About This Listing
Magical tropical escape and working coffee farm. Papa Kona Coffee farm produces delicious Kona coffee while also being a bio-plantation that grows rare tropical plants and provides a home for local birds and wildlife.
This rental is for people who want to escape, see something new, learn about coffee farming, and also be close enough to town for going out. Artist village of Holualoa is a short drive away (you could walk there) and downtown Kona is about a 15 minute drive.
Relax in infinity edged hot tub looking over breathtaking views over downtown Kona and Ocean. Meander around the property (careful, this is not an uber-manicured sterile hotel) as you explore and discover the many exotic tropical plants and hidden spaces.
Adorable airy home with large master bedroom, loft and two bathrooms. Master bedroom has a new king size "green" Keeta mattress (super comfy!) and the master bathroom has a combo shower/tub.
The upstairs loft has a queen size futon and a flat screen TV with Netflix available (no cable TV). An air mattress is also available for additional guests.
While this is a working farm, you would have the property almost all to yourself the majority of the time. Some of the other residents are wild turkeys, pheasants, chickens, and many small song birds. You'll likely see toads, geckos, and chameleons as well. There is one rooster in particular that has moved in and who thinks it's morning many times a day!
This is a place where someone can get away, unwind and enjoy incredible natural beauty while also being close enough to town to go out to dine or shop.
The home is clean, relaxing, cute and inviting (but not formal). Home is on the lower part of property (you can hear cars), and hot tub and two pavilions are on the upper (quiet and stunning!).
Farm manager lives next door, and will give you a tour of the property and can tell you about coffee farming if you'd like. If you are interested in exotic rare tropical plants, we may be able to schedule a tour with our landscaper.
Three acres are devoted to the coffee trees, while the remaining acreage is landscaped primarily in rare and endangered tropical plants with the hope of encouraging their use in landscaping and thus saving the species.
Help yourself to any of the in seasonal tropical fruit growing on the property (bananas, mango, lychees, lilikoi, papaya, etc!).
Enjoy your coffee while you sit in one of the three pavilions, in the tree swing under a huge mango tree, in the sacred grove, in the secret meadow, or by the Buddha pond while you watch the frogs, fish and dragon-flys.
Charming artist village of Holualoa is a short drive or walk away. If you feel like some more shopping and action, downtown Kona is also a short drive away.
The temperature is usually a consistent 74F during the day. Afternoon showers are typical from 2 to 4pm. Evenings can get chilly (usually around 55F). These temperatures are pretty consistent throughout the year. Rainy season is from June to September (clear in the morning, rains in the afternoon, clear sunset). Dry season is from October to May. Dry season is when you may get a winter storm, but it's usually clear. Welcome to the tropics!
* PLEASE NOTE:
The farm is in Holualoa (not on the beach) which is a approximate15 minute drive to downtown Kona.
This is a farm, not a sterile hotel. Nature can be both charming an noisy.
We have a strict cancellation policy.
We have two rentals on AirBnB. This one and one in Tahoe. When reading the reviews, please be sure to check which rental it is for.
Guests will have access to the house, the infinity hot tub, and are welcome to wander around the property. However, the stone paths can be slippery, so guests wander at their own risk.
We encourage you to have coffee and relax by sitting by the pond, in one of the three pavilions, or at the top of the property enjoying the view. Guests may use the hot tub.
Interaction with Guests
Our farm manager Ray lives next door if you need anything. However, we encourage communication with us as well, so don't hesitate to call or email!
Papa Kona Coffee farm is settled near the small artist village of Holualoa. The town offers art galleries, spa (massage and yoga), and restaurants. There is even a shop that sells Ukeleles. Our property is off the Mamalahoa hwy, so it's easy to get around.
The best way to get around is to rent a car! You will want to be able to drive to go shopping and out and about. While the property is close enough to Holualoa that you could walk to town, it is a small town. The big island has a diverse and beautiful climates and fauna. We encourage you to explore.
Other Things to Note
The property is on the Mamalahoa highway. On most of the property you only hear nature, on the lower party (where the house is) you can hear cars.
While we love and welcome children, the property could be dangerous for wee ones. There are stairs in the house and a hot tub up above. Also, we do not have any children specific bedding or beds. For their own safety, if children do accompany you we require that they be supervised at all times.
This is not a property to stay at if you are a light sleeper! Nature can be noisy, and some coqui frogs and wild roosters (who crow a lot) have made themselves at home.
The house is near the road, so you will hear cars.
Also, there are bugs on the property, so if spiders completely freak you out, I would not recommend walking around the property (the little crab spiders like to drape their webs across the pathways). The ants do love a snack. So if you leave food out, they will come to visit.
No smoking anywhere on the property. No glass around the property (please use one of our plastic cups), especially near or in the hot tub.
Please understand that this is a working farm, so walking around the property is at one's own risk! We require an email from guests saying that they understand this and that they accept all responsibility for anything that may happen on the property.
Please respect our home and our neighbors. No loud music late at night. Please feel free to use the washer and dryer, but we ask that you not use anything else in the garage.
A beautiful, clean, spacious property, very well equipped and with some lovely extra touches (infinity pool, Netflix).
We had a great welcome from Ray as well as some fantastic recommendations from Alissa who was very helpful and responsive.
Papa Kona is also great coffee! Try the Coffee Shack for breakfast, snorkelling at the Cook monument (you may see the dolphins) but just relax and enjoy this fabulous accommodation.
This place is as described - "magical"! We absolutely loved it and hope we can come back soon. We stayed at Papa Kona with our two children (ages 5 & 7) and the house/property is great with kids - places to explore, a kitchen & laundry facilities, Netflix, as well as overall being a stunning place. There are beautiful lawns and pavilions all over and the hot tub is outstanding!
Alissa & Derek were great hosts - Alissa's instructions were timely and accurate, and she also provided great food recommendations.
Highly recommend - this place is amazing - a way better way to stay on the Big Island than a chain resort - Papa Kona is essentially your own private resort.
Absolutely amazing property! We were greeted and shown around by the wonderful Ray, and settled in for a hassle-free relaxing time in this beautiful setting. I cannot emphasize enough how lovely this farm is. The grounds are lush and private- if you are renting make sure to find the swing and the outdoor shower. This was a perfect sanctuary for us and our teen-age daughter, wonderful to come home to our peaceful place after exploring the island or snorkeling. Communication with the hosts was prompt and I would love to visit again if given a chance. Thank you so much for sharing this truly magical place with us!
The house: According to Ray (the manager), the house is a farm house and therefore not designed to take advantage of the nice view. Only the bedroom has a fantastic view to the sea.
The manager: Ray gave us wondeful and useful information and the tip about poku (Safeway) and a place to go snorkeling were really appreciated.
The hot tube: you have to drive with the car to the hot tube when you wish to bring food and drinks.
The view: it was really a unique privilige to have this wondeful place for us and to see every evening the sunset with sun, clouds or rain. Always
The coffee: Great!
The garden: you can notice the amount of efforts and money invested by the owners. Good job!
In summary: Highly recommended
Great experience! We were in awe of the beautiful landscaping on the grounds. So lovely we spent extra time at the house and grounds rather then we planned and less time touring the island! Great views of the town. The house was supplied for cooking and grilling. I'd definitely do this again.
We loved our stay here. The house is comfortable, light-filled, and well laid out, and the grounds (including that stunning spa) are beautiful and fun to explore. We also enjoyed the location, which is a little removed from the tourist crowds but still convenient to shops, beaches, and restaurants. Alissa and Derek were on top of logistics and provided helpful recommendations and clear driving directions and access instructions before our arrival. My only regret is that we couldn't stay longer!
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About the Host, Alissa & Derek
We are an easy going, health conscience, friendly couple who feel fortunate to enjoy and be able to share the beauty of California and Hawaii.
In our free time we enjoy skiing, yoga, hiking, dancing, and general exploring (so much to discover). Derek is currently learning to play the bass, while I (Alissa) am working on my healthy cooking skills.
Papa Kona Coffee Farm and Bio-Plantation was a dream that originated with Derek's father. In 2010 we made it a reality. Check out the web site by googling Papa Kona Coffee!
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