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Modernist architectural gem w/ custom interior & bay views - steps to beach!

Puna Palisades vacation home with kitchen and patio

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Pahoa, HI, United States of America
  • Great home on one of the best island shores. Didn’t want to leave!

    Sep 28, 2020

  • Directions where easy, and instructions to find the key and unlock the front door. Very…

    May 19, 2019

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Enhanced health and safety measures

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Contactless check-in is available
  • 2 guests
  • 1 bedroom
  • 1 bed
  • 2 bathrooms
  • Parking available
  • Kitchen
  • Non-smoking

Property highlights

Main amenities

  • Onsite parking
  • Non-smoking
  • In a rural location
  • Dining area
  • Towels provided
  • Bed sheets provided

What’s around

  • In Puna Palisades
  • Kehena Beach - 3 min walk
  • SPACE Seaview Performing Arts Center - 26 min walk
  • Star of the Sea Painted Church - 4.1 mi / 6.6 km
  • Mackenzie State Park - 5.1 mi / 8.1 km
  • Pohoiki Beach - 6.8 mi / 10.9 km

Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1

1 Queen Bed

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About this home

Hale Balleja

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Designed by a noted San Francisco architect and once featured in The Huffington Post's "11 Small Eco Homes that Live Large," this custom, modernist home is perfectly located a short stroll from (clothing optional) Kehena Black Sand Beach. Offering gorgeous views of Kehena Bay and the forests of Oliana Point, this home offers a wealth of little luxuries, including tropical hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, a custom mango wood dining table, and an outdoor shower.

What's nearby:

When you're not lounging on the black sand of Kehena Beach, you'll be less than an hour's drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, 15 minutes from the geothermal oceanside lagoon at Ahalanui Park, and 10 miles southwest of fantastic snorkeling at the Kapoho Tide Pools. You'll also be seven miles northeast of Kalapana and a few minutes' drive from lava hiking trails and local restaurants. The town of Hilo, where you'll find a variety of shopping, dining, and entertainment options, is only 33 miles north.

Things to know:

Free WiFi

Full kitchen

Outdoor shower

This rental is managed by Vacasa Vacation Rentals of Hawaii, LLC.

GE-063-969-6896-01  TA-063-969-6896-01

A damage waiver, covering up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the property or its contents, is included in the cost of your reservation. Stays over 28 nights may be eligible for a fee waiver.

Parking Notes: Go up the first gravel driveway on your left and park.

Water Access: No beach or water access.

Damage Waiver: The total cost of your reservation for this Property includes a nightly damage waiver fee, plus tax if applicable (the “Damage Waiver”). (A discount may be applied for stays of 28 nights or longer, if permitted.)

The Damage Waiver covers you for up to $2,000 of accidental damage to the Property or its contents (such as furniture, fixtures, and appliances) as long as you report the incident to the host prior to checking out. The Damage Waiver fee eliminates the need for a traditional security deposit.

More information can be downloaded from the "Rental Agreement" on the checkout page.

County permit number: STVR 19-368935

County permit number: NUC 19-2014

State/province tax number: GE-063-969-6896-01

State/province tax number: TA-063-969-6896-01

What’s around


  • In Puna Palisades
  • Kehena Beach - 3 min walk
  • SPACE Seaview Performing Arts Center - 26 min walk
  • Star of the Sea Painted Church - 4.1 mi / 6.6 km
  • Mackenzie State Park - 5.1 mi / 8.1 km
  • Pohoiki Beach - 6.8 mi / 10.9 km
  • Pohoiki - 6.9 mi / 11.1 km
  • Isaac Hale Beach Park - 7.2 mi / 11.6 km
  • Lava Tree State Monument - 13.6 mi / 21.8 km
  • Kapoho Beach - 25.2 mi / 40.6 km
  • Kilauea Caverns of Fire - 28.2 mi / 45.4 km

Getting around

  • Hilo Intl. Airport (ITO) - 53 min drive
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Pahoa, HI, United States of America

The manager

Vacasa of Hawaii

Speaks: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

The home

Key facts

  • Vacation home (1200 sq ft)
  • Onsite parking
  • Internet
  • Car required
  • Non-smoking
  • Washing machine


  • 1 bedroom
  • Bedroom - 1 queen bed
  • Bed sheets provided


  • 2 bathrooms
  • Towels provided


  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • Oven
  • Stovetop
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Toaster
  • Cookware/dishes/utensils


  • Separate dining area

Entertainment and recreation

  • Stereo
  • Hiking nearby
  • Zoo nearby
  • Ecotours nearby
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby
  • Rock climbing nearby
  • Winery tours nearby


  • Garden
  • Patio

Things to know

House rules

  • Pets not allowed
  • Events/parties not allowed
  • No smoking
  • Max. guests: 2
  • Minimum check-in age: 21

Check-in and check-out

  • Check-in after 4:00 PM
  • Check-out before 10:00 AM

Special check in instructions

  • You will receive an email from the host with check-in and check-out instructions. You will also receive an email from Vrbo with a link to a Vrbo account which will enable you to manage your booking.

Fees & policies

The property is provided by our partners at Vrbo, an Expedia Group company. You’ll receive a confirmation email from Vrbo once you’ve completed your booking.

Required at check-in

  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 21

Travelling with others

  • Pets not allowed


  • Onsite parties or group events are strictly prohibited.

    Guests can rest easy knowing there's a carbon monoxide detector, a fire extinguisher, and a smoke detector on site.

    This property advises that enhanced cleaning measures are currently in place.

    Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

    Contactless check-in is available.

  • This property is licensed under an applicable law.Property Registration Number GE-063-969-6896-01+|+STVR+19-368935

Also known as

  • Modernist Architectural gem House
  • Modernist Architectural gem
  • 22716


  • This property confirms that disinfectant is used to clean the property. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
  • Sorry, pets aren't allowed.
  • You can check in starting at 4:00 PM. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless check-in is available.
  • Yes. Nearby restaurants include Uncles Awa (4 mi).
  • Have fun with nearby activities like hiking and rock climbing. Additional recreation nearby includes ecotours. Modernist architectural gem w/ custom interior & bay views - steps to beach! also has a garden.
  • 10.0.Exceptional

    wonderful experience

    everything was wonderful. highly recommend the place.

    Jocelyn S., Other trip, Sep 19, 2020

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  • 6.0.Good

    Cool, but quirky architecture in a fun but isolated area

    First impressions of the house upon arrival are super positive-- the house is beautiful even from the road, and it's surrounded by a tropical zen garden. Overall, we had a lovely three nights in the rental with many positive to say, but also several specific challenges. Here's what we loved: admiring the unique beauty of the home and cooking in the well-stocked sunken kitchen; looking out the big windows to see the surf pounding the nearby cliffs; being a very relaxing environment for an in-home massage (which was easy to book with a local masseur); easy parking and a lovely stroll through a garden path each time we returned home; and absolutely the best part: attending Uncle Roberts open-air market with live music, food, and shopping on Wednesday night. On the negative side- it was SUPER challenging getting a confirmation about our reservation. I don't know if VRBO or the management company were the weak links, but I had to call three times to get check-in information. I was worried we would be homeless in Hawaii, all the way up until the day before check-in! Second, the house definitely had quirks that could be a deal-breaker for some visitors. Others have written about the very strange bathroom, and it is even stranger than I expected. There is a toilet inside a shower room -- and you have to walk through that room to go from the kitchen to the bed room. The bathroom light is hidden behind a towel rack. Nearly all of the fixtures work differently than you expect (want hot water in the outside shower? don't turn it all the way to "hot"). The windows didn't latch securely, which was scary on the day we had torrential rains and winds. There seems to be another unit as part of the house, but no indication of whether or not someone else was there. Could be something to confirm if you are looking for true privacy. The area itself still has so much to offer (Volcanoes National Park, Uncle Roberts, main stream Pahoa), but some of the things we were looking forward to (the Tidepools) were destroyed by the 2018 lava flows. The guest book inside the unit has not been updated to reflect these changes. I debated whether this was 3 or 4 stars, but really think it depends on the person. This cool, quirky house could be perfect for someone open to a little whimsy!

    Darcy S., Other trip, Mar 12, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Beautiful house!

    The house is great. The Location is even better. 3 minute walk to a black sand beach - what's not to like?

    Matt S., Other trip, Sep 24, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Staycation from Kona side

    This is probably the best spot for an east side adventure. Kahena beach is a short walk away. The home was clean, comfortable, modern and very unique in its design. The tropical landcape has been well kept and maintained . This is an easy 5 star and will return. The only 1 hiccup was that some tiles were loose on the ground in the transition from the shower to bathroom which could be extremely hazardous since the are not properly glued in. Other than that, very clean and comfortable . I look forward to staying here again in the future.

    John B., Other trip, Mar 6, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Missing it already!

    Great home on one of the island’s best shores. Didn’t want to leave!

    maurizio l., Other trip, Aug 7, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Nice, quiet, easy coastline access

    House is in a quiet and relatively secluded area, with walking access to rocky coastline and black sand beach. Make sure to follow instructions to the property sent by the management company, as the house number is not marked on the street.

    Terry P., Other trip, Jan 2, 2019

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Cool designed house – just a short jump to the ocean

    We just had a pleasant stay at Hale Balleja in Pahoa. You need a car, because it's about 9miles from pahoa town, but therefore this place is so quite and perfect for relaxing. The terrasses are huge and the best thing was the outdoor shower after our running sessions. The beds are very comfortable and the whole apartment is bright and easy to ventilate from all sides. There is no air conditioning, but the fans works quite well, because the temperature isn´t that high during night time. We would love to come again!

    Martina S., Other trip, Sep 29, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Great contemporary house with few caveats

    I’d highly recommend it for couple days of unplugging. If you are looking to stay in this area, you know that this is a remote part of the island. (Closest restaurant and grocery store is 20 minutes away with a car, everything else is farther) As you can see from the virtual tour, circulation between bedroom and living room is through the shower & toilet area, if you prefer walls:) (Wet floor alert in the toilet) However using the lanai, outdoor shower and sliding doors is always an option. The wood decking on lanai is amazing. Everything was very clean, in similar homes it is not unusual to have a sticky layer of ocean spray, not in this house. It has all the basics including few beach items and a lot of interesting architectural details for you to discover. I highly recommend turning off the lights and looking out for the milky way or hanging out in the lanai during a thunderstorm. One final note: although there are interesting local artifacts in the house, I wish the indoor seating and patio furniture matched the design of the house:)

    Can A., Other trip, Sep 22, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional



    Cindy C., Other trip, Mar 21, 2020

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  • 10.0.Exceptional

    Serene, Remote and perfect

    Loved this property, and the awesome daily rate was super great for the size and the location that I was looking for. Having traveled to Big Island on the regular, I always stay on the quiet/off-the-grid Pahoa side - it’s always nice to find a little gem to stay at, and this is being added to the spots to check for future trips. The house is modernist in style, has great amenities, is BIG, accessible and right across the street from Kehena Beach on the ‘Red Road’. Having a washer and dryer in the house was great, and the kitchen was fabulous. In response to the majority of other reviews: - Yes, there is no TV. Embrace it, and the beautiful area you are in. Bring a laptop or tablet to watch some stuff on, as the internet is nice and fast on the property. - Yes, the layout is a little wonky, but nowhere close to being annoying or a dealbreaker. You do have to walk through the shower to get to the bedroom, but the trade off is that the shower is HUGE (like could fit six people easily). You can also walk out the lanai bedroom door right into the kitchen/living room door (about 15ft). You’ll have the doors open all day and night anyways, so it’s not a big deal at all. - Yes, there is no AC... but, welcome to hawai’i, it is quite rare to find somewhere with AC. Use the fans, enjoy the breeze and relax. - Yes, the screens on the windows do need a decent amount of repair. That’s really the only thing I would suggest to the homeowner since the house does catch a decent amount of sun, and constant airflow is crucial. (A tip for anywhere you stay on the islands, use as few indoor lights at night as possible - since the big island is generally pretty remote, your housing will be a beacon for bugs if you have a lot of light on at night. Keep in mind that this area is remote, so you will obviously need a rental car (get an SUV or something with 4wheel drive, you can experience some pretty awesome spots only with these types of vehicles!). Get groceries when you land! Hilo is a great stopover if you’re flying into that side of the island, tons of groceries stores, KTA is hands down the best! At the Kehena end of the ‘Red Road’ where it dead-ends is Uncles - if you are there on a Wednesday, go there for the night market - it’s insanely fun and what all the locals do every week. Go to every single farmers market you can find! All in all, this house was perfect for me - and I’ll be back for sure. Mahalo - until we meet again!

    Nicholas B., Other trip, Sep 2, 2019

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