Waiulaula, Big Island

Wai'ula'ula is a secure, gated community located within the exclusive Mauna Kea Beach Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. The resort spans 48 acres and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Kohala Mountains. Guests have access to two world-class resorts, The Mauna Kea Resort and The Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, as well as their amenities, including 36 holes of championship golf, first-class tennis, workout facilities, and two pristine white sand beaches.

The Wai'ula'ula complex features its own Amenity Center, which includes an infinity-edge pool overlooking the Pacific, hot tub, kids pool, movie & game room, living room, changing/bathrooms with showers, a state-of-the-art fitness center, full kitchen, and dining area with 3 Viking gas grills. Guests can also opt for the VIP Amenity Package, granting access to additional privileges at both the Mauna Kea and Westin Hapuna Resorts.

Waiulaula Average Rates

As of July 2024, the average price of a 3 bedroom unit at Waiulaula is $912. 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 460 Guest Reviews

Reviewer Portrait

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 overwhelmingly praise the Waiulaula condo resort on the Big Island for its beautiful, clean homes, well-appointed kitchens, comfortable furnishings, and stunning views. Many appreciate the added amenities such as pools, hot tubs, workout rooms, and access to nearby resort beaches, highlighting the convenience and luxury these features add to their stay. The option to cook meals in the condos is frequently mentioned as a bonus, alongside the enjoyment of beautiful sunsets from the lanais. Issues are few and minor, with the overwhelming sentiment being one of satisfaction and a desire to return. The property management and communication are consistently commended for responsiveness and helpfulness, enhancing the overall positive experience at Waiulaula. This summary is based on a comprehensive analysis of 460 guest reviews.

Recent Waiulaula Reviews

The house was great, and we enjoyed our stay. The kitchen was well equipped for cooking in, which we did a lot of as we have young kids. The pool and jaccuzi were great as we spent a day at the house rather than going to the beach. Overall we would recommend this house, and would stay here again. Thank you!
Tim S.
April 2024

Everything thing was great. Only wish the BBQ had been cleaned and the wire brush was useless. Small complaint Thank you
kevin o.
March 2024

Host was very helpful and helped me with resort registration. Having access to both the Westin and Mauna Kea resorts was great for the non divers in my group. Great location for exploring the North End of the Island. Great views from the pool/backyard. House was very comfortable with a great open concept.
Jason B.
March 2024

Great location and villa. Rick was a great host

March 2024

We had a wonderful stay, the host was wonderful and a great communicator. The property was immaculate and super organized. It felt just like we were in our own home and we all loved it. We will definitely plan to stay here again. Thank you for making our stay so wonderful!
Nicole v.
March 2024

The home is beautiful, clean, and comfortable. We enjoyed our time at the resorts, but the best sunsets were from the lanai. Patricia was responsive, helpful, and kind. We hope to come back and do it all over again!
nicole n.
March 2024

Fabulous home - perfect set up. Love the size of bedrooms and bathrooms/closets. The kitchen island is huge and well appointed with all the necessities. Would love to visit again!
Scott B.
March 2024

It had filthy carpeting, I’m not sure when it was last cleaned, 20 years maybe. The furniture was also filthy, sticky and the arms of the couch were literally frayed off so the stuffing was revealed. The two E-bikes that were promised were now “under maintenance” and unavailable just as the review 2 months earlier had also reported.( why didn’t I listen) The lanai refrigerator was also “under maintenance” and unusable as well as the gas grill which was disgustingly dirty and the brush to clean it was completely shredded into bits. Unusable again. The dishes were in terrible condition. Overall, I’d give this unit and company a hard pass. The cleaning hill was over $450, yet we were instructed to wash all the beach and bath towels before leaving. When I complained about the E bikes being unavailable and in addition the terrible state of the carpet, couches, lanai grill and refrigerator, I heard crickets. Management was not available or amenable to fixing any of it except they did send someone to fix one sink that wouldn’t drain. Not worth the money, grossly dirty, no thanks!
Mary Jo D.
March 2024

Appreciated everything!
Shelley P.
March 2024

Our family truly enjoyed our stay at this well stocked and comfortable home. We appreciated that each bedroom had its own bathroom and there was an additional half bath. We used the concierge service to help rent all the items we needed for our baby- so helpful to have it all there on arrival! Easy communication with owner/host.
Yasi F.
March 2024

It was a very relaxing visit with all the amenities very accessible
Lisa G.
March 2024

The property was exactly as described by the professional hosts. From start to finish, communication and host interaction was excellent. The home was very well stocked and properly maintained with beautiful views. I would not hesitate to recommend this property.
February 2024

Our family enjoyed this luxurious property behind Mauna Kea and Hāpuna resorts. We loved the well-stocked large kitchen, the ample space (3 bedrooms with ensuites) and the outdoor showers. The kids (4 and 6) loved the heated pool and hot tub. The location is quiet and peaceful and we loved having supper while watching the sunset in the spacious lanai. We would love to return. Thank you for a wonderful stay!

February 2024

The Wai-ula-ula condos are an excellent choice on the Big Island. Everything was fine except the twin beds in the third bedrooom are very uncomfortable and need to be replaced and the dryer needed to be unplugged and plugged a few times to get it to work. Other than that, everything else was very good.
Howard L.
February 2024

Enjoyed a wonderful week here with my family and my parents. The house was very well stocked with essentials, things for the beach, and all the dishes and kitchen gadgets you could need. We loved the close proximity to two of the best sand beaches on the island, and the resort membership was totally worth it for convenience of parking, courtesy beach towels, beach chairs and umbrellas, borrowing surf/boogie boards, and the beautiful resort pools and grounds, all of which was included with the membership. Overall a wonderful complex and definitely a place I would stay again.
Rick K.
February 2024

Sunrise to sunset Aloha
Bob P.
February 2024

We had a great time and love the Kohala Coast! Would highly recommend the property.
Alexander P.
February 2024

Our stay in this amazing condo was fantastic. It truly exceeded our expectations. The unobstructed ocean and sunset views are stunning. The photos depict the beauty of the condo exactly and amenities throughout were outstanding. Donna, is such a lovely host and extended such wonderful Aloha! She is the best! Personal, professional, very attentive to our needs and even extended a concierge service for the islands activities. The condo is located in a beautiful gated community with a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. We enjoyed it thoroughly and will be back. Thank you.
Lynn F.
February 2024

It was a great place to stay. It would have been a little better if it was closer to the ocean.
Michael H.
February 2024

This house was beautiful, large (easily will sleep 6 or 3 couples), and the host was very responsive. Wonderful location for walking, easy access to the resort, and beaches.
Matt M.
February 2024

This is the second year we have stayed in the beautiful property. It was so convenient, comfortable and relaxing. The view and the ocean breeze is everything we were looking for. Also enjoyed the resort access. Responsive hosts!
Cory D.
January 2024

We really enjoyed our stay at Michelle's place. It was very clean and well appointed. We really enjoyed spending time on the lanai and using the private pool and hot tub. Michelle and her property manager were very responsive if we had any minor issues come up. The villa was well stocked. We would definitely stay here again!
Elizabeth T.
January 2024

We had a really great stay! The location is amazing- super close to Mauna Kea and Hapuna beaches and the house has a pool and spa which we also utilized! The house was very spacious, clean and had everything we needed in the kitchen and for the beach! Communication with the property management team was great and we really appreciated their flexibility with our changing travel plans. We would definitely stay here again and would recommend it to other folks interested in visiting this beautiful part of Hawaii!
Carrie D.
January 2024

Nicely appointed and spacious. Very private with pool and hot tub and an outstanding ocean view. Access to two hotel resorts, including golf. Checked every box you could want. Thanks for the hospitality.
John M.
January 2024

It was a perfect place to stay! There were 5 of us, 3 rooms and 3 baths, all separated from each other giving everyone their space. It was clean, comfortable and well equipped. The furniture, beds and outdoor chairs were very comfortable. The doors to the lani opened up fully extending the living room, We loved that. We didn't use the community pool area but toured it and it was very nice. The only disappointment was that the e-bikes were out of commission. We would definitely recommend and stay there again.
Kimberly A.
January 2024

We just spent our second stay at this great place. Close to amenity center w pool and gym. Quiet, clean. We just love it. Owner and property manager are fantastic.
jan o.
January 2024

Beautiful and well laid out villa on the grounds of the Westin Hapuna with access available (for additional resort fee) to both Hapuna and Mauna Kea resorts. Located in a quiet neighborhood on the bluffs, nearly every room had an ocean view. Sunsets were spectacular! Comfortably furnished inside and out with large lanai, multi-slide patio doors made for seamless indoor-outdoor living. Villa well stocked with every possible amenity - felt more like a home than a rental. Private pool and hot tub a huge bonus. Owner and concierge were very lovely to deal with and very responsive. A definite return destination.
Kari S.
January 2024

Really nice house with a fun pool and access to the best beach on the big island. We had a blast.
Brett H.
January 2024

This is a beautiful unit. It is extremely well -appointed. The view to the water is fantastic. Location is great. Having the resort facilities really makes it a great experience for all. The management is very impressive and responsive.
Eileen C.
January 2024

Beautiful property. Fabulous beaches. Great escape. The villa is terrific. Lovely furniture, clean, well-maintained, well stocked with plates, glasses, pots/pans etc. for cooking. We have stayed in several WUU villas over the years and this one is particularly nice (and because of that we are returning guests of Michelle's). Michelle is excellent to communicate with before booking and even with questions after booking. She sends you all the info you need in advance and makes arrival smooth and easy. And her on-site manager, Eric, is also terrific and was super quick to respond to the handful of questions we had while at the house. The beaches at Mauna Kea are fantastic, tennis and golf terrific too. We will be back for sure! Thank you Michelle (and Eric) for a great vacation!!
January 2024

Wonderful 10 days in paradise. Villa was well appointed and very clean/fresh. Everything worked as advertised. Highly recommend!
Andre J.
January 2024

A very lovely house. We had a few issues with the hot tub and the swimming pool heating which seems to have been corrected at the end of the stay. The house were responsive and we really appreciated the late check out.
Tim F.
January 2024

Just back from a wonderful three week stay. Our villa was perfect for the four of us. Really appreciated the two master bedrooms which provided all the amenities, but also welcomed privacy. Spent the bulk of our time outside by the pool & hot tub with wonderful views of the Pacific. Unit was well stocked with everything required, most especially the kitchen. It was nice to have access to both nearby hotels (albeit a fairly pricy add-on). The management company was super helpful, offering a painless checkin and clear instructions. We very much look forward to a return visit in the near future.
John (Randy) W.
January 2024

Overall the unit is great. Nice neighborhood and very comfortable. There is noise from the road that can be heard. Kona Coast management was very responsive to questions and needs. Amenity package is a must as the hotel properties are beautiful.
Linda G.
January 2024

Lovely home in a perfect location for Hapuna Beach. It was well-suited for extended family.
diane h.
January 2024

We really enjoy the sunset view of this property. The house is beautiful and very well stocked with all the kitchen appliances and cook wares. Very convenient!
David C.
January 2024

Loved this condo. Well set up, great communications with property managers and staff, friendly, comfortable, amazing sunset views!
Michael S.
January 2024

This is our family's second Christmas on the Big Island, staying at Wai-Ula-ula and it just keeps getting better. The condo was tastefully furnished, extremely clean and well-stocked and came with unblocked ocean views all throughout the wrap-around Lanai. It is one of 4 units in a duplex so you hardly hear the neighbors. If it's peace and quiet you are after (and not a bustling resort), this is it. Christmas in Hawaii has always been a family tradition but this outstanding location just puts it over the top. My kids enjoyed the convenience / access to not one, but two resorts with pristine white sand beaches (Hapuna and Kauna'oa) where we spent many glorious days enjoying the sun and surf. The Mauna Kea resort does a wonderful job making Christmas extra magical for the kids. They saw Santa on Christmas Eve riding a jet ski and enjoyed special Keiki activities everyday just for the holidays. Donna as the host is amazing. She is responsive over emails and texts and is extremely thoughtful. We arrived in the morning and I had previously asked for an early check-in as we were traveling with 2 (tired) kids. I got a text from her 30 mins after we landed saying the condo is ready for us. This was a good 5 hours prior to the official check-in time. God bless her.
Sherlene W.
December 2023

We were in Hilo to celebrate my step-son's college graduation. House was just what we needed and was definitely worth the 25 minute drive outside of Hilo. Location on the ocean and views from the deck that could not be beat. Directions were clear, communication with owner was timely and practical. House was clean and definitely set up for people who cook - kitchen was very well supplied and knives were sharp (sometimes it's the little things that make your day)! We didn't get a chance to use the pool, but we did spend significant time on the deck enjoying sunrise and the ocean views. Highly recommend this house.
Lori E.
December 2023

This was our first time to the Big Island and we had lots of recommendations from friends to stay in the condos at Wai’lua’lua and did we ever get lucky with this particular unit - it was absolutely perfect. Spotless when we arrived, the condo contained everything you’d need for a wonderful vacation. Beds were comfortable, lovely bathrooms and furnishings, they supplied really everything we needed - the kitchen was well appointed with all the necessities- everything was new and in excellent condition. We loved the view and hanging out on the lanai. We also loved that you could purchase a resort pass and access both the Mauna Kea Resort as well as the Westin Hapuna Beach. It was wonderful and we can’t wait to get back! Donna was great to work with - so happy we found this bit of paradise!
Jennifer Y.
December 2023

Second time staying at this lovely home; the fact that it's the second time says it all. Thanks!
Kelly G.
December 2023

We stayed in the same development last yea, but we liked this house even more because the property manager was flexible and responsive, the house had better ocean views and a useable backyard, and the house was fully stocked with everything a guest could need. All in all, a very enjoyable experience other than the fact that the Westin's family pool was under construction for most of our stay.

December 2023

Outstanding property, ideal location. Quiet,well located. Most importantly- everything works-pool , spa, AC, grill, everything. Incredibly well supplied kitchen. Pots, pans, cutlery, dishes, plentiful and excellent quality. You should stop at Costco and the farmers market and just eat at home the entire trip
Katina T.
December 2023

Great location, beautiful scenery, just as advertised. Couldn’t have been more satisfied with the property.
Gary L.
December 2023

The condo and property were perfect for our stay. We cooked a couple of nights and found the kitchen to be supplied with everything we needed. Loved having beach chairs for our beach/hike excursion. The beach pass to the Mauna Kea and Hapuna prince is worth the extra $$$. We would definitely love to rent this place again!
Angie S.
December 2023

The unit was beautiful with top notch appliances and amazing location. The only thing better than the location was the view! I am not kidding the view is like living in ever changing picture! Great location , great service!
Robert M.
December 2023

Great property and amenities

December 2023

The online villa pictures are amazing, but wait until you walk in the door. Our family group of 9 (6 adults & 3 young kids) loved it! The beds were comfortable, and every bedroom has walk-in closets, so you don’t have to live out of a suitcase. We loved sitting on the lanai with views over the golf course (and goats!) and to the ocean beyond. The kitchen was well stocked with appliances, dishes & glassware. Most daily living supplies are already there, so just buy your food! The washing machine is oversized (soap provided), so there’s no need to overpack. In the garage you’ll find lots of beach essentials. Sign up for the Resort Amenity Pass—worth it--$165/day total for all. Easy parking and no need for your wallet. We just took phone photos of the receipts we signed. If you check your credit card online, the charges are “bundled” by the day, so it was easier to verify with those receipt photos. Our family used the amenities--pools, chairs & towels, golf, tennis, spa massages, and the Kid’s Club (the 7-year-old used it twice). It was $75 for a half day with crafts, games, time at the pool and tidepools. There is also a covered games area just behind the pool at the Mauna Kea with pool tables, a putting green, table shuffleboard, and face painting or temporary tattoos every afternoon (no charge). Rick, the owner, and Lisette, the local manager, were both very helpful. It was the perfect place for the whole family to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary!
Anne B.
December 2023

This condo was absolutely perfect. The property manager was extremely responsive and made the check in/out process seamless. This location cannot be beat and the house was equipped with everything we needed. Very comfortable beds, fully stocked kitchen to make meals every day, along with beach toys for the kids. We will definitely be back and will stay at this condo again. Thank you!
Krista P.
December 2023

Very nice stay for our family of four. We requested and were treated to an early check in that allowed us to hit the grocery store on our way from the airport which was helpful. Only hiccup was checking in the key code did not match our number as indicated on the instructions. A quick text to the property manager resolved this immediately. Our family enjoyed the stay here with full amenities and privacy with spacious bedrooms, A/C, and the pool/jacuzzi. Everything was clean and plenty of towels for indoor and outdoor uses. Beds were super comfortable. We also paid for the privileges at the Mauna Kea and Hapuna Prince which were great to be able to enjoy the resorts each day and retreat to the quiet neighborhood. Will be returning for sure!
Blair P.
December 2023

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