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Tropical local living in private cozy cottage perched above exotic fruit orchard

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 bedroom+, 1 full bathroom, 1 outdoor shower, Screened Lanai, sleeps 4

Hale Ke Aloha.. House of Love

Situated on 2 acres, this spacious 1 bedroom lovers cottage has recently been updated and sits on the top perch of a tropical fruit orchard. Walk out your front door and harvest the seasons sweetness including mango, lychee, banana, coconut, avocado, mangosteen, star fruit, sugarcane, pineapple, and many more. Whether in the sunroom with books and music or the screened lanai, enjoy the comfort and peace of birdsong and ever present tradewinds. This private cottage is perfect for a get-away feel, yet still close enough to walk to the quaint unspoiled town of Hawi. Come to be alone and take advantage of a slow pace of living, or bring the kids(or the kid in you!) and enjoy a variety of local adventures including zip lining, ATV rides, horsebackriding, mountain and road bike tours, hiking, 'flumin da ditch' and many more! We welcome children, and can provide books, games etc. Our home is your home- come and enjoy the simple satisfying life of the Big I.

Whether you want to relax and watch the sun set into the tropical trees, spend the day at the beach, or have an eco-adventure… there are many options to enjoy in this special preserved part of the island. Local living is just a short walk away to the quaint unspoiled historic town of Hawi. Feel the aloha in this slow paced welcoming North Kohala village. From homemade coconut lilikoi fudge and macadamia nut ice cream to an assortment of local farm grown produce, meats, and fish available at farmers markets ...savor the flavor of the tropics. We also recommend the many delicious restaurants and cafes, often including great live music... even on a Sunday morning while you sip your fine cafe, smoothie or tasty breakfast! Or browse the Hawaii inspired shops with everything from art and jewelry to shell inlaid toilet seat covers… something for everyone!

Just a 15-minute drive to the north end of the island. Park the car, take many breathtakingly beautiful photos, and then enjoy a 20-minute walk down to the Pololu Valley black sand beach (probably clicking photos at every turn!). A 25-minute drive south brings you to our favorite beaches on the island. Each one offering its unique qualities from reef snorkeling and diving to white sand sunbathing and surfing. You can stop 5 minutes sooner and sign up for many other activities including dolphin and whale watching, manta ray diving, scuba/snuba, dinner/sunset cruises, sport fishing, etc.

For yet a different climate head 20 minutes up the mountain road through 'paniolo' (Hawaiian cowboy) country to lookout at the Three Sisters: Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, and Hualalai, as they meet the ocean and get a glimpse and visual of how our island was formed. Turn your head in the other direction to see their “brother”, Maui and the top of Haleakala Crater on a clear day. Hawi is also not far from many day trip possibilities to other parts of the island, with an 1 hour drive to Kona, or 1 ½ hours to Hilo, or keep going another ½ hour further to be at Volcano village.

Having lived on the islands for 20 years we are happy to offer tour advice or answer any questions to maximize your visit to Hawaii.

More Details

Kristana Castiglioni
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 19, 2017


Hawi Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Village
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Secure Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telescope
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , outdoor shower
  • Lovely custom remodeled cedar bathroom with granite counters and walk in closet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • There is a queen bed in the bedroom and a futon couch/bed in the 'sun room'. A very spacious accomodation with the addition of the enclosed lanai.
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Child's Swing
  • Fully Fenced Property
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Screen Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Entertainment also includes iPod dock and radio. Kitchen also includes convection oven, George Foreman type electric grill, slushie maker and waffle maker! Coconut trees provide for the perfect hammock experience.


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Tropical local living in private cozy cottage perched above exotic fruit orchard
average rating of 4.733333 based on 15 reviews

excellent plantation house in Hawi

  • 5 of 5

This spacious plantation house has great location for us, not too rainy like Hilo and not desert like Kona, perfect tropical twin sleepy towns have abundant history and vivid art community to spend as much time as you like beyond beaches and snorkel (nearest of which is 10 minutes away and can rival Maui). Owners took god care of everything you may need during your stay from child beach toys to videos and books. It is my pleasure to note that everything in this house was thought of, you really don't need to bring anything - it is already there. Geckos are friendly and seen often, birds and tropical fruits in the garden are plenty. Town has zip line and ditch canoe tour offices, and weekly farmer market.

A few minor things perhaps if you want to be picky - noisy gas powered lawn mowing was performed for some reason on Sunday during our lunch time, and not all provided fitted bed sheets truly fit to mattress size. We enjoyed our stay and can recommend it.

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A rustic, shaded cottage, a bit the worse for wear

  • 3 of 5

The Caretakers of the property, Leo and Jeannie-vie could not be nicer, but the cottage itself reminded me of an old, somewhat in need of upgrading, summer camp. The worst part was the kitchen, which has hardly any counter space and a 2 burner propane stovetop that, initially, burned with a dirty flame that turned everything black. I told Leo about it and he got right on it and got it working a bit better. Instead of doors on the cupboards there were old curtains on wooden rods that had a tendency to fall off the supports. On the plus side, the kitchen had lots of appliances and cooking utensils, the big issue was the stove and the minimal working area for meal preparation. As a result, we took most of our evening meals in town. The bed was old and the mattress sagged towards the middle which certainly promoted togetherness if not comfort. The screens were old with a few holes, but fortunately there did not seem to be many flies. All that said, the cottage was spacious and the screened-in lanai was nice for relaxing. The bathroom was very good, mostly.

We stayed in three places on the Big Island - Captain Cook, Hawi and Hawaiian Paradise Park near Hilo. The Hawi cottage was the most costly by far and provided the least value for money spent.

  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We have to start by saying apologies beyond what a text response could ever convey.. In fact, we were never contacted regarding any discomforts. When notified, we are always prompt to remedy any situation. As stated, the stove difficulty was quickly remedied by our wonderful caretakers. We always follow thru with immediate action to solve any situation that needs attention so that our guests have a wonderful experience. This is the first and only review we have ever had less than 4 stars and honestly we are feeling a bit of shock at the review.. Our previous guest informed us that during the wettest season on record in 100 years, they experienced a leak in the lanai (enclosed porch), and we promptly repaired the whole roof. Staying in a cottage anywhere on the island that offers a REAL Hawaii experience is definitely not the same as staying in the Four Seasons Resort. Yet, we feel that we offer a view into "Real Hawaii" based upon cleanliness, beauty, peace, and the authentic representation that we stand behind as long term Hawaii representatives. Our kitchen is clearly represented by the photos, which are included in the listing. As shown in the photos, there are no closed cupboards in the kitchen, a beautiful Hawaiian fabric on the curtain rods offers the effect of a tidy kitchen space. The bed was shipped in from the mainland because of its organic and top quality nature. Of which, we have had guests comment in reviews to the comfort level. The bathroom was recently remodeled, with cedar, tiles, and new fixtures (the smell of old cedar is intoxicating). Our "Ohana" brings you, (the traveller) a perspective and journey that is authentic Hawaii. If you as a guest want the "Hotel" synthetic Hawaiian experience, then Hale Ke Aloha is not your place. If you are looking for a true local stay with quality, cleanliness and a Hawaii homey perspective, this is what we provide. We have lived in Hawaii for over 25 years and if you want to experience authentic (Real Deal) Hawaii in comfort, cleanliness and from a True Hawaii local lense, then Hale Ke Aloha is a solid choice.
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Inspirational View of Hawaii!

  • 5 of 5

Hawi is the spot! For those of you tired of the “Californicated" version of Hawaii, this place is for you! Every morning we awoke to the birds chirping off the lanai and the warm trade winds blowing fresh tropical air through the lanai as we sipped on our local Kona roasted coffee. The cottage is cute and cozy, best suited for a couple or for a couple and two children. It has been the rainiest season there in many years and a small water leak happened after a massive down pour over the lanai. The owners, (Kristana and Shaun) are now replacing the whole roof which seems a bit excessive but it is an testament to their commitment to future guests comfort. Highly recommend and we will return next year!

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Experience Hawaii Like A Local

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at Hale Ke Aloha for 5 nights in July. As an avid traveler, I get to experience the road from many different angles and views. My wife and I have come to a place in our lives where we like to travel and experience a place from the eyes of a local. Needless to say, the days of the “Holiday Inn” travel experience are gone for us. Hale Ke Aloha was honestly a relief to find. There are not many places left where one can at the same time experience both a town and an accommodation that provides a real view into the authenticity of an area. Old Hawaii still exists. The town of Hawi might be the last place left to experience the real Hawaii. Hale Ke Aloha was such a perfect place for my wife and I to re-connect on a deep level and share in a place that we will revisit as often as possible. Highly recommend!

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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little house in Hawi :))

  • 5 of 5

Our small family (a mom and two daughters 11 and 18 yo) stayed at this little house in late May 2016 for 3 nights and we absolutely loved it! During our visit, we stayed at three different parts of the Island, which all had their charms, but we fell in love with Hawi. In our opinion, this is the most beautiful part of the island. The house itself is very charming, clean, peaceful and secluded. The garden is beautiful. We loved fresh flowers that our wonderful hosts put in every room for our arrival and enjoyed waking up to the chorus of birds and light coming through the palm trees. One little aspect of the house that we actually quite enjoyed, but which, I imagine, can probably make some guests uneasy is that the house is a part of the surrounding garden and therefore, some wild creatures from outside occasionally wonder in. We have counted two kinds of lizards, geckos and anoles, which both were VERY cute and fun to watch, and we have seen an occasional arthropod with various numbers of legs wondering in. However, all of them were wild, inconspicuous and kept to themselves. If you happen to be one of these people who cannot stand creatures with more than 2 legs, you should probably check yourself into an air-conditioned hotel room in Kona, but if you love nature, you would love this place. Make sure to visit Pololu valley, which is only 9 miles to the east and in our opinion is even more beautiful that the famous Waipio Valley, which is also not far, and definitely worth the trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 10, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peaceful stay in Hawi

  • 4 of 5

Pleasant hideaway nr village. Muted colors and natural finishes assist in soothing atmosphere. Good lanai and barbecue backyard with fruit trees.

  • Submitted: Mar 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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All in North Kohala : Hiking, snorkling, diving, fishing, ziplining, ATVing, horseback riding, waterfalls, siteseeing tropical flora and fauna, sacred sites, farm tours, local music, great restaurants, whale watching, shopping, galleries, spa/massage, biking, surfing, golfing, tennis, recreation center, swimming pool, playground, skate park, local made tropical ice cream and fudge, farmers markets, live theater, music, yoga, dance and aikido classes.


Rates & Availability

Hawi Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $115 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

Off Season Rates: $115 per night, $700 weekly rate, monthly rate depending on availability
Winter Rates: $160 per night, $1000 weekly rate
Rates based on 2 person occupancy, additional guests $10
Cleaning fees range from $115-$150 based on duration/season
$200 Refundable Security deposit
Hawaii State and Transient Taxes at 13.41 %
One time Cleaning Fee $125

60 day cancellation: full refund
30 day cancellation: 50% refund immediatiely and full if able to re-book
Less than 30 days: refund based solely on re-booking

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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