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DEAL--SPARKLING STUDIO. Kailua Kona's Best Beach. Swim-Snorkel-BodySurf! WiFi.

Bedrooms Studio
Space 390 sq ft
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 3 - 6 nights


About the property

FUN & CLEAN Studio in 10 unit 1963 Kama`aina Style Building

Guests often comment that our studio exceeded their expectations. We imagine it's because of the recent extensive renovation (finished April 2015). It was a complete renovation and all work was done by professionals. The studio has a Good-sized and Functional Kitchen, a Direct View to the Beach, Free and Convenient parking, and of course, WiFi. There's an Outdoor BBQ at the Beach Park across the street, or a table top electric one you can use on the lanai. The beach also has a VolleyBall court. And the Kona Trolley can take you the few miles north to the heart of Kailua-Kona too.

Dolphins play just offshore at La`aloa Bay (often called Magic Sands Beach) and are great fun to watch. Last winter a mama humpback and her calf lolled just off-shore for weeks! People were swimming out to see them, but as you can imagine, the life-guards at the beach "reminded" them that it is illegal to approach wildlife.

This studio is just far enough out of town to see stars at night, yet, close enough for easy access to all that Kailua-Kona offers. It's 4 miles from the Kailua Pier, and about 3 miles to where town starts. And, they are flat miles. You could easily take the Kona Trolley one direction and walk the other.

The Venetian plastered walls and ceiling, as well as the wood floors, give a wonderful feel to the studio while the vintage Rattan furniture is charming and comfortable. The natural edge Mango Wood Bar has the view! And there is a full-sized desk, in case you need that. The Queen-Sized Bed is very comfortable --just as Goldilocks would like -- not too firm, not too soft. The kitchen has local hardwood (Silky Oak) cabinets, granite counter tops, plenty of storage, nice/sharp knives, nice/heavy stainless cook-ware--basically anything you would need. A full-sized refrigerator makes longer stays easy. Coffee maker, french press, coffee grinder, microwave, toaster-oven, regular toaster, all stainless pans, and plenty of kitchen-ware are all there for your use. There are even cloth napkins and Grohe faucets in the kitchen and bath. There's a shared, coin-operated washer and dryer for the building. Great for longer stays! Strong ceiling fans that really move the air -- one in the main area and one in the kitchen. There is also an iron and a small ironing board--just in case you need to look spiffy!

There are a few sets of snorkel gear so you can check out the clear Kona waters and the super-colorful tropical fishes. We do suggest you bring your own, or rent from a local company, if you are serious about your equipment. You can quickly walk to at least 3 spots to get in (and more importantly, get out) of the ocean. You'll be seeing reef fish almost immediately--and as you go out a bit it only gets better. Kahala`u Beach Park is considered by many the best close snorkel spot and we would call it Snorkeling 101 because it's inside a reef. Personally, we prefer going in at Magic Sands (or just slightly north or south of Magic Sands) because the water is deeper, the coral is less disturbed, and the fish are just as plentiful. You can decide which you like better!

Since we are on-island residents and "neat-nics", we are proud of the fact that there are few places for bugs to get inside, nor are there many places for them to live. In our recent renovation, we were amazed how many nooks, crannies, and cracks we eliminated.

Check us out, we could be your best lei-over yet!

Also: To be in compliance with Hawaii State Law (Act 204 Session Laws Hawaii State Legislature, 2015) our Hawaii Transient Accommodations Tax I. D. No. is TA-116-308-1728-01.

More Details

Barbara Bell
Member since: 1998
Speaks english, Just enough French to have a funny conversation.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 21, 2018

About Barbara Bell

Having lived on island for 35 years, we've experienced many different locations. Jack stayed in one of these apartments in the early 1980's and loved the excellent ventilation due to the ocean breezes. It made sleeping there great--and hearing the ocean too. So, we had the opportunity to purchase recently, and we jumped on it! After an extensive renovation, it's now ready for you.

Barbara & Jack

Barbara Bell purchased this condo in 2015

Why Barbara Bell chose Kailua-Kona

We LOVE to Body Surf! And the snorkeling is very good right here too! We love the old-style building, directly facing the beach, with ample parking, and a big grassy lawn. Basically it's obvious that the building is from a by-gone era from the generously-sized lot, with only 10 units. In addition, the County recently purchased, as part of an island-wide effort to keep open space in important public spaces, the parcel to the north and behind the property. This means there is only one neighboring building, just to the south--rare in the heart of Kona.

What makes this condo unique

Did we mention the beach? Also, the building, being built in 1963, has great history. Plenty of people seek out this building because the beach view is direct -- no leaning out from your lanai to see the ocean. And, there are some great long-term tenants--the building has a great vibe, and tenants (long or short) tend to be very friendly.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation condo rental in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 390 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only ...
  • $100 Cancellation Fee. Please review attached refund policy. VRBO will retain their service fee, unless you book with them AND call them.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Large tiled shower, toilet, counter space and sink. Grohe faucet, and tile floor. Bath towels, hand towels, wash cloths, and Beach towels. Also, hand soap, and shampoo. And, Toilet Paper is provided. We know this sounds crazy, but we once stayed somewhere that provided 'starter' rolls. WOW, not the best experience.
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Comfortable Queen Bed, with Mango Headboard and frame. 100% cotton linens, choice of pillows (down, or not) thick or thin. A comfortable vintage rattan love seat for reading or hanging out. 2 barstools for hanging at the mango bar, checking out the view. A strong fan cools you for sleeping.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
A few extra notes: * The 2 ceiling fans add an extra breeze, if needed. * While there is now a washer and dryer on site--there is a great full-service laundromat (Tykes) in Kailua-Kona. They charge by the pound for a wash, dry, and fold service. * You will want to touch these walls! They are so smooth as they were professionally crafted with Italian plaster made from limestone and marble dust. Thanks Dustin--beautiful work!


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average rating of 4.7272725 based on 66 reviews

Nice location

  • 5 of 5

We loved the location and the freshly updated unit! I could live there....please?

  • Submitted: 22-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: You're funny. So glad you enjoyed yourselves. We do have monthly rates.... at our Hawaii Love Shack in Kailua-Kona Aloha until you return!
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Fantastic location and accommodations!

  • 5 of 5

Great location! Directly across from Magic Sands beach so watching the waves each evening was magical by just walking across the street! Nicely located to go into Kona or to north beaches or to southern snorkeling areas. Property was clean and thoughtful to offer basic gear for snorkeling etc. Very well equipped kitchen and owners very responsive. We loved it! Would go back and enjoy Captain Cook (gorgeous, but strenuous hike) and 2 step snorkeling again, as well as Hilo on other side of island and the Botanical gardens. The North beaches (Hapuna) were world class, my favorite and the nearby Bamboo restaurant. In Kona, Fosters and Huggo's were fav restaurants and the Rebel a few minutes south. Also, loved Dakine coffee shop, a bit south, wonderful owners! BEST coffee on the island was in Hilo on the East side-- Chipper coffee made with coconut water and coconut meat in a place (DELICIOUS and unique!) called the Dragon which houses several little eateries. I would be back at this unit in a heartbeat! Enjoy!

  • Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cute and comfortable!

  • 5 of 5

The location is great ! The bed is very comfortable the unit had everything we needed and we love magic sands beach across the street!

  • Submitted: 16-May-2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great studio

  • 4 of 5

Great studio, right off beach. Comfortable amenities at unit.

If you sleep hot, unit does not have air conditioning. We opened all windows and had fans on but were still hot.

  • Submitted: 3-May-2018
  • Stayed: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location and condo has everything you need

  • 4 of 5

Right across the street from Magic Sands Beach, close to Kona and the place has everything you need. Bed is very comfortable. Directly across from the beach with a great view of the water.

  • Submitted: 6-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Too hot .. too small.. too noisy

  • 2 of 5

Only reason this place gets 2 stars is because it is right across the road from the beach. It is located on Ali’i Dr so there is a lot of road noise and traffic. The room is extremely small and has no air conditioning. We had the fans running 24/7 with front and back doors open to cool it down. The shower drain backs up making the tile slippery to stand on.

  • Submitted: 28-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and we're sorry you didn't enjoy your stay very much. For your specific comments, here goes: We've stayed at the condo in all kinds of weather and have always been comfortable with the strong fans. Part of the charm of the building is that it comes from the 1960s and the electrical service does not allow for AC. The studio is 330 sq. ft with another 100 sq. ft. of lanai. We feel it is correctly portrayed in the write-up and in the pictures, so we're at a loss for how we can change anything there. As for Ali`i Drive being noisy. Well, it is a road, with a 25 MPH speed limit. And the shower drain. We wish you would have contacted us when you were staying--we would have fixed the slow drain. Mostly we wish you would have read the information provided more carefully, and asked us about any questions you had. We like to share our little piece of paradise so that includes helping you to enjoy it as much as we do, and as much as our other guests. Aloha, Barbara and Jack
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Nearest Airport
12 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Keauhou (Sam Choy's)
Nearest Golf
2 Miles
Nearest Motorway
1 Miles
Queen K (Kaahumanu)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Keauhou Hotels
Nearest Beach
Magic Sands (La`aloa)
Car: recommended

Kailua-Kona is a treasure trove of recreational opportunities. Get in the water for snorkeling, surfing, body-surfing, boogie-boarding, or plain old swimming right across the street. And if the Magic Sand is also on vacation, go north or south on foot for 2 minutes and you have other get-in/get-out locations.

There are now for-rent bicycles provided to the public by and one of the stations is right next door to the building. It's great for going along Alii Drive. Take the trolley one way, bike back "home". Some charges apply, of course.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation condo rental in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Special 2018
May 1 2018 - Oct 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
Ironman Championship 2018
Oct 6 2018 - Oct 15 2018
6 night minimum stay
Fall, 2018
Oct 16 2018 - Dec 14 2018
3 night minimum stay
Winter, 2018/9
Dec 15 2018 - Mar 31 2019
4 night minimum stay
Ironman Championship 2019
Oct 5 2019 - Oct 14 2019
6 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee C$132.69
Damage Deposit C$331.73

Weekly rates are pro-rated for stays longer than 7 nights.
Security deposit is 100% refundable, as long as the studio is in good shape upon your departure. Security deposit returned in about 7 days after departure.
Amount close to 50% of nightly fees required to confirm dates.
Balance due 14 days before arrival.
Cancellation Policy: If you wish to cancel your reservation, the deposit will be refunded as follows:
• More than 90 days before your arrival: You will receive your deposit, minus $100 cancellation fee.
• Less than 90 days before your arrival: You will forfeit your deposit. However, we will always work to re-book. If we can re-book, we will refund based on 80% of the nightly rate for the nights we have re-booked, less $100 cancellation fee.
• If reservation is changed, a change fee of $50 applies. We will discuss this at the time of change, and if it is minor, no change fee is required. (Example of a minor change is shifting nights, with no change in charges.)
• We make every effort to re-book. We really are not trying to keep your $ for no reason.
• Cancellation fee of $100 -- Sorry about that ; - (
• Thank you for understanding.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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