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About Jeff S.
Big Island resident since the year 2000 and avid hiker/kayak adventurer who also enjoys the country life. I take great pride in my beautiful home at Punaluu and make every effort to help guests to feel at home too. Being close by allows me to keep Hale Kekai up to a higher standard of cleanliness and beauty.
Jeff S. purchased this Condo in 2013
Why Jeff S. chose Pāhala
If you seek the real Hawaiian experience, this is it. Hale Ke Kai at Colony One is smack in the middle of the longest undeveloped coastline in Hawaii. It also happens to be the closest oceanfront accommodations to Volcanoes National Park and is a few minutes walk to Punaluu Black Sand Beach. This is where we have been going to 'get away' for years.
What makes this Condo unique
The raw beauty of Hawaii surrounds Hale Ke Kai. Experience the stars and awesome views of the ocean, coast, and mountains without the noise, lights, and crowds. Truly one of the worlds' hidden gems.
Pool / Spa
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Peaceful ocean retreat
This is a secluded area with gorgeous views, with plenty of space, a great walk-in shower, convenient washer and dryer in the unit, and a perfect place to relax.
The black sand beach with its resting turtles is a short walk away, Volcanoes National Park is maybe an hour up the toad,, the coffee mill is maybe 15 minutes away. This is the best place to stay in Ka’u.
Jeff was very accommodating. And responsive.
There is no supermarket for miles and miles, so plan to stock up groceries in Kona or Hilo before you make the drive. The kitchen has everything you need.
I spent some time nearly every day down at the pool and hot tub. Bring your food and you can grill right there.
Ka’u definitely has its charm and I will be back and staying right here in Hale Kekai.
Beautiful vistas. Great walks around the area
Beautiful and Peaceful
This is a wonderful place to stay- peaceful and away from the crowds. The condo has a beautiful, private view from the lanai, with the sound of the ocean adding to the relaxing environment. The ocean breezes kept the home cool. At night, we enjoyed amazing stargazing from the back yard!
We found it easy to access the south side attractions as well as Hilo. The drive between the condo and Kona is on a winding road, which I would not recommend for day trips, but is certainly possible.
The condo is well equipped, comfortable, has convenient parking, and shared use of the well maintained hot tub and pool (also with a lovely view) on the nicely manicured property. The owner Jeff was responsive to all my questions, refunded the deposit promptly, and was all around a pleasure to work with. A gem of a vacation rental!
2 Weeks In Paradise
This is a great property if you want to escape the crowds of Hawaii. It is a fair distance from the major centers on the island but I knew that prior to arrival and brought all the supplies i would need. The shared pool, hot tub and BBQ area are fantastic and fellow guests are friendly. We met a lot of interesting people while staying at this unit. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils. The living room has a very small TV with a lot of channels available. Punalu'u black sand beach is one of my favorite places in the world, who could ask for anything more. Did i mention the view is something out of a fairy tale. We definitely look forward to returning and hope that Jeff will consider us for a future rentals:)
Lovely Unit but problems with Fruit Flies
This is a very nice property in a lovely spot. It had pretty much everything we needed. Jeff provides a great deal of info to help you sightsee and enjoy your stay. We did, however, have a terrible problem with what appeared to be fruit flies at night. We couldn't find where they were coming from but by the last night it was terrible. Constant spraying didn't stop them and we were left with bodies everywhere. I left a note for the cleaners as I couldn't get rid of them due to there not being a big vacuum cleaner. I hope Jeff can sort this out as it detracts from what would otherwise be a great place to stay.
Thank you for your review and for your honesty. I genuinely appreciate your feedback.
I did receive the note you left in the unit and did my best to locate the problem. Insects are a constant issue here on the Big Island and especially so along the coast. The association has a contract requiring exterminators on site weekly and they do an exceptional job of keeping rodents and insects under control without creating a toxic environment for residents and guests.
A common question I get from my guests prior to booking is if I use pesticides or herbicides. The association does use both in what is considered by many to be a safe way. I refrain from using such harsh methods inside as much as possible because of the feed back I have gotten in the past and that many of my guests have sensitivity to strong smells and chemicals.
However, insects seem to bloom out of nowhere at times (and often for only a few days) requiring insecticide. Termix has spot treated Hale Kekai, and I will be monitoring the situation as best I can while striking a balance with my guests needs and privacy in mind.
Should you choose to return, please text or call me any time if something is troubling you regarding your stay. If you run into this problem anywhere you stay, please give the owner a heads up so they have an opportunity to show you that your happiness is paramount.
I am glad you enjoyed the other aspects of your stay and genuinely appreciate your feedback.
Stock up on everything before you come as there are no shops or restaurants for miles! But if the hubbub of "touristy" Hawaii is a bit much, this beautifully decorated place will be a welcome relief. There is no A/C, but the fans and cross breezes work just as well.
We loved our stay here, and would definitely return!
Hale Ke Kai is located in the Colony One condominiums at Sea Mountain Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii. Punaluu Black Sand Beach is a few minutes walk away. Punaluu offers swimming and snorkeling at one of the 'Top Ten Black Sand Beaches in the World.' Colony One is surrounded by the southernmost golf course in the United States and also has tennis courts minutes away. There are day hikes along the coast where you can see the beautiful coastline of Ka'u with a mountain backdrop provided by Mauna Loa. There are many archaeological sites and petroglyphs (Pre-contact drawings carved in the lava) along the coastal trail. The nearby town of Pahala is about 10 minutes (East or 'Hilo side' as the locals say) away and has a small convenience store, bank, Post Office, and Pharmacy. Pahala is an old sugar plantation town and still has the local flair that other towns can only imitate. A short drive from Pahala is the Ka'u Coffee Mill recognized as one of the best roasteries in the world. The Mill is a must visit for every lover of coffee, macadamia nuts, or beautiful artwork. Kathleen Kam's wonderful scenes of Ka'u adorn the Guest Shop and the staff provide free tours of the Coffee Mill, Roastery, Drying Area, and the Coffee Fields. Free samples are available. Continuing up the road a few minutes leads you to the splendor of Wood Valley and the Tibetan Buddhist Temple, Nechung Dorje Draying Ling. Walk the temple grounds and feel the peace of this special place.
Volcanoes National Park is only 30 minutes away with lava viewing and excellent hiking or walking trails for all levels. Next to the National Park is the town of Volcano. Volcano has a great local art center and has a number of restaurants to choose from, all the way from sandwiches at Eagle's Lighthouse Cafe to the posh evening meal at Kilauea Lodge.
Because the Big Island is...well, an island, you can also go the other way (West or as the locals say 'Kona side') to Naalehu about 15 minutes from Hale Ke Kai. Along the way you will pass Honuapo Beach Park with it's Hawaiian Fish Ponds used to catch fish with the tide in days gone by. As you go up the hill to Naalehu (or when you return to Punaluu) be certain to stop at the Scenic Point. The view is one of a kind...the longest undeveloped coastline in Hawaii and probably the world. Naalehu has a large grocery store, the Punaluu Bakery (great Malasadas), and restaurants to choose from. Head further 'Kona side' and visit South Point, the southernmost point in the U.S.. Green Sands Beach is a hike, or 4wd trip away from South Point (you can also hire local people to drive you out). Green Sands is famous for its olivine cliffs and sand and is a unique spot to swim in the shore break or dig your feet into the warm sand.
The Big Island and Ka'u abound with activities that will keep everyone in your group wanting to stay longer, and we hope that Hale Ke Kai plays an integral part of a truly memorable visit.