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Puako Beach Cottage Right across the street from the ocean

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 - 14 nights


About the property

3 BR For Up To 5 People Authentic Cottage With New Amenities

Hawaii Vacation Rentals Call us direct here on the Big Island (808) 936-0395

Discover the pleasure of an authentic Old Hawaii Puako Beach House with modern day quality of granite counter tops, beautifully tiled floors throughout in the privacy of your very own cottage. The private outdoor garden shower offers highly desired opportunity to shower under the stars or when you come back from snorkeling and playing in the sun! There is also a full bath with tub/shower inside. Large kitchen with all updated appliances and fully equipped to cook full meals if you wish. Flat screen TV's in Living Room and two bedrooms.

Puako is the only ocean front residential community on the Kohala Coast with large expansive homes and original beach cottages from the early 50's side by side. You will enjoy the sounds of the ocean and sounds of birds in the morning as you awake and walk across the street with your cup of coffee. Let the ocean take your cares away!

At the end of a restful day or a day of exploring the wonders of the Big Island, walk over to the shore to enjoy the most incredible sunsets and in the winter months the Whales will put a show on for you!

This section of Puako also attracts shore divers and snorkelers with it's easy access into the water most of the time. There is a public beach access where you can snorkel, swim, watch sunset or walk along coast line to the Fairmont Orchid Mauna Lani.

GE/TAT - 122-813-6448-01

More Details

Property Manager
Pattie Freeman
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, mandarin
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 12, 2017

About Pattie Freeman

Call Puako Pattie (808) 882-7000 This property is managed by Pattie Freeman, Real Estate Broker for Hawaii Vacation Rentals, Inc. who has been in the vacation rental business in Puako since 1994. Pattie's properties are professionally maintained and she is available to answer your questions and help you with her years of experience of activities and events on the Big Island. Her friendly, authentic personal care for her guests keeps guests returning year after year.

Why Pattie Freeman chose Kohala Coast

Why Puako:

The owner of this cottage purchased this home many years ago when he fell in love with Puako. He has since purchased others and updated this one to make it a charming vacation rental. There is an additional property next door which will be able to rent as well, so two families could have house side by side.

What makes this cottage unique

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:

Situated right across the street from the ocean at the very end of Puako Beach Drive which is not a through street. This one level vintage cottage has a big grassy yard with many places to sit and relax and soak up the sun! Have the benefit of almost ocean front without paying the price of oceanfront! Privacy, views and quiet serene setting make this cottage a delightful place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Kohala Coast on the Big Island.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a lovely time at the house, it was very peaceful and quiet . Shelia was very helpful and kind and the house was so clean and welcoming when we arrived. The homemade chocolate chip cookies and fresh flowers were a nice touch. The house was well stocked in every way, beach toys, sunscreen, drink mixers, kitchen utensils, pillows, bathroom supplies, it pretty much had everything you could need! The grounds were well kept and the outside shower a real treat. I loved sitting on the side porch reading and listening to the ocean and all the birds. The beach across the street is a hidden gem. At low tide the little pools are warm and so fun to swim in. We found the snorkeling to be the best on the island right there, filled with fish and turtles. Loved being at the end of the road. So thank you for a lovely place! We will look forward to coming back to the Big Island again, had so much fun exploring hiking swimming, being. Appreciate your excellent service with the house, Take care.
Apr 2017
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Waimea Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • One bath with Shower/Tub plus a charming private outdoor shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 3 - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Great for a single or child
  • Mauka Bedroom (Mauka is Mountain so bedroom facing Mauna Kea Mountain) is air conditioned with King Bed.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Puako Beach Cottage Right across the street from the ocean
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Great quiet space for a retreat.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful property manager (Sheila), great beach access, quiet.

  • Submitted: Jun 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The sum of Paniau Surf Cottage is greater than its parts

  • 5 of 5

My wife of fifty plus years and I have been visiting Puako each year for many years. How odd it is, to find a nearly-perfect house at the end of Puako Beach Drive after all those years.

We rented the cottage a year ago and almost immediately, began to have questions about the location and the house. Would the house be as portrayed in images and words? Would it be dusty from the access road behind? Would it be noisy from the parking lot across the street? Would the neighbors be quiet? Would the house be hot during the day? Would it be clean? Would there be mildew and/or mold? Would there be excessive rules and regs? The answer to each of these questions (and others which I now can’t recall) was NO.

Upon our arrival, Sheila met us and took us through a tour of the cottage … showing off the features and explaining what needed to be explained. [At this point, I must be brutally honest and say that … as an American male … I do not easily ask for directions. I never did figure out the DVR.] She was an invaluable neighbor and helper … and now our friend. Patty, the property manager, also was prompt with helpful answers and useful information.

All aspects of the house and grounds delighted us. We particularly liked the lanai with its comfortable furniture, lights and fans (We ate all of our lunches … and a couple of dinners … there). Inside, we liked the simplicity and openness, the tile floors, the many ceiling fans and the lack of frou-frou. During the day, the interior remained cool with good ventilation from all sides. The trade winds provided a refreshing breeze from the ocean at the front. At night, cool winds came down from Mauna Kea to the rear. The house recently underwent an excellent upgrading ... what we needed was there and everything worked for us.

Outside, the lawn and comfortable lounge chairs were perfect for catching some rays. The open space to the rear and side (views of volcanoes and kiawe) and the many varieties of butterflies and birds (including a pueo behind the house one day) … plus several mongooses … surrounded us with Big Island nature. A short walk across the street brought us to Paniau Bay and enjoyable shore walks in both directions. There were many spectacular sunsets.

If we were to come again to Puako, we absolutely would reserve the Paniau Surf Cottage with no reservations what-so-ever. Hey, wait a minute ... we are returning next February!

  • Submitted: Mar 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our family loved this beach cottage

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife (monarch butterflies too) that were abundant because the house was at the end of the road and had forest in the back and on the side. We also like the quiet and privacy this location provided. Sheila, the caretaker was very sweet and helpful and I enjoyed meeting her. She brought kid books to my kids and gave them small gifts when we left. Sheila helped make our vacation even more relaxing and enjoyable. Finally, it was great to have some beach supplies - boogie boards, masks, beach toys, mats etc.


  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Puako Cottage right across the street from the ocean

  • 5 of 5

Pattie, I loved the house. Liked the end of the road privacy and space, and the park across the road. The house was beautifully decorated and refreshingly uncluttered. Liked the high-end cabinets and appliances. If I could be sure of coming again next year and my exact dates, I would not hesitate to rent this house again. Our only complaint would be just one toilet. But that is a small price to pay relative to the rest of the house. Thank you for everything. Sheila was great. We appreciated her extra attention to our needs. Karen

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Perfect for our family right across the street from the beach!

  • 5 of 5

Working with Patti and Sheila was easy and pleasant. Patti always responded quickly and professionally, answering any questions I had before our stay there. Sheila took wonderful care of us and the home while we were there. It was lovely to meet her and to know that she was right next door if we needed help. She is such a nice person.

This is a lovely property. Great for kids. The beach right across the street was so pretty and convenient. We enjoyed the large yard and comfortable beds. We would definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and very comfortable in every way

  • 5 of 5

The house, neighborhood, access to snorkeling, and Sheila's attentiveness made this the perfect accommodation for us. Ideal for two couples.

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
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Nearest Airport
27 Miles
Keahole Kona Airport
Nearest Barpub
2.5 Miles
Kawaihae Harbor, Mauna Lani or Mauna Kea Resorts
Nearest Golf
5.8 Miles
Mauna Lani or Mauna Kea Beach Resort
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
5.5 Miles
Kawaihae Harbor, Mauna Lani or Mauna Kea Resorts
Nearest Beach
2.4 Miles
Wailea Bay, Hapuna or Mauna Kea Beaches nearby
Car: recommended

Puako Beach is a charming beach community nestled between the Mauna Lani Resort and Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. Puako is still the only ocean front residential community along the Gold Coast/Kohala Coast of the Big Island nestled between the Mauna Lani Resort, Fairmont Orchid and Mauna Kea/Hapuna Resorts.

Hapuna Beach State Park, just a few minutes drive from here, has earned the reputation of being one of Hawaii Island's finest beaches. It is the largest White Sands Beach on The Big Island and consistently rates on Top Ten lists internationally. You can even drive the back road to Hapuna Beach and not get on the Highway. Local shore fisherman can be seen daily enjoying the great reef fishing. Hapuna Beach offers some wonderful opportunities for swimming during calm seas offering crystal clear water and beautiful scenery, bodysurfing, bodyboarding during periods of high surf with waves reaching 3 feet high for experts! During these high surf times there are dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks so those not familiar should stay out of the water. There are Lifeguard services. Sunbathing (and looking at all of the sunbathers) with limited shade, so if it's not windy, umbrellas can be seen lining the beach. Snorkeling is a favorite activity at Hapuna Beach and is just a mile from Puako. You can even drive the back road to Hapuna Beach and not get on the Highway. It is located off Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway (Highway 19, 2.3 miles south of Kawaihae Harbor and is open daily during daylight hours. There is a coastal trail called Ala Kahakai Trail that goes from Kawaihae-Anaehoomalu mostly along the coast. 61.8 acres with restrooms, picnic pavilions, picnic tables, showers, trash cans, drinking water, payphone and lifeguard services and lots of parking. In recent years there has been a beach hut cafe to purchased food.

Puako Beach Drive has no thorough thru access which keeps it virtually still undiscovered by many. Original beach shacks next to stately homes as well as charming beach cottages that some owner's have preserved. There are homes along the ocean side as well as across the street from the ocean. There are six separate 'beach' accesses along this stretch of beach. Although there is not a tremendous amount of sand, there are tide pools and the extensive protected reef is remarkable. During low tide, small pools dot the entire coastline and these pools are filled with small sea life that make excellent areas to explore for all ages. If you enjoy shore diving, kayaking and snorkeling you can find a spot along this stretch of shoreline to enter the water. Offshore the reef is home to a wide variety of fish and many days you will see dolphins playing right from the shore. Enjoy the Whales who return each year to mate and give birth in the tropical warm waters during the winter months.

Puako is a place of activity and rejuvenation. There is so much to do or nothing at all. Sunsets are celebrated by most who live and visit Puako every evening.

The views of Mauna Kea Mountain will take your breath away when you turn around to the East on a clear day. In the winter months you might have the opportunity to sit at the beach and see snow not the mountain.

Along the Kohala Coast, the Puako Petroglyph Archaeological Preserve features more than a thousand petroglyphs, or kii pohaku, lava rock carvings etched into stone centuries ago by Native Hawaiians. Although the true meanings of the petroglyphs are unknown, it is generally thought these carvings are records of births and other significant events in the lives of the people who lived on Hawaii Island long ago.

Just a short walk to the Fairmont Orchid Hotel, Holoholokai Beach (a well manicured beach-park with facilities) and the Mauna Lani Resort, or from the South end of Puako, start at Paniau Beach and walk along the coast to the Petroglyphs and you can see the carvings of human forms, canoes, turtles and others in the captivating petroglyphs fields of Puako. Take the kids on a petroglyph hunt and ask them what they think these ancient symbols could mean. On a full moon some of has have been known to walk to the petroglyph field from the South end of Puako where the lava is so lit up from the moon that we haven't needed a flashlight. It's been said that the ancient Hawiians walked at night as it was cooler.

Hapuna Beach offers some wonderful opportunities for swimming during calm seas offering crystal clear water and beautiful scenery, bodysurfing, bodyboarding during periods of high surf with waves reaching 3 feet high for experts! During these high surf times there are dangerous rip currents and pounding shore breaks so those not familiar should stay out of the water. There are Lifeguard services. Sunbathing (and looking at all of the sunbathers) with limited shade, so if it's not windy, umbrellas can be seen lining the beach.


Rates & Availability

Waimea Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer / Fall - 2017
May 1 2017 - Nov 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving - 2017
Nov 23 2017 - Nov 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter - 2017
Dec 1 2017 - Dec 17 2017
5 night minimum stay
Holiday - 2017
Dec 18 2017 - Jan 5 2018
14 night minimum stay
Winter Peak - 2018
Jan 6 2018 - Apr 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Reservation Fee $75 + Tax
Damage Protection Insura $59 + Tax
Cleaning Fee $250 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
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