Private Redwood Retreat
Guests walk in and we see wow on their faces...gourmet kitchen, ocean views, huge bedrooms.
"perfect for a family reunion"
"cool at night was just right"
"close to the best beach in Hawaii"
"your own private estate"
"amazing sunset views"
We are not a corporation. We are a local Hawaii family who proudly HOSTS guests in our one and only home. As a HOSTED RENTAL we are fully HB 108 COMPLIANT, but you won't see us unless you need us, on site or by text 7 days a week. This is not a party house. We rent to fun-loving folks who seek tranquility in paradise. Price shown does not include 14.96% tax.
(CANCELLATION POLICY: "...full refund less HomeAway/VRBO fee plus 5% administrative fee for low season..." READ FULL POLICY BELOW)
The house is very large and we sometimes accommodate groups larger than the stated maximum (extra guest fees apply). Please send us an inquiry with the estimated size of your group and how you plan to use the house.
Situated at the end of a long private drive, you have complete privacy. You can't see any neighbors or the street, but you can see miles and miles of sumptuous blue ocean.
There are many different spaces for relaxing and enjoying the peace. A large group can spread out and not see much of each other or gather in the great room for a banquet!
3 master suites!
3600 sq ft of indoor space,
6 lanai (porches) provide 2000+ sq ft of outdoor living space (most of it covered),
10 real beds, plus 3 queen bed-height AeroBeds and 3 memory foam twin mattresses,
two full size refrigerators, dishwasher, gas range, full laundry facilities, hardwood floors, cathedral ceilings, ample off-street parking for 8+ vehicles
wireless internet, 60' flat screen smart TV with media hook-up and unlimited movie streaming,
cool mountain air at night and warm ocean breezes during the day, closer to the best beaches (including top-rated Kua Bay) than any condos, houses or hotels in Kona, quiet, completely private 1.2 acre lot.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE HOUSE
Natural Air Conditioning: We are at a perfect elevation, with expansive ocean and coastline views. Folks who live 300 ft below us are in the lava desert with no greenery and where they need air conditioning many nights; homes 300 ft above us are in the cloud forest where you don't get direct sunlight some days. Here, the cool nights are a wonderful contrast to the warm sunny days. The temperature is just chilly enough most nights to want a light blanket, but warms into the 70’s by about 9am. Mosquitoes are almost never a problem. We are nestled between an ancient 'ohi'a forest and coffee, mango, and avocado groves. If it has rained recently the jungle sounds will fill the air (people sensitive to sound may want to bring silicone ear plugs for rainy nights). There may be some mosquitoes, especially at dusk, but guests find they can dine nearly any evening on the front lanai, which is 20 ft off the ground, without any bug problems. This is a well-maintained, upscale residence but like all houses in Hawaii you will see the occasional gecko who has wandered into the house and can't find his way home. We mention this because they are so bright green and beautiful that they look plastic. Guests not familiar with Hawaii have been startled the first time they see one. Some have reached out, thinking it was a refrigerator magnet or wall art, only to have the little guy dart away. They are harmless. During rainy season you may see some ants, especially if you leave food out in the kitchen. Most groups will see one or two palmetto bugs (large but harmless beetles). Guests new to the tropics may be startled by their size and swiftness or think they are giant house roaches. Escort them to the door or dispose of them. They are not residents of the house, just lost forest beetles. We do not keep any chickens but, as with all rural areas of Hawaii, feral roosters are endemic so we work hard to keep them off our property.
The Grounds: Our house is situated well off the street at the end of a long driveway in a very private lot filled with banana, papaya, macadamia nut, coffee and avocado trees. You are welcome to share in the bounty when the fruit (or the vegetables in our organic garden) are in season. There is a gas grill on the back lanai.
Also in the back of the house, surrounded by a trellis and lush greenery for privacy, is our out-door shower with hot water! This is a wonderful first stop when you return home from the beach. It's private enough that some groups use the outdoor shower as the "guys" shower.
Central Location: We are just 8 minutes to Kona town with its restaurants and nightlife, and 5 minutes from Costco, directly above some of the best coastline on the island: Honokohau Harbor and National Park, and the Pine Trees surf break. The airport is 12 minutes the other direction, and 5 minutes beyond it is the turnoff to unparalleled Kua Bay, recently voted the best beach in the Hawaiian Islands and one of the Top 10 beaches in the world. A spectacular place, Kua provides the best boogie boarding, body surfing, and frolicking in the Islands.
Don't spend your vacation stuck in traffic! Getting back our house from the beach is 20 minutes faster than getting back to Kona town because our location gives us traffic-free access to Kua and all the kick’n Kohala beaches (Kua, Kukio, Beach 69, Hapuna and Mauna Kea) as well as Waimea, which is just 35 minutes from home. The Waipio Valley overlook is 75 minutes. Hilo is just over an hour via the recently completed Saddle Road Hwy. Captain Cook and points south (Green Sand Beach, Southpoint, and Volcano) can be accessed, avoiding the Kona traffic, via the quaint artist town of Holualoa, and the picturesque Mamalahola Highway.
Food Preparation: The gourmet kitchen is well stocked with service for 24+, has space for 4-5 people to work together, and is integrated into the Great Room. It has three sinks, over 8 square meters of granite counter space, cutting boards, dishwasher and other stainless steel appliances, a Vitamix blender, and everything else a foodie needs to grill, bake, or wok delicious meals. In the back of the house is a lanai with a gas grill. This lanai is also our favorite place to breakfast since it catches the morning rays.
Jurassic Park: Drive two miles straight up from our house to the Cloud Forest. There you will find some of the best hiking trails on the island, including one which was used for scenes in the movie Jurassic Park. The House Manual includes detailed instructions on how to find our favorite hikes, most of which you will not find in any guidebook!
Equipment: Beach and bath towels, all linens, hair dryer, shampoo/conditioner, boogie boards, beginner surfboards and a standup paddle board (SUP)!, beach chairs, and coolers are available for use free of charge. Surfers and paddle surfers inquire with us about where to surf or bike. We can also arrange a surfing lesson for beginners or experts, or just point you to where the waves are breaking. (Road or mountain bikers can inquire about renting our bikes.)
Adventure: There is no place on earth like the Big Island of Hawaii, and we chose this house because it is the perfect base for exploring it. You are welcome to borrow from our library of guide books, and we are happy to share our recommendations for the best beaches and hikes, the best places to snorkel with dolphins in the wild, where to eat and shop in Kona, and other little known secrets. From here you can day trip to other parts of the Island...to the wild coast near Hawi, the rugged jungle and spectacular waterfalls of the Hamakua coast and Waipio Valley, and, of course, the unparalleled Volcanoes National Park.
Low Season Cancellation Policy: April, May, Sept, Oct, Nov, or Dec (except **Holiday season weeks)
Guests are entitled to a full refund less HomeAway/VRBO fee plus a 5% administrative fee if they cancel 90+ days before the start date or all the booked nights can be filled with another booking. Guests are entitled to a 50% refund if they cancel 60-90 days before the start date and the dates are not rebooked.
High-Season Cancellation Policy: (winter and summer)
Guests are entitled to a full refund less HomeAway/VRBO fee plus a 10% administrative fee if they cancel 120+ days before the start date, or all the booked nights can be filled with another booking. Guests are entitled to a 50% refund if they cancel 90-120 days before the start date and the dates are not rebooked.
**Holiday Season Cancellation Policy:
Guests are entitled to a full refund less HomeAway/VRBO fee plus a 15% administrative fee if they cancel 180+ days before the start date, or all the booked nights can be filled with another booking. Guests are entitled to a 50% refund if they cancel 120-180 days before the start date and the dates are not rebooked.
**Your booking is Holiday Season if it includes Christmas Day, New Years Day, Ironman Saturday, or Thanksgiving Day or any of the 5 days prior or after these days.