|Property type||chateau / country house|
Your Vacation Rental is 1/2 mile mountain side Hwy. 45 minuets from Kona airport
in Honaunau. 1400ft. elevation. Quiet and Peaceful.
Keywords: Guest Home
We just finished a weeks stay at this beautiful quiet and clean house located up a private road along the kona coast. This house was absolutely beautiful, the views and peace and quiet up there were amazing. The owner of the house and his son were really nice and helpful. You cant beat the price and the location is excellent, everything you need or would like to try out is conveniently located just a short drive away. The house itself is located on a very nicely manicured yard and the inside is very spacious. My girlfriend and I stayed in the master bedroom which has a gorgeous view of the bay and our friend stayed in the second bedroom which was also very comfortable. Highly suggest this place for your next stay.
We thought this was the perfect choice for our first trip to Hawaii. We wanted to enjoy the ocean, and this property is just minutes from the
"Two Step" snorkeling area and also from Captain Cook bay. We snorkeled and kayaked every day! It was comfortable and homey. I loved having both a kitchen and a charcoal grill, because we took FULL advantage of local products. We put wahoo, pineapple, and Hawaiian beef on the grill, and made salsa & green papaya salad from local produce. And of course we enjoyed the bag of homegrown coffee provided by Max (very smooth)! Could not have experienced all this, at a hotel in Kona. This cottage (built above Max's carport/office) and is high enough above the hillside to have beautiful ocean views. The sunsets were spectacular.
Kona was only about a 1/2 hour drive, so it wasn't too far when we wanted to do things from there (e.g. the Manta Ray night dive!)
The road up to the cottage is bone-jarring, but take it sloooooow, and enjoy the doves, minah birds, finches, and trees loaded with bananas, mangoes, avocados, and coffee cherries. How often do you get to see all that, back home?! And no worries, Max will guide you the first time, so you won't get lost. One pleasant surprise was that Max's driveway is right across from the estate of Herb Kawainui K?ne, the famous painter of native Hawaiian scenes. You will find his works in books, at galleries, and on the signage at all the national parks on the Big Island.
A final "bonus experience" for us was a small, but noticeable earthquake, the last morning we were there. A potent reminder that the Big Island is an active volcano!
P.S. take a baggy of dog treats for Rocket! He is shy but is a sweet dog.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Max's. It was a beautiful, private and quiet getaway. The views from the lanai overlooking the bay were spectacular while enjoying Max's complimentary coffee in the morning. The grounds are a tropical paradise filled with lush flowering plants, raised veggie beds and a big, beautiful lawn. The house was very clean and was well stocked with everything we needed for a comfortable vacation. Max's dog, Rocket, was a big plus for dog owners that miss their own dogs while away from home. The house is very well located making it easy to travel to all parts of the island. We definitely will be returning to Max's little slice of paradise.
In my past two trips to Kona I have stayed in a downtown hotel and in a 4 star condo out of town. I have to say though this guesthouse is my favorite. it is clean and comfortable. The lanai has an awesome view of the bay and is quiet and relaxing. It is further complimented by endless plants, trees and flowers. Max provided us with a bag of his wonderful Kona coffee which gave the day a great start. I enjoyed being away from the traffic noise of Kona and the privacy of this rural setting. I was worried about the lack of air conditioning but the tradewinds kept us cool and comfortable. It was very pleasant to have the windows open and listen to the rural nature sounds.
Max was helpful in giving us suggestions for new places to snorkel and in answering all of our questions. He steered us to a beautiful white sand beach called Makalawena that we hiked into. In addition, if you ask, he will sell his Kona coffee to you at a more than reasonable price.
One of the unadvertised points about this guest house was Max's recent rescue dog Rocket. He is a sweet little boy that needs all the extra love and attention he can get. We stayed here for 2 weeks and Rocket kept me from missing my dog so much. Thank you Max for giving Rocket such a good home and for giving us a home away from home on our vacation. I look forward to returning here and would recommend this to anyone wanting a relaxing vacation.
My wife and I, with a fellow archaeologists spent four nights here. Max made sure we had clear directions and stayed in phone contact with us prior to our arrival. He was there to greet us and show us the area. He let us use his cooler and offered snorkeling equipment during our stay. The house is great, located within the plantation with banana, mango, and papaya trees, as well as coffee and macadamian nuts it seems like a tropical paradise. The view from the deck is great with all the flowering plants in the forground and the ocean in the background. A great place for morning Kona Coffee! The photos are are accurate in showing the property. We used the house as base to tour rock art and historic sites on the island. The location is handy for going along to the coast to both the north and south. I am very pleased with our stay and look forward to returning in the future! Our mid-size rental vehicle handled all the roads with no problems. The house was very clean and easy to keep clean during our stay. Max recommended a BBQ close to the turn-off for the property, it was great! We ate at the Southern most restaurant one night returning and the Ohno fish was great, in general we ate fish nearly every meal and didn't have a bad meal during our stay. We mostly ate at the small family owned cafes along the highways, all were clean and had reasonable prices. I strongly recommend this rental to couples with another adult or child. Very reasonable price and fantastic facilities!
My mom, husband, and I stayed at Max's for a week, and it was exactly what we wanted. A place away from the hustle-and-bustle. We spent every evening enjoying the sounds of birds and frogs from the lanai. We relaxed in the hammock, and felt completely isolated from the rest of the world. It was a nice break.
The place was clean and had pretty much everything we needed. The photos are exactly what it looks like, so no surprises. Max was friendly and helpful when we needed something, but otherwise unobtrusive, and we liked having a "home" to come back to after sight-seeing around the island. It was our little piece of paradise at the end of the day, and we truly enjoyed the experience of being there, getting an entirely new perspective on the island.
From the lanai, we had a great view out over the ocean when it was clear. (There was a bit of VOG when we were there.) We could see Kealekekua Bay where the Captain Cook Monument is - the Bay was a short drive, as was the Place of Refuge and the Painted Church. All good places to visit. No restaurants at Place of Refuge, so pack a lunch if you want to eat while you're there.
The property is about 45 minutes from Kona, but the highway is new, so driving is easy. The road up the mountain to Max's seems a little rugged at first, but you get used to it quickly, and honestly, compared to getting to the Green Sands Beach, it's a dream to drive! (Green Sands Beach is definitely worth a trip, but do not even think about driving into it yourself, even with a 4WD. Seriously. Pay one of the nice local drivers there to take you to the beach - Alfred was fantastic, careful and slow, and he asks only for an appreciation payment. Believe me, you'll really appreciate his driving abilities afterwards, and $20+/person is not unreasonable after you see the road, or lack of road. Consider going early and spending the day - lunch, bathing suit, water, etc. We didn't have the time.)
The Costco in Kona is your best bet for cheap everything, including water and wine. We had lunch there for 3 of us and it cost us $5.20 - I kid you not. Also the drive into Kona always gave us time to figure out exactly where we were going and what we wanted to do, so it never seemed like a bother to have to drive a little further.
Closer to the property there are restaurants and small shops along the highway. Jake's BBQ/L&L BBQ are both recommended. There are coffee places everywhere if that's your thing. Great place to stay!