About This Listing
I completely loved my stay with Kurt and bis family! The room was delightful, clean, and spacious. The sunset view from the wrap-around porch was stunning. I felt so pleasantly nurtured by the fresh fruit and coffee breakfast grown right their farm.
A very nice bedroom with private bath in a very nice house in a very nice part of the Big Island. Stay on a small coffee/macadamia nut plantation. Enjoy your stay in Kona without breaking the bank. Price includes a big breakfast, use of snorkel equipment, wifi throughout the house. Truly magnificent ocean views of Kealakekua Bay.
The room has a double bed and a twin bed. There's a nice view out the large window of the garden and orchard, and a wonderful skylight tor enjoying the stars at night. We have a table set up on the lanai to take in magnificent ocean sunsets.
A great location for exploring the Big Island. Nearby you will find some of Hawaii's best ocean activities, nature hikes, and archeological sites (The Place of Refuge National Park is a ten minute drive). This is rural Hawaii at its finest, yet there are several fine (and reasonable) restaurants and a supermarket five minutes drive away.
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.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Edge of the World B&B. Kurt, Kana and their delightful daughter are gracious hosts who open up their home to their guests. The property feels like the edge of the world, perched on the side of Mauna Loa (see comments in other reviews about the thrilling access down the hillside). The view south of Honaunau and north of Kealakekua, out to sea and inland, is astounding. Highlights of our stay included meeting other guests from Japan and Germany, learning about Hawaii and Hawaiian agriculture through a tour of the plantings around the house and enjoying delicious breakfasts which featured fruit grown on the property.
My partner Sheila & I stayed at the Edge of the World for 1 night and had a wonderful experience. The room was clean and comfortable. The hosts accommodated our dietary restrictions without being asked and the meal was delicious. The lanai was large and cool - with a spectacular view. The road down was in true Hawaiian style - with lush landscape, ruts and a Paint horse! The location was particularly great - only 15 minutes to 2-step for snorkeling. We would stay again - in a heartbeat!
Kurt and Kana were perfect hosts. Kurt was very helpful with advice on where to go, good places to eat both locally and around the rest of the island. And Kana made us a fantastic breakfast which we ate out on the lanai: omelette, coffee, papaya, avocado, sapote and one other tropical little fruit I can't remember the name of, all grown there on the farm. That was the highpoint for me.
Kurt and his family were kind and welcoming to our every need. His local knowledge extended to all of Hawaii and helped us to fully enjoy our stay in Kona and beyond. The place is secluded but not remote, a perfect base from which to enjoy Hawaii.
Thanks, Donald, for your kind review. It certainly was a pleasure hosting you and your daughter. I have only one regret -- that we never got around to giving you the plant tour I promised. We send our best wishes in all that you do and hope that someday, somewhere, we'll meet again. Warm aloha, Kurt and Kana
We had a great two night stay with Kurt and his family! They were very welcoming and Kurt shared lots of his knowledge on places to visit and his farm. The room was great for our needs and the breakfasts were delicious! If we find ourselves on the Big Island again we wouldn't hesitate to stay with them again!
Nice and clean room, very friendly host and awesome view! Highly recommended!!! But be aware that it is a B&B and (specially all you non americans) if you're on a budget don't forget that there are additional taxes.
Aloha Pia and Raffael,
Thank you for your kind review. It was a pleasure hosting you. Thanks also for the chance to explain the tax situation in Hawaii. People staying less than 30 days in Hawaii, whether at a hotel, inn, B&B, or any other place where they pay for the stay are required by state law to pay taxes presently set at 13.41%. It's ugly, I know, and we can only hope that the funds are used for good purpose, like maintaining and improving the roads, county and state parks, etc. While Hawaii's rate is high, it is in line with taxes paid in most European countries where value added taxes and city taxes are added to the bill, and slightly less than taxes in many of the U.S. states.
But you are absolutely right, this tax is something that potential guests should know about prior to making a booking. In the case of this agency, they do not indicate at the top of the page (where price is shown) if tax is included in the price quote or not, despite my suggestion that they do. To find this information one must dig into the website to find the answer or, alternatively, send the prospective host a message to ask if there are any additional fees.
Although a host's favorite booking is a direct booking, I like AirB&B because the comission paid to them by hosts is considerably less than the other major agencies and because they've almost always been quite helpful in answering questions and making useful suggestions. I also like them because they generally offer relatively good value for travelers and provide access to a different kind of experience for travelers where they have access to a more personalized and informative experience relative to staying in a hotel. In the end, happy travelers make happy hosts. Still, taxes due is something that should be made quite clear, in advance, to guests. Best wishes, Kurt
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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 !