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Experience true Hawaiian hospitality at our Big Island bed and breakfast inn, located in the heart of Kona coffee country. Nestled on 30 tropical acres, Holualoa Inn is a world apart, yet close to the nearby sand beaches of Kailua-Kona — just a five-minute drive away.
Romance awaits guests of this two-story estate home overlooking the expansive Kona coastline. Six beautifully appointed guest suites unveil plush bedding, handcrafted Asian furnishings and original fine art by local artists. Luxurious bathrooms are outfitted with deluxe linens, handmade soaps and pebble-tiled showers with rain-shower heads.
Begin your day journeying the grounds along meandering paths framed by torch ginger, anthurium, orchids and an abundance of flowering trees and fruit orchards. You may even see a Hawaiian hawk circling above our coffee lands, or a Hawaiian owl(pueo)perched high in a monkey pod tree.
The historic village of Holulaloa is just a short walk from the Inn, featuring art galleries, boutique shops, cafes and a small market. Centrally located to Kona’s most popular water attractions —including the spinner dolphins of Kealakekua Bay — the Inn provides the perfect retreat after a day of exploring the Big Island.
Cozy corners and intimate nooks abound in the home, which features a wood-burning fireplace in the great room, and a rooftop gazebo for private sunset cocktails. Replete with eucalyptus wood flooring, the Inn offers comfortable furnishings throughout, including koa rockers, day beds, sofas and elegant wicker chairs. There’s even a player piano next to the fireplace. A covered lanai unfolds into a Zen garden outside.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kathy Moler for sharing her own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
Holualoa Inn has country charm, unique from the typical tourist cities and towns in Hawaii. We treat each and every guest with individual care from suggesting day adventures, making reservations to serving memorable breakfasts. Many of our guests hear about us through "word of mouth". We are most proud of our repeat business.
What are you best known for?
As a first class getaway; from the comfortable rooms, amazing views, tranquil setting to our amazing staff. Guests comment on how they enjoy trekking through our 30 acre estate gardens, abundant with fruits, nuts, vegetables and fresh eggs served at the breakfast table daily. Kona coffee is served around the clock, harvested from our 5,000 Kona coffee trees on the estate.
What makes your inn unique?
We are the only operating first class bed & breakfast estate that is located in the heart of the Kona Coffee Belt.
What do you love most about your inn?
The romantic aspects; relaxing by the pool, enjoying secluded couple’s massages and the exclusive outdoor hot tub that is offered in one of the rooms. From the moment you arrive, you experience the "Zen".
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
To get away from commercial tourism of many areas of the Big Island and enjoy the unique qualities of Holualoa town, nestled 1,300 feet above Kailua Kona where cool air, lush foliage and abundant coffee farms await.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
We receive so many compliments daily that it is hard to choose. Written in January, 2013, this compliment sums it up: "This is the best B&B in the U.S., hands down! The staff is wonderful and the facility is terrific - spend more time here and less seeing/doing all the tourist stuff! Being here reminds me that LIFE is a journey, so slow down and enjoy it. There is not a 'do-over'."
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Browsing through the numerous art studios and authentic Hawaiian shops in the historic and quaint village of Holualoa. We even have a Ukulele Museum! A step back in old Hawaii is only a leisurely three-mile drive from the busy Queen Kaahumanu Highway and a world apart from the hustle bustle of Kailua-Kona.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
There are many options for the traveler staying 4 nights. Some guests prefer to walk the grounds, relax, read a book by the pool, or indulge in a couples massage and romance. Others may want to enjoy day trips such as kayaking with spinner dolphins or hiking Kilauea Volcano. We have numerous options to recommend: Adventures are unlimited on the Big Island. Land, Sea and Air Adventure options listed on our website. We will be happy to help you create your dream vacation at Holualoa Inn.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
Our small village of Holualoa is rich in Hawaiian history and culture. Stroll a palm-fringed path through the celebrated artist's village and explore the galleries, shops, and eateries. Adding to the atmosphere are the many unique shops including artist studios, ukulele makers, and boutiques featuring handcrafted Island gifts. Located along the Kona Coffee Belt, this Old Hawaii town boasts a bounty of original coffee farms and is full of stories of her first farms.
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
Holuakoa Gardens & Café, a sustainable slow food restaurant is within walking distance of the inn and our guests enjoy the fact that it is a short walk with an outstanding menu!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
GoHawaii.com has up to date activities to do on the Big Island of Hawaii.
How many rooms does your inn have?
We currently have 6 spacious rooms, all with views of the ocean and/or the lush gardens.
Do you accept pets?
No. As most of the guests fly, we rarely get a asked if we are a pet friendly inn.
The New Malulani Pavilion
Clad in cedar, the open-air Malulani Pavilion offers a beautiful, tropical setting for hosting weddings, receptions, parties, events, corporate gatherings, fundraisers, family reunions and more.
Breakfast and Dining
Enjoy gourmet breakfasts each morning, prepared with aloha by Chef Crystal and featuring coffee and fruit grown on the property. Our bountiful gardens provide a variety of exotic fruits for guests to enjoy, including banana, papaya, avocado, guava, figs, passion fruit and pineapple, as well and an array of culinary herbs and farm-fresh eggs. Artful floral arrangements grace every room of the Inn, created daily from fresh-cut flowers that teem on the property. 100-percent Kona coffee, served each morning.
For guests who wish to prepare their own lunches and dinners, a spacious kitchen with fridge downstairs.
Weddings and Events
Holualoa Inn offers great options for you to host your wedding or special event.
- 30-acre estate
- Rent the entire house--sleeps 12 guests
- Inn and surrounding grounds accommodates 40-50 guests
- Malulani Pavilion can seat up to 120 guests
- Event planning packages-- facilitating, arranging with local vendors, florals, live music, traditional cultural experiences, photography, videography.
Refer to our website for more information about weddings and special events.
Massage and Holistic Treatments
Our roster of world-class massage therapists is on hand to offer an array of holistic treatments in an open-air massage hale, located below the Inn beneath the shade of a towering mango tree, or relax in the shade of our poolside gazebo.
Holualoa Inn, and the beautiful land surrounding it, beckoned to Cassadra Hazen, a veteran of the bed-and-breakfast hospitality industry. Having served 15 years as the executive director of the California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns, Cassandra brings a classy eye, experienced ideas and beautiful furnishings and artwork to the Inn. Formerly the vacation home of Honolulu Advertiser publisher Thurston Twigg-Smith, Holualoa Inn is run by a caring staff with years of experience in hospitality and service, and a lifetime of Aloha Spirit.