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Hawaiian Paradise less then 2 minutes walk to Best Diving And Snorkeling Bay

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,024 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


About the property

Honaunau Beach House in South Kona, with safe swimming for the entire family

Experience old Hawaii in this beautiful, beach house; just yards from Honaunau Bay and 2 steps near the City of Refuge. Walk across the street and swim, dive or snorkel, arguably, the nicest bay on the island. Honaunau is great place to canoe, paddle board, kayak or scuba dive and we have a boat launch. Enjoy the warm water, tropical fish, green sea turtles, dolphins and more. There is no charge for this dolphin show or swim, the dolphins seem to enjoy performing for and around the snorkelers and we can watch them from the lanai! It's pretty amazing to see dolphins spinning in the wild.

Our home is centrally located in South Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii. Just 30 miles south of the airport and Kailua-Kona, out of the big city, but close enough to go for excursions. Volcano National Park is about 75 miles away and Hilo is just a little over 100. Captain Cook is 10 miles away and it offers, a variety of shopping, and dining options.

What a perfect romantic getaway for two, but it can accommodate more. The fully furnished kitchen has granite counters, a gas stove, a dishwasher and a full size refrigerator with an ice maker.

Enjoy the romantic, queen size canopy bed. Of course, the master bedroom has satellite TV available. The 2nd bedroom has ocean views, cool breezes and a desk. Parties of 5 or more guests will have access to the music room with a full sofa bed. The livingroom sofa is a twin bed when back cushions are removed. There is a full bath house, toilet, bidet, sink & shower; in the yard with a variety of beach toys and a private back yard.

Enjoy tropical fruit from the yard, we have bananas, papayas, pineapples, coffee trees, tamarind and a turmeric garden with a few vegis mixed in

Pick up supplies as you come through Kona. This home is in such a great location that you might not want to drive anywhere. Maybe you would prefer to just relax on the lanai with a cocktail and watch the dolphins spinning in the bay and the sun set on the water. Take a stroll down to the white sand beach and let the children experience snorkeling in the safe, calm, shallow waters. Take a walk over to Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, commonly known as the City of Refuge; and learn about the Hawaiian culture.

We were on a flight and Hawaiian Airlines played a video , Spotlight On the Big Island; highlighting the top things to do in Hawaii I was very excited to see the roof of our home in that video of Honaunau Bay. We know this is one of the best places on the islands and they obviously agree.

The bathhouse in the yard is stocked with snorkeling gear. It's great to walk back from the beach and shower outside, keeping the sand and water out of the house. We use solar power to energize this eco-friendly, green home.

This is a Hawaiian experience that even the locals want to enjoy.

Kama'aina Welcomed

Come, Relax and Enjoy this amazing, special, healing place. Walk gently and respect those that came before, the descendants of Hawaiian Royalty

Contact us today to book your stay. We spend a lot of time, swimming, painting and playing music, so please feel free to call as I am sometimes slow to check the email.

Last minute discounts may apply.

We have other houses in the area, so feel free to ask about them if this one is not available.

Book your reservation within 3 days of your stay and ask for a 10% discount for last minute bookings.

This is our home, but we are willing to share this very special place with you while we are traveling for work or to visit family, and maybe we could schedule our trip around your schedule.

We are also willing to explore house trades.

More Details

Property Manager
Emely Wilson
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 June, 2018

About Emely Wilson

Randy and I, Emely are simi-retired. Working part time in the real estate industry, making homes for people since the 1980's. We are willing to share our very special home with you while we are traveling for work or to visit family, and maybe we could schedule our trip around your schedule.

Randy is an accomplished musician & fisherman. I play at being an artist. We enjoy hiking, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, boating, photography and underwater videography.

Emely Wilson purchased this house in 2015

Why Emely Wilson chose Hōnaunau

This is a rare find, where you can experience old Hawaii. This is one of the most special places in all of Hawaii, revered by the locals and tourists alike. Relax on the lanai and watch the dolphins swim and spin for the tourists. See whales as they pass by, often stopping to enjoy the deep outside the Refuge. Enjoy snorkeling Honaunau Bay, one of the nicest, safest beaches on the Big Island. It's great to be out of the big city, where you can just relax and enjoy what Hawaii has to offer. Warm, sunny mornings, cool ocean breezes, an abundance of song birds, tropical fruits and flowers, amazing sea life and water sports, beautiful sunsets, and romance.

This is our home, but we are willing to share this very special place with you while we are traveling for work or to visit family, and maybe we could schedule our trip around your schedule.

We are also willing to explore house trades.

I was very excited to see our roof on the "Spotlight of the Big Island" video that was shown on Hawaiian Airlines, seat back.

We also have a home in Gold Beach which may be available in Winter and spring.

What makes this house unique

Location, location, location! It just doesn't get better then this. Walk across the street, over the sand and lava, to Two Steps, a naturally formed lava shelf that allows you to step down into the ocean and snorkel out with beautifully, colored tropical fish, eagle rays, dolphins, sea turtles and more. The slower you go the more you will see. There is a lovely, white sand beach that is perfect for children and those that prefer to keep there feet on the ground. This section of the bay is shallow and still filled with tropical fish and turtles.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in Hōnaunau, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1024 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 7 ...
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome ...
  • Pets considered ...
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Property Manager, Lisa xxx-xxx-xxxx Review house Rules upon arrival Bag, rubbish, put in cans. Put cans on road Monday night or contact Lisa
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Monument View ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , bath with shower , bidet
  • We have a full bathroom with tub/shower inside the house. The 2nd full bath is the outdoor bath house with shower.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Master Bedroom - 1 large double bed , canopy bed, wood furniture and satellite TV
    Bedroom 2 - 1 large double bed , ocean view, office space and french doors
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sofa bed/futon , The music room can be opened up for groups of 5 or more.
  • The master bedroom has a mahogany, queen canopy bed, mirrored closet, satellite television and a private entrance to the restroom. Views are of the back lanai and gardens The 2nd bedroom has views of the ocean and tropical gardens. It has a queen bed, mirrored closet and an office area. Large French doors open into the living room.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • recreation centre
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • rafting
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
Come, Relax and Enjoy... Ours is a local neighborhood. Please be respectful of the residents, both the human and the sea life. Please do not chase or harass the dolphins or turtles.


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Hawaiian Paradise less then 2 minutes walk to Best Diving And Snorkeling Bay
average rating of 4.571429 based on 21 reviews
Salt Lake City, Utah

Perfectly placed

  • 5 of 5

Amazing location, steps from the best snorkeling in the Big Island. Plenty of great local food within minutes. Super-duper comfy bed. Abundance of kitchen tools and condiments. Used the generator once for early coffee. Neighbors kids were a little loud, but not bad. Honaunau has become very popular, so many snorkelers, but always had the beach to myself at sunrise. Oh, look out for human eating mosquitos. The grounds could be better kept, the jungle was encroaching. Hate to give it a good review, I want to keep it secret!

  • Review Submitted: 22/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed the house and that amazing location. Best wishes and happy holidays
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Great place to stay!

  • 4 of 5

Wonderful location! Truly just step away from a fabulous snorkel beach. The house was roomy inside and out, and comfortable for 4 of us. Especially liked the outdoor bathroom and all the beach gear.

  • Review Submitted: 14/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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A beautiful place and a beautiful home!

  • 5 of 5

This is a very special place and a very special home. It has been everything that I had hoped for in a vacation getaway to the Big Island; and more. The home is powered by solar (with a back-up generator). If you are conservative with running the various electrical devices, you won't ever need to run the generator. The home is very nicely appointed with tropical theme decor and the homeowner has her own original artwork on display. Beautiful! If you decide to come to Honaunau, you won't regret it!

  • Review Submitted: 12/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the lovely review. We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay and appreciated what a special place that really is. We can’t wait to get back home... Best wishesi
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Very satisfied with our decision to stay at your home during our vacation.

  • 4 of 5

The property was right on the bay so you could go snorkeling any time every day. Having a large assortment of snorkeling gear was a bonus. When you informed the islanders where you were staying they would mention it was one of their favorite places to go snorkeling/scuba diving. The house was large and spacious with plenty of fans to circulate air. Outside shower and bathroom was a plus. Washer and driver was convenient especially when staying for greater that one week. On the rare occasion when we wanted to watch TV we had difficulty with the Satellite/Netflix, but again who goes to Hawaii to watch TV. We are very satisfied with our decision to stay at your home during our vacation.

  • Review Submitted: 27/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re glad you enjoyed you stay. Best wishes
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Comfortable, beautiful, relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay! We wanted a nice quiet location with easy access to snorkeling. We certainly got that! Beautiful view of the bay from the house. Out the door and 50 yards to the best snorkelling we have experienced. We did a lot of snorkeling and hiking on the trip and the house was a perfect place to access these things and relax and play games after our long tiring days. There were two couples on our trip and the house fit us very comfortably. The convenient availability of beach chairs, coolers, snorkeling equipment, towels, etc made the vacation that much more enjoyable. We did not use electricity for much other than smart nighttime lighting and fans, but did have power go out twice during the middle of the night. This was no inconvenience at night, and as soon as the sun came up the power went back on. We could have used the generator those two nights, but decided not to. The easy to read instructions would have made starting it an easy task. One suggestion: it would be helpful to include a basic understanding of how to read the solar display, and indicate at what point the power will turn off in the binder for the property. We figured it out (we think), and it truly did not affect us much, but was a question mark for us the first few days as we had never dealt with solar power before.

The house as noted in other posts is beautiful decorated, included books on Hawaiian fish, flowers, etc, and the park pass provided saved us money on a couple of our excursions (thanks for that).

In summary, thank you (mahalo) for providing us a really great place to stay. We all had a fantastic time, and would certainly look to stay here again if we make it back to the Big Island.

  • Review Submitted: 24/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You’re so welcome! We're glad you had a great stay. Thank you for the nice review and suggestions . best wishes
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Location: Fabulous....Solar Power: Just a Little Challenging

  • 4 of 5

A lovely and very comfortable, well-appointed house for two couples, with plenty of off-road parking AND just a few steps from one of the best snorkeling beaches on the island and the City of Refuge National Park. Many mai-tai's were enjoyed while watching the sun set into the Pacific, and meals enjoyed on the back deck. (Plus, the second shower in the outside bath house was a huge plus.) The prefect place to simply unwind for a few days.

Once we were on the island and before we got to the house, we did have trouble connecting via the Homeaway App to get the entry code, etc. and ended up having to phone the owner....luckily, we were able to reach her by phone. So, I would recommend having a printed copy of all information before you leave home. (I heard this was not an uncommon problem....)

The solar system was also just a bit is extremely warm down there by the ocean (with little breeze while we were there) and the electric fans are absolutely necessary to keep the inside temperature comfortable, especially at night. However, the fans seemed to drain the battery during the night and we did wake up without power a couple of mornings and remained without power until the sun seemed to charge things up again. The one morning we did have power.....we lost it when we turned on the electric coffee maker. There is a generator (noisy) for those occasions, so it is just a minor and temporary inconvenience...still, if you are expecting a flawless vacation, you might find this annoying. . . . .or amusing.

Would we stay there again? Yes. Would we recommend it to others? Yes. It's a charming, well-equipped place in a wonderful location. The minor inconveniences mentioned above are just that: minor. I only mention them to give folks a little heads up.

  • Review Submitted: 23/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We’re glad you enjoyed your stay. Sometimes living off grid is a little tricky, especially if it’s been cloudy or rainy during the day. Had we have known you were having trouble, we would have advised you to run the generator a while in the afternoon so that you would have plenty of power for the evening. Thanks again for staying in our home. Best wishes, Emely
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Nearest Airport
29.8 Miles
Kona, (KOA
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Nearest Beach
50 Metres
Honaunau Bay
Car: recommended

Our home is on Honaunau Beach Rd, below Captain Cook; short walk from the bay. Tourist and locals alike come to Honaunau Bay to enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, paddle boarding, boating, free diving, swimming, sunbathing, spear fishing, deep sea fishing, canoe racing and underwater photography.

This is our home but we are willing to share it with you when we travel. Our schedule is flexible and may work around yours, so feel free to contact us.

We can refer you to other local lodging if our home is not available.

This is such a rare and special location. It feels very private here even though we overlook the tourists on the beach.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday house in the Hōnaunau, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
12 Dec 2018 - 15 May 2019
14 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add AU$14 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee, 1-4 guests AU$237.14 + Tax
Pet Fee AU$27.1 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit AU$338.77

Property manager, Lisa (808) 345-1886
There will be an additional $25.00 cleaning fee for more than 4 guests.

Manager'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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