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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.

Rick’s Place

Discover how to REALLY relax!

Would you like to relax in your own peaceful pool that you share with no one, listening to your favorite tunes, 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 our home will be perfect for you.

If you are like us, you want to do nothing but relax and disconnect while on vacation. We don’t like resorts, eating every meal out, sitting around a pool with 100 other people, or going to luaus.

Rick’s Place is a cozy, romantic home, perfect for couples or best friends who want to catch up and hang out. Unwind, enjoy each other’s company, and disconnect from your crazy busy life. Stock up in town (we will even tell you the best places to shop), and then head down to the house on the cliff. Spend your days sitting around in the solar-heated pool, reading on the lanai or sitting by the sea wall. Watch the whales jump in the winter months (they will wake you up at night during whale season!), reading and talking, and cooking dinner on the gas barbeque or in our well-equipped kitchen while enjoying an icy cocktail. Milolii sunsets are the highlight of the day- no two are ever the same. Turn off all the lights and lay out on the chaise lounges and look at the moon and the Milky Way at night. Showering in the outdoor shower with the ocean breeze blowing on you is refreshing and revitalizing. Stereo system acoustics are great, and you can play music both inside and out by the pool. There is good Wi-Fi and Direct TV on smart TVs, as well as a Blu-Ray player. But we hope you don’t spend your days watching TV- it is too beautiful outside!

There is a viewing area on the cliff where you can sit and contemplate the sea while enjoying your morning coffee or your evening libations. The Kona fishing fleet aims for the waters in front of the house, so sometimes you can witness a hook-up while staring out to sea (we provide binoculars). When the water is calm (the area is jokingly called Lake Kona because it is usually so flat!), it is crystal clear, and you can look down and see tropical fish and the occasional turtle or hammerhead shark swim by. Sometimes the surf is high and the waves crash against the cliff dramatically. One guest called the high surf “Hawaiian fireworks” which is a great description.

The drive down from the highway takes you from 1500 ft. elevation to sea level across a lava flow. We remember our first impression! It’s a long, narrow, winding ride, but there are spectacular views on the way down. If you want to go to town every night or do a lot of sightseeing, the drive may be inconvenient. For a day trip every few days, it is no big deal.

There is easy access to water and great snorkeling a short walk north of the house at the Milolii Beach Park. Honomolino Beach is a great nearby sandy beach. There are many beautiful beaches and good restaurants within an hour’s drive. Our house is centrally located between Kailua-Kona and Volcanoes National Park, which is a must see- where else can you see geology in action?

If you need supplies during your stay, there are well-stocked grocery stores 20 minutes south, in Ocean View.

Our home has one bedroom, 1.5 baths, plus an outdoor shower. Every room in the house except the half bath offers up an ocean view. Kitchen is easy to cook in and is well-appointed, and the living area is furnished very comfortably and is open and breezy. Bedroom and living room glass French doors open to the ocean view and breeze. The wrap-around lanai includes a small in-ground solar heated pool.

Why is the house called Rick’s Place? We bought the house from our good friend from Maui, Rick. For years, we would visit Milolii with him. We have always loved Rick’s Place, Milolii and all the wonderful people we have met there. We are thankful to Rick, who agreed to sell us our favorite place on earth, and our friends in Hawaii, who have helped up to make this dream come true. We loved it so much, we moved here from California. We now live a few miles up on a coffee farm, so we are close by if you need anything.

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

*NOTE* Homeaway has taken away the ability for us to speak in person before you book (they won’t let us share phone numbers before you book). Because our home is not near resort areas, we want to make sure it is the right experience for you. As soon as you reserve our property, you will have access to our phone numbers and we would love to talk to you. Call Melanie right away if you are unsure if our house is right for you. We will cancel the reservation and refund your full deposit within two days’ of your initial deposit if after our conversation you want to stay somewhere different- we will even help you choose other locations. We can easily communicate through the Homeaway portal when you make an inquiry too.

Our Hawaii Tax number# W26310508-01

More Details

Melanie and Dan Lewis
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 17, 2017

About Melanie and Dan Lewis

We live on a nine acre farm above Milolii by the Highway. We recently made the big leap across the ocean from the tiny Northern California town of Angels Camp. We are now full-time Hawaiian residents. We have been visiting the islands for decades and our heart has always been here.

We have been business owners for years ( we owned a fishing tackle/marine/gas station/mini mart deli on a lake for 20 years which we sold to make the move, and Dan was also a partner in a stone masonry sales and manufacture yard). Now we are refurbishing the house on the farm and just kicking back and relaxing for the first time in our lives. We enjoy meeting new people and love to meet our guests. Our daughter lives in Sacramento and is soon to be married to a wonderful guy. They love to visit.

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 architecture of the house shows his artistic flair and creativity. We have been blessed with friends and family who have helped us make it a truly loved special place, with most of the artwork furnished by talented friends.

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. I'm pretty sure there is not another ocean front house anywhere in Hawaii or even in the USA with a private pool that is an affordable vacation rental. We love our house and you will be able to tell. It's not one of those vacation rentals furnished with cheap furniture and bare minimum of kitchen stuff.


Milolii House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 870 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • 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


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Sit In Your Private Pool And Enjoy Beautiful Tropical Sunsets
average rating of 4.925 based on 80 reviews

Simply Amazing!

  • 5 of 5

First off, I have never stayed in a VRBO that has this much thought and attention to detail. It is literally as if Dan and Melanie just leave their personal home so that you can vacation in it! Anything you may need or forgot or didn't know you needed is provided! And that is nice, as closest store is about 20 minutes away.

Let's start with that road: its super fun to drive! But made me nauseated going up as a passenger on an empty stomach. But oh the views from the road! Also, make note that Milolii is not touristy. At all. An hour plus from Kona, Volcano, Hilo. Being from Houston, we don't mind driving alot. In fact, we drove over 700 miles while we were there: Captain Cook kayak/snorkel, South Point and Black Sand Beach, Volcano Park, biking to see lava, Mauna Kea and Saddle Road, dinner cruise in Kona, and more!

House: so comfortable! Pool even has a solar heater and would get up to about 87 degrees by early afternoon and stay until a bit after dusk. Outdoor shower is fun! Lots of snorkel equipment provided, along with ice chests, and boogie boards! Kitchen has much more than basic seasonings and condiments: syrup, butter, full assortment of seasonings and condiments, just everything!

Our in-laws rented a house up the street and they were so jealous of ours! Didn't even miss having AC! And the view! Loved just sitting and watching the waves crash. I cannot say enough glowing, fabulous things about this special home!

Also, we really appreciated meeting Dan and Melanie when they brought us a bottle of wine, a mango, and a papaya! Melanie has made me a fan of mango! Not that I'll be able to get that mango back here in Texas though...

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the glowing review! It was so fun to meet you both. Now that we are living here full time we are enjoying the opportunity to meet our guests. Our friend the Weavers have a mango and dragonfruit farm, and their mangos are amazing! You can buy Weaver mangos at Choicemart and KTA here on the island. So ono!
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Blaine, WA. USA

45th Wedding Anniversary

  • 5 of 5

Celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary on the Big Island of Hawaii. We traveled from Blaine Washington (up by the Canada border) to stay at Rick's place. We were not disappointed! This was a great one bedroom Hawaiian style home on the bluff above the ocean to stay. Everything was there to be right at home.

This was our first time to use VRBO and we were not quite sure what we would encounter.

The house was quite nice and well equipped. Pool was an added extra which was quite nice to have.

This location was quite private and away from the busy Kona area, however, it was quite a time consuming drive into Kona. Although the distance was not that much. Two lanes and winding roads were the reason for the long ride. The drive down to the house was a switch back road and at night was tricky.

Definitely do your grocery shopping prior to arriving, great tips from the owners.

If you want privacy and a nice getaway from the busy Kona area, this is it! Would stay again, thanks for the nice stay.

Dan & Nora Young

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, CA

We loved this place!

  • 5 of 5

I would have to say I have never had a more relaxing vacation! Dan and Melanie have made Ricks place into an amazing comfortable hide away! Ricks place was the most well stocked place we have ever stayed, it had absolutely everything you can imagine. We were very happy to get to meet Dan and Melanie, just about the nicest people ever! We are already planning our next trip back to Ricks place. Thank you again for being such great host.

  • Submitted: Sep 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, George! It's fun for us to share a different kind of Hawaii vacation.
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We will give it a 5 star

  • 5 of 5

Melanie and Dan have made our visit to Hawaii the best ever. They have thought of every detail we would need. They came over one night and we enjoyed their company. The chairs that you see in the picture is the best seat in the world, to watch the fish swim and the turtles was amazing. You have your own waves rushing up on the cliffs. There aren't no words to describe the beauty that you will see. The pool is warm and a wonderful place to see the sunset . Their home is equipped with every thing possible that you will need. There's lots of activities to do but the best place is at Rick's Place. Meliane and Dan thank you for such a wonderful time Aloha Cheryl and Steven Zak

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the glowing review. It was fun to meet you guys too. On my way! Back!
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L'Ange-Gardien, Québec, CANADA

Where the dream come true

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in this beautiful cozy nest. Everything is set up in a concern to make the place welcoming and comfortable. It's impeccable and so well laid out! We felt on honeymoon at the end of the world as soon as we got off the car. Melanie and Dan are welcoming and warm hosts who have thought of every detail for a ultimate experience. Thank you both for sharing this piece of heaven. We will come back ;-)

Nous avons passé un séjour merveilleux dans ce magnifique nid douillet. C'est un endroit impeccable, confortable et tellement bien aménagé! Nous nous sommes sentis en lune de miel au bout du monde dès que nous sommes descendus de la voiture. Melanie et Dan sont des hôtes accueillants et chaleureux qui ont pensé à tous les détails pour que l'expérience soit ultime. Merci à vous deux de partager ce coins de paradis. Nous reviendrons ;-)

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So fun to meet you, and I'm sure we will be lifelong friends.
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Beautiful place!!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing sunsets and beautiful stars at night. It was an amazing house with everything you need to get your mind away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
44.7 Miles
Kailua-Kona (KOA)
Nearest Barpub
14.9 Miles
Mehe's in Ocean View
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy (Hwy 11)
Nearest Restaurant
14.9 Miles
Mehe's in Ocean View
Nearest Beach
2.4 Miles
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.42%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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