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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 home, Great r1 large Bedroom, large Bathroom and enclosed outdoor shower

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. Hear and see 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. Peek-a-boo ocean views and sounds of the waves!

Only steps (a two minute walk) to enter the crystal clear water at the palm lined 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 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.



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.

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Dennis Newkirk
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2017

Why Dennis Newkirk chose Kona Coast

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

Your place is wonderful! This is our second stay with you and this will always be on our Hawaii itinerary. We love to cook and your kitchen is so well equipped. Add local fish and produce and we had feasts! We kayaked over to the Monument through pods of spinner dolphins both ways. The snorkeling is wonderful; dramatic underwater cliffs, clouds of brilliant fish and crystal clear water made this THE place to snorkel in the islands. We also enjoyed the easy jaunt to Place of Refuge with its excellent snorkeling and always turtles.

Thanks again for the meticulous care of your place!
May 2016
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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:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • not suitable for children ...
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
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.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Your Own Private Enclave at the Bay with Best Snorkeling & Dolphins Steps Away
average rating of 4.883721 based on 59 reviews

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: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Away from it all in paradise

  • 5 of 5

Waking beneath the wooden cupola to the sound of the dawn chorus was heavenly. This is the best equipped vacation rental we have ever stayed in and it is immaculately kept. It truly is steps from snorkeling, kayaking and swimming. Dennis is an excellent host.

  • Submitted: Mar 8, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Hale Lana is a wonderful house, with a very airy, island feel – it’s a place where you can really relax. We recently stayed there for a second time, and the house was exactly as shown in the photos and spotlessly clean. It’s in a quiet, peaceful neighborhood, and it’s also just a short drive to Two Step, which offers some of the best snorkeling in the islands. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private tropical beauty and comfort

  • 5 of 5

I adored this upstairs studio. As designed, the gorgeous wood beam high ceiling does remind me of sleeping in a wooden ship. Covered carport parking was definitely a plus. The stainless steel and granite countertop kitchen had everything I needed: coffee grinder, coffee maker, toaster, blender, microwave. Even without AC the three large ceiling fans and six sliding glass doors cooled it down at night. VERY PRIVATE yard with full-size clothesline and fabulous outside enclosed H/C shower.

Only thing to keep in mind: Rental location is a good 15-minute drive down or up a winding, paved, steepish road to get to main road where food, gas, shopping are.

Walk to Manini Beach. Narrow rocky entrance to snorkeling on Kealakekua Bay--THE BEST.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mahalo for taking the time to post a review rather than just in our guest book at the house and glad you enjoyed your stay and snorkeling at the bay. To get to this special spot at sea level, there is this 15 minute drive from the highway which is common for any beach community here. It is easy, though, to go back up for groceries, local produce or restaurants. The real plus is the complete quiet at the bay and no commercial activity whatsoever except kayak rentals. We are also excited for a new by-pass highway to open soon which will connect the Napoopoo junction (where you turn down to the bay) for a very easy and beautiful ride all the way to downtown Kona and the major stores which will cut out extra time and traffic.
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  • 5 of 5

Hale Lana was the best rental of our 2 week trip to Hawaii. It was awesome to be in the quiet small community and be able to kayak in the bay and snorkel with dolphins, and at Captain Cook monument daily, before all the tour boats arrived. The house was incredibly clean and beautifully decorated and furnished. Dennis, you supplied everything we could possibly need, and were so easy to communicate with. Thank you so much for providing this rental. We are very much looking forward to returning.

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love Love Love!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for us! We started our two week vacation here to celebrate our 30th anniversary, stayed 4 nights then moved on to the Kohala Coast at the resorts, which is what we have been used to... love it of course, especially the Mauna Kea where we started together and are currently closing this adventure. We are so thankful that we decided to do something a little different, and we loved our choice and hope to come back soon!

We are also vacation rental owners so we appreciate all the attention to detail and professionalism from Dennis. The decor is so tasteful and modern, yet cozy and comfortable! Communication was perfect. We stayed in the downstairs studio... it was amazing to wake up and see the lush surroundings from three views! The only heads up is that A/C does not exist is "real" Hawaii, but you will hopefully adjust after everything is opened up with both ceiling fans on. We loved the outdoor shower like others have mentioned, used the snorkel gear (just have to rent fins in town - we got them at Pineapple for $5/day), used the ice chest provided (mini fridge only in the studio, gotta keep the beer super cold!) and beach chairs too. Get ice before you go down Napo'opo'o Rd upon arrival - there's nothing after that, you can get it at the Chevron station before the turn down the mountain. Plan to get ice daily. The Choice Market on the highway has the best seasoned chicken that we cooked on the provided BBQ - YUM! We also found the "hole in the wall" Sandy's Drive Thru (not really a drive thru and a tip from a local) really good for breakfast, best deal @ $4.95! Yep, Annie's Burgers is great! The drive / roads at first may seem a bit intimidating, but you get used to it fast!

Manini Beach is awesome, loved talking to Auntie Sandy and Ed (the shell guy) at the bay. The locals have basically grown up in this village and we felt more than welcomed, safe and embraced! We kayaked and saw lots of dolphins (my favorites!) in the bay, then got a tip that the dolphins were going crazy at 2 Step (5-10 min drive), so off we went - AMAZING, such a dream!! The next day too!!

Bottom line = AWESOME MEMORIES!!!! Thank you Dennis!!

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • 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

Captain Cook House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Off Season
Apr 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
Dec 1 2017 - Mar 31 2018
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

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.
Accommodations are for two guests.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

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