|Minimum Stay||2 nights|
Yes, the Big Island does have a north shore, SHHHHHH! This unique spot on Hawaii is unspoiled by excessive tourism, traffic, and VOG (volcanic pollution). Come have an island experience the way locals enjoy it! Gaze across the channel at the island of Maui as you breathe in the clean clear air courtesy of the trade winds. Feel the aloha spirit in the quaint small town of Hawi which borders the tropical and dry sides of the island. The north shore of Hawaii is for people who want to go beyond the high priced hotel experience and enjoy the islands the way they have been enjoyed for generations.
From Hawi you can go ten minutes west to dry heat and swimming, fifteen minutes east to lush tropical jungle and the wild Pololu Valley, twenty minutes south to the summit views from the cool Kohala Mountain top or you can walk into Hawi town and enjoy a cup of coffee with the locals then get a massage or shop for locally made treasures in our artist filled community. After a fresh fish dinner at one of the local restaurants you may even be lucky enough to catch some live music by one of the many famous musicians living in our town.
Enjoy the benefits of a kama'aina (local) host, and use our years of island experience to help you get the most from your island stay. Having an on site host opens a vast potential of possibilities that most people never get to experience while visiting Hawaii.
Travelers who come to North Kohala should know that they are forgoing the hot dry heat and touristy areas to be out in the country. Most of North Kohala is very jungle like and therefore includes all animals and critters found in such locations. If geckos, pigs, spiders, mosquitoes, wild turkeys and roosters trouble you, then North Kohala is not for you.
Our family has deep roots in the Hawaiian Islands. While we certainly do not consider ourselves native Hawaiian, we can however, trace our family back to the early 1900s in Hawaii. Jim's mother grew up in hawaii and spent years in the entertainment industry on Oahu, singing and dancing for the early visitors to the islands.
The aloha spirit is very alive in our family as well as the town of Hawi where we chose to settle down. We invite you to join us and experience the warm hawaiian sun and an even warmer aloha!
The Owner purchased this studio in 2006
It was amazing; we rounded the the tip of the island and went from rain-forest to desert. What had been a tropical deluge of over 3 inches per hour had given way to sunshine and an amazing rainbow. It was in the magic of that 5 minutes that we decided that the big island was the place we wanted to live. It was 3 months later when we became the owners our Hawi home.
The greatest benefit of choosing to stay with us is called aloha. What do you want and need to make your stay special? Adventure ideas, a meal prepared, your shopping done prior to arrival, a ride somewhere, more privacy; you name it and we can get it done for you. It is our goal that you have a perfectly relaxed and enjoyable vacation and then come back to see us again next year!
My three friends and I stayed in Jim and Leah's studio cabin for 3 nights and we loved, loved, loved our stay. It was raining hard when we arrived and Jim immediately greeted us with umbrellas and offered to unload our luggage. Their studio was clean, the beds were comfortable, and the location is located in a quiet neighborhood. Everything you need for cooking a meal at home is there. Our favorite part is the outdoor shower!!
To quote Jim, "You have to have Aloha (kindness) to see Aloha." We felt Jim and Leah's aloha during our entire stay.
We would stay here again!
Lynda (from Seattle)
p.s.: Be sure to schedule your stay through a Saturday so you can visit Hawi's farmers market and to eat Jim & Leah's yummy food at the Sol Kitchen. We ordered Leah's kombucha, their chicken salad and roasted pepper sandwich! Yum..yum...and good for you! So ono!
We spent two weeks on the Big Island and our most pleasant stay was at James and Leah's hale in Hawi. We didn't want the tourist trappings of Kona or Hilo and spent a week on both the most north and south ends of the island. We couldn't have asked for a more pleasant setting with a more wonderful family than our stay with them. The hale is clean, has all the conveniences, a MOST comfortable bed and that 3-headed outdoor shower is more than perfect. Their business, Sol Kitchen, is wonderful organic food that is served at the local Hawi Farmer's Market on Tuesday's and Saturday's. Really good food and such a fun market. We went back just for their food Tuesday and after we left, wished we could drive back for more! The town of Hawi is quaint, lots of awesome shops, great ice cream and espressos, a kava cafe with local music, art stores and more. Staying here gave us access to so many wonderful places to visit. Of course, Polulu Valley is a must see. We hiked all the way down to the black sand beach, spent some time absorbing the peace that valley brings to the soul and also explored beaches like Keokea on the way back. The turquoise waves were 15 ft high the day we were there and a small tidepool allowed for dipping. A wonderful white sand snorkeling beach is just down the highway at Beach 69. Great place with shade and a lot of reefs & fish. For a history of the area, Lapakahi State Park, is a 600 yr old native village just off the road, on the ocean that is filled with knowledge about farming and fishing of early settlers. One of our favorite places of all, and is not widely advertised, was a beach that isn't accessible by road. One of the locals told us about it. You park on the highway at mile post 81. Follow trails across the lava beds, past wild goat herds, and lava tubes, to a beautiful black sand and lava ocean beach. Go to the bay on the right and walk to an area of old lava rock walls that are channels to lagoons surrounded by palms and greenery. These channels were built by natives hundreds of years ago so that fish would enter at high tide into the lagoons. Then they close the channel and catch the fish. Now hundreds of sea turtles use this area for protection and to sun. There were so many turtles in the shallows of the bay feeding and in the channel in the afternoon. One actually came out of the water and sunned by me as I sat on the beach. Thank you James & Leah! We want to return. P.S. Don't touch the turtles.
We didn't want to leave! The ohana and outdoor shower were the perfect places to return to each evening after our daily activities around the island. Jim and Leah's place is lush with tropical vegetation and flowers, birds, scents, and relaxation. The ohana is nice and roomy and has everything you would need. And, the outdoor shower. We miss it, especially on a moonlit night. I liked that we were staying near a small town and not in the more touristy busy areas. We ate at their Farmer's Market grill several times. Great food and mostly organic. The nearby town, Hawi, has a great coffee shop, gift shops, galleries, a grocery store, etc. Jim and Leah are wonderful hosts! We want to go back. and stay again.
It's everything you need and more. Close to cute little town and grocery store, many incredable beaches close by. The family that lives on the property is amazing, happy and very helpful and inviting. I love the friendly dog Charlie chocolate chip. Leah and Jim gave us freshly picked fruit that I had never heard of. The shower is lovely. It really makes you realize that you could and should live a more simpler live and move to the island. We would return is a second. Clean comfortable and affordable.
What a lovely little hideaway this is! Do you dream of living like the Big Island natives? Serendipitously chosen as our second rental during our 9-day, Big Island vacation, we were finally able to wind down and slow down enough to get a really good whiff of aloha. The pluses of staying here are almost too many to list. Our hosts served us a fabulous Puerto Rican Breakfast plate (tastes like ono loco moco, but without gravy and with savory beans instead) at the Saturday Farmer's market, where you can watch local life drift by as you enjoy your meal. Do you like all things organic? Hey...this is your place. We picked up some gluten free rosemary bread here that sent us directly to heaven with no stops in between...and organically grown Kona coffee beans. Yep...there's even a coffee grinder tucked away in your kitchen. If you grow concerned about only having a 1/2-bath, you'll also get equally unconcerned when you discover the secluded 3-way warm water shower in your front yard. Our hosts grow wonderful bananas; extra sweet and with a marvelous lemony tang; all free for the picking. Beautiful, little green birds pecked away at the top of a ripened papaya perched way overhead in a tree. One last peck, the morning of our departure, and the ripened papaya was ours. Oh my....what can I say...never had any papaya that tasted as wonderful as that one. If you are a sushi lover, then you must visit the Sushi Rock restaurant in Hawi...or...if East-West fusion is your thing, perhaps you should try the Bamboo restaurant voted the Big Islands' best several years in a row. Need some ice cream? Try the Tropical Dreams ice cream at the Coffee Mill in Hawi. We were wowed many times over. We hiked the Mo'olikini Heiau and King Kamehameha I birthplace and watched the waves crash along the North Shore, with whales spouting all the while. We saw the Pololu Valley lookout and walked 1/2-way down for an unspeakable view of the valley and North Shore cliffs. We had an incredible tour of Wai'pio Valley (took the Shuttle with Douglas) and had an amazing Vanilla Experience Luncheon and tour with Jim at the Hawaii Vanilla Co. We even caught the 8:00am Sea Quest boat out of Kailua Kona for 4 special hours of snorkeling and seeing the Kona coastline. And all of this from our "home" base in Hawi, this sweet little studio with the sweetest little family you'll ever meet this side of the Mississippi, right next door. Mahalo, Jim and Leah!
My wife and I rented Jim & Leah's ohana for 8 nights. Being "laid back" Oregonians, we were comforted by the similar lifestyle shown by their family. From the sharing of organic produce from their property (i.e. bananas, papayas, herbs and eggs) including macadamia nuts from their orchard, you won't be disappointed. For an added treat, Jim & Leah prepare and serve a unique menu at their food booth at Hawi's Saturday Market. While we could expound further on the ideal location of their property, it was their family hospitality that made the difference in our memorable stay.
Kohala Zip lines, Kohala Ditch Adventure, Helicopter tours, Kayak adventures, Swimming,
Sport Fishing for ahi, marlin, wahoo, etc.,
Surfing, Boogie boarding, Whale Watching,
ATV Tours (All-Terrain Vehicle),
Dinner Cruises / Sunset Cruises,
Dolphin Encounters, Hiking / Eco Tours,
Inter Island Tours,
Luaus, Massage, Parasailing, Romance,
Scuba Diving, Shark / Ray Encounters,
Shows / Entertainment, Sightseeing Tours,
Snorkeling / SnorkelCruises, Snuba Diving,
Submarine / Glassbottom Boat,
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
|Cleaning||$100 + Tax|
|Pet Fee||$25 + Tax|
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.