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Review 1496: Owner, Hoku’Ea Hale
3bed/2.5bath house near Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
November, 2004, 1 week
This lovely house is located on the ocean side of Alii drive approximately 4.5 miles south of Kailua-Kona. This area is very quiet at night, yet very convenient to Kailua-Kona if you desire to go there for dinner or shopping. Since the house faces west, you have the opportunity for some spectacular sunsets. We also spotted some dolphins during our stay.
The Keauhou shopping center is a little over a mile away, so you would need to drive in order to carry back groceries. There are also several grocery stores in Kona that you can stop at on the way to the house to stock up. The shopping center has several smaller restaurants, but the majority are located in Kona.
The house was in excellent shape. Everything was clean when we arrived - plenty of towels for going to the beach.
A wonderful lanai ran along the entire ocean side of the house. Plenty of lounge chairs as well as a dining table and chairs. No pool, but there was a jacuzzi.
Everything was clean and comfortable. Lovely dining area in the house that we actually never used. We ate outside at the table on the lanai. Very spacious feeling to the house.
The beds were very comfortable. One bedroom was located on the 1st floor with private bath. The other two bedrooms were on the second floor with a shared bath. Bedrooms and baths were very spacious. There was also a 1/2 bath on the 1st floor, as well as a laundry area.
The kitchen was very well equipped - plenty of pots, pans & dishes. We ate every breakfast, most lunches, and several dinners, so we put everything to good use!!
Problems or Bonuses
They have a propane grill in the garage for renters use - and we did!! One evening we prepared dinner entirely on the grill - fresh fish (from the fish market in Kona) and fresh vegetables from the farmers market. We all actually felt that this was the best meal of our vacation!!!
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Our fiends actually "won" this week stay at a charity auction and invited us to join them. So they dealt directly with the owner as far as making arrangements. The onsight person (who may normally handle the rental also) was wonderful to work with. She had fresh flowers strategically placed prior to our arrival and checked with us several times during our stay to make sure everything was OK.
Pricing is listed on the website. Since I'm not familiar with prices on The Big Island, I don't know if this would be considered high or not. However, if shared between two couples it doesn't seem that bad. And, if you are the type to eat meals at home - restaurant prices seemed quite high - you can save quite a bit of money.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would not hesitate to recommend Hoku’Ea Hale. It is in a great location and was a truly enjoyable place to stay.
Things to do in this area
There are two beaches within walking distance. The White Sands Beach is about a 1/2 mile away and is a wonderful beach for body surfing. The Kahalu'u Beach is even closer. This is a snorkeling/surfing/turtle beach. In fact you can watch the surfers on this beach from the house. I have read that it can get very crowded during high season, but it was not for our stay. We went to the Kilauea Crater and Volcano park for a day trip. However, we felt we really didn't have much time there and it would probably be better to spend the night and have two days to tour.
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