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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 few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
December 4, 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 Hawi

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 4.820513 based on 41 reviews

Warm welcome to a very nice apartment in a beautiful location!

  • 5 of 5

The apartment/suite was perfect for our needs! The accommodations were beautiful -- much thought and care has gone into setting it up. The owner was very responsive to emails and, although he had obligations on another island at the time we were staying, he ensured we had everything we needed for a wonderful visit. The apt. was very clean, the bed extremely comfortable, and the geckos minded their own business ... and were absolutely gorgeous. I agree with another reviewer that it might be helpful to arrive in the daylight hours as the shared road/driveway in and access to the suite can be a tiny bit tricky, but certainly not anything too difficult. The view from the back porch/lanai was absolutely wonderful (sloping green hillside, leading to the the expansive ocean a couple of miles away ... GORGEOUS!) and the breezes kept the place very comfortable. I would definitely love to stay here again, if nothing else but to lounge on the back lanai, reading something from the very eclectic book collection Mel has in the library area (with the beautiful antiques desk)! I highly recommend this place for a couple or family with small children.

  • Submitted: Nov 25, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Maui View from the Lanai

  • 5 of 5

If your looking for a place that's quite, relaxing and more of local hawaii instead of tourist this is your place. Hawi is a beautiful quaint little town with lots of charm and the friendliest people.

We arrive a little early and Mel greeted us as he was putting the finishing touches on the guest suite so we drove around town for a while. We returned and settled in to this cute little suite. The view is beautiful, you can see Maui from the Lanai. You are at a higher elevation and this house is up on a hill and there is always a nice breeze.

The only time we would see Mel was in the morning when he would deliver an amazing breakfast of fresh squeezed juice, fresh fruit and other wonderful eats. He would ask if we had plans for the day and offer recommendations and answer any of our questions.

We had a wonderful time and hope you do as well.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Beautiful home, generous host, genuine Hawaii location

  • 5 of 5

I'd recommend this spot to those looking to get off to beaten path and experience real Hawaii. Mel is a very generous host and the space was a perfect blend of sun, rain, trade winds, views, and simplicity.

  • Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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secluded yes but wonderful

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Mel for a wonderful visit to the Hawi area. We stayed two nights to explore the west side of the island and this place is a great location to do that. The suite is well equipped. We were able to borrow a cooler for the two days which was nice.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: January 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: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Kona International Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $50 + Tax
Tax Rate 13.42%

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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