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Architect's Kona Coffee Farm House

Kailua-Kona, HI, USA
  • House
  • Bedrooms1
  • Sleeps2
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 adults)

Snell Kona Coffee Farm is located on the historic Mamalahoa Highway in the Kona Coffee Belt area.

The half-acre coffee orchard of four hundred trees surrounds two beautiful custom designed and built homes; the farm house and a cottage. The cottage is occasionally rented. Contact me for details and occupancy.

The farm is 1200 feet above sea-level on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano (dormant) with breath-taking views of Kona and the vast Pacific Ocean. The farm house has a spacious covered lanai and sliding glass doors between the living room and lanai that open completely onto the lanai with unobstructed 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. A 4 foot deep lap pool adjoins the lanai. It is heated by solar. On cloudy days the water will be cool.

The property is terraced with lava rock, landscaped with a variety of tropical plants and very private.

The home was designed by renown Seattle architect, Chris Snell. The architecture mimics traditional Hawaiian hale (homes) and Japanese farm houses.

The building materials are unique to the Kona-area. He incorporated lava rock walls, hand milled Ohia trees for framing and paneling. The home is constructed by the best carpenters and craftsmen on island.

The farm house is built of hand milled Ohia wood. The slider doors are teak. The kitchen cabinets are bamboo with black granite counters. The roof is galvanized metal and exposed on the interior of the home. The roof replicates the corrugated tin roofs seen on old coffee shacks. The home is exquisite in every detail. The bed room looks over the lap pool into the coffee orchard. There is a ceiling fan. The west facing slider opens onto the pool deck.

A small cottage is located on the property. It is occasionally rented or used by my family. Contact me about occupation schedule if necessary.

The property is maintained by a gardener two days per month.

Snell Kona Coffee Farm is only a ten minute drive down the mountain to Kona Town for shopping, and beautiful white sand beaches for swimming and snorkeling.

Holualoa is a quaint town located 3 miles south of the farm.

The best farm to table restaurant on the island is the Holuakoa Garden Cafe in Holualoa Town.

The town of Holualoa is an artist-community and home to numerous art galleries. Mamalahoa Highway is a historic road, the High Road, and runs through the heart of Kona Coffee Belt with many fascinating towns, galleries, farms and historical sites.

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Mo Snell

Member Since 2009
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Calendar last updated:
Apr 18, 2018
About Mo Snell

I enjoy farming Kona Coffee, swimming in the ocean and learning about 'old Hawaii.'

Mo Snell purchased this House in 1998

Why Mo Snell chose Kailua-Kona

The farm is a 15 minute drive down the mountain to Kailua-Kona for shopping and beautiful white sand beaches for swimming and snorkeling. Holualoa is a quaint town located 3 miles south of the farm. It is an artists' community and features numerous art galleries. Mamalahoa Highway is an historice road and runs through the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt with many fascinating towns, galleries, farms and historical sites.

What makes this House unique

The farm house is surrounded by coffee trees, palm trees, avocado and other fruit trees for privacy. The quiet beauty of the surrounding jungle, the tropical song birds and the verdant coffee orchard imbue health and serenity.


    • Internet
    • Swimming pool
    • Accessible
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 1 Bedrooms, Sleeps 2
        • Queen size Beds (1)


        • 1 Bathroom
          • Large soaking tub, shower with view of coast line.

          Location Type

            • Ocean View
              180 panorama view of Kona coast


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                    • Parking
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                    • Wireless Internet


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishwasher
                        • Ice Maker
                        • Kitchen
                        • Microwave
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                        • Refrigerator
                        • Stove
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                            • Dining Area


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television


                                    • Deck / Patio
                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair accessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Private Pool


                                                • cinemas
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • live theater
                                                • restaurants
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • boating
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • shelling
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • fitness center

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • rock climbing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • golf
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • spelunking
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • wind-surfing

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 3:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                              75 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Not as advertised

                                                              Katy S.San Diego, CA

                                                              The architecture of the home itself is beautiful. However, it came with several issues. We arrived the first day and the track to the doors were broken to the bedroom and the bathroom. The owners clothes were hanging in the majority of the clothing space so for the duration of our 10 day stay my husband and I had 3 drawers each to live out of.

                                                              The linen closest was crawling with termites. We were so disgusted we washed all the sheets on the bed and the towels. We called the owner and explained the issues. She had her assistant come out and clean the infested closet. All that was semi bearable and we tried to put on a brave face. We then found that the pool lights didn’t work and only one of the fans on the lanai worked.

                                                              The house does have a dishwasher, but we found out quickly that it was infested with cockroaches. Every dish we used then had to be washed right before using.

                                                              Even with all this there was still more - My husband got a new tattoo during our stay and he wrapped it in serran wrap at night to help it heal faster. However, when he woke up the very next morning after getting it, he unwrapped it to find a cockroach in his bandage!

                                                              We couldn’t believe that they were even crawling on us during the night! Absolutely gross!

                                                              This home has incredible potential, but it needs some serious TLC before the next guests arrive. 10 days in an infested home just doesn’t seem like a vacation...

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Dear Guests,

                                                              I am sorry you did not enjoy my lovely home. I just returned from Kona and all the issues you listed have been resolved. As you know this is Hawaii, I live in Seattle. I repair items as I learned about them and not all guest report back to me. Unfortunately, I was not aware of the problems until I got your call (except the door). Occasionally, termites hatch out. Anyway, Teminex has been to the house and the bugs, termite and roach issue has been resolved. The house will be tented in June for a deep termite treatment. The bedroom slider now works; the pool lights are repaired. The fan in the bedroom was never broken. I directed you to the hand wand to control it which resolved your problem. There is a six drawer dresser for guests and a full closet. I feel confident that the guest will enjoy the beauty of the farm. I love this house and the take pride in providing a relaxing and beautiful experience for my guests.

                                                              The stay was great and wonderful

                                                              Lee M.

                                                              This VRBO is unique and the views are spectacular. We very much enjoyed our time. The instructions were clear and easy and the amenities were perfect. Thank you for a great time.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              We designed the west facing cantilevered deck to allow for an unobstructed 180 degree view of the Kona coast and ocean. Glad you enjoyed the view!

                                                              Beautifully conceived house

                                                              LORRAINE B.

                                                              Gorgeous spot high above the coast. Lovingly developed property. Really enjoyed our restful stay.

                                                              The house is both spectacular and comfortable.

                                                              Linda S.

                                                              We highly recommend this property, and some of our friends are interested after seeing the pictures. The owner has made it a great vacation site in a beautiful location. She sent us most welcome suggestions for our visit. Thanks Mo!

                                                              Beautiful view.

                                                              Danielle M.

                                                              Beautiful property, very quiet and relaxing. Most beautiful sunsets.

                                                              had such a nice vacation

                                                              EIKO N.

                                                              Extraordinary house, gorgeous view, cute pool, fruits trees. Can't get any better.


                                                              Kailua-Kona, HI, USA

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                                                              75 Reviews
                                                              Excellent 4.7/5
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