This is a beautiful space with thoughtful amenities in a lovely part of Waimea. Easy access to the Waimea countryside and to the upper Kona coast and to Hawi and hiking trails. A lovely romantic hideaway with a great copper soaking tub for two, a large indoor shower, an outdoor shower, (lots of hot water!) and plenty of private space. A great skylight, and a well stocked kitchen. No full stove, but a large toaster/oven, hot plate and outdoor grill. Plenty of beach toys, beach chairs and 2 boogie boards. Free use of a washer/dryer too!
It was a joy to stay there. I wish we could have stayed longer. I am planning to return on my next trip to Hawaii next year!
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Because we stayed three weeks, apparently longer than most any other previous guest, I'd give five, not four, stars on account of the lack of a "full kitchen," that is, only a double-burner electric hot plate and not a standard range/stove with four coils. Consequently my desire to cook two meals daily, not just fried eggs or greens, was dashed, leaving me to buy local store deli food--conveniently about 20 minutes drive into Waimea's main shopping district with favorite, often-frequented restaurants--which I supplemented with fruit and vegees, super sweet and obtained from 3 different Farmers' Markets during the week. Owner provided a replacement lamp so we could read in an already dimly lit room and quickly responded to all my text messages, his preferred way to communicate, to replenish dish detergent, trash bags, or toilet paper. Marvelous jungle setting facing verdant hills of ranch land on the dry side of Waimea minutes from purportedly the nation's best beach with a sheltered, clear-blue, calm-water cove at the north end where we snorkeled 10 times in three weeks delighted by stunning marine life near rocks (eel, moorish idol, butterfly fish, starfish anemone, for example). Each night provided blissful and sound sleep with trade winds and a guardian gecko with his clicking sound in the bathroom ceiling, along with other geckos outside. Owner maintains native plants, flowering shrubs, and trees on his 2-acre property with a dozen egg-laying hens, absolutely breathtaking to stroll through at dawn and do before-breakfast exercises on the grass-covered a'a (volcano rock). Got to eating fresh eggs daily and papayas too, at times from the owner himself. Didn't expect all the exciting Indiana Jones-like adventure with atypical flash flooding once, almost twice, for that area and a grass fire too. Still our vacay and stay was exhilarating for hurricane season June-September.
A very attractive yurt-like design. Huge bathroom including shower and big copper tub. The kitchen area is quite nice. A pair of induction hotplate units serve as a stove top and work well for basics but don't plan to cook a Thanksgiving feast here.
Although, its not officially part of the amenities, the owner offered fresh papayas from his trees and eggs from his hens. Don't count on these as the trees and the hens have their own schedules!
You may find you share the unit with a gecko. Don't freak out geckos are good. They are clean, don't bite people and control insects better than chemicals. (This is tropical island and insects come with the territory.)
The location is very good as you can drive to any part of the island from here in a reasonable amount of time. The local town Waimea (Kamuela) is not a resort location, however, it is an odd amalgam of astronomers, farmers and cowboys. If you are looking for resort type action drive down the western slope to the south Kohala area. Basic suburban amenities like grocery stores, gas an a decent restaurants can be found in Waimea with only a 10 minute drive.