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'Hale o Lei...You Will Never Want to Leave!'

Bedrooms 4
Half Baths1
Space 1,600 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

House, 4 Bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, 10 Sleeps

Hale o Lei is a charming, private 4 bedroom 2 1/2 bath beach house across the street from Kealakekua Bay, in quaint, historical, alternately bustling and serene Napo'opo'o Village. Our home is perfect for enjoying the uniqueness of this area and the Big Island. Hale o Lei has both inside and open-air living and dining areas, private master bedroom suite, outside spa and shower, a sunning deck, and 2 lanais facing the ocean. It is screened to allow you to enjoy the ocean breezes. We have completely outfitted Hale o Lei so that you will feel like you are coming home. It is about 100 feet from the kayak launching pier, a short walk to Manini and Keei Beaches, a one mile kayak to the Captain Cook Monument, a short drive to Pu'uhonua o Honaunau (The Place of Refuge), and right at some of the best snorkeling and spinner dolphin watching in Hawaii. We are eager to help in any way to make this your best vacation experience ever!

For a full Big Island experience, combine your visit with Hale Ehu Kai (Sea Spray House), our wheelchair accessible oceanfront home south of Hilo (#7030479)

More Details

Hart or Marlene Phillips
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This HomeAway partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great traveler experience.

Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 19, 2018

About Hart or Marlene Phillips

Aloha! We moved the Big Island in 2001 because we had traveled widely and this place provided us with the culture, scenery, and overall environment that fit us well. For many years, we lived right up the hill from Hale o Lei, in Kona Coffee Country. Now, we live Puna-side and are loving it there, too. Very special Island!!

Hart or Marlene Phillips purchased this house in 2005

Why Hart or Marlene Phillips chose Captain Cook

Kealakekua Bay has perhaps the best snorkeling in all of Hawaii. We have equipped our home to support this activity, as well as having a comfortable base to do anything you want. It is truly a home away from home, as you can see from our ratings.

What makes this house unique

Well situated, well equipped, well located, comfortable, enjoyable. We also have an oceanfront vacation home on the other side of the island (Hale Ehu Kai #7030479) and many people stay with us on both sides of the Big Island.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We’ve really enjoyed our stay here- love the upstairs bedroom with the ocean view and “jungle” bird songts. This is a comfortable home with all the amenities one could ask for.

My husband highly recommends the Manta Ray dive. “Other Worldly!” Mahalo
Apr 2011
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Captain Cook House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1600 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Monument View
  • Mountain View
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View
  • Rural
  • Village ...
  • Water View
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Adjoins master suite upstairs
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Half Bathroom - toilet , Sink
    Bathroom 4 - outdoor shower
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Half bath off this bedroom. Has louvers and ac.
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , 1 child bed , 1 baby crib , Full bath and walk in closet....own TV
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single , Shared full bath with queen bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Shares bath with twin bedroom
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • coin laundry
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • rain forests
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • volcano
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Full Kitchen- including everything you could possibly need Ample beds- 2 kings, 1 queen, 2 twins (all with memory foam toppers), 3 futons, and even a crib/play pen and youth bed Outside shower for coming in from the beach and before a spa Outside spa Sunning deck and 2 ocean-side lanais Outside charcoal BBQ Washer/dryer Satellite TV CD/DVD Player Wireless high speed internet Telephone Boogie boards/fins, noodles, beach chairs, floating viewing platform, and snorkel equipment


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'Hale o Lei...You Will Never Want to Leave!'
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 43 reviews
Boise, ID

A comfortable retreat in paradise!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 stayed at Hale o Lei for one week and had an amazing time. The house had plenty of room, comfortable beds and was very well appointed, especially the kitchen. Hart was excellent about communicating and making sure we were comfortable.

The proximity of the house to Kealakekua Bay made for very easy access to the best snorkeling on the island. My kids loved watching the resident geckos hunt insects. If you're looking for true adventure, Hale o Lei is the place.

  • Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We look forward to the next visit by these guests!
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Love the house! Snorkeling across the street was amazing! Clean well equipped house!

  • 5 of 5

Amazing Snorkeling and kayaking across the street. Quiet and very well equipped house. Clean and great for family of 9!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Happy New Years beach fun

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Hale o Lei during our New Years vacation. The house is has a very beach house feel to it, which is exactly what we would looking for. The house is next to Captain Cook and Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park. We would definitely recommend this rental.

  • Submitted: Jan 6, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Lovely Country Home

  • 4 of 5

Great place just across the street from the water. Our three generation family of 8 had fun jumping off the pier as well as snorkeling, fishing, and paddle boarding all around the bay. The house is not fancy and the grounds are jungley but everything was in good repair and very functional. The hot tub did not work when we arrived but Hart had it fixed in a day, thanks, we loved soaking under the banana grove! If you're looking for a humble country home in a magical locale you will be happy here!

  • Submitted: Dec 25, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, well stocked!

  • 5 of 5

For the location and price its definitely a 5-star to us--we loved the place and the pictures are accurate. The location is farther from the highway than "as the crow flies" would indicate--good for getting away, not so good for getting a carton of POG. The house is well stocked with snorkel gear, boogie boards, and kitchen items. We probably saved $250 on rental gear! Hart and Marlene were very responsive to questions and advice. Great location for exploring the rest of the island. Take the southern route to the volcano!

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing indoor outdoor experience - Mahalo

  • 4 of 5

With no windows and a metal roof we were fully in touch with the outdoors. It rained lightly every day and the sounds were amazing. The huge mango tree produced mangoes every day that fell on the lawn. We had mango smoothies every day. Lots of space every where. The living room kitchen and dinning area is all adjacent each other and open for close conversations. Two covered outdoor sitting areas were great for sitting out in the rain. No windows actually worked well. With ceiling fans in every room and sitting space, I enjoyed listening to the outdoors and staying cool. A few of the screens needed some repairs which let a few mosquitoes in, but overall worked well. We did have to keep bug spray on not to get bit, because they did get in.

The location of the house is very nice. Two doors down there is a old boat dock that one can jump in and begin snorkeling. lots of fish in Kealakekua bay. About a mile down the road is Manini beach, which is rough on your feet, but the kids really enjoyed swimming and exploring there. Being in the Kealakekua bay was nice, because you are among the locals. The disadvantage was that the windy road up to the highway adds 25 minutes to your travels, and the grocery store was 30 minutes to the house. Captain Cooks monument, which is why many come to this location has gone downhill over the last 2 decades. The owner of Kona Boys kayaks lives 2 doors down (very nice people). We rented kayaks at his launching point a mile from the house and visited Captain Cooks monument for snorkeling, but even with all the new restrictions and permits the seen is crowded with large tour boats and dozens of kayaks floating over the coral. To the south a single lane road (30 minutes) takes you to Pae'a (aka "Two Step"), which is amazing snorkeling with great variety of fish and large. This would be the snorkeling site to go to more than once.

Overall, we were happy with the house. It is an older house and some thing need maintenance, like sticky bathroom doors, slow shower head, and openings in some screens. I have emailed the owners and hopefully they will make some repairs. All that being said, I would recommend staying at Hale o Lei for a more down to earth local Hawaii experience.


  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are appreciative that this guest enjoyed his time at Hale o Lei! Also that he gave us feedback on a few things we can attend to next week. The daily rain during his visit he mentioned encourages mosquitos to come out more than normal (especially at sunset). That's why we provide an inside "bug zapper", bug spray, outside mosquito coils, citronella candles, and a sealed glass front door guests can use (instead of the screen door they evidently used). There were no holes in screens a couple of weeks ago, part of vacation rental wear and tear, I guess. All items he mentioned will be history next week.
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Nearest Barpub
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
200 Metres
Car: recommended
Other Activities:

Top Thing to do in City:

* Kayak.

* Snorkel.

* Relax.

* Boogie board.

* Sit in spa.

Top Thing to do in Budget:

* Hike the Captain Cook Monument.

* Explore the Island.

* Dolphin watch.

* Surf.

* Read.

Top Thing to do in Family:

* Play on the beach.

* Relax on the beach.

* Basketball.

* Enjoy each other.

* Do things everyone likes!.

Kayaking- right outside your door (PLEASE NOTE THAT, AS OF 6/1/13, THE STATE OF HAWAII REOPENED THE BAY TO KAYAKING). For more information on current Bay use regulations contact

Snorkeling- some of the best in Hawaii

Beach lounging/combing

Exploring our Island



Relaxing in the spa


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250
Property Damage Protection $59
Refundable damage deposit $200
Tax Rate 14.42%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.