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Spectacular Oceanfront Home

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 278 m²
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

1 king, 2 queens, 1 futon, 2.5 baths, sleeps 1-8

Hale Kai means 'Home by the Sea' and sits only 20' from the ocean. Step outside this home onto your own private white sand under the shade of your palm tree garden. Hale Kai sits 32' above the water on a pali and within a few minutes of the house, one can snorkel, swim, scuba dive, hike, surf and kayak and enjoy the pristine beauty of a quiet, serene and romantic ocean side setting. You will love lounging on the shaded and tiled lanai overlooking the Pacific Ocean entertained by the locals...Spinner Dolphins, Green Sea Turtles and Humpback Whales.

The Plantation style home has 3000 square feet of breathtaking views from any part of the house and is surrounded by water in three directions and some of the most pristine coral reefs in all the islands. Located conveniently halfway between kona and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hale Kai makes a great base from which to explore the Hilo and Kona side of the island.

Lulled to sleep by moonlight on the water, Hale Kai will flow into yo

Beaches near the Home: 3 beaches lie close to the house. Sea Cave Beach is a 15 minute walk South & hosts a cool sea cave where one can swim. Beyond the sea cave, the beach is about two hundred yards wide & deep. It is a sand & pebble beach & provides great swimming, sunbathing & snorkeling unless there is a large winter swell.

The second beach is at Milolii Beach Park where sand pockets are surrounded by lava & coral to form a very quiet wading area for kids with great swimming, snorkeling & scuba further out. Great place for kids to play in the tidepools. Milolii Beach Park is about a 5 minute drive from the house.

The third & by far the most spectacular beach is located at Honamolino Bay, a 5 minute drive & then a 20 minute walk from the house. It has been touted as one of the most beautiful beaches in all the islands. A true tropical paradise, the water is almost always very calm with many coconuts palms along a crescent of black sand. A white sand beach can be found on the S. side of the bay.

Location, Location Location: Located conveniently between Kona and Volcano's National Park, this home is a great base from which to explore the island. The lushness of Hilo Town (The City of Orchids) is a beautiful drive through the rain forests of Hawaii Volcano's National Park. The nightlife and restaurants of Kona are less than an hour's drive from the house.

The area is quiet and serene with stunning sunsets and lots of room to explore. The Kings Trail runs through here and can be walked for many miles. The kayaks that come with the house can also be used to explore miles and miles of coastline. Secret beaches, sea caves and lots of marine life can be discovered with a trip either up or down the coast. You will see parts of Hawaii that very few visitors ever see. If you are lucky, the local Spinner Dolphins, Grees Sea Turtles and Humpback Whales may choose to swim with you. A once in a lifetime experience!

National Parks Near Hale Kai: Haunaunau National Historical Monument is North of the house about half an hour and features a comprehensive look back into the ancient Hawaiian culture with a reconstruction of the 'City of Refuge'. Watch an outrigger canoe be carved from a single log as well as sea turtles haul out of the bay. Lots of great info in a beautiful setting. A short walk North at a site called 'Two Step' also hosts some of the islands best snorkeling and diving and a chance to swim with dolphins.

Hawaii Volcano National Park is located about an hour's drive away and features one of the only places in the world where one can hike and watch fresh red hot lava waterfall into the sea. Petroglyghs, rainforests, lava caves, a world class visitor center, Hawaii Volcano National Park should not be missed. Guests should easily plan on spending at least a full day here exploring the park and another full day in Hilo hunting out waterfalls and enjoying the Tsunami Museum among other attractions. Cancellations more than 90 days will incur a 10% fee of the total rental price. Cancellations less than 90 days will incur a 50% fee of the total bill.

More Details

Mike or Jamie Selby
Member since: 2006
Speaks english, french
Response time
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Calendar last updated:
20 March, 2018

About Mike or Jamie Selby

We simply love Hawaii and being on, under and on top of the blue Pacific Ocean. As naturalists we love the water sports and wildlife we encounter on our wild stretch of coast line. We normally live at 7600 feet in the Sierra's and love to ski. Hale Kai provides a nice balance for us from our snow haven where we can play in the water snorkeling, swimming, cliff jumping, surfing, boogie boarding, scuba diving and exploring one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific.

Mike or Jamie Selby purchased this house in 2006

Why Mike or Jamie Selby chose Captain Cook

We fell in love with this property and built a home on Makahiki Point because as young newlyweds we swam with Spinner Dolphins near here. They played with us for about 6 hours and when we decided to have kids, we wanted them to share that kind of experience. Well, not only have they shared it but have swam with dolphins and whales many times since then. As art lovers, we wanted a house that was pure artistry and bought local art to fill the walls with color where we could enjoy the property inside and out. Raw, natural and away from all the traffic and sirens of Kona, we just love coming back to Hale Kai after a day exploring either above or below the waterline!

What makes this house unique

You simply can't get closer to the Pacific and keep your feet dry. We proposed and received a special twenty foot, instead of forty foot set back for the house so we can watch fish right off the lanai as well as hear whales breach and let the waves lap us to sleep. As the last house in the subdivision we feel blessed to enjoy unobstructed views of the ocean as far West, North and South as far as the eye can see!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Hot Kona Coffee on the deck overlooking the lava cliff with the sound of turquoise that's peace and tranquility! Thank you for hosting us at your beautiful home, offering both great local fun and convience to Hawaiian Volcanos National Park and Kona. Try to be home for sunset, wine, cheese and bread while the tranquility returns and the breeze refreshes.
Jul 2006
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Captain Cook, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 278 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Filtered Water
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • mobile phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • water cooler
  • Wireless Internet
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Downstairs Bath - toilet , bath with shower
    Upstairs Half Bath - toilet
    Master Bath - toilet , shower enclosure , Walk in Glass Block double headed shower, handpainted sink
    Exterior Lava Rock/Seashell Shower - shower enclosure , outdoor shower , Shower off outdoors under the palms by the Sea
  • The Master Bathroom is appointed with Italian tile, a hand painted Italian sink and a glass block walk-in double headed shower. The Outdoor shower is lava rock, sea shells, coral and bamboo and comes with stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Master - 1 extra lg. double bed
    Turtle Roon - 1 large double bed , 1 cot
    Shell Room - 1 large double bed
    Library - 1 double bed , Double Futon
  • Every bedroom enjoys stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Watch the dolphins and whales commute up and down the coast from the comfort of your room. You may also enjoy watching the moon slip into the Pacific or relax and watch the stunning sunset from your bedroom. Each bedroom contains beautiful examples of local artists work. We hope you enjoy the local island art and furnishings. The beds in each room are Angel Light Memory Foam Beds. If you have not slept in an Angel Light, you will be spoiled! They are the most comfortable beds in the world and we are proud to showcase them
  • Books ...
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games
  • games - kids
  • Music Library ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • video player
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat ...
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • sand pit
  • Small Cooler
  • Terrace
  • veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • forests
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • rock climbing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
Hale Kai sits on Makahiki Point, (in Hawaiian, the Place of Peace) and an ancient shrine is located just a couple hundred feet from the house. This is sacred land where the blue sea offers up such daily treats as swimming with Spinner Dolphins, Humpback Whales and thousands of tropical fish. Hale Kai is located exactly 20 feet from the water which makes it the closest house to the water in all the islands. If you are a water person, this is your house! Hale Kai is located in a private setting where hiking, snorkeling, kayaking and diving are a way of life for us. We love the water and look forward to sharing this special place with you. We have connections with local business's who specialize in deep sea fishing, dolphin tours, whale watching, dive and snorkel tours, kayak lessons and tours as well as naturalist excursions. Please contact us for more info.


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Spectacular Oceanfront Home
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Spectacular views of the ocean, sealife & the stars!

  • 5 of 5

Our family were overwhelmed by this property! Amazing accommodations for all 5 of us. The trip to/from Kona was longer than I expected so Plan B went into place which was purchasing more food at Costco than we originally planned so we could stay in for more meals. We watched whale, bottlenose dolphin, spinner dolphin & fish right from the lanai. Simply amazing experience!

  • Review Submitted: 01/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so happy you were able to see the Humpback Whales. That is an awesome experience... and right from the lanai. Fantastic! Thanks so much for the review and we hope you come back and stay with us again sometime Andrea! -Mike and Jamie Selby
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Lovely ocean views

  • 5 of 5

Nice quite place away from the crowds of Kona.

  • Review Submitted: 02/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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We loved hale Kai and Milolii!

  • 5 of 5

We loved our peaceful vacation in milolii, and hale kai is a wonderful, comfortable home to enjoy this part of the island. The house is lovely, clean and nicely decorated. Nice outdoor spaces. The kitchen was large and well appointed, although could use an electric mixer :) We stayed over thanksgiving, made a pie with what we had in hand: lime pie with macadamia nut crust and whipped cream whipped in the blender, :)

The waters here are so clear, snorkeling was amazing! Went to captain cook on thanksgiving morning and had a wild manta day encounter..

We definitely would recommend the house, and already have done so!

  • Review Submitted: 08/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Terrie. Sounds like you have fallen in love with Hale Kai just like we have! We will pick up a mixer for your next visit. Thanks for the recommendation. Merry Christmas! Mike
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A little piece of heaven

  • 5 of 5

First of all, if we were allowed to give 10 stars, I would. We have been to the big island about 5 times and this was truly our best experience. The house was wonderful. Located at the end of a quiet street right on the ocean. We took the owners advice and stocked up at Costco before arriving. Most of our activities were to the south this time, volcanoes, green sand beaches, so the house was perfectly located. We actually spent more time at the house than planned due to the great location and amenities. I think the best complement I can give is, if we were to move to Hawaii, this is the house we would buy. Thank you for making our vacation memorable.

  • Review Submitted: 07/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Larry! We built the house so my wife and I and our kids could swim with the local Spinner Dolphins just like we did once nearby on a multi-day kayak trip down the coast. We put everything we could into making Hale Kai truly a little piece of paradise. The quiet and serene location is perfect for us because we are water people and probably spend 50% of our time snorkeling, paddling and exploring the more wild side of the Big Island to the South just like you did. My wife and I are both thankful that guests like you enjoy it as much as we do! You are always welcome!!!
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Hale Kai was AWESOME!

  • 5 of 5

This beautiful ocean front home was a wonderful home base during our two week stay on the big island. The house was located near our favourite snorkeling beach, Honomalino, which we visited almost every other day. We spent many hours lounging on the lanai and saw beautiful sunsets every night. We would recommend this beautiful home to anyone looking to explore the big island!

  • Review Submitted: 13/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Christine! Its guests like you that really like sharing our little piece of paradise with. We are outdoor people who spend a lot of our time in the water and near the water and thats what the house was built for. We swam with dolphins for 6 hours on one of our kayak trips down the Big Island and thats when we started looking for property here. We wanted our children to share the magic we had already been blessed with. We now covet every day and night we get to spend at the house just like you did! -Mike and Jamie
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Quiet remote spot on the Big Island

  • 4 of 5

Just returned from a week on the Big Island. Really no significant complaints about the rental. As described, it sits at the end of the road, oceanfront, abutting up to volcanic cliffs. Really pretty. House is in great shape and comfortable. Do realize, however, that if you are renting and plan on doing a lot in the Kona area, that is in an hour drive each way on winding roads. Heading south toward South Point or Volcanoes National Park is perfect though. Nice easy drive on pretty straight roads. All in all, we had a nice relaxing week.

  • Review Submitted: 13/08/2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Kona Airport
Nearest Restaurant
12 Miles
Ocean View
Nearest Beach
368 Metres
400 yards down the coast hiking

Hale Kai is the only property in Milolii Beach without neighbors right next door. located on historic Makahiki Point, Immerse yourself in the serenity of sea and sun in your own little slice of oceanfront paradise. The Pacific Ocean is right outside your door with hikes to beaches within 15 minutes.

The local area contains some of the gems of the Pacific like Honomalino Beach, Hookena Beach and Green Sands Beach. For the adventurous there are plenty of places to kayak or hike to...for those more inclined to relax, the chaise lounges on your own private white sand beach will be calling your name.

Honaunau National Historic Park and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park are both close by and offer amazing looks into Hawaiian local culture and natural history. For those looking for a basecamp to explore the island away from the hustle and bustle of Kona Town this makes a great basecamp.

For those who enjoy the water...the house sits just 20 feet back from the Pacific Ocean!

Other Activities: whale watching, swimming, cliff jumping, shelling


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in the Captain Cook, Hawaii

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5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$32 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit AU$1,274.3
Tax Rate 14.25%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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