Submitted: June 21, 2012
Stayed: June 2012
We loved Hale Kai!
My family of 15 was very comfortable on this property. Unbelievable views, very nice sleeping arrangements with plenty of privacy for couples.
We particularly enjoyed the birds, the landscaping, and the wonderful outside living. The pool was great for my 6-yr-old granddaughter--she liked the ocean, but spent far more time in the pool. Most of us adults quickly became addicted to the dock, the kayak, and the snorkeling. There was plenty of snorkel gear and other toys. My one regret is I didn't use the tennis court--I'm not a big tennis player, but I wanted to give it a try. The ocean kept calling my name instead, I guess.
The well-equipped kitchen was sufficient for our party of accomplished cooks, including one professional chef and a food blogger. Plenty of storage, utensils, you name it. The laundry room was functional and convenient as well.
The furnishings, especially in the main house, were elegant, yet practical, and comfortable and appealing. The circular tall table in the living room was a favorite of mine--it seems like it was carved from a single giant section of a tree trunk; just gorgeous.
The centerpiece of this property is the outstanding location. Near Kona, but no noisy crowding or traffic. A very nice shopping center a mile or so up the hill. A canoe club practicing most days. Each morning at dawn, across the bay, you could just hear a group of people greet the sun in what appeared--in the provided binoculars--to be a native chant. It just doesn't get better than this.
Thanks for hosting the trip of a lifetime!
Incidentally--if you google images for John Wayne wedding pictures, I'm pretty sure I recognized a tree in one of the photos...
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