We stayed at HALE NAI`A Kealakekua Bay while in Hawaii. We loved it! Rusty and Janice are like the best neighbors you ever had and the house is great. Loved the outdoor kitchen, we only slept indoors, everything else, including showers were outside. Actually, my husband even took a couple of naps outside. Highly recommend it!
☆☆☆☆☆ Location, managers, bedroom,
☆☆☆☆☆ Outside kitchen
☆☆☆ Back patio, livingroom
We absolutely love this place and the Aloha spirit of the neighborhood. The location is perfect... short walk to the park and kayak launch. Short drive to shops and town.
Downside... the patio and living room furniture are old and uncomfortable to sit in. Inside the house a dinette set for an eating area would be nice. And tall barstool chairs and cocktail table to stare at the ocean view in the patio would be perfect.
This cottage is in many ways the "real deal" of a Hawaiian vacation. My wife and I have visited Hawaii many times and usually stay in ultra-clean manicured high-end hotels and condos, where you walk right out onto a golf course or beach. There's nothing bad about that--but this cottage features a totally equipped outdoor kitchen (we never used the indoor one), and it was like summer camp. The resident cat kept us company from one of the futons--there were 4 outdoor dining areas in the large backyard--and we watched the geckos and mongooses scamper around as we ate. We'd buy fresh ahi or mahi-mahi at the Choice Mart in Captain Cook every night and sear it on the patio's Weber for some of the best fish ever, but we needed to learn to keep the lights off when not in use so as not to attract the thousands of bugs that could detect food or light. The Manini Beach kayak launching ramp is 100' away, and 2-step, the best snorkeling on the island, is a short 4-mile drive.
Our stay got off to a bad start because the owners were out of town when we arrived and the replacement hostess was extremely rude, which surprised us, but luckily we didn't need to interact with her after we had moved in.
Great location close to lots of good snorkeling. The outdoor living room and kitchen were fantastic. Communication was great, and amenities were exactly as described. The bed was very comfortable. I wish we could have stayed longer!
Wow! Expectations definitely exceeded! My wife picked the place, and I looked briefly and thought it looked great, but I didn't know too much about it, and was a little worried about reviews mentioning barking dogs (I'm more of a cat person, and was hoping for a relaxing vacation). But I couldn't have imagined a better place for us to stay. Almost never heard any dogs (probably got lucky with regards to other nearby vacationers while we were there), and everything about the house and location was just amazing. Waking up in the morning and opening my eyes to see the gorgeous view of the ocean right from the bed was amazing. The bed is very comfortable! And my bad back was grateful for the step stool we found in the closet which made the height not a problem. The indoors of the place is nothing special but that simply is irrelevant (aside from the comfy bed with a view!). We spent all our non sleeping time outside, and showered outside as well. Why go in?? The outdoor kitchen is large and well appointed with everything you need. You'd have to be just as careful due to ants if you were inside so the small extra work of keeping tidy in the kitchen was hardly anything and totally worth it. We used the indoor fridge (turned off) for dry food storage, and the outside one for anything requiring refrigeration. There's multiple shaded living spaces, protected from rain as well, with spectacular scenery and views. The dining table was perfect with a fan above to help keep bugs away. (There's a fan over the kitchen, too). You are a *very* short walk from the beautiful Manini Beach spot, from which excellent snorkeling is easy, and there's a nice community garden and lawn and picnic tables and community. You're literally next door to the kayak rentals-we rented twice from Bay Side Adventures.. incredible to swim with the dolphins and snorkel at Captain Cook Monument! Less than 10 minutes to Two Step for more mind blowing snorkeling. And a perfectly reasonable location from which to go on adventures further afield such as volcanoes national park, Hilo, Waimea, etc. Would definitely stay here again. Rusty and Janice were away, but good communication and Shelley who was starting at their place was friendly and helpful. We appreciated the cooler in the carport (and ice blocks in the freezer) which made shopping at the Costco near the airport for perishables possible. (And we actually ended up getting the best piece of local fish we had the whole week at Costco! It was Opah, which we hadn't had before. Fantastic.) You won't be disappointed. This place has everything you need and more, and is a very wonderful place to relax and enjoy.
Absolutely amazing place with super hosts. Rusty and Janice are so nice people. The house is located in the middle of a residential area and its about 20 minutes away from any main city which is exactly what we wanted. Its an easy drive to Kona though. It is super clean and very well equipped. As other reviews say, we only slept indoors. We didnt do much cooking there though except for breakfast.
You can see the bay from the bedroom. The bed is indeed very high but that means that you can watch the dolphins playing in the bay without getting up.
The outdoor shower was a strange concept for me but it was fun.
We had a tiny problem with the lights the first day but Rusty fixed it in five minutes. Everything else went smoothly.
Ask them about the nearby two-step beach where you can swim with dolphins.
if we ever go back to Hawaii, that's the place we will be staying at. Im not going anywhere else. It was relaxation to the max!
The setting and location of the cottage was perfect...near the ocean and just far enough from the town. We had views of the ocean and sunset from our outdoor living room and kitchen. As other reviewers mentioned, we only slept indoors!
Rusty & Janice have the cottage so well equipped that it was super easy to set up housekeeping. They thought of everything...spices and O&V for cooking, flashlights, lots of towels, laundry detergent, and much more!
We snorkeled every morning at one of the nearby spots. Two Steps and the very peaceful Manini Beach were our favorites. Captain Cook is a lovely area, and Hale Nai’a is a wonderful place to stay. Thank you Rusty & Janice!