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Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!

Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!


Property Details

Updated: May 23, 2015
House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-10) - Very close to town...

If you are adventurous and free spirited, but still require all the amenities a luxury rental home has to offer then Pu`uhonua ('Place of Refuge') is the place for you. Experience tropical Hawaii at it’s finest in this unique pole house nestled just above Kealakekua Bay ('Pathway of the Gods') in Captain Cook, Hawaii. At this elevation you will enjoy the perfect climate and sweeping 180+ degree views of the ocean, Mauna Loa and Kealakekua Bay, in a quiet and comfortable setting.

Convenient location, just a moment away from the town of Captain Cook, with all of its amenities including one of the islands best grocery stores, fantastic restaurants, local shops and a wonderful farmers market.

Watch breathtaking sunsets from the spacious upper lanai that wraps around the house. Just 20 miles south of Kailua-Kona Airport, Pu`uhonua House is minutes from an array of activities including horseback riding, hiking, tennis, diving, dolphin and seasonal whale watching. Rent kayaks and kayak across the majestic Kealakekua Bay, swim with spinner dolphins and snorkel one of Hawaii’s best kept secrets, the Captain Cook monument.

Enjoy a variety of tropical fruits and flora grown on the property such as bananas, papayas, lemons, avocados, breadfruit, macadamia, coffee and mangos. We are close to some of south Kona’s finest beaches and minutes from great swimming, snorkeling and child safe beaches like Hookena, Manini, Keei, and Kealakekua Bay.

Pu`uhonua House (Place of Refuge House) was built in 1988 by a physicist and his wife. As a former sailor he and his wife had traveled to many parts of the world, before they chose this spot to build their dream home where they would eventually retire. Being a physicist he was intrigued by the simplicity and structural durability a pole house has to offer. Supported by nine thirty foot tall cedar poles imported from Washington state, this house unlike traditionally constructed homes, has a more open floor plan allowing for more glass. The main living level perimeter is nearly all glass/view. You feel as though you are part of your beautiful surroundings. All of the structural and finish components of the house were all hand crafted on site. The property is a one acre private parcel located in the McCoy Plantation subdivision, once a coffee plantation. Much of the property is still rich with coffee plants and certain times of the year the air is thick with the sweet scent of the blossom. If you like peace and tranquility then you will enjoy this piece of paradise.





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  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards

Recent Review

About the Owner

Aloha. My Name is Rowan. My mother and father, Bruce & Nikki, fell in love with this very special piece of paradise. It is a unique Hawaiin style home on a very peaceful private 1 acre lot in the town of Captain Cook.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

My Family and I have stayed in many vacation rentals over the years, and Pu'uhonua House is by far the most beautiful Hawaiian style home we have ever stayed in. Not only is the house awesome the property is equally as breath-taking. We were spoiled with fresh fruit and flowers from the property. We applaud the attention to detail, the level of cleanliness and the thought that went into making this the 5 star experience that it is. We will be back!!!
Jan 2010
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Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast
Kealakekua, HI

Beautiful clean and perfect for us

  • 5 of 5
A perfect setting and atmosphere for the small retreat we hosted. Intimate and beautiful. Welcomed with lots of aloha. Couldn't have been more perfect.
  • Submitted: May 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast
Washington state

Pu'uhonua House

Pu'uhonua House
  • 5 of 5
We came to stay at Pu'uhonua House for a family wedding and loved our experience in this beautiful house. I would definitely book it again. It felt like the real island experience. The home was well cared for. Bruce and Nikki were hospitable and welcoming.It was so enjoyable to sit on the deck each morning with coffee and fruit left on our door step. The view of the ocean was panaramic. The house feels handcrafted and the trees scent the air. It's quiet and slow in the Captain Cook neighborhood, just what we wanted. The restraints that Bruce and Nikki recommended were a hit. This house made our trip even more special. Thanks Bruce and Nikki for a delightful stay.
  • Submitted: Apr 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast

A GORGEOUS OCEAN VIEW from the midst of a tropical garden 30 feet in the air

  • 5 of 5
If you enjoy the hustle and bustle of Alii Dr., keep looking. If, on the other hand, you would rather be 1500 feet on the side of Mauna Loa in the middle of a lush tropical garden with a 10 mile ocean view from Kealakua Bay to south of the Place of Refuge--then look no further!

The house is an architectural marvel with 3+ floors. Each bedroom has its own individual balcony/deck, yet, except for sleeping, you will spend your time on the 3rd floor, 30 feet off the ground marveling at that expanse of ocean before your eyes; or watching the doves nesting at eye level near the top of the Palm tree five feet away; or looking down and around you at the mango, avocado, macadamia, plumeria, coffee on the gorgeous acre you have just rented. All from the incredible wrap around deck. The sense of spaciousness is unbelievable.

Just outside of Captain Cook, 1 mile from a large local super market, and only 2 miles from Na'poo'poo Rd. and the beginning of the trail to Captain Cook Monument and the best snorkeling on the island. (The hike is 2 miles, but you will never see more reef fish, except maybe 15 minutes away at Two Step where we saw 50 species of fish—butterfly fish, triggerfish, surgeonfish, wrasse, puffers, parrotfish, eels, And TURTLES, AND swam with DOLPHINS!!!

Comfortable furniture, newish appliances (dishwasher, washer&dryer WITH laundry soap), spices and condiments galore, and nearly everyday, Bruce puts an offering of the day's harvest (bananas, macadamia nuts, papaya, mangoes) at the bottom of the stairs. Snorkel equipment, boogie boards, even kayaks--all right there.

Gorgeous house, amazing view! So would you rather listen to revelers, and cars in Kailua OR 15 miles away listen to birds in the daytime and frogs and crickets at night? The 8 in our family from ages 6 to 70 loved Pu'u'honua and can't wait to go back.
WARNING! You won't want to leave!
  • Submitted: Apr 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast
Lagrangeville, New York, USA

Absolutely Wonderful!

  • 5 of 5
We had the most perfect week staying at Pu'uhonua House! The house is in a wonderful location...the real Hawaii. Nikki was extremely helpful and offered some great ideas for activities and amazing snorkeling spots. The views from the deck were spectacular especially the sunsets. My Mother, Sister, Niece and I each had our own rooms and there was plenty of space for us to all relax and eat together while looking out at the ocean and enjoying the views. I highly recommend Pu'uhonua House...we look forward to going back again very soon! Thank you Nikki and Bruce for sharing your beautiful home with us!
  • Submitted: Mar 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast

Family of 7 with 4 children

  • 5 of 5
This house aka tree house nick named from my girls was an amazing peaceful stay. The beds were comfortable, clean, and there was plenty of space for my girls to play. The view was amazing,the air circulation was great and the wooden floors were beautiful. We appreciated the kitchen, BBQ, and the washer and dryer. We also appreciated the beach gear provided the girls had fun with the boogie board, bucket and shovels. We appreciated the beach chairs and big umbrella. This made our trip to the beach comfortable. We drove a hour away each day to go to hapuna beach which was amazing. We recommend this place and would stay here again. Thank you for the fresh fruit and coffee beans. We appreciated the recycling as well.
  • Submitted: Mar 19, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast


  • 5 of 5
Completely beautiful blend of secluded getaway and access to amenities and activities. The house and grounds are supremely well cared for and offer gorgeous panoramic views, plenty of space and nice quiet spots to relax while also providing all the creature comforts. The location has the flavor and feel of the "real" Hawaii but is just minutes from anything you might need and a variety of things to do. Four bedrooms plus a loft meant plenty of room for our extended family of six (three adult couples). We could not have been more pleased. One of my favorite moments was each morning, with fresh coffee brewing, stepping out into the morning and watching the coastline come alive as the sun came up over the mountain behind. Beautiful, lifetime memories. Would go back in an instant and would highly recommend.
  • Submitted: Jan 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


From the Owner

We vacationed for may years on the Big Island, staying on all parts of the island. We fell in love with the Captain Cook area because of its proximity to everything, the local culture, the coastal access and all the town has to offer.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Kona at 20 Miles Nearest Barpub : Corner Pocket at 1.5 Miles Nearest Motorway : Hawaii Belt Road at 0.5 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Many of the Islands finest restaurants at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Kealakekua Bay at 4 Miles Car: recommended

Kayak across beautiful Kealakekua Bay to Captain Cooks Monument for unbelievable snorkeling.


From $275 Per night

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Peak Season
Dec 15 2015 - Dec 22 2015
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Holiday rate
Dec 23 2015 - Jan 2 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
Peak Season
Jan 3 2016 - Mar 31 2016
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning fee $250.00 + Tax
  • Refundable damage deposit $500.00
  • Tax Rate 13.42%

Rates are good for up to six guests. Add $25/night for each additional guest.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Updated: May 23, 2015


From the Owner

Captain Cook is a great location for your family vacation. We are close to many beautiful coastal destinations, great shopping, restaurants and a perfect location to explore all that the Big Island has to offer. You are in a great location for day trips and close to Kailua Kona. We have some of the best snokeling, kayaking and surfing spots on the Island.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family


  • Activities Guide
  • Alarm Clock
  • Basic Soaps
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Covered Parking
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Shampoo
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television

Onsite Services

  • Massage


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Water View


  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • nude beach
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting small game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

Floor Area

  • 1800 sq. ft.


  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1
  • Bathroom 2
  • 2


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, Garden Room
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 queen, Mid level bedroom with lanai
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, Mid level bedroom with lanai
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen, Mid level bedroom with lanai
  • Loft - 1 queen, Private, spacious loft
  • King size bed (1 ), Queen size Beds (4), Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib


  • Balcony
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Large Cooler
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Small Cooler
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Wood Deck


  • Guests provide their own meals

Learn more about this vacation rental at the owner's website


  • New Microwave, New Dishwasher, New Refrigerator w/Ice Maker, New range and oven, Come see our web site for additional information and pictures

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