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... it was a Boeing, so not too much bouncing around but I do hate runways that are super close to the water! Kona Airport is suuuuper cute - much more tropical feeling and friendly. We had pre-booked a Jeep with Thrifty, and the depots are a wee way from the airport, so you get picked up by a cool thrifty van. When I booked the Wrangler it was about $395 USD for the 5 days, and I thought the insurance might be $100 - $150, but no... It ...
... human forms. I kept trying to chase them but they seemed to be playing with us. Swimming close enough to tease us but far enough away to make us extremely jealous of their beautiful and flowing synchronized swimming. Just amazing! (Don't think of sharks) We ended the day by watching the sunset over a deserted coast line, just me and my love, a bottle of wine, and my banjo. You know, one of those perfect hawaiian sunsets that you've spent so many other cold, snowy winters only dreaming ...
... delicious. The girls finished and Bailey brought home two slices for later. (It's gone now!)
Back home early to get squared away for the race tomorrow. A few have emailed me about the race. This triathlon is called an Olympic distance race. It is made up of a 1.5km swim, a 40km cycle followed by a 10km run. I need to be up early as my start time is 7:05am. Should be done by lunch ( ha ha - hopefully morning tea).
Off the bed now. More stories later.
Every day we are awakened by the sounds of a thousand birds. They are noisy, chatty things, making wonderful chants. It feels and sounds as if you are in a jungle and their voices could almost be confused by wild monkeys, loudly chattering and carrying on.
The birds and foliage here are always wonderful to see. They have Cardinal birds here, just like we see in St. Louis, but they also have other Cardinal varieties. We’ve seen a lot of ...
... the place of refuge. It's a 965 foot long masonry wall. The park has sites that reflect over 400 years of Hawaiian history. There are the remains of an abandoned farming and fishing village known as Ki'ilae Village. We read the history at each of the 15 stops on the self guided tour. Another wonderful part of this park is it's just beautiful. Although the park was closed the grounds didn't close until after sunset. There was a ranger patrolling the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Luana Inn Captain Cook
Paradise and so relaxing!
We had such a wonderful time here relaxing and being on a beautiful hillside overlooking the fantastic views of the ocean.
A short walk to the bay where you can have many fun options for water activities. Ken and Erin are the best hosts. Thoughtful and ready to help out to make your stay just perfect. There are many resources available to help you get around and know more about the Big Island. The breakfasts were wonderful and plentiful. Excellent coffee -- and we bought some from the near by coffee plantation to take home with us. It made our summer travels complete and we would highly recommend that you see for yourself. Boulder, Colorado
Place of Refuge
I contacted Luana Inn after reading all the wonderful reviews here at Travelocity and had my fingers crossed that there would be availability on short notice. I was VERY lucky -- not only because there was, in fact, a room available, but also because after having stayed there, I can't imagine a better spot to spend three days. Just wish that I could have stayed longer.
Luana Inn is in a perfect location. It's on the hillside overlooking Kealakekua Bay, so the best snorkeling on the Big Island is moments away (a 5 minute drive). That proximity makes it easy to wake up early and get down to the water in the early a.m. when the spinner dolphins who visit the bay are most likely to be present. But in addition to the scenic and natural beauty, this area of the Island is also loaded with cultural and historic attractions: the Place of Refuge National Park is 4 miles away and provides a great learning opportunity for those interested in early Hawaiian history. It's also a prime location to see the rare Hawaiian turtles. But location isn't everything.
What makes Luana Inn special are its owners: Erin and Ken are exchellent hosts. They made sure we had everything we needed and were also helpful in providing advice on local restaurants, grocery stores, and a wonderful used bookstore ("Island Books") that rivaled some of those in Chicago. Breakfasts were bountiful and their company was welcome. At the same time, their presence was never intrusive and we often had the feeling that we had a wonderful home all to ourselves. Interaction with the other guests was limited, so there's none of the claustrophic qualities that make some B&B's too stifling. That's partly because the property is huge, with two of the suites being located in a detached house.
I've read the other reviews and couldn't agree more with all the positive accolades that previous guests have given. If you're looking for a special place to get away from it all, or for a place that will provide you with a great base for exploring many parts of the Big Island: look no further. If you do, you're just wasting your time.
You'll want to go back!
Luana Inn is what makes B&B's such a treasure. Ken and Erin are energetic, helpful, and really neat people, the kind you would choose for friends, and they serve an excellent start to the day! Great coffee, healthful choices with a flair for combining the saturated tastes of the local fruit with the staples of "good eatin'".My "foodie" husband and I often hiked the day away with the energy off breakfast.
Our room had an amazing view, giving the impression of Kealakekua Bay being all for you. Captain Cook wishes he were so lucky! Being naturally active, we actually found ourselves "hanging out" in our room and in the common room- another activity only found during vacation!
The Kona area was our favorite on the island. The Ocean views, fairly easy hikes, and coffee plantations reaching up the mountainside were continously refreshing. The rainforest of Hilo was nice, but there were as many plants represented on the Kona side, without the mosquitos, and loss of panoramic views.
Believe me, you'll want to go back! .
Arriving at Luana Inn for my first visit to the Big Island of Hawaii I immediately found this place paradise! Located on the Kona Coast just a few miles down the raod from Pu`uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park this Inn exceeds number one in my book for Bed & Breakfast! Nestled on the lush Kona Coast overlooking the ocean in Captain Cook, this place is worth every dollar spent. My morning started off walking down to the kitchen and having some fresh white pinapple grown right on the property. There was also tasty sweet mango, warm homemade bread, and freshly brrewed Kona coffee. The surrounding area was extemely peaceful and tranquility filled the air. I did not want to leave after my last night, especially after gazing into the amazing sunset that I watched out my front door, see the attached photo. The accomodations were extemely clean, neat, and fit the theme of a perfect Hawaiian vacation. Erin and Ken the Proprietors are wonderful people, made me feel right at home. In addition there is a nice size swimming pool any family would enjoy. I highly recommend this little known about Inn at a great nightly rate to match it!
An Island Enchantment
My cousin & I stayed at the Luana Inn this month and what a find! Owners Erin & Ken are warm, friendly and make a mean homemade coffee cake. They were accessible if we needed anything but not nosy or pushy, and they gave us great advice on local activities and restaurants. The property is incredibly beautiful, from the nicely decorated, clean rooms to the panoramic ocean view. The inn is located a little off the beaten path and is very quiet and peaceful. We didn't even need to lock the door to our room! The experience was perfect in every way and I can't wait to go back.
Beautiful clean rooms, Erin and Ken are impeccable hosts. The tranquil, relaxing inn is a twenty minute walk from Kealakekua Bay where my husband swam with the spinner dolphins on the last day of our visit. Next time we plan to stay at least a month!
Lovely rooms, relaxing ambiance, thoughtful owners...excellent!
Luana Inn was extremely comfortable, beautiful, and quiet, and exuded exactly the ambiance of relaxation that we were looking for. I loved the Inn's location on rural Napoopoo Road - it felt remote and yet we could walk to the the beach in an easy 15 minutes and experience world class snorkeling.
Our room was spacious and comfortable, with every detail attended to. Among the best touches were the memory foam mattress, the wine glasses in the kitchenette, and beach towels and mats. They literally thought of everything you could want on vacation in Hawaii!
I would absolutely recommend Luana Inn to anyone looking for the perfect Hawaiian experience.
Lauana Inn, the perfect retreat!
My wife and I spent a wonderful week at the beautiful Luana Inn which overlooks majestic Kealakekua Bay on the Kona cost of the big island of Hawaii. We spent wonderful afternoons swimming with dolphins, sea turtles, and hundreds of tropical fish in the beautiful water. The afternoons were spent sitting by the beautiful pool overlooking the vast Pacific Ocean and watching the amazing sunsets.
The accommodations were perfect, the breakfasts were perfect, and Erin and Ken are the perfect hosts. The rural setting is tropical and soothing. The beautiful birds and wild geckos are amazing. We plan on returning soon and staying longer.
Ahh..Living the Good Life!
Staying at the Luan Inn was a incredibly relaxing time for me; how could it not be with such an amazing view of Kealakakua bay and the ocean, a pool and hot tub perfectly situated to watch the sunset every night, cozy rooms, and such warm and welcoming hosts? Exactly. Go ahead and spend a few days there, explore the shore, swim with the dolphins, eat ripe papaya, and drink locally grown coffee. Ahh..Living the Good Life!
We truly found paradise at the Luana Inn in Captain Cook on the big island of Hawaii. The owners, Ken and Erin, have attended to every possible detail. The room was wonderful--very clean with lovely decor. The lawn is beautifully landscaped with a pool. The ocean view is spectacular. We enjoyed breathtaking sunsets every evening. Breakfasts consisted of a variety of fresh baked breads, fresh fruit (much of which is grown at the inn), pancakes, eggs, kona coffee, juice and tea. The owners were very accessible and very helpful. It is located in a quiet residential area in South Kona just minutes from great beaches. In as little as 20 minutes you can be in the resort town of Kailua-Kona. The Luana Inn is a wonderful place to stay for so many reasons!