Exceptional vacation home for our family of four!
Submitted: April 8, 2013
Stayed: March 2013
I reserved a stay at this house before the owner had any reviews (newly available), but from the photos and description, I could tell that it would be a unique property and my family would have nothing to worry about. Within an hour of our arriving, our 9 & 12 yr old boys were already asking if we could stay here for the rest of our vacation. The giant tree swing and round hammock were certainly a big draw.
The house is designer-inspired and the interior photos don't quite do it justice. My boys counted -- it's a 12-sided house - very unusual but very spacious. And, it's REALLY nice - great furniture, fabrics, woods and surfaces. Everything is new, and the setting is rather remarkable. Just a block from the center of the very small town of Kapaau, but so well surrounded by super-lush, tropical foliage that you feel quite remote. The real test of privacy was the outdoor shower with a tall, bamboo stockade fence around it - right off the master bath. Go ahead - take a lovely, outdoor, warm-breeze tropical shower - no one is going to see you!
So, why did we stay here? It was the best property we could find on the North Kohala Coast. While there, we hiked down into the Pololu Valley and to the black sand beach (10 mins away), and took the Kohala Ditch Adventure tour (HQ is 2 mins away). That was a great snapshot in agricultural history of the island. Picture getting into a Pinzgauer all-terrain vehicle and heading several miles up slope to the original water-ditch system that carried water from the rain-soaked highlands above the nearby valleys down to the sugar cane fields and cattle ranches along the Kohala coastline. Now picture getting into inflatable, 4-person kayaks and making your way along the 2.5 miles of clear, gently flowing ditches in 15-inch deep water. You pass over aqueducts and through 9 tunnels that bore right through tropical forested hillsides (headlamps provided, tunnels tall enough so you don't bang your head). No danger and not a super adrenaline rush - actually rather relaxing. We also stopped at the little library (or former library) in Kapaau (across the the King Kamehameha statue) and found several adult mentors and Kohala Middle School students working on their world championship VEX robot designs.
I love getting the local vibe of places we stay, and we definitely got while staying here. I would definitely stay here again and plan to recommend to anyone I know who is going to visit the Big Island.
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