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Charming Historic Ranching-Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,500 sq. ft.
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Large Open Lanais, Ocean Views, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Fully Appointed Kitchen.

Featured in the coffee table book, The Hawaiian House Now, the home is a historic 1895 structure, modified in the 1940s and retaining the charm of old Hawaii with architecture and furnishings of the day, while satisfying the needs and aesthetic of today's lifestyle.

Panoramic views of the ocean, Kona coast, tree canopy, landscaped yard, and surrounding pastures will amaze. The cool 1,200' elevation of Holualoa, the open lanais, spacious bedrooms, and a well-appointed kitchen are sure to please. The rural feeling of Hale Akala and the large established yard with old plantings of avocado, ulu (breadfruit,) fig, starfruit (carambola,) dragon fruit, pineapple, and banana is guaranteed to take you away from life's stresses and please the senses.

Four bedrooms to choose from, of which three have their own private bathroom within. The fourth bedroom, with a queen-sized bed, is on the lower level of the home and adjacent to the TV/sitting room. Three sets of French doors extend to a terraced area in the yard, providing the room beautiful light. The middle (and main-floor) level consists of kitchen, dining, living room, two lanais, and two bedrooms with queen-sized beds. Upper-level master-suite has a king-sized bed, two window seats and a single day bed. The wide window seats can sleep young children. The day-bed area is separate from the master bedroom, with a work/desk area, adjacent. In total, one king, three queens, and one single will accommodate nine people in beds. The window seats allow for two more. A wonderful fireplace on the main floor living area will warm you on chilly winter nights. Lower floor accesses the yard and outdoor cooking terrace via stairs from the kitchen as well as from the ocean-side lanai.

A charming 1940-era guest cottage with a screened-in lanai, galley kitchen (toaster, mic, electric kettle, fridge) and shower bath, privately situated across the driveway, sleeps two in a queen bed, allowing larger parties to use the entire property. Please scroll down the page to Owner Information to view this additional VRBO listing, #643478.

A leisurely stroll on a walking path through a sixty year old coffee orchard leads guests from the front door of Hale Akala to our coffee establishment, Kona Blue Sky Coffee's visitor center where guests can have a coffee tour, sample our estate grown coffee and take home a reminder of their pleasant Hawaii visit with freshly roasted 100% Kona arabica coffee.

A large lawn to the north, is super for bocce, throwing a football or frisbee, sitting on the lawn chairs to take in a sunset spectacle, will delight the outdoors appreciators. Comfortable seating area on terrace below the kitchen sports a gas grill and a teak dining set, certain to entertain the outdoor dining enthusiast.

Three friendly dogs and a social cat, that live on the property will greet you and say hello on many occasions.

More Details

Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 24, 2017

About Lisa

Aloha! I'm Lisa, Hawaii born (raised in Honolulu and Hilo) and have lived on this property for thirty-two years, raising four children with my husband, Christian. I love to share my culture, our Islands' stories and history with all. I cherish my morning coffee, love food, appreciate engaging people, like gardening and yard work, and happy dogs!

Lisa purchased this estate in 1945

Why Lisa chose Kona Coast

Hale Akala is a special piece of Kona. Built in 1895 by Manuel Silveira Goularte, a Portuguese rancher who raised his thirteen children here. It was utilized by cowboys of the neighboring Greenwell family's Palani Ranch, to re-supply and feed ranch-hands in the 1920 and 30s. It was abandoned and left to the elements before WWII, eventually being purchased by Christian's grandparents, William and Margaret of Honolulu, in 1945. Wanting to retire to Kona (where Margaret's great-grandparents, Reverend Asa and Lucy Thurston--part of the company of first Christian missionaries to the Islands who arrived in Kailua-Kona (the seat of Hawaii's ruling Kamehameha reign) in 1820 and lived until the 1860s) they chose the cool uplands of Holualoa. Hale Akala has been in the family for four generations. A few cattle roam the surrounding acres of pasture and you'll hear an occasional bull bellowing from nearby Palani Ranch, in the quiet evening hours.

What makes this estate unique

The spacious nature of the property, old established landscaping, dry-stack rock walls (a ranching heritage feature here in Kona,) pathways, fruit trees, flower beds, along with the home's architectural appeal will make you feel held and comforted.

Guestbook comments from the owner

From the moment we walked through the door, I felt all the tension just slide from my shoulders. We were surrounded by beauty, both inside and out. Our host, Lisa, thought of everything we could possibly have wanted: the freshest fruit, right from the garden/trees, books about the island, even Hawaiian music CDs...and the best coffee EVER. She is a wonderful resource about the property and the history of the island.

The house has lots of art and is tastefully appointed, but still feels like a place where you can relax. The animals are part of the welcome committee.

Lisa, mahalo for a wonderful visit. Aloha to you and Christian and Mariella, Hobbs, Maca and co. See you next year!
Feb 2014
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Hōlualoa Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3500 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • smoking allowed ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower
  • All bathrooms are within the three bedrooms. No half-bath in the home.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 twin/ single , 2 child bed , Two wide window seats can accommodate a child.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , In a room adjoining the TV area downstairs with no bathroom.
  • Upstairs suite has a king bed, window seat, and separate sitting area with twin sleigh bed and window seat and private bath. Child's nook next to window seat offers floor pillows, books, and toys. October 2014 renovation of an adjacent guest cottage will accommodate two people in queen-size bed.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The home is your's when you are here. We will be as accommodating as possible, answering your questions about Kona and Hawaii in general.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(39 traveler reviews)

Charming Historic Ranching-Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!
average rating of 4.8974357 based on 42 reviews

Posh and real at the same time - spacious home for family vacation

  • 5 of 5

My extended family had a memorable stay at this posh, airy home above Kailua-Kona. Many things about the property are remarkable and will make you glad you chose this place over a run-of-the-mill condo along the coast. Original art decorates many rooms. The bathrooms and spacious kitchen have been updated, while the bedrooms and common rooms maintain historic ambience. Nearly all of the rooms have screened sliding doors and windows to maximize the gorgeous view, let in breezes and provide natural air conditioning. We left these open day and night. We enjoyed temps in the low to mid-seventies at this elevation in the coffee belt. It was more than 80 degrees (F) in Kona proper at the same time. You will be happiest at this property if you set your expectations for tropical, country living. This means you get a variety soundtrack through the open windows which can include a chattering, passing flock of parrots visiting the mango tree, a chorus of coqui frogs at night, roosters on a neighboring farm, the odd dog barks or occasional muscle cars motoring up the hill below. The colorful geckos chasing insects along the railing of the not-to-be-missed reading porch or kitchen nook are silent, but will elicit comment from your humans.

The host supplied many sports amenities such as boogie boards, beach towels and badminton racquets. Seasonal fruit was available to harvest from the grounds.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle Wa

The best retreat and base for enjoying the island of Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

We enjoy a lot of the Big Island from golf, surfing, snorkeling, swimming, hiking and bird watching. Hale Akala is at the perfect location and not far from the great beaches and sites on Hawaii. The house is equipped with boogie board, chairs, umbrellas, towels and coolers to enjoy the beach. It also just outside Holualoa and all of its wonderful galleries. Hale Akala is also the perfect place read, relax and recharge in a beautiful, private setting. We also love to cook in the well appointed kitchen and the ability to forage great treats like papayas, lilikoi, ulu and avocados from the grounds . We've stayed here twice and look forward to the opportunity to do so again soon.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quaint, charming, perfect location

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough good things about the property, or the owner. Lisa was kind, professional, and as new visitors to the island she was exceedingly helpful. Her home was full of natural light, high end finishing, stunning views. I will rent again.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We stayed here with our family of 9 adults. It was perfect! The house was amazing, the views were unparalleled and the location was 10-15 minutes away from stores, town, the ocean. The Owner Lisa greeted us when we arrived and was very good about giving us information about the house and the area. We also enjoyed the dogs and cat that came to greet us every day. We would stay here again!

  • Submitted: Feb 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The Best

  • 5 of 5

Normally, I would be much more verbose and effusive in reviewing something that I actually think is worth spending the time to review. Those occasions are few and far between. In fact, I've probably written less than 10 reviews in my entire life (and when I do, it's mostly for bad experiences). I think the the other reviewers have adequately expressed all the positive details about this property, so I'll just keep my feedback extremely succinct. I very bluntly told the owner, Lisa, to her face that I thought her property was the best house I had ever seen in my life in person, and I stand by that statement. That's all.

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX

Unforgettable setting for 50th anniversary celebration

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 adults stayed at Hale Akala and the adjacent cottage during a celebration trip for our parents' 50th anniversary. The lovely, historical charm of the house, the gorgeous lush gardens and magnificent ocean view combined to create a perfect setting for this special occasion.

There aren't enough superlatives to describe the warm elegance and cozy comfort of this house. It is beautifully decorated with unique art, an abundance of books, unique furnishings and fixtures throughout. The location is in a quiet neighborhood, just 10-15 minutes to all the conveniences you need. You are truly living like a local here. We regret that our full schedule to take in all the sights of the Big Island during our short stay did not allow us more time to enjoy this wonderful retreat. We made the most of our mornings, taking advantage of the fully stocked gourmet kitchen and the delicious Kona Blue Sky coffee generously provided by the owner's coffee business next door (don't miss a stop at the coffee visitors center just a short walk away!). We also had the most delicious avocado you've ever tasted--as big as your head, and plucked right from a tree on the grounds. What a treat!

Lisa was such a generous and amazing hostess, so responsive and quick to provide answers to my many questions prior to our visit. We surprised our parents with a vow renewal and wanted to hire a photographer to capture the ceremony and take family portraits. Lisa made an excellent recommendation for us--the photographer was so professional and friendly, and his work exceeded our expectations. And of course, the spectacular gardens made the perfect backdrop! It will be a favorite family memory forever.

We will always treasure our time at Hale Akala. I can't imagine a more authentic, relaxing, enjoyable home base for a stay on the Big Island. A heartfelt aloha and mahalo to Lisa. A hui kaua - until we meet again!

  • Submitted: Jan 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hulihee Palace
Kona Historical Society Museum
NELHA - Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority
Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Hulihe'e Palace
Holuakoa Cafe
Kimura Lauhala Shop
"Find your favorite Kona made lauhala hat. A local classic!"
Holualoa Inn
Keei Cafe
"Wonderful local fare!"
Kona Town Tavern
Sushi Shiono
"Great Japanese dining experience!"
Kona Blue Sky Coffee Visitor Center
"Have a cup of coffee on us. Enjoy a free tour!"
Greenwell Farms Inc
Big Island Bees Honey Museum and Tasting Room
"Learn something about bees while discovering unique locally made items and a wonderful array..."
Kilauea Volcano
"This fascinating destination has it all! Not to miss."
Body Glove Cruises
Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Teshima's...a true local scene!
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Makalei Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
2 Miles
Queen Ka`ahumanu, Highway 11
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Holuakoa Cafe
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Mauna Kea summit in winter!
Nearest Beach
5 Miles
White Sands Beach
Car: necessary

The town of Holualoa, once a ranching community, is known today as an artist's hub with several well-known artist residents and established galleries to explore. Just up the road, you'll find a full service spa, churches, a world-class restaurant, and a country post office, for your convenience. Holualoa is in the prime of the 30-mile wide Kona coffee belt, where coffee has been a staple crop here for nearly two hundred years. Several coffee tours are offered in the area. The Kona Historical Society, a twenty minute drive south, offers an excellent cultural living history experience in early coffee lifestyle with thier interactive Uchida Farm destination tour. Kailua-Kona Town is just fifteen minutes away with restaurants, beautiful monarchy-era Hulihe`e Palace museum situated on the water's edge, grocery stores, banks, ocean related activities, the Kona pier (the start and finish of the world famous Ironman World Championship competition in October, as well as the sight of the International Billfish Tournament in August.)


Rates & Availability

Hōlualoa Estate Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nightly Spring 2017
Mar 31 2017 - May 25 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nightly Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Nightly Fall 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 9 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Fall 2017
Oct 10 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Jan 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Nightly 2018
Jan 8 2018 - Nov 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2018
Nov 16 2018 - Jan 7 2019
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50
Cleaning $260
Tax Rate 16.32%

I require a further step in the booking process, and ask that rental parties print an individualized rental agreement, complete, and send back in a scan.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.

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