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AC, OCEAN VIEWS and a great value

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,400 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath With Ocean View

In the foothills of Hawaii Island’s oldest volcano—Kohala Mountain—with views of the coastline and ocean, this economical house is conveniently located in the eclectic neighborhood of Kawaihae Village. Set along the Kawaihae Road, Hale Lani is a five-minute drive from some of the highest-rated beaches in the world: Mauna Kea, Hapuna Beach State Park and Waialea Bay. Equally close are restaurants ranging from Anuenue Shave Ice and locally sourced Kohala Burger and Taco to the Blue Dragon, known for prize-winning fine dining in an outdoor setting with top-rated live entertainment. A scenic drive from Kawaihae Harbor up the coast takes you to the charming town of Hawi, with prime whale viewing along the way during the winter months. State of Hawaii GE/TA tax numbers W 01815576-01

Property Manager
Mary A. Fox R (B) Active
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 12, 2018

About Mary A. Fox R (B) Active

I am a military widow with six kids. When my husband was killed on a mission, we needed a place to heal and begin our lives anew. We took a family vote, and all wanted to move to Big Island, where our cousins lived. I grew up in Yosemite National Park, and Hawaii Island has the same magnificent natural beauty and sacred nature, with fresh air and water, and beautiful hiking trails. With all of the different climate zones and cultural diversity, we could spend our time learning and exploring. Hawaii worked its magic, and the kids grew to be people who cared for the aina (land), and others. Most of the kids are grown and living on the mainland, but still come 'home' to recapture the peace of their childhoods. We are so honored to be able to share our homes with guests who come to experience amazing Big Island and the special turquoise waters and trade winds of Kawaihae. I always feel like the luckiest person on earth when I walk through the front door, and hope you will too!

Mary A. Fox R (B) Active purchased this house in 1996

Why Mary A. Fox R (B) Active chose Kamuela

The house felt like a refuge the moment I saw it, and the young owner had put in alot of loving touches, like rock walls and patios, and a fragrant cedar walk-in closet. It took many years to afford the upgrades and artistic touches, and each has been a labor of love for me, as well. My uncle was a volcanologist, and chose the location of Kawaihae Village because it was above tsunami danger, and out of the way of thousands of years of lava flows. It is a safe perch, yet close enough to the ocean to see a humpback whale breach from the yard. You can lie in a chase at night and see a brilliant night sky, the way it looked before city lights clouded the atmosphere. In the morning, you can be at a pristing beach where the hotel guests pay upwards of $700 a night, and the houses cost millions - the drive down the hill takes a couple of minutes! It is a great, time-saving location, and even the paramedic's station is less than 5 miles away. The house has lent itself to green considerations - repurposing things like an antique cabinet into the bar, recycling wood during renovations, and a move to solar power. We try to care naturally for the land and have been rewarded by native birds (our birder guests counted 34 species!) and butterflies. We hope you feel the joyful and healing nature of this house we call Hali Lani, 'House of Heaven'.

What makes this house unique

The location of this house means that you can drive to the beach on a moment's notice. We often go first thing in the morning, and again to watch the sunset, or the whales in winter. We are also spoiled with the closeness of world-class restaurants (yes, you can go in shorts and aloha shirts!), and fantastic shopping. I was able to buy the house next door in the hope that my Mom would live there, as it had been her college dream to move to Hawaii. She spent her last summer there, and said it was the happiest time of her life. With two houses side by side, it is extremely convenient for families or groups of friends to rent both. I love to cook, so had a convection oven installed when we remodeled, and try to buy good pots, pans, knives and have some spices on hand. The mosaics in the house tell stories and are a tribute to Big Island and the unique rocks and flowers. The yard has monumental plumeria trees, so you often wake to a carpet of blossoms that the winds have blown down onto the grass. We keep the prices affordable because as a mother of six, I know that vacation dollars are often scarce. We wish you a wonderful stay, and may you feel cherished and welcome in Hale Lani and Hale Ohia! Aloha nui loa.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We loved the whole house, everything was perfect, clean. The beautiful garden and the lovely furniture. We'll be back for sure :)
Apr 2017
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Kamuela House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1400 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , tub
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
  • Master bathroom is tile and mosaics, clean and modern
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Master bedroom - 1 king , California king-size bed/make up area
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 132 Square feet/queen-size bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , 10 by 11 room/queen-size bed
  • The master bedroom feature with oceanview, make up area and full bathroom that is upgraded, clean and convenient. Room plus bath 264 square feet
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
This affordable three-bedroom house was personally decorated with whimsy and humor by the long-time owners. They created a homey and fun environment with colorful touches such as the cheerful “Aloha Ohana” mosaic kitchen backsplash, tapas (hand-pounded decorative cloths), maps, starfish and shells, as well as hand-carved pieces from around the world. Enter the living area designed for easy comfort with tile floors, oriental rugs, and furniture maximized for relaxed reading and conversation or for television watching. The open floor plan ensures that whoever cooks is part of the action, air conditioning and ceiling fans keep everyone cool, and books, WiFi and cable keep everyone entertained while indoors. The kitchen is in the middle of it all for easy entertaining and casual meals around the dining table with extra seating at the breakfast bar.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 13 reviews

Great stay!

  • 5 of 5

Clean. Well decorated. A variety of cookware is provided. Great ocean view patio.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Just lovely!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had a wonderful stay at this property. We loved the location near our favorite beaches, and spent a good deal of time just lazing in this comfortable home. It is beautifully decorated and we enjoyed both the shower and the soaking tub. The team at 2 Papayas are excellent ambassadors. Marley took time to show us how everything worked - a big help -for which we were very grateful!

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Our stay was excellent. Crystal and Mary provided excellent follow-up on the house and it's entities. Their attention to our needs were outstanding. I would, without hesitation, refer any one to; "2 Papayas". Aloha "2 Papayas" Ohana !!!;-]

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fully stocked and beautifully decorated.

  • 5 of 5

First of all, we got our dates wrong. I emailed texted 2Papayas from the Honolulu airport to let them know we would be arriving in a few hours, but I had booked the place for the 8th and not the 7th!!! They called me right away and told me not to worry, no one was using the place and they would have it ready for us a day early. They were so accommodating and we were SO grateful.

We have stayed in MANY vacation rentals around the world and this one (by far) has EVERYTHING you might think you need. The place is beautifully decorated and CLEAN. The location couldn't be better. We were able to get to 3 (that's how many we tried) great beaches within 10-15 minute drive. (On a side note: Mauna Lani is great for snorkeling and nice for kids...just as good as the snorkeling boat trips and Hapuna beach is great for boogie boarding) Waimea is only 15 minutes up the hill and so cute. Want Shave Ice or fresh fish? Just drive down the hill five minutes.

Yes, the traffic is somewhat loud but there's air and inside it's not that bad. I'd stay here again and recommend it to anyone going to this area. You can't go wrong with 2Payapas, they are great!!!

  • Submitted: Apr 21, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Calgary, Alberta

Great House for a Big Island Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over the Christmas holidays with my husband and my mother - there was plenty of room for the three of us, the master bedroom was huge and the kitchen was well stocked! Everything we could have needed was provided and there was a lovely gift bag waiting for us when we arrived. The living space is big, clean and cool. The outdoor space is great - BBQ, table, chairs, loungers, everything you need to relax.

The ocean is visible and there are a number of things to do or see within a 5 -20 minute drive. We shopped in Waimea for food and spent some time at the local beaches as well. This is a pretty good home base for exploring as it was easy to get to Kona, Hilo, the volcano and other areas of the island.

The only caution is that the house does back on to a fairly busy "highway" and there can be heavy traffic. We kept the windows closed at night and could not hear anything. During the day you are mostly out of the house so you will not notice it, but if you are hanging out and chilling in the back, it is good to know. This did not however stop us from enjoying the backyard, the birds and the wonderful breeze!!!

Great stay in a great house!!!

  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Heartfelt thanks for your review! We are so glad you took the time to point out some of the special things about the home, and felt the welcome we wish to extend to guests. We want our guests to walk in and feel the "Wow!" of getting nicer than expected, and be able to discover special things throughout the visit, whether it is upscale kitchen items, or different colors of plumeria blossoms in the yard. And thank you for mentioning the birds - one guest counted 39 different species! We hope to welcome you back soon, and send our warmest aloha. And to clarify about the road - Kawaihae road passes below the property, and is a two-lane road that heads up to Waimea, and, of course, down to the pristine beaches that are 5 minutes away. You can hear trucks pass as they bring provisions to Waimea, and cars as workers commute. But the house sits up, and the yard is protected, so the road is not something close or accessible from the yard. Big Island is remote and there are few roads. We tend not to notice the intermittent traffic, but are thankful that we can pop out of the Village, turn onto the road, and get to the beach in minutes. And, more importantly, the fire station is minutes away. We strive for safety, aloha, and a rate that families can afford. See you at the beach!
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Portland Oregon

lovely home

  • 5 of 5

This house is not the average rental, It is very clean and well kept up, but the thing that makes this house special are the furnishings and interior design. The owner used to live here full time as I understand and furnished it in very Hawaiian ways with beautiful Koa and other hard wood furniture. The house has everything you need in the way of small appliances TVs towels etc. I would highly recommend it. My wife and I plan to rent it next year. I see that other renters have extoled the virtues of this house as to proximity to beaches, restaurants.

  • Submitted: Dec 24, 2015
  • Stayed: November 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Keahole (Kona)
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
Seafood Bar
Nearest Golf
6 Miles
Numerous golf courses within 10-15 minutes drive
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Highway 19
Nearest Restaurant
6 Miles
Under the Bodhi Tree
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
Hapuna State Park and Spencer Beach Park
Car: necessary

This home is centrally located near the Kohala Coast with just a short drive to great restaurants, farmer's markets and historic Parker Ranch in Waimea town, (also called Kamuela), nearby Kawaihae Harbor for fishing, diving, restaurants, as well as world famous Hapuna State Park, Mauna Kea Beach and Spencer Beach Park.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $300
Tax Rate 14.42%

Rate varies from $165-$231.25 @ night based on the number of guests. The standard rate is for 2 persons only. Please call or email manager directly for an exact quote for your group. We are a local, professional, real estate company licensed in the State of Hawaii, managing the home on behalf of the owners. Currently, due to the high fees, we are not accepting credit cards.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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