Two bedroom two bath ocean view
About Richard Marston
I was born and raised in California and moved here 25 years ago. My wife's family is from this area so naturally, we would come here to vacation with our own family. When it came time to retire, we built this house and moved to the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii. We've been on vacation ever since!
Richard Marston purchased this House in 1989
Why Richard Marston chose Pahoa
This house is located directly across the street from the ocean which protects it from some of the strong waves and spray that frequent the area. On days that have tropical showers, we have a covered lanai and cabana with BBQ, perfect to enjoy the outdoors in comfort.
What makes this House unique
You can sit on the front lanai with your cup of Kona coffee and watch the sunrise. On our nice pleasant Hawaiian nights you can sit and watch the silvery Moon come up over the ocean and if you're lucky, you'll be here during whale season, when you can hear the humpback whales bellow and play right in front of your very own home away from home!
Check-in: 2:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Pack-n-Play and High Chair available
100% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. The dates selected do not qualify for a refund if your trip is cancelled.
I like the location of this property because it's not a busy, touristy area. The landscaping is beautiful, and the view from the lanai is wonderful. It was hard sometimes to leave the house because we couldn't stop looking at the ocean across the street. Rich, the owner, is the nicest man you will ever meet in your life. He is so knowledgeable about the area and the island and is just a super nice person. There are three ceiling fans in the main living area and one in each of the bedrooms, plus there are big floor fans in the bedrooms and one in the living area. The beds and pillows were comfy. There is a full-size kitchen but only an apartment-size fridge, which is kinda small. The master shower head didn't work while we were there. The electrical outlets in both bathrooms didn't work but Rich came over two days later and fixed those. The bath towels were nice and plush. I rated the cleanliness a 4 but that was generous. Rich is having problems getting someone to do a good job of cleaning. The kitchen drawers weren't very clean and had peeling contact paper and were disorganized. The inside of the kitchen cabinets on either side of the stove hadn't been cleaned in a very long time. Spices and herbs and crumbs covered the bottom of those two cabinets. The outside of the microwave was a smeary, greasy- looking mess. The drawers in the master bath vanity hadn't been cleaned and had hair and stuff in them. The cabinet under the master bath sink was quite nasty. I couldn't use any of that space. There was a blow dryer in the linen cabinet by the master shower and it worked well. I had expected to see geckos in the house but in the 10 days we were there, we saw only one in the house and a few on the lanai. Oh, and beware of the coqui frogs. You never see them but they are noisy little things in the evening. They almost sound like a bird chirping but it's every 2 seconds pretty much nonstop. There are no streetlights and it is very dark at night. We missed certain streets a few times at night because we couldn't see them. Ha! The closest store/restaurant is 6 miles away. Malama Market is handy but VERY expensive. There is a Walmart near the Hilo airport with very reasonable prices. Pele's Kitchen is a breakfast restaurant in the little downtown area of Pahoa and is really awesome. And Kaleo's was great for dinner. If I visit the Big Island again, I can't imagine staying anywhere but Rich's place.
I find it odd that someone would rate my house a five star and say they would definitely come back but criticize my house was filthy. It is true we do have a problem with keeping house cleaning personnel. That’s pretty much standard for this business. I do personally try to inspect the house prior to my guests arrival. As with any house there is always maintenance problems that arise, went it’s brought to my attention I address it right away.
Fantastic Rental w/Lovely Ocean View!!
This property had all the comforts of home, minus AC, but the 3 big floor fans and all the ceiling fans kept things comfy enough!! Rich is a wonderful, responsive host! He brought us fresh island bananas (I'm ruined for store bought bananas when we get home!!!), Papiya and limes.... delicious!!!
The house was a perfect base for day trips around the entire island!! Volcanoes National Park, Kohala Coast Adventure with Blue Hawaii Helicopter tours, driving to Kona over Saddle Road, the Hawaiian Tropical Botanical Gardens, Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls!! The big island has soooo much to see and do..... you're gonna love it!!!!
If you rent this house (and I recommend you do!) Don't miss having breakfast in Pahoa at Pele's Kitchen! Incredible Eggs Benedict with house made English muffins!! And grab some Ono or Ahi fish and chips at Pahoa Fresh Fish (at the roundabout strip mall)....you will not be disappointed one bit!!!!
Rich, thanks so much for your lovely, lovely home and hospitality!! Mahalo!!
Kris & Allan Yates (Indiana)
Ocean front property!!!!!
I had a wonderful experience with Richard and his home. Rich felt more like a friend than someone you're just doing business with. Mahalo . I gave a three star on cleanliness only because Rich was being taken advantage of by the cleaning crew by cutting corners. He is now aware. If you are looking for peace and tranquility, in Jurassic park like setting, this is for you. I know I will be back.
Great Ocean View
Can’t beat the location across the street from the ocean. Enjoy sitting on the Lanai every evening listening to the waves and watching the stars. The sunrise was beautiful every day! We took many pictures. We walked every day and felt safe even late day. So much to explore in the area.
Thank you Lori for staying at my vacation home. I hope you had a wonderful time on the other islands and a safe journey home. Will be looking forward to seeing you in the future. Aloha and mahalo Rich
Beautiful house in a quiet neighborhood
We loved the place, it had a lot of space for the 4 of us, peaceful at all times, the only sound is the waves breaking on the shore and the coqui frogs at night, but neither of them were too loud and it was actually quite relaxing.
The view to the shore from the lanai was great, you could wake up early in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and simply watch the sea! The many installed fans were useful to ease the midsummer heat. We definitely recommend the place, also for families. Richard is also a very friendly host and we had a nice chat, mahalo for everything!
The view from the front porch was one of the reasons we chose this location and it was perfect. We spent every morning and evening on the porch listening to the sounds of the crashing waves, the local birds and coqui frogs. It was a vacation for your eyes and ears with the breeze making it so very comfortable. The stars at night we’re amazing. Minimal ground light makes them so visible. The accommodations were perfect for 2 couples with everyone having plenty of space. Richard Marston was a great host making sure our arrival went smoothly and checked in with us during our stay to make sure we had everything we needed. He also shared some places to visit that definitely enhanced our visit like the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens and Mr. Roberts Wednesday Night Market and Festival. Both were unique experiences that offered only things found locally.
If you are looking for a place that offers authentic, peaceful serene Hawaii than this is the place for you!
House is located on an island with high tropical rain fall which makes it ideal for botanical gardens. House is located near cliffs with deep ocean water which makes it ideal for whale watching.