Room to Roam

The well- ap­pointed, 30- acre Holu­aloa Inn makes f or the per f ect Big Is­land get­away.


PERCHED ON THE SLOPES OF HUALALAI WITH EX­PAN­SIVE VIEWS OF THE KONA COAST, THE LOFTY PANORAMA AT HOLU­ALOA INN IS SPELL­BIND­ing. At a comfy 1,400-foot el­e­va­tion, the lux­u­ri­ous B& B sits on lush, man­i­cured grounds flanked by trees laden with coffee cher­ries, a host of fruit trees and an outer pas­ture of­ten dot­ted with graz­ing cat­tle. Serene and ser­e­naded by bird song, the inn is a bit of heaven for the tak­ing in the heart of Holu­aloa, a charm­ing moun­tain­side vil­lage pop­u­lated by art gal­leries.

Af­ter re­freshed upon ar­rival with a cool towel and fresh-squeezed juice, guests are privy to ev­ery­thing the inn, and its 30 acres, has to of­fer. Built in the '70s by Hawai‘ i's prom­i­nent Twigg-Smith fam­ily, the multi-story inn en­velops fine art and fur­nish­ings in the warm col­ors of wood: cedar, fir and eu­ca­lyp­tus.

Cur­rent own­ers Paul and Cas­san­dra Hazen have dec­o­rated the prop­erty with finds from trav­els in South­east Asia and Bali, plus the works of lo­cal is­land artists. Ex­otic trop­i­cal flow­ers and fo­liage plucked from the grounds adorn ta­bles and brighten the inn's nooks and cran­nies.

The in­te­rior Great Room boasts a unique player/stan­dard pi­ano, comfy chairs and a fire­place to cozy up to on cool nights. The sprawl­ing Zen Gar­den Lanai over­looks a lawn fringed by trop­i­cal plants and is per­fect for brows­ing through a stand of books or con­tem­plat­ing the day.

The inn fea­tures six taste­fully ap­pointed guest rooms and suites, each stylishly dif­fer­ent from the next and equipped with a pri­vate bath; the Coffee Cherry Room is a hon­ey­mooner's fa­vorite with its own out­door hot tub. Also avail­able is the one-be­d­room Dar­rell Hill Cot­tage.

Guest room ameni­ties in­clude lo­cally made hand­crafted soaps by Essence Or­ganique, comfy bathrobes sport­ing

Ex­otic trop­i­cal flow­ers and fo­liage plucked from the grounds adorn ta­bles and brighten the inn’s nooks and cran­nies.

batik-dyed fab­ric by Noa Noa and plush Com­phy bed­ding.

“Our guests adore the bed­ding,” says Ca­role Car­raway, es­tate man­ager. “It's ex­traor­di­nar­ily soft.”

A hearty, two-course break­fast is served ev­ery morn­ing in the din­ing area over­look­ing the mag­nifi cent coastal view. Guests are treated to a plate of just-picked sea­sonal fruit—think pa­paya, ly­chee, star­fruit, pineap­ple or mango—and a hot break­fast.

“To­day we had Shak­shuka, a Mid­dle Eastern-in­spired egg dish with roasted bread­fruit and toma­toes ac­com­pa­nied by a fl aky, sweet potato bis­cuit,” de­tailed Car­raway. Th e eggs are from the inn's bounty, as well as the fruit, veg­gies and bot­tom­less cups of freshly roasted Kona coffee.

Out­side a swim­ming pool beck­ons; its mo­saic pat­tern dis­plays a red torch ginger. Th e flo­ral de­sign is a nod to the stately torch-shaped flow­ers lin­ing the inn's drive­way. A hand­ful of gaze­bos on the oceanfront lawn of­fer guests pri­vacy for soak­ing in a hot tub, en­joy­ing an out­door mas­sage and quiet con­ver­sa­tion. An­other gazebo sits atop the inn's cop­per roof for pre­mium sun­set view­ing.

The prop­erty, orig­i­nally part of the land divi­sion owned by King David Kalakaua, con­tains arche­o­log­i­cal trea­sures and guests are en­cour­aged to ex­plore.

“I tell them ‘ when you see a gravel path, just take it be­cause you're go­ing to end up some­place awe­some,'” shares Car­raway.

Easy ex­plo­ration re­veals rem­nants of a holua slide—the an­cient Hawai­ian sport of holua in­volved rid­ing a nar­row sled down a rock run­way—and parts of the Holu­aloa Trail. Car­raway says don­keys used the trail to trans­port coffee down to town.

His­tory and mod­ern tech­nol­ogy meld at Holu­aloa Inn; the prop­erty is equipped with Wi-Fi and a down­stairs ‘ohana room has a TV and DVR. Also avail­able is a turn-key kitch­enette and out­door BBQ en­abling guests to grill steaks and “eat-in,” though the pop­u­lar Holu­akoa Café, a slow food es­tab­lish­ment, is mere min­utes away and Kailua-Kona is a 15-minute drive.

Holu­aloa Inn can be had as a whole house va­ca­tion rental—there's an events pavil­ion too—and spe­cial pack­ages and en­hance­ments can make any stay pure magic.

At a comfy 1,400- foot el­e­va­tion, the lux­u­ri­ous B & B sits on lush, man­i­cured grounds fl anked by trees laden with coff ee cher­ries …

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