Oceanfront Family Beach Gem

Colors at Sunset from OceanView looking north from lava wallView of house from oceanHouse looking southGreat setting for mealtime diningDining area looking towards oceanLiving roomBar pass-through to kitchenThe food and view from this kitchen are the best!Upstairs queen bed with view of ocean and gardenDownstairs king bedroomDownstairs two double bedroomOcean view from both downstairs bedroomsTwo downstairs bedrooms have ocean accessView while sitting in bedUpstairs bathUpstairs showerDownstairs bathView from back of the houseNight lights of Kona from porchView north with cruise ship off Kailua BayMagnificent setting along shorelineTidepool and fishing from the rocksView south towards Kahalu'u Park or Turtle BeachLooking north towards KailuaPath to tidepoolsXterra photoshoot off tidepools
“ Excellent ”
14 Reviews
77-6580 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740


Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2
Sleeps: 6
Type: Home
Per night: $250
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the Kailua-Kona vacation home rental
Experience Big Island living and dining directly on the water along Alii Drive. Our property has direct access into the ocean! A large private garden with palms, lawns, flowers, surround the property and a lava rock pathway leads out to tide pools. This Hawaiian style beach home, decorated with Pacific and Asian accents, has been in our family since 1962. There are many homes built directly on the water but few impart the same feeling as does this home with its openness and its easy access into the water for swimming, fishing and snorkeling.

The main living space is upstairs with an open kitchen, dining area, living area and outside porch all blended together. There is also a second guest room with queen bed. From every room are views of the ocean, the mountains and a large, private garden. One can see the ocean while sitting in bed.

The master bathroom with king bed is downstairs with ocean views looking out to the ocean on both sides. There is an adjoining second bedroom which looks out to the ocean and has two double beds. Adjoining is a floor-to-ceiling-tiled bathroom with a huge walk-in shower, large enough for partying!

Downstairs laundry room comes with washer, dryer, beach chairs, beach towels, dive masks, fins, hammocks, snorkels, golf clubs and fishing gear.

Experience island luxury with two new bathrooms, wall-to-wall carpeting and bamboo flooring throughout the living areas and granite-topped built-in kitchen.

The home and property include tidepools and old lava flows extending out into the water. From the porch are views 5 miles north to the cruise ships moored in Kailua Bay and 1/2 mile south to Kahalu'u Bay and the Keauhou-Sheraton Beach Hotel. Looking out the kitchen window one has a clear mountain view of the extinct volcano Hualalai. Runners pass by our house during the Ironman held each October.
Area Information
This family-owned home lies 4 1/2 miles south of the town of Kailua-Kona directly on the water. It is 12 miles south of the airport. Lawns, native trees, palms, an old Hawaiian well and old Hawaiian walls surround the property. One can walk down the steps from our porch across coral and lava to tide pools and a shelf which drops down into the water. One can pluck off the rocks fresh limpets and sea urchin for their roe from the tide pools. Snorkeling above the coral reef off our point is outstanding; the swim down to Kahalu'u Bay along the shoreline is 1/2 mile. Kahalu'u Bay is noted for its colorful variety of fish and sea turtles which forage off the coral and lava. The bay is a snorkeler's dream. Nearby is the tiny blue and white St Peter's Church. Off St. Peter's is excellent board surfing.

The house is a 1/2 mile walk north to White Sands Beach and a 1/2 mile walk south to Kahalu'u Bay.

During November through March, humpback whales are sighted off our porch. Throughout the entire year, one can watch spinner dolphin, out-rigger canoe paddlers, distance swimmers and local dive boats which head head south to Captain Cook's Monument. In the evening, dinner cruise boats and sunset boats hover off-shore... "South Pacific" has come to our home.

Keauhou Shopping Area, complete with supermarket, theater, restaurants and gift shops is 1 mile south. Nearby is the Kona Tennis and Racket Club. The 36 hole Kona Golf Club is two miles south of the house.

Availability Calendar


Begins Ends Week
Weekly Monthly Min
Jan 01 2014 Dec 31 2014 $250 $250 - - 4 Nights
Check In: 4 p.m. Check Out: 12 p.m.
Lodging tax: 13%
Deposits: Owners receipt of $250 will hold the reservation. Full payment is required within one month of the reservation.
Payment Options: PayPal, Personal Check
Other Fees: Fee for using entire house for four persons is $250 per night . Additional 13% Hawaii State Tax is added. There is a cleaning fee of $200. Refundable security deposit will also be requested.


  • Beds

  • 1 King Bed
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 2 Double Beds
  • Features

  • Balcony
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Oceanfront
  • View (Mountains)
  • Beach Chairs
  • High Speed Internet
  • Parking Included
  • View (Ocean)
  • Beach Towels
  • Kayak
  • Patio
  • View (Water)
  • Deck
  • Linens Provided
  • Porch
  • Waterfront
  • Full Kitchen
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • DVD Player
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • Blender
  • Dishwasher
  • Radio
  • Toaster
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • VCR
  • Charcoal Grill
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Washer/Dryer
  • Coffee Maker
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Activities

  • Beach
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Miniature Golf
    (3 miles)
  • Pool
    (5 miles)
  • Bicycling
  • Shopping Area
    (<1 mile)
  • Boating
    (4 miles)
  • Windsurfing
    (5 miles)
  • Fishing
  • Surfing
    (<1 mile)
  • Playground
    (4 miles)
  • Basketball Court
    (6 miles)
  • Hiking
  • Volleyball Court
    (<1 mile)
  • Bowling
    (5 miles)
  • Canoeing
    (10 miles)
  • Ocean
  • Grocery Store
    (1 mile)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (5 miles)
  • Jet Skiing
    (10 miles)
  • Scuba Diving
  • Kayaking
    (1 mile)
  • Gym/Fitness Center
    (5 miles)
  • Sailing
    (10 miles)
  • Snorkeling
  • Movie Theater
    (1 mile)
  • Live Entertainment
    (5 miles)
  • Horseback Riding
    (20 miles)
  • Whale Watching
  • Golf
    (2 miles)
  • Parasailing
    (5 miles)
  • Hunting
    (25 miles)
  • Park
    (<1 mile)
  • Tennis
    (2 miles)

Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, are accessible directly from the front of the house. Locals walk out to our point to pole fish and collect fresh opihi or limpets for luaus. Fishing equipment is provided.

A two-man kayak, Stand Up Paddle board, two sets of golf clubs, boogie boards, coolers, fishing gear, portable BBQ, beach chairs, hammocks and snorkel gear are provided.
Kitchen comes fully stocked with appliances, baking and cooking utensils, condiments, baggies, foil, hand, dish and laundry soap.
Keauhou shopping center is 1 mile south and has an excellent selection of restaurants, gift shops and markets that one need not ever go into town. We are 4 1/2 miles south of Kona town, directly on the water on Alii Drive. One can catch and disembark on the shuttle bus which will stop in front of our house.

Reviews for this vacation home rental in Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii

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Angela Arnold Richard

Denver, CO

Cozy beach cottage

We stayed at this lovely cottage over Thanksgiving. It is an older cottage, but comfortable and extremely well-supplied to meet all our needs. There were fresh bird-of-paradise flowers throughout the house and papaya and mango left to greet us on our arrival. We spent every night on the lanai marveling at the view and slept soundly to the sound of the waves crashing on the lava rocks. The location is wonderful with easy access to Kona. We walked to both the white sand beach for boogie boarding and Kahalu'u Bay for snorkeling and stand-up paddle boarding. I had read about Kahalu'u Bay, but the snorkeling there was well beyond my expectations, with turtles and a huge and diverse population of reef fish. This cottage is a treasure and we have memories for a lifetime.

Tim Canby

Owner's reply:

We're glad, Angela and Arnold, you appreciated the location between Kahalu'u and White Sands beach. The sounds of the waves on the rocks are a treat for me also that I've only experienced at this home. We will continue to strive to maintain our home for all our future guest to enjoy a good time as you seem to have had. Please consider us should you wish to visit Kona again.
Tim Canby

Dave McLaughlin

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Yellow Beach House

The place was perfect. All you need for a great vacation. Stocked with all kinds of spices and utensils, the kitchen was fantastic. Ocean views unforgettable.. Ocean access a bit sketchy, but great beaches within a mile or less. Cannot think of anything else we needed. Great fishing right off the rocks. Easy access to town for strolls or dining/shopping. Would recommend this place to all.. Hope to go back soon!

Tim Canby

Owner's reply:

Dave, Entering the water takes a little bit of getting used to and some guidance. I walk straight out on the left side and jump off into the water where it is about 6 feet deep. Getting out I climb up on the submerged step which is just beyond the jump off point. I've never gotten hurt doing it this way. Let me know if you want photos to show this. Of course, it's not as easy as getting into and out of a pool or sandy beach, but a lot more interesting once in. Thanks, Tim Canby

Janis Cash

Bella Vista, Arkansas

A true gem!

This home is lovely and we really enjoyed our stay in it! We were able to cook some of the local foods in the well equipped kitchen...which was a real bonus! The natural air conditioning with the overhead fans worked out great and opening the modern windows allowed for great cross ventilation. I would highly recommend this house desiring a "non touristy" experience! The beaches nearby the house were great too!

Tim Canby

Owner's reply:

I'm glad Janis enjoyed her stay and expressed just the sort of things we also like so much.

Anton Vollmer

Denver, CO

Nice relaxing oceanfront property

We had an awesome time. You can’t beat the sunset on the deck. Very convenient located close to town and everything you might need but still some distance to avoid the tourist crowds. Kept simple but you still will find everything you will need for your stay. All in all a great house we are looking forward to return someday.

Tim Canby

Owner's reply:

We are glad to hear that our guest Anton appreciated our house in the way that he did. It is a classic Kona House that there are a few like it in existence.

David Conant

Boston, MA

Wonderful oceanfront relaxation

Two adults and two teens thoroughly enjoyed staying here and we hope to return some day. This house made us feel right at home. Not fancy, but beautifully kept and with everything we needed to have a wonderful week. The sound of the surf breaking on the rocks out front provided a soothing background for life. Every dinner is a sunset cruise as the lanai looks west over the water. This house is conveniently located near nice beaches, a great grocery (KTA), and many activities. Kailua is nearby, but you are far enough from town to avoid the tourist crowds.

roxanne halczak

Eureka, California

history, beauty, and Hawaii, what could be better?

This is an amazing home with a history that is unmatched. Understand that it is an older home and requires great respect that it is due. There is a list of kind awesome people to help out if needed and the owner is very responsive to any needs. It was a pleasure for me and my kids. You will find a great deal for an oceanfront home and it was simply a pleasure to sit on the lanai and watch the ocean, dolphins, whales in season, boarders, and the lovely sunsets with the gentle breeze. Show a little respect and you will have the time of your life. Aloha and Mahalo to the owner who takes pride and care in this amazing older home.

Tim Canby

Owner's reply:

It thrills us having couples and families whom we've never met stay in our home.
Even though we've never met face to face the many guests who rent the house, nonetheless they all care for the house as if it were their own.

Nancy Frick Zuker

Mount Pleasant, Michigan USA

Retro-chic Delight!

This is the perfect home for people wanting a charming, relaxing, casual, homey getaway. Easy walking to 2 wonderful beaches and short, (4 mile) drive to shops and resturants. Easy day trips to Hawi, Hilo, Volcano Village and Southern-most Point. This quaint cottage is clean, convenient and full of pleasant surprises! Fully stocked kitchen and Snorkel/Beach supplies galore! Sunsets on the lani are worth writing home about! The kind and caring homeowner, Sue, was extremely helpful in making our 2 week stay in Hawaii a "trip of a lifetime"...not just the week we were in her "neck of the woods" but our total island adventure. Her advice to read James A. Micherner's "HAWAII", prior to visiting was priceless. We have already recommended this lovely home to friends. I would definitely return to the little yellow "House of the Whaler". I smile and sigh as I write this...

Roy Forbes

Los Angeles, CA USA

Simplicity & Perfection

We've been coming to this cottage since 1980 and it never disappoints. Fantastic location for all activities. Nothing fancy, which is one of the things we think makes it so special. Absolutely can't beat the sunsets on the porch, or sitting out on the porch during the rain w/ a nice glass of favorite drink.

Tony Fontanetta

Romeoville, IL USA

Vaction in Paradise

I am so glad a friend of mine steered me towards renting a place to stay instead of a hotel or resort, getting this house was great. We felt as if we lived on the Island, even if it was only for a week. The house is older (with some history) but has many up grades and it is very charming, with a true beach house feel. It was very clean, nicely decorated and had EVERYTHING we needed(just bring your clothes). Eating out on the Lani watching the surf pounding the shore or the local birds stop by looking for a bite every mourning was something I will long remember. My wife and I enjoyed looking through the scrap books about the house the family and all the geusts that have enjoyed their stays. The owners provided all sorts of helpful information about things to do and see as well as were to shop and were very responsive to our needs. I definitly want to return sometime in the winter to see the whales.

John Thomas

SF Bay Area

Beautiful Oceanfront Location

Spending a week in Kona at this house made for an awesome vacation. The location is ideal. It's walking distance between two great beaches on Ali'i Drive, and downtown Kona is just a short car ride away. The beauty of the oceanfront setting cannot be stressed enough. Listening to waves crash into the rocky shoreline and tidepool in front of the house is mesmerizing. The house was very clean and well stocked, with everything we needed to make our stay comfortable. The top floor of the house feels very bright and airy, with large windows and great views. The porch is outstanding. The bottom level feels a bit disconnected, accessible via an outdoors stairway, but it has some nice bedrooms, a gigantic shower, and washer/dryer. Highly recommended!


northern calif

Location, Location, Location

This traditional Hawaiian house is all about the location and awesome view. Dining out on the lanai for every meal was a special treat for our family. The downstairs bedroom is a bit rustic for some folks but clean and comfortable. The house is well stocked with everything you will need including boogie boards, coolers and plenty of swim fins. Very private and close to town ...you will love it!


San Diego, California

What a find!

This Hawaiian-Style gem on Alii Drive was the perfect place to enjoy Kona. We enjoyed modern amenities - 2 recently remodeled bathrooms and updated kitchen - with the charm of old Hawaii in this gracious house. Great snorkling and swimming are steps away at Kahalu'u (Turtle) Beach and the porch is the best place to enjoy the sunset. We plan to return in the winter to watch the whales migrate past the house.

Kate Ertle

Austin, TX USA

Incredibly relaxing

What an amazing location and relaxing home to spend a week with our friends! All the comforts for the men (free internet, SCUBA diving and cocktails on the porch) as well as the women (snorkeling off the front rocks, reading while listening to the waves crash, more cocktails at sunset). We plan on returning soon to this piece of paradise. Mahalo!

Gregory Tyler

Saugatuck, MI USA

The best vacation ever!

We had the most wonderfull vacation I have had in 30 years, The house is perfect with easy access to the entire Kona coast, and views plus relaxing atmosphere and carefree living! Everything was emaculate and we could want for nothing. This is the way to make a great vacation perfect!. Being on the ocean, we were able to watch Humpback whales breaching from the front porch, dolphins just off the shore, and sea turtles up on the tidepools just in front of the house. Perfection!

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