About This Listing
Bright, roomy bedroom with queen bed decorated in a balmy tropical theme. Large dresser, TV, recliner, double closets are included in this space. Private key lock. Taxes included in fee.
The large, bright Ohia room comes with a comfy queen size bed, large wall mounted tv, wifi access, recliner, closet space for your clothes and luggage. Has tasteful tropical décor and is very inviting. Private inroom fridge. It shares a full size handicapped shower/bathroom.
Large bedroom for up to two guests. It has double closets for your belongings and luggage. Privacy keyed lock door. Hair dryer, 5X power mirror, emergency light in room. Access to iron board and iron per request. Cool, comfortable and quiet. Very tastefully decorated for a memorable vacation. High quality linens and towels provided. Price includes all taxes required by Hawaii State Law.
Lounge/Breakfast bar, dining table, fully handicapped accessible full bathroom with shower. Shower bench/bedside commode available on request. Microwave, toaster oven, coffee pot, refrigerator, dishes and utensils (email hidden). Large patio at front entrance. Patio is equipped with washer/dryer, cabinet with sink, 2 thermal burners, various cooking equipment. Pots/pans, dinnerware, utensils all included. Washer use has a $2.00 fee per load to wash and dry. Prepackaged detergent pod and softener sheet is included in fee.
The two entries have wheelchair accessible ramps into home. Patio has large table and chairs to relax, enjoy beverages, talk story!! Overlooks our garden (a work in progress) which has flora and fruit trees native to Hawaii. Beach towels, coolers etc. available at no charge.
Hosts Kevin and Bernie reside on opposite end of premises. Both were born and raised in Kona. Willing to answer inquires regarding island and available activities. Kevin is retired. Bernie is a registered nurse. We have a Shi Tzu named Prissy who is kept in owners quarters. Very mild mannered, loves belly rubs. Please call upon us with any needs.
Our neighborhood is quiet and peaceful. It is in an established subdivision, with many older homeowners. Everyone is friendly and police area for unusual activities.
We have bus service at the entrance to Cook Cook Rd. on Hwy 19 that is capable of island wide destinations if time is not a problem. Should you rent a car, free parking is available on property.
We are situated in the "coffee belt" of Kona, in Captain Cook, Hi at 1400 ft. elevation. Natural trade winds keep our area cool and comfortable. During the winter and spring extra blankets are provided if requested. Our average temperature is a cool 76-84 during the day and in the high 60's to low 70's at night. We are located near many points of interest. Keahou Bay (15 minute drive) is excellent for snorkeling, kayaking and swimming. Across the high way is a historical functioning coffee farm that offers tours to see how and what is involved in keeping a coffee farm thriving. There is Botanical Garden roughly 500ft. to the south of us where many indigenous plants prosper and various classes are offered. Nearby activities include hang gliding, zip lining, surfing, paddle boarding and swimming. We are in walking distance to a shopping center, post office, bakery, grocery store, hair stylist and several local restaurants. A 15 minute drive takes you to downtown Kona filled with a multitude of shops to collect your souvenirs. We are a 20 minute drive to one of 2 National Parks in Hawaii, Pu'uhonua o Honaunau which offers field trips and programs related to ancient Hawaii. It is referred to as City of Refuge as in olden times it was used to harbor ancient peoples and royalty from their enemies. The other national park is on the east side of the island (Hawaii Volcano National Park). Our island is very unique with rainforests, a desert, an active volcano on the east end of the island, two world known mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, beautiful beaches and a multitude of farms filled with exquisite orchids, fresh vegetables, coffee fields, mc nut farms and many exotic plants. We have a farmers market within walking distance that opens every Sunday. there are also many other markets in a 10 mile radius. You are able to drive around the island in a day, visiting all the various regions and enjoying all that the Island of Hawaii has to offer. Imagine, traversing the often snowy mountains in the winter to swimming in our clean, blue pacific waters, watching the most spectacular sunsets and sunrises, embracing all of God's wonders during your trip here.
Common area that includes breakfast bar setup, micro, toaster oven, lg refrigerator, all dinnerware and flatware you may need. We also have a washer/dryer on our covered patio that you may choose to use during your visit. There is a $2.00 fee per load which includes prepackaged detergent pods and dryer sheet. Our fully covered patio is equipped with a sink and gives you access to 2 thermal hot plates, small appliances, dinnerware, cooking equipment. Free parking on premises. All towels and linens are provided in each room. You will also have access to beach gear and coolers at no charge.
Interaction with Guests
We are usually available to our guests and interact with them as much or as little as they prefer. We often have a "family night" when all rooms are booked to introduce guests to each other and enjoy a simple meal. We enjoy getting to know our guests and learn about their various cultures. We provide a simple continental style breakfast for the first two days of your visit when booked for three or more nights at no charge.
Quiet location, cool elevation, only a short distance to most attractions yet away of the hustle and bustle of town.
We do have a public bus that is capable of taking one around the island with many stops along the way. We recommend a rental car as your best option to go about your way without time constraints.
Other Things to Note
Price includes all taxes and fees as required for Hawaii Transient tax fees.
Reservations will be limited to number of guests on original reservation only. Extra person will be charged a fee of $45.00 per day IF APPROVED BY HOSTS. If not approved once reservation has been confirmed, no others will be permitted on premises. Authorities will be contacted and trespassing charges will be brought against intruder. Original booking guest may stay, however if a confirmed guest chooses to leave, fees will not be reimbursed for original booking. This is a security issue and will be firmly dealt with. This is a non smoking property. No recreational /illicit drugs or excessive alcohol use will be tolerated, you will be asked to leave, authorities will be called and no refund will be given for nights not used. Be respectful of other guests, owners, neighbors and property. Keep noises to a minimum. Quiet time after 10:00 p.m. through 7:00 a.m. No pets allowed. Keep shared areas as you wish to find them. Remove all trash daily and place in trash can near parking area. Please keep food items in closed containers, we strive for a pest free home. Please lock your room whenever you leave the premises, we will not be responsible for your belongings. Be energy conscious, turn off lights and appliances when leaving premises or going to bed at night. Please do not use laundry facilities after 9:00 p.m. as a courtesy to other guests. Keep your personal equipment/belongings in your room. If you have a computer please use it in your room or if other guests are out of the home on the patio table. Remember that all common areas must be kept in a manner as you would wish to find them; neat, clean and uncluttered.
From Jan 30 - Dec 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 3 nights.
We had a wonderful stay in Bernie and Kevin's home. The bedroom was very clean and tidy, spacious, and well furnished. Sharing the bathroom and kitchen was not a problem during our stay, and they were both practical and equipped with everything we needed. There was also good snorkeling gear and body boards to use, which was very nice for us. The breakfast of the first two days was copious and diverse, it's a bonus! Kevin and Bernie were very nice people, quick to answer our questions and provide us with things we needed. We enjoyed learning some interesting cultural (website hidden) from Kevin!
Overall we really enjoyed our stay here and we'd recommend to stay here if you need a place on the West coast of Big Island!
My fiancé & I stayed in the Ohia room for about a week. We felt welcomed & the place was very nice & clean!
Since only the shower is shared, the guests in the other rooms have their own half baths. They have lots or space for their belongings, only towels are requested to be returned to each room after a guest has bathed to maintain good hygiene for all guests. The Ohia room has the option of placing their personal items in the medicine cabinet in the main shower room. I am sorry is this was not relayed to you. We thank you for your suggestion and we will be certain to relate the use of the medicine cabinet as an option to guests in the Ohia room. I guess being that it is covered by the large mirror in the shower room, we need to tell our guests about it. Mahalo, Bernie
Ohia Room @ Tutu's was clean and comfortable. The neighborhood was well kept and a quite place to stay. The house is not to hard to find but you have to look extra careful for the Cook Rd sign.
Bernie's accommodation was the best experience we have ever had with airbnb! The room was clean, spacious, and quiet. It was quite comfortable and cooled down to the perfect temperature at night. She has a nice little common cooking area on the front deck with a hotplate, sink, and all necessary kitchen utensils. Her breakfast in the mornings came in large quantities and were delicious! Bernie was very helpful to talk to and gave some valuable information about surrounding attractions. Would recommend staying with her to anyone!
Bernie was a great host. Her rooms and facilities are beautiful and very clean. The location is perfect - right in the center of the coffee belt with good restaurants close by as well as nice beaches for snorkeling. The snorkel masks and beach towels provided by Bernie are a big help for those without own gear.
Everything was as described but I'd say that the room is actually even nicer as the picture suggests.
As mentioned by others - her breakfast is phenomenal!
If there is a choice I'd probably select one of the two rooms with private toilet/sink. In our case we had the Ohia room where the sink and toilet are part of the common bathroom (only the shower though is shared by all guests). No issue for us as no other guests were there the first 2 days but I guess if all rooms are booked it might get a bit complicated.
Thanks for your suggestions. We will try to get better photos taken though most guests enjoy finding that their room actually is better than they had imagined! As for the shower being shared, so far it has not proven to be problematic. Our guests are out and about most of the day. Some prefer a shower in the morning while others have them in the evening. Majority of our guests are from Europe and they are used to shared facilities. I do however make sure that it is kept clean daily as well as all the other shared or common areas. We are working toward adding another full bath to our bnb as well as adding a half bath to the Ohia room. We enjoy interacting with all guests though try out best to give everyone time to themselves. We are still new to this endeavor and are trying to work out all the kinks as our home was not built with a bnb in mind. It has been a blessing though and we hope to continue making it a great place for anyone looking for a home away from home. Sharing the "aloha spirit" with everyone is our main goal. New friends are priceless and we will continue to include everyone we meet as part of our" Ohana" which is the Hawaiian word for family. Tutu's Tranquil Nest means grandma's peaceful home and that is what we want each guest to enjoy and remember. Mahalo, Bernie & Kevin
Bernie and Kevin are amazing hosts, and very good people. The room and all house is the cleanest place we have ever stayed. Bernie prepared breakfast for two mornings, and they were the best breakfast that we had. Fruits were so tasty and fresh.
Photos are not doing the justice. Actual room and all house are much better that how they look on the photos.
We cannot say enough to explain our experience.
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About the Host, Bernie
A L O H A,
My husband Kevin and I were both born and raised in Kona. I am of Portugese decent, the third generation born and raised here! Kevin is Asian and his dad was born in Kona and his mom was born and raised on Maui. Kevin is a sponge for trivia and detail, will be able to answer most of anyone's questions. Kevin is now retired after working for the state for 33 years. He is now working on his "honey do" list that is quite extensive!. I am a registered nurse involved with home health for many years. I enjoy meeting new people and learning about their homelands and cultures. I have a passion for raising orchids and have a collection of about 100. I am an avid cook, dabbling in many ethnic cuisines. I also enjoy sewing and many crafts. We share our home with Prissy a 9 year old Shit Tsu who has Kevin wrapped around her paw. She is a tiny thing and is friendly, calm and quiet. She loves laying in the morning sun and belly rubs are her weakness. I have a grown daughter and son who both reside on this island. I am grannie to 3 granddaughters and 2 step grandsons. We look forward to sharing our home and aloha with all who are looking for a relaxing fun filled vacation on our beautiful island. You will enjoy your private space here. Just call upon us with any needs and questions.
Gives a glimpse of olden day coffee farming. Actual working farm that produces Konas world famous coffee.Mamalahoa Hwy Captain Cook HI 96704
Tours of Hawaiis regional plants. Various workshops ongoing throughout year.Mamalahoa Highway Captain Cook HI 96704
Fast service with several freshly made pizzas and salads to choose from. You may eat in or order to go. Wine and beer available to those 21 years and over. Just three minutes away.Mamalahoa Hwy Captain Cook HI 96704
National state park. Historically a place of refuge for those seeking shelter and safety. Minimal entry fee. Park rangers supervise area. Many cultural activities at various times of year.Hawaii 11 Captain Cook HI 96704
Malasadas, a Portuguese donut, endeared by locals are made fresh daily here. They have a wide selection of homestyle dishes to choose from as well as typical fast food options. Sit in or drive thru.Mamalahoa Hwy Captain Cook HI 96704
Nice menu with many options if chinese food is your desire. Huge servings that even Kevin can not consume!Mamalahoa Hwy Captain Cook HI 96704
Full service grocery store with large assortment of health food selections. Has a deli and bakery within. Within 3 minutes of dwelling.96704
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Nice area to learn to paddle board and surf. Many guides available. Water is normally calm and safe.Kahaluu-Keauhou HI 96740
Also known as Disappearing Sands. During winter the sand is taken out to sea and redeposited on the beach in the spring.Kahaluu-Keauhou Hawaii
Either a tour or journey there own your own, see the top of Mauna Kea and experience seeing a million and one stars closer than you ever will.Kailua-Kona HI
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Also known as Green Sands Beach. It is composed of Olivines, a greenish glass like substance that is produced by our famous volcano. It is mixed in with black sand, also created by the volcano.HI 96772
The infamous home of Madam Pele, the fire goddess of our volcano is a must see. Park rangers at the volcanos crater teach about this very alive volcano and how important it is to our island.HI 96778