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 …