Kohala Guest Suite is located in historic North Kohala, in the ancient ahupua'a division of Puuepa. Surrounded by several na pu'u (volcanic cinder cones), the hillside setting has unobstructed views of Haleakala, Maui across the Alenuihaha Channel. Bordering Parker Ranch on the west, the south and east sides are also undeveloped, giving the vacation rental seclusion and privacy. Puuepa is the site of the ancient Mo'okini Heiau (temple) whose origins date back 1,500 years ago to the first human migration from the Marquesas. Puuepa is also the birthplace of King Kamehameha the Great who conquered and unified the Hawaiian Islands. Decades later, St. Damien became the pastor of Hawi Sacred Heart Catholic Church before taking on his destined work of charity at the Kalaupapa Leper Colony on Molokai. Lei O Kohala is located near the old sugar plantation town of Hawi with its many shops, galleries and restaurants. 2 miles further, quaint Kapaau town is the site of the original statue of King Kamehameha. Continuing on the Akoni Pule Highway, you will end at the outlook overlooking breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring Pololu Valley. To the south of Lei O Kohala Vacation Rental, world class white and black sand beaches are as near as a short 20 minute drive. Up country Kamuela is located 30 minutes away. Kona International Airport is located 50 minutes away.
Enjoy your morning complimentary Kona blend coffee on the veranda while as many as 20 species of birds greet you with their songs. Sip your favorite wine on the terrace under the venerable whispering ironwood trees. Don’t be surprised if the curious Parker Ranch cattle come right up to the fence and stare at you! Or if the wild tom turkey leads his flock across the open pasture. Lei O Kohala is located where the rainy part of North Kohala ends, and the arid landscape begins. This climate transition frequently gives birth to incredibly gorgeous rainbows! And blessed are those late afternoons as the setting sun paints the sky with hues of gold, pink, orange and red. On a clear new moon night, step outside, look up and marvel at nature’s incomparable grand display of the Milky Way spreading across the star lit sky. Lei O Kohala is a place of beauty, peace and inspiration.
The guest suite is a spacious 816 sf, one bedroom, one bath, living room, study with full kitchen. It is a totally separate unit with its own private entrance. It is so self-contained that you wouldn't think the guest suite was part of the main house. The kitchen is fully equipped and has a bay window dining area. Step through the double French doors and relax on the 34 feet veranda with views of the ocean and Maui. The living room is furnished with heirloom heritage koa furniture and a pune’e (day bed) for lounging. The bedroom is appointed with a luxury Stearns & Foster pillow top queen bed and accented with Hawaiian design quilted pillows. Need internet connectivity? Sit at the Tommy Bahama desk in the study and connect to the free wi-fi or hard wire. 40” flat screen TV. Full range 2.1 speaker system to plug into your iPod. Choice Hawaiian CDs are available for your listening pleasure as are a cooler, beach towels, mats and sand chairs for your beach outings.
Since its recent start up in April 2013, Kohala Guest Suite has received wonderful guest reviews, all with 5 star ratings which are posted on another booking site. Come, stay at Kohala Guest Suite and experience the Hawaiian Hospitality as it is meant to be!
Left on 04/02/2014 for a stay in October 2013 | Holly J.
What a bargain this place is! Pictures are accurate. The bed is really comfortable. Lots of books on the shelves; my boyfriend especially liked the Hawaiian dictionary! I loved the porch and watching the sunsets with a glass of wine, and morning coffee watching the geckos cavort on the Bird of Paradise shrubs in front. Vacation photos don't get much more colorful than a gecko sipping nectar from a Bird of Paradise blossom. Mel, the owner, is the sweetest guy. Directions to the place were easy to follow. He greeted us warmly, then informed us he would be making breakfast for us every morning. It was great! Just intercom him, and breakfast is hot and ready in less than 15 minutes. The home just has a good vibe about it that I really liked. And, woo-hoo! Good water pressure in the shower! Secluded, but not too much so. 10 minute drive to the best beaches on the island, and the home is equipped with beach chairs, boogie boards, big beach towels, and a small cooler. Ice trays in the freezer so you don't have to buy ice. That reminds me, it was so nice to open the refrigerator and find it stocked with bottled waters and cans of fruit nectars. There is a dive shop at the harbor that rents snorkel gear, they stock prescription lens dive masks, and prices are reasonable. I would definitely stay here again, and am recommending to friends who are planning a Hawaiian vacation to do likewise.
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