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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 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: 12
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Smoking outside in yard, away from separately rented cottage, allowed, if smoker cleans up after him/herself.
  • Remote car key fob locking/horn sounding is to be kept to a minimum, especially at night. Practice your silent lock, thank you!
  • Loud voices kept to a minimum after 10pm. Be considerate of cottage renters. Close house doors to keep voices in if you are up later than 10pm.
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 12
  • 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.


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★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

I booked a vacation from May 4-11th to celebrate my mom. There were 8 of us that came to the to the island /,Mom's children, grandchildren/significant others, and her best friend. The location and grounds were spectacular, but it wasn't until we checked in that Lisa let us know they were having a 'termite problem'. I've been to Hawaii many times and expect mosquitoes and roaches as unavoidable. At first it sounded like a small inconvenience, but the truth was that there was no way to use the kitchen and prepare food in a sanitary manner. There were termites infesting the kitchen cupboards above the counter that needed constant cleaning up only to leave more droppings and wings. As our stay progressed it got worse, with termites swarming in the evening leaving droppings, wings, and bodies all over the kitchennever would have thought that I would be cleaning up bug droppings and bodies throughout my vacation. I feel it was unfair that Lisa waited to disclose the termite problem until we were there and couldn't do anything about it, I let her know during our stay how bad the problem was and all she could offer was an explanation that this was common in Hawaii in May, had I known, I would have booked a different property. I even sent her video of the swarming and she minimized the situation. I was waiting to receive my damage deposit back before leaving a review, and now that I have it refunded in full I want anyone who has booked a stay there to know what they may face. If I were you, I would ask if she has had the house fumigated, she said she was planning to have it done, but it looked to me like the site was booked until September. VRBO should not allow this rental to continue until the problem is resolved.

Date of arrival

May 4, 2017

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  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Granted, there are termite swarms in Hawaii in the warmer turn of the year and yes, the month of May is the time in Hawaii when termites are more active than other months. Our home is much older than most in Hawaii and does have termites in areas of the home. Over the last few months this fact has not presented a problem to guests, but this was an active termite time for these guests. Fumigation of the home is an ongoing treatment for deterring infestations from growing, for all homes in Hawaii. The shelving above the counter does have termites. Most of the evidence is noticeable in bits of wood residue falling to the floor or counter. I was remiss in not stating that termites could come forth and fly about in the kitchen on some random nights in the late spring, yes. There is nothing I can do to remedy the situation until the home is tented and fumigated. The activity was much more for this rental than for others. The infestation is not so bad as to warrant on-going problems for future renters. It is scheduled for fumigation and the residual wood frass will be remedied. Such a large undertaking comes with a schedule and a waiting period. It will be solved when it and the other two homes on the property get fumigated this summer. It is always one thing that gets an unfavorable review, when there are so many lovely aspects to the home to notice and enjoy. I know this party enjoyed the home, as it was told to me.
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Beautiful home and grounds.

  • 5 of 5

We spent two weeks with both my sisters and their husbands. We had a wonderful time at Hale Akala. The view is just amazing! We spent many quality hours cooking meals together, sitting around the breakfast nook and talking or playing cards, and sitting on the lanai in the evenings. The temperature at the altitude of this home is a little cooler than at sea level and the cool breeze made it perfect with most all the windows open. Lisa was a perfect host and very responsive to any issues. The coffee maker bit the dust one morning, and she delivered a new one literally within minutes! I would definitely stay here again.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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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Hulihee Palace
Kona Historical Society Museum
NELHA - Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority
Pu‘uhonua o Hōnaunau National Historical Park
Hulihee 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:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Summer 2017
May 26 2017 - Aug 31 2017
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2017
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
Oct 6 2017 - Oct 22 2017
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2017
Oct 23 2017 - Nov 16 2017
3 night minimum stay
Holiday 2017
Nov 17 2017 - Jan 7 2018
3 night minimum stay
Winter 2018
Jan 8 2018 - Apr 1 2018
3 night minimum stay
Spring 2018
Apr 2 2018 - May 31 2018
3 night minimum stay
Summer 2018
Jun 1 2018 - Aug 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
Late Summer 2018
Aug 31 2018 - Sep 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
October 2018
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 15 2018
3 night minimum stay
Fall 2018
Oct 16 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

Cleaning $260
Refundable damage deposit $500
Pet Fee $50
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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