Vacation Rentals under 500

Properties Up to $500 per Night

Puako Condominium Unit 105

Rates from:
$155– 175
per night

Nowhere else in Puako will you find such a great value:a three-bedroom condo nestled among tropical greenery, with pool, and right across the street from the Puako shoreline access prized for its sandy beach, gentle tide pools and views of sailboats moored in Puako Bay, as well as of historic Mauna Kea Hotel with the Kohala Mountains rising above it.
Next door is the Puako General Store, great for snacks, essentials and friendly “talk story.” Walk or ride the two miles of Puako Beach Drive or explore the beachside route. Hop in the car for a quick (5 minute) ride to two of Hawaii’s best beaches: Waialea Bay (known locally as “69” for the number on the telephone pole that once marked the beach access) for snorkeling and shade or expansive Hapuna Beach for waves, sun, sand and a food shack.

Pueo Place

Rates from:
$450 – $750
per night depending on occupancy

If the drive through the ranch hasn’t calmed your senses, stepping into the home’s easeful courtyard entryway will. Tucked in among small trees, climbing vines, crotons, ferns, auspicious ti plants, rocks, and rain chains, the short stone path turns toward the front door, where a ceramic vase-fountain gently gurgles and echoes beside it.

Entering the home, you immediately feel its spaciousness, stepping down into the generous high-ceilinged living room opening to the lanai and pool, with the expanse of ocean beyond. This living space supports entertainment and leisure alike, with large-screen television, built-in sound system, soft lighting, and ample comfortable seating. To one side of the living room are the kitchen and dining areas, with countless cabinets, task and mood lighting, a massive built-in side-by-side refrigerator, double oven, cook top, and, of course, everything needed for casual or lavish cooking and dining…indoors or out.

Behind the kitchen is the first Master suite with king-size bed facing the lanai and ocean via screened slider. The bathroom features a tiled walk-in shower with etched glass featuring creatures of the sea and sky and a separate soaking tub. Down the hall is a bedroom with twin beds, perfect for children, with an alcove useful as a private office space.

On the opposite side of the house is the Grand Master suite, also featuring a sunken carpeted sleeping area with king-size bed and screened sliders to lanai, pool, and ocean view. A capacious walk-in closet will serve any length of stay, and the bathroom offers a large walk-in shower, “Whirl-Bath” jetted tub, companion sinks in quartz counters with bamboo cabinets.

Down the hall from this master suite is another bedroom with king-size bed, along with another bathroom-plus-shower suitable for use by guests as well as resident vacationers.

Outside, the lanai offers comfortable lounge furniture, a pool, soft grassy areas surrounded by lava-rock walls, and colorful hedges. A gas grill, sink and counter, as well as dining area and furniture will be a regular place for casual meals. This is the perfect place to watch majestic whales, who come to Hawaii for part of each year to mate, calve, and guide their young. Any time you visit, you’ll enjoy spectacular sunsets here, too.

Hale Lea

Rates from:
$265 2 person,$295 3-4 person,$325 5-6 person, 8 persons $445(includes downstairs bedroom)
per night

Newly remodeled, this three-bedroom (with optional 4th bedroom), two-bath home is light-filled, airy, spacious, and serene. Set back and above the road toward the more secluded end of Puako Beach Drive, Hale Lea has vaulted ceilings, exposed beams, and large screened windows all around, as well as new ceiling fans and air conditioning units in the upstairs bedrooms. Situated on the second floor under mature trees, the house features a high-ceiling front lanai for dining in the balmy sea air amid large monkey pod trees, palms, and other mature plantings. Mornings will draw you to the smaller back lanai to watch the sun rise over Mauna Kea. Beach access is a short walk away, with great snorkeling and scuba along the very extensive Puako reef. Nearby is the Puako/Malama Petroglyph Trail, one of Hawaii’s largest petroglyph fields.

The General Store Studio

Rates from:
$160
per night

The General Store Studio is a second-floor, ocean-view apartment with a full kitchen and bath, comfortable living area, covered lanai, and king-size bed (which can be converted to two twin-size beds) Large French doors and ceiling fans treat you to gentle breezes (air conditioning is available). The living area provides full-size upholstered couch and side chair, flat-screen TV, and attractive décor. The galley kitchen provides full-size refrigerator, double sink, four-burner electric stove, microwave, and all you’ll need to prepare meals featuring fresh Big Island fish, meat, and produce from our area farmers’ markets (10-20 minutes away). Stools offer counter-top dining, but you’ll prefer the table and two chairs on the lanai for fresh air and views of the sea and the meanderings of Puako denizens.

The king-size bed is positioned to capture the ocean view; multiple doors to the lanai, window, and ceiling fans keep you comfortable after each day of sun and sea. Standing wardrobe, cabinet, immaculate bathroom withshower make this studio a great buy.

The General Store Flat

Rates from:
$160
per night

The General Store Flat is a second-floor apartment with a full kitchen, comfortable living room, covered lanai, and bedroom all with ocean views. Sliding glass doors and ceiling fans treat you to gentle breezes. The living area provides roomy seating, glass-topped table with matching rattan chairs, and attractive décor. The galley kitchen provides full-size refrigerator, double sink, four-burner electric stove, microwave, and all you’ll need to prepare meals featuring fresh Big Island fish, meat, and produce from our area farmers’ markets (10-20 minutes away).

Hale Lihikai in the Trees

Rates from:
$250
per night

Recently renovated, Hale Lihikai in the Trees offers a couple a comfortable space for on the ocean side of Puako Beach Drive. Tropical-themed décor throughout includes an appealing etched-glass divider between living and sleeping areas. The kitchen is central, convenient, and spacious.
Greet the morning sun rising behind Mauna Kea through the kitchen windows. Let the swaying palm leaves outside the living-room windows lull you, sleep with gentle cross breezes refreshing you.

Treehouse

Rates from:
$215
per night

Four generations of the island-based Black family have owned and loved this special oasis by the sea, presided over by the oldest and largest banyan tree in Puako. A well-received addition to the beloved Beach Banyan compound, the Treehouse is a cheery upstairs studio cottage seemingly slung between the graceful banyan branches. Looking out to a mesmerizing scene of ancient lava rocks and ocean waves, the Treehouse provides a unique blend of timeless island lifestyle and modern-day creature comforts. It’s a perfect hideaway for couples looking for a dreamy oceanfront retreat.

Reef House

Rates from:
$325 – $440 ($115 for suite)
per night

Reef House Puako is a true old Hawaii getaway right on the blue Pacific Ocean. Snorkel with sea turtles from the sand and lava beach, explore tide pools, lounge in hammocks under the palms, watch for a green flash sunset, or just hang out at the two blue cottages with ocean and Maui views from almost every window. This will be a place you’ll never want to leave.

Hale Kai

Rates from:
$450
per night

Typical of the original beachfront homes that have made Puako so beloved, Hale Kai is ideal for two couples or a young family who appreciate a sense of place in a perfectly maintained Hawaiian-style beach house fronted by an extensive coral reef.

Puako Condominium Unit 310

Rates from:
$175 – 225
per night

Nowhere else in Puako will you find ocean views and sunsets, two pools, and a three-bedroom place at such a great value! This historic village is one of the few remaining true beach communities in the Hawaiian Islands, with year-round residents as well as vacationers, living in everything from vintage beach cottages to multi-million-dollar showcase homes. Right across the street from two of these beautiful newer homes, you’ll share their views of ocean, Maui and Kohala Mountains at a fraction of the price.

Also right across the street is the beach access prized locally for its sandy beach, gentle tide pools and views of sailboats moored in Puako Bay, as well as the historic Mauna Kea Hotel with the Kohala Mountains rising above it.

Next door is the Puako General Store, great for snacks, essentials and friendly “talk story.” Walk the two miles of Puako Beach Drive or explore the beachside route. Hop in the car for a 5-minute ride to two of Hawaii’s top-rated beaches: Waialea Bay (known locally as “69,” for the number on the telephone pole that marked the beach access) for snorkeling and shade or expansive Hapuna Beach for waves, sun, sand and a food shack.

Puako Condominium Unit 309

Rates from:
$175 – 225
per night

Nowhere else in Puako will you find ocean views and sunsets, two pools, and a two-bedroom, air-conditioned place at such a great value! This unique village is one of the few remaining true beach communities in the Hawaiian Islands, with year-round residents as well as vacationers, living in everything from vintage beach cottages to multi-million-dollar showcase homes. Right across the street from two of these beautiful newer homes, you’ll share their views of ocean, Maui and Kohala Mountains at a fraction of the price (binoculars included during whale-watch season!).

Also right across the street is the beach access prized locally for its sandy beach, gentle tide pools and views of sailboats moored in Puako Bay, as well as historic Mauna Kea Hotel with the Kohala Mountains rising above it.

Next door is the Puako General Store, great for snacks, essentials and friendly “talk story.” Walk or ride the two miles of Puako Beach Drive or explore the beach-side route. Hop in the car for a quick (5 minute) ride to two of Hawaii’s best beaches: Waialea Bay (known locally as “69” for the number on the telephone pole that marked the beach access) for snorkeling and shade or expansive Hapuna Beach for waves, sun, sand and a food shack.

Plumeria Cottage

Rates from:
$195
per night

Plumeria Cottage is a charming early-era-Puako beach bungalow–set amid mature palms, Milo tree, spectacular spreading Royal Poinciana and, of course, plumerias. Newly remodeled yet preserving many original details, you’ll enjoy a special vacation steeped in the continuity of this enduring community. Walk across the one-lane road for beach access or visit nearby Waialea Bay and Hapuna Beach for spectacular swimming, snorkeling, sunning or wintertime whale watching. Stop at the quaint Puako General Store for an ice-cream treat or cold drink, or visit nearby resorts for shopping, dining and Hawaiian-style events. This appealing one-bedroom, one-bathroom cottage is ideal for a couple, perhaps with a young child.

Honu

Rates from:
$495
per night

The honu, or green sea turtle, is a beloved figure in Hawaiian legends as well as on our beaches today. Some believe the honu helped guide the Polynesians to Hawaii (although others attribute that role to the kolea, or Pacific Golden Plover), because they swim hundreds of miles to return to their birthplace to lay eggs. Another myth has the honu Kaiula turning herself into a girl to watch over the children playing on the black sands of Punalu’u beach on the volcano side of the Big Island. Today the honu is revered as an “aumakua” or protective spirit and a symbol of good luck. Young honu are raised to maturity in the saltwater ponds of the nearby Mauna Lani Bay Hotel, where they are released into the ocean each July 4th or “Honu Independence Day.”

Because of their protected status, it is now common to see honu in the shallow waters and sandy beach of Waialea Bay, where this appropriately named home is located. An affordable vacation home right on Waialea Bay Beach, Honu is indeed a lucky find—a delightful place for children, so close to the sand and ocean with a grassy yard protected by landscaping and a shaded lanai for watchful parents. With two bedrooms and two baths, this home sleeps six. (See also Ehu Kai and Ulu Niu for other homes in this family compound.)

Hale Puako

Rates from:
$2800
per week

Perfectly sited for dramatic views and private access from the yard to the ocean, this double A-frame home sleeps six in one of the best seaside locations in Puako. Rough-hewn vaulted ceilings with tall windows frame views of Maui, the Kohala Mountains and Puako Bay. Relax in one of several outdoor choices: a front lanai, or a wind-protected sun bathing deck. Watch your children play in the grassy yard shaded by mature trees and shrubs. The balcony, part of the separate master suite, offers private viewing of Hawaii’s spectacular Pacific sunsets. You’ll be within walking distance of the charming Puako General Store and handy to excursions to Waialea Bay and Hapuna Beach, often rated among the world’s best beaches.

Hale Ohia

Rates from:
$129 – $149
per night

In the foothills of Hawaii Island’s oldest volcano—Kohala Mountain—with views of the coastline and ocean, this economical house is conveniently located in the eclectic neighborhood of Kawaihae Village. Set along the Kawaihae Road, Hale Ohia is a five-minute drive from some of the highest-rated beaches in the world: Mauna Kea, Hapuna Beach State Park and Waialea Bay. Equally close are restaurants ranging from Anuenue Shave Ice and locally sourced Kohala Burger and Taco to the Blue Dragon, known for prize-winning fine dining in an outdoor setting with top-rated live entertainment. A scenic drive from Kawaihae Harbor up the coast takes you to the charming town of Hawi, with prime whale viewing along the way during the winter months. Right next door is Hale Lani, owned by the same family, so this home will appeal to a larger group or extended family as well as a single family.

Hale Lihikai “House at the Edge of the Sea”

Rates from:
$295
per night

This four-bedroom, three-bath home is located right on the water’s edge and offers the dual delight of Puako sunsets (which you’ll share with the honu—sea turtles—who sunbathe on the lava rocks) coupled with views of the summit of Mauna Kea. A well-loved home, where the owners raised their family, Hale Lihikai offers three options for a range of visitors: the Kona Side, the Kohala Side or the entire hosue, depending on your numbers and needs. Whichever you choose, you will enjoy your time spent amid unique surfing and Hawaiian décor, mature and lush landscaping lovingly planted over the years, and the shoreline of Puako Bay.

Hale Lani

Rates from:
$165 – $185
per night

In the foothills of Hawaii Island’s oldest volcano—Kohala Mountain—with views of the coastline and ocean, this economical house is conveniently located in the eclectic neighborhood of Kawaihae Village. Set along the Kawaihae Road, Hale Lani is a five-minute drive from some of the highest-rated beaches in the world: Mauna Kea, Hapuna Beach State Park and Waialea Bay. Equally close are restaurants ranging from Anuenue Shave Ice and locally sourced Kohala Burger and Taco to the Blue Dragon, known for prize-winning fine dining in an outdoor setting with top-rated live entertainment. A scenic drive from Kawaihae Harbor up the coast takes you to the charming town of Hawi, with prime whale viewing along the way during the winter months.

Ehu Kai

Rates from:
$380
per night

Well named, ‘Ehu Kai (for the tropical seaside salt air) is located just beyond the water’s edge, nestled among the trees at Waialea Bay. Hand constructed by the owner, this one-bedroom, one-bath two-level home is surrounded by shade trees and lush vegetation—providing the best of both worlds: prized oceanfront location with comfortable temperatures and breezes year round. Just beyond your door, enjoy snorkeling, diving, swimming and sunbathing. Return to your upstairs living space and relax in the cool trade breezes while enjoying the ocean view from the covered lanai. ‘Ehu Kai is the perfect vacation spot for a couple with two young children.

Blue Dragon Beach Bungalow

Rates from:
$395
per night

Beautiful ocean-side lot, this remodeled two-bedroom, two-bath bungalow offers spaciousness plus a sense of seclusion along with spectacular views. The large lawn between house and sea is perfect for children at play when they are not exploring the tidal pools just beyond. Adults can watch from the shaded pavilion under a spreading milo tree, where a swinging love seat offers pure relaxation. Walk the coral-lined path to the ocean, where turtles sunbathe, majestic whales frolic during winter months, and divers explore the depths of the Puako reefs—home to abundant sea life. A hammock and several chaises lounges await you in the shade of sea hibiscus trees, for perfect tranquility while enjoying the views of Maui, the Kohala Mountains and Puako sunsets.

Beach Banyan

Rates from:
$495 – $545
per night

Four generations of the island-based Black family have owned and loved this special oasis by the sea, presided over by the oldest and largest banyan tree in Puako. The family’s handiwork is present in the ocean-side groves of coconut palms soaring 15 to 35 feet high: on the right are palms named and planted by individual family members, many as young children, or in honor of special friends; on the left, special events are marked by a separate grove. Together, the palms frame sunsets and the neighboring island of Maui, dominated by the 10,000-foot-high mountain of Haleakala.