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

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Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 - 3 nights

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Minimum Stay
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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!

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  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed

Mel Yanos
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english
Response time:
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Calendar last updated:
October 19, 2016

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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Kohala Guest Suite . . . Secluded & Private! Panoramic Views!
average rating of 4.806452 based on 33 reviews

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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Third Visit and Excellent as Always

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed for the first 2 weeks of this month (February, 2016), as we have done twice before. See reviews below by "Tom" in Santa Fe.

No point repeating a lot of detail from prior visits. Suffice it to say (i) this is a very nice, authentic space, (ii) Mel is a wonderful host, very available but unobtrusive, (iii)we had wonderful freshly prepared breakfasts all but one morning, when Mel had a conflicting obligation, (iv) the pricing for value is extremely reasonable, (v) the location is very private and quiet, (vi) there are delightful ocean/Maui views from the long covered veranda, (vii) internet access is excellent, and (viii) we have no complaints whatsoever!

We are looking forward to coming back again.

We've no hesitancy recommending the unit for singles or couples (though it is not really suitable for a family group), the only drawback being that if it is your first visit to the island, Hawi is a long way from places like the volcanos, Hilo, Captain Cook, the marine reserve, South Point, etceteras that you may want to see.

Hawi Town is very pleasant. Several good restaurants, a good coffee shop, many interesting galleries, 2 satisfactory grocery stores, a small but interesting farmers' market. It is close to a small port with several more good restaurants and galleries and snokling/dive/whale watching options (20 minutes down the road). Spencer, Mauna Kea, Hapuna and Waikoloa Beaches are all within < 30 minutes' drive and provide public access, making most of them closer than they are if you stay in the Kailua-Kona area - and certainly getting to them is a more relaxing, less traffic-congested drive.

The drive over the Kohala Mountain Road to Weimea is beautiful, and Weimea itself is a charming town with lots of interesting places.

So - try it out and we think you'll be very pleased!

  • Submitted: Feb 17, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Just the right place!

  • 5 of 5

Spacious, private and peaceful. Will stay there again!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great find in Hawi

  • 5 of 5

Mel is a really sweet host. We had a lovely connection, and felt very welcome. Very nice breakfasts, amazing views of Maui and clean sheets on a comfortable bed. Short four minute drive to Hawi Town (try Sushi Rock / Trio). Great access to rest of Kohala too. Mahalo nui loa, Mel!

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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great location, homey, private, nice extra touches

  • 5 of 5

I would definitely stay here again. Great location, 20 minutes from Hapuna, and nice little shops and a grocery store, farmers market, etc, very close by in Hawi. Mel is the perfect host, a long time resident of the area and very knowledgeable. He cooks a heck of a breakfast every morning, delivered to the rental at a set time. I'm pretty picky and thought I would cook sometimes, but we got spoiled in a hurry. We were there for two weeks and never had the same breakfast twice!

My friend and I enjoyed the quiet, country atmosphere, but also the fact we could run to the store in five minutes if needed. Having a kitchen is great, also a nice deck and yard. Mel really spoiled us with doing some floor cleaning and towel pick up during the two week stay, and changing out the bedding. Roomy and comfortable, probably best for 2 people, you could sleep a 3rd on the day bed. Appreciated having a little coffee & cream to get started when we first arrived, and some juice in the fridge. Got some nice local fruit with Mel's breakfasts. I enjoyed it! - also boogie boards, cooler and beach chairs to borrow. Nice view.

  • Submitted: Dec 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
55 Miles
Kona International Airport
Car: necessary


Rates & Availability

Hawi Apartment Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Low Season
Sep 1 2016 - Oct 31 2016
2 night minimum stay
High Season
Dec 15 2016 - Apr 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

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.

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Hawi Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 816 sq. ft.
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
  • 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
  • non smoking only ...
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
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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