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Recent Captain Cook reviews
Living in a Tropical Tree House
"We were lucky. We DID spend the whole month of Feb. 2015 in this lovely house:screen and natural materials instead of glass windows,and smooth wood floors that are wonderful on bare feet, high ceilings with fans to keep the air flowing, and authentic south pacific crafts and art and upholstery colors (greens) that give the house an organic tropical feel and create a soothing environment. We loved the small touches:having battery candles on the lanai so that we could see to eat every meal there.
We enjoyed having friends come to visit who could use the snorkel & and beach equipment that is provided (we bring our own for size and comfort). We used the portable beach chairs almost every day to have our sundownders (POG & rum) down at Manini beach.
We prefer living in a village to a resort. We rented in Opo'opo'o a couple of years ago when we also rented another house in south Kona. We have seen several others. This was our favorite and we hope to rent it again.
We appreciated the true hospitality and advice Karen provided and the insight on the house, the art, and local beaches provided by Mel in the many email conversations we had.
I achieved my heart's desire and swam with the dolphins at 2 step. We watched the surf reports every day to plan our snorkeling. Winter brings surf and makes getting into the water more difficult at some beaches. We took two boat trips we enjoyed: Hula Kai (a south kona snorkel on a new boat with good shade and smaller groups) and Fair Wind to Capt. Cook. On both trips we liked seeing whales and a 'pack' of hammerhead sharks, and being on the boat as much as the snorkeling.
We love the garden of palms and other tropical trees that surrounds the house and gives it such a wonderful cool shady green tropical feel.
Not to be missed: The botanical garden, painted church and honey farm nearby. Star gazing at the Mauna Kea visitor center. Farmers market at Capt. Cook. We did a repeat visit the botanical garden north of Hilo and the Pesto Café there. Also always enjoy the Keei Café (and the beach) and the Thai Orchid (across from Costco) and Annie's and Huggo's on the Rocks happy hour.
We give this house a 5* for its price range. It Is not fancy and doesn't have a view of water and there is some noise from the road, but as has been mentioned it IS a village and quite a few drivers use the road in front of the house to travel south to the transfer station and the City of Refuge...which is a very special place not to be missed."
Guest: Kathleen L.Date of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: April 28, 2015
"Extremely comfortable for our somewhat large family group of 8 with our university kids and their friends. Oceanfront with tons of interesting snorkelling with reef fish and spinner dolphins. Although not near a sandy beach , there are several good entry points through the ancient lava flow. Our house had 4 kayaks available which made it so convenient to get out throughout the K-bay (Capt.Cook) and snorkel many different spots.
Great kitchen made for some great meals. The little geckos all around were delightful ! There is an artisan bakery just 5 min. south on the hwy called 'Oven and Butter' , where we bought warm fresh baguettes for breakfast every morning. Also a terrific Farmers Market on Saturdays right up there across the highway from the bakery. You will need a car. We can surely recommend this house warmly and hope to be back !"
Guest: Doc FrankDate of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: March 4, 2015
"Beautiful, beautiful Home. From check-in to check-out, my family had a great Hawaii experience here. The ocean was there in front house and that's where we spent our mornings each day. Swimming, snorkeling and playing around in the crystal clear water ! We also spend lots of time down the road at '2 STEPS' the local name for other great beach spot. We spent a full day at the Volcano National Park and some then shopping on the Hilo side another day but the Kona side is by far our favorite. Restaurants are ok here and in Kailua but barbequing at the house was always the best option and that's where we gravitated to because it was so comfortable there."
Guest: CindyDate of Stay: September 2015Review Submitted: September 18, 2015
"My husband and I can't say enough good things about our stay at Pau Hana! Gorgeous, secluded, beautiful, every amenity thoughtfully provided and a very helpful and attentive owner--how's that for starters? Whenever we come back to Big Island, Pau Hana will be part of our itinerary, that's how wonderful it was. Mahalo!"
Guest: JanEDate of Stay: August 2015Review Submitted: September 17, 2015