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Hualalai Cottage in Waimea ~ Close to Beaches

Bedrooms 1
Space 500 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Spacious, Free-Standing Cottage with Two Lanais

Hualalai Cottage, a stand-alone one-bedroom, 500 sq.ft. ohana unit is light, airy, and your perfect home away from home. It is located on the gorgeous, sunny side of upcountry Waimea, also called Kamuela, on the Big Island of Hawaii, within a few minutes of the beautiful Kohala coast.

It is a perfect quiet, serene refuge or starting point for the wonderful attractions of our beautiful island.

The cottage includes a queen bed, single airbed, tiled bathroom with walk-in shower, large closets, and a living-dining-kitchen room with all the amenities you will need for making simple, delicious meals.

It is centrally located - 45 minutes from the Kona Airport and 1.5 hours from the Hilo airport. Our gorgeous beaches are 10-15 minutes down the hill. The picturesque town of Waimea is 10 minutes away, quaint Hawi and Honoka'a towns 30 minutes, and Mauna Kea 60 minutes. We are close to many restaurants and farmers' markets featuring our local fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats as well as wood-fire baked breads and other delicacies.

Our 2200' elevation allows for cooler evenings and nights - perfect for deep and peaceful slumbers!

There is a 'Hele On' bus ($1) which stops hourly in front of the property to take you to and from Waimea Town if you like.

Check in time is 3:00 or later and check out time 11AM or earlier. We are flexible with these times whenever possible.

An excellent book about our island with information on beaches, hikes, restaurants, and activities is 'Hawaii The Big Island Revealed,' by Andrew Doughty. There is a copy in the cottage for your enjoyment but you might consider purchasing your own before you arrive.

Many of our wonderful guests have remarked that they loved their stay in the cottage so much that they wished they had booked a longer visit. We are fortunate to have had many of our guests return months later. You may read additional reviews in "Guestbook Comments" under the "Owner" tab.

You are welcome to inquire about 2 night stays.

We live in the main house but most likely you will rarely see us. And while sincerely respecting your privacy, we are always happy and available to answer questions and give directions.

Hawaii State Tax ID# W01395054-01

More Details

Lloyd & Loring Howell
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 15, 2017

About Lloyd & Loring Howell

Originally from Northern California and Arkansas, we have made our home here in this sweet town of Waimea since 2003. We love our little spot of paradise on the Big Island and welcome you to it too!

Lloyd & Loring Howell purchased this cottage in 2005

Why Lloyd & Loring Howell chose Kamuela

We were attracted to this perfect location, weather, neighborhood, and elevation. Being close to lovely Waimea town, the coast, and many other destinations is a pleasure!

What makes this cottage unique

Hualalai Cottage is a uniquely peaceful and private abode!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Being a guest at Hualalai Cottage is like staying with family (the good ones). The cottage is wonderfully appointed, with all the amenities that you could want, and then some. From the extra blankets, to the boogie boards and snorkel gear, guide books and maps, all the way to the mini rice cooker, the Howells have thought about everything. Their care and attention to detail doesn't just stop with the amenities, Loring is one of the most warm and gracious hosts we've ever had the pleasure of meeting. You really do feel like a guest in their home, while they afford you the utmost privacy. Can't say enough wonderful things about this place and its owners. But I will give you one more example of why it's so special... During our stay here, I had the misfortune of suffering a rather serious accident while at the beach. I ended up having to go to the hospital (in the middle of the town Christmas parade) and was on crutches with a splint on my leg. Loring went above and beyond to make sure that I was well taken care of and have everything I could possibly need. She is a true gem and I'm glad to have had the opportunity to meet her, as well as stay in her lovely home. Moreover, the cottage is located in beautiful Waimea which, is at the juncture of some of the most beautiful rolling hills (anywhere) and the best beaches on the Big Island. While it might not look like it on the map, Waimea is actually quite "centrally" located if you're planning on exploring the northern half of the island. This is the closest (nice) place from which to base yourself if you are interested in visiting Mauna Lea volcano as well. You can't go wrong with this place. Happy travels.
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Kamuela Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Large, walk-in tiled shower
  • Roomy and clean, with soap and shampoo provided
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 queen
    $10 additional per night for 3rd guest - 1 twin/ single , Air bed/mattress - automatic inflation
  • Comfortable and airy, with a sliding glass door opening up onto a second, garden-view lanai and ceiling fan for still nights. Comfortable floor/airbed with foam topper for a third guest.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • skiing
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • snowboarding
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Water filter, floor & ceiling fans, vacuum, flashlights, ice chests, and blue ice provided for your use. Voice of Beauty Skincare luxurious, nurturing facials are available in our studio nearby by appointment.


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Hualalai Cottage in Waimea ~ Close to Beaches
average rating of 5.0 based on 44 reviews
Slidell, LA


  • 5 of 5

Hualalai Cottage is a wonderful find located in a quiet area near Waimea. My first thoughts were that Lloyd and Loring built this cottage as if they were going to live here. Very roomy, well designed and constructed, tastefully furnished and well equipped with all the essentials. The landscaping and view of Mt. Hualalai are just icing on the cake. To cap it off, Lloyd and Loring were a pleasure to meet and talk to. There’s no question this is the place to stay in Waimea for a single traveler or a couple.

  • Submitted: Nov 5, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hunt was a wonderful guest and we hope that he returns again one day! He was a great communicator and tidy guest. Thanks, Hunt!
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Beautiful Peaceful and Private Ohana

  • 5 of 5

This ohana is everything you could hope for. Extremely clean and beautifully decorated, well located to explore the North end of the island, and owners who are truely dedicated to providing their guests with a pleasant experience.

Many extras supplied here such as coffee, cream, fruit and muffins upon arrival. Snorkel equipment, wave boards and beach chairs * only a 10 minute drive to sandy beaches. Big fluffy bath towels and a great doorless shower also make this place a standout.

Everything about this place is well thought out and exceeded all expectations.

I highly recommend a stay here and would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Awesome Cottage, Awesome Waimea

  • 5 of 5

We will remember the stay for ever! This beautiful cottage has everything you need, fully equipped, perfect location (20 minutes away from beach, nice town of Waimea and best start for a trip to Manua Kea) and best recommendations from Loring and Lloyd.

It's a must going there !! Thanks for hosting us so kind, Loring!!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Rainer and his lovely family were delightful guests who left our cottage in immaculate condition! We hope that they will return very soon!
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Perfect for our needs.

  • 5 of 5

Location was great and owners very accommodating. Cottage well maintained and had everything expected. Quiet and clean. Would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Apr 29, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming to stay at Hualalai Cottage. We look forward to hosting you again one day!
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Nice cozy cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Sorry this review is so late! We stayed at Hualalai cottage in October 2015. Our first visit to Hawaii.

We found the cottage to be very cozy and had everything we needed. Private entrance at the back and parking area for our rental vehicle. A nice small deck at the back overlooking nicely landscaped backyard. Very quiet and peaceful.

The owners Loring and Lloyd were very nice and even helped us out by letting us borrow their printer one night! Everything worked well here for us. We are really glad we stayed there. It was easy to get to as well.

Thanks for the great stay!

  • Submitted: Apr 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your nice review! We were happy that you stayed in Hualalai Cottage ~ please come again one day!
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At the top of VRBO properties!

  • 5 of 5

This property was all we hoped it would be: beautiful and private. The hosts were as nice as could be and add truly nice touches that made us feel like they really cared that our vacation stay was pleasant. The cottage is immaculately maintained and we were welcomed with fresh fruit, muffins and coffee which was greatly appreciated since we arrived after dark and didn't have to find a grocery store that night. The location is perfect! The best beaches on the island are 10 minutes away - Hapuna Beach, Beach 69, and the petroglyphs/, all which have beautiful sandy beaches, some shade, and snorkling. The small town of Waimea is 5 minutes away and we made an easy day trip up to the north part of the island to visit the Vanilla Farm, Havi, and cowboy country. Going south of Kona for snorkeling, shopping or to the City of Refuge is also an easy drive. Can't say enough good things!

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for coming and for your glowing review!
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Nearest Airport
34 Miles
Nearest Barpub
3 Miles
SeafoodBar, BlueDragon, Redwater, BigIsland Brew
Nearest Golf
3 Miles
Mauna Kea, Hapuna
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queen Ka'ahumanu
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Redwater, Merriman's, Waimea Coffee Co. + others
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Mauna Kea, Hapuna, Spencer, Waialea, Puako
Car: recommended

Farmers' markets (Wednesday & Saturday), art galleries, wonderful gift shops, local festivals, accessibility to resorts and coastal shopping centers


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $70 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $100
Tax Rate 13.41%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Your wonderful children of any age are considered a third person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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