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Here’s How to Plan Mom’s Luxury Vacation to Hawaii

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Whether you’re planning for Mother’s Day, Mom’s birthday, a family vacation, or even a girls’ getaway without the kids, the islands are the place to go! Visit the land where relaxation in the tropics meets thrilling outdoor adventures. Mom’s luxury vacation to Hawaii will be a trip to remember when you follow our guide to the most luxurious, yet fun getaway for moms! 

Request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide to Oahu and the Big Island! This free tool includes the poshest dining experiences, ritzy shopping centers, relaxing spas, and stunning sights! Get the guide and start planning now! 

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Mom’s Luxury Vacation to Hawaii: Things to Add to the Itinerary 

Four Seasons Hualalai Luxury Resort Spa 

Stay in one of our luxury family-sized vacation rentals on the Big Island, and you’ll have access to luxury resorts like the Four Seasons Hualalai. You’re sure to reach your ultimate zen when upon stepping into Hualalai’s peaceful resort spa. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, you’ll feel at peace when you experience the resort’s massage therapy treatments, apothecary treatments, skin care, and salon services. It’s time to treat yourself on the Big Island of Hawaii! 

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel Golf Course

When you visit Mauna Kea on the Big Island, you’ll enjoy 7,370 yards of lush green and competitive games of golf! The 18-hole Hapuna Golf Course offers incredible, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, elevated greens, and a relaxing salty breeze. Mauna Kea is a great spot for your family travels! 

Waikiki Beach in Honolulu

Dig your toes in the warm sand or catch a wave on the ever-so-famous Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. This beach’s calm waters are perfect for mom if she’s a beginner surfer. Plus, she’ll appreciate the magnificent Diamond Head State Monument as the perfect backdrop to any beach day. 

The North Shore of Oahu

If your mother has seen her fair share of waves, you can take her to the North Shore of Oahu for an advanced surfing session. The North Shore offers some of the best surfing in the world, so she won’t want to miss out on its ginormous swells. 

Learn About Hawaiian Culture 

One of the top things you need to do during your luxury Hawaiian vacation is immerse yourself in the culture of the locals. Attend some of the festivals or luaus, and you’ll learn so much about the history of the islands, as well as the food, music, hula dancing, and much more! Some of the most exciting Oahu or Big Island events include the Kuhio Beach Hula Show, the Aloha Festival, and Mele Mei, a celebration of Hawaiian music! 

Unwind in the Best Luxury Hawaiian Vacation Rentals 

There’s no better place to relax and unwind than in your Private Homes Hawaii vacation rental. After a day of discovering the magic of the Hawaiian islands, kick your feet up by a glowing private pool with gorgeous volcano views or ocean views. You won’t have to lift a finger for dinner because there are great options for private chef experiences so that you can refuel and recharge for a new day of adventures on the islands. Check our availability, and pick your favorite Oahu or Big Island vacation home today! 

Four Seasons Hualalai Activities You Need to Do on the Big Island

Stay with Private Homes Hawaii on the Big Island to be a part of all the action at the Hualalai Luxury Resort. Some of our private rentals by the beach include access to Four Seasons Hualalai activities so you can get the full Hawaiian experience. In addition to the wonderful activities at the resort, we also have fantastic restaurants, outdoor recreation, and entertainment on the Big Island. It’s all listed in our complimentary Vacation Guide. Make sure to request access to the guide to make your trip planning as easy as possible!

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Four Seasons Hualalai Activities for a Tropical Escape

Four Seasons Hualalai Luxury Resort in Kailua-Kona has a fantastic selection of things to do, surrounded by beautiful white sand and black lava landscapes. We offer our guests access to the resort so you can create the best island adventures with your ohana. Choose from a variety of vacation rentals on the Big Island and receive access to Four Seasons’ spa, golf course, sports club, restaurants, beach, pool services, ocean activity center, tennis club, and kids club. What more could you ask for?

Dine at Four Seasons Hualalai

Beach Tree

Four Seasons Hualalai has an amazing selection of culinary experiences at seven different restaurants, cafes, and bars. Capture the essence of “barefoot elegance” when you dine at Beach Tree. You have the option to enjoy your meal in the dining room, or outside with your toes in the sand. Experience Californian dishes with an Italian twist for lunch or dinner. 

Beach Tree Bar and Lounge

You don’t have to step away from the beach to have a tropical cocktail. Sip on a Paradise Spritz at Beach Tree Bar and Lounge as the sun goes down. Then, pair it with a Wow Tomato & Basil Bruschetta, and you’re ready to start the night!

Hualalai Trading Company

We know you have places to be (like relaxing under a palm tree somewhere), so if you’re looking for a quick bite to eat as you head out, stop by the Hualalalai Trading Company. It’s the perfect spot for a morning latte or an evening ice cream. 

Pamper Yourself at the Spa at Four Seasons

What’s better than hearing the peaceful sounds of the rainforest as you get a massage? At the Four Seasons Spa, you can do just that. Relax amongst the lush, tropical gardens and experience calming body treatments made from aloe, coffee, and passion fruit. You’ll leave the rainforest feeling like a brand new person. 

Play Golf at the Hualalai Golf Course

Take a swing at the Four Seasons Hualalai Golf Course. The 18-hole course is in the middle of a green oasis, segmented by black lava that stretching out to meet the ocean. Stop by the Club Shop to find stylish golf apparel that will help you stand out on the course. You’ll also find all the gear you need when you check out their golf club rentals. Then, try out the nine-acre driving range, or make use of the practice area for a fantastic day with friends and family.

If you’re ready for a challenge, you can also play with a pro. A professional golfer will teach you how to perfect your swing so you can become a pro, too!

Kids Play at Kids For All Seasons

We offer access to the kids club at Four Seasons Resort. Children ages five to 12 have the time of their lives when they participate in a variety of educational activities, including outdoor sports, swimming, and other fun games. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., so make it an adults-only day and head to the adults-only pool!

Go for a Swim in Any of Seven Pools

Choose from a variety of pools to cool off in at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai. Lounge on a gorgeous, Brazilian ipê hardwood deck by the Palm Grove Pool. Drink some fruity cocktails to the sound of ambient music for the perfect kid-free paradise. Then, head to the Couples’ Nest at Palm Grove to be pampered with your sweetheart in a secluded area.

Looking to squeeze your workout routine into your vacation? Take some laps in the lap pool. The 82-foot heated pool has four lanes, so you don’t have to miss your daily exercise routine!

Wildlife lovers enjoy swimming in King’s Pond because it’s such a unique experience! The pool is carved out of natural lava rock and full of thousands of tropical fish. Wade in the fresh and saltwater pool, or explore the creatures of the sea with a snorkeling lesson or ray and fish feeding.

Splash around in the Ocean Pool on the beach for the best views. The pool is made of oceanfront lava rock but feels like you’re in the big blue. The only difference is you won’t be disturbed by any waves. You have to experience this pool because you may even brush fins with a friendly turtle!

Other pools include a kids’ pool and a beautiful, infinity-edge pool. There’s something for everyone!

Return to Private Homes Hawaii for a Little R&R

Return after a day of Four Seasons Hualalai activities to an elegant Private Homes Hawaii vacation rental. Our luxury beach homes on the Big Island are conveniently located near the Four Seasons resort so you can enjoy all the best things our paradise has to offer with no hassle.

Stay at our Hualalai Resort Fairway Villa 110C property for the ultimate getaway in Kailua Kona. This rental is situated along the 15th fairway of the Hualalai Golf Course. It’s perfect for the golfer in your family. Take a closer look at this gorgeous villa and check our availability! Your tropical paradise is waiting!

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The Most Epic Big Island Surfing Spots to Dive Into

Imagine paddling out on a freshly waxed surfboard on the clear, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. You pop up onto your feet, feeling the salty breeze as you ride the wave smoothly to shore. Once you’ve tried it, there is no better feeling than surfing on the Big Island of Hawaii. This guide will help you get out on the water to experience that feeling in no time. Before you hang 10, make sure to request our complimentary Vacation Guide! You’ll find the best restaurants, things to do, and sights to see on the Big Island of Hawaii!

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Be Prepared by Checking the Surf Report

Hawaii is famous for its surfing but before diving in, you need to make sure you’re prepared. Check the surfing conditions to see if the wind and swell are safe to surf in. You can also check the surf cameras to see how the waves look and how crowded the beach is before you head out.  

Surfing Etiquette

Surfing is considered the “Sport of Kings,” so make sure you are familiar with proper surf etiquette! The most important thing to know is that the person closest to the peak of the wave has the “right of way” to catch it. Keep this in mind and the local surfers will love you! Some beaches are better than others depending on your skills. Below, you’ll learn the best beaches to catch the most epic waves that fit your experience level.


Beginner Surfing on the Big Island

Beginners and grommets (young surfers) will have the best time surfing on Kahaluu Bay in Keauhou. Whether this is your first time or your hundredth time on a board, you’ll find just the right waves on Kahaluu Beach. There are plenty of surf rentals and surf lessons in the area to help you get started.


Another great spot for beginners is Pine Trees Beach, just north of the Kona Airport. This beach is a local secret so you can dodge the crowds that would likely be on Kahaluu. Surfing is phenomenal here all year round and the locals love this spot! You can rent a shortboard, longboard, funboard, or stand up paddle board from a nearby surf shop if you don’t have one with you!

Advanced Surfing on the Big Island

Experienced surfers will have the thrill of their lives riding the waves of Banyans on the western shore. Beginners might want to sit this one out, but this is the perfect place to watch and learn as the professionals take on a big kahuna.

Honolii in Hilo is another local favorite. This beach is located on the east side of the Big Island. Experienced surfers can expect to ride 3-to 5-foot waves at this location. The main things to look out for are the large, sharp rocks. Always keep an eye out for your surroundings and you’ll have a killer surf trip!

Book Your Stay with Private Homes Hawaii on the Big Island


You’ve been catching waves all day, but now it’s time to catch some Z’s in one of our beautiful vacation rentals by the beach. Relax at Hualalai pool outside private vacation rental, night skyAnea Estates 101 on Kailua Kona. This five-bedroom dream home has an outdoor sunken wet bar, a fire pit, tiki torches, and a magnificent view of the ocean! Don’t put your dream vacation off any longer!


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Ironman Hawaii 2018 Will Inspire Your Mind, Body, and Spirit

young athlete prepares for Ironman Hawaii 2018 Triathlon

The Ironman Triathlon, held on the Big Island of Hawaii, is arguably the world’s greatest challenge of strength and endurance. The annual Championship draws dedicated athletes from every corner of the planet to test their abilities and push their limits. Participants fight to swim across strong ocean currents, bike through plains of volcanic rock, and run against brutal winds, all while under the pressure of sun’s scorching rays. Thousands of individuals spend countless hours training for the big race in Kailua Kona. Some intend to meet personal fitness goals or to become the Ironman Hawaii 2018 World Champion, while others compete to raise money for nonprofits. Regardless of what brings them to Hawaii, they all have the same Ironman mantra in mind: “Anything is Possible.”

This triathlon is not for everyone. In order to compete in Ironman Hawaii 2018, athletes must earn a slot in one of the full-distance Ironman qualifying races held prior to the Kona Race. Whether you’re visiting Hawaii as a Championship participant or you’re just here to cheer from the sidelines, be sure to check out our complimentary Vacation Guide. Our travel experts put together this amazing selection of where to go and what to eat. In this thoughtful planner, you will find the best restaurants for celebrating your victory and tranquil spas for relaxing your muscles. What will you do when you cross the finish line?

Ironman Hawaii 2018: Thirty Years in the Making

Ironman Hawaii began on the island of Oahu in 1978. The idea was to combine the three most rigorous endurance races into one major event. Only fifteen athletes competed in the inaugural race. In 1981, the triathlon moved to the Big Island of Hawaii. Since then, the number of athletes who participate each year has increased to over 2,000. People spend their lives training to compete in this widely-acclaimed test of strength and ability. Striving to set new world records or to reach personal goals, they dedicate themselves to pushing their minds, bodies, and spirits to the limit.

Ironman Hawaii Course

This rigorous triathlon is divided into three major sections. The first is a 2.4-mile swim which begins and ends at the Kailua Pier. The athletes traverse the Pacific’s warm waters in an emotional start to this grand event. After the swim, athletes transition to the 112-mile bike course which stretches along the Big Island’s coast. The terrain consists of rolling hills, and bikers face heavy blasts of wind that are known to blow cyclists across the road. The third and final section is a 26.2 running marathon that continues to follow the coastline. There is, surely, no better feeling than crossing that finish line. The sense of accomplishment that follows all of the sweat and hard work put into completing this course is an overwhelming sensation.

Ironman Hawaii Legacy

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the Ironman Hawaii Triathlon. This year, the beautiful Big Island of Hawaii has suffered significant damage due to natural disasters. The volcanic eruption of Kilauea and resulting earthquakes have wreaked havoc on the lower east side of the Island. While the race is held in the west, the Ironman Foundation is determined to raise $100,000 to aid in local relief efforts. They jump-started the campaign with a $50,000 donation.

Revive Your Body and Your Mind at One of Our Vacation Homesbeautiful private homes of hawaii vacation rental property at Kailua Kona

The excitement of the 2018 Ironman Hawaii event will leave you exhausted, no doubt. Enjoy the comforts of home amidst the breathtaking landscapes of Hawaii in one of our gorgeous vacation home rentals. Featuring designer furnishings, ample space, and tranquil island vibes, our properties are the perfect place to recover from the physical and mental stress and exertion. Make a memorable visit centered around the intensive triathlon and treat yourself to a dream tropical vacation.

The stunning Hualalai Hainoa Estate includes four bedrooms, a private heated pool, and spa access at the Hualalai Resort. Dine in at one of the resort’s many restaurants or pick up a convenient meal to go if you’ve got big plans for the day. Our concierge will gladly assist you in planning and transportation. The panoramic ocean views of this property are enough to convince you to stay on the island forever!

Experience the Best Volcano Tour on the Big Island!

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Hawaii is a land created by volcanoes, and to this day many of them are still active. On the Big Island, there are four active volcanoes, which are accessible by hiking trails or helicopter. A volcano tour on the Big Island is a fantastic way to witness one of these incredible natural formations.

If you are planning a trip to Hawaii, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. It’s packed with everything you need to know to make your Hawaii trip a dream vacation. We’ve included more information about our vacation rentals as well as all our recommendations for places to eat and exciting things to do including a volcano tour on the Big Island.

Where to Find the Best Volcano Tour on the Big Island

If you’ve come to Hawaii, you must see the volcanoes. Nowhere else in the world can you witness something so majestic. There are many ways to see the volcanoes, so we’ve highlighted a few of our favorites! Before scheduling a tour, we recommend checking with the National Parks Service to make sure the volcano is still accessible. Occasionally, the areas around the volcanoes are closed due to increased activity.

1. Wasabi Tours Hawaii

One of our favorite touring companies, Wasabi Tours Hawaii consistently ranks at the top of the list. Their Big Island Twilight Volcano Tour is a twelve-hour excursion. Small groups are escorted through Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. During the tour, you’ll discover sea turtles, incredibly beautiful rainforests, and of course, the foreboding Mauna Loa volcano. Weather permitting, the tour will end after sundown to allow viewing of the lava’s glow. The tour includes a gourmet lunch and dinner, entrance into all the parks, and easy hiking. Be sure to visit the website for an $80 off coupon per couple. Tours are $195 plus tax per adult; $175 plus tax for kids.

2. Paradise Helicopter Tours

If you’re looking for a fun and memorable way to see the Big Island, Paradise Helicopter Tours has exactly that. Offering ten different tours, Paradise specializes in lava and volcano viewing. Strap into the helicopter and prepare to get a bird’s eye view of some of the most spectacular sights on Earth. The pilots are very knowledgeable about Hawaii and the volcanoes and will answer any of your questions. Paradise Tours has coupons on their site, so be sure to check those out as well. Tours run anywhere from $189 to $779 per person, and there’s a few tours that charge by the aircraft.

3. Marylou’s Big Island Guided Tours

Are you looking for a more intimate tour setting? Marylou’s Big Island Guided Tours provides excursions for small, private groups of up to six people. They also specialize in custom tours if you have something in particular you’d like to see. They have a full list of options and are always open to new ideas. Plan on spending about eight to ten hours on your tour. Prices are $500 for one to four passengers and $600 for five to six passengers during the day. A Glow Tour, where you can see the volcano and lava flowing at night, is $650 for one to four passenger and $750 for five to six people. Tour prices include all National and State park fees as well as drinks and snacks.

4. C Big Island Tours

Offering exclusive tours by both land and sea, C Big Island Tours is a great place to find the unexpected! Their Lava Boat Tour is one of the most popular options. Climb aboard the maximum six-passenger boat and experience the action as lava flows from the active volcanoes into the ocean. Each seat on the boat is able to fully swivel, so you can see what’s happening from all angles. C Big Island Tours has both day and dusk boat tours. Plan on spending around two to two-and-a-half hours on the ship. Tours cost $195 per passenger and sell out quickly, so be sure to book your excursion early!

Volcano Tours on the Big Island are Just One of the Many Exciting Adventures in Hawaii!

Hawaii is a land filled with culture, adventure and excitement, and there’s no better way to see it all than to start with a home base like one of our vacation rental properties. We have an extensive list of properties that will suit your needs! When you finish your volcano tour on the Big Island, you can come back to one of our beautiful homes with all the amenities you need to rest and relax before your next big adventure. Our world-class concierge service is always here to help with any questions you have.

This Hualalai home is a five-bedroom five-bathroom property with room to accommodate up to ten guests. Located on the 9th hole of the Hualalai Golf Course, this vacation rental offers guests access to the nearby Four Seasons Hualalai Resort. When staying here, you’ll be surrounded by the beauty of Hawaii with outdoor garden showers and four bedrooms encompassed by an open-air garden.

Browse our complete collection of properties throughout the Big Island and start planning your getaway today! We can’t wait to help make your trip unforgettable.


Discover the Best Big Island Golf Courses

Explore the beautiful Big Island golf courses!

With the perfect climate, stunning scenery, and championship-level courses, Hawaii is a golfers paradise. While there are more than 70 places to play throughout the islands, Big Island golf courses are amongst some of our favorites. Choose from public, private, and resort courses set amongst majestic mountains, along the gorgeous coastline, and next to enchanting lava fields.

To learn more about the best Big Island Golf Courses, request a copy of our complimentary Vacation Guide! This helpful handbook is packed with local recommendations on the best things to do in the area. Find out where to dine, what activities to try, and which historic sites to visit.

Top 6 Golf Courses on the Big Island

Four Seasons Hualalai Golf Course

Designed by the renowned golfer and course designer Jack Nicklaus, Hualalai Golf Course covers 7,100 yards. Otherworldly black lava fields surround this expertly groomed, 18-hole course. The resort also offers complimentary adult and junior clinics with professionals. Try something different and participate in the glow-in-the-dark night golf.

Mauna Lani Golf Course

Whether you’re an avid golfer or just starting out, you’ll enjoy playing on the two championship courses at Mauna Lani Resort. This prestigious location has hosted many high-profile tournaments including the Hawaii State Open. Located right on the Kohala Coast, both links offer gorgeous, panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.

Mauna Kea Golf Course

Mauna Kea Golf Course is often mentioned as a favorite Big Island golf course with challenging elevation changes and 120 bunkers. Designed in 1964 by golf architect Robert Trent Jones, the 18-hole course is recognized as one of the most beautiful in the state. From the green, you have unparalleled views of the ocean’s waves crashing along the shoreline and the snow-capped summit of Mauna Kea volcano.

Big Island Country Club

Amateurs and experts alike will enjoy playing on this 18-hole course positioned on the lower hills of Mauna Kea mountain. Designed by Perry Dye, this location offers five different tee boxes. The sloping mountain terrain creates a unique course carved into the natural setting.

Makalei Golf Club

Head to the west shore of the island along the Kona coast for an alternative experience to the typical coastal courses on the island. Amidst the abundant forest landscape, this course incorporates natural obstacles such as lava tubes and a century-old stone wall. Native plants and flowers surround the fairway and green and wildlife, including peacocks and wild turkeys, are often spotted by players.

Kona Country Club

Along the west coast of Hawai’i, Kona Country Club is located in Keauhou right by the Keauhou Bay. This Big Island golf course has been named one of the Top 100 Courses by Golf Digest and has been identified as a top U.S. course by ESPN, Golf for Women, and ZAGAT Guide. If you plan to play between November to March, you should keep an eye on the water as you may just spot a Humpback whale!

Make Yourself at Home in a Private Homes Hawaii Rental 

While exploring the Big Island golf courses, enjoy a comfortable stay in one of our beautiful Private Homes Hawaii properties with concierge services. Whether you’re traveling with a large group or just taking a couple’s getaway, we have a home to suit your needs. Choose from beachfront properties and resort villas.

Dedicated golfers will love staying in this Hualalai Palm Villa. Located right on the 15th fairway of the Hualalai Golf Course, this three-bedroom townhouse includes a gorgeous outdoor lanai and spacious rooms. Guests are granted access to the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort with a sports club, spa, golf course, resort restaurants, and more.
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What Are the Best Beaches on the Big Island?

Explore the best beaches on the Big Island during your trip to Hawaii!

The best beaches on the Big Island vary in both size, surf, and color. Explore the unique black sands of volcanic beaches or lounge on the white sands on the west coast. One of the few green sand beaches in the world also exists on the Island of Hawai’i.

With so many beautiful shores to explore, it can be difficult to narrow down which ones you want to see. We’ve put together a guide to the best beaches on the Big Island to help you plan your perfect Hawaiian getaway! After you’ve learned all about the different locations, download our complimentary Vacation Guide. This handy travel planner is packed with great suggestions and local insight on where to go and what to do.

Discover 3 Unique Beaches on the Big Islands

Hapuna Beach

This beautiful, white sand beach along the Kohala Coast is consistently cited as one of the best beaches on the Big Island. In fact, Conde Nast Traveler has named this slice of paradise one of the best beaches in America. The largest white sand beach on the island, Hapuna is known for good snorkeling, swimming, and bodysurfing conditions. It is possible to surf in this area at times when the current isn’t too strong.

If you plan to visit Hapuna at the beginning of the year, be sure to keep an eye out for whales! While this beach is definitely worth a visit, it is one of the most popular ones in the area, so be aware that the shore can get crowded during peak season.

Punalu’u Beach

Have you walked across jet-black sand colored by volcanic basalt? On your trip to the Big Island, you can experience this unusual phenomenon! Often called “Black Sand Beach,” Punalu’u is the island’s most famous beach with this pigmentation. Besides the unique sand, you can also spot endangered Hawksbill turtles and green turtles lounging in the sun at this spot.

It is possible to go swimming and snorkeling here, but be mindful of the current as it can get very strong, making it too dangerous to swim. If you’re looking to snorkel, check out Ninole Cove on the southwestern side of the beach. Here, the shore forms a bay protecting snorkelers from the potentially powerful current.

Papakōlea Beach

Papakōlea Beach is one of four green sand beaches in the entire world. The strange pigment is caused by deposits of the lava mineral olivine. Because this element is heavier than others, it remains on the shore longer. Inspect the sand closely to see the green grains mixed with black and white.

To get to this secluded beach, you must embark on a 2-mile hike or pay a local to drive you there in a 4×4. If you’re able-bodied and enjoy outdoor activities, the hike is worth the effort. Cliffs surround the shore to create an inlet, which you must climb down. Once you’ve reached the shore, take in the natural beauty, but do not attempt to swim here as the waters are very rough.

Unwind in a Private Homes Hawaii Rental 

After a long day of exploring the best beaches on the Big Island, you’ll want a warm, accommodating place to come back and relax. With properties across the Big Island, Private Homes Hawaii has the perfect place for you and your family.

The Palm Villa at the Hualalai Resort is located on the Kohala Coast with easy access to Kona International Airport and nearby beaches and attractions. This three-bedroom rental has a downstairs suite, expansive lanai, and extra bedding to accommodate additional guests. Take advantage of the Hualalai Club Concierge to experience the luxury of a resort stay with the comfortability of a private home. The concierge offers many services including restaurant reservations, spa appointments, and tee times.

Browse a complete catalog of our available properties and start planning your Hawaiian getaway today!