We stayed at the Lokilani for 9 nights to celebrate our anniversary and couldn't have found a more perfect place. The cottage itself is absolutely beautiful and very well taken care of. It is evident that much love and thought were invested in creating a place of quiet retreat. Located in the Waimea Valley, you will be nestled into the soft hills with the most amazing views. There are bountiful herbs growing right outside the main entry and Matt will welcome you with kindness and generous offerings from his garden, not to mention eggs from his sweet chickens. You are a very scenic 10 minute drive from some of the most beautiful beaches we encountered on the island, as well as Waimea town, where we found yummy gluten free breakfast bars at the local coffee shop!
You will have everything you need provided for you in this home, and Matt was a phone call away whenever we needed anything. We drove all around the island and spent 2 days on the Volcano side, immediately missing the special calm of Waimea. It has certainly become our favorite part of the Big Island and largely because of our experience staying at the Lokilani.
Favorite restaurants nearby include the Red Water Cafe, Blue Dragon Musiqarium, and Seafood Bar! Highly recommend the same guidebook listed: "Big Island Revealed" for useful tips. Our favorite activities included visits to the Waipio Valley, numerous beaches recommended in the guidebook (including Punalu'u or Black Sand Beach where sea turtles are frequent, tide pools at Wawaloli Beach, and our favorite swimming beaches minutes from the cottage - Hapuna & Mauna Kea Beach next to each other). Also recommend the dolphin swim & nighttime manta ray snorkel with Coral Reef Adventures - absolutely magical!!