One of our favourite cottages ever in our lives :)
Submitted: April 10, 2012
Stayed: February 2012
We stayed for 10 nights in February/March 2012 and went back for 5 nights in mid-March after very bad weather prevented us from getting to Kauai. I didn't see ANY whales from the balcony, but we did stare endlessly at the beautiful ocean...my only complaint is we had trouble many days getting away to go elsewhere, as the view was too beautiful to leave.... This is not a typical Hawaiian vacation stay: the beaches are a 45 min or more drive west (a list to pick from!) BUT you have so many other choices of things to do: drive through cattle country around Waimea and then into North Kohala along the ridge highway to Hawi (astounding...the road goes above the clouds! i saw 4 rainbows at once); go east to the Hilo area and see the botanical gardens (you won't see that kind of flora on the west side of the Big Island!!....VERY LUSH), or take in some history at the local Hilo museums, get to the volcano in an hour; walk in the nearby state park; take a day trip to Puna (gorgeous trees and east coastline, but a bit too wild west like for us; or drive along the Old Mamalahoa highway remnants between Waimea and Hilo: we kept stopping the car and gawking at truly real/old Hawaii. The road up/down the Waipi'o valley is a short but intense hike (steep), then maybe 10 minute stroll to a beach: no swmming but we did see surfers and whales...so quiet and beautiful. The town of Honaka'a is a lovely small town: locals were SO friendly to us, we felt like we were back home in small town Ontario. We bought lots of grass fed beef at JJ's country market (unfortunately there is no BBQ at the cottage, just a 2 burner thingy) and the grocery store in town is not much more expensive than Waimea; we also took in a movie at the old theatre...... Back to the cottage: it's essentially mostly windows & bamboo blinds on 3 sides and in the morning, the birdsong is wonderful...great foliage surrounds the place: i couldn't wait to roll the blinds up and gawk again, every day. I did not fold out the couch to test it as a bed but it looked like it might be more suitable for kids or others with very spry backs; our bed was very comfortable. In sum, a comfortable cottage for 2 adults and maybe 2 kids in a friendly town which is an excellent base for viewing the valley (we went 4 times), the local area and the north and north/west or north/east coasts generally. probably not suitable for kids due to distance from sea. kitchen set up is a bit awkward due to the 2 burner....
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay. We used to provide barbecues but our insurance company does not allow them anymore since our decks are wood. However, if you ask Sandy the manager, you can grill on the cement by our home and she will provide the barbecue. We are planning on remodeling this winter so things will be even nicer next time you stay! Aloha,
Marsha and Ray, owners, Luana Ola Vacation Cottages
Helpful votes: 3/3
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