Hale Mar

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We loved Hale Mar! It was so peaceful there - we never wanted to leave.
- Suzanne C., Petaluma, CA

We loved our visit and loved the house! It was so spacious with lots of towels and toiletries which are hard to travel with so it was great that they were provided. Having recommendations on places to go and things to see was great - as was local directions to stores and restaurants. The pool and hot tub with amazing views was a huge bonus. We even saw whales from the upstairs deck. It was great to have a wonderful home to stay in. We were thrilled that so many things were provided that made our visit so much easier. For example - having condiments in the fridge and rain slickers in the closet. Visiting the volcano at night or early morning while still dark - not to be missed! - Michael H., Benicia, CA

Your home is beautiful and we had a wonderful time. I could have looked at the view forever!
- Margaret O., Midland, MI

The views are incredibly majestic and breathtaking. The levels of relaxation are at a maximum high from the waves crashing on to the shore, land and sea animals singing at night, and the cool breeze that blows through the balcony windows and doors. The location and friendly atmosphere, in addition to all things listed before, have made our stay here at Hale Mar the most amazing and beautiful stay of a lifetime.
- Bridget R. and Kimberly E., Tutwiler, MS

Hale Mar is a truly an awesome and healing spot! I've been to the Big Island many times and done all the tourist stuff. I needed a real "life break" to breath deep, think long thoughts, and spend time in a restful and restorative place to find my center from a year of demanding job, recent death of a few friends, and the pain and struggle of aging parents. The master bed is one of the most comfortable I've ever had. The comfortable furniture inside and out made for long hours on the upper and lower lanai breathing that amazing warm tropical air, reading for hours, and finding great solace in just watching the waves roll in and out. Sleeping with the sounds of the waves all night licked my brain clean of those dark and lingering emotions. A hot tub before bed each night added the magic twist for a deep and refreshing slumber in that environment. A big house for just the two of us, which was no problem, but now I'm thinking of coming back next time with another couple of cool friends to share it with. Plenty of room there to not feel crowded.
- Denise, Morro Bay, CA

We did enjoy the house, pool and hot tub; we loved the location, the house, the view right on the ocean and the privacy. All our expectations were met, and we want to thank you for all the informative information you provided us and for the lovely property. It is as viewed on the website, just lovely. I would recommend anyone looking to stay on the Big Island to stay at Hale Mar. It was very close to many sights. I recommend exploring the Hawaiian Volcano National Park, the black sand beach (gorgeous) where green sea turtles come up on shore in the morning, and the green sand beach (if you're up for a hike - the sight is beautiful, and the locals will drive you back for a donation). Everyone is so nice and laid back on the Big Island. I would also suggest Crater Rim Rd drive in the park and a helicopter ride over the active lava flow and all the waterfalls. We really appreciate all the amenities provided at Hale Mar and once again thank you so much. You may post any part of this on your website. We loved it and I look forward to possibly taking my niece the next time and staying at Hale Mar.
- Crystal C., Bardstown, KY

Thanks, we had a great trip - Plan to make it an annual outing at your place. Your house is the perfect get-a-way!
- Rick A., Oregon City, OR

House is beautiful in an extraordinary location, décor is classy and refined.  It was a pleasure dealing with you both, we will return.
- Susan and Shelly S. Mount Kisco, NY

Very well stocked and well organized. Loved the stars at night, the surf and frog sounds were fabulous. Tidal pools were great; also enjoyed nighttime volcano visit.
- Doug & Ramona R., Kingwood, TX

We very much enjoyed our stay at Hale Mar. Your FedEx packet was complete and extremely well thought out. The kitchen was very well stocked, and had a good variety of cooking pans, pots and serving pieces. It was so nice to have seasonings there plus sugar and rice. Probably the best stocked kitchen we have ever encountered. The beach towels and regular towels were very nice. Having a drying rack in the laundry was thoughtful and necessary. The home was decorated and furnished very nicely, master bed very comfortable. The big walk-in closet was GREAT. Large shower with shower head was high and removable was really appreciated. Nice regular sized hair dryer in master bath. Shampoos and shower gels well stocked. Your guest book is the best we have seen. Used it constantly. Other books you had in sideboard were helpful too. The quiet and seclusion of Hale Mar was excellent. We greatly enjoyed the nightly serenade of tree frogs and the pounding surf. Hearing and seeing the whales was amazing. The whale sound at night startled me the first time I heard it. It was loud! Once we knew what it was it brought tears to our eyes hearing the "talking" out there. Watching sea turtles work in the surf to catch their meals was delightful. Not having a lot of lights outside is something we really appreciate because we love to stargaze.
- Cherie and Don P., Plymouth, MN

Thank you for the wonderful rental. My family greatly enjoyed the visit. I thank you kindly.
- Trent R., Portland, OR

Ironically, the roar of the ocean and pounding of the surf made it the most peaceful 3 days ever.
- Art and Debby W., Spring, TX

Great sunrises – peaceful surroundings – away from the ‘rat race.’ We like funky Uncle Billy's [restaurant]; don't miss the botanical gardens.
- Boyd and Gail J., Sun City, CA

Amazing house in a great location! We had a great holiday and hope to be back soon. P.S. Your instructions on everything and the info book were so helpful! - Tricia L., Costa Mesa, CA

We had such an amazing time at Hale Mar! What a beautiful house - perfectly laid out and the design is gorgeous. Everything was perfect and you have everything so very well thought out - beach towels, ponchos, guide books... We will definitely be back!! - Nancy and Greg R., Honolulu, HI

We really enjoyed our stay at Hale Mar. It was a beautiful location. It was easy to find, convenient to everything we did and very private. We're looking forward to staying there again. P.S. The neighbors seemed very nice..
- Joe S., Albuquerque, NM

I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know that me, my husband and parents had a wonderful stay at Hale Mar. You have a beautiful home with amazing views! Thank you for everything and we look forward to another trip to Hilo...hopefully soon.
- Christine R., Bothell, WA

We are having a great time in Hawaii. Think we have seen just about everything there is to see, and a few things we really didn't want to see. Since we are having such a great time, I wanted to do something for the house and you to say Mahalo. I made a floral arrangement in the large pot at the end of the hutch in the living room. I'm sending a picture. It must be the Kentucky in me to do something for someone to say thanks. I use to work for a florist and it is a hard habit to break! So Thank You and hope you like...
- Mike & Nancy S., Lawrenceburg, KY

We had a wonderful time at your house. It was so comfortable and close to everything we wanted to see. The volcanoes were awesome and so was the black sand beach and the rainforests. We loved the house and enjoyed the hot tub and pool. Thank you for making our honeymoon memorable.
- Kelli and Dusty O., Austin, TX

We can't even tell you how much we enjoyed our stay at your beautiful home. We found everything to be just perfect upon our arrival. The best feature of the home is the sound of the endless waves crashing on the rocks while you drift to sleep. It was all we could do to drag ourselves away from the house to explore that corner of the island. I would have been content to hang out in the backyard all day, but my fellow travelers hadn't been there before & wanted to sight see. My husband agrees we must return sooner than later.
- Liza L., San Jose, CA


We LOVE Hale Mar and we will be returning every time we go to the Big Island. We really enjoyed staying at your place, we want to LIVE in your house....it is AWESOME!!!
- Craig & Julie H., Encinitas, CA

Beautiful views, grounds are gorgeous! Plenty of household items. Malama Market – great grocery store close by. Don’t miss the Champagne Ponds!
- Alisha G, Denver, CO

We loved Hale Mar...seems hard to believe that it was a month ago already. The weather was great, the house even more perfect than it shows on the web...everything was superb. Great sunrises, the pool and hot tub were great. I could go on and on. Our whole family loved it!
- Tim F., Omaha, NE

We REALLY enjoyed your home! It was amazing. It was the perfect way to conclude our stay! We were on the Island with 3 other couples that rented homes and when they came to visit us they ALL were drooling over your place. When we return to Hilo we will certainly stay with you again.
- Michelle R ., Concord, CA

The house is beautiful, the grounds are beautiful, and your mattress in the master bedroom was more comfortable than the one we have at home! It was really nice to have use of a pool and hot tub, and sometimes my son would lay on the lava rock just to feel the spray of the ocean. I can't say enough about the amazing scenery surrounding your home!
- Kathleen H., Crown Point, IN

Everything was so perfect for us. We went to volcano park and the (water)falls, and to Hilo downtown. We could go everywhere we were so close. Staying in Hale Mar is the best for relaxing and enjoying, having a good time. We liked to look at the moon from the Jacuzzi.
- Ayumi H., Honolulu, HI

We have loved our stay in Hale Mar; it's spectacular! The ocean looks like it's going to come through the sliding door. The weather has been good. The first day it was quite stormy as a system lurked around, and we worried about the rest of the stay. But it cleared up and has done the Hilo thing...intermittent rain from time to time mixed with gorgeous days. The main lesson we learned was: don't sweat the weather! Proceed with your plans and most of them won't be affected. We drove the scenic seashore drive that is south and east of your area and really enjoyed some spectacular scenes. We also visited the tidal pools. Other visits: Rainbow Falls (but didn't see a rainbow) and Akaka Falls (wow...really spectacular, and the drive to get there is great; stop at the bakery in the little town it takes you through for German-inspired taste treats) As much as anything though, we have loved your incredible home and just being here doing nothing except listening to the sea roll in against the rocks. Thanks much for sharing it!
- Richard H., Tyler, TX

The house and amenities were wonderful!! The views, ocean breeze, rain, lap pool, spa.... was everything we were looking for. In fact, we did not leave the house for 5 days! We will definitely return.
- Janice R., Modesto, CA

Hale Mar was fabulous! The location was ideal for day trips and the kids (old and young) loved the pool. thank you for such a wonderful experience.
- Tami S., Lakeland, FL

Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your beautiful home! It is truly a piece of heaven on earth - Mahalo.
- Amy S., Spartanburg, SC

All in all, I had an amazing time and I would definitely return to Hale Mar. Its location, the turtles off the cliffs, and the peace and quiet were the perfect ingredients to a great week. I don't want to go back to Los Angeles.
- Jeremy S., Los Angeles, CA

We really enjoyed Hale Mar, and of course the ocean location is fabulous. Everything else was beautiful and we had a great time.
- Linda K., Winters, CA

My family was so happy with Hale Mar and I got a lot of kudos for picking such a sweet spot. We were very sad to leave your incredible home. I hope we will have a chance to visit again.
- Emily M., San Jose, CA

We had a truly wonderful and relaxed vacation. The peaceful environment and romantic sunrise/sunset was perfect for our honeymoon. We want to let you know that we think the beach house is absolutely gorgeous (which, by the way, I must add that the photos on the web site do not portray the actual image. Perhaps a 360 degree video clip would do the trick.)
- David H., San Jose, CA

Thank you for allowing my family to stay at Hale Mar. They had a wonderful time. The house is lovely. You have created a delightful little paradise there.
- Jay M., Seattle, WA

A very welcoming, comfortable, well-run house. Hot tub and views of sea are wonderful.
- Richard and Maggie C., British Columbia, Canada

Hale Mar is a WONDERFUL home!! We were so impressed. We had everything we needed and so many "extras" ! Mahalo for sharing Hale Mar with us. We love Hawaii and would love to make it our home someday.
- Vicki T., Haughton, LA

We really enjoyed the home, "like a dream" is the best I can describe everything you have done for our stay.
- Wade F., Indianapolis, IN

A great mahalo. Your home is magnificent. Really craftsmanship on all the wood work and finishing. The whole family enjoyed the stay.
- Bob S., Sunset Beach, HI

The sounds of the ocean lulled us to sleep every night. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home with us! We had a wonderful time.
- Rick and Susan R., Sinking Spring, PA

We particularly enjoyed the serenity and spaciousness after a hectic week in Waikiki. The Master Bedroom was amazing... like an oasis! We could not have enjoyed the house more and the setting was an absolute dream.
- Teresa and Tom C., Carlsbad, CA

Thank you so much. We particularly enjoyed the view, and sitting on the rocks watching the turtles.
- Debi J., Portland, OR

The house was beautiful, and the yard with ocean background just wonderful! The kids loved the pool and spa!
- Valerie N., Chino, CA

Everything was excellent... the view, location, pool - everything!
- Derek F., Burbank, CA

Hale Mar was amazing! Thank you! My parents loved it!
- Heidi H., New York City, NY

You own a precious place in the sun. Also, your directions to the house were excellent, especially since we arrived after dark. [We particularly enjoyed] Hilo, Waipio Valley, Volcano Park, Sacred City, the hot springs, the views! The house was comfortable and enjoyable.
- John D., Plymouth, MA

This is paradise.
- Meg C., Alexandria, VA

I am so thrilled being here. This island is very beautiful. Every day is sunny. It rains only at night. Life cannot be better.
- Annette M., Belmont, CA

Awesome speaker system.
- Maxime R. (age 12), Woodside, CA

You did a great job with all the information you sent. We loved your home and will call you next time we have meetings or a getaway. We particularly enjoyed the ocean view, the nice home, and the well maintained yard.
- Derena D., Hilo, HI

We particularly enjoyed the environment and ambience that the home provided: restful and peaceful
- Wade F., Indianapolis, IN

The home was great and we enjoyed ourselves. Thank you for a great vacation.
- Cheryl P., Los Angeles, CA

Your place is spectacular and awe-inspiring. We spent 18 wonderful days listening to the crashing surf and enjoying the pool and hot tub. Absolutely amazing. We will never forget our stay.
Annetta G., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

A slice of Heaven. Nothing was nicer than coming home from our adventures to jump in the pool and relax.
Melissa and Alan D., Oviedo, FL

Hale Mar was amazingly stocked with every amenity anyone would possibly need. For an amazing, oceanfront, private escape, Hale Mar is the perfect location. My family and I had the vacation of a lifetime thanks to the comfort of your home. 1,000 thanks. We would advice future guests to check out Hokumanis Steakhouse and cliff diving off Southern point with a swim back through the lava tubes.
Julie T., Doniphan, MO

Thank you again for sharing your home with us. We all had a fantastic time. We all just made it back to the states and all found Hawaii worthy of visiting again. While on the Big Island we managed to take in the new Zip Line and it was fantatstic. We also found the Waipio Valley extremely worth going down into. We found the Kona side so dry and boring so were very pleased with staying at your place. My daughter and boyfriend did a lot of hiking in the Volcano area and it was erupting well so were able to see the flow. The rest of us just got to see the magnificant steam arise. Your house is gorgeous, and a breathtaking view of the wild side of the ocean.
Susan H., Houston, TX

We enjoyed Hale Mar very much. You have thought of every possible need to make our stay enjoyable. The guide books and all the instructions on how things work were great! This is a beautiful setting that promotes a "real" Hawaiian experience. Thanks for thinking of all our needs and ensuring we had a comfortable stay in your home. Kapoho tidepools nearby has excellent snorkeling and is a beautiful drive.
Neera McN., Canada

What a wonderful vacation! After a fun day of hiking and exploring the Big Island, it was wonderful to come back to beautiful Hale Mar to relax in the hot tub and pool and enjoy the sound of the ocean. Jared and I loved sharing our morning coffee watching the waves crash and looking for turtles swimming around. Laura was so accommodating with our request to check out later. Thank you! We look forward to a future stay at Hale Mar.
Lauren S., Kailua, HI

Thank you for allowing us to enjoy your beautiful home for our family vacation. It was absolutely beautiful. I'm sure we'll be back every year as we had such a wonderful time.

Michelle M., Los Angeles, CA

“Lovely quiet spot. Loved the sounds of waves and birds and crickets. Warm evenings. Beautiful view. We saw tons of turtles swimming along the rocks, all sizes, it was about 3pm and there were about 10-20 of them.”

Leah M., Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

“Superb location; elegant accommodations with down home hospitality.”

Patricia O., Boise, ID