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The Pagoda House A Vacation Rental on Historic Kealakekua bay marine sanctuary, Hawaii

Aloha! Welcome to the Pagoda House ...

The Pagoda House is our open-air 4 bedroom / 3 bathroom home with a private swimming pool that sits on over a half-acre of tropical gardens and just across a one lane road from the pristine waters of the Kealakekua Bay Marine Sanctuary on Hawai'i's Big Island. We are only 12 or so miles south of the resorts in Kailua-Kona, but it feels like a world away ...

If you're planning a visit to the Big Island of Hawai'i, the Pagoda House is a beautiful place to get away from it all with family and friends.

It's also a great base for exploring the beautiful and historic neighborhood, snorkeling, scuba diving or kayaking Kealakekua Bay, or exploring everything else the Big Island has to offer.

The house comfortably sleeps eight, but if you have children in your party we can always creatively rearrange to fit a few more. There are two master bedrooms (one with king-sized bed, one with queen-sized bed) and both have en-suite bathrooms. There are also two additional guest bedrooms (one with queen bed, one with two twin beds) that share a common bathroom.

The rate is $499 nightly most of the year, and $599 nightly in our high-traffic weeks (Thanksgiving, December 15th-March 31st). You can book with us via Airbnb. Or we also list on VRBO. Just click the buttons below and you'll get to our listing.

Aerial View of Pagoda House ... very private from the neighbors.

I fell in love with the house and its location the first minute I saw it. Let me show you a few of the reasons why ...

Fragrant Plumeria trees by the private swimming pool ...
Ocean view from the pool, patio and front deck.

I love its traditional Hawaiian-style architecture...

The house has screens across its front and sides (instead of glass windows) and this lets the off-shore ocean breezes flow through so the house stays cool. The screens also let in the sound of ocean waves and bird-song.

The living room ...

The ocean, garden and cliff views out every window make you feel like you're in a big, well-furnished tree-house ...

Pagoda House is nicely (but not overly) renovated. The gourmet kitchen has a Sub-Zero refrigerator and dual freezers, a Wolff oven, limestone counters, and everything else you need. It's a great place to gather and cook with family. But the open-air design also makes it feel just a tiny bit like glamping ...

Lovely, open and airy kitchen ...

I really love the layout ...

The house is pretty big (almost 2800 square feet) and there are plenty of places for everyone to come together for a meal, a conversation, a swim or a game. But there are plenty of places to retreat for some privacy too.

First floor Master Bedroom with private en-suite bathroom
First floor master also has peek-views of the ocean through the palm trees ...
Wave window above the stairs leading to the upstairs master bedroom ...
Lovely view of the ocean, pool and Manini Beach from the upstairs master bedroom.
The upstairs master bedroom has its own sitting area, bedroom and large bath ...
The master bedroom shower opens to the back garden, but is still completely private ...
The upstairs master bath also has twin sinks ...
This is the other main floor bedroom, with a queen size bed. It shares a bathroom with the fourth bedroom, which has two twin beds.
Fourth bedroom with two twin beds ...

I especially love the incredible tropical garden. Let's go take a look ...

Gate to the front garden and pool area. The house sits on just over a half-acre so there is a backyard too, with outdoor shower.
ocean views from the pool and patio ...
This is just one of the varieties of mango growing in the yard ... there's another bigger tree in the back yard.
... some bananas growing outside the downstairs master bedroom.
orange hibiscus ...
... and yellow hibiscus.
orchid growing near the pool and bird-bath ...
heliconia rostrata (lobster claw)
bird of paradise

I love swimming, snorkeling and kayaking in the calm, clear, protected waters of Kealakekua Bay.

Kealakekua (pronounced Kay-ala-kay-koo-a -- Hawai'ian for 'Pathway to the Gods') Bay is a protected marine life sanctuary and state park. It's widely considered one of the top snorkeling sites in all of the Hawaiian Islands. There are only three kayak companies with licenses to rent kayaks or give tours of the bay -- and they all put in at the Napo'opo'o wharf, which is just across the street and down two lots from Pagoda House. Another local favorite snorkeling spot on Honaunau Bay ("Two Step") is just a few minutes drive south -- next to historic National Park Pu'uhonua o Honaunau.

This picture of spinner dolphins was taken in the bay just in front of the house ...
Lovely Manini Beach park is just a few minutes walk to the south of the Pagoda House and has easy beach access to the bay, a mix of sand, rock and grass, picnic tables and a terrific community garden.

Pods of spinner dolphins frequent the bay (view them from a distance -- they're here to rest!), as do sea turtles, many types of colorful fish, and sometimes even whales. Visibility is often up to 100 ft. when the water is calm.

You'll definitely see Hawai'i's state fish: the humuhumunukunukuapua'a.

Much of the time the water is calm, flat and clear. But occasionally, when there is south-facing swell, there is a left surf break at Manini Beach Park just around the corner (not for beginners!)

Surf's up at Manini Beach ... but not for me. With the rocks there, it's a little too hairy for someone of my skill level. I like the cruisy longboard waves up at Kahalu'u Beach Park ...

There's another more reliable left reef break (also not for beginners) just a few minutes drive or a short bike ride from the house. Sleepy and secluded Ke'ei Beach -- my favorite local beach -- is down a bumpy pot-holed road so you need a vehicle with good clearance.

Ke'ei Beach ... just a few minutes away by car. A bit longer on foot.

But, maybe most of all, I love that the house sits in one of the most historically and spiritually significant locations in all of Hawai'i ...

I am a total history geek. And the history of this particular spot on the Big Island is extraordinarily rich. Hawaii's original settlers came in open-hulled canoes from the Marquesas Islands in the South Pacific about A.D. 250-450, with later migrations coming from Tahiti. And some of their earliest settlements were established right here over a thousand years ago. This is where the ali'i (Hawai'ian royalty) lived. And, to protect a kings' 'mana' (spiritual power) after death, his bones were buried in the steep cliffs you can see from the Pagoda House upstairs master bedroom window ...

Hikiau Heiau - a sacred temple site just a few minutes walk north on the road in front of Pagoda House.
Captain Cook Monument - it marks where he was killed in 1779 but it's also a great snorkeling spot just a short kayak trip away ...

Kealakekua Bay is where the first extensive contact between the West and Native Hawai'ians took place ...

It's hard to believe given how sleepy the neighborhood is now, but when Captain James Cook landed here in 1779, this village was home to thousands of native Hawai'ians who rowed and paddled out to greet him. A few months later, Cook was killed here at the spot marked by the monument pictured above ....

Native Hawaiians rowing to meet the HMS Resolution and the HMS Discovery - as drawn by voyage artist John Webber in 1779. As a surfer, I love that the first documented image of a Hawaiian on a surfboard is in water I see from my bedroom window. I also wish the beach at the north end of our road was still sandy like depicted here, but it's not. Hurricane Iniki washed away the sand and deposited boulders there in 1992.

It's also only a few minutes drive down the road from the house to another beautiful historical and sacred spot: Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park -- or the "Place of Refuge." If you'd broken a kapu (a strict law) in ancient Hawai'i, the penalty was often death -- unless you ran, swam or canoe'd like crazy and made it here. Then you were absolved by the kahuna (priests) and safe from your pursuers ...

Pu'uhonua o Honaunau National Park - about a five minute drive south of Pagoda House. There's also a great snorkeling spot just outside the park entrance called "Two Step."

When Hawai'i tourism became all the rage in the 1930s, the neighborhood also was memorialized in song ...

Here's the (unintentionally hilarious) Hollywood version of "My Little Grass Shack in Kealakekua, Hawai'i" ....

... but I prefer the more kama'aina (local) steel guitar version over faux Hollywood hula. You can also use this song to help you learn how to pronounce humuhumunukunukuapua'a. ;-)

Pagoda House also is a perfect location for exploring the rest of our neighborhood or for taking day trips around the Big Island ...

The Kona Coffee Co-op is just up the hill from us, as are many coffee farms that offer tours and tastings. I also love exploring the local Captain Cook farmer's market (Sunday only).

The Kona Coffee Co-op is just a few minutes up the hill ...
Big Island Bees is a few minutes drive up the hill on the left, just past the coffee co-op -- they offer honey tastings, tours and have a lovely little store with bee-related products.

And, of course, the Big Island's main attraction -- Madam Pele / Hawaii Volcanoes National Park -- is just an 80 mile picturesque drive around the southern tip of the island. As of late July, lava is flowing into the ocean again ... making for spectacular viewing.

Kilauea at night ...

If you're interested in renting the Pagoda House, please contact us.

Nightly rates are $499 most of the year and $599 in the high season (Thanksgiving week, and December 15th-March 31st). You can rent directly by emailing mary@pagodahousehawaii.com. Or you can book via Airbnb or VRBO. Just click the link below to visit our listings.

Mahalo nui loa!

Pagoda House from the air. Note the Napo'opo'o Wharf (kayak launch) just across the street and two lots North, as well as the Kealakekua State Historical Park Beach at the foot of the cliffs. The Captain Cook monument is at the top center of the picture. Manini Beach park is just out of the picture on the left hand side.

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