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Michele Croci

Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

DISCOUNT RATE-Sweeping Ocean Coastline Views! 2 Min. to Private Beach!

65 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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House, 3 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 3 Baths, (Sleeps 2-8)

ENJOY this peaceful, beautiful two-story home surrounded by tropical landscapes and 180 degree ocean, beach and coastline views! This gorgeous property has been recognized and has won the prestigious award of 'TOP VACATION RENTAL in Captain Cook for 2012 , 2013 AND 2015! This unique property has 1/3 acre surrounded by tropical and lush gardens. Two minutes by car to our private beach and secluded crystal clear and warm water bay where you can snorkel, swim, kayak and more!

Panoramic ocean views span the horizon as far as your eyes will take you; this property is considered to be in the 'favored zone' due to the perfect elevation, climate and proximity to local parks, 1 hour to Volcano National Park, just 20 minutes to Kealakekua Bay, 10 min to Hookena Beach where the dolphins rest and where you can swim easily with the dolphins. Honounou National Historic Park is only 15 min. from this beautiful property. Hiking trails abound, horseback riding (20 minutes away). Hilo is two hours away--great location!

Also, the home is only two minutes from the wonderful BLACK PEBBLE BEACH, Kaohe Bay, at the bottom of the street. The average water visibility is 40 feet and more. It is calm almost every day of the year. For the beachgoers, we are stocked with snorkel gear, boogieboards, umbrella, beach chairs, beach blankets, coolers and more.

The panoramic ocean and coastline views are simply mesmerising, with the 1000 ft surrounding lanai where you can rest and enjoy dining with the gas grill barbeque! Embrace a sense of peace the minute you walk through the tropical gardens leading to this private home.The sun pours in through the stained glass windows and vaulted ceilings with high-reaching windows offering a sense of openness, light and views of the tropical gardens below and ocean abound.

Kona Leilani is a perfect retreat for groups and families. A gourmet kitchen is fully equipped for entertaining. The three large bedrooms will wow you with their openness to beauty. Beautifully furnished and filled with unique art, the two bedrooms upstairs will encompass you with quiet elegance. Three “full” bathrooms (one bathroom is downstairs in the ohana) allows for stress-free mornings.

The home boasts an additional separate OHANA (family) quarters downstairs complete with full bathroom, kitchenette, queen sofabed and its own private lanai that has its own entertaining and meditation area. All ocean view. A queen sofa bed and full aerobed are available downstairs in the ohana for additional guests.

You will love the space in the master bedroom which has a comfortable queen size bed with a walk in closet and full bathroom with walk in shower. It even leads to a private lanai, so you awake to a view of tropical flowers from your bedside. Each of the bedroom suites are enhanced with custom furnishings and decor to captivate a mood of relaxation, tranquility and comfort.

Children love this home since there is room to play and explore the gardens and the mini-lava caves right on the property. As one of our guests have said; 'This is a magical garden and perfect for group settings.' It is both elegant and spacious; perfect for weekly or monthly stays with family or friends, or a romantic get away for a couple.

Sweet island fragrances will surely awaken all your senses, as you explore the 1/3 acre of lush landscape and the plentiful plumerias, papayas, mangoes and tropical flowers right in your yard, and experience the flora and fauna of the Big Island from the privacy of your lanais. The surrounding lanai, with complete ocean views, allows for private seating and resting areas from each bedroom and from the dining and living room areas. The downstairs lanai has its own ocean view and garden views.

We also offer our guest EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL DISCOUNTS!!


*20% of ON KAYAK RENTALS, snorkeling tours and more!

*20% Discount on Fair Winds Charters--this is a must-do adventure with charter tours and night-time manta-ray diving!

*10%-15% SPECIAL DISCOUNTS FOR OUR GUESTS to ISLAND SPIRIT SPA in Kealakakua Bay (20 minutes from property)!

*20% off dolphin/whale excursions with Dolphin Essence!

PLEASE VISIT our new website for video, additional photos and travel tips and links to Big Island travel information.

We want this to be a vacation of a lifetime for you. Our many guests have enjoyed this beautiful home. We want to create a memorable, joyful and enjoyable holiday experience to you so that you will fall in love with our beautiful Kona Coast and the Big Island.

Keywords: Our 'KONA LEILANI' is a spacious private home on 1/3 acre with coastline and panoramic ocean views & tropical gardens! Two large bedrooms and two full bathrooms upstairs, with a spacious separate ohana (extra studio) downstairs complete with queen size bed, kitchenette, full bath and its own 700 foot lanai and outdoor dining area. Fantastic 1,000 ft. lanai surrounding top floor with panoramic ocean view so you can enjoy your breakfast, lunch and dinner outside! Lanai overlooks palm grove and plumeria, mango & kukui nut trees. Located less than 2 minutes from the wonderful secluded BLACK PEBBLE BEACH, perfect for snorkeling, diving, swimming, kayaking & sunbathing. Close to coffee plantations, Captain Cook town, Volcano National Park, Kealakekua Bay and MORE!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Michele Croci (Owner)
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english

About Michele Croci

My husband and I love the ocean. We are both artists and have taken our home and turned it into an artistic getaway! We enjoy being in Hawaii and the Big Island, as it stills has the feeling of 'olde Hawaii,' and country. You will love the location and the smell of plumerias outside the bedroom windows. The blue warm ocean is perfect for swimming with much of the time sunny. We really love providing a wonderful vacation experience for our guests.

Michele Croci purchased this house in 2007

Why Michele Croci chose Kona Coast

We bought this home as our retreat from the big city. We wanted a space where we could create and Ron, as a professional artist, could paint. So now Ron has created so many beautiful paintings that decorate this beautiful home. It makes it even more special for us.

What makes this house unique

You will enjoy the quiet and the privacy of the tropical gardens. The ocean and coastline view is 180 degree and you can see all the way down the coast on clear days! This is a very special property and we know you, your friends and family will enjoy all the great amenities, privacy and great beach location!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at your beautiful home. Thank you for sharing it with us. Our family especially liked the black pebble beach and snorkeling as well as the bird wake-up call. The home's location could not have been better to reach all different points of interest on the island. We had a wonderful family time. Thank you once again!

Dennis and Julie
Apr 2016
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DISCOUNT RATE-Sweeping Ocean Coastline Views! 2 Min. to Private Beach!
average rating of 4.876923 based on 99 reviews

from cold Canada to a paradise home

  • 5 of 5

I need to start off by saying WOW this house is exactly as shown, beautifully landscaped, clean, amazing, quiet location. if your looking to be close to Kona this is not the house for you it is 30 min. south. but if you want to sit on this incredible balcony and drink your morning coffee and watch the whales swim by this is the house for you, if you like watching incredible sunsets this is the house for you. I can go on and on why this house was incredible for our family, I'm a seasoned traveller with realistic expectations so trust me when I say WOW. If your going to be on the Big Island your going to need a car to see everything so this is the house for you and it is the perfect starting point to see all that the Island has to offer. the south route is the nicest and quickest to the other side of the Island and volcanoes. black beaches, captain cook monument all, fantastic snorkeling are all within 10 min. in close Michele thank you, you were the best to deal with, very professional and a joy to talk to, thank you again.

  • Submitted: Feb 6, 2014
  • Stayed: Jan 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: WOW!! Thank you so so much!! We are so happy, William, that you all enjoyed your stay with us. It has been a pleasure that share our home with you. We do sincerely hope that you will return soon. We are always adding new services and new vendors to our partners, so that we can pass on great excursion discounts to our guests. Let's stay in touch! and take care, William.
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  • 5 of 5

Lovely home & the most equipped rental we've ever stayed in! Owner was very accommodating & gave clear instructions.

There were some minor maintenance issues...but I reported them & believe they were taken care of for the next renters.

If we ever get the opportunity to return to the island, we would definitely stay here.

My husband said, "Best vacation to date!"

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A very peaceful and private home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed in this beautiful home with our two sons and mother in law. This home is a great getaway for peolple wanting to get away from crowds and city sounds. The home looks out to the ocean and the upper lanai provides an excellent view. At night we could hear the surf down the hill. The house was very clean and decorated very nicely. My mother-in-law stayed in the downstairs room and loved it. She felt pampered and did not want to leave.Lots of towels and linen, beach towels, etc. The kitchen had most of the basics and there was a new bag of coffee waiting for us also ! This home is well equipped with beach gear and we put the boogie boards and snorkel gear to use at a few of the local beaches.

The home is about 45 minutes from Kailua-Kona, so there are no quick trips to the big stores, but it also put us closer to the beaches we wanted to be at. South Kona fruit stand has killer smoothies and Mac nut tarts. The location also puts you a lot closer to volcano, with is worth the trip.

The local guy that is your contact while you are there, larry, was one of the nicest people we met on the trip. He gave us great advice on a few things and was very kind.

Clean, well equipped, quiet, spacious, relaxing...what more do you need ? We will stay there again.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Aaron, What can we say? Thank you SOOO much for all your kind comments. We are so happy all went well for you. We sincerely hope you do come back and please share our little paradise with your friends as they will get a 10% discount (as you will too when you return!!) Kindest Regards, Michele and Ron
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Arlington Heights, Il

Paradise, Incredible Accomodations with Perfect view of Black Pebble Beach

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much Ron and Michele for sharing your home. It was our 2nd stay! We loved trying all the various beaches. Black, White, Green, Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park and Hapuna Beach State Park. We loved snorkeling and the sea turtles. We loved going to Black Pebble beach and listening to the pebbles return to the surf. Thanks for sharing your snorkel sets, boogie boards and sand chairs.We loved coming "home" and grilling dinner on the lanai while watching the sunset. We enjoyed listening to the birds, watching the geckos and also the turkeys on the driveway.We again enjoyed hiking at Volcano National Park to see the Petroglyphs. Thank you Ron for your beautiful art work displayed throughout your home. We have enjoyed reading and learning about your very accomplished career.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Nancy, We are so thrilled that you all enjoyed your stay with us! It is always our pleasure to share our home with guests. I am glad that all the facilitiies worked for you all. So glad you did use our equipment too. Ron gives you a special thank you for giving us feedback on his art. This home is actually our second home, which means we treat it very special and, of course, it has all of the personal art , as well. Please do return when you can! Kindest Regards, Michele
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We had a wonderful time

  • 5 of 5

Everything about the house turned out to be as advertised. This was our first try at renting a house. It was like living in an art gallery.The owners have thought of everything. We used the whole house! Spectacular sunsets. We were very well pleased with every aspect of the property. Landscaping was fantastic. Other reviews as from Jim C. and Bruce A. are right on. I highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you so much, Hank! We are so happy to hear the wonderful accounts and your kind feedback. We are very diligent and want to insure that all our guests have a wonderful and pleasant experience with us. Please do stay in touch and we hope to have you stay with us again soon!
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Amazing property with spectacular view

  • 5 of 5

The design and layout of this property combined with the view from the spacious lanai was everything we hoped for. If you are considering this property after viewing their site, look no further and make your reservation. Many beaches, each different, well within reach with a vehicle. We didn't swim or snorkel the same place twice.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely comments! We are so glad that you were able to enjoy the amenities --all our swimming equipment and beach supplies, could be enjoyed at the several beaches in our area. We also love so much the numerous beaches. We are so lucky that the water is so warm and clear! We do hope you all will return again soon!
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The Black Sand Beach
"So very special--the bay is lovely to swim in as well!"
Kealakekua Bay Historical Park
"Famous bay with a beautiful setting. This is a must to visit!!"
Captain Cook
"Well-known tourist location with quaint galleries, restaurants, shops and coffee shops."
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Nearest Airport
30 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Beach
0.25 Miles
Kona Bay
Car: necessary

Enjoy the community's private beach, Black Pebble Beach and Kaohe Bay. Wonderful snorkeling diving, swimming and hiking near by. Visit the coffee plantations and tours nearby. Visit the South Kona horseback riding also. Volcanoe National Park is 1 hour away. Visit Green Sands beach at Southpoint about an hour away. Papa Bay and Miloli'i Fishing Village is 20 minutes south. National Parks located 15 minutes south of the Kona Paradise subdivision.


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Dec 20 2016 - Jan 7 2017
4 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add $20 per night, per additional guest
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3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $15 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $175
Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 13.42%

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Special rates are available!!
rate is based on two guests and $15 over that per guest

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Kona Coast House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1700 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View ...
  • Water View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Area
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Water Cooler
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Shared Kitchen
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
    Bathroom 3 -
  • 3
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Queen size Beds (3) Located in master bedroom, richly furnished with extra bedding.Queen bed located in guest bedroom upstairs with extra bedding. Downstairs studio/ohana has queen bed as well. Downstairs ohana quarter is complete quarters with kitchenette and full bath., Child Beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Upstairs double sofa bed located in livingroom area.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Courtyard
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Terrace
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • alternative lifestyle
  • children welcome ...
  • limited accessibility
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • arboretum
  • bay/sound
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • recreation center
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Two bedrooms and two full baths upstairs. Separate ohana (family) studio downstairs with kitchenette. Ocean views from both floors. Beautiful tropical courtyard garden with bromeliads, plumeria trees, mangos and more! Privacy galore. Tropical setting. Courtyard garden great for children. Long FLAT driveway easily accomodates 2+ cars.

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