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"My husband & I stayed in this wonderful place for 25 days. I was hesitant at first to be so far away from the tourist area, but this place is truly a gem! The closest grocery store is only 1.9 miles away (right at the turn off to get to their place). Walmart is 20 min away … but they don’t sell much produce or meat. Costco is 40 min away … best prices for most things. Kona Airport is 1 hr away.
The place was a great size for us. We even had friends stay with us for 1 night. I wouldn’t recommend the sofa bed (for adults) if they were using it for more than 1 or 2 nights. They do have 2 apartments in the lower level that you may be able to rent if you need to. The bed was comfortable & the bathroom was a good size (room on the counter to leave some toiletries. The internet allowed us to Skype our grandkids back home. The cable TV worked well. The kitchen had everything we needed & the BBQ was perfect. It was warm during the day & cool at night. We spent a lot of time simply reading on the veranda!
Their place is centrally located. Most things were a short drive. We went snorkeling a few times. Two- Step was our favorite place - app 15 min away. The volcano was app 2 hrs away. Green Sand Beach was app 1 ½ hrs away … we paid $15/per for a ride instead of walking the 4 mile hike. The other direction was Waipio Bay (most awesome view - bring a picnic lunch) & then we swung around & saw Akaka Falls. We drove up to the Summit one evening (only as far as the Visitor’s Center as we didn’t have a 4 whl drv). Manini Beach (15 min away) was my favorite … I could watch the waves splash up on those black rocks all day long!
The only problem that I had was the single-lane paved road up to their place … because we were arriving at night. But I checked it out on Google Maps & spoke to Gretchen about it. We also brought our GPS. It ended up being very easy. The only advice that I have is the same that Gretchen gave me … you need to go right to the VERY end of the road - until you get to their house. After we did it once, it was a breeze & very enjoyable. Even though you were up in the mountain it wasn’t a cliff-hanging drive!
Even though we can never be promised a clear night, their place has some of the best sunsets ever! Gretchen & Vic were always close by if we needed them. They were the best hosts - so easy to talk to & very helpful. Thank you so much the coffee, banana bread, avocadoes & mostly for your wonderful hospitality. We would definitely go back!"
Guest: Brenda S.Date of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: March 22, 2015
"Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful Makalani Ocean View Cottage. It was exactly what we needed. Relaxing in a beautiful setting with fresh fruit for breakfast right off the tree is how we started each day. We explored every day but was always greatful to come back for a sunset and dinner on the lani. We will be back!!"
Guest: AnitaDate of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: May 23, 2015
"The house is beautiful, spacious, and has everything you need; the large garden is a wonder for kids to explore. We were only 6, but 10 people can be very comfortable here. The kitchen had everything we needed, including a blender for making tasty smoothies. We benefited from the snorkel gear, towels, boogie board, coolers, and even clothed for cooler weather (which you'll need if you go to Mauna Kea). We stayed 7 days and were sad to leave. Marci and Chuck were very helpful to us when we needed them, plus they had fruit and coffee for us on arrival.
I liked the closeness to Honaunau for picnic and sunset and 2 step for snorkeling. The house is very close to a wonderful fruit stand (at mile 103-104 on hwy 11), and if you want to explore Kohala and the south part of the island, all from one location, this will be a great place to stay."
Guest: Cornelia B.Date of Stay: December 2014Review Submitted: January 9, 2015
"This was our fifth trip to the Big Island. We had previously stayed in resorts, hotels, and private properties in populated areas so we were looking for something a little different. This home is located in a smaller hillside community. The house sits in a tropical setting among tropical flora. We found it to be clean and have everything we needed for a comfortable stay. I was however disappointed as to how far the house was from Captain Cook. It may have a Captain Cook address but it is located about 10 minutes south of Hookena Beach Park. The beach that is within the community within a 10 minute walking distance it is a very nice, black pebble, private beach. I personally don't think I could of walked back up the hill in under an hour. The road within the community is very steep and zig-zags back and forth. we opted to drive down where we found was parking for two vehicles. It would be beneficial to have a 4x4 vehicle to navigate this community. Views from the lanai are beautiful. There was no lounge her to enjoy the view but there was a patio table and chairs. There are homes on either side of you here. The one was vacant the other was occupied but very quiet. Overall it is a nice home with a beautiful view in what we found to be a quiet community."
Guest: Seasoned Hawaii TravelerDate of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: March 16, 2015