About This Listing
The One Bedroom Suite with Ocean View is on the second floor of the house and has a spectacular view of Kealakekua Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It has a private lanai, individual satellite TV, DVD, phone, private bath. Tax paid to host after arrival
Edge of the World B&B -- Kona, Hawaii
Thanks for thinking about staying with us. My name is Kurt. Our wish is that you will feel like you are staying with friends here in Hawaii rather than being cubed up in a hotel somewhere. We take the time with all of our guests to find out their interests and help them to build as tight or loose an itinerary as they wish -- emphasizing ocean, geological, archeological, nature, scientific, cultural, and/or social activities. As you will find, there is much to do on the Big Island, or, what we call, the "real Hawaii.". A large portion of our guests are return "customers" who come back to the Edge year after year. Many people use the Edge of the World as a base from which to explore the rest of the Big Island. Others use it as a place to watch papaya grow, and that's fine too. For Kana, my Japanese wife, and me, it is a genuine pleasure to meet folks from around the U.S. and from around the world.
The Crow's Nest (called Best Ocean View in Hawaii Room) is on the second floor of the house and has a spectacular view of Kealakekua Bay and the Pacific Ocean. It has a private lanai, individual satellite TV, DVD, phone, private bath, refrigerator, wall to wall carpet, and king size bed. It is our most popular room and a favorite of honeymooners, artists and poets. It is $139 plus tax per night. This room may have the best view in Hawaii!
When there are more than two guests per room, there is an additional charge of $15 per person per night. In those cases we put out Japanese style futons. The maximum capacity for each room is four. Also, I do not charge extra for one night stays.
Prices include a hearty, tropical breakfast. We are also a member of the Hawaii Island Bed and Breakfast Association, and the Edge of the World has recently won the "Traveler's Choice Award" (B&B Registry), so guests can be assured of the highest standards. You'll also find A Beautiful Edge of the World recommended in the the Hawaii edition of the Lonely Planet.
We are located on a five acre working farm, surrounded by macadamia nut, coffee, papaya, avocado, and mango trees. If you're a coffee drinker, you'll be served my own 100% pure, organic Kona coffee every morning.(Don't mean to brag about our coffee, but many folks have told us it's the best they've ever tasted. We wholesale to our guests, any quantity.) If you would like to try my own noni tea, just let me know. We also grow organic bananas, pineapple, guava, papaya, sour sop, Surinam cherries, atamoya, cheromoya, oranges, limes, sapodilla, and passion fruit, some of which you will be served with breakfast, depending on the fruits in season. There are also abundant beautiful flowers scattered here and there.
Guests who stay for three days or more may use the microwave and refrigerator. We also offer free laundry service for guests who stay three days or more. We have complimentary hair dryers, beach towels and mats, limited snorkel equipment, and ice chests for our guests. Guests are welcome to use my computer for a quick check of their e-mail. We now have free WIFI throughout the house.
Please let me know if you'd like me to reserve a room.
Kurt and Kana
Complimentary beach and snorkel equipment, beach towels, hair dryers, refrigerator, microwave. Guests are welcome to congregate any place in the house, including a magnificent balcony that looks out over the ocean. . It's a great place to watch the sun go down. There's also a table in the garden area in front of the house for guests.
Interaction with Guests
On check in we give the guests a brief tour of what's available for them. The host almost always joins the guests after breakfast and over a cup of coffee he will make suggestions about things to see and do that may not be in "normal" guide books. Our aim is that you will have a truly exceptional experience on the Big Island and we do our part to help make that happen.
Guests that wish may join the host, schedule permitting, for a tour of coffee, macadamia and various tropical plants. Learn about the uses of some of these plants by the ancient Hawaiians on your tour led by Dr. Weigelt.
There is a tremendous ocean view at this bed and breakfast. It's a rural setting -- Old Hawaii at its finest. No close houses, no highway noise, a wonderful variety of tropical trees and plants and birds. Peaceful to say the least. Yet, it's only five minutes drive to some fine and reasonable restaurants and a supermarket and a ten minute drive to some of Hawaii's finest snorkeling and hiking. Many guests like to get take away food from one of the nearby restaurants, swing by the supermarket and pick up some beer or wine or fruit drinks, bring it home and watch the sunset from the lanai.
Public transportation on the outer Hawaiian Islands is poor. Although there's the occasional bus, I'd very strongly suggest renting a car. Besides helping you get here, it will allow you to explore the intriguing nooks and crannies of the Big Island. You won't regret that investment. If you're from one of the countries that drive on the left side of the road, people drive quite courteously here -- you'll adjust quickly and painlessly.
Other Things to Note
Hawaii State taxes applied to your accommodation are 13.42%. While we wish we didn't have to charge this extra fee--we are required by the state to collect it for them. This is the only additional fee paid to the hosts after check in. There are no "single-night stay fees", no parking fees, no other fees of any kind.
In our 15 enjoyable years of running the Beautiful Edge of the World, we've found that there is only one "rule" --to be considerate of others. Our guests have virtually always been so.
The room was spacious and had gorgeous view. Kurt sent us an email about things to do nearby, and it was very helpful in planning. Once we arrived, he continued to be resourceful. We borrowed a kayak from his recommendation, launched from a beautiful cover into the bay nearby where a pod of dolphins were rest-swimming. When we were too tired from all the activities, we were able to relax in the big lanai while my kids painted sunsets over the bay. Kanae greeted us with smile when we arrived past 11pm, and cooked delicious fresh breakfast. Coffee was very good, too. All in all, it was perfect vacation, thanks to Kurt and Kanae.
Such a nice review, SungSim. Thank you. It was a pleasure hosting you and your family. Seems to me that you made the most out of your time in the Kona area, and that always makes us feel good. By the way, really neat kids you folks have. Very nice job in raising them. Sending very best wishes from Captain Cook, Kurt
Our stay at The Edge was wonderful from the beginning. Kurt always responded in a timely professional manner. The view is outstanding and very peaceful. Only regret is that we didn't book longer. The breakfast cooked by Kana was healthy and delicious.
i stayed edge of the world 2 nights.
the view of this house is very fantastic.
and kurt is kind, generous, and want to help us, guide us
but there are something bad.
first, the room is too small for 4 adults.
the photo and explanation looks like we use the kitchen, dining
but now kurt is living in this house with his family
. so we can't use the dining room.
and we arrived big island 2pm,
we're going to see sunset, so i asked kurt how about going
to the house after 9 pm
but kurt said it's not possible.
we have to go the house immediatly.
and we missed the sunset
Thank you for your review-- for your kind words about the fantastic view and my attempts to help you with your plans. Sharing the aloha spirit is something we relish. In response to “something bad” I have a few comments and a suggestion. The room you selected is quite large relative to bedrooms at other B&B’s. However, I believe that any room, no matter how large, would feel small when occupied by four adult men. We often have families of four (sometimes even five) stay in the room and there has never been an objection to the size. Quite the contrary, folks seem to be grateful for having booked the room. Had you asked me prior to your booking (which Air B&B makes quite easy) about suitability for four grown men (I didn’t know until after you arrived) I would likely have encouraged you to stay elsewhere and take two rooms. About using the house dining room, I believe there must have been some problem with communication (your English and/or my Korean). Guests are always welcome to use the dining room, always, although most of the guests who take the room you took use their own dining table on their private balcony. Had we understood that you wanted to use the public dining room you certainly would have been welcome to. As far as my family and I living in the same (very large) house, this is the norm for bed and breakfasts in the U.S. and Europe. For most people this is advantageous—it allows the hosts to better see to the needs of guests, to answer questions, to make suggestions, and, simply interact. We are, I believe, very contentious about not infringing on the privacy of our guests despite living in the same house. About missing your first night’s sunset, again I’m somewhat confused. With a 2PM arrival into Kona Airport, checking in before your sunset quest was entirely doable as we are only a 25 minute drive from the airport. When guests have a late night arrival into the Kona Airport we are fine with waiting up for them to check in. No problem, as flight times are well beyond their control. We understand that and it is perfectly acceptable. My suggestion that you check in prior to driving up Mauna Kea was merely a suggestion and one that you could have easily refused. I believe that most people who choose to stay at a B&B do so in order to have a better feel for local living, to get more personal insights about what to see and do, and yes, to save some money relative to the cost of a hotel room. I can say with confidence that the vast majority of our guests have been pleased with the decision regarding accommodation they have made-- this makes us feel good. On the other hand, some people are indeed better off staying at a hotel. I believe booking a couple of hotel rooms in light of your groups composition, and where you would find 24 hour front desk service (in light of your desired late night check in and subsequent 4AM check out), would have served your needs better. That aside, we sincerely hope that your experiences on the Big Island will provide lasting good memories. Best wishes, Kurt
Wonderful & helpful hosts; comfortable & scenic room; very nearby to Place of Refuge. You must check out the nearby 2-step snorkeling beach: amazing reef fields and tons of colorful fish.
Kurt is a great host - probably one of the best that I've experienced since using airbnb. He has a great location overlooking the Pacific Ocean from the west side of the big island. While the road(s) to his place from the main highway can be difficult to navigate in the dark, the directions that Kurt provided are 100% spot on and if you follow them you should not experience any problems.
Breakfast was served every morning and it was delicious - especially the pancakes with the mango syrup - if I remember correctly.
The coffee is good and flows freely. Rooms and bathrooms are spacious and have views or access to balconies with views! Loved the dove body wash in the bathrooms.
Kurt was quick to resolve any issues that arose during my stay and was a great tour guide. He sat down with us after breakfast the two days we stayed there to walk us through possible itineraries for the day on his map. While we were not able to fit everything in, we were gracious for him pointing us in the right direction and giving us some ideas. We saw a lot of great things but wished we had spent more time on the big island and just lounging at Kurt's place which is itself something worth doing if you have a longer time on the big island.
Food options drastically decrease after 9pm on this area of the island. If you are used to late night food options (as I was), get into the habit of heading to dinner around 6/7 or buying snacks for the road if you are arriving/returning late at night.
This is one rental place you have to try. The view is spectacular and so far out of my already high expectation. Sleeping in the crow's nest room is like sleeping in a cradle between the ocean and stars. Plus they have great breakfast and coffee. The host family is so nice and friendly. We love it here! You may think the house itself is hard to get, but if you follow Kurt's direction, it actually took only a few minutes from the highway to get here.
Thank you, Xiaozhe Hu for your oh so kind review. It was, indeed, a pleasure to host/meet you and your lovely wife. It is having delightful people like you stay with us and share the aloha spirit that makes us so thoroughly enjoy doing what we do. Thank you, or as we say here, "mahalo nui". We send our very best wishes for a joyful and satisfying year ahead. Kurt and Kana
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About the Host, Kurt
Professional pilot in younger days, professor and writer in mid-life, a happy macadamia nut and coffee farmer now. Love hosting guests from afar as it feels like traveling without having to pack bags !