Hale Kona Kai, Big Island

Hale Kona Kai is an intimate, oceanfront complex of 39 one-bedroom condos located on the outskirts of Kona City, offering a calm and relaxing atmosphere with ocean views from every unit. Situated just south of Royal Kona Resort, the complex is within walking distance to excellent dining options, such as Huggo's and Don Beachcomber's, as well as Honl's Beach and the Kona Farmer's Market.

The complex provides convenient access for all guests with an elevator, a heated saltwater swimming pool, a BBQ area on the ocean side, and laundry machines on each floor. Each unit includes designated parking, safe WIFI, and cable TV. Please note that the central AC system is currently not functional, but portable AC units are provided. Hale Kona Kai is a non-smoking facility.

Hale Kona Kai Average Rates

As of July 2024, the average price of a 1 bedroom unit at Hale Kona Kai is $270. Note that prices vary depending on the specifc unit and season (holiday rates are usally much higher), and the averages don't include Hawaii's 18% accommodation tax or cleaning and booking fees. Visit the rentals page to see specific unit rates.

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What Do Guests Think? An AI Analysis of 604 Guest Reviews

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The following executive summary is based on a comprehensive and impartial AI analysis of guest reviews. Keep in mind that all units are individually owned, and review scores among units can vary considerably.

Guests have had overwhelmingly positive experiences at the Hale Kona Kai condo resort on the Big Island, highlighting its phenomenal location right on the ocean, offering relaxing wave sounds and easy access to shops, dining, and local attractions. The overall sentiment is that the condos provide a safe, convenient, and comfortable stay, with many units boasting updated amenities, well-stocked kitchens, and thoughtful touches like beach gear and welcome gifts. While some guests noted issues such as dated decor or maintenance needs in certain units, the stunning ocean views, proximity to Kona town, and the responsiveness of hosts or property managers largely overshadowed any negatives. The resort's pool area and the ability to see marine life from the condos added to the enjoyment of many stays. Despite occasional comments about the need for minor repairs or updates, the consensus is that Hale Kona Kai offers a memorable and enjoyable Hawaii vacation experience, with many guests expressing a desire to return. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 604 guest reviews.

Recent Hale Kona Kai Reviews

In real estate it's all about location. You are right above the ocean and crashing waves. So close to main drag in Kona. I would return without hesitation. To top it off got to see Henry Kapono unexpectedly play next door. Mahalo
David B.
March 2024

The Good-Excellent communication from property management. On-site staff are professional, helpful and extremely personable. The unit was “clean” (see the bad) and well-stocked. Bed was very comfortable with clean, white linens. Nice pool area. On the ocean. The Bad-Very dated, shag carpet, in desperate need of update, bathroom was paint sprayed and chipping, dishes and decor-old, all of which gave an“unclean” feel to the unit. The Ugly-wifi and cell phone reception is next to none. We had to leave the area to get reception.Calls would drop regularly. The stove elements worked on and off..in the middle of preparing food various elements would stop working. A major reason for us renting a condo rather than a hotel resort (nicer, newer and the same price) was to be able to prepare our own food. Plug outlet sparked when we plugged in phone. The property owner is making a lot of money off this unit. It is time they put some money into it so renters are get what they pay for.
Dawn B.
March 2024

Great location to town on the ocean! Beautiful views. Nice quiet property. Listing as advertised. The lanai is excellent with very comfortable and new feeling furniture. Could be a little cleaner. Would recommend to others traveling to the area.
Amanda R.
March 2024

Beautiful view; we saw lots of wildlife, cruise ships, and surfers. Kitchen is well appointed with cookware and utensils. Linens were nice. Unit was very clean and neat when we arrived. (Carpet could use a good cleaning.) It would have been nice if the shade worked on the lanai. It can be a bit noisy when the surf is high, but you sure can't beat the view.
Sharon D.
March 2024

I spent hours searching online for our Hawaiian vacation. I wanted something with an ocean view. Boy did I get it! This condo is right over the water with fabulous views and a lovely balcony to sit out in the evenings enjoying a glass of wine while watching the sunset. I absolutely loved the decor of the condo - all turquoise and aqua -everything an ocean theme. I am a huge turtle lover and there were sea turtles everywhere! The kitchen is very well outfitted with everything you could need. Especially enjoyed their new ice making machine. The owners left a welcome fruit basket which was a nice touch. There are washer/dryers on the same floor and it was never busy. There is a small swimming pool and I swam almost every morning and had the pool to myself. The complex is very quiet. There are several restaurants within walking distance. You can walk into town but it's a bit of hike if you have problems walking as my husband does. It was lovely at night falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing over the rocks. Steve was in contact quite a few times with my husband and answered all his questions very quickly. Would definitely recommend this property. Thanks Steve and Jenny for a lovely stay.
Michael O.
March 2024

Everything you need for a relaxing vacation. Great view, super location.
Lyn S.
March 2024

This was absolutely amazing. Close to town. We heard the ocean from out room the waves crashing beneath us. Our own lagoon to swim in.
Stacy T.
March 2024

We loved the condo and the location. The ocean view was spectacular
Linda B.
March 2024

Great property. Ocean front. Lanai overhangs the ocean. Bathroom could use an upgrade. Chair height toilet and grab bars would be nice. Shower curtain is moldy. Great kitchen knife set.Front door needs an upgrade.
David & Barb K.
March 2024

My wife and I had an incredible time. Very quiet and relaxed, tucked away but yet close to everything. Would highly recommend staying at Hale Kona Kai…
Kevin E.
March 2024

Loved the views from the lanai! And the location was convenient to walk to town. Would be happy to stay here again.
Cheryl H.
March 2024

Great location. Enjoyed the ocean view.
Ronald W.
March 2024

The location of this condo is awesome. The view from the lanai is beautiful. There is not a beach but watching and listening to the waves crash on the shore is wonderful. We walked everywhere because everything is so close. Having a designated parking spot was great.The condo is clean, nicely furnished and really cute. It was perfect for my husband and I. Jan and Cami were great to work with. They even left us a bottle of champagne with chilled champagne glasses and nice card to help celebrate our anniversary. The bamboo sheets are amazing, I think I need some at home! The kitchen is very well stocked with everything you need. The shower has plenty of water pressure. I would definitely stay here again! Thank you for your hospitality!
Tracy O.
March 2024

This condo was in a great location within walking distance to shops and restaurants and a small beach. It was quite comfortable with a well stocked kitchen. View from lanai was fabulous, literally hanging over the sea. Condo is not totally updated but it was fine and provided everything needed.
Linda S.
March 2024

The stay was incredible because of the location and rooms. I must say though that the very first impression when walking in, before getting to our wonderful room was the "office" that was funky before going out to the fabulous pool. It could really use a coat of paint and simply putting a battery in the clock. Also a battery in the clock by the pool. A small investment to smarten it up. Again first impressions really count!
Karen W.
March 2024

Location is excellent. We were able to walk to the town of Kona, had great restaurants and a swap meet where we were able to pick up souvenirs at a great price. Condo was extremely clean. Loved the fact that there is a key box outside the door so you are able to keep a key in there. This helped when leaving the key in the condo. Air conditioning was welcome and worked great. If owners are looking to change anything , I would recommend to change out the toilet for a taller one. Would definitely recommend and stay here again. View was great! We were able to see many whales from the balcony.
Barb P.
March 2024

No doubt about it, this is a room with a view. The condo was nice but could be so great with some upgrades. We really enjoyed our stay there and knew if we needed anything we could always get in touch with someone.
Tina A.
March 2024

It was convenient for us and a nice view and ocean sounds. It was comfortable. The manager did have a fan that was stuck on fixed the next day.
Susan M.
March 2024

Condo could use a little facelift,but property was clean,our unit was very clean as well. Would recommend
Steve M.
March 2024

This was our second time visiting. Love the location and the hospitality!
Mary N.
March 2024

Great morning coffee and sunset views from the deck. Location is within walking distance of Kona waterfront. Loved this place!
David K.
February 2024

Wonderful place. Very clean, comfy bed, kitchen had anything we needed. Location is the best, we had our own parking spot, thats a plus. Had chairs for the beach and that was nice. All around We loved it. I would highly recommend this condo.
Laura E.
February 2024

This spot was perfect for all Alii activities and getting to and from different spots around the island.
Kellie H.
February 2024

We love the location and view. Would return for that. Hope the there would be a new bed and reliable internet ( most units share the same drop). Cleaning of AC vents also recommended, it might help with the musty smell.
M B.
February 2024

This is our second visit to this property and first to this unit. When you walk through the door prepare to be speechless, it’s that amazing! We sat on the lanai every morning watching whales breech in the distance. The music of the waves crashing in shore and magnificent sunsets every evening. You can walk to so many restaurants, coffee. Plus you get your own parking spot! We wanted for nothing. We’ll be back!!
Linnae B.
February 2024

Positives: -The unit and property was generally as pictured/described. -The view and proximity to the ocean was outstanding. We enjoyed watching the yellow tang below and whales further out. The surf was so close that it was almost too noisy. -Easy walk to central Kona, yet far enough away that we were removed from the noise and bustle. -A few pleasant surprises included some condiments and basics left in the kitchen by others, a knife that was actually sharp, and good condition Tommy Bahamas chairs. -Shower was very nice. Bathroom was decent with ample storage. -The complimentary coffee and chocolate were a nice touch. Negatives -2nd key was missing. We reported it but Casago made no effort to replace. It was a nuisance to constantly place the sole key in the lock box as instructed whenever we left. -Main bed box spring and mattress need to be replaced. -Front door locks appear ancient and not very secure. Regardless, the building generally felt safe and the other residents were very nice. -A few more basics in kitchen such as a coffee measure, coffee filters that actually fit the coffee maker and salt and pepper shakers would be appreciated.
Ken P.
February 2024

Property was just as pictured, except the views and sounds of the ocean were better! Check-in and parking were easy. Everything we needed (even a beach cooler and snorkel equipment) were provided. The hotel next door is still under construction, but we were mostly there over the weekend, so it didn’t bother us at all.
Elizabeth S.
February 2024

This is a fantastic unit! The perfect location. Sunset with cocktails on the lanai right on the ocean, watching the whales.
Marc B.
February 2024

The condo unit was fine and worked out well for us. We had the one night of some water damage on the floor after a downpour rain but got it cleaned up. We couldn't find the source.
Carol & Andy B.
February 2024

Location is perfect. Who doesn't love oceanfront and everything is in walking distance. Exactly what we wanted in Kona. Only negative I had was shower handle appears to need some repair. We were afraid it would fall off while we used it.
Vicki C.
February 2024

Umesh S.
February 2024

Overall a dirty place and very old and needs updating and an extremely DEEP CLEANING. No nice things dishes and silverware dirty and disgusting. Also no decor to speak of. My college dorm room was a palace compared to this guys' place. A luxury resort a few miles away was only a few dollars more per night. He's overpriced for this dump. STAY AWAY. WAAAY TOO EXPENSIVE. WE WON'T BE BACK.
Gregory M K.
February 2024

Great property, close to town and right on water.
Charles W.
February 2024

Great location. Could use updating.
David C.
February 2024

We spent two weeks here and really enjoyed the visit. The condo is right on the ocean. The sunset views and ocean sounds were amazing. With high winds and waves, it can get a bit loud on this second floor condo. We got used to it, and appreciated the location. The kitchen is really well equipped, which we appreciate since we like to cook in about half the time. We ate on the lanai each night since there is not a great place to sit in the condo itself. Turned out to be great since the temps were perfect. Walking to town takes 10 - 15 minutes depending on where you go. Several good restaurants are also close by. All in all, the condo really suited our needs and we were happy with the choice.
Robert H.
February 2024

Beautiful ocean view with waves, whales and yellow tang viewed from the property. We loved our time here and looking forward to another stay.
Pat F.
February 2024

Everything about this place was perfect. The property manager was wonderful to work with and the condo itself was clean and had everything we could possibly need. Not to mention a wonderful view from the lanai! We will definitely be returning hopefully very soon!
Emily R.
February 2024

We really enjoyed our vacation in Hawaii. One of the things we liked the most about this condo was the incredible view from the lanai. We sat outside everyday and saw whales and many beautiful sunsets. We felt like we were on top of the water. In addition, we were able to easily walk to town each day for lattes, dinner and shopping
Michelle J.
February 2024

Locationa is fabulous. Decor is dated. Bed was comfortable. Kitchen had all we needed. Property is dated. Needs paint. Air conditioner worked great. Security was fair. Car was rifeled one night. We will return but its not five star. Still perfect for us. Price abt 15% high based on whats available BUT its only place like it. YMMV!
robert e.
February 2024

Let’s start with the good. The location was absolutely amazing. The condo sits approx 40’ above crashing waves. We so enjoyed the view. And we had a two block walk to restaurants and shopping. As for the condo itself, it was just OK. The furniture and rugs are all dated. The bed was actually quite comfortable, but the condo never seemed to be truly clean. Peeling paint on door jambs and heavily stained bathtub didn’t help.
Steve B.
February 2024

It is a nice place to stay - the location is great, on the water. Unit could have been a bit cleaner.. Comfortable furniture and a great bed. Not fancy but very close to downtown Kona
February 2024

Upon arrival, we were impressed with the managements, welcoming the cleanliness and beauty of the grounds and then, when we got to our room number 209 we were even more impressed with the decor, cleanliness the view, and the inventory of utensils, and such needed for a pleasant day
scott t.
February 2024

Stayed for 6 nights and the place had everything we needed in the kitchen and elsewhere. Fans, beach towels and chairs, kitchen items. Great place if you like to listen to the ocean, fantastic for sleeping! Easy walk to most of the Kailua Kona strip and easy to drive to other places since it is on the less busy end of Alii Road.
David G.
February 2024

The condo was very clean and had everything we needed but it was a bit 'tired'. The appliances were fine but the unit in general needs some updating in terms cabinetry and furnishings as this would have made the stay even more pleasant. The bedroom and bed were very comfortable and the air conditioning worked well.

February 2024

We loved the condo! The location and the views were amazing!
Mike S.
February 2024

I would have liked to give an excellent rating. The condo has a gorgeous location, is beautifully decorated and maintained and is fabulously well equipped with everything we could have possibly needed. But there were a couple of things that could have been better. The most annoying thing was bed pillow shams that were not clean. We used the regular (white) pillows every night, but the last night I wanted to have my head a little higher, so I picked up one of the pillow shams to put on the bed and immediately noticed the strong smell. It smelled strongly of sweat and body odor which means that it had not been cleaned. This made we wonder what else had not been cleaned before our arrival. I left a note for the housekeeper and hopefully that will become a part of the regular laundry process. The other two issues were less important. We had a roach run across the cooktop one morning. Please note that we only used the stove to heat up water in the kettle in the morning and did no other cooking. Lastly, we had to close the lanai doors on several afternoons due to cigar smoke which I believe was coming from the unit directly below. If that is not one of your units, then I understand that this is not under your control and just part of staying in a multi-story building. But I wanted to let you know in case it is one of your units.
Annette M.
February 2024

Location was amazing. Close to dining and shopping. We did our own excursions and knew we had a great place to come back to unwind and watch the sunset and the whales.
steven T.
February 2024

Great location near beach and on Alii. Close walk to shops and restaurants. Property a bit dated although clean.
Darin S.
February 2024

My husband and I went to Kailua-Kona for a relaxing vacation in warm temps and we were not disappointed. The condo was exactly as it looked in the pictures, but the pictures didn’t show how well stocked the condo is. Our hosts have thought of everything anyone could need. We enjoyed breakfast on the lanai while enjoying the daily whale shows and cocktails while we watched the gorgeous sunsets. Watching the fish in the waves and the dolphins playing was never ending amusement. We are already trying to figure out when we can return. The location to restaurants and shopping is great for people like us who prefer to get some walking in and not have to drive so much. Thank you Steven and Jenni for sharing paradise with us. We can not wait to return.
Karl P.
January 2024

What I like best about our visits to Hawaii is going out onto the lanai an hour and a half before sunrise, sitting in the dark with a pair of binoculars, drinking coffee, and watching the world gradually get light. I see the moon laying a shimmering strip of silver across the blue-black sea; lights from planes, ferries, and an occasional cruise ship; even tiny lights on outrigger canoes; I hear the big waves exploding against the rocks below. Once the sun comes up, I sight an occasional humpback whale. And I remember why I'm there. Fifty extra degrees of Fahrenheit helps, too. For all this, there is no place better than Hale Kona Kai. We had a little trouble at the start: couldn't open the lock box to get our key. However, after we made a phone call, Ryan the property manager and handyman rushed right over and extracted our keys for us. The next day he re-attached some wires in the back of the TV, so we could watch in the living room as well as the bedroom. He was very friendly as well as knowledgeable and efficient. All in all, we had a wonderful week in Kona.
Jim H.
January 2024

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