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Ka'awa Loa Plantation
Ranked #1 of 15 Captain Cook B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 7 February 2011

We stayed at this fabulous B&B while vacationing on the Big Island of Hawaii. The hosts, Greg and Michael, are genuinely involved in making sure you enjoy your stay. Let's see, where do I start. The house is exactly what you would have thought a 'mansion' should be. Take your shoes off at the door but don't worry, the place is spotless. Even the screens on the windows are cleaned weekly. Michael cooks up a fabulous breakfast. It changes daily. I prefer a light meal for breakfast, and they provide a TRUE Continental breakfast. Most places think a bagel and a box of cereal constitutes a continental breakfast, but having lived in Europe for many years, I know better. So does Michael. He puts out a spread of baked goods, meats, and best of all, fresh fruit grown right there on their front lawn. You will NOT go hungry, I promise you.
We stayed in the 'cottage'. The bed was lower to the floor than we are used to, and my husband stubbed his toe on it. Ah, well. The one and only complaint I have is that, on two occasions, there were bugs in the room. You have to expect this in Hawaii, I cannot at all blame the management. The room was spotlessly clean. I think they followed us into the room when we entered it. I am betting that, if I could have enticed a gecko into the room, the bugs would have been taken care of quickly and pesticide free.
The neat thing about the cottage is, the windows are merely screened (there is a shade you can pull for privacy.) I lay in bed one night and watched Orion striding majestically across the night sky. Where else can you lay in bed and still star gaze?
In the mornings, we sat on the lanai, (the deck), drinking Kona coffee and watching birds. A mongoose trotted through the backyard, and we had geckos chasing bugs at our feet. The geckos are beautiful, emerald green with a little bit of red on the back. They are harmless..except to the bugs! Northern Cardinals (yes...ours..they were introduced) sang for hours, and we watched saffron finches (another introduced species) playing in the mango trees. Wow.
OH! The shower! If you go there, don't bother with the shower in your room. Greg and Michael have built an outdoor shower. It's terrific, it's like showering in a botanical garden. It's totally private, the water is HOT and plentiful, and the atmosphere so peaceful. They also have a hot tub and a sauna, but we didn't use those things.
Greg and Michael know everything about the Island. We told them we were planning on hiking down to the Captain Cook Memorial and they warned us it was a pretty challenging hike. It was. Oh my gosh, it was. It is NOT for someone unused to challenging terrain, nor for anyone with mobility issues, but if you can deal with it, it's worth the effort. Take water, even in February, it got pretty warm.

I don't believe pets are allowed there, but if you like dogs, Betty The Border Collie (who is, apparently, an unpaid volunteer from next door) will lay a stick or a ball at your feet. Then she will stare at it with that typical border collie focus, look at you and say as plain as day, "throw it." You throw it and she chases it. But being a collie, not a retriever, YOU have to go to the thing and throw it for her again. She loves belly rubs, by the way.

Would I go back? gosh, it would be such a temptation, but there's so much to do and see elsewhere on the Big Island that I probably won't. That's not at all a slam on the hosts. They have made a very lovely house/plantation into a Hawaiian destination.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 February 2011

My new wife and I were thoroughly impressed with our honeymoon stay Ka'awa Loa. The house and rooms were beautiful and comfortable. Breakfast was reliably delicious and something to look forward to every morning. Greg and Mike's hospitality was top notch and their recommendations for activities and restaurants were terrific. We feel lucky to have gotten to spend such a special time at such a special place!

  • Stayed: January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank JSwa
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Reviewed 25 January 2011

We stayed for two nights in November and had a fantastic time (the place is GORGEOUS, the hosts were wonderful, and the rooms were spotless)!

I would highly recommend this B&B- it's top notch!! Breakfast was amazing!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cesca
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Reviewed 14 January 2011

Greg and Michael are perfect hosts: charming, gracious, attentive, and sincerely committed to making our stay a great one. They are marvelous cooks: Michael puts out a breakfast spread to die for and Greg's Christmas dinner is a work of art. Beautifully appointed rooms. Lovely grounds with a variety of sitting areas offer a wonderful combination of openness and privacy. The outdoor shower is a revelation!

Thank you, guys, for a wonderful stay! You exemplify the word "hospitality." I hope we can make this an annual visit!

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled with friends
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Thank TerriB047
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Reviewed 2 January 2011

Just a short review to share our experience. We stayed in the cottage in July 2010 and were stunned with the friendliness of Michael and Gregg, the nice views from the hill and the perfect location on the west side of the island. We loved the breakfast in the mainhouse each morning and talking to the other guests and sharing experiences with Michael and Gregg. The hot tub in the garden is great!
The only disadvantage we encountered was the non-connected gastank in the kitchen of the cottage. Because of this we couldn't cook in the kitchen of the cottage and were forced to use the kitchen in the mainhouse which was fine but not as private as we payed for. Also the Wifi connection was lame from time to time.

  • Stayed: July 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Sasvanher
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Reviewed 23 December 2010

We are coming to the end of a 4 month trip around north and south America. This place was the best accommodation we stayed in, every good thing already reported here is true!

The breakfasts were amazing (and different every day), the rooms really comfortable and the place was so clean that even my OCD girlfriend did not complain!

Every morning the hosts Greg and Michael helped us find interesting activities to do but not in an overbearing way, they just want to share their beautiful island with you.

We also stayed at one of the top resorts on the island, paid loads more and wished we could return to the plantation because it was so much better.

  • Stayed: November 2010
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Thank Kingston_dan
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Reviewed 5 December 2010

The house, veranda, grounds and views are beautiful. The breakfasts and hosts are outstanding. We also greatly enjoyed the various other house guests, as is often the case at B&Bs. But, don't try to find it for the first time after dark! Good lunches available nearby at the Coffee Shack , and good take-out deli at Island Naturals. We will definitely come back here the next time we come to the Big Island!

  • Stayed: November 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Cathy P
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Additional Information about Ka'awa Loa Plantation

Address: PO Box 1280, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-1280
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Captain Cook
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 15 B&Bs / Inns in Captain Cook
Price Range: $205 - $297 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Ka'awa Loa Plantation 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A sophisticated, plantation-style B&B ideally located directly above Kealakekua Bay. Offers luxury amenities such as an outdoor hot tub, a traditional Hawaiian cedar steam, outdoor lava rock showers, a wrap-around lanai with a Hawaiian daybed, a fireplace, and an unobstructed view of the South Kona coastline! The perfect place to base your Big Island adventures! ... more   less 
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