|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
At night the ocean sound is your lullaby to get your to sweet dreams. The only house closer to the water is Kapoho Makai, our other rental property in Vacationland, where the whole yard is under water during high tides.
Kehena Makai is beautifully furnished in classic Hawaiiana style rattan and bamboo. Both bedrooms are master oceanfront with views along two walls. The woven bamboo ceiling adds to the tropical ambiance.
The house is built in the traditional sugar cane shack style and yet newly constructed in 2001 and finished in 2007. This is a classic Hawaiian home in upscale materials and design. As you open the entry door, you see a 16' glass wall between you and the ocean. The kitchen, dining and seating "great room" is 17' wide with 16' of it glass. A whole lot of ocean view. All the furniture is rattan, the sectional, dining set and barstools. The decor is Hawaiiana right down to the surfboards and traditional local crafts. There is a desk, 42" TV and a large DVD library. The floors through out the house are porcelain tile. The ceiling is woven bamboo. The kitchen counters are rain forest marble tiles. Light fixtures are retro-tropical and complete the look.
On either side of the great room are master bedrooms with showers that have ocean views. The beds in each room face the ocean and have 6' windows facing the ocean. Even the windows on the sides of the bedrooms have ocean views. You will appreciate the views and the windows that all open for the sea breeze. The showers in each bathroom are quite large and feature unique local touches.
The sliding doors in the great room open onto a 35' lanai perched 40' above sea level. It is 53' to the water from the lanai. There are very few homes this close to the waters edge. The lanai has 2 sofas, 2 lounge chairs and 2 ottomans all with Sunbrella cushions.
The lanai at the front of the house, has a gas grill, American made patio dining set and spring base lounge chairs with Sunbrella cushions. This lanai also has an ocean view and is private and offers full sun. This lanai is perfect for private sun lounging or star gazing. Dining here can be out of the trade winds and away from the porch lights.
There is a carport and covered entry stairs in the old Hilo style as it does rain at night especially. Locals fish off the pali below the house and opii pickers test their luck at low tide. Unless it's an extremely calm flat day, there is no ocean access below the house. And remember to never turn your back on the ocean, rouge waves do appear.
There is a laundry room downstairs accessed from outside the house. There are some ice chests, snorkel gear and reef slippers also. The yard is landscaped with 8 coconut palms, hibiscus, heliconia and monstera. There is an ocean side outdoor shower under the lanai.
Since 1984, we've traveled to Hawaii and the Big Island's Puna district since 1988. While we love our home base in California's Central Coast, we both are most comfortable in Hawaii. Susanna was born in China and has traveled the world for work and play. Her passion is food and wine and her kitchens reflect her tastes. John began his business in San Luis Obispo in 1973 and still shops the world for home furnishings for indoors and out. That business, Daylight Home Lighting & Patio, is widely known for quality and selection second to none. John has designed 3 homes and all reflect function and comfort with a classic sense of style.
Susanna is the manager and booking contact for Kehena Makai. She is always connected and responds to questions, concerns and issues no matter what time zone or continent she is in. We love travel, love meeting people, entertaining friends, Hawaii the Big Island is one of our favorite destinations in the world. We love the air, the sky, the rain, the ocean, the fish, the people, the plants, the flowers, the animals, the lava, the passion.
Susanna Billings purchased this house in 2006
Kehena subdivsion has ocean front lots unlike other neighborhoods and Kehena Makai has a low key, sugar cane shack curb appeal. We like that it looks like pre-war Hawaii and blends into the neighborhood. We bought the house in 2006 and it had just been built in 2001. When we purchased it, it had plywood floors, no sheet rock, a corrugated steel ceiling and was very basic. We loved the old Hawaii feel of the place and felt it deserved to be more finished. We added walls, porcelain tile floors, woven bamboo ceiling, sliding doors, ocean view showers and an up graded kitchen with rain forest marble counters. The kitchen/dining/seating main room has a 17' peak and exposed beams. Ceiling fans are seldom needed as the many windows and trade winds keep the house as cool or warm as you'd like. The lanais are on both sides of the house and both have ocean views. We been working a lot on this house to make sure it has the best offering a higher end vacation rental home could be, so more people could experience the unique and true Hawaiiana of this part of the island. We love white sandy beach and luxury resorts too, but we love the original Hawaiiana more! If you like to snorkel in one of the best tide pools in Hawaii, there's the Kapoho Waiopai tide pools; if you like to see Pele there's the only live volcano which flows into the ocean, amazing fireworks drop into the ocean with sky high steam it's just breathtaking; if you like to drive along the uncultivated coast line you can do it along one the most beautiful drives in the world - the red road with tree canopy on top of your head; if you like to see traditional and historical hula cultures there's the Merry Monarch Festival every April at Easter Time; if you like to surf with the local boys and girls, come on over; if you like to see the best tropical botanic garden, come on over...this is Puna, the real Hawaii.
Even the rainy days are fantastic at this side of the island - so much to do and see! We spent days chasing down the best ice coffee - from the food truck at the park just north of Pahoa.
It's hard to pin point our faves:
Mauna Kea Observatory
Wai'opae tidal pools and hot pod
hike to Shipman Beach, great!
And this house! The sorndo, the sun, the air is like velvet.
Thank you, mahalo for your hospitality!
Stayed 8 nights at this peaceful place & loved almost every minute! My husband and I were looking for a good rest from everyday life and this place certainly delivered. The ocean side lanai is fabulous with VERY comfortable furnishings. The view is perfect for wave watching, boats going by and of course the sunrises. Saw a couple of turtles and someone, who I think, was spear fishing out in the water. The front lanai was great if you wanted afternoon sun or at night time, listening to the endless chorus of coqui frogs. I was worried the crashing waves and frogs would make it hard to sleep but I had no problem! The house itself was very clean & comfy. Loved the large showers too! We did have a beetle hatching on the 3rd night which kept us on our toes keeping them outside! Not too much of a problem as I kept the vacuum handy! Just make sure the screen door is shut tight. It was funny to watch the geckos inside stalking them.... only to have them fly away. Did have some ants inside despite all our efforts to keep everything in the fridge & kitchen clean but hey... you in the jungle! Spent alot of time at the beach, wave watching and took a sunrise hike with Kalapana Cultural Tours to see the lava entering the ocean. Uncle's Night Market is fun & my husband golfed up at Volcano. Took a short drive to Kapoho for snorkeling too. The house had everything we wanted and the little neighborhood was perfect for short walks. We would love to return one day during whale season!! Mahalo for everything!
Susan & Peter Dobson
We stayed for 3 nights in Nov 2016. As advertised the house is literally a stone through from ocean. The view from lanai is exceptional. Closest proximity to Kehena black sand beach and Kalapana town (for lava tube and lava meeting ocean view) makes this place ideal. The famous red road is a great option for senic tour.
The house is well stocked with tropical theme all over.
The lanai is a great location for viewing sunrise and uf you happen to be in Pohoa around full moon breathtaking view of crashing waves at night from lanai.
We enjoyed our stay.
Great experience..perfect location away from it all...yet close enough to towns for supplies.
Lloyd (caretaker) was absolutely the best!
You cannot go wring with this home. All that I hoped for.
We very much enjoyed our stay at Kehena Kai. The house is lovely and cozy, and is designed so that there is an ocean view and the sound of the surf from every single room in the house, which is amazing. The house is so perfectly situated for exploring the Kapoho tide pools, Red Road, Volcanoes National Park, the Hamakua coast, all the Kau and Puna districts have to offer, and Hilo is less than an hour away.
There are resident geckoes in the house, which we very much enjoyed, and are great at controlling the insect population. Important to know for anyone that might not want to share the house with them.
Overall, a wonderful stay.
This house is truly a gem. Situated in a beautiful little neighborhood away from it all, it was a perfect place to relax and watch the waves roll in while the spinner dolphins put on a show. I will definitely be back!
We loved this house. It is perched on the edge of a dramatic black lava cliff with crashing ocean waves. We loved sitting on the lanai reading and watching the ocean. The place is wonderfully comfortable and homey, and we can't wait to visit again. Within walking distance is a black sand beach where we went snorkeling, which was wonderful. Overall, a great vacation home.
We are on our own private lava ledge of the Pacific ocean, perched 40' above the water. No ocean access, but what a setting. On top of the Kehena Pali, we're a 4 minute walk to the Kehena Black Sand beach, 10 miles to Kapoho Vacationland and the famous Waiopae Tidepool Preserve and the Hot Pond and Champagne Pond along the beautiful Red Road, near Kaimu, Kalapana and Opihikao.
|one time cleaning fee||£101 + Tax|
|Property Damage Protection||£48|
Options on Damage Protection is either you purchase a $59 plan for a $1500 coverage on our property, or $1000 refundable deposit which will be held and refunded by Homeaway within 7 days after your stay to your same credit card or checking account you paid with if no damage reported by manager. By clicking "book it" you accept our terms and conditions as stated in the "rental agreement" attached; and our CANCELLATIONS/TRANSFERS policy: must be in writing. No refund on deposit, and no refund on total rental payment within 60 days before arrival unless it can be rented with less 25% fee.
CHECK IN time: after 4:00 P. M. on the arrival date CHECK OUT time: before 11:00 A. M. on the departure date.
To book directly with us: with a check payment, and $1000 damage/security deposit is held onto a credit card without charging, and there's no booking fee. Rate is quoted based on 2 people; maximum occupancy is 4 people; $15 a night for the 3rd person
Cleaning fee is $125 plus tax, one time cleaning per stay; Hi state tax is 13.416%. $1000 damage deposit is charged and held by vrbo/homeaway, and will be refunded by vrbo/homeaway to your same credit card or checking account you paid with within 7 days after your stay. No smoking, no pets please.