House with Ocean View, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 4-8)
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About Bob Hofmann
Bob Hofmann and Nancy Bolt are both retired. Nancy served as the Colorado State Librarian for 18 years but she continues library consulting work. Bob is retired from a 30 year career with General Electric where he worked as an electrical engineer. He also served in sales and marketing. Nancy and Bob now work together selling Bulgarian jewelry to support Bulgarian libraries and organize tours to Bulgaria. We are part owners of a rental apartment in Sofia Bulgaria in case you’re interested in a really interesting place to visit.
Bob Hofmann purchased this House in 1999
Why Bob Hofmann chose Captain Cook
Hawaii is wonderful place to visit and a top vacation destination. The Big Island is, we think, the best of all the islands. The volcano is spectacular, we have two mountains soaring to almost 14,000 feet, it offers world class sport fishing, beautiful beaches, a rich history, the best snorkeling and most of all for our location, a grand place to just go relax and get away from the hubbub of life.
What makes this House unique
Beautiful Big Island surroundings that offer a peaceful and quiet vacation getaway! A perfect place for a romantic Hawaiian escape or a private family coastal retreat.
Max guests: 8
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date.
We really enjoyed our stay here. It had everything we needed.
We liked this house
We have stayed at a number of VRBO houses in Hawaii over the years and we liked this one. We don’t like staying right in Kailua-Kona, but we like to be close enough to go into town, so this house was perfect for location. The house itself was well stocked with all the amenities we would need for our stay, including a kitchen that was equipped well enough for cooking. The property has a lot of trees and plants that surround the house making the house more private that any other house we have rented, and comes with a wonderful lania that has a view of the ocean and trees instead of the roof tops of neighboring houses.
Another Great Stay
Our second time at this property. Like last year, we had another great stay. The furniture in one of the living areas had been replaced with new pieces, and the view off the Lanai was just as beautiful as we’d remembered from last year.
Excellent place for a family of five
A great place for a family.
Spacious, well loved house, many bathrooms, large lanai with an ocean view, geckos always ready to entertain.
Coqui noise is minimal, and there are only a few roosters around.
Lush garden gives you plenty of privacy, and the car port lets you keep your car cool.
Well stocked kitchen and washer/dryer, many small things can be found in the drawers when needed.
1,000 feet elevation lowers the temperature to a reasonable level, compared to Kailua-Kona. We would leave Kailua Costco at 90-92F, and arrive home at 80-82F.
We really felt at leisure when at the house, and we'll check the place out again next time we come to the island.
Kona Coast in Hawaii
This place is located very close to some really cool beaches with great snorkeling. If you are doing activities in town, it's about a 30 minute drive up the coast. There are plenty of good restaurants in the area and the kitchen is well stocked if you want to stay in and cook. Pick up your groceries in town before you make the drive. The view is awesome. The only thing that could make this place better would be an air conditioner. It was fine without one, but it was humid while we visited and there was no way out of the humidity.
Owners never got in touch with us to give is arrival instructions.
We had to find a neighbor who gave us the lockbox code for the house as the owners never responded to messages and calls prior to arrival, causing great anxiety as to whether we had a place to stay or not. The cleaning lady came late and didn’t have time to vacuum. There was a lot of gecko poo on most walls, picture frames etc. that gave us pause. We made it work, but I wouldn’t stay there again.
We regret that these guests had difficulty when they arrived at Hale Honu. A confirmation email dated October 29th, was sent to confirm their reservation. The opening paragraphs read as follows:
Nancy and I are delighted to welcome you to Hale Honu for the period Feb. 17 – 22, 2019. The cost of your stay will be as quoted by VRBO. We understand that there will be 4 adults in your party.
The house key for Hale Honu will be in a lockbox located at the front entrance when you arrive. The lockbox code is XXXX (omitted here for security). Please leave the key in the lockbox when you check out. If you arrive after dark, you may need a flashlight of some kind to get into the lockbox and open the front door.
It appears that these guests failed to read this message. We are now trying to get guests to confirm to us that they receive our correspondence.
Check in time at Hale Honu is 4 pm. These guests arrived at 11 am. Our caretaker arrived at 1 pm to do the final cleaning work, and was surprised to find they had already checked in and made themselves at home.
Geckos are difficult to live with in Hawaii. I believe they predate our arrival however. It is virtually impossible to keep them out. We do spend lots of time cleaning up after them, but can’t be there every moment.
Our caretaker is very diligent. She arrived at 1 PM intending to do the final vacuuming and cleaning up after the geckos prior to the guest's arrival because it had been several days between bookings and she wanted the place to look as fresh as possible. These guests did not want her to complete this work.
We cannot be responsible for the condition of the property for guests who check in prior to the published check in times. We will not rent to these guests again.
Some of the top beaches, best snorkeling, and most beautiful ocean views. Enjoy all of the diversity that the Big Island has to offer from crystal clear underwater adventure to lava filled volcanoes. The Captain Cook area boasts a number of areas to experience the natural allure of the Big Island. Visit Ka Lae, the southernmost point in the 50 states! Other nearby must-see areas are:
Ho'Okena Beach Park
Pu'Uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park
Wakefield Botanical Gardens
Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park
South Kona Forest Reserve
Manuka State Park
Kau Forest Reserve