Get away from the crowds: 6 incredible Hawaii vacation home rentals

Apr 7, 2021

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You don’t have to leave the U.S. to find some of the best vacation and beach destinations the world has to offer — starting with Hawaii. Not only is Hawaii a destination that has something for everyone, but there are seven inhabitable main islands to choose from. There’s always somewhere new to explore in the Aloha State.

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While deciding which Hawaiian island to hit can be tough, finding the perfect vacation home rental shouldn’t be, which is why we’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to get you started. From an off-the-grid tiny house to a once-in-a-lifetime beachfront splurge, these properties will have you packing your bags in no time.

Big adventure in a tiny house

Pahoa

Calling all tiny house fans: We’ve got the spot for you. This funky bungalow on the Big Island sits on the Kalapana lava beds near the base of Kilauea Volcano — bringing the adventure straight to your back door. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom house is off the grid yet packed with modern amenities. Be prepared to wake up to panoramic views and tons of natural light, and get a peek at Pele’s orange glow at night.

Rates start at $175/night.

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A-list luxury

Kailua-Kona

If a great pool is at the top of your vacation list, this rental will likely be the end of your search. This property’s infinity pool is surrounded by lush flora and palm trees and provides ocean views for days. Modern island decor gives this private house a luxury resort feel — all for you and nine of your closest friends and family. The only problem? We have a feeling you won’t want to leave.

Rates start at $850/night.

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Sun and sand on the Big Island

Puako

Go big or go home, right? This 5,400-square-foot property, which sleeps 10 with plenty of room to spare, is the place to do it. Guests can take their pick from four spacious bedrooms, all of which have en-suite bathrooms (and three of which have outdoor showers — pinch us!). The on-site infinity pool overlooks Puako Beach, which is just steps away and a prime spot for snorkeling. The indoor-outdoor resort-style layout means ocean breezes 24/7. There’s even a billiards table (with an ocean view) for when the weather calls for an indoor activity.

Rates start at $2,050/night.

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Incredible indoor/outdoor living

Maui

This three-bedroom, three-bath 1940s-era plantation-style home in Maui sleeps six. It’s close to the beach and situated between Kalama Skate Park and Kamaole Beach Park III. The home itself is beautiful but you’ll love the backyard with a heated saltwater pool, a shaded living area and plenty of padded loungers for everyone. The home is surrounded by fruit trees and plumeria. The setting is perfect for a reunion of family or friends.

Rates start at $675/night.

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Presidential paradise found

Kailua

If it’s good enough for a former president (we’re looking at you President Obama), it’s good enough for us. Yes, this is a once-in-a-lifetime splurge, but one look at this five-bedroom property which sleeps up to 10 guests and you’ll understand why. This secluded villa has beach views that stretch on for days, a fully furnished gym and a lagoon pool with a waterfall, surrounded by lush trees that brings maximum privacy to your vacation getaway.

Rates start at $5,200/night.

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A charming cottage that’s all action

Kapaa

You don’t have to be a millionaire to book a great vacation rental in Hawaii, and this charming cottage is proof. This cozy and cool property is centrally located for whatever adventure is on the day’s agenda, yet also comes with kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and access to the Wailua River for those looking to stay closer to home. If you’re in need of a beach fix, it’s only a short walk away.

Rates start at $205/night.

Bottom line

Vacations are precious times with friends and family — now more than ever. And Hawaii is the perfect destination if you’re looking for a change of scenery without leaving the U.S. Once you’ve nailed down which island is right for you, it’s time to think about accommodations. If you’re ready to start planning your next adventure, let these properties inspire you.

Feature photo by Madison Blancafor/The Points Guy

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