Feels like home, but better
Submitted: January 24, 2011
Stayed: January 2011
?I have stayed in hotels in Hawaii, but when I return to the Big Island, my choice will always be
Hawi Haven. A family reunion in a hotel meant living in identical rooms and carrying all
the chairs to one room to give enough seating for everyone. There was coffee in the lobby, but a
family visit with a roomful of others puts the damper on sharing memories; plus leaving sleeping
children back in the rooms was not an option. In a hotel, the visiting time between adults is limited by
the needs of the children.
We just spent a week with three generations sharing this house. The decor is obviously Hawaiian,
but each room is different. While the little one slept, the adults could play board games, watch
movies or just sit and enjoy a cup of Kona coffee together on the porch.
You have thought of everything. For those days when we felt like eating in, the kitchen had everything
we needed plus some extras we hadn’t thought about. When we preferred to let others do the
cooking, a quick visit to Yelp told us that several of the local restaurants got five star reviews. A
pleasant two block stroll brought us to any one of them.
The washing machine proved to be essential with a baby in residence, but we felt like every need
was anticipated and met. From bandaids to body wash and beach towels to boogie boards, your
provisions had every situation covered. You even had provisions for Baby Jake. A portacrib and
booster seat kept him sleeping and eating well. A happy baby means relaxed adults, and you
made that all possible.
The palm trees and avocado tree blocked the ocean view, but not the breezes. A lovely
breeze every afternoon kept the whole house nicely cooled. Your manager even left freshly
picked tangerines from your tree for our enjoyment. We hit the perfect season for picking the fruit. The avocado tree is loaded and begging to be enjoyed; and the owners gave permission to help ourselves.
At our last hotel, the restaurant breakfast buffet was a great place to plan our day; but the morning
gatherings in this lovely dining room over waffles, fresh pineapple and Kona coffee was a much
better way to start our day.
Our next visit will include our older grandchildren and there are beach toys, a big yard to run in
and a couple of bikes that should keep them happy. And for the inevitable rainy days,
there are coloring books, kids' games, puzzles and videos to pass the time. For the adults,
there is an assortment of books to meet every taste. We love Hawi Haven
Families with Teenagers,
Families with Young Children,
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