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... and its moons though... And the hot chocolate was great (it was freeezing at the summit - did I mention that Big Island had 11 out of the 13 climates on Earth?). I feel a bit guilty... I didn't think about the flash on my camera being considered light pollution, and got told off for taking a photo (apparently it takes your eyes 15 mins to adjust). I am back in my bed now and getting ready for an early start tomorrow to visit the Green Sand beach! Until tomorrow night! ...
... harvest festival for the Polynesian god Lono, and coincidentally the form of Cook's ship, sails and rigging, resembled certain significant artefacts that formed part of the season of worship. On the beach, we saw the monument where Captain Cook buried one of his men which was the first English service in Hawaii. After a month's stay, he resumed his exploration however, the ship's foremast broke, so the ships returned for ...
A couple of things I haven't mentioned. The Island of Hawaii is the biggest of all the islands in Hawaii. Hence it's ' name as the 'Big Island' . This island is so large that all of the other. Hawaiian Islands will fit within it's land mass. It is also home to four of the worlds largest active volcanoes and one large dormant volcano. The other thing is that you will notice Zoe is not in the photo. This is because,those that know her ,know she is not a keen ...
... re on the wrong side of the harbour. “but you can drive around..” uhoh, we don’t have a car. “But can we walk?” , “Oh yeh, sure” he replies. We had arrived well early and now we are late, we skip around the harbour as fast as we can and precariously hang out over a security fence to get around the foreshore. We make it to our tour just in the nick of time. Our hosts, Bree and our captain Jeff, are lovely and professional.
... Laura even bought the $9 white pineapples for us as dessert. It's not quite ripe yet!
Back to hotel. Trying to figure out what kayak/snorkeling company we'll go with when we leave for Maui tomorrow. Curtis was long in la-la land.......
I think we'll pass the Manago breakfast tomorrow, even though it's only $6 with papaya, lots of food....don't think our stomach could handle more food after tonight's dinner!
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAloha Guest House Captain Cook
The most wonderful breakfast. The best fruits in the world with fresh waffles and pancakes! Good treatment from the owner and a beautiful view of the see.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Aloha Guest House Captain Cook
Wow! What a View!, and the Aloha spirit is alive and well.
This place has got to have one of the most spectacular views on the Big Island. Nestled about a mile up a very rustic road (a challenge for other than a 4 wheel drive - but well worth the drive) this B&B has it all. Comfortable, clean and modern rooms; a great hot tub with view; great breakfasts; with gracious and friendly hosts. About a half hour from Kailua-Kona with a stunning 180 view of the coastline, including the famous "City of Refuge". Close to snorkel and kayak areas, and on the way to the Volcano. We were grateful to the owners for their expert advise. Will definately stay there on our next trip to the Big Island. Will also recommend it to all of our friends.
We spent five nights at this bed and breakfast, and wouldn't recommend it. First and foremost our issue was that the hosts were not at all friendly. They of course live in the house, and if you want to share the common rooms, you share with them and they are not engaging at all. We felt as though they would just as soon you didn't disturb them. Breakfast is non-existence. A bowl of porridge one morning, mango slices the next...and that was it! Nothing to choose from and if you have any dietary restrictions, forget it. You cannot wear shoes in the house, which is understandable, but when my partner tried to explain that he has MS among other health issues, it didn't seem to matter. He was made to feel so uncomfortable about wearing shoes in the house that he went without and spent much of our time in Hawaii in unnecessary pain. The setting is beautiful...but the drive up to the house is jarring. Make sure to rent an SUV and be prepared to get rattled on the drive up the hill. For the amount of money this place cost...and compared to previous guest house experience, we were very disappointed. It's a good think they make you pre-pay, because had we not already shelled out the tidy sum we did for 5 nights, we would have left after 1.
beautiful site: great seeview, surrounded by tropical vegetation, gorgeous rooms!
most friendly staff, providing answers for so many questions and making us feel comfortable and at ease
wonderful food, fresh and healthy, prepared with love
one of the cleanest places we've ever stayed!
very peaceful and relaxing!!!
we just fell in love with that place!
The following situation occurred on May 14-15, 2006 at the A- Aloha Guesthouse, which is a misnomer, since the "spirit of Aloha" was nowhere to be found there on these dates.
We stayed here in March 2005 and were sadly disappointed for the cost. First of all this is a gay bed and breakfast. This should be more clearly disclosed to those contacting the owner. We are not adverse to gay couples just did not like the atmosphere here. Also, the breakfast is very light. Not at all what I would expect at a B&B. Juice from carton, only one choice of food (which I was alergic to!) and such. The first morning we had no hot water for hours because the owner forgot to reset the switch on the solar heater. The guest rooms are right below the living area and it was very noisy. The owners had guests over (small party) so we felt uncomfortable going up there and we had no where else to go. There is no seperate living area for the guests. The room we had looked like it had a private lanai from virtual tour but it was common lanai and we had people right outside our room. So, if we wanted air (only option as no airconditioning) then people could here everything we were doing. And vice versa, we heard it all. Finally, it is not a road up to this place but a goat track! I live off a dirt road and that does not describe this. Very hard climb up a mountain on a very, very rough small track. Not much coming and going.
OK, but wouldn't recommend it
Great views from the top of the hill; however, I wouldn't recommend because of the following:
--I agree with the review on it not being clean.
--We stayed in the guest cottage; in the room next door was the very loud water pump for the place which went off at regular intervals day and night (sounded exactly like my garage door opener). When i asked about it, they said it was just fixed, and it used to be worse!
-- In no way is it close to the beach, as you need to go down a very rough road (very slowly), then down the hill -- takes 15 to 20 minutes.
People were nice, though.
Hale Aloha Guest House is great! Beautiful location about a mile up a hill overlooking Kaleakekua Bay near Kona. A good location for exploring the southern/easter coast of Hawaii. Johann makes a great breakfast, and serves delicious locally-grown coffee in the morning. The rooms are all beautiful, and the location is secluded (though there are some neighbors, it's located atop a VERY steep driveway - 4wd is recommended) and relaxing. Johann runs the guest house in an ecologically sound manner, and there's a water catchment system and green appliances. They respect your privacy, but when you want some good recommendations for eating out or sightseeing, they're there to offer you their suggestions. There's a hot tub, guest cottage for multiple people, or romantic rooms with beautiful views of the ocean and bay far below.
The Real Hawaii
Just awesome!! Beautiful setting, great food, Johann and Lino were wonderful....
We reccomend this place to all travelers in Hawaii. We miss it!!
We loved staying in the Horizon room. What a view, and a great shower.
There are better places to spend your money!
The location is awesome as is the house and the view. But, the place was not clean, the breakfasts were skimpy--you were hungry an hour later, and the prices high for what you got! This was truly a disappointment!
Hale Aloha Guest ranch ( Captain Cook, Hi ) is one of the most enjoyable, relaxing Bed n Breakfasts I've ever been to.Nestled in a scenic 1500 foot vantage at the end of a fairly adventurous farm road, Hale Aloha is a quiet, friendly place surrounded by forest, a mac nut orchard and citrus. The neighbors grow coffee.The house is open, spacious and has some of the most incredible views on the island. Waking up in one of the gorgeous front bedrooms to a spectacular view of the Kona coast is a great way to ease into the day... followed by one of Johann's breakfasts and local coffee at 8. There was a pretty diverse mix of interesting people staying at Hale Aloha that week and we got into some very entertaining discussions over breakfast..Kealakekua Bay and the City of Refuge are close for both snorkeling and kayaking and you can check conditions by looking out the window. Kailua is just down the road and there are several wonderful restaurants on the way. The volcano park is an hour drive or you can just relax in the hammock and read. Night star watching from the hot tub is pretty great too.It's been a year since my last trip but just thinking about being there puts a smile on my face.. Time to call the airlines..