|Minimum Stay||4 - 5 nights|
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Our two bedroom, two bath home is a perfect getaway for couples and families! Just 400 feet from the beach, and with a beautiful view of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa, our house offers two sides of Hawaii, both the ocean and the mountains. Enjoy breakfast in the morning, watching sunrise over Mauna Kea on the wrap-around deck. Take a leisurely stroll to the beach, picnic and beach chairs in hand, and enjoy the warm Pacific waters. Snorkel in Puako Bay or at nearby Waialea Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. Swim with sea turtles, colorful fish, and perhaps even a moray eel! Afterward, relax in the screened-in lanai living space, while your meal is grilling out on the BBQ. And end your day by watching the spectacular sunset over the ocean before walking back to your Hawaiian escape.
E 'Aka 'Aka Mau House (aka Laugh Alot House) is uniquely set up to accommodate family and friends, but still afford privacy. The upstairs area has a spacious living room; the cathedral ceiling with two fans gives the space a light, airy feel. This same ambience carries over to the dining area, where koa trimmed windows and wooden floors show off the 'Hawaiian plantation' decor of the room. Open the large sliding glass doors and windows to allow in the breeze! Folding doors on the side of the bedroom allow our guests to expand the space into the dining area, but also affords privacy if desired. The galley kitchen is well equipped with everything necessary to prepare any kind of meal, from a Thanksgiving turkey to Hawaiian and Asian fare. Granite-topped counters, hard-wood kitchen island, and a large, shelved pantry provide the ideal space to create meals for family and friends. And a Char-Broil radiant heat propane grill is readily accessible on the deck, perfect for grilling that special Hawaiian dish!
Downstairs, a second bedroom with sitting area and separate bath lends a 'studio setting' feel to the unit, and is perfect for teenage children or when two couples rent the house. It is accessed through its own separate door. For extra guests and/or small children, there is a fold-out sofa sleeper in the upstairs living room as well as a pullout futon in the downstairs sitting area. Finally, the screened in lanai is set up as an additional living space, with a double bed futon for those wanting to sleep outdoors.
High definition TV, DVD player, iPod dock, and a variety of movies and books are available to our guests. Fans on all floors, with a window AC unit in the bottom unit. A full-sized washer and dryer are also on the premises for your use.
Our goal is to make E 'Aka 'Aka Mau House your home away from home - a place to relax, enjoy your surroundings, and laugh alot - with family and friends!
Hawaii tax ID W24030175-01
On-island contact information sent with Welcome Letter prior to arrival
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We have enjoyed coming to Hawaii over the past few years, and have particularly enjoyed the unique community of Puako. It's a great place for family and friends. We feel at home here in Hawaii, and want to share that with others who visit this amazing paradise.
Marjie purchased this house in 2013
Puako is a very special place. It is a unique community blending full-time residents, retirees, and short and long term renters. Quiet, peaceful, and beautiful, it is reminiscent of what Hawaii was like fifty years ago. Some of the best snorkeling is available literally within a stone's throw of our home. However, we are close to other activities - including Mauna Lani Resort for golf or to enjoy a nice dinner out, to Hawi and the Kohala Peninsula to visit galleries, whale watch, and swim, and to Waimea for its farmer's market, restaurants and unique Hawaiian Cowboy culture!
Our family just got back home from a 2-week vacation in the charming town of Puako. What a secret treasure! The house was everything we hoped it would be, and the rental process from beginning to end was seamless.
About the home- almost everything we needed was provided- from cooking utensils to beach toys, which was not only a cost savings for us, but was incredibly convenient as well. We were able to buy groceries in Kona at Costco and Safeway (of course supplementing with local flavor from the Puako General Store) and prepare our own breakfasts, lunches and dinners right there at the house.
Onsite laundry and outdoor shower helped keep the sand at bay, and made rinsing out the snorkel gear (provided) clean and ready for the next adventure!
The house is located literally across the street from a lava/tide pool beach. The beach is gorgeous, and we saw dozens of endangered Green Sea Turtles swimming or basking in the sun daily. This is NOT powdery sand, play in the waves type beach. It is a peaceful, watch the ocean or explore the tide pools kind of a beach. However, one of the best snorkel spots on the entire island is within walking distance of the house, and both beach 69 and Hapuna are 5 minutes away via car. Many other beaches are nearby as well.
The ONLY reason I didn't give a 5-star rating is that the upstairs did not have air conditioning. The downstairs room did, which made for much more comfortable sleeping. Coming from a northern state, the heat and humidity took some getting used to and air conditioning would have been nice. With that being said, I would stay here again in a heartbeat. Multiple ceiling fans and oscillating floor fans are provided and provide adequate circulation and a little relief from the heat. We also grilled nearly every meal on the bbq, which helped considerably.
All in all, this is a clean, charming, perfect location for exploring the Big Island, and we can't wait to come back again!
Trent- Billings, MT
Going on vacation to the Big Island? Stay here! We've stayed at multiple VRBO's in this area over the past several years and found this to be one of the best. The booking process was very seamless and any and all questions were quickly answered. The property has an incredible unobstructed view of Mauna Kea which makes for spectacular sunrises. From the kitchen you can see the ocean too. The main part of the two level house is situated on the second floor which allowed for great trade winds to flow through the open design kitchen, dining and living area. The property is clean, well organized and has a well stocked pantry along with all the kitchen tools you may need. The house is tastefully decorated with some nice local art. The 1st floor of the property is perfect for another couple and allows for some separation and privacy after long days of adventuring and exploring this gem of an area. The 15 second walk across the street Allows for unobstructed views of the ocean, Honu's and nightly sunsets with Buster the neighbors cat. I can't imagine a more perfect scenario. Well done!
We had an amazing two week stay in this lovely island home. Mornings were spent on the back lanai watching the sun rise over Mauna Kea. The birds made sure we were awake in plenty of time to see the sun come up. Evenings were spent on the beach across the street watching the sun set and the turtles settle on the sand for the night. The house is wonderfully positioned next to one of the best beach access paths along Puako Bay. We spent hours relaxing, snorkeling and exploring the tidal pools along the bay. Our children (11 and 9) enjoyed their privacy in the bottom suite, while my husband and I enjoyed having our own space to relax upstairs. We had a couple rain storms in the evenings, which we enjoyed watching from the screened in lanai. We enjoyed having a bike to ride to the general store or beach 69 for early morning swims. Puako is close to so many nice beaches; Hapuna Beach being our favorite! The house was fully stocked with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. We even used the slow-cooker for a meal. The owners were very attentive to our needs and responded to our questions quickly. If we are fortunate enough to return to the Big Island, we would love the opportunity to stay in this house again. Mahalo!
My friends and family call me the 'Cruise Director' or 'Travel Agent' as I have a passion to set up adventures and trips with friends that more than not involve renting a VRBO in an amazing, fun-filled place where we can all gather for meals, drinks, laughs, and love.....I have rented VRBOs in Belize, Baja, Southern Cali, Lake Tahoe, Montana, Jackson Hole, Mendocino, Canada, and Florida Keys to name a few in the past years.....This gem of a place in Puako, is on one of the most perfect little beach roads I know of on the planet, it will not only meet your family or friends needs but make your vacation....if you are the type that enjoys easy, appreciates a perfectly stocked kitchen, and wants a retreat or break from mainstream busy and bustle....this is it...at night we enjoyed our wine with the sunset, beach, and many turtles, we were knocked out by the density of stars that shined over the back State land behind the bungalow, in the morning the sun crept up slower than the turtles on the beach and greeted us to start the day...we enjoyed the walks and half hearted fitness jogs along Puako Beach Road and the beach trails to the southern resorts (Fairmont/Mani Lani)...our kids loved the lawn for playing dodge ball with the beach balls....the many and perfect beaches that are so close by made the day's choice hard of where to set off to for the day....the paddling boarding and snorkeling were unmatched....this bungalow is the gem you are looking for to make Hawaii as easy as it was naturally ended....we will definitely be back again and again....we had two families - each with two small children....the grandparents stayed down the road above the Puako General Store...did I mention Perfect?? Thank you for making Hawaii so absolutely magical!!!
Thank you very much Marjie, for letting us stay in your wonderful house. One just can't decide whether to walk across the street to watch the sea or stay at home and enjoy the view on Mauna Kea. The house has all it needs to have a real enjoyable stay,- from kitchen equipment to "boogie-boards", if you just want to give it a try on the neaby beaches.
Thanks, Marjie, for letting us use your wonderful house. The furnishings are all topnotch, especially in the kitchen, and we really appreciate all the ceiling fans to keep the air moving. The cross ventilation was great for the trade winds. We used the Tommy Bahama beach chairs to walk the block to the beach entrance to see the sunset in the evening, and the view over the land towards the volcano in back was always spectacular. We did a lot of snorkeling, being just a block or so from the best snorkeling area in the beach—besides the usual tropical fish, we saw a manta ray and many turtles. The pictures on VRBO do the house justice and we hope to stay there again in the future. Greta and Joel.
Puako Beach is the only non-gated community on the Kohala Coast. Unlike when visiting a resort, the visitor to Puako Beach gets the 'real feel' of living in a small Hawaiian town, complete with a multipurpose general store, local area churches, and local area events. Beautiful beaches are easily accessible within a few minutes walk. Yet Puako is close enough to larger towns and resort areas for people wishing to play golf, eat out, or visit art galleries.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event|
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 14 2017
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|End of stay cleaning fee||$200 + Tax|
|Property Damage Protection||$59|
|Refundable damage deposit||$200|
|Refundable sec. deposit||$200|
Hawaii tax ID W24030175-01
Mid-stay clean required for stays of 3 weeks or more for additional $150.
Cleaning fee and Hawaii tax added to rental costs. Add'l cost $150 above 5 occupants (incl. increased cleaning fee).
Rates subject to change until reservation is confirmed. Last-minute and special in-fill rental rates available
Hawaii GE and TAT license number W24030175-01.
On-island contact information sent at time of booking