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Review of Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B

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Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A Great spot for a unique experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2010

My family and I stayed her in August 2010. We had two rooms, the "coffee barn" and one of the garden rooms. We had a great time and it was a great base for seeing the area sights. This place is not for you if you're looking for a resort or a manicured hotel experience. It is rustic - the rooms are simple - and you are in the jungle. There are many beautiful trees and flowering plants all around you - the rooms are nestled among them - and that means that bugs love to live there too. Mosquitos and ants were around, so be prepared to deal with them. The coffee barn was very cool - you are inside - but barely - the room is part walls and part mesh so you really feel like you're in the jungle. The rooms are clean, the bedding clean, all very basic. The common kitchen is convenient mainly for the fridge where you can keep a few items. Best of all are the very sweet and charming inn keepers - a couple - who put a lot of effort into making guests happy and comfortable. They make a very good breakfast every morning, something fresh baked and lots of delicious fresh picked fruit and juice. They also had tips for great spots to visit. On our last morning our kids were delighted with a tour of the bee hive and got to taste the best bee pollen in the world and then enjoy having a song about a frog sung to them on guitar. It was great and we all appreciated the special experience. I recommend this place.

  • Stayed August 2010, travelled with family
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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kiel
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2010

Our stay at omaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B from January until February was very relaxed and laid-back. Exactly what we like when we travel! We stayed in one of the cabins outside the mainhouse and really enjoyed it. There are now windows, just mosquito fences, which allowed loads of fresh air day and night. We picked wonderful fresh avocado and fruit from the garden. Johnsie and her father John were wonderful inkeepers and we felt at home!

Stayed January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Alaska
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61 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2010

We stayed here for three nights and we loved the hosts, the open rooms, the fabulous breakfasts, and the locally grown coffee. The fruit plates served with each breakfast were a definite highlight for me, with many fruits that were hard to find elsewhere on the island. The only negative is the roosters which can wake you up. But that did little to take away from my overall experience. We will definitely be back. The patio is also lovely.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2010

My husband and I just had an idyllic week at Lucky Farm for the second time in ten months. I almost hate to tell people about this charming gem (and very economical) B&B for fear that I won't be able to get a reservation here next time! We stayed in the Coffee Barn, an unbelievably private, peaceful spot. It's the actual former coffee barn, now screened on two sides, with a queen bed (with insect netting which we didn't need) a couch, good reading lights, outdoor seating area, private bath and outdoor shower. We fell asleep with the sound of the breeze ruffling through the tall banana plants which surround the barn and help keep it so private. The Coffee Barn is a good distance from the main farmhouse, down the hill among coffee plants, macadamia nut trees, mangoes, passion fruit (my new addiction), tropical flowers with heavenly scents, honey bees on this working farm. Breakfast is in the farmhouse: Johnsie creates delicious hearty breakfasts, a different dish each day (although she is happy to take requests for vegetarians or if you'd rather just have cereal) plus Lucky Farm's own coffee, honey, jams, lots of fresh fruit, and homemade bread! Each guest room has a shelf in a refrigerator, so you can buy food at nearby Natural Foods store or supermarket and make your own lunches to take to beach, and even cook dinners in a guest kitchen.
The key to Lucky Farm's charm is owner Johnsie Sumner and her dad John's personalities: warm and welcoming, but not overwhelming or intrusive as some B&B owners can be. They can give you directions to the local beaches (3 beaches within 10 minute drives---a rental car is a must, although 3 college students staying here last spring were hitchhiking and taking the bus along the main road out front) and kayaking, hiking trails and snorkeling, or Sunday's local Farmer's Market. They also know the latest reviews of local restaurants for dinner. These range from excellent local gourmet---Kee'i and Mio---to great casual Mexican (Senor Billy's), Italian, and Thai. We highly recommend visiting the nearby Place of Refuge, a Hawaiian sacred spot maintained by the National Park Service. We were lucky this time to visit when the Humpback whales swim north and were able to watch them breach, as well as see dolphins, sea turtles, and endangered monk seals up close. As we found last year at Lucky Farm, the other guests who stay here are fascinating people from around the world, and it is a real treat to talk to them at breakfast or in the evening on the Lucky Farm Lanai for a local beer and to crack open fresh macadamia nuts. If you're really lucky, John will play his banjo and Johnsie will sing, and next thing you know you feel like family. After two visits to Lucky Farm, we hope to return again to stay in our Coffee Barn at Lucky Farm, in this peaceful, very laid back corner of the Big Island.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2010

We just loved Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B! We stayed in the rustic Coffee Barn for 4 nights, and it was the most memorable experience of our trip! The innkeepers are lovely people, and we got excellent advice on where to buy Koa wood bowls. The breakfasts, especially the oranges and avocados, were delicious! Our only worry was the wild roosters, boars, and birds around the property, who woke us up during the night frequently. Nonetheless, we love Lucky Farm B&B, and are hoping to return sometime soon.

  • Stayed February 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ottawa
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Canberra
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60 reviews
28 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B

Property: Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B
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 (Based on Average Rates): £
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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