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"Our 5-day stay at Mapuana were the most magical, pleasant, and memorable of our 12 day trip to the Big Island. We found ourselves wishing we'd stayed there the whole time. The owner, an artist and writer, has created a tropical paradise in the wonderful Captain Cook area that has the essential conveniences of the modern world, but retains the best and most sustainable aspects of traditional Hawaiian life. The interior is indeed magical, appointed with original art in a tropical and spiritual style. No noisy air conditioners here, no lights from vehicles, no noises or voices of other tourists. Wi-Fi is excellent. The rental is the top floor of a home perched at treetop level for unlimited ocean views, surrounded by tropical flowers, fruits, and scents. Birds sing day and night, geckos appear when you least expect them. The deck has over a 210 degree view of the flanks of the volcano and the ocean. Sunsets are beautiful from here, and in the dawn the sun comes down the slopes of the volcano. The deck is so comfortable that it's hard to leave. The interior is not only artfully decorated, but has many comfortable places to curl up with a book or meditate. The rental is in close proximity to the small and delightful community of Captain Cook and the beautiful Kealakekua Bay. Kona is just a short distance to the North.
We'll be going back to Magical Mapuana our next stay."
Guest: David B.Date of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: April 5, 2015
"If you are looking for a crowded resort that looks like every other resort you have ever been to, then Hale Hula is not for you. If you are looking for peace and quiet in an absolutely lovely cottage with every amenity, then look no further. The hosts are lovely, and the setting is idyllic. The recently constructed cottage is roomy, well stocked and beautifully designed and decorated. Coolers, beach towels, mats and chairs; snorkel fins; plush robes and slippers; an outdoor shower; wifi and movies; fruit and nut trees; and a well appointed kitchen--everything you need is here. We dined out at local restaurants, but we also cooked some delicious dinners, including macadamia nut crusted fish with freshly cracked nuts from the trees. The cottage is just a few miles from some of the best snorkeling on the Big Island and many other spots of interest. We have stayed in many rented apartments and condos in our travels, and Hale Hula was by far one of the nicest and most immaculate place we have ever stayed. If and when we return to the Big Island, Hale Hula will be our destination."
Guest: Jean F.Date of Stay: April 2015Review Submitted: May 24, 2015
"Just returned from our 5-night stay at the Plantation Home. I've rented many places through VRBO and this is the first time I've written a review.
The location was perfect - close enough to Kona for some dinners out but far enough away for quiet and relaxation (after an hour out on the lanai with the cool ocean breeze we totally blocked out the mooing of the cows next door). It was also a great location for heading to the volcanoes, bypassing the Kona traffic. There were four of us staying at the home and we all loved it. It was comfortable for 4 adults - 2 bedroom suites on opposite sides of the house and plenty of space without feeling like we overdid it. Not that we needed all of the space on the inside since we spent most of our time on the lanai or in the pool. The views were fantastic and the owners were very helpful.
In case you are wondering, it took us about 20ish minutes to get to Kona (30-45ish minutes to the airport depending on traffic, about an hour and a half to the volcanoes. Greenwell Farms coffee is just down the street, as is Da Poke Shack, both great stops (though if you are hitting up Kona, you have to check out Umeke's - DELICIOUS!). Kealakekua Bay was also super close, but we didn't go down there. We were too busy napping on the lanai. When talking about whether we'd come back to the Big Island (all of us were visiting for the first time) we all responded that we'd come back and book the Plantation Home again. The pictures just don't do this place justice."
Guest: Ann Marie S.Date of Stay: May 2015Review Submitted: May 18, 2015