Long-term rental listings for the Kailua-Kona area appear to be fairly scattered. West Hawaii Today has the most properties listed, but they usually don’t have any hyperlinks to photos.
Craigslist has a lot of listings, too, with postings by a mix of individual owners and property managers.
Most places do not take pets and if they do they will charge a premium for pets.
As of this year, 2014, there is very low inventory on long term rentals in the Kona area.
For reference, Long Term Rentals are 180 day + contracts. Anything less is considered a short term rental and subject to the Transient Accommodations Tax (TET) ( as of 2014 its at 9.25%) in addition to our standard General Excise Tax (GET) of 4%. Long Term rentals only require the owner to collect the GET Tax.
Kohalalife.com - This is my Real Estate website that displays Long Term Rentals that are listed in the MLS. I am not a Property Manager, but will refer you to the agent that has the listed property. There are not a lot of MLS Rental listings but I do try and update the list every week.
Individual Brokers / Property Managers / Covering West Hawaii
Average Monthly Rent Costs
As of 08/2014
1 bedroom condo / Ohana or Studio
2 bedroom condo
2 bedroom single family home
3 bedroom single family home
Before renting any housing online, please familiarize yourself with the common scams to help protect yourself.
Here is a good document to read before you book a rental to help protect yourself.
Protecting Yourself when Renting
And here are some good points about avoiding scams from craigslist: