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"We stayed 8 days and had a wonderful time. The house easily accommodated our party of 15 and worked great for all ages (1-year-old baby to 69 year-old grandpa). We found the entire house very clean when we arrived and the beds are very comfortable. The kitchen has a good stove, refrigerator and dishwasher and is arranged so it is easy to work in. The center island is large and makes a good place for serving. There are lots and lots of pot and pans, bowls, utensils, plates, etc.
When we were there there were several boxes of snorkeling equipment, kids beach toys and a couple of kayaks all of which we made use of.
The big lanai off the living room/kitchen is especially inviting and we spent a lot of time there relaxing, talking, eating and playing games. The yard is large and lovely with lots of beautiful flowers and coconut and papaya trees. The house feels secluded even though there are several houses nearby. All the foliage blocks the other houses.
It is close to the ocean and there are areas within a couple of minutes easy walk that are safe and interesting for babies, children and adults. We saw spinner dolphins in the morning, snorkeled and kayaked later in the day. The tide pools at Manini Beach are fascinating.
We found the owner and manager both to be easy to work with and quick to respond to emails.
We would recommend it and would love to go back ourselves."
Guest: KathyDate of Stay: February 2015Review Submitted: February 22, 2015
"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
Welcoming arbor+ real Hawaiian experience+ real relaxation= immersion in a true Hawaiian vacation
"I've been to Hawaii before. Staying in the insulated boxes of the Sheraton/big box hotels and having a very tourist type experience that was bland and fake feeling.
But staying at a home, with all the things I needed, right in the middle of the local scene was a real Hawaiian vacation. I felt more connected with my vacation and relaxed far more than in any hotel. This home is close enough to run into town and do shopping and be a tourist or better yet.... follow the locals every morning as they walk past your porch to swim with dolphins at the Captain Cook Cove (Kealalekua Bay) and local park.
I loved being among the locals; feeling connected to the land and sea and felt less like a tourist in this home and more at home and at ease. It was wonderful..it is the only way I will vacation from now on and it was very hard to leave!!
The home has all you need, just grab food. It has plenty of room for all and the view was wonderful and special. My 16 yr old spent his time on the top floor observation deck and that is the best place to take a nap!! The sunsets up top were amazing, BBQ in the sweet shady backyard and then have dinner with the sun and sea at your fingertips from the top deck.
Stroll across the street and snorkel your heart out, walk home and enjoy the huge double shower to get the sand off and at your fingertips are the washer and dryer and sink to keep your suits clean and sand free. I found this to be so much nicer than having to worry about washing things off in a hotel room.
This is a very special home to vacation in and the location was wonderful.
Ill be going back as soon as I can."
Guest: KimDate of Stay: March 2015Review Submitted: April 18, 2015