|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
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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.
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
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!
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!
Hot Kona Coffee on the deck overlooking the lava cliff with the sound of turquoise waves...now 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.
My first visit to Hale Kai was in 2010, and since then I've stayed 4 more times, with an extended visit in 2018 already booked. Initially, the visits were 5 nights, which I learned wasn't enough time, so from 5 it went to 7, 10, and finally 21 nights. I've rented some very nice homes in Alaska, Arizona, and Oregon, but Hale Kai is definitely my favorite, for the following reasons: (1) Location, Location, Location. About a dozen steps from the lower level leaves you literally at the Pacific Ocean. Being that close is amazing, with gorgeous views and sunsets. I've also always loved falling asleep listening to the waves! (2) Although the Big Island is very "big", Hale Kai is a convenient "base of operations" from which to visit other sites. (3) It's very private (no houses at all in one direction), without being isolated. (4) The home itself is very functional, with multiple living areas on two levels, a wrap around lanai on the upper level, several places to relax outside, fully equipped kitchen, etc. It really lack nothing.
My future plans include visits to Hale Kai at least every other year. I feel fortunate to have found it in the first place, and I fully intend to take advantage of all this beautiful house in such a beautiful location gas to offer!
Our family of six had a lovely, relaxing time at Hale Kai. To begin with, the owners are the best vacational rental owners we have ever worked with--from the detailed description of driving directions (complete with a fruit stand recommendation) to even more complete information/directions on adventures to do from the house we--Mike was fast and helpful in responses. The nearby managers were also quick to respond when we were out of garbage bags or to answer any questions we had.
Be prepared--when the surf is high, you will not go to sleep by the "lull" of the ocean but rather crashing waves! Very exciting! We also watched whales cruise by and had one almost photo bomb a family picture on the lanai when it surface about 25 yards from us! Unfortunately it so surprised us, I didn't actually take the picture and it was under the water before I could. What else...we loved both the hike into and the beautiful snorkeling at Honomalino beach. Our family (ages 19-55) took day trips to South Point, Volcanoes NP and the City of Refuge (snorkled near there as well). Other than that it was great times of playing board games on the lanai and hanging out Honomalino (including kayaking from the boat launch to the beach).
House was very clean, well-stocked. Excellent wi-fi, able to to watch some football owing to direct tv as well as the Christmas DVDs we brought. We grocery shopped at Ocean View (about a half hour away) after our initial big shop in Kona.
We would come again and are glad we reserved as early as we did for our December dates. Mahalo Mike, Merle and Angie--it was a week of memories for a life time!
upon arrival we were ecstatic to see that the house was even more impressive than the photos..it was like being on the deck of a ship...the house was very clean, well stocked , and the sound of the ocean put us to sleep at night....we were able to swim with dolphins at nearby honomolino beach. what a lifetime experience! ..we will definitely return.
Just returned from a two week trip at Hale Kai. First let me say that when we arrived, the house was spotless and looked well taken care of. The house managers, Angie and Merele were available if we needed them, but they gave us our privacy during our stay. The house was plenty big enough for our family and the bedrooms, living room and kitchen were all well-equiped. The ocean view is stunning!! We enjoyed many family meals on the lan'ai with fresh caught fish from the village and coffee in the morning with dolphins to entertain us. Speaking of the village...what a beautiful place to explore. We spent two days at Honomolino which had amazing snorkeling, the dolphins came in to entertain us and we had the entire beach almost to ourselves. The scuba diving and snorkeling right out in the bay was easy to access and we saw many different fish, manta rays, eels, and even a local hammer head shark! The house is conveniently located between Kona and the volcano. We spent a day at Volcano National park and hiked out to see the lava flowing into the ocean. There were so many adventures to have we never turned on the TV and reconnected as a family. We can't wait to go back!
My wife and I were not happy with the overall condition and cleanliness of the house - moved out after 2 nights - paid all 7 nights.
Our expectations with regards to cleanliness may be "above average" - but so was the rate we paid (plus cleaning fee), so one would expect more than what we found. All wooden furniture and handrails were sticky (and not just from a bit of humidity - took us 2 boxes of wet wipes), cookware in poor condition etc. The three cockroaches that "visited" us in the bedroom were finally just too much. (Yes, I know it's the tropics and they live there, but still)
Don't get me wrong - the location and the surroundings are just beautiful and serene and with more thorough cleaning and some upgrades this house could be wonderful - for us, it just wasn't the paradise we expected.
Two days after our arrival, we informed the owner and moved out. Another two days later the local caretaker replied asking for more details regarding our dissatisfaction - we described what we found and attached a number of pictures (responded the same day). Never heard back from the caretaker. Later communication with the owner was very difficult - replies typically came only after 1-2 reminders.
Our family of 4 stayed at the house for 6 wonderful fun filled days. The accommodation is top notch. The lanai with the view of the nightly sunset is quite nice as well as the sea life that you can observe from the deck. Although the house is a bit out of the Kona area, it's well worth the extra few minutes if you are looking to get away from resort living. I would highly recommend getting groceries in Kona before heading to the house as there are no convenience stores nearby...but that is part of what makes this property great - it's at the end of the road at the edge of the cliff where the lava flow ended, with no one but the Pacific Ocean in out your back porch. It can't get any better! This modern house has all the conveniences you need for a large group and the owners are very knowledgeable and accommodating. There is no A/C but the nightly sea-breeze and the ceiling fans in every area in the summer was enough to allow us to sleep comfortably with no complaints. We highly recommend this property and if we travel back to Hawaii, will look to come to Hale Kai again.
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
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My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add A$33 per night, per additional guest|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||A$1,302|
Rates change for the number of guests renting: 1-4 is $275, 5-6 is $325 and 7-8 is $375 nightly