low tide. Almost daily a large pod of spinner dolphins comes Hale Honu. Sometimes they are close enough to swim out to. During the winter months, the waters of West Kona, including offshore from Hale Honu, are frequented by humpback whales.
Ocean side padded chaise lounges are provided. We have a separate laundry room for your convenience, and provide you with beach towels, rice mats, beach chairs and umbrellas, coolers and some snorkeling gear and boogie boards.
We strive to make our homes and your experience in them unique and filled with the spirit of aloha. You’ll find the home tastefully decorated, carefully maintained, and filled with lots of little extras (CD collection of Hawaiian music, binoculars, books on local history and cultural sites, etc.) Ipod/ smart phone compatible portable speakers are provided.
This home imbues a special feeling of Peace and Aloha to everyone who visits it, and it is with that Aloha that we welcome you!
Please Note... We do offer Hale Honu for vacation rental in three different ways:
* Entire Home (including studio for a full four bedrooms and three baths)
* Upstairs Only (3 bedrooms and 2 baths)
* STUDIO/SUITE ONLY (one bedroom and one bath). We will generally release the studio only during peak seasons if the main house is already yet booked.
When the Suite and upper floor are rented to different parties, mutual respect of designated outdoor spaces assures privacy for everyone.
THE CALENDAR LINKED TO THIS SITE SHOWS AVAILABILITY OF THE STUDIO ONLY. To check on availability of the upper floor, follow the link to Hale Honu below, and scroll down to the availability calendar. (vrbo #34465)
We have owned and been improving Hale Honu since 2004! , We also own the exquisite Hawaiian Oasis Estate and Bed & Breakfast in Kona (see VRBO 72476 or hawaiianoasis com) Click on 'All My Rental Listings' below for details! We have full time employees that are available to assist with anything might come up during your stay. You’re in good hands when you stay with us at Hale Honu!
With warmest aloha,
Peter Knoblich and Darla Mabery
ALL OF OUR PROPERTIES ARE REGISTERED WITH THE STATE OF HAWAII AS 'TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS' UNDER GE TAX CERTIFICATE NUMBER W 30343398-01.
Keywords: Private Luxury Oceanfront Studio/Suite
This is us, Peter and Darla. We bought our first oceanfront condo (KKSR # 186) in 2002, on our first visit to the Big Island. (The Big Island definitely hooked us after several trips to the other islands!) We have been blessed to now offer four homes in Kona, including Hale Honu which we purchased in 2004. There is something about this particular spot on the ocean that everyone feels when they first walk on the site...maybe the turtles living in the cove, the spinner dolphins swimming by daily, or the calving humpbacks off shore every winter, but for us it was totally love at first sight. We have been improving Hale Honu every year, with major remodeling completed in 2008. We have a semi-permanent presence on the Big Island managing our Bed & Breakfast in Kona, The Hawaiian Oasis. Both of us are physicians, with continuing practices in California. We have a large extended family, three grown children...a fine arts painter, a photographer/film maker, and a fashion designer, and a growing family of pugs! We employ a full time employee and a handy man service in Kona to take care of all maintenance issues when we are on the mainland.
Peter and Darla purchased this studio in 2004
You'll know the first thirty seconds that you stand on the sea wall and gaze over the ocean why we chose Hale Honu. Amazing. Paradise. Perfect... were our first thoughts. We feel the same every day, even after eight years.
Peacefulness. With the constant pulse of the ocean, palm fronds swaying and clacking in the off shore breezes, laying in a hammock or soaking in the spa under star studded skies a few feet from the breaking waves is 'just what the doctor ordered' for your 'cares of the world' to vanish. We all need 'down-time' when we can just breathe and let our bodies and minds relax and rejuvinate. If that is what you want in a real Hawaiian Vacation, you need look no further, you'll find it, and more, at Hale Honu.
This comment was posted by the guests in the second listing for Hale Honu, VRBO # 34465, and the owners have copied it to the studio guest book also.
We have really enjoyed your place. Have seen volcano, whales, dolphins, turtles, etc. Mostly great weather and a fantastic location on the island. Home could not be better located--and the views are unmatched. Ocean access is superb.
We hosted our daughter and her family for a week in March--we were here almost a month-- and they were wowed by the proximity to the ocean. We watched the sunset every evening from the lanais downstairs.
The home and studio are well furnished with everything you could possibly need for cooking, eating, playing on the beach or just relaxing.
Being right next to a small park is a real plus
Glad we found this place and would not stay anywhere else on this island.
We loved our stay at the Hale Honu studio! Convenient location to beaches, restaurants, etc. Very private (it may have helped that no one was staying upstairs) with beautiful ocean views (AND lots of turtles as advertised). Lot of amenities: beach gear, hammock, hot tub, stocked kitchen. Hope to return to Hale Honu on our next trip to Hawaii!
The Hale Honu studio was fantastic! The location is perfect, about 3.5 miles south of Kailua-Kona. It is literally RIGHT ON THE OCEAN! The kitchen was small but well-stocked, and the two burner stove was completely manageable for making easy meals. There's also a grill that we used most nights in order to avoid turning on the stove and heating things up inside!
There's plenty of space to spread out - breakfast nook, kitchen area, large and comfy bed, and a living area with TV, etc. (but really, who wants to watch the TV when you can watch the ocean?!). There was also plenty of patio furniture to sit and enjoy the view.
It was really nice that the studio had a small window-unit AC. Lower levels don't get as much of the nice ocean breeze, so the window unit kept the studio comfortable and made for a great nights sleep every night.
Much of the Big Island is lacking in beaches, but there is a great beach right next door to the studio that has great swimming and snorkeling.
Close proximity to Safeway, KTA, and Costco made for easy grocery shopping.
Probably not best for visitors without cars, unless you rented a bike. It is still 3.5 miles into town (for eating out, shopping, etc.), which is a pretty long walk! I'd recommend either having a car or renting bikes for the week.
Peter was fantastic to work with in getting everything organized and ready for our family trip!
The Hale Honu studio is almost like being in a boat. You can't get any closer to the water or waves. We slept with the sliding doors open every night because the sound of the ocean made sure you didn't hear any noise at all from Ali'i Drive. The beach park next door was a great place to get in the water to snorkel and everything you need for beach trips (chairs, umbrellas, towels, snorkels, cooler, boogie boards, etc) is waiting for you in the well stocked laundry room. The location makes it easy to get everywhere. We had a couple minor glitches (a smoke alarm that went off if you turned on the stove at all, dead batteries in the remotes that power the fans) but Peter and Darla were super responsive and made sure everything was right very quickly. All in all, a cozy, lovely, funky little place and a good value for the price. Thanks!
What a treat to sleep right by the ocean. We saw whales cruising by (in mid January), and the location was convenient. Peter was great to work with from start to finish, and we LOVED having all the snorkeling gear, beach chairs, beach towels, etc. The view on the lanai was wonderful. We had only rented the bottom half of the house (the studio unit), and you could clearly hear the guests walking around upstairs, but it wasn't a big deal because we spent very little time in the unit aside from sleeping since there's so much to see and do on the Big Island. I would definitely stay here again.
We had a great time. This was a great location and the apartment and amenities are in good shape. Love the new glass block, two-headed shower and the generous beach gear provided. Very nice touches.
If we could have changed one thing, it would be to have understood in advance the shared aspects. Hale Honu (renting the whole house) would be a fairly private space (even though there are service people coming in and out every day unannounced. regardless), but renting just the studio means when you're sitting outside / laying out, there are people above you talking... And it means that your wave-side hot tub also has flood lights someone else controls shining on you -- which makes that a different sort of thing.
- patio right on the waves is really nice
- just right distance away from town, close to beaches
- fun two headed shower a plus (hot tub is nice too)
- 3 good ceiling fans inside
- plenty of outside furniture for tanning, reading, eating
- good gear provided for beach/water
- shared space means maintenance staff/ cleaners/ other guests coming in and out of your space unannounced, flood lights on, noise upstairs, etc.
In a pinch we'd do this again, but for the price, it fell short on the advertised privacy -- if exceeding expectation on the waterside location.
My husband and I stayed in the Oceanfront Studio in August 2013. The house has a magnificent view because it is right on the water, very secure and private. We fell asleep to the roar of the ocean hitting the beach each night. We could sunbathe at the beach on one side of the house and snorkle with the
Sea Turtles on the other side. It was truly a little bit of paradise.
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|Property Damage Protection||$59|
Please see the attached rental agreement for details. We often offer discounts for available dates within 4 weeks of arrival date, and are flexible regarding minimum night requirement. A credit card authorization through our rental agreement is how we handle a damage deposit of $500 (If you book directly with us). A damage waiver policy is included in payments received through VRBO. ALL OF OUR PROPERTIES ARE REGISTERED WITH THE STATE OF HAWAII AS 'TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS' UNDER GE TAX CERTIFICATE NUMBER W 30343398-01.