Hale Hualalai Bed and Breakfast
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hale Hualalai Bed and Breakfast Holualoa
Best Place on the Big Island
We spent a week here between Christmas and New Year's and can't say enough good things about the place. It is located above Kailua-Kona just down the road from the artist colony at Holualoa, maybe ten minutes from downtown and high enough to be out of the heat and noise at the beach. It has only two guest rooms, both of which are very private, separated from the main house by a connecting lanai, very spacious, great views, nicely furnished, and the breakfast is world class. The proprietor serves coffee brewed from beans grown on the premises, and the food is incredibly good. There is really no reason to look elsewhere for accomodations on the Big Island unless this place is booked (even then I'd get on a waiting list).
The place and accommodations were great, the host even better
My wife and I stayed five days at Hale Hualalai B&B. We lucked into staying here and we'd go back in a minute. The suite is spacious and airy, clean as could be, and it has a spectacular view of the ocean from the living room and terrace. Our host was Lonn Armour, who calls it a coffee plantation. He grows his own Kona coffee beans and was once upon a time a chef. It shows. When Lonn, or Farmer Armour as he calls himself, suggests something for breakfast, take it. There isn't a better breakfast anywhere. The B&B has only two rooms. It's on the side of a mountain about 3500 feet high and about a five mile drive to town. It may not be suitable for little kids because there aren't any activities, but for a quiet place, a great view, good company, and fabulous food, this place is the best.
We spent three amazing days at Hale Hualalai just above the city of Kona in March. Imagine stepping out on to your own private lanai to overlook a grove of coffee trees in bloom, beyond which lies the incredible view of the ocean. Our hosts, Lonn and Jean, offered us wonderful island style hospitality in their beautiful home.
The highlight of each day definitely was discovering what fabulous creation Lonn had prepared for our breakfast. This included tropical fruit smoothies, an amazing quiche, and of course, genuine Kona coffee!
The island of Hawaii offers great diversity, from the rugged lava fields to beautiful beaches and incredible gardens, all of which we found to be easily accessible as day trips, allowing us to come back to Hale Hualalai to relax and enjoy the view from the lanai at the end of our day.
I would have to say this was the best B+B we have ever stayed in and our only regret was that we could not stay longer!
Couldn't ask for anything more from a B&B!
Not only is Lonn, the owner, the best cook ever (I fell in love with papaya and eggs benedict because of him) but he even took my husband and I on an awesome hike. Very nice and luxurious room with a great lanai. We didn't feel like we were staying right with the owner because it's a seperate room - it made the stay much more private feeling.
We'd done the in town thing in Kona and didn't much care for it. We loved the country feel of Lonn's B&B (he even grows/sells him own Kona coffee!) but it was still close enough to town when we wanted to go into Kona (maybe 9 minutes away?). You MUST stay here - it was a truly delightful experience and will definitely visit again!
A wonderful place
We stayed here for 4 nights in February 2004. The B and B sits on the hillside above town, to get there you must have a car. The views are lovely as you sit on your lanai to read.
The B and B has two suites each with the same amenities (I think). The one in which we stayed was spacious, with a living room (with wetbar), lanai, bedroom, and bath with both tub and shower. The bed was quite comfortable.
The Innkeeper, Lonn, is a former chef and his breakfast service was delicious, with local fruit, a specialty hot breakfast which was different each day, and his own coffee (grown on the premises and then roasted for him). Breakfast was served outdoors on the large covered lanai at the time of your choice.
It's a great place from which to base your exploration of the big island.
I was there for the Ironman together with my girl friend. It is a perfect guesthouse (There are two guesthouses and the mainhouse) with a magnificant view over Kona and the beaches. The breakfast was even for a hungry triatlete more than enough and more important: delicious!!
with fresh fruit from his garden and his own coffee!!!
If you want to go to Hawaii; this is the place to be.
If you want to I can sent you foto's of the house and the view.
Aart van Wijk ( a.v. firstname.lastname@example.org )
Unbelievably great service and cooking
My wife and I stayed at Hale Hualalai for a few days last summer and had a very pleasant stay. The proprietor Lonn, besides being a great guy, is a retired line cook and has worked at some of the finest retaurants in Hawaii. After one of his great breakfasts you will be supercharged for the day's activities. Lonn has a coffee orchard on the property and his special blend ranks with the best of them. Lonn is also a great source of local island information and always ready to make your stay a memorable one. The two rooms are well appointed, quiet and they have a great view of the Kona coast. Give this one a try for a truely memorable stay.
The Best B&B in Kona
This is a wonderful hideaway,with a view of the Pacific Ocean that one will never forget.Sunsets here are found nowhere else in the world.Your hosts,Lonn and Jean are ,very friendly and know the Big Island well.The best thing about this B&B is Lonn is one of this islands best chefs.I have stayed at this B&B three times and will again.I would recommend the Hale Hualalai to anyone.
The Big Island of Hawaii's best kept secret
Having lived on Oahu Hawaii for the last 30 years and having spent much time visiting all our neighbor islands, either on business, or for holiday, this kamaaina has been pleasantly surprised. If you are looking for a local experience with much exposure to Hawaii's hidden beauty, then a stay at HALE HUALALAI B&B is the way to go. Not only will you get a private suite style room with a lanai that gives an incredable view looking down the slope of Hualalai mountain to the ocean and Kona Town, but you will also get exposed to Hawaii's natural foliage and diverse bird population. If that isn't enough then wait until you try Lonns wonderful breakfasts using ingrediants he grows from vast collection of exotic fruit trees and if you like coffee then you will get your full daily of the 100% Kona coffee grown on the property. His only draw back is that he has only two rooms available, you need to book now.
Home away from Home
On my last 10 business trips to Kona, I have stayed at the Hale Hualalai. Up on the hill in the midst of coffee plantations, the Hale Hualalai has a commanding view of the coastline. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by the family cat and dog "Knucklehead" and "Lava." This charming B&B has two private master suites with separate balconies, sitting room, refrigerator, wet-bar and bathroom with Jacuzzi tub. The owner, Lonn Amour, a retired chef, cooks breakfast to order. Breakfast is served on a large covered lanai, from where guests can see the cruise ships in the distance pulling into port. Lonn happily provides information about local Island attractions, restaurants, hikes and secluded beaches which most tourists don't hear about.
Lonn grows his own Kona coffee. I enjoy awakening in the morning to the wonderful aroma of his home grown brew.
Located just 15 minutes from the airport and 15 minutes from downtown Kona and 5 minutes from the artist town of Holualoa, the Hale Hualalai is a comfortable and quiet B&B. When on the Big Island, I don't stay anywhere else.
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