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Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B
Reviewed 3 February 2010

When you stay at Lucky Farm, you need to adjust your expectations. Don't expect a three star hotel experience. What you'll get is a comfortable, unique and interesting place to stay. My husband and I stayed in the Coffee Barn for two nights. We arrived in the evening, and after making a run at the steep driveway, entered our accommodations. I'll admit that we thought it was a bit like a shack, particularly in the dark. However, the accommodations were very clean. Yes, the shower is outdoors, but is covered up, so no concerns about peepers. The Barn has large screens instead of glass windows. In the morning, you wake up and you feel like you're in a secluded jungle somewhere, with the towering plants around you.

There was some noise from the nearby main road, as well as what appeared to be a rodent scratching at the roof, but earplugs are thoughtfully provided. The breakfast is delicious, with a fresh fruit plate and cooked items such as a banana torte or frittata. Johnsie, the inkeeper, also makes very tasty starfruit and passionfruit jams. We were also given free rein to pick whatever fruit that we wanted on the farm, so we took away some avocadoes, starfruit, and oranges. Overall, a very good experience.

Note that there is wireless internet, but you have to be in or near the main house to access it.

Stayed: November 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 January 2010

We were in Garden Room 1. As always, you need to know what you are booking. It's probably best if we address earlier reviewers' comments.
Room: Shares a small building with the other Garden Room. We had zero noise from guests there, but you could get unlucky. Room clean and very simple. Quite noisy at night/morning from dogs, roosters, etc and also traffic, but generator masks other noises. It didn't bother us, but it's certainly not a romantic, quiet getaway as seen in magazines.
Common areas: There are two separate types - see next comment.
Downstairs fridge and cooking facilities: Messy, but not repulsive by any means. Johnsie seems to take the view that it's not up to her to keep it spick and span, and of course guests will just let it gradually deteriorate.
Upstairs: It was made very clear to us by Johnsie that the dining area, the deck and the inner lounge were all at our disposal. We didn't feel comfortable going into the lounge, but the other two areas were large and comfortable (and had WiFi and power). Consequently, we disagree with comment that owners are not friendly and that guests feel that they are intruding - quite the opposite. Whether they have that perfect combination of friendliness and firmness that makes a great B&B is another matter. (We think the British have perfected that art.)
Breakfast: Excellent. B&Bs in the USA often seem to think the second B is just a matter of providing some home-made jams with what passes for bread and cereal. Those from other countries need to remember that they are not likely to get a more than halfway decent breakfast anywhere, least of all at a B&B. This breakfast had some excellent freshly made hot stuff (different each day for our three days) plus lovely fresh fruit and bread (in addition to really good jams).
Advice: Very good information on places to see/things to do.
Pomaika'i B&B is a mixed bag. We enjoyed our stay there and thought it represented fair value, but if you're fastidious or reluctant to depart from more standard accommodations, then you should consider exactly what it is you are looking for.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 1 January 2010

We stayed here for two nights on our honeymoon. Although the location is good to get to the nearby attractions, it wasn't the great experience that the NYTimes article suggested. There wasn't any glass on the windows so you cannot control the level of noise and smells that enter your room. There was lots of noise from the cars, creatures and people talking and moving around. Also, the cigarette smoke from the owner continously wafted into our room. The hosts were nice, and willing to offer suggestions, but I definitely would suggest staying at another B&B since there are so many nearby. The coffee farm appeal that attracted me to book the room was not there.

  • Stayed: October 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2009

The owners/operators of Lucky Farm are indeed very nice and helpful, however, in addition to the noise problems we also experienced in the Greenhouse (very noisy generator next door, traffic and dog noises all night, could hear the dialogue of movie in room next door), there were some other issues. The common areas are dirty and untidy - full bowl of cigarette butts and tray of old bread stayed on the lanai for the entire 4 days of our stay, for ex. There is no feeling of welcoming or gracious hosting - we felt we were somewhat intruding on the private home of reluctant hosts. There is no common area for you to comfortably hang out. Internet NOT available in the rooms. If you don't mind dirt and noise and don't want to hang out there at all, and want to pay the same as you would for any other place, go for it.

  • Stayed: December 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 12 December 2009

After reading the article in the NYT we decided to stay at the Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B in one of the Green Rooms. This was our second accommodation on the Hawaiian Islands, after having a nice time on Maui. The room was simple & clean, with a separate toilet and shower (hot water!), the sink was in the main room. There were some tiny ants near the sink, but never in our bed! It's what you can expect at a farm and in a humid environment. We did not hear any traffic noise, only roosters who wished us 'Good morning'! This place is perfect for visiting the most important spots on Big Island. We especially enjoyed the place of refuge and the hospitality of Johnsie & John Paul. Breakfast was great and a good opportunity to talk to other guests. If you are looking for an affordable stay on Big Island, this is the place!

  • Stayed: July 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 October 2009

We're an Italian couple went there for our honeymoon, and stay there three days.
At the very first moment, we confess, was a little confused...yes, it's not the four-star-resort...but hey, it's a Farm! A LUCKY farm!!
John and Johnsie (the owners) welcome us very friendly and immediately feel us like at home. We enjoyed to stroll around and see the farm and lush plants. All they have was at our disposition. Fridge, cooler, towels, mats, boogie boards, snorkel gear, BBQ.
A very good market is just few miles away...what ask for more?!
We liked the room, cozy and charming, and just for few mosquitoes outside, who have all the rights to be there (and we have all he right to use repellent against them), we don't found any bug or critter.
Johnsie prepare strong breakfasts every morning, explaining the vary homemade jellies we found on the table, and the coffe don't make us regret our Italian coffee!!! ...really cool!
We really enjoy our stay there, and we're sad when leave those wonderful folks who opened their home and hearts to us.
It was a long trip from Italy, but Pomaika'i worth it, and make it really special.
Thanks a lot to John, Johnsie and JJ!!!

  • Stayed: September 2009, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 20 October 2009

What a delightful place to stay! Well-situated outside of Captain Cook on the main road with just the right amount of busy-ness and quietude. It is a day trip to the volcanoes and back or in the opposite direction, to the northern beaches and back. The driveway is a bit tricky to find and is very steep and windy, but once navigated, there is plenty of room for cars and stuff. This is a very simple B&B. Beneath the farm house, there is a common area with a refrigerator, storage, and simple cooking burners to use. They have snorkeling equipment to lend. IT is all very laid back. Upstairs in the main house there are simple serviceable rooms that are adequately clean. We stayed in August, so the ants in the bedroom were at their worst. We hung everything up and pulled the beds from the walls. The owners put fresh powder around and that solved that for the most part. There are two cute outbuildings that serve as other bedrooms...much cuter and more expensive than our simple rooms. This is a working coffee farm which you can tour. They serve their own coffee every morning with a very generous breakfast. They are also generous with their advice about getting around the island and spot on restaurant recommendations. All in all a good value for this sweet, well-run B & B

  • Stayed: August 2008, travelled with family
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Address: 83-5465 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8303
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Captain Cook
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Captain Cook
Price Range: £53 - £106 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at a working Kona Coffee Farm! Enjoy a full cooked breakfast accompanied by fresh fruits from the farm. Try the macadamia nuts right out of the back yard. Snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, or hike at the nearby beaches. Beach equipment, guest kitchen. Free Wi-fi internet access. The Coffee Barn now has an in-room fridge & microwave. ... more   less 
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