Place of Refuge A review of Luana Inn
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.