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Sit In Your Private Pool And Enjoy Beautiful Tropical Sunsets

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 870 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

One-Bedroom Cozy Cottage On The Ocean, With Private Pool.

Discover how to REALLY relax!

Would you like to relax in your own peaceful private pool, while contemplating the vast expanse of the ocean right in front of you - amazing whales, spinner dolphins and colorful fish, the sunsets, and complete serenity, for less than the price of a resort hotel room? Then you will love our place.

Our home has one bedroom, 1.5 baths, plus an outdoor shower/toilet. Kitchen and living area are open and roomy. Bedroom and living room glass french doors open to the ocean view and breeze. Wrap-around lanai and small in-ground pool.

Get-away-from-it all, but only 25 minutes to the nearest grocery store and beaches.

We have always loved this house and the magical coast of Milolii. We hope you love it as much as we do!

Hawaii License number is W26310508-01

More Details

Melanie and Dan Lewis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 28, 2017

About Melanie and Dan Lewis

We currently live in the small town of Angels Camp in California's famed Gold Country. Angels Camp is home of the famous Calaveras County Jumping Frog Jubilee. We love to fish, and spend lots of time on New Melones Lake. When we are in Hawaii, we love to fish off the cliff by the house.

Angels Camp is a small town, and we love it. The Big Island has that same small-town feel. Everyone is so friendly, and there is no hustle and bustle.

We have been married 30+ years, and have a beautiful grown daughter, Sarah. We have always loved Hawaii, and take several trips a year there. We have made amazing friends there over the years. We hope to be able to move to Hawaii someday.

Melanie and Dan Lewis purchased this house in 2014

Why Melanie and Dan Lewis chose Kona Coast

Why is the house called Rick’s Place? We bought the house from our good friend from Maui, Rick, who built it. For years, we would visit Milolii with him. Rick is an ultra-cool, amazingly artistic guy, and the house shows his artistic flair and creativity.

We hope you enjoy and cherish your time here as much as we do.

What makes this house unique

The first time we visited Milolii, we wondered where we were going, as we drove down the long road across the lava flow. But once we were sitting on the deck, overlooking the blue ocean and watching the humpbacks against the background of a red sunset, we understood the magic of the place. We helped Rick install the pool several years later, and that really made the house perfect.


Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 870 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , Adjacent to living room.
    Bathroom 3 - outdoor shower , Very cool thatched bamboo room with tiki torches for light!
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Adjacent to bedroom, walk in shower with ocean view
  • There is an additional toilet closet on the lanai.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Best for a couple. More with permission from owner.
  • Overlooks the ocean. the bedroom is walled and private, but the ceiling is open to the rest of the house- great for air circulation and a roomy feel.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(65 traveler reviews)

Sit In Your Private Pool And Enjoy Beautiful Tropical Sunsets
average rating of 4.9076924 based on 65 reviews
El Paso, Texas

Rick's Place provides a wonderful vacation experience.

  • 5 of 5

The house is charming, comfortable and thoughtfully equipped. Soaking in the pool while gazing out across the ocean is pure pleasure. Internet service is fast and reliable. The weather has been perfect, sunny and dry. The ocean breezes are cool and refreshing. This is the nicest climate we have experienced in several trips to Hawaii. We have only good things to say about our time at Rick's Place except that we wish we could stay a few more days.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rick's Place felt more like our second home than our ACTUAL second home!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we first found Rick's Place on VRBO, through our last backward glance on the way to the airport, we felt at home with the property. On top of that, every contact made with Melanie and Suzi was like communicating with friends--very responsive friends! Rick's Place, its owners, and caretaker are very special, indeed.

We spent the end of our honeymoon trip (25 years delayed) at Rick's Place. It was the perfect place to end our dream vacation. We cannot imagine a better, more unbelievably awesome, setting to have spent those last nights. The house and its location were exactly what we needed and wanted. Even when completely open to the outside, the house is quiet and private and comfortable. The property is well appointed; everything necessary is available and attention has been given every detail, inside and out.

Some have commented that the house is far removed. It's really not that bad! Honestly, going anywhere on the Big Island is a bit of a trek, no matter where you stay (unless you go straight from the airport to a resort and back, without venturing out to see any of what the Big Island has to offer.) Yes, it is off the main road a bit. And, yes, Milolii Road is a series of switchbacks, down a steep hill. And, again yes, the switchbacks and hill can be daunting. But once you have gone up and down a time or two, and wound your way around other parts of the island in your travels, you hardly notice the curves and the hill. And the house is so, so, so worth it!

Our only regret is that we never saw the whales from the house on the cliff. We heard them, though! We saw many, many whales on Maui, before we got to Rick's Place. Hearing them in Milolii was just icing on the cake! There was high surf during most of our stay, which didn't allow us to see as much marine life as we had hoped. But the ocean certainly kept us entertained, crashing against the cliffs. It lulled us to sleep at night and was the first thing we looked for upon opening our eyes in the morning.

Melanie, Dan, and Suzi (and the resident gecko) could be selfish and keep this incredible property a secret. Instead, they choose to share it with those of us fortunate enough to find it. We feel so honored to have spent time and created so many wonderful memories at Rick's Place.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow. What a glowing review! It's people like you guys who make sharing our home such a joy. Glad you loved being close to the ocean, even though you didn't see it in its calm state- it is beautiful when it is being wild, too. Happy 25th anniversary! You guys were great guests.
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Seattle, Washington

A little bit of paradise off the tourist path

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect Hawaiian experience for us! We had all the beauty of Hawaii without the crowds of tourists. The house was SO comfortable and relaxing we really didn't want to leave, even to explore other areas. I especially liked how Hawaiian the house feels (not like some generic condo or hotel that could be anywhere). We spent the week without ever closing a door or window...just lots of fresh ocean breezes (and whales). This home was further south than we normally stay so we spent more time in the car this trip but it was worth it!! We will definitely go back!! The owners are very helpful and friendly as well!

  • Submitted: Mar 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Peaceful retreat on the ocean

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Dan and Melanie for sharing your place with us. We spent most of our time on the deck looking out at the ocean. A few whale sightings during the day and a few times when they were singing after dark just added to the serenity. We made good use of the grill and just spent our time recharging our batteries in a beautiful home and location. Watching the waves crash on the rocks was mesmerizing. I would recommend that if possible, folks plan on getting there before dark. The main road was pretty winding and the road down the hill to the beach house was downright frightening to do the first time in the dark. After that everything was good. Great experience and great hosts.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your honest review. The drive is a tough one. We always imagine guests feeling like , "Where are we going? It's the middle of nowhere!" And then walking into the house and going, "Yes! "
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Fripp Island, SC

Quiet spot, except the waves and the whales

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful one bedroom house for a couple who wants to check out from the hustle of the world and enjoy some quiet time in the sun with a book and a cool drink. This well kept oceanfront home with a small pool was a joy to inhabit for 8 nights and the show that nature put on was special. Whales, dolphins, jumping fish, birds, waves, breeze and stars form the memories we will take home. We only left once to resupply and take in some coffee farms. Highly commended.

  • Submitted: Feb 3, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We love it best when guests "get it" and nest into the house and don't leave. It's such an amazing place if you sped your days watching the ocean and the night looking at the stars.
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Portland, Oregon

Wonderful stay at Rick's Place

  • 5 of 5

I can't say enough about our great vacation at Rick's Place. Everything was well attended to. They take care of every need, the view is spectacular, the house has a great vibe, lots of open spaces, windows, ocean views to die for. We had a lovely stay here. Great for a couple, remote and quiet, yet not cut off from everything. If you get a chance, take the Lava Boat Tour. Spectacular. Come to Rick's Place on the big island for r & r. We loved it.

  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you loved it, and we can't wait to do lave boat tour!
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Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy
Car: necessary

The town of Ocean View is about 25 minutes south on Mamalahoa Hwy (11). There are grocery and hardware stores and shops and restaurants in the area. Continue driving and you will reach Volcanoes National Park, and South Point. Continue around the point and you will eventually get to Hilo. If instead of going south, you go north on Mamalahoa Hwy (11), you will be headed back to Kailua-Kona, where there airport is. On the way, you will pass Captain Cook (about 30 minutes from the house). There is a grocery store there as well as some great coffee houses and restaurants. There are lots of great restaurants, bars and nightlife, resorts and souvenir shopping opportunities in Kailua Kona . It's about an hour and a half drive to Kailua-Kona, depending on traffic. Continuing on the Highway will bring you past the resorts on the Kohala Coast, around Upolu Point to the quaint town of Hawi, and through the Parker Ranch. Eventually you will be back in Hilo. But don't try to circumnavigate the island in one day. It's big, and there is too much to see and do along the way!


Rates & Availability

Captain Cook House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer/low season 2017
Apr 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
Winter/high season 2018
Dec 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Summer/low season 2018
Apr 1 2018 - Nov 30 2018
5 night minimum stay
Winter/high season 2019
Dec 1 2018 - Mar 31 2019
5 night minimum stay
Summer/low season 2019
Apr 1 2019 - Nov 30 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

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