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Pu'u Menehune (God's Country!) 13 Acre Ranch-home, Stream & Waterfalls in Waimea

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  • bedrooms 2
  • baths 2
  • sleeps 6
  • pool no
  • hot tub no
  • pets considered ask owner
  • type Bungalow

vacation rental description

Aloha, we'd like to share with you the story of our property, Pu'u Menehune, which was, until recently, bull pasture for Parker Ranch. Our pristine 13-acre parcel, located in the heart of Paniola (Hawaiian cowboy) country, is blessed with a meandering stream, abundant waterfalls, and unsurpassed views of sacred Mauna Kea ('White Mountain') volcano.

As you will experience when you hike Pu'u Menehune, this area was the summer playground for Hawaiian Ali'i (royalty) who came to Waimea for its cool upslope weather, open spaces, fun outdoor activities, and beautiful vistas. This is truly God's Country!

The 1920's paniola style home (bungalow) was formerly part of the historic Waimea Hotel and was saved by the owners from the wrecking ball when it was moved to its present location and painstakingly restored to its former glory -- a project that took the owners over 2-years to complete. Each room is furnished with period antiques and fixtures including an old, double drain, porcelain kitchen sink, period porcelain pedestal sinks in the bathrooms, chandeliers and period lighting in every room, high ceilings with original crown moldings, as well as a wood burning fireplace with ample firewood, and a wrap-around portch to entice you out of the house for the evening. During your stay, you will feel as though you stepped back in time, to a time when life was easier, when relaxation was permissible, when sitting on the front portch was the evening's entertainment.

On a clear, moonlit night, you will be treated to unsurpassed views of Mauna Kea. Feel free to do a 'moon walk' under the star-filled skies. Greet the morning with your cup of Kona coffee and watch the sunrise as you gaze across Parker Ranch's vast pastures and grazing cattle. Watch as the sun dances across two beautiful pu'u (cinder cones) fronting the property and the Jurassic Park-like scenery surrounding the bungalow-house.

Pu'u Menehune is surrounded by beautiful, native forests, horse and cattle ranches, pastures, and unspoiled forests, and has its own flowing stream with numerous waterfalls and ponds. Look and you will be treated to the sight of pheasants, turkeys, quail, as well as native honey-creepers and birds of prey like the Hawaiian owl (pueo) and Hawaiian hawk (io). Enjoy the beauty of your own stream and the many pristine waterfalls which cascade along its course formiing numerous ponds. The property is partially forested with native koa, ohia, sandalwood trees, hapu'u ferns, maile, and other native plants. Other trees include apple, peach, pear, plum, cherry, orange, tangerine, lemon, lime, and clementine trees. Our 13 acre ranch offers you privacy, peace and quiet, hiking, and a nature walk along our pristine stream just a two-minute walk from the house, breathtaking waterfalls, and unsurpassed vistas of Mauna Kea and of Parker Ranch and its vast pastures, as well as abundant and unspoiled nature -- an artist's and photographer's delight! Located at a 3,300 foot elevation, the property offers constantly changing weather patterns and it is not unusual to find yourself in a cloud or mountain mist.

Although you will feel like you are in a world of your own, the charming town of Waimea is just 5 minutes away by car and offers all modern conveniences. The only thing we ask is that you join us in cherishing and protecting our hsitoric home and this beautiful land -- truly God's Country!

Our historic, plantation bungalow features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, a day-bed, a gourmet kitchen having an antique porcelain double sink, modern stainless steel appliances including refrigerator, gas stove with an electric oven located on an island, microwave, kitchen fully furnished with dishes (some antique), glasses (including wine glasses), cutlery, pots, pans, baking pans, spices, and partly stocked pantry. Kona coffee and various teas are provided in the 'coffee bar'. Other features include high ceilings with original moldings, antique lighting, wood burning fireplace, wrap around portch to enjoy those breathtaking views, vistas from every room, cable t.v., DVD player, CD stereo (music will never sound better), and a walk-in, slate shower with panoramic views! The two bedrooms sleep 4 adults. One bedroom has a princess cradle for an infant or toddler. The living room has a 'day-bed' for a fifth adult or two if you like it cozy. A stacked washer/dryer is also available.

We promise you a memorable stay! Aloha!

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Last modified on 08-13-2014 at 10:11 PM.

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Peter Lenhart 808-227-5262

bungalow rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • 1 story bungalow
    • floor area 1500 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • mountain view
  • Theme
    • adventure
    • romantic
    • family
    • away from it all
    • historic
    • tourist attractions
  • General
    • hair dryer
    • iron & board
    • living room
      • Living room furnished with antiques
    • washing machine
      • Stacked washer and dryer
    • clothes dryer
      • Stacked washer and dryer
    • fireplace
      • Wood burning fireplace stocked with firewood
    • internet
      • Cable
    • towels provided
      • Baths fully stocked
    • parking
      • Plentiful parking. See photos of property
    • telephone
      • One landline for local calls
    • heating
      • Space heaters
    • linens provided
      • Beds fully dressed
  • Kitchen
    • refrigerator
      • Stainless steel refrigerator
    • freezer
      • Stainless steel freezer
    • stove
      • Gas stove and electric oven sited in an island
    • microwave
      • Stainless steel microwave
    • coffee maker
      • Coffee maker, Kona coffee, and assorted teas available at a coffee bar located in kitchen
    • toaster
    • dishes & utensils
      • Fully furnished kitchen with dishes, cutlery, glasses, etc.
    • kitchen
      • Gourmet Kitchen fully outfitted with pots, pans, cutlery, dishes, etc. Kitchen has beautiful views and is located next to dining room that also has fabulous views!
    • ice maker
    • pantry items
      • Pantry partly furnished for use by guests
  • Dining
    • dining
      • Antique dining room seats 8 with chadelier and formal setting
    • dining room
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • bathroom 1: toilet, shower
    • bathroom 2: toilet, shower
      • 2 full baths (one bath has a walk in slate shower with panoramic views). Baths are outfitted with antique porcelain pedestal sinks.
  • Bedrooms
    • 2 bedrooms, sleeps 6, beds for 5-6
    • bedroom 1: 1 queen
    • bedroom 2: 1 queen, 1 child bed, 1 baby crib
      • 2 Queen-Size (antique) beds (maple and cherry wood four posted beds, beautifullly dressed) and one day-bed
  • Entertainment
    • television
      • One color t.v. with cable
    • satellite / cable
      • Cable t.v.
    • stereo
      • Stereo available for FM/CDs
    • dvd player
      • One DVD/CD player
    • books
      • Limited books
    • music library
      • Limiited music library
  • Outside
    • lawn / garden
      • 13 acre parcel with over one acre groomed and planted
    • porch / veranda
      • Covered wrap-around deck and portch
    • deck / patio
      • Wrap-around, covered, deck and patio
    • lanai / gazebo
      • Covered, wrap-around, deck and portch
  • Suitability
    • minimum age limit for renters
      • 18
    • children welcome
    • non smoking only
    • limited accessibility
    • long-term renters welcome

activities and attractions in Waimea The Big Island

  • Attractions
    • churches
    • cinemas
    • museums
    • restaurants
    • health/beauty spa
    • ruins
  • Leisure Activities
    • horseback riding
    • walking
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • eco tourism
    • antiquing
    • horseshoes
    • shelling
    • shopping
    • wildlife viewing
    • scenic drives
    • whale watching
    • luaus
    • sight seeing
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • snorkeling/diving
    • kayaking
    • parasailing
    • whitewater rafting
    • snorkeling
    • sound/bay fishing
    • surf fishing
    • swimming
    • sailing
    • cycling
    • fishing
    • golf
    • wind-surfing
    • mountain biking
    • mountaineering
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • surfing
    • hunting
    • equestrian events
    • deepsea fishing
    • hiking
    • hunting big game
    • hunting small game
    • jet skiing

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  • owner Peter Lenhart
  • phone 808-227-5262
  • 2nd phone + 808-536-7599

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vacation rental rates


  • $250/nt
  • U.S. Dollars
  • $250.00 per night; $175.00 clearning fee; owners reserve right to charge higher
  • during peak season; General Excise Tax and Transient Accommodation Tax of 13.42%;
  • $750.00 deposit; bookings require full prepayment; prepayment is refundable if
  • cancelled 90-days or more in advance of stay; 3 night minimum stay. 'Peak-
  • season' is December 15th to April 10th, as well as State and Federal holidays.

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traveler reviews for this waimea bungalow rental

Stuningly Beautiful

Review submitted: January 16, 2013   Date of arrival: December 31, 2012

We celebrated the New Year at Pu’u Menekune. It is truly a gem. The views of Mauna Kea are unobstructed and beautiful. What a treat to wake up to the dawn light peeking through the wall of windows and sneak out onto the porch and enjoy a cup of tea and watch the world and sun rise. The sunrise might only be outshined by the sun reflecting off of the hills and mountain at sunset. The historic house was carefully moved from downtown Waemea and painstakingly restored and configured into a beautiful two bedroom, two bathroom home. The house is airy, elegant and filled with light. The furnishings are all antiques and complete the house into a graceful comfortable home. Pu’u Menekune is really comfortable and it feels as if you are visiting a friend’s home. The kitchen is nicely arranged, filled with beautiful china plates and has an amazing sink to wash your dishes. The water is well water and very tasty. The star filled evenings did get chilly, but we were able to stay nice and cozy in the lovely bedding provided and did not need to turn on the space heaters. There is wireless internet that was very speedy and lots of beach toys that we really enjoyed using. Mahalo for a wonderful stay. Hopefully we will visit again (soon!)

Recommended for: adventure seekers, age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


Landscape Immersion

Review submitted: January 6, 2013   Date of arrival: December 23, 2012

We said a sad good-bye to Pu'u Menehune, the beautifully restored old house on the hill in Waimea after 5 wonderful days over Christmas. If you want to explore the big Island and you love driving through amazing and diverse landscapes then this is the house for you. We started each morning by wide-opening all of the dining room windows to the morning sun for a leisurely breakfast, drenched in the view across the broad valley to Mauna Kea. The Island's varied weather dictated which coast to explore each day. From Pu'U Menehune you can reasonably day-trip to either Hilo and surroundings on the east coast or Kailua-Kona and surroundings on the west coast. We went to Hilo twice, managing Waipi'o Valley, the beautiful old heart of Hilo itself and Rainbow Falls on the first day and the Hawai'i Tropical Botanical Gardens, the Kapaho tide pools and Kilauea crater the second with enough late afternoon daylight left to enjoy the Kohala Mountain Road on the way to a pizza dinner in Kapa'au. The highlight of both Hilo trips though was the drive back to Waimea on Saddle Road - absolutely along with Kohola Mountain Road for landscape lovers, not to be missed. In stark contrast to its tropical east side, the west side of the island, at least the portion north of Kailua-Kona, is gently rolling fields of black lava rock with widely separated oasis-like resort hotel/golfing/shopping complexes along the coast. We had an afternoon snorkeling at one of the beach-town like beaches that extend south of Kailua-Kona and ended the week with two nights at the hotel on Hapuna Beach with daily coastal trail hikes to Mauna Kea Beach – both stunningly beautiful. Just the right split for us between exploring and beaching, but alas not enough daytime time at the house on the hill. We’ll definitely dedicate at least a day to the porch next time.

Recommended for: age 55+, families with young children, families with teenagers, sight seeing, romantic getaway

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


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This vacation rental has been listed since 11/3/2012.