About this listing
We have one large private guest room with queen-sized double bed and large private adjoining bathroom with tub /shower. Towels and basic toiletries are provided.Our home is well ventilated and has ceiling fans. We are located on a quiet residential cul-de-sac. You are welcome to enjoy our large lanai with ocean and sunset views, and cool breezes, if you want to bring some food home. Enjoy tropical fruit trees, orchids and Hawaiian birds in our lush landscaped garden. Limited space in shared refrigerator.
Facilities for cooking are not available.
Guest parking in carport, WIFI available.
On parle francais, man spricht Deutsch, Queen's English spoken here!
We are at 500ft elevation, overlooking Kailua Bay, about 5 minutes drive from the center of town as well as waterfront restaurants and stores.
Bus service from Kona International Airport
Hele-On provides direct service to Kona International Airport at Keahole via the Pahala-Kona-South Kohala route, Monday through Saturday. There is one trip from Pahala, through Kailua-Kona and Ali’i Drive areas that arrives Kona International Airport at Keahole at 8:25 a.m. The return bus departs Kona International Airport at Keahole at 8:30 a.m. and 4:50 p.m. for Pahala through Kailua-Kona and Ali’i Drive areas.
There is limited bus service around the island, it is about 1 1/2 mile walk to the bus-stop. We recommend you get a rental car, as the walk from town is uphill.
There is good snorkeling and swimming at Kahalu'u beach, about 15 minutes drive south of us, with easy ocean access for beginners. Also easy access swimming and snorkeling at the beach in front of the King Kamehameha Hotel, about 7 minutes drive from our house. You can rent snorkel equipment at the beach.
Maximum length of stay is five nights, since we have to use the laundry which is in the guest bathroom.
ABSOLUTELY NO SMOKING ON OR NEAR THE PROPERTY.
LOCAL ZONING LAW PREVENTS US FROM PROVIDING BREAKFAST. Guests are welcome to bring prepared food to the house and have a meal on our lanai.
Interaction with Guests
We are home most of the time. We like to interact with our guests, greet them when they arrive, help them decide where to go and what to see on the Big Island, and share our travel experiences.
We live on a quiet cul-de -sac in one of the older subdivisions (with underground utility lines). We are fairly close to town, we get cool ocean breezes on our ocean-facing lanai.. We enjoy the sound of the birds during the day, and the lack of noise at night. We have a beautiful shady garden with lots of trees and flowering plants.
There is a very limited bus service around the island but it is about I mile walk to the bus-stop. There is a shuttle bus in town that goes along the waterfront for about 5 miles, with stops at some shopping areas. We strongly recommend that visitors rent a car, as it is a steep walk from town to our house. Parking is available in our car-port under the house.
Other Things to Note
Our guest facilities are a bedroom and adjoining bathroom in our two-bedroom, two bathroom home. They are not totally separate from our living space. Our guests share our home and we try to respect each other's privacy.
Laundry facilities available on request, $5.00 per load
Check in after 12 noon
Check out by 11am
NO SMOKING ANYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY
No pets allowed.
Colin was a great host, very welcoming and nice to talk to. The room is great, a very comfortable bed and a spacious private bathroom, everything very clean. The area is quiet, no traffic.
Colin and Rowena were extremely kind and very welcoming. They have a beautiful home and we felt extremely comfortable staying with them. I'm sad that we couldn't stay for longer! I would highly recommend them to anybody wishing to stay in Kona!
Colin was a very friendly host. I stayed at her place for 2 nights last weekend and the place was really clean and cozy. I actually think the room is nicer than it look in the pictures she posted. It was definitely worth it and I highly recommend her if you are planning to visit Kona.
Super friendly and welcoming folks! Colin helped me deal with an issue I had with my car. Perfect hosts!
Colin and Rowena made us feel very welcome. The room was clean and the house is in a good, quiet neighborhood. The room has an attached bathroom which was very convenient.
We arrived around 10:30 pm because our flight landed around 9 pm. Colin had left instructions on the front door so that didn't end up being a problem at all.
Colin and Rowena were incredibly hospitable and welcoming. Their house is beautiful, and the room with the attached bathroom was perfect.
We enjoyed our morning chat with them and they gave us some good tips on things to do / how to get around. We were going stargazing at Mauna Kea and they were thoughtful enough to lend us warm wear for the night.
Definitely enjoyed ourselves, staying in their home (though short) was one of the more memorable moments in Kona.
About the Host, Colin
My wife Rowena and I moved to Kailua-Kona in 1996. We love it here in Kona, this is our last stop on our voyage through life! We have a catering business (website hidden), we coordinate and cater private parties, weddings and special events up to 70 guests. If you would like to enjoy a gourmet home-cooked dinner instead of going to a restaurant, we will be happy to accommodate you. Before moving to Kona we ran a 65ft charteryacht in the Virgin Islands, showing guests how to sail, snorkel and windsurf, providing 3 meals a day and open bar. In 1983 I sailed a 41ft sailboat from Los Angeles through the Panama Canal to the Virgin Islands, so we have lots of sea stories to share. I spent 20 years in LA in the aerospace business as well as studying law, having met my first wife Barbara In 1963 in Israel.We moved to LA from the Isle of Wight , England where my parents had a hotel, and where I had studied French and German.
Our interests include international cuisine(of course!),, gardening, backyard bird watching, photography.