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Your Own Private Enclave at the Bay with Best Snorkeling & Dolphins Steps Away

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Private single home, great room, large bedroom and enclosed outdoor s

Hale Lana is your own private fully fenced and gated large enclave, perfect privacy for two, all to yourselves and steps to the best snorkeling beach. Soothing sounds of the ocean at Hale peaceful Kealakekua Bay....a small, very quiet, low key and walkable shoreline community. It is situated among a mix of local style and unique newer homes. It is an ideal retreat for couples or honeymooners.

Only steps (a two minute walk) to enter the crystal clear water at the palm lined shaded picturesque beach, across the bay from the Captain Cook Monument, for the best snorkeling in the islands! The pristine bay is a protected Marine Preserve providing numerous water activities and spinner dolphin sightings (sometimes surrounding your kayak!) and whales in winter. Hale Lana is removed from noise and traffic and is fully fenced and gated for added privacy.

The super clean home is a superbly crafted tropical style pole and beam house showcasing natural woods, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, Italian floor tile, new tropical furnishings, a ten jet indoor Jacuzzi spa tub, and large indoor and outdoor walk-in showers. The high open beam ceilings through-out, the roof cupola, decking and louvred transoms are reminiscent of a boat or 'Noah's Ark', thus the name 'Hale Lana' (translated as floating house). Free secured high speed wireless internet access and free long distance telephone calls connect you to the world from this hidden piece of paradise.

This type of tropical construction, with walls of screened sliding doors, also efficiently allows the balmy breezes and scents of the bay and surrounding plumeria trees to float through. There are ample lanais or garden patio seating to relax in the sun or shade and take in the sounds of the waves and the 360 views of the bay and surrounding pali (mountain). It is easy to let yourself 'hang loose' at Hale Lana!

Please note: former guests mention their pleasant stay in the "studio" rather than the larger one bedroom. We are no longer renting the studio, so guests now have the compound completely to themselves when renting the upstairs.

Water temperatures are pleasant and consistently range from 75 (in Feb) to 82 In late summer.


in December.


Located at: 82-6277 Kahauloa St., Captain Cook, Hawaii 96704 (googleearth or mapquest)

Keywords: Private House

At present, kayaking in the Bay is by permit through a number of tour companies or your own permit online.

More Details

Dennis Newkirk
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 14, 2018

About Dennis Newkirk

26 year resident of the big island.

Dennis Newkirk purchased this house in 2006

Why Dennis Newkirk chose Captain Cook

Kealakekua Bay is a very small, extremely quiet and low-key community providing the best of historic Hawaii and a pristine Marine Reserve all just steps away. My family has lived in Hawaii for more than 60 years and this is truely one of the most beautiful and unspoiled spots to live in or visit. I was fortunate to obtain a large double lot in the community many years ago. And then several years ago was able to build a custom home with the help of excellent boat builder craftsmen with outstanding attention to detail.

What makes this house unique

Daily swims, just steps from the house, with dolphins and all manner of marine life. On my first visit to snorkel at Kealakekua Bay, and not more than 20 feet away, was a female humpback whale and her calf calmly swimming along!

Entrance lock box with key and security code for easy self check in.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Dennis, Beautiful home wonderfully appointed....perfect location....absolute paradise. It was a joy to stay far away from the traffic and crowds of Kailua-Kona. We found everything we needed from a grocery market, to multiple fruit stands, to several incredible restaurants nearby (I might move here just to I can eat at the Keei Cafe everyday!). Thank you for this slice of heaven. We agree with all of the former comments. Also love the fabulous outdoor shower and clothesline. All the neighbors are so friendly and Manini Beach so lovely and close. We had such a wonderful stay!
Nov 2017
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Punctual check-in and -out times are required in order to prepare for next guests. Pleased not take wet ocean gear to the second floor.
Location Type:
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , jetted tub , outdoor shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen Size Bed (1) "Plush Top"
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • jetted tub ...
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
The large upstairs one bedroom is the only unit for rent for complete privacy, having the whole fenced compound to yourselves. Ceiling fans everywhere, washer and dryer and an efficient solar dryer (clothesline), beach towels, chairs, coolers, boogie board, inner tube floats, umbrella. Free fast Wireless Internet access. All rooms are large, open and airy. Sorry, no smoking indoors and not suitable for small children. Entire unit is on second floor with exterior stairway. Accommodations are for two guests. Basic Rental Agreement provided. Daily Winter Rate $200. and Off-season Rate $175. and rates are subject to change. FOUR NIGHT MINIMUM STAY and SEVEN in December. Views of white water ocean, gardens and mountain. The property is fully fenced and gated for complete privacy.


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Your Own Private Enclave at the Bay with Best Snorkeling & Dolphins Steps Away
average rating of 4.8958335 based on 67 reviews

Peaceful and luxurious accommodations in our favorite corner of the world

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in one of our favorite Big Island locations. We loved being just around the corner from the Manini park/beach and truly enjoyed the relaxing feel of the entire area.

We were pleased to find the home was fully equipped with everything we could possibly need and everything was in good and useable condition. The architecture and decor of the home are stunning and We look forward to future visits.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

My husband and I recently returned from Hawaii, and Dennis' house suited our needs perfectly. The home is beautifully furnished and is in a quiet neighborhood not too far from different amenities. Being close to the wonderful snorkeling of Kealakekua Bay and "Two Step" is also a huge plus; snorkeling at "Two Step" while dolphins were in the bay was the highlight of my trip. Mahalo Dennis for sharing your wonderful home!

  • Submitted: Oct 18, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home just steps away from the ocean!

  • 5 of 5

Dennis' place is a lovely property in a fantastic oceanfront neighborhood, just steps from the lovely Manini Beach. The home was beautifully constructed with great attention to detail. The layout is very open and all the ceiling fans and vaulted ceiling help with air flow. The neighborhood is lovely, and the real treat was being able walk a short distance to the fantastic Manini Beach park. It's a great place to hang out for the day, chat with locals and enjoy world-class snorkeling. Dennis was very easy to communicate with and we had seamless check-in and check-out. All in all, we highly recommend this spot for anyone who enjoys being near the ocean and relaxing in this special slice of Hawaiian paradise.

  • Submitted: Sep 16, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We couldn't be happier with this property. The accommodations and location are fantastic. Kealakekua is a quiet piece of paradise. Thank you Dennis for sharing your home with us.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Quiet and Peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay at Hale Lana. It was exactly what we wanted. It's a quiet home in a quiet neighborhood with easy access to the ocean. Manini Beach is great for snorkeling and swimming. Everything here was easy to use and the kitchen had what we needed for our simple cooking style. (it would probably be fine for some fancy chefs too) Outdoor shower for rinsing after the beach. Dennis was very easy to communicate with and even texted us to let us know the unit was ready a little earlier than usual. (I guess the checking out guests did not leave a mess ;-) )

One thing to be aware of is in the summer months, it can get quite warm down here at ocean level and there is not a lot of airflow down below the hills. The ceiling fans do help a lot with keeping the air moving around, but it took us a night or two really adjust to the warmer nights.

We loved it and will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, Mahalo for taking the time to post your comments, it is always appreciated, and glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes, August to October are the warmest months with "off-season" rates. It is a trade off, in a way, to have to close up with air-conditioning as then you miss the sounds and scents of the ocean and breezes through the palms....the real Hawaii experience. The house is insulated and if kept closed in the heat of the day, using high ceiling venting air flow, and then open up late in the day, it is quite pleasant as is the whole winter season. At present, we are investigating the efficient solar technology to provide central air.
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Peaceful - perfect for our ANNUAL honeymoon!!

  • 5 of 5

Thank you Dennis! We loved the clean, quiet, & comfortable second floor living space just minutes from Manini Beach - ten days of warm water & beautiful fish - snorkeling in Kealakekua Bay & at Two-Step. We would love to return in the future! Miss the island breezes & moonlit nights already!

  • Submitted: Mar 18, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
35 Miles
Nearest Beach
1200 Metres
Manini at Kealakekua Bay
Car: necessary

Grocery stores, shopping and numerous restaurants are a 15 minute drive away. There are many areas to explore on foot such as the old Napo'opo'o Wharf and beach park with old sacred sites. Post offices are also nearby. It is located in the heart of ranches (with nearby rodeo grounds) and coffee and macademia nut farms and mills (with outlet stores) as well as country stores and fruit stands offering locally grown produce. Also nearby are the old painted church (elaborate wall murals), Hawaiian Ethnobotanical Garden and a wounderful ornate Buddhist temple open to visitors. The Historic Place of Refuge (featuring Hawaiian cultural displays, the old royal canoe landing and walls dating from the 1500's, picnic areas, whale watching and unobstructed sunsets and great snorkeling) is three miles to the south. Ke'ei, a white sand crescent shaped and shady surfing beach (and home to many visible sea turtles) is a short drive or hike away. Hale Lana is conveniently located to 'downtown' Kailua-Kona. A very quiet area free of the loud and invasive Coqui frog.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 13.41%

Cleaning Fee of $150. to $200. with 4.16 % state tax required.
Security deposit is fully refundable ($200.).
Accommodations are for two guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.