About this listing
Holualoa Hostel is located on the west slope of dormant Hualalai Volcano, 1,560 feet above sea level. Cool, comfortable, quiet, affordable. Cozy rooms that accommodate 2 to 4 people (total to 6). Shared bath, wi-fi included, ample off-street parking.
Home-stay Hostel in Kona Coffee Country! Started out as ready-on-demand berths for sailing buddies but they're "aging-out" of backpack travel. From pilot-berth futons in the loft to 4 bunks in the Sun Room or our "private" room (Suite Coffee) you all get to share the magic of an imaginatively re-constructed '40's vintage coffee shack. Holualoa Hostel is located on the western slope of dormant Hualalai Volcano 1,560 feet above sea level. Cool, comfortable, quiet, affordable. Cozy rooms that accommodate as many as 4 people (capacity is 6 or 8). Shared bath, wi-fi included, parking available and more amenities offered at this property.
Weekly rates are based on double occupancy. Group rates are negotiable.
Shared bath, lanai-covered food-prep area w/ dual hot plate, compact refrigerator/freezer, toaster oven. Wi-fi included, parking available and other amenities offered at this property.
Interaction with Guests
I live and work on-site; on my guest accommodations, my real estate appraisal practice, on improvements to the overall facility or care the coffee orchard and green tea garden that are the foreground for our view of the coast & ocean horizon. I'm available for lots of interaction or I can immerse myself otherwise, staying entirely out of your way.
Holualoa has attracted artisans, artists, craftspeople and characters, in large part because of fabulous weather, lush vegetation and coastline views.
Public transportation is very limited. "Hele On" is our only option and stops infrequently or on request at Palani Jct., 2.1 miles N. Residents treat hitch-hikers kindly during daylight hours.
Other Things to Note
Located near the beginning of the Historic Cultural Corridor known as "Pulama 'ia Kona", we are just the second driveway N. of Hawai'i Astronaut Ellison Onizuka's birthplace. We'll tell you more if you ask...
Must Love Dogs!
Cat is outdoors only!!
This hostel is very great !
As a hub for travel to experience the nature of the Big Island, I and my friend stayed at this hostel.
Host Rik is very kind and friendly. So, he supported that we went go out midnight for astronomical observation tour.
We were able to really relaxed because the house is safety and quiet, then two dogs and cat is very cute !
Thanks to this hostel and Rik, our journey has become very happy !
Rik's place is awesome. High up in the hills, it's full of quirky artefacts that Rik has collected on his travels. He provided great conversation and was incredibly helpful with anything I needed (including coffee!)
Rik was an incredible host - I felt so comfortable right from the start. He really gives you the feeling that he enjoys having you there as his guest. It is so quiet but yet not far removed from the action in and around Kona. Rik is a long time residential and has so much information and experiences to share. Couldn't of asked for a better host. Loved his cat and two dogs, so we'll behaved. Will definitely stay again if Rik would have me.
Had a wonderful stay, pleasantly quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of town (Kailua-Kona). The fresh coffee was an ambrosia from the Gods, what a way to start the morning. Snug up against the jungle, listening to the water drip from the leaves and distant frogs croaking were a perfect backdrop to falling asleep.
Staying in Rik's place was one of the best decisions I made for my travel to Hawaii. The place is in the middle of a rainforest and feels very serene and rustic. Rik also made kona coffee for me the 5 days I stayed there and the conversations we had were pretty good! I would definitely recommend this place if you are looking for a getaway from the busy city lives.
Rik was a great host. He made me feel comfortable and welcomed from the first moment. His house is located at a beautiful part of the island, close to town. My room was comfortable, clean, nice, as was everything else. Rik also has a great terrace were you can enjoy your meals under the stars or just sit back and relax during the day. Rik also gave me snorkel gear and guidebooks to use during my stay. I had a great time at a great place.
About the Host, Rik
Aloha! My introduction to Hostels came during my final year at University. Icelandic Airlines to Luxembourg, train to Geneva, then Innsbruck for some skiing. Always had in mind the title to a Hemingway short story; "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place".
Later in life during Sailmaking days, I was at Hostels while sailing in the Canadian Olympic Regatta at Kingston, Ontario (CORK). There I adopted John and Mary Munn as "Ohana Grandparents" after exceptional care over a 4 year period. They responded with a lake-front living room recital by one of their University Student Boarders, on a Stradivarius!
Much later I travelled to Hostels at Whitstable, Kent (GB), then Tornado Olympic Catamaran World Championships at Travemunde on the Baltic Sea. Later, a Sidney Harbor 18 Footer World Championship and a visit to Auckland, NZ shopping for a Bruce Farr "Quarter-Tonner" to race. All done in reasonable comfort and at minimal expense.
My hosts and surroundings seemed so generous, so warm and welcoming, so "family".
Way later, when I married, I graduated to Bed & Breakfast Inns for travels through New Zealand and Alaska, then ran one here in Kona for a few years (3 Bears B&B).
I've been re-building a '40's vintage "Sugar Shack" here in Kona, for over 35 years. It's a place where I truly enjoy spending time.
With my daughter on her way out the door to college, I'd like to establish a reputation for hospitality of my own, so I don't miss her too much while she's away.
I've been building a private library for many years and literally "raised the roof" to accommodate my growing collection which now extends along one wall and up 14' to the ridge beam. There's a reading loft up there, a fine lookout over the old wagon trail or into my coffee/green tea orchard. Great perch for sunsets, too.
The house is full of artifacts from my travels. "My Reliquery" I call it, since it's full of relics and collectibles of nearly "incalculable value". That's not meant to mean "valuable" in any "real" sense to anyone else...
Since memories are countless, I consider myself a millionaire. "Milllionaire of the Mind", perhaps, but one who "Lives in the Na'au", a Hawaiian concept I'll be pleased to discuss further, upon your arrival?