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Welcome to Makai Hale, located in gorgeous Kamelua, Hawaii. This lovely private Bed and Breakfast, just four miles from the island's most beautiful white-sand beaches, continues to be one of the most sought-after locations.
The consistently sunny skies, magnificent ocean views, and expansive pool/Jacuzzi deck, coupled with fine Hawaiian hospitality, have inspired one guest to comment: "It was like having a luxury resort all to ourselves." The bed and breakfast wing with queen-size bed opens directly to the swimming pool. From December to March, whale watching is great at this 500 ft. elevation.
About the Inn
Along the coast of Hamakua moku, Mauna Kea's slopes fall away into the pounding northeast surf which helped shape them. Small villages lie scattered across upland forests and ravines of the cliff-lined windward coast. Deep water-carved gulches and valleys are thick with lush foliage. As you watch the waterfalls tumble down Hamakua's cliffs and ravines and you'll understand why they are called wailele (leaping waters) in Hawaiian.
In ancient times the Hamakua wildlands were a resource for bird feathers and canoe logs. In more recent times, the coast was covered with fields of sugarcane. The small villages adapt to the ever-changing economic landscape and today are rural centers of commerce with boutiques, galleries and specialty shops. Each town has its own brand of local flavor.
Adventures on Hawaii 's Big Island are diverse and elemental, and can be physical, recreational, and even spiritual. The West, or Kona, Side of the island is dry and sunny -- a nexus of activity with deep-sea fishing, quaint shops and restaurants, snorkeling, scuba diving, submarine underwater tours, hikes through thick rainforests, horseback riding ... If you're a high activity type, the West Side is the place for you.
The Kohala Coast is Hawaii's Golf Mecca with world-class golf courses. Just getting there is a visual adventure as you drive through vast, dramatic lava fields. If your eyes are really sharp, you might be able to spot the Kona Nightingales (donkeys) which blend into the landscape. Upcountry, the scenery changes dramatically. Waimea is home to Parker Ranch where fluorescent green pastures give way to lush valleys and a host of vibrant natural greens.
On the East Side, Waipio Valley is filled with brilliant flowers and breathtaking waterfalls. Tiny towns and highways built on old railroad trestle bridges recall the sugar plantation heritage of the Hamakua Coast. And the island's "must-see" is Kilauea, the earth's most active volcano.
It's easy to immerse yourself in the culture of Hawaii's Big Island. Try dancing the hula and taking part in an authentic luau (feast). Head upcountry and discover the uniquely blended Hawaiian, Portuguese, and Mexican cultures - still alive and well among Hawaiian paniolo (cowboys) on the island's giant ranches. Visit historical Kealakekua Bay where Captain James Cook dramatically lost his life in 1779. And don't miss Puukohola Heiau. This sacred spot was built in 1790 by King Kamehameha as an offering to the gods, where he asked for success in his campaign to unite the Hawaiian Islands.
Waimea is ideally situated for enjoying so many of the Big Island's attractions: world renowned beaches, hiking, waterfalls, spectacular scenery, water sports, unique shopping, fine dining, Mauna Kea stargazing, Wai'pio Valley horseback riding, yoga, massage, swimming in our refreshing pool, local farmer's markets, bird watching, honeymooning, romance and so much more....Whatever your interests, the dry side of Waimea is the place to base yourself. We are only 1 hour from Hilo and 45 minutes from the Kona airport. One hour to the Mauna Kea visitor's center and 90 minutes to the Volcano village.
With 365 unforgettable days to choose from, Hawaii's Big Island is the perfect place to make your wedding dreams come true and celebrate year after year. Exchange your vows and flower lei, just the two of you, barefoot in the sand. Or fill a formal ballroom with family and friends, and tropical splendor fit for a queen. Sail into a sunset ceremony at sea, walk down the aisle of Hawaii's oldest Christian church, have fun with a western wedding paniolo-style, stroll through a garden by Hilo Bay, crossing a collection of oriental bridges to symbolize your journey together. Engage your imagination, indulge your senses, elevate your spirits here, together.
Whether it is family fun, a romantic getaway, or a dream honeymoon, Makai Hale is the perfect place for you. Its convenient location makes it ideal for exploring the Big Island of Hawaii.
- Daily Breakfast
- BBQ Grill
- Internet Access
Direction from Kona International Airport
- After leaving the airport area, turn left on Hwy 19, north - the sign will say to "Kohala Coast"
- Drive approximately 27 miles (past Mauna Kea Beach Hotel entrance) to the end of the road
- Turn left toward KAWAIHAE and continue for 1.5 miles
- At the T intersection, stay on the main road (as the road turns naturally to the right) - do not break to the left and head toward the Harbor.
- Follow sign to MAHUKONA continue for 3.2 miles to the entry gate at KOHALA RANCH (look for flagpole)
- This is an exclusive gated community - please tell the gate person that you are guests of Audrey and Jerry Maluo
- Continue straight ahead and turn right at the 3rd roadway PUPU PLACE, this street is exactly .3 miles from the gate
- Turn left at the sign "MAKANA MAI KE AKUA"
- The sign welcomes you to MAKAI HALE Bed and Breakfast
- The guest wing will be open and ready for you!