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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: Nov 25, 2014
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
  • 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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Captain Cook Kona Coast

Breathtaking Views

  • 5 of 5
Since our return from Hawaii, a day does not pass that the view from the Pu'uhonua House‏ is not remembered. The “treehouse” as the children affectionately named it provided landscaped grounds with Hawaiian plants, coconuts, pineapples, coffee, and papayas for all to investigate. Indoors the pole house provided a variety of sleeping arrangements including separate bedrooms and a loft and was plenty big enough for our family of five. The Pu'uhonua House‏ is centrally located so that there is driving access to a variety of sites and activities including beaches, snorkeling, boats, surfing and historic landmarks. The house grill is more than adequate to cook a fine steak to end the day and then begin the evening with a beautiful sunset and speckled lights accenting the valley below. The owners were wonderful to work with and responded to any emails or questions quickly. We highly recommend the Pu'uhonua House!
  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast

Perfect House in Captain Cook

  • 5 of 5
If you are wondering whether this is the right house for your Big Island vacation, the answer is YES. It's spacious, very clean, beautifully decorated and with decks on all sides it's easy to find your patch of shade. The kitchen has everything you'd ever need. The house is close to so many fun things to do on the island and is a bit removed from the touristy areas north of Kona. We particularly enjoyed snorkeling at Two Step, the drive to South Point and, of course, the Kona Brewing Company. Also, the Poke Shake just opened a new location close to Pu'uhonau House, the best poke on the island. We stopped in every evening and got a pint for cocktails, delish! We had a total of 4 adults and 4 kids ranging in age from 8 to 13 and the house was just perfect for our group. The house's owners were really nice and made sure that we had everything we needed. The next time we are on the big island, we'll be staying at Pu'uhonua House!
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast

A Beautiful Retreat Where Mountain Meets Sea

  • 5 of 5
This beautiful pole house provides a relaxing perch to experience the magic of the mountainside as it meets the blue Pacific. The main (upper) level was a delight with its lovely wood and the full panel sliding doors that could be positioned wide open to enjoy the tropical air inside and out, or screened or closed in seemingly endless combinations. The huge, wrap-around lanai, perched high in the trees, is the perfect place to soak in the never-ending view south along the coast or those quick tropical sunsets. In our ten days at the house, we never tired of the way the light and cloud-shadows played on the mountain’s slope and on the glittering waters of the Pacific below. You can feel yourself relax as you take in the perfect way the mountain comes down so huge and yet so graceful to the sea. Great food is close at hand (don’t miss the Coffee Shack just down road or Annie’s for great burgers—follow up with tremendous Gio’s gelato right next to Annie’s). The whole island is within striking distance from here. We had beach days, volcano days, rain forest days, South Point days and poking around Captain Cook and Kona days. This is truly a fabulous house that made possible a trip that we will never forget. Everything was as advertised and better. We can highly recommend Pu’uhonua House to all.
  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast

PERFECT! Authentic but with every amenity!

  • 5 of 5
We used to live in Hawaii and wanted to share the things that we love the most about it with our children and closest friends and this house afforded us the opportunity to show them all that's wonderful about Hawaii. It's a gorgeous house with plenty of room to spread out, very comfy beds, a fully equipped kitchen and gorgeous views anytime of day but especially at sunset! The caretaker Dan is a wealth of knowledge and was always helpful with getting us the appropriate equipment for every activity and telling us the special hidden places to snorkel, buy the best fish, get coffee, etc. Wouldn't change a thing except maybe how far away we live so that we won't get there on a more regular basis!
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast
Calgary, AB, Canada

Fantastic home base for our Hawaiian vacation!

  • 5 of 5
This place was absolutely breathtaking. Every bit as nice as the pictures and better! We had a group of 8 and a baby stay. We stayed here for one week, and when we moved on to the Hilo side, we immediately missed this house! The view from the wrap around lanais are fantastic, and the garden is unbelievable! We were lucky to get a chance to chat with Grace the landscaper, she gave us a mini tour of the property and explained what many of the trees and plants were. Dan the care taker who lives next door was AWESOME! He was there when we needed him, otherwise he gave us our privacy. He took us out on kayaks to the Captain Cook Monument and we were lucky enough to run into a few pods of dolphins so were able to swim and snorkel with the dolphins before snorkelling at the Monument. He even lent us his underwater camera for our scuba diving trip. We liked it so much we have since bought one. Dan also took us to 2 Step for paddle boarding and snorkelling. He gave us macadamia nuts picked off the property and introduced us to the jaboticava tree with its lychee-like fruits! Dan was a wealth of knowledge and really made our stay extremely enjoyable.

On another note, we were pleasantly surprised to see that the kitchen was well stocked with sauces and spices and oil for cooking which was really convenient. The laundry room was also stocked with detergent. The location of the house was close to Pu'uhonua (Place of Refuge), the Captain Cook Monument, and several coffee plantations. It was about a 30 minute drive to Kona, which for us was not bad at all. On Sundays there is also a little market just down the street for fresh produce and crafts.
  • Submitted: Dec 2, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children
Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates!
Captain Cook Kona Coast
Dayton, Nevada

Pinch Me Perfect Place of Refuge!

  • 5 of 5
Review: This was our 2nd stay here -- we are returning guests. This time we were accompanied by our dear friends. We slept like logs on their comfy beds (complete with Island themes & snuggly Hawaiian quilts.) We enjoyed many fine meals, watching the sun set, sipping our wine, as we grilled our steaks and fish. Yum! Breakfasts were divine -- so many choices of where to sit -- front, back, in? Off we'd go on our adventures -- snorkeling (close by), volcanos, shopping, kayaking. Wrap up your day by sitting on the wrap-around lanais, watch the sun set, and breathe! Honestly, it was hard to leave each morning. An additional plus: Dan the caretaker. He was there if we needed him -- otherwise he gave us our space & privacy. Dan is a good guy, has great suggestions and was even willing to take us out kayaking -- we ran out of time -- next time! The owners are easy to work with -- good, honest, nice folks. Lots of nice places close by that you can go to for breakfast (the Coffee Shack!), Lunches (Annies for burgers) & Dinners (Jackie Reys). But you'll find you will also want to dine back at the house so you can unwind in pure island luxury. Decisions, decisions. A final word: when you stay here, you'll return with a lifetime of wonderful memories!
  • Submitted: Nov 3, 2013
  • Stayed: Sep 2013
  • Source: 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.


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Updated: Nov 25, 2014

Rental rates

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High Season
Dec 15 2014 - Mar 31 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning fee $250 + Tax
  • Refundable damage deposit $500
  • 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.


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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