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PUAKO! Ocean front steps from the sand

Bedrooms 4
Separate WC's1
Space 2,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 - 14 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths, (Sleeps 8)

Hale Lihikai 'House at the Edge of the Sea' Four bedroom home, or two-2 bedroom duplexes. VRBO calendar may show blocked when one side is open, so call if you are interested in just two bedrooms as there may be availability.

This four-bedroom, three-bath home is located right on the water's edge and offers the dual delight of Puako sunsets (which you’ll share with the Honu—sea turtles—who sunbathe on the lava rocks) coupled with views of the summit of Mauna Kea. A well-loved home, where the owners raised their family, Hale Lihikai offers three options for a range of visitors: the Kona Side, the Kohala Side or the entire house, depending on your numbers and needs. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy your time spent amid unique surfing and Hawaiian décor, mature and lush landscaping lovingly planted over the years, and the shoreline of Puako Bay. If you need an additional bedroom for 5 rooms total there is a studio rental above the garage called Hale Lihikai in the Trees VRBO#624088 that can also be rented.

Enter this charming, private place via an arbor by a small pond festooned with water plants, including cabbage and heliotrope. Walk along a coral-lined path beside thick lau’ae ferns, tall bamboo, graceful palms, colorful crotons, huge bird-of-paradise plants and a giant flowering monkeypod tree. The tree is so large that the entire house is cooled by its majestic canopy, and the sea breezes and ceiling fans keep you comfortable whenever you choose to visit. The front porch offers a restful bench under trellises for viewing the plentiful gardens. This is the home’s main entrance, with a beautiful etched-glass door created by Gary Wagner.

The house is set well back from the street, with ample parking reached by passing through a porte-cochere of a separate structure that creates additional privacy from the road.

Hale Lihikai is the perfect vacation home for two families or a multi-generation extended family…with two kitchens (both with ocean views) and accommodations for eight. Rattan furniture throughout is designed for easy living and family life. This home provides quiet contemplation in the gardens, grassy yard, cozy spots for private breakfasts, sunny sand and shore, shaded hammocks, picnic tables on your personal beach …even a “lounging pool” (or wading pool for children) created by lava rocks in the shallows of the ocean!

You will be most likely to spend your time outside it! Hale Lihikai’s sandy “personal beach” is surrounded with Naupaka shrubs, on the other side of which lies the ocean with its lava-rock outcroppings—a favorite spot for Honu to sun themselves. You’ll be tempted to do the same in the natural ocean pool rimmed by rocks—with or without the kids. Your beach has a hammock and lounge chairs under tall, shady palms, picnic tables and a gas grill.

GE and TA tax number 186-467-1232-01

Need something smaller? You can rent each side of this duplex separately!

This home is managed on behalf of the owner by Mary Fox, R (B) 2 Papayas, LLC. Mary is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Hawaii

Keywords: Oceanfront house, beach house, Puako vacation rental, 4 bedroom house, oceanfront house, 4 bedroom Puako house

More Details

Property Manager
Mary Fox
Member since: 2005
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
3 May, 2018

About Mary Fox

Aloha, I am Mary Fox, R (B) and owner of 2 Papayas, LLC. I manage this wonderful Puako home on behalf of the Owners. I would love to help you and your family find the perfect home for your stay on the Big Island. I am a Puako resident, myself, so I am available to greet you upon arrival, answer any questions you may have, or attend to any concerns or requests that may arise during your stay. Until we meet in Paradise...

Guestbook comments from the manager

Kudos to you for the ADA height toilet and shower with grab bars. We loved the views out the back windows . We appreciated that one bedroom was air-conditioned, access to the water, snorkeling and tide pools.
Jul 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Puako in Island of Hawaiʻi

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , bathroom is located near master bedroom on the Kohala side
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Outdoor Shower , Attached to the second bedroom on the Kohala side
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Located off the kitchen on the Kohala side
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , The only bathroom on the Kona side
  • Several outdoor showers to rinse off after a day on the beach
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Ocean View Master bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Located on the Kohala side
    Bedroom 2 on Kohala side - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 2 Single Bed , The beds can be set up as two twin beds or a king bed.
    Bedroom 3 on the Kona side - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Garden view room on Kona side
    Bedroom 4 on Kona side - 1 Double Bed , AC unit in this bedroom
  • King size beds (2) One king size bed in Kona side and one king size bed in Kohala side, Double Beds (1) Double(Full Bed) on Kona side , Twin or Single Beds (1) Two twins in Kohala side room/can be converted to a king with advance request
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • live theatre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Boating
  • horse riding
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(41 traveller reviews)

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PUAKO! Ocean front steps from the sand
average rating of 4.780488 based on 43 reviews

Wow! Ocean views and breeze amazing!

  • 4 of 5

It was really very relaxing and the view and ocean breeze stunning! My favorite was the indoor/outdoor shower. Also hanging out in the hammock at the ocean edge. Customer service was excellent and response time was immediate for a few concerns we had. Only complaint was that there were a few mice running around and it was a little startling at times as they scurried by. The sliding doors didn't close all the way and some easy entrance places through the shower screens allowed many geckos to hang out too. We didn't mind them though.

Kitchen was well stocked. Just really enjoyed the location and the beach supplies. Thank you staff at 2 papayas!

We would DEFINITELY return and bring our friends and family. It would be great for both sides together. The wall between the two units was paper thin so it could be disruptive if it was a loud tenant next door. We had very considerate people while we were staying which added to the serenity we were looking for.

  • Review Submitted: 12-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Pure Hawaii

  • 4 of 5

Mahalo Nui Loa to Mary and Marley with 2 Papayas for their exceptional hospitality and care to detail. This is a beautiful place to unwind, snorkel, watch the ocean and sunsets.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha Vivian, Mahalo for your note/review :-) I didn't see it until after I just emailed you that I would be processing your refund today and sending out the check. Take care and hope to see you again. Aloha, Robbie and the Papaya's :-)
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Campbell, CA

CLOSE to The Water & Waves!

  • 5 of 5

2 of us stayed for 5 nights on the Kohala side of Hale Lihikai. House was well appointed for the beach, the kitchen was well stocked with all cooking utensils that you would need. We ate in 2 or 3 nights. Nice patio area to sit with your coffee in the morning to a cocktail to watch the sunset. Honestly, you can't get much closer to the beach from this house. We would absolutely stay here again. We love Puako and found this house as charming as expected.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Family stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a large group here: 7 adults and an infant. Plenty of room, gorgeous views, wonderful decorations. the house was very clean with all the equipment needed for making most of our own meals. The weather was hotter than normal so the evenings were a little on the hot side for sleeping but with plenty of fans and an ocean breeze, even that did not deter from the lovely time we had. I would return in a heart beat. Snorkeling is wonderful, although a bit tricky getting out. We all enjoyed the tide pools. There is a small protected pool right in front of the house, nice for my granddaughter.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Half Moon Bay, CA

Great Beach House

  • 5 of 5

We had a great time with our group of seven in this beautifully located beach house - and hope to return again. The beds were comfortable, the kitchens were well stocked, and the appliances worked just fine. We mostly ate "at home" and had everything we needed to do that. The furniture was completely fine for a beach house. It was warm during our visit- but the ceiling fans (and extra fans) kept us basically comfortable. It's Hawaii. The property managers were very attentive to our requests. It is true that the property needs some "upkeep" - there were some issues with the ceiling and the house could use a real "spring cleaning" - not just "ready for the next renters" - maybe even fresh paint to cover some of the bug stains. But we thought the house was a great value and a terrific vacation spot!

  • Review Submitted: 17-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location but hot as h--- for our stay.

  • 2 of 5

Would heartily agree that the "Kona" side is getting dated and in need of a refurb....including a window ac in the small "garden" bedroom" with a view of a fishnet draped wall and no ventilation is a needed improvement. Had to spend a night sleeping on a lawnchair where I was devoured by mosquitoes, then 2 nights on the sofa because it was too hot to sleep in the tiny airless Kona br. With the addition of bedroom acs for those hot nights in July this could be a delightful place.We offered to buy a window unit at Costco but were only offered a fan and no response from the rental agent. Ultimately we had to move into an ac hotel for the rest of our stay. The rest of the family toughed out a family reunion in the nicer and airier Kohala side. There was a wedding tent city erected in the adjacent property with some 20 vehicles, though they were not unduly loud. Overall would not return in July.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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M's Puako General Store
Hāpuna Beach State Recreation Area
Consistently voted one of the top 10 beaches in the world.
Blue Dragon Restaurant and Spa
Waialea Bay
Locally known as "Beach 69" this sandy beach is great for swimming, snorkeling and sunbathin...
Mauna Kea Beach
Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Keahole (Kona)
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
19 (Queen Ka'ahumanu)
Nearest Beach
3 Miles
Hapuna State Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Hapuna Prince Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
Hapuna Beach Park
Nearest Point of Interest
Waialea Bay
Nearest Point of Interest
Puako Boat Ramp
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Puako General Store
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Fairmont Orchid Hotel
Nearest Point of Interest
Foodland Farms
Nearest Point of Interest
Mauna Lani Bay Hotel
Car: necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning fee £222.78 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £371.3

Rate varies from $275- $600 @ night based on the number of guests. The standard rate is for a full house of 8 persons. Please call or email manager directly for an exact quote for your group. We are a local, professional, real estate company licensed in the State of Hawaii, managing the home on behalf of the owners. We will not ask you to wire money nor do we accept credit cards due to high fees.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.

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