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Charming Historic Ranching Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!

Charming Historic Ranching Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!


Property Details

Updated: Oct 29, 2014
Large Open Lanais, Ocean Views, 4 Bedroom, 3 Bath, Fully Appointed Kitchen.

Featured in the coffee table book, The Hawaiian House Now, the home is a historic 1895 structure, modified in the 1940s and retaining the charm of old Hawaii with architecture and furnishings of the day, while satisfying the needs and aesthetic of today's lifestyle.

Panoramic views of the ocean, Kona coast, tree canopy, landscaped yard, and surrounding pastures will amaze. The cool 1,200' elevation of Holualoa, the open lanais, spacious bedrooms, and a well-appointed kitchen are sure to please. Large established yard with old plantings of avocado, ulu (breadfruit,) fig, starfruit (carambola,) dragon fruit, pineapple, banana and lime trees is guaranteed to take you away from life's stresses and please the senses.

Three bedrooms to choose from, all with their own private bathroom and a private overflow room with a full-sized bed. One king, two queen, one single, and one full bed will accommodate eight. Two window seats can sleep children in the upstairs master suite. A wonderful fireplace on the main floor living area will warm you on chilly winter nights. Lower floor accesses the yard and outdoor cooking terrace through french doors and is the fourth bedroom (full-size bed) and family room/TV center.

A charming 1940-era guest cottage with an appealing screened-in lanai, full kitchen and bath, privately situated across the driveway, will sleep two in a queen bed. Available in October of 2014!

A leisurely stroll on a walking path through a sixty year old coffee orchard leads guests from the front door to our coffee establishment, the Kona Blue Sky Coffee visitor center.

A fenced vegetable/herb garden is steps from the kitchen, and a large lawn just beyond for bocce, throwing a football or a frisbee will delight the outdoor appreciator. Comfortable seating area on lawn sports a fire pit, gas and BBQ grill, as well as a teak dining set, certain to entertain the outdoor dining enthusiast.

More Details
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets welcome
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Recent Review

About the Owner

Aloha. I am Lisa, a life-long resident of Hawaii, raised in Honolulu and Hilo, having lived here on this property for thirty years, raising our four children with my husband, Christian. I love to share my culture, our Islands' stories and history with all. Treasure my morning coffee, interesting and considerate people, walks in the upland forests, dogs at my feet, gardening, yard work, and getting in the ocean every week!

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Guestbook comments from the owner

From the moment we walked through the door, I felt all the tension just slide from my shoulders. We were surrounded by beauty, both inside and out. Our host, Lisa, thought of everything we could possibly have wanted: the freshest fruit, right from the garden/trees, books about the island, even Hawaiian music CDs...and the best coffee EVER. She is a wonderful resource about the property and the history of the island.

The house has lots of art and is tastefully appointed, but still feels like a place where you can relax. The animals are part of the welcome committee.

Lisa, mahalo for a wonderful visit. Aloha to you and Christian and Mariella, Hobbs, Maca and co. See you next year!
Feb 2014
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Charming Historic Ranching Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!
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Holualoa Kona Coast
Arlington, VA

Everything we were looking for ...

  • 5 of 5
We had an excellent stay at Hale Akala. The house and grounds are beautiful, inviting, and relaxing. The owner Lisa is very friendly and knowledgeable about local activities, beaches, shops, restaurants, etc. She even took my wife standup paddleboarding! We did a lot during our trip but sometimes the simple things stick with you: sitting on the lanai in the cool morning air, sipping freshly brewed Kona coffee while taking in the expansive view -- a perfect start to another great day in Hawaii.
  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Charming Historic Ranching Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!
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Holualoa Kona Coast
chicago, il.

A very special slice of Hawaii

  • 5 of 5
We highly recommend this home. It's hard to express how welcome and comfortable Lisa made us feel throughout our stay at Hale Akala. The vibe of this home made it possible for us to relax and be "in the moment" as we scurried around preparing for our son's wedding in Kona. We were able to relax and actually enjoy the wedding preparations in a peaceful, beautiful environment that contributed to almost stressless preparation because it was so well-furnished and equipped.

The ten-acre setting couldn't be more beautiful. Lisa has cultivated a vast array of tropical flora & fruits - mango, papaya, pineapple - which she invited us to pick as we liked. We felt as though we were living in a gorgeous botanical garden, far from the madding crowd.

Clearly this is a home not just a rental house. It reflects Lisa's thoughtful knack for creating the perfect blend of comfort and beauty. The home is brimming with anything one could need for daily living plus many special extras - a glorious collection of art, music and books, a rockin' sound system, comfy window seats for dreaming, reading and relaxing, plus stunning ocean vistas from the lanai. We were six adult family members and everyone had plenty of space for alone time. From the enthusiastic welcome of the friendly dogs, to the horses and cows in the back pasture, to the mysterious comings and goings of Hobbes the cat, we experienced a lived-in Hawaii which could never be matched by a luxury hotel or villa. We felt completely transported to a Hawaiian paradise. (If you have a phobia of animals or allergies, this may not be the place for you.)

A small suggestion we made to Lisa was to have a clearer sign at the entrance - it was difficult to find even with our GPS. The elevation is about 1200 ft & driveway is very steep and hard to see. We drove by twice, in full daylight and just couldn't see the driveway!

The location was perfect for us - we weren't looking for lively night life or a house on the beach. However, the beaches are closeby and Lisa has all the equipment for snorkeling, boogie boards, etc. We went snorkeling one day and appreciated not having to rent equipment. You are walking distance to the charming artist's village of Holualoa with its lovely, eclectic galleries and cafes. The drive into Kona to Safeway for groceries, farmer's market and the like is about a 15 min. ride on scenic winding roads. Ditto for restaurants.
  • Submitted: Aug 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: I aim to please and am happy when a guest finds the home as enveloping and welcoming as I envision. The driveway approach can intimidate but boldness is encouraged. Once one finds their way, they know it for the rest of the stay. The driveway markers have been improved with street numbers made to be more visible. Thank you, Mary Beth!
Charming Historic Ranching Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!
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Holualoa Kona Coast

Stunning Views From Beautiful Property

  • 5 of 5
This ranch house was very nicely decorated, clean, and very comfortable. Window seats throughout the home and large porches for reading or just relaxing provided exceptional ocean and/or garden views. The owner, who lives on the property, was very friendly and provided us with some island history and very helpful suggestions for dining out.
  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
Charming Historic Ranching Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!
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Holualoa Kona Coast

Great Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5
The house was wonderful and so comfortable. Our host was very helpful and thought of every detail. Everyone had there space and enjoyed all the cool spots in and outside the house. We had great fun picking and eating the fruit on the property. We drove all over the island and had great adventures, and were happy to get back to the house and watch the sunset and enjoy dinner. I will be back soon
  • Submitted: Apr 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Families with Young Children
Charming Historic Ranching Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!
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Holualoa Kona Coast

Thank you for perfect stay.

  • 5 of 5
It was so nice to stay for our family. Bed was so comfortable.That traditional home is very clean.I can play ukulele guitar and piano.I can eat fruit from yard ! Their coffee was excellent. We had very nice time in that home! We want to go back again very much!! Thank you for everything Lisa!! We really appreciated that.
  • Submitted: Apr 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Owner's Response: The property itself is a wonderful experience, picking the fruit in season, digging kitchen scraps into the compost pile in the garden, picking flowers or just peeking in on all the little corners of the yard while the birds chirp overhead or the social cat follows you about. The home and the yard will delight! Thank you Yoko.
Charming Historic Ranching Era Estate. Magical Kona Views. Close to everything!
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Holualoa Kona Coast

2 Families Looking for Fun and this rental made the vacation.

  • 5 of 5
We were two families/8 people, with four kids ages 4-9 and this was our first visit to the Big Island.I can say in all honesty that this home made our vacation. We were very central but away from the beachy/shopping tourist areas. We were able to fully explore the island on our two-week visit. We loved being close to snorkeling (10 minutes away) and to boogie board beaches 30 minutes north. We loved the property that just soaked us up at the end of each day so everyone was at peace gazing at the sunset or running on the grass or napping in the "country quietness" that did include chickens, dogs and doves. Lisa is a wonderful on-site host who was just quietly and not noticeably around and answered all our questions. The house itself is a classic historical family home -- not so fancy that we were worried about the kids wrecking stuff and yet completely clean and outfitted perfectly (especially the wonderful children's toys).
We loved the kitchen and the lanai especially and the acre or so of grass allowed the kids to burn off steam running in the "infinity pasture" and the full Hawaii gardens of bananas and wonderful flowers --even in the Hawaiian winter. Great for folks who want to explore all over or just relax watch the sunsets.
There were a few dogs on the property and an adventuresome cat but as pet owners this was not an issue -- maybe would be if smaller kids or if you are not keen on pets at all. Lisa is completely accommodating, though, so I know there would be no problem. You absolutely need a car here -- you are a steep and narrow shouldered 15-20 minute drive away from Kona and only 1 min from Holualoa which is a quiet little village for coffees and a nice dinner out and art galleries -- hours are definitely "island time" -- nice vibe though. Be sure to check out the owners coffee plantation and visitor center which we missed but regret as we continue to enjoy their amazing coffee - wish we'd bought some more.
SUMMARY: We fell in love with the Big Island in large part because of this home and wouldn't contemplate staying anywhere else when we return.
  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities


From the Owner

Hale Akala is a special piece of Kona. Built in 1895 by Manuel Goularte, a Portuguese immigrant who raised his thirteen children here. It was utilized by cowboys of the neighboring Greenwell family's Palani Ranch, to re-supply and breakfast in the 1920 and 30s. It was abandoned and left to the elements before WWII, eventually being purchased by Christian's grandparents, William and Margaret of Honolulu, in 1945. Wanting to retire to Kona (where Margaret's great grandparents, Reverend Asa and Lucy Thurston were part of the company of first Christian missionaries to the Islands, arriving in Kailua-Kona, the seat of Hawaii's ruling Kamehameha reign, in 1820, and raising their five children amongst Hawaiian ali`i), they chose the cool uplands of Holualoa. The home has been in the family for four generations. Cattle roam the surrounding ten acres of pasture and you'll hear an occasional bull bellowing from Palani Ranch in the quiet evening hours.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Kona International Airport at 15 Miles Nearest Barpub : Teshima's...a true local scene! at 6 Miles Nearest Golf : Makalei Golf Club at 15 Miles Nearest Motorway : Queen Ka`ahumanu, Highway 11 at 3 Miles Nearest Restaurant : Holuakoa Cafe at 1 Miles Nearest Ski : Mauna Kea summit in winter! at 60 Miles Nearest Beach : White Sands Beach at 5 Miles Car: necessary

The town of Holualoa, once a ranching community, is known today as an artist's hub with several well-known artist residents and established galleries to explore. Just up the road, you'll find a full service spa, churches, a world-class restaurant, and a country post office, for your convenience. Holualoa is in the prime of the 30-mile wide Kona coffee belt, where coffee has been a staple crop here for nearly two hundred years. Several coffee tours are offered in the area. The Kona Historical Society, a twenty minute drive south, offers an excellent cultural living history experience in early coffee lifestyle with thier interactive Uchida Farm destination tour. Kailua-Kona Town is just fifteen minutes away with restaurants, beautiful monarchy-era Hulihe`e Palace museum situated on the water's edge, grocery stores, banks, ocean related activities, the Kona pier (the start and finish of the world famous Ironman World Championship competition in October, as well as the sight of the International Billfish Tournament in August.)


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Holiday 2014
Nov 15 2014 - Jan 4 2015
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

  • Refundable damage deposit $500
  • Pet Fee $50
  • Cleaning $250
  • Tax Rate 15.9%

I require a further step in the booking process. I ask that rental parties print an individualized rental agreement agreement, complete, and send back via mail. I will review, initial and send back a hard copy by mail. I prefer payment by echeck. Thank you.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


From the Owner

The spacious nature of the property, old established landscaping, rock walls, pathways, fruit trees, flower beds, along with the home's architectural appeal will make you feel held and comforted.

Property Type

  • estate


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library


  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

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

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • hunting big game
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountaineering
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Floor Area

  • 3500 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet, shower
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 3 - toilet, shower
  • All bathrooms are within the three bedrooms. No half-bath in the home.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king, 1 twin/ single, 2 child bed, Two wide window seats can accommodate a child.
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 queen, 1 baby crib
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 double, In a room adjoining the TV area downstairs with no bathroom.
  • Upstairs suite has a king bed, window seat, and separate sitting area with twin sleigh bed and window seat and private bath. Child's nook next to window seat offers floor pillows, books, and toys. October 2014 renovation of an adjacent guest cottage will accommodate two people in queen-size bed.


  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • The home is your's when you are here. Lisa will be as accommodating as possible, answering your questions about Kona and Hawaii in general.
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