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Kona Comfort Vacation Rental - Kailua-Kona, Big Island, Hawaii
Pictures & a traveler's review of the Kona Comfort vacation rental located in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Driveway To House
Charming Studio Entrance
Driveway To Street

After hours of online research for our first Hawaiian vacation, we decided to visit the Kona side of the Big Island of Hawaii and selected the "Charming Studio" at the Kona Comfort Vacation Rental house as our temporary home.

We were attracted to the Kona Comfort Vacation Rental due to its convenient location on the middle of the Kona coast close to many of the best snorkeling beaches and other attractions.

Other features that we liked about Kona Comfort included the quiet suburban location, a very comfortable queen size bed, a full sized refrigerator, WiFi wireless internet, satellite TV, a free bag of Kona Comfort coffee in the freezer, the beautiful backyard, the friendly neighbor that gave us tons of bananas, and the variety of colorful birds that frequented the property.

The Charming Studio was very reasonably priced at just $55 per night. We got a 5% discount for staying 9 nights so our total was just $583.64 with a $50 damage deposit that was refunded shortly after we left.

Park A Few Steps Away
View From Studio Entrance
Sink, Fridge, Kitchen
At first I was a bit worried about the fact that our studio at Kona Comfort was not equipped with air conditioning since we were visiting in June. But we quickly learned that the home's location on the southern slope of Hualālai volcano ensured a consistently pleasant climate with temperatures in the low to mid 70's during the day and low to mid 60's at night.

It was also easy to regulate the temperature in the studio by opening or closing the windows by the bed, the window in the bathroom, and the sliding glass door (with screen door). For the few times we felt a bit warm after coming back from the beach, we just turned on the ceiling fan over the bed and the small fan on top of the refrigerator.

TV, Microwave, DVD
Comfy Queen Bed
Ceiling Fan & Windows
Some of the other thoughtful little items in the studio that we appreciated were the local travel books, a small collection of DVDs, the packets of microwave popcorn, note paper pads, a cup of pens, napkins, spices, cocktail glasses, a coffee grinder, an alarm clock, plenty of hand and face towels, more than enough toilet paper, hand soap, dish soap, a water pitcher, a cutting board, plenty of eating utensils, a blender with a pour spout, and a white noise machine (small white oval device on top of fridge). There was also a standard sized propane powered barbeque grill just a few steps away from the studio.
Bathroom & Towels
Sink & Mirror
DVD & VHS Player
Yet another reason that we were glad to have chosen this vacation rental was being able to park our little Hyundai Accent rental car just a few steps away from the entrance to the studio. That definitely saved us a lot of time over the 10 days / 9 nights when we were repeatedly moving groceries, snorkel gear, luggage, and ourselves to and from the car.

We would have surely lost several precious hours of our vacation in Hawaii if we had stayed in a regular condo building or a hotel. Especially if the building or hotel required guests to use the valet service as has been our experience at a few places in the past.


Free Coffee Beans
Sink, Dishes, Bowls, Mugs
Toaster, Coffee Maker
There were occasionally clouds over the area (see the first picture on this page) since the Kona Comfort house is a few miles up the side of a volcano, but we always found sunshine waiting for us down near the Kailua-Kona coast. The cloud cover was beneficial since it helped keep the house cooler and was a welcome relief during our quick stops at the studio in between snorkeling trips.
Twin Hot Plate Burners
Pots, Pans, Skillet
Rice Cooker, Blender, Fan
I'd recommend that anyone visiting the Big Island of Hawaii should rent a car if possible. We got our car through from Alamo at a price of just $20 per day or a total of $176 for the 9 days. The island covers over 4,000 square miles and there are so many great attractions, beaches to visit, and recreational opportunities.
Foliage In Garden
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Yellow & White Flowers
Some of the stores or destinations near the Kona Comfort house and their distances in miles include the following: Walmart 2.4, Costco Kona 2.5, Safeway Supermarket 2.3, Kona International Airport (KOA) 8.6, Kona Commons Shopping Center 2.6, Kona Brewing Co. & Pub 3.5,  Hale Halawai Beach Park 3.0, Old Kona Airport Recreation Area 3.1, Kaloko-Honokohau National Park 2.8, Kekaha Kai State Park 11.3, Captain Cook 15.4, Kealakekua Bay Park 14.5, South Point Park (Green Sand Beach) 62, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 120, Mauna Kea Beach 34, and the city of Hilo 83.
Small Red Flowers
Bananas From Neighbor
Grilled Chicken & Salad
One of the neighbors saw us walking around the back yard admiring the flowers and was nice enough to bring over a basket full of ripe bananas not once but twice during our stay. Both times, I ate several right away, saved some for the next morning, and blended the rest into a tasty banana smoothie to slowly enjoy the next few days.

The first dinner we had in the studio is pictured above. I grilled some chicken breasts that we bought at the nearby Safeway supermarket and chopped up a quick salad. We like eating out at restaurants just like most people, but it's also nice to just cook something quickly at "home" after a long day of snorkeling, driving around the island, and being out in the sun.

Fresh Papaya
Colorful Hawaiian Bird
Yellow & Orange Finch
Even though there were a wide variety of colorful birds that we frequently saw on the Kona Comfort property, I was only able to get some half way decent shots of these yellow and orange finches. (I just learned that they are "saffron" finches.)

Overall, we had an excellent time staying at the Kona Comfort vacation rental house and would definitely recommend booking there to others visiting the Kona coast of the Big Island. There were tons of well thought out little details that came together to create a stress free vacation where we could just focus on having fun.

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Saffron Finch
For more of our Hawaii vacation pictures, click on the following links: Anaeho'omalu (A-Bay) Beach Snorkeling Pictures, Akaka Falls State Park, Coconut Island State Park, Green Sand Beach - South Point, Hapuna Beach State Park, Holoholokai Beach Park, Honokohau Marina - Kailua-Kona, Ho'okena Beach Park Snorkeling, Hwy 19 Lava Cave - North Kona, Hwy 19 - Kona, Kahaluu Beach Park, Kekaha Kai State Park, Kona Brewing Co. Brewery Tour, Manini Beach Snorkeling - Napoopoo Park, Mauna Kea Beach Snorkeling, Pana'ewa Rainforest Zoo & Gardens, Pua Mau Place Botanical Garden, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau Place of Refuge National Historic Park, Pu'ukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Queen Lili'uokalani Park & Japanese Gardens, Rainbow Falls - Wailuku River State Park, Safari Helicopters Volcanic Activity & Waterfalls Tour, Spencer Beach Park, Two Step Snorkeling - Honaunau Bay,

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