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.
From what I can see, 2015 will continue the trend of low, long term rental inventory, in the Kona area. If you cannot find anything that will meet your immediate needs, I do have a suggestion about using Short Term Rentals to bridge the gap! For more information read my page: Using Short Term Rentals
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.
If you are interested in purchasing a property make sure to take a look at: Big Island Real Estate
Listings – General places to look
Aloha Kona Rentals
CJ Kimberly Realtors
Elite Property Management
Hawaiian Isle Rentals
Kona Coast Property Management LLC
Kona Home Finders
Mary M Love Realtors
Pacific Breeze Properties
West Hawaii Property Services
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: