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Mo Snell

Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

Architect's Kona Coffee Farm House

Bedrooms 1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Hōlualoa House Rental Photos and Description

House, 1 Bedroom + Other (See Description), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2 adults)

Snell Kona Coffee Farm is located on the historic Mamalahoa Highway in the Kona Coffee Belt area.

The half-acre coffee orchard of four hundred trees surrounds two beautiful custom designed and built homes; the farm house and a cottage. The cottage is not for rent, so the farm house is very private.

The farm is 1200 feet above sea-level on the slopes of Hualalai Volcano (dormant) with breath-taking views of Kona and the vast Pacific Ocean. The farm house has a spacious covered lanai and sliding glass doors that open completely onto the lanai with unobstructed 180 degree views of the Pacific Ocean. A 4 foot deep lap pool adjoins the lanai.

The property is terraced with lava rock, landscaped with a variety of tropical plants and very private.

The homes were designed by renown Seattle architect, Chris Snell. The architecture mimics traditional Hawaiian hale (homes) and Japanese farm houses.

The building materials are unique to the Kona-area. He incorporated lava rock walls, hand milled Ohia trees for framing and paneling. The homes are constructed by the best carpenters and craftsmen on island.

The farm house is built of hand milled Ohia wood. The slider doors are teak. The kitchen cabinets are bamboo with black granite counters. The roof is galvanized metal and exposed on the interior of the home. The roof replicates the corrugated tin roofs seen on old coffee shacks. The home is exquisite in every detail. The bed room looks over the lap pool into the coffee orchard.

This a working farm and during coffee harvest from September to December, you can watch coffee picking and processing on the farm.

Snell Kona Coffee Farm is only a ten minute drive down the mountain to Kona Town for shopping, and beautiful white sand beaches for swimming and snorkeling. Holualoa is a quaint town located 3 miles south of the farm.

The town is an artist-community and home to numerous art galleries. Mamalahoa Highway is a historic road, the High Road, and runs through the heart of Kona Coffee Belt with many fascinating towns, galleries, farms and historical sites.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Mo Snell (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english

About Mo Snell

I enjoy farming Kona Coffee, swimming in the ocean and learning about 'old Hawaii.'

Mo Snell purchased this house in 1998

Why Mo Snell chose Kona Coast

The farm is a 15 minute drive down the mountain to Kailua-Kona for shopping and beautiful white sand beaches for swimming and snorkeling. Holualoa is a quaint town located 3 miles south of the farm. It is an artists' community and features numerous art galleries. Mamalahoa Highway is an historice road and runs through the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt with many fascinating towns, galleries, farms and historical sites.

What makes this house unique

The farm house is surrounded by coffee trees, palm trees, avocado and other fruit trees for privacy. The quiet beauty of the surrounding jungle, the tropical song birds and the verdant coffee orchard imbue health and serenity.


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(44 traveler reviews)
Architect's Kona Coffee Farm House
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 44 reviews

Amazing architectural home! World class location!

  • 5 of 5

We absolutely loved our stay... the home is just incredible. Perfect indoor outdoor living. Location is great outside heat and bustle of Kona, view is EPIC! Pool is beautiful, and outdoor dining is world class. Beautiful architecture, and brilliant floor plan. We slept with the doors open every night and enjoyed the cool mountain air! Can't wait to go back! We really can not say enough good things about this house!

  • Submitted: Jul 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful, unique.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for 3 nights at the beginning of June, and were in love with the property. Can't wait to go back!

As mentioned by other reviews, the roosters and geckos can be loud. It almost sounded like they were competing with each other in the middle of the night, haha. But we brought earplugs and all was good, so wasn't an issue for us.

Overall, a wonderful view, beautiful property, and great value. It was a refreshing change from our first 4 nights in a upscale hotel while on Hawaii for a week.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha, I am happy that you enjoyed the serenity and beauty of my farm house!
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A picturesque and serene retreat from the world.

  • 5 of 5

This house is amazing in it's ability to whisk you away from the day to day troubles of the world. The farm house is beautiful, well detailed and extremely thoughtful in it's layout. We had an amazing stay here and were sad to leave. Next time we're in Kona I would stay here again in a heartbeat. The coqui frogs are loud at night, but it's not that hard to sleep through. The view over the pool as you go to bed and wake up is unforgettable!

  • Submitted: May 25, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi, I am glad you loved the house. The coqui frogs are now all over the island, sadly. They were brought over about 10 years ago, and just this year came onto my farm. Not much we can do to eradicate them because they have no natural predators. Come back and visit again. Mahalo, Mo
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Becoming one with nature

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here eight days and it was wonderful. The house is built so that the east and west sides open up like barn doors and one feels totally outdoors. It's like camping, only with luxuries such as a great shower, a cozy bed, and a dishwasher. When it rained, I felt as if I was cheating Mother Nature--staying warm and dry yet enjoying the splendor of the storm first hand. I felt like a guest in a true Hawaiian home, not like a number in a condo.

This place is not for everyone. The gorgeous pool was only that, too cold for a swim in May. Those who crave privacy might be disappointed by the lack of curtains and the proximity of neighbors. But it suited us fine--we felt peaceful and serene up in the woods above Kaluea and we didn't want to leave.

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wow! AMAZING place!!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed on the big island 3 days in Kona and 3 days in Hilo. In retrospect, Next time, definitely more time at the Kona house! The sunsets are unreal! We spent every evening on the lanai drinking wine and watching the beautiful sunset into the night surrounded by jungle. The house itself is adorable! If you have an appreciation for art, exceptional architecture and beautiful scenery, then this is the place for you!

We absolutely LOVED this place! We will be back!!

  • Submitted: May 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha; thank you for visiting and come again!
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Relaxing Week in Hills above Kona

  • 5 of 5

House makes the most of indoor/outdoor living, really blurs the edges with sliding walls that open to the lanai and small pool. Being up in the hills provides great views of the coast below, city lights, and a little cooler climate than the beach resorts below. Need to enjoy animal sounds: geckos, frogs, roosters that all sing their songs day and night....or bring earplugs for sleeping. House has the basics, but not a lot of storage/closet space, so pack light or leave some things in the suitcase. Both Costco and Safeway are close to the house for shopping. This was our second time in this house. We enjoyed it very much.

We like to eat breakfast in to get an early and fast start, grab or pack lunch while we're out, then for dinner eat out some nights and eat in some nights for a more relaxing evening on the lanai.

What we did: Our first day trip was with Kona Boys for a kayak/snorkel trip to Captain Cook Monument. Kona Boys was great and has a shop to pick up any gear you might need to buy or rent. Our guide Ali'i really knows how to fish "local style", but we were just snorkeling, not fishing. Next two days, we did some hiking on our own and toured Volcano Park. Then, we snorkeled at "Two Step" and toured the historical park. Other days, we snorkeled some more, at other spots, and saw turtles on the beach, in the surf and in the water. We did a night snorkel to see Manta Rays with Eka Canoe Adventures. We took a sailboat trip with Hawaii Island Sailing that was really fun - go in the early morning to see dolphins. Our best dinner was at Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill. We also enjoyed the Holuakoa Cafe for pasta and meat just down the road from the house. While we were out shopping, the Fish Hopper was a good stop for dinner on Ali'i Drive.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Keohola - Kona Airport


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Hōlualoa House Rental Rates

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Winter Holiday rate
Nov 15 2016 - Jan 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $100
Cleaning Fee $150 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.41%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Hōlualoa House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • Large soaking tub, shower with view of coast line.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Queen size Beds (1)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • live theater
  • restaurants
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • fitness center
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • rock climbing
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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