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Puako Beach... Big Island, Hawaii!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

One Bedroom Cottage Close To The Beach.

Our cottage is a lovely Hawaiian beach style home. We just completed a renovation which we know you will enjoy.

Fresh linens, beach chairs and umbrellas. cable TV and a outdoor shower, Just a few of the amenities we have provided.

Our comfortable, Hawaiian-style cottage is across the street from the tide pools and ocean access in the quiet community of Puako. Over the years, we have collected surfboards and other bits of old Hawaii to add charm and privacy to this cozy little place.

The cottage includes a fully stocked kitchen with comfortable seating and everything you need to prepare a lovely dinner for two. The bedroom has queen-size bed and quality linens. The bathroom is large, but incase you feel like more room or a bit of romance, there is also an outside shower enclosed by tropical plants and flowers.

This is very comfortable and affordable for two people.

We also have an apt below this bedroom, sm kitchen and living space.

More Details

Member since: 2004
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 15, 2017

About peg

We are retired now. raised our son and daughter on the Big Island and love to travel between the Islands and Colorado where we have family.

Puako is a very special place to us and our children who are finding their way back after college and work on the Mainland.

That makes us happy, especially now that we have a grandchild!

peg purchased this cottage in 1972

Why peg chose Puako

We fell in love with Puako in the early 70's when we spent a few weeks here. Found a real-estate agent and bought this property. moved a few years later and here we are.


Puako Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • 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 Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 twin/ single
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • kayaking
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(11 traveler reviews)

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Puako Beach... Big Island, Hawaii!
average rating of 5.0 based on 11 reviews

Lovely cottage, nicely decorated, friendly hosts and perfect location! Aloha

  • 5 of 5

Our cottage on Puako Beach Drive was perfect for our stay. It was nicely decorated with a lovely peaceful location surrounded by palm trees and flowering bushes. We did not get to meet Peg as she was out of town but Bud and his friend Greg could not have been nicer. The cottage is located close to the most beautiful beaches on the island, Hapuna, 69 and Mauna Kea for swimming. Just across and down the road a few feet is the Puako Bay beach where the sea turtles hang out. It is a gorgeous spot to take in the view and for sunset photos. The weather was sunny and warm every day. The location allowed us to explore many areas of the island within easy driving distance. We miss it already.

  • Submitted: Oct 4, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lisa, thank you so much for the lovely review and we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay in Puako. I personally, am very happy you enjoyed my dad's company. He is a great story teller and loves visiting with our guests. Please think of us again when you return to Hawaii, we love our repeat guests!
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Simple and tranquil

  • 5 of 5

Peg and Bud are wonderful hosts, and know the answers to anything you might want to ask. The cottage is on the 2nd floor, which helps keep it cool (there are plenty of fans, too). And Puako is the best place to stay on the Big Island if you like beautiful beaches, great snorkeling, peace and quiet, and consistently sunny weather. It was our first visit to the Big Island, so we drove around a lot, but I can see coming back here someday, shopping at the Puako General Store, eating in Kawaihae, and not needing to go anywhere else.

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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relaxing and beautiful

  • 5 of 5

we loved our stay here - our hosts were very graceful and accommodating

the apartment was comfortable and spotless and very well equipped - we had everything we needed and more!

we will definitely return!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fabulous and relaxing home away from the fray

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this lovely upstairs apartment for 9 days in December - it worked so well for us on so many levels. First, we were in Puako and not in Kona (we didn't really know what that meant until we went to Kona but it means it's peaceful, away from the fray but near some good restaurants (15 min drive), near some lovely beaches, and very quiet). Second, the house itself is very easy to be in - we were looking for an escape and the owners were super respectful of that - they helped us when we asked for help but left us alone otherwise. Their guide and suggestion book was so good - we ate at and visited most of the places in the booklet. The house is light, airy and has everything we needed for cooking and living. There are so many fans (4 ceiling fans and 3 floor fans) we never even thought about air conditioning and we are wusses with heat (being from the Pacific Northwest). Everything was very clean and comfortable. We borrowed beach gear - bamboo mats, bikes, boogie board, etc... - and enjoyed ourselves at multiple beaches near the house. Thirdly it was very convenient... We explored the rest of the Big Island from here - all the way to Hawaii Volcanoes via the Saddle Road, to Hawi up North, along the north coast towards Hilo, and down south to Captain Cooks Monument. But when we ate out we ate 10 minutes North of the house or at the Fairmount Orchid... all in all we felt we had easy access to things without having to fight ( or hear) the throngs. Our only regret is not realizing that when people say you should go snorkeling in the morning... they mean in the morning before 9 AM... it was always a bit rough by the time we got there (closer to 1030 or 11). We did snorkel but not in Puako, which I hear is great snorkeling. We loved being able to walk to the beach and meeting others out on the street. We would so recommend this - when we return we will try to stay here again. Thank you for the perfect week!

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful Experience

  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this charming cottage for a week in mid-September. While staying in the Waikoloa Resort area last year, we discovered Puako Beach Road and knew this is where we wanted to be. The area's beaches and reefs are so lovely we stayed close by this trip. It's within walking distance of Paniau (a fantastic place to explore the outside of the reef - huge drop-offs) and just across the street from other easy access points. The street itself is interesting - a mix of traditional Hilo family cottages and new homes owned by the rich/famous.

The cottage is spacious and light filled. It is set up perfectly and we loved the breezes. Our favorite place to hang was the front room - great for relaxing after "hard" days of snorkeling and swimming.

What really made our stay special was our host, Bud, and his furry accomplices, Sancho and Fiji. Bud greeted us shortly after we arrived and we shared beers on his beautiful patio. We celebrated two sunsets with him and his warm neighborhood friends on the beach across the street. We've been home for a week and miss everyone,

There are other rentals along Puako Beach Road, but after our lovely experience and looking at the other places in person, we recommend choosing Hale Nula. Please don't forget to buy reef-friendly sunscreen at the General Store, and don't step on the coral :o)

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great launch pad for exploring north and east of the island

  • 5 of 5

On a previous visit to the Big Island we had stayed a bit south of Kailua-Kona, so on this trip we wanted to get farther north in order to see more of the beautiful Kohala region as well as the island's eastern coastline. A colleague who had lived on the island recommended looking in Puako, and this rental didn't disappoint. As others have noted, the cottage itself is beautifully decorated and well-appointed. A reefy beach is across the road, and other beach options are a short bike ride or very short drive. Peg and Bud were exceedingly friendly and ready with ideas on restaurants and sightseeing. We would definitely go back the next time we plan a trip to the Big Island.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
26 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Golf
7 Miles
Haupuna Prince, Mauna Kea and Mauna Lani
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Mauna Lani Shops
Car: necessary

Puako is located 15 miles from the nearest town with medical services, groceries, restaurants. We have a small store in Puako where you can find items to hold you over until you do your grocery shopping. We are walking distance to the Mauna lani resort along the road and beach. About 25 mins. There you will find restaurants, shopping etc.

Our guest love to explore the Island and find Puako the perfect location to begin their adventure.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125

1/2 of rental amount due at reservation time. Remaining 1/2 due 30 days prior to arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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