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Description from the manager
Yes the whales are this close! Mele Kohola means "Singing Whale" in Hawaiian and they will entertain you day and night (in season, of course, December-March). Even when the whales are not in season, you'll enjoy the unobstructed bi-coastal views
with waves crashing against the sea wall. There is a view from almost every room in the house including the front and back lanais. The ocean in front of Mele Kohola is very deep and the coastline is shaped in a gentle cove tempting the whales and dolphins
to play very close to shore.
Once inside, you will see the pride and care taken in the classy, upscale, tropical decor, with lots...Read more
Mele Kohola - Oceanfront Home in Keaau, sleeps 8
Additional Location Information
Rates shown in $ USD (change)
|Rate Summary||$245||$0||$840 - $1,715||$3,060 - $5,200||3 nights|
|Mar. 8 2013 - Apr. 15 2013
|Apr. 16 2013 - Jun. 14 2013
|Jun. 15 2013 - Aug. 31 2013
|Sep. 1 2013 - Sep. 30 2013
|Oct. 1 2013 - Dec. 15 2013
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|Dec. 16 2013 - Jan. 5 2014
|Jan. 6 2014 - Mar. 30 2014
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- Additional guests - $10 - Per-Person Adjustment - Fee applies to parties of more than 2 guest(s)
- Tax rate - 13% of rental - Tax
- Cleaning fee - $125 / stay - Other
- Damage waiver - $35 / stay - Fee - Instead of a security deposit, your $35 fee protects you and the owner against most accidental damage
Additional notes from owner
TAT ID # W30460890-01
AvailableUnavailable Last updated: May 21, 2013 ◀▶
What Past Guests Are Saying
Montreal, QB, Canada
5 days in Mele Kohola
This property was very nice. The furniture was in great condition and it was also very clean. The views were absolutely incredible and sunrise every morning was beautiful. We were also impressed that we were provided with drinking water and basic would have been nice if it was included in the description that the tap water was non-potable. We would not stay here again however, for only 2 reasons. The upstairs queen bed was terribly hard and uncomfortable (we tossed and turned all night) and we could not sleep in the downstairs king as the entire bottom floor had a very bad smell.
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 03/23/2012
Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the location. Just to clarify, the water IS potable, we just know that some guests are wary of catchment system water. We do insure that the quaity of the tap water IS drinkable. The bottles of water are for your comfort. We're sorry about the bed and smell issues. We do have our 24hr guarantee and would have happily re-located you. Not every bed works for every body and we have not had any other complaints about this one. Mahalo, Hawaii Holiday Management
Portland, TN, United States
Wonderful home, hope to come back soon
We had a wonderful visit and the view is amazing. We will be back in the near future.
Sunnyvale, CA, United States
Will Definitely Be Back
House is now tan, not blue--better!! View is just awesome. We were totally relaxed here. Looks like a decorator designed the rooms (Old Hawaiian)--freshly painted. Very comfortable beds & everything you need in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing this beautiful home.
Andy & Jeannine
Viernheim, NA, Germany
Everything worked pretty well. Only point was that we've been unknown about the 'weather conditions' on the Hilo side of the Island. But on the other hand we’ve loved the vegetation of this area.
Awesome relaxing and calm place
The location is fantastic. The view from living room is superb as shown in photos. Enjoyed the jacuzzi as well. If you are looking for a relaxing vacation on sea side, definitely go for it. Our only complain would be the utensils in the kitchen are outdated and needs to be repalced and fridge needs more cleaning. Also the twin bed room is inconvinient if there are 3 families staying as in our case. But if you don't bother about these drawbacks then the place is fantastic. We enjoyed our stay thoroughly.
Beautiful spot right on the ocean, with plenty of room for family. The drive to the house through the Ohia Lehua trees is special. The only thing we noticed needed replacing- knives, frying pans and bathroom door in master bedroom. Otherwise it was a 10!
Langley, BC, Canada
stay on the big island
Hi the site is lovely and the outside had been painted. The inside was a little tired up stairs. I left a list of suggested repairs like a railing for the top stairs the is continuous for us older people, a fan in main bathroom that works and more comfortable seating outside the front of the house for water watching. Downstairs was in better condition. The lovely lounge chair upstairs is fading in comfort and the blinds in the bedrooms were missing a few slats. Other than that it is a lovely house and the neighbours were very friendly. I would have wished for better weather but we got to see a different side to Hawaii than the rich resorts so that was great.
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 12/02/2011
Thank you so much for your suggestions! The owner is continuing to upgrade the property and we will let him know about all of these things. Mahalo, Hawaii Holiday Management
Arroyo Grande, CA
Good Place, Great Price
Overall, the place was wonderful. There were some minor maintenance issues when we arrived that we made known to the property company when we left (we didn't want to wait around for a handy man or have our vacation interrupted by one). If you love the sound of crashing ocean and frogs, this place is for you! The sunrises are beautiful and it's nice that the home has 2 levels so people can have their own space. It is a little far removed from anyone or anything, but mostly that was a plus. I would recommend this home.
Location, location, location!
During our late October five night visit to Mele Kohola we watched for whales as did the neighbors who came and sat on the lava to peer out to sea. Though we saw no whales, rainbows wide, narrow, full arc, and segments surprised us all times of day and stars, planets, and the moon at night. You'll be lulled to sleep in the master BR as waves break on the clifts--reminded us of childhood nights at the beach. Our granddaughter urged us into the spa before breakfast! The location was close enough to get to Hilo quickly for Imiloa Astronomy Center's Halloween party for kids. Also ten minutes to Hawaii's best open air market--Makuu on Sundays. Since we've been to the island six times, Mele Kohola gave us a chance to stay right on the coast which we hadn't done before. We even got on good terms with he that my sister named "Rooster Cogburn"! He has a haren and several minor male underlings to whom he crows, cocks, and coos. Mahalo for a splendid vacation!
San Carlos, CA
Dream Vacation Home!
I have rented a few dozen vacation homes before, and this is simply one of the best!
Menlo Park, CA
Absolutely wonderful! We extended our stay!
It requires a drive to put your feet in the water, but the view is awesome!
Fruit Heights, UT
Our wonderful stay at Mele Kahola
Incredible view, even though we weren't there during whale season. Loved the constant cool breeze. Who needs air conditioning. The location is excellent. Easy access to Hawaii Volcanoes Nat. Park. 15min drive from Walmart. Far enough away that it gives you a feeling of being away from it all. Property was very clean and well maintained.
Absolutely Beautiful! Very Comfortable! Truely Paradise and on Paradise road. I would stay there again in a minute. Almost a religious experience. God Is Good and the Gods are Good. Enjoy your stay.
The rental was supplied with almost everything we needed -- including umbrellas and binoculars. We did see whales in the bay two days of our stay. Being on the ocean (even during a tsunami evacuation) was beautiful. The rental agent called to warn us of the tsunami warnings. The location was rural but near enough to Hilo, Pahoa and Volcanoes National Park for day trips. Another plus was the high speed internet line which allowed us to contact family after returning from tsunami evacuation. We had been asked by government not to use phones during evacuation to keep lines open for emergency personnel.
There were a few things that need to be addressed to make stays more pleasant for guests. One of the features listed for the rental was a hot tub, which we looked forward to using. However, the cover was very heavy (water-logged, which occurs with covers)and deteriorated. It was difficult and awkward to remove the cover, even for two people working at it. Since covers on hot tubs become water-logged over time, most people have a cover lift (hinged metal bar) to make cover removal easy. We only used the hot tub twice in a two week stay. Also, the screens on the sliding doors did not slide easily, but we finally got them to work more easily by spraying the sliding track with WD40. We would suggest housekeeper spray them prior to each guests stay. It would also be nice to have either a dust mop or broom in the house to use for sweeping the floor, so a vacuum did not have to be used. The check-out info posted on the refrigerator listed an item about leaving the key and remote for the gate on the kitchen counter. Those were not there when we arrived and I told the rental agent that the item needs to be deleted from the check-out instructions.
We enjoyed our two weeks at Mele Kohola which were restful and relaxing. We discovered that the area on Beach Rd (one road uphill from house) was a great place for walking, fishing and had public area w
Blue Springs, MO
This property was even better than we had imagined! The location was better than I can describe. The house was spotless and appeared to be professionally furnished and decorated. The road to the property is wavy, but so worth it! I would love to live in this house full-time. We will absolutely be back as much as possible! Don't hesitate on this property. It has easy access to Hilo, the Volcano and the Macadamia Nut Factory. The guest book at the house is a good read. The croquis and roosters just added to the entire experience. This is truly paradise at the end of Paradise Road!
We really enjoyed our weekend at Mele Kohala. We went there to whale watch from the upstairs lanai and we were not disappointed. The house is very close to the water and we could easily watch the whales with the naked eye.
The house inside is beautifully decorated and the furnishing are upscale. I was happy to see the kitchen stocked with spices, oils, etc. which made meal preparation much easier. I have only 2 recommendations. The kitchen could use a coffee grinder. We brought whole bean coffee to the house and any dedicated coffee drinker will tell you, the ground stuff just won't cut it. We were also told that there are plans for a TV to be installed upstairs. I would prefer to have the TV there since it was cumbersome to take food/dishes downstairs while we watched the Super Bowl.
We were very impressed with how the property management staff handled the one problem we had while staying there. The hot tub wasn't working so we called the contact number we were given. They took the info and called us back within an hour to let us know that they were sorry but the part the hot tub needed was not available so it could not be fixed. They could easily have ignored the call since it came in on a Saturday afternoon. When I contacted them after checkout and shared my disappointment since the hot tub was one of the reasons we had chosen to stay there, they made an accomodation which was more than fair.
My husband and I will plan on staying there next year during whale watching season. I recommend Mele Kohala without hesitation.
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 02/24/2011
And good news, the hot tub part came in and is now working beautifully! Thank you for your great review, Hawaii Holiday Management
Fort Worth, TX
The location couldn't be better and it is set up so that several people can stay without being on top of each other. The upstairs and down are practically complete apartments. Great view of the ocean for whale watching and beautiful sunrises and star gazing.
whale watching and star gazing
Lovely setting with a fabulous ocean view. The house was very comfortable and will easilly accomodate 6 people. Really enjoyed the hottub with late night stargazing and midday whale watching. The local Pahoa Farmer's Market/crafts fair was a hoot.
Couldn't get more relaxed without actually passing away!
Nothing can compare to sitting on the lava in front of the house at sunrise with your coffee, or sunset with your wine, and watching the whales do what whales do.
Westlake Village, CA
Our short stay
The location and condition of this unit was a pleasant surprise. Stocked well with minimum essentials and amenities as well as unused items from previous guests. We moved from another rental in Kapoha to be closer to family. The Management and cleaning staff could not have been nicer allowing us to move some items into the garage before check in time.
Only suggestion, although minor, would be to add a second TV.
Would definitely stay here a again.
The only issue we...
The only issue we had with the location was that we were there with 2 kids so anywhere we wanted to go added like nearly 45 min (round trip) to the drive. But the location itself was beautiful and we loved hearing the waves and frogs singing at night.
Grass Valley, CA
Would like to see a larger TV. If one was upstairs we wouldn't need to bother going downstairs. Loved the ocean view.
Ocean front with no obstructed view of the ocean. The house is very clean and neat. Price is very reasonable. We had a great time staying in the house for 5 nights. My kids will remember the night bird chirping for the rest of their life. I would not hesitate to recommend this property to anyone who come to me for recommendations. You can't swim because it is not on the beach though. So it is not for someone who is looking for a beach front property.
Never felt so close to the power of the ocean
First sight of the ocean view from Mele Kohola's lanai stole our breath away. After our first sunrise, we woke up every morning without an alarm, well-ahead of the event to catch the warm colors of twilight through the ever-changing cloud formations. The mini-rainshowers every night gave new meaning to a new, fresh day. While not secluded, the location seemed very private because the ocean is such a presence here. The house itself was furnished nicely and was very clean.
Las Vegas, NV
Just wanted to say that the house was really good. Only problem is that we all got very sick after being there 2 days. 3 of us got respiratory infections, 4 of us got coughs, 1 of us got an eye infection, all of us got really bad sore throats. We know it was something in the house, because 2 of our friends came over to visit one day, and they are both now sick with the same symptoms. It's been 1 week since we all got back, and we're still sick. You may want to check to see if your house has black mold. Unfortunately, because of this experience, we will not be back.
Response from Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals - 05/24/2010
We take all feedback and concerns over our properties seriously and the guests wrote us after they left regarding this. While we are sympathetic that they were ill, they had told us they has all flown in from different places (they were a large party) and since we have had no other complaints of this nature, including the current guest, our conclusion was that they brought something in from one of the flights, and this is not a problem with the house.
We loved the house...
We loved the house and the location for the things we had planned! Nothing like being right on the water. The internet pictures of the house were very accurate. We got a few ants, but other than that it was perfect! Didn't get to see any whales, but we had a turkey in the front yard the day we left, who would've thought.
This property is very beautiful, clean and well maintained. The only thing we noted is for us, there wasn't a real comfortable place to sit and cuddle in the living room either upstairs or down. And we'd have enjoyed a TV upstairs.
Albany Creek, QLD, Australia
Great House, Great Location
We didn't see any whales but we certainly enjoyed looking for them. Breakfast on the lanai overlooking the ocean was one of the highlights of the day. The house was close enough to all the east side attractions but still very private. If I'm ever back in Hawaii I'd try to stay in Mele Kohola again.
Maple Grove, Minnesota
Very good but see comments
We had a few problems when we first arrived but I called about them, and they were immediately taken care of. Very good service on that,and we enjoyed the stay. Would recommend a second TV upstairs.
Great Stay at Mele Kohola
Mele Kohola is a spacious and well furnished oceanfront home with awesome ocean views. It had everything we needed and we were very comfortable. Gazing at the ocean was mesmerizing. The highspeed internet was helpful because I had to do some work. We would definitely recommend this vacation rental.
The view of this house couldn't be any better! We Loved it here! The House, The View and The People here are Great. The Picture's on the internet doesn't give the view like it is. All the extras in the house are great like Boogie boards, Condiments, Laundry soap, Sun tan Lotion, Umbrellas, Flash lights to see the Lava at night everything was GREAT. We Thank you for such a great stay.
Mele Kohalo review
Had a fantastic stay, thanks in part to the great house we rented. The little extras throughout the house (like suntan lotion and extra towels) made it feel like home. We would definitely come back.
Welcoming and homey, connected to the rocks and water and awesom
The lanai views were stunning, spent much time there. The lay out was great for one large or two small families, or an extra married couple. Loved the ambiance and furnishings. We were inspired to cook but the knives were almost useless unfortunately. Due to the catchment system we were a little unclear as to the water safety, get clarity from the managers, its better/safer than the registration packet suggests. Strong positive vibe here. Would definitely return!
Mele Kohala has a lot to offer!
The home is in a beautiful location, right on the water with breathtaking views! It's roomy and was large enough for a 7-member adult family to spread out and not be cramped. The humidity is high there, so be prepared for things to feel damp! There is a rooster next-door who will be sure to wake you up EARLY every morning, but he can be drowned out by box fans. The house isn't air-conditioned but the ocean breezes make it very comfortable. The last 3 miles of the road to the house is VERY bumpy and caused a few of the family members to get car-sick, but we got used to it by the end of our stay. The property manager responded immediately to our only problem with the alarm system. He even provided a portable crib for out 2-year-old. Communication with the property managers was very good. Check-in and check-out were easy and well-explained before we got there. Be sure to take in the Volcano National Park and the tidepool parks on the far side of a Pahua. There are also gorgeous waterfalls and a 2-mile lava tube to be explored in Hilo. Uncle Billy's in Hilo is a nice place to have dinner. Ken's Pancake House in Hilo has great pancakes with a local flavor. Pahua has the Black Rock Cafe, a cute local restaurant with good food and nice people. You'll enjoy your stay there!!! Recommend it highly!
Decosta stay at Mele Kohola
Really enjoyed the stay! I would recommend this to my friends. Got to see beautiful views of the ocean. The kids liked it too. We had to watch them on the lava rocks out back as many of these rocks are sharp. Had beautiful cliff views. We were a bit too late in the season for whale watching as I believe this ends in March.
Cedar Rapids, IA
Mele Kohola - The epitome of Paradise
This is a beautiful property in a prime location for people who want to be near the ocean and nature 24/7. The house offers panoramic views of the beautiful volcanic coastline and ocean. One day we were thrilled to see whales spouting and jumping in the ocean all from our living room and lanai. We were very blessed to spend a month in this lovely home and found it perfect for relaxing around the house or short day trips. Mele Kohola is close to many sites plus you can get to any destination on the island in approximately 2 1/2-3 hours. The property managers are wonderful to work with and are always pleasant, helpful and conscientious. They made our vacation easy to plan and provided many amenities and tips that made our stay more comfortable. This is our second time staying at Mele Kohola and we sincerely hope that we have the good fortune of a third visit in the future!
My second home
Overall stay was very relaxing, feels like a second home to the family. Bit disappointed whales is a no show or a hoaks. We waited for hours.
Providence Village, TX
Mele Kohola was Fabulous!!
I would highly recommend staying at Mele Kohola! :) We either saw or heard whales almost every day that we were there. The location was absolutely perfect, and the house had everything we needed to make it a home-away-from-home! We loved our vacation!!!
Great home away from home
We really enjoyed the house and the views were awesome. We will definately try to reserve this house when we return. Thank you
Wendy S.'s review of Mele Kohola
Incredible views - one morning we were treated to 20 plus dolphins playing right in front of the house.
Wendy S.'s review of Mele Kohola
Beautiful location, nice house, would stay here again. Whales and dolphins right off the lanai's. Beautifully furnished but needs a few items - upstairs tv, linens and kitchen utensils need updating.