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Red Gate: Historic Home in Charming Kainaliu on the Kona coast

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,500 sq ft
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedroom 2 bath vintage home with sunset ocean views

Come enjoy this historic plantation style home just steps from Kainaliu town on the Big Island. The charming exterior leads inside to 2500 sq ft of spacious, elegant rooms and 10' ceilings! Charming features include the original vintage cabinets in the kitchen, and beautiful original hardwood floors. Three bedrooms and two full baths can sleep 8. Two rooms have full size futons along with the queen beds. Amenities include a fabulous great room living/dining combination with 10 foot ceilings,master bedroom with ensuite updated bath, large fully outfitted kitchen, screened breakfast room, washer/dryer, wifi and cable. Enjoy sunset views from the lanai, the cooler elevation, and starry skies at night. Centrally located in Kona, we are 15 minutes from Kealakekua Bay to the south for kayaking and snorkeling, and 10 minutes south of the shops and restaurants and beaches in Keauhou. Close to everything yet the setting is rural. Walk to historic Kainaliu and enjoy boutiques, restaurants and galleries. Visit Oshima’s general store, catch a show at the historic Aloha Theater, and grab dinner at Annie's. The lanai is a wonderful place to relax, overlooking the beautifully landscaped yard and an ocean sunset view. The enclosed terraced orchid garden on the lanai adds more beauty to the delightful setting. The yard is lush with tropical flowers and fruit trees, including lemons, limes, lychee, papaya, banana, coffee, mango, avocado, pomegranate, tangelo, breadfruit, jackfruit, pomelo, and tangerine.

Entire house, 3 bedrooms, (includes 3 Queen beds and two futons) 2 baths, large fully equipped kitchen, master bedroom with ensuite bath, great room combination living/dining room with 10' ceilings, lush botanical setting, washer dryer, wifi, gas grill, lanai, screened breakfast room. Caretakers may need to access garage or office below house but use a separate entrance and will respect your privacy.

Property managers Sally and Allan live in the cottage next door. They have their own yard and driveway.

Kainaliu is a charming historic town packed with restaurants, cafés and shops. Walk to famous Oshima's old fashioned general store, the Aloha Theater (4 productions per year plus smaller events), Annie's, voted Best Burger in Hawaii in 2014, Gypsea Gelato. Kaya's cafe is a short walk north and has great coffee and free wifi. Kona Joe's coffee plantation is a two minute walk downhill from the house.

You'll need to rent a car at the airport, approx. 30 minute drive south of the airport. Ample parking in rear of house.

Washer and dryer in house, gas grill, completely outfitted kitchen. Ironing board and iron, hair dryers, coolers, beach towels, mats, umbrellas, flashlights.

More Details

Property Manager
Sally Colwell
Member since: 2014
Speaks english, french
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
13 July, 2018

About Sally Colwell

I was born and raised in Maryland, right outside Washington DC, and studied environmental science at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR. I came to Hawaii to work on an organic farm for the summer and couldn't bear to leave, and have been here for eight years now. My husband, Allan, grew up here and has a deep connection to the island. He is carpenter, landscaper, fisherman, and general jack-of-all-trades. We live in the caretaker house (with a separate yard and driveway) on the property with our two daughters.

Sally Colwell purchased this bungalow in 2014

Why Sally Colwell chose Kealakekua

This is a unique historic property with many updates in a prime location central to all of Kona. It is walking distance to Historic Kainaliu and a short drive to Kealakekua Bay, City of Refuge, Manini Beach, as well as the restaurants and shops of Keauhou and Kailua.

What makes this bungalow unique

15 minutes to the beach, walking distance to shops. Charming original vintage touches and many modern updates throughout the house!

Centrally located close to restaurants, beaches, snorkeling, Kealakekua Bay, Captain Cook, City of Refuge, Kahalu'u beach, Manini Beach.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday bungalow rental in Kealakekua, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2500 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • Hall bath with new sink vanity with granite top and bamboo floors,and master bath with newly tiled shower stall, new sink vanity with granite and bamboo floors. Outdoor shower.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 large double bed
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Boat ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • live theatre
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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Red Gate: Historic Home in Charming Kainaliu on the Kona coast
average rating of 5.0 based on 18 reviews

A Great Stay!

  • 5 of 5

A charming old home set in a beautiful garden. Our family enjoyed our stay here - thank you Sally and Allan!

  • Review Submitted: 10/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wonderful time in paradise

  • 5 of 5

Mahalo nui loa to Sally & Allen . We had a wonderful time in Red Gate. Thank you very much for your hospitality, kindness and helpfulness. We had everything we need and more... The house is very luxurious, the garden is full of beautiful flowers, trees and tropical fruits. And it was amazing to listen to the cookie frogs and tropical birds. The best concert I ever had! Greetings to Andy & Paddyfoot. Mahalo nui loa for everything <3

  • Review Submitted: 15/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Berkeley Ca

Stunning, spacious home with wonderful caretakers!

  • 5 of 5

My annual work trip to the Big Island was truly a success in part to our stay at Red Gate. My crew and I were able to rest peacefully after long days of work. The kitchen was gorgeous and well stocked, the dining room and living room were beautiful for large groups, the bedrooms were quiet, clean and comfortable. Wonderful plantation home with window screens throughout that allowed for cool breezes at night after long warm days. Loved the morning breakfast nook too! Listening to tropical birds and frogs and chickens while you have some toast is the best.

The grounds are also stunning. Sally and her family are so generous and accommodating to anything we needed while also dropping off fresh eggs from their chickens and apple bananas before our long shoot days! We will most certainly be back!

  • Review Submitted: 22/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Etna, CA

Treated like a true guest in paradise

  • 5 of 5

Sally, Allen and their children were wonderful, sharing hosts. No detail was spared: well-equipped kitchen, nice bathrooms (w/plush towels) and comfortable bedrooms with deluxe linens. This home is very child-friendly and the many beach accessories were useful to adults as well. The ample yard, as well as the house, was impeccably maintained and we were treated to fruit from the various trees. We enjoyed several of the restaurants close by, and exploring the town of Kainaliu, within walking distance. We are already thinking of coming back for a longer stay.

  • Review Submitted: 28/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearly perfect!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 5 nights with our adult children in this charming house. It had everything we needed and more. The house is comfortable, well decorated in welcoming colors and furnishings and easy to relax in. Our favorite parts were the big front porch with stylish and relaxing seating, the beautiful and lush huge garden and the chickens and bunnies out back. The only drawback is the road noise during 'rush' hour but even that can't dampen our enthusiasm for Redgate and the host family, Sally and Allan. Also it was handy to walk to a coffee plantation, a church, a small grocery store and some restaurants. It truly was a moment in paradise for us.

  • Review Submitted: 13/02/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful building with everything we needed. Be aware it abuts the highway. I recommend it.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place to hang out. Great kitchen, too. The outdoor shower is a huge plus. Thank you for the fruit and eggs -a treat!

Host was very helpful, responsive, and easy to work with.

The highway can be noisy, but mostly during rush hours.

Great place to base for south Kona activities.

  • Review Submitted: 23/01/2017
  • Date of Stay: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
16 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.02 Miles
Nearest Motorway
0.01 Miles
Mamalahoa Hwy
Nearest Restaurant
0.01 Miles
Annie's, Kaya's Cafe, Gypsea Gelato, Kona Joes
Nearest Beach
7 Miles
Kealakekua Bay
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday bungalow in the Kealakekua, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring-Summer 2018
1 Apr 2018 - 6 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
Iron Man
7 Oct 2018 - 20 Oct 2018
5 night minimum stay
Thanksgiving 2018
18 Nov 2018 - 30 Nov 2018
5 night minimum stay
High Season 2018-2019
22 Dec 2018 - 28 Feb 2019
5 night minimum stay
March 2019
1 Mar 2019 - 31 Mar 2019
5 night minimum stay
Spring -Summer 2019
1 Apr 2019 - 5 Oct 2019
5 night minimum stay
Iron Man 2019
6 Oct 2019 - 20 Oct 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add AU$27 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Extra person charge AU$33.7 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$336.95
Cleaning fee AU$404.34 + Tax

Rates are based 6 guests. $20/night per extra guest.
Cleaning fee of $300
Refundable Security deposit $200
Hawaii occupancy tax of 13.25%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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