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Luxury Garden Eco-Estate In Convenient Secluded Kaloko

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 3,000 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

3 Br, Private Pool, Pool Pavilion, WiFi On 3 Secluded Acres Of Gardens

THE LOCATION: Welcome to Kaloko Gardens Retreat, a secluded 3-acre eco-estate overlooking Kona on the slopes of Mt. Hualalai. Just ten minutes from the airport, town, and beaches, this luxurious, solar-powered sanctuary was created to provide an unforgettable personal or business retreat experience. Here you will encounter the heart of Hawaii, a place of quiet and beauty in nature. Enjoy hundreds of botanical specimens of tropical flowering plants throughout the estate. Stroll through the orchard and the gardens. Explore the native Hawaiian forest to discover rare and endangered species. Enjoy complete seclusion with incredibly convenient, ten-minute access to all that Kona has to offer, from best restaurants to beaches.

THE RETREAT: Designed in classical Hawaiian style, with high ceilings and spacious lanais, and built with local hardwoods, the house features a modern gourmet kitchen with granite countertops and new energy-efficient appliances, a complimentary business center, large private bedrooms, and is decorated with art and furnishings created in Hawaii, Bali, and Thailand. The estate grounds include a private swimming pool, a pool pavilion, and a secluded outdoor shower to enhance your tropical experience. This is Paradise, no matter your purpose. Make it for just the two of you, or invite friends and colleagues. Kaloko Gardens Retreat is ideal for business or pleasure. The house has two dining areas, with seating for ten. The kitchen is fully stocked with gourmet cookware, utensils, dinnerware, and table linens. You will find 100% Kona coffee with a French press and solar kettle, and plenty of other staples. There are three bedrooms. The Makai Master Suite (queen) includes a library, a Bose sound system, and a complete modern office with computer, printer, broadband internet access, and a full set of routine office supplies. The Mauka Suite (queen) offers private access to its own lanai and the outdoor shower, a Sony sound system, and cable TV. The Lani Suite (two twins) includes a library and an office area, with printer and monitor provided, and views of ocean and forest. Bathrooms are stocked with plush towels and bathrobes, and bed linens are 100% Egyptian cotton, 600-thread count. A very high-efficiency washer/dryer system is provided for your convenience. All electricity and hot water are solar-powered – no carbon footprint. The huge lanais, high ceilings, large sliding doors, and local hardwood floors complete the genuine Hawaii experience. Living areas are furnished and decorated with pieces collected on the owner’s travels in Hawaii and around the world. On the estate grounds you can also find the forest “imu,” an operating fire-pit nested among ancient ohia trees, and other secluded locations. Both the house and the Pool Pavilion can be set up with full amenities for yoga or for business meetings, including workshops, video-conferences, and dining functions for up to 10 guests.

Kaloko Gardens Retreat is locally owned and operated by a marine biologist who is a visiting scholar at an Ivy League university and has lived in the islands for many years. He designed the house and the estate to harmonize with the natural beauty of Hawaii, furnished it with art collected from world travels and expeditions, then provided amenities for optimal work or pleasure in quiet seclusion, making it ideal for visitors looking for the combination of sustainable luxury and a genuine experience of island lifestyle.

More Details

Mark Huntley
Member since: 2015
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 19, 2018

About Mark Huntley

I grew up in the US, Germany, Belgium, France, Italy, and UK, went to university in Canada, and began a career in marine biology in San Diego, California. After leading several marine expeditions to the Antarctic and northern polar regions to study the impact of climate change on marine ecosystems, I settled in Hawaii, where I now study sustainable solutions to mitigating climate change.

Mark Huntley purchased this house in 1999

Why Mark Huntley chose Kailua-Kona

Seclusion. Exceptional biodiversity. Native flora. Micro-climate - morning sun, afternoon rain. Cooler elevation (1,700 ft) still plenty warm in winter - a lot more more comfortable than the beach. Best combination of seclusion and convenient access to everything.

What makes this house unique

Before purchasing, I visited more than 60 properties in three days, all within about 15 miles of Kona. This property stood out as an exceptional location to build a house that feels like Hawaii. Half of the 3-acre property is relatively undisturbed native forest - the other half has been lovingly crafted into a series of gardens connected by meandering pathways through an orchard, a vegetable garden, a native Hawaiian forest, and many private places with comfortable seating.


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

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Smoking allowed ...
  • Cancellation Policy - Please see the rental agreement emailed to you. We ask you to sign it within 3 days of receiving it.
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 10 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , outdoor shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • All hot water is solar-heated. All bathrooms are provided with luxury soap, shampoo and conditioner, and plush towels.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Makai Master Suite - 1 queen , 2 sleep sofa /futon
    Mauka Suite - 1 queen
    Lani Suite - 2 twin/ single
  • The 600 sq ft Master Suite features a sumptuous Tempurpedic mattress, a sitting area, large closets, a Library of 1,000 books, a Bose Wave sound system, and an Office with a large executive desk, a desktop computer, 27” HD monitor, and a laserjet all-in-one printer all provided. The desk is fully stocked with office supplies. The Library comfortably accommodates one or two futons and bedding, also provided. The Mauka Suite welcomes you with a Tempurpedic mattress, a Sony Bravia TV mounted for comfortable viewing, large closets and a dresser, and private access to the Outdoor Shower and private Lanai with a Sony sound system. The upstairs Lani Suite has a private half-bath, with toilet and vanity, and a large working desk area with 27” HD monitor and laser jet printer provided. Twin beds have comfortable memory foam topped mattresses. All bedding linens are 100% Egyptian cotton, 600 thread count.
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Workshops & Meetings: Conference table with seating for 12, laptop, projector, 120” screen, easels, and other meeting materials available on request for setup in the Pool Pavilion.


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average rating of 4.9411764 based on 17 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We loved staying at this place. The frogs were amazing and soothing to sleep to at night. The flowers were beautiful and well cared for. We loved the pool and the kitchen and the home itself was very comfortable. We plan to stay here again!

  • Submitted: 1-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Boston, MA

A beautiful and peaceful place to escape in Hawaii

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Kaloko Gardens and didn't want to leave! If you are interested in a quiet escape in a comfortable, beautiful, and relaxing home on the Big Island, this is an excellent option. The grounds are beautifully landscaped, making it feel like you are living in your own tropical botanical garden. The house is located in a residential neighborhood, but the grounds are big enough and designed so it is very quiet and private. We were four adults and one infant, and the house worked out great for us in terms of space. We loved hanging out on the expansive porches and down by the pool. The kitchen had everything we needed to cook meals together. The house also has everything you'd need to enjoy activities on the Big Island including snorkel and beach gear.

As other reviews note, it is much cooler at the house (1700 feet above sea level) compared to down at the beach. When we visited in early December, it was a high of 75-77 during the day and low of 62-65 at night. It got pretty cloudy in the middle of the day on some days and on others it was perfectly sunny all day. On cloudy days, the pool was really chilly, but we still managed to use it. It was easy to get down to beautiful beaches (15 min away) where it was warm.

We were a bit worried about other reviews mentioning mosquitoes. In New England, I am a mosquito magnet and get devoured during the summer. I imagined that there would be swarms of mosquitoes and we'd need to be inside the whole time. This was not the case at all for us (in December.... not sure at other times of the year). There were a few mosquitoes around during our stay, but very few and they left us alone. With a bug repellent coil burning in the background, they didn't bother us at all.

I highly recommend Kaloko Gardens if you are looking for a peaceful retreat in Hawaii. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: 15-Dec-2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Emeryville, California

Stunning and beautifully maintained property

  • 5 of 5

We adored our stay, and will definitely be returning. Gorgeous grounds, multiple outdoor spaces, comfy beds, well-stocked kitchen, location easy to town and airport. We wish we were staying longer than a week!

  • Submitted: 26-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Fabulous property

  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful property and we had a very comfortable and enjoyable stay. We appreciated being away from the hubbub of the big resorts, but still close to great beaches. The house is beautifully decorated with lovely furniture and is well equipped. We would love to go back!

  • Submitted: 13-Nov-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Absolutely perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Let me start off by advising anyone looking at this property to just go ahead and book it, you will not regret it. My fiance (now wife - we got married in the island), a group of friends, and myself stayed at this property for our wedding/trip to the island and absolutely loved the entire experience. The property is perfect, communication with our hosts was easy and pleasant, and the booking/check-in/check-out process was very smooth and easy.

The description of the property is pretty spot on. This property is located at just the perfect distance from the main touristy areas in Kona; far enough that you feel secluded and on your own private resort where no one will bother you, but also close enough that you can get on your car and be at the heart of Ali'i Drive in about 10 minutes. Everything is within a few minutes driving distance, gas station, coffee shops, restaurants, stores like Safeway and Wal-Mart, Kona airport, and the beach. The property is at an elevation of about 1,600 ft, so it is cooler than down at the shore. We stayed for a week mid-October and had high 60s at night and low 80s during the day.

The main house is very comfortable and spacious, and it is fully stocked with mostly anything you could need during your stay there; from kitchen appliances, utensils, glassware, and dinnerware, to bathroom supplies, towels, linens, charcoal for the grill, a whole library, a sound system, a computer with a printer, some outdoor activities gear, and even a welcome basket with fruits coffee and red wine, this house had it all. The only thing you'll need are some groceries if you plan to eat at home, and you'll be set. I would also strongly recommend mosquito repellent. As others have pointed out, the mosquitoes are no joke on this part of the island.

The rest of the property makes you feel like you are at a private resort all to yourself. There's gardens with plenty of trees and foliage, a pool, a yoga studio, and even a fire-pit that is perfect for everyone in your party to gather around in the evening and have a great time.

Kaloko Gardens truly offers a complete vacation experience. Truly looking forward to returning again for our next Hawaii adventure.

  • Submitted: 30-Oct-2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Exceeded every expectation! Can we come back, please?

  • 5 of 5

This property is amazing! It felt like we had a whole resort to ourselves! Every thing we needed was there, from the two libraries, the extensive music selection, the water toys, the picnic supplies ( even baskets) to the BBQ and pool. We chose to stay in every other day just to enjoy the grounds and the gardens. There were five of us, including my teenage son and if we needed time alone there was plenty of room, but we could gather on the wrap around lanai together as well. Everything in the description is spot on, plus we kept finding more treasures! The outside shower is FABULOUS!!! We loved that it was about 5-10 degrees cooler at the house than down at the beach. The 10 minute drive to town is shorter than my commute at home so we loved being up on the mountain.We hope to return to this property when our schedule allows it. I would return tomorrow if I could. I'll close with a quote from my dad, who has travelled extensively and could go anywhere he wanted: "This was the best vacation I have ever had-absolutely perfect!" Thank you to our hosts and the owner for a truly spectacular trip!

  • Submitted: 2-Jul-2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
6.2 Miles
Kona International Airport
Nearest Barpub
6.2 Miles
Harbor House, Honokohau Harbor
Nearest Golf
3.6 Miles
Makalei Golf Club
Nearest Restaurant
5.8 Miles
Sushi Shiono
Nearest Ski
58.9 Miles
Mauna Kea Summit
Nearest Beach
5.9 Miles
Kaloko-Honokohau National Historic Park
Car: necessary

Spend an early morning to pick up fresh, local food from the Kona Farmer's Market, fresh fish from Bite-Me Fish Market, grass-fed Big Island beef from Island Naturals. Go to Kua Bay for bodysurfing, swimming, or just hangin' on a white sand beach. Have lunch at the Four Seasons and play golf, hike to a pit crater, or do yoga in the pool pavilion for the afternoon. So many experiences are possible!


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation house 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
Apr 1 2018 - Sep 30 2018
4 night minimum stay
Oct 1 2018 - Oct 16 2018
7 night minimum stay
Oct 17 2018 - Dec 18 2018
4 night minimum stay
Dec 19 2018 - Jan 6 2019
7 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection C$100.81
Cleaning fee C$382.83 + Tax
Tax Rate 14.42%

We also have a one bedroom guest house available for rent should you need to accommodate more people.
For information on additional equipment to support workshops and meetings, please contact owner.
Discounts offered if booking less than 30 days before arrival.
Check-in is at 4pm and Check-out is at 11am.
Please note the owner will be staying in the guest house for a few weeks during the year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • No refunds for cancellations made after payment is made
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