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Kohala Guest Suite . . . Secluded & Private! Panoramic Views!

Bedrooms 1
Space 816 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights


About the property

Spacious 816 Sf, One Bedroom, Bath, Living Room, Study, Kitchen & 34 Ft Veranda.

Lei O Kohala is located in historic North Kohala, in the ancient ahupua'a division of Puuepa. Surrounded by several na pu'u (volcanic cinder cones), the hillside setting has unobstructed views of Haleakala, Maui across the Alenuihaha Channel. Bordering Parker Ranch on the west, the south and east sides are also undeveloped, giving the vacation rental seclusion and privacy. Puuepa is the site of the ancient Mo'okini Heiau (temple) whose origins date back 1,500 years ago to the first human migration from the Marquesas. Puuepa is also the birthplace of King Kamehameha the Great who conquered and unified the Hawaiian Islands. Decades later, St. Damien became the pastor of Hawi Sacred Heart Catholic Church before taking on his destined work of charity at the Kalaupapa Leper Colony on Molokai. Lei O Kohala is located near the old sugar plantation town of Hawi with its many shops, galleries and restaurants. 2 miles further, quaint Kapaau town is the site of the original statue of King Kamehameha. Continuing on the Akoni Pule Highway, you will end at the outlook overlooking breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring Pololu Valley. To the south of Lei O Kohala Vacation Rental, world class white and black sand beaches are as near as a short 20 minute drive. Up country Kamuela is located 30 minutes away. Kona International Airport is located 50 minutes away.

Enjoy your morning complimentary Kona blend coffee on the veranda while as many as 20 species of birds greet you with their songs. Sip your favorite wine on the terrace under the venerable whispering ironwood trees. Don’t be surprised if the curious Parker Ranch cattle come right up to the fence and stare at you! Or if the wild tom turkey leads his flock across the open pasture. Lei O Kohala is located where the rainy part of North Kohala ends, and the arid landscape begins. This climate transition frequently gives birth to incredibly gorgeous rainbows! And blessed are those late afternoons as the setting sun paints the sky with hues of gold, pink, orange and red. On a clear new moon night, step outside, look up and marvel at nature’s incomparable grand display of the Milky Way spreading across the star lit sky. Lei O Kohala is a place of beauty, peace and inspiration.

The guest suite is a spacious 816 sf, one bedroom, one bath, living room, study with full kitchen. It is a totally separate unit with its own private entrance. It is so self-contained that you wouldn't think the guest suite was part of the main house. The kitchen is fully equipped and has a bay window dining area. Step through the double French doors and relax on the 34 feet veranda with views of the ocean and Maui. The living room is furnished with heirloom heritage koa furniture and a pune’e (day bed) for lounging. The bedroom is appointed with a luxury Stearns & Foster pillow top queen bed and accented with Hawaiian design quilted pillows. Need internet connectivity? Sit at the Tommy Bahama desk in the study and connect to the free wi-fi or hard wire. 40” flat screen TV. Full range 2.1 speaker system to plug into your iPod. Choice Hawaiian CDs are available for your listening pleasure as are a cooler, beach towels, mats and sand chairs for your beach outings.

Since its recent start up in April 2013, Kohala Guest Suite has received wonderful guest reviews, all with 5 star ratings. Come, stay at Kohala Guest Suite and experience the Hawaiian Hospitality as it is meant to be!

More Details

Mel Yanos
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 2, 2017

About Mel Yanos

Your host, Mel, was born and raised in North Kohala. As a vacation rental operator in North Kohala, he is one of an elite few who can make that claim. He learned the heart of hospitality from his parents who immigrated from the Philippines. Later he learned the business of hospitality at Cornell University. After a lifelong hotel career which took him to San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Puerto Rico, Boston, Anchorage, Kauai and Hawaii Island, Mel returns to the essence of hospitality as originally learned from his parents . . . giving from the heart.

Why Mel Yanos chose Kohala Coast

After living in many parts of the country, Mel chose to return to his birthplace. It’s often spoken that one chooses to go to Kohala; Kohala is a destination. Unlike other locales, Kohala is set apart from the Mamalahoa Highway which encircles Hawaii Island. The isolated nothern geographical location and its warm residents give Kohala its unique sense of community unlike any other.

What makes this apartment unique

Lei O Kohala is about our ancestors, the melding of cultures, and the sacredness of the land. It’s about how we love and respect those around us and the environment we live in. Mel embraces these spiritual ideals and wants his guests to experience the Art of Hospitality in the old Hawaiian style and grace. He carefully crafted Lei O Kohala Vacation Rental so his guests will feel the peace, serenity and love from this special place in Puuepa.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Mel's place is just magic. Very quiet, secluded, calm and pretty. Super comfortable bed! Wonderful selection of books, I really need to go back and have more time to read them. Hawi's rural and lovely, really easy going. Mel is a wonderful host - responsive, utterly unobstrusive, but really helpful. He lives right next door, but I only saw him when he brought me the most delicious breakfasts, simple lovely food, presented with fresh flowers. He provided coffee and cold drinks too! What a lovely treat, a far cry from the hype of Waikiki or the condos of Kona. If you're looking for a beautiful calm retreat where you can sit on the porch with a great book, look at rainbows, and watch Maui floating in the distance, this is it. If you're looking for action, look elsewhere than sleepy lovely Hawi and leave it to those who love it! Mel, thankyou so much for a wonderful stay. I only regret not staying on longer. Hopefully I'll be able to come back sometime soon, and bring my husband this time. I loved Hawi, and I loved your place, and your beautiful breakfasts. I especially loved the flowers! I saved them and am attempting to paint them here in voggy Kona!
Aug 2014
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Hawi Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 816 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Ocean View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Luxury Stearns & Foster Pillow Top Bed, Memory foam pillow, Non allergenic duvet and cover Day bed may be used for 3rd person
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • churches
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • luaus
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


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Kohala Guest Suite . . . Secluded & Private! Panoramic Views!
average rating of 4.8 based on 37 reviews
Santa Fe, New Mexico

4th Visit

  • 5 of 5

As this was our 4th visit, no point rehashing previous reviews under "Tom" from Santa Fe.

Judy and I spent 2 weeks at Mel's place again this year and have nothing but 10+ to give it (and Mel). The only "drawback" is that if you are coming to the Big Island to "see the sites," driving times are long. Otherwise, the suite is very nice, the host is great, the setting is very tranquil, Hawi Town is very pleasant, and we are already planning to return in 2018.

As far as ancillary things go, Pesto, the restaurant in the port down the coast road 15 - 20 minutes, was disappointing this year. Bamboo, in Hawi Town, was again very satisfactory to excellent. Ultimate Burger, a long way away to go for a burger, admittedly (in Kona), was excellent. The beach at Mauna Kea Resort (25 minutes down the coast road) is the best there is but imposes parking space limitations on public "riff-raff". We got in 3 days out of 5 attempts. However, the beach at Waikoloa (35 minutes) is very good and has unlimited parking. Too, Spencer Park, about 20 minutes down the coast road, is protected from a surf POV, quiet and pleasant.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Delightful accommodations

  • 5 of 5

We truly enjoyed our stay at Kohala Guest Suite. The setting is lovely, the accommodations were very pleasing....comfortable and clean. Our first night we arrived just in time for sunset and enjoyed our wine and appetizers on the lanai with a beautiful breeze. The next morning on the lanai we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of Banana pancakes, fresh fruits, and juice prepared by Mel, our host, accompanied by the sounds of songbirds. The kitchen is fully equipped although we did not use it other than the wonderful coffee in the mornings, supplied by Mel.

The suite is very spacious with a living room, a desk area, bedroom and bath. The bed was very comfortable.

I cannot say enough about providing and gracious a host Mel is. Our final morning we had a very early morning flight and told him not to even worry about breakfast for us...the night before our departure we found a beautiful "breakfast to go box" in the refrigerator filled with delicious fresh sweet bread, cut fresh fruit, hard boiled eggs.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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good to very good

  • 4 of 5

The downsides were that there is no cell service at the house, some of the furnishings were old, it was hard to find and the directions were not sufficient, and the setting is fairly remote. The upsides were that it is clean, was furnished with all we needed, had a land line for our usage, has an ocean view, and is close to the cute town of Havi.

  • Submitted: Nov 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great place

  • 5 of 5

Nice place very clean and wonderful host. Would recommend to anyone.

  • Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice place in Hawi

  • 4 of 5

This was a good location to experience Hawi, Hawaii - which is a bit rural. Mel is a great cook and we got amazing breakfasts. The geckos were friendly and view nice. Be aware it's a B&B situation, so it doesn't feel as private (for couples) although the host tries to announce when he is delivering anything needed. The bed was a bit small/itchy, but he gave us fresh sheets after a few days. It was a good spot to explore the north side of the island from.

  • Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Views for Miles!

  • 5 of 5

We were immediately comfortable at Mel's place. It was clean, comfortable, and the view was outstanding. Some things that made a fabulous impression: highly polished wood floors, big fluffy white towels, cold drinks in the fridge, extremely comfortable bed with great pillows and bedding, great selection of books to read, beautiful patio with aaahhhmazing views (including birds of paradise and other tropical flowers on the property) , and the sound of Parker Ranch cows singing us to sleep. Thank you so much for the beautiful memories.

  • Submitted: May 17, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aloha J & G, I'm so glad that you found time in your busy schedule to kick back and enjoy the Maui views from the veranda. I am further pleased that the calm and peace of Kohala Guest Suite balanced out your professional activities. Your comments are most appreciated, and I hope to host you once again when you return next year. Me Ke Aloha Pumehana, MEL
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Kona International Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Hawi Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
High Season
Dec 16 2017 - Apr 30 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50

Stays for 1 or 2 nights may be available in the current week; please inquire. Rates are subject to change until reservations are confirmed.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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