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Relax and Enjoy! Five Star Accommodations at Affordable Rates! in Honaunau

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vacation rental description

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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house rental amenities

  • Property Type
    • house
    • floor area 1800 sq. ft.
  • Meals
    • guests provide their own meals
  • Location Type
    • ocean view
    • water view
  • Theme
    • family
    • away from it all
  • General
    • internet
    • towels provided
    • telephone
    • parking
    • linens provided
    • wireless internet
    • covered parking
    • parking off street
    • broadband access
    • activities guide
    • alarm clock
    • ceiling fans
    • filtered water
    • hair dryer
    • laundry soap
    • local activities guide
    • local maps
    • paper towels
    • local restaurant guide
    • shampoo
    • basic soaps
    • toilet paper
    • iron & board
    • clothes dryer
    • washing machine
  • Kitchen
    • blender
    • coffee grinder
    • pantry items
    • stove
    • kitchen
    • microwave
    • refrigerator
    • dishwasher
    • freezer
    • oven
    • coffee maker
    • toaster
    • ice maker
    • cooking utensils
  • Dining
    • dining area
  • Bathrooms
    • 2 bathrooms
    • bathroom 1:
    • bathroom 2:
      • 2
  • Bedrooms
    • 4 bedrooms, sleeps 10, beds for 8-10
    • bedroom 1:
    • bedroom 2:
    • bedroom 3:
    • bedroom 4:
    • loft:
      • Queen size Beds (5), Baby Cribs (1) Portable crib
  • Entertainment
    • television
    • radio
    • satellite / cable
    • cd player
    • books
    • stereo
    • dvd player
  • Outside
    • lawn / garden
    • barbecue
    • balcony
    • deck / patio
    • beach chairs
    • beach towels
    • large cooler
    • small cooler
    • outdoor grill
    • wood deck
    • porch / veranda
    • unscreened porch / veranda
    • lanai / gazebo
      • (3) Lower lanais off bedrooms and upper lanai at living area wraps around entire level.
  • Suitability
    • non smoking only
    • pets considered
      • Please contact us for details.
    • children welcome
    • wheelchair inaccessible
  • Onsite Services
    • massage
  • Notes
    • New Microwave, New Dishwasher, New Refrigerator w/Ice Maker, New range and oven, Come see our web site for additional information and pictures

activities and attractions in Honaunau The Big Island

  • Attractions
    • zoo
    • museums
    • cinemas
    • health/beauty spa
    • restaurants
    • botanical garden
    • caves
    • churches
    • forests
    • marina
    • nude beach
    • rain forests
    • reefs
    • ruins
    • volcano
    • waterfalls
  • Leisure Activities
    • horseback riding
    • walking
    • shelling
    • shopping
    • beachcombing
    • bird watching
    • boating
    • sight seeing
    • antiquing
    • wildlife viewing
    • scenic drives
    • whale watching
    • luaus
  • Sports & Adventure Activities
    • mountain climbing
    • pier fishing
    • rafting
    • snorkeling
    • surf fishing
    • golf privileges optional
    • jet skiing
    • parasailing
    • deepsea fishing
    • hunting small game
    • hunting
    • wind-surfing
    • mountaineering
    • paragliding
    • scuba diving or snorkeling
    • hiking
    • spelunking
    • cycling
    • snorkeling/diving
    • fishing
    • mountain biking
    • rock climbing
    • kayaking
    • tennis
    • surfing
    • golf
    • swimming
    • sailing

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vacation rental rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:

Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekend Weekly Monthly Event Minimum Stay
High Season
Dec 15 2014 - Mar 31 2015
3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 nights

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $250 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit $500
Rates are good for up to six guests. Add $25/night for each additional guest.
Tax Rate 13.42%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.

traveler reviews for this honaunau house rental

Perfect House in Captain Cook

Review submitted: August 26, 2014   Date of arrival: July 8, 2014

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!

Helpful votes: 0 / 0


A Beautiful Retreat Where Mountain Meets Sea

Review submitted: February 27, 2014   Date of arrival: May 25, 2013

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.

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


PERFECT! Authentic but with every amenity!

Review submitted: January 26, 2014   Date of arrival: December 30, 2013

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!

Helpful votes: 3 / 6


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Honaunau vacation rental

This vacation rental has been listed since 10/17/2005.