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Recent Captain Cook reviews
Perfect Place - no unpleasant surprises!
"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
"Thanks Beth and David for a truly memorable holiday- just wish we had longer! This place has everything you need - location (just a few minutes drive to amazing snorkelling, also well positioned for all Big Island travel), well-equipped (BBQ, kitchen, coffee - yay!), peace and quiet, and soul. We will be back!
Simon and Kiyo"
Guest: Simon B.Date of Stay: July 2015Review Submitted: July 28, 2015
"I recently ventured to Pu'u Mahana with my family, the property was amazing and the owner was a delight to work with and made our experience that much better! I stayed in one of the beautiful master rooms with an en suite right off the pool, what a way to wake up and start my day. The infinity pool, is beautiful and large and obviously well maintained. Turtles are etched into the bottom and I've always wanted to swim with turtles in Hawaii! Birds also joined me on the edge of the pool to bathe while I enjoyed my morning Kona coffee that was in the welcome basket left by the owner. My family and I spent most of our five day vacation on the property relaxing with a few trips into town or to the beach. Finally, there was nothing like finishing off the day watching the sun set over the large view from the patio with a glass of wine, the tiki torches lit and the laughter of my family surrounding me. The amenities and property surpassed my expectations and made for a very peaceful stay!"
Guest: TChristiansenDate of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: June 5, 2015
"Aloha. We just got back from our stay in the most perfect setting on the Big Island. If you want the resort life style, this is not your place. But if you want to experience your own piece of Hawaii heaven, this is just your place. This little bungalow is sitting in a tropical jungle that affords you privacy and beauty. Each morning I sat on the lanai in a comfy chaise, drank my tea and enjoyed the marvelous view.
At first I was concerned about the no air conditioning thing, but afternoon, evening and early mornings are very cool. The days may have been hot/warm but we were out exploring so it didn't bother us at all.
I really miss it and hope that I can return.
ps: the geckos love whipped cream and jelly"
Guest: Sylvia A.Date of Stay: September 2015Review Submitted: October 3, 2015