About This Listing
Experience Hawaiian Country style living.
Surrounded by tropical foliage, this spacious, comfy studio feels like you're living in the trees!
A cozy kitchenette is available in the room for creating simple meals. Enjoy them on the bistro table over looking a stunning view of the pacific.
Spacious room. King bed, full bathroom & small kitchenette. Optional queen size air bed can be set up for extra guest(s). Maximum (4). Additional charges after first 2 guests.
This spacious studio just minutes from Kona town has a comfy king bed and full bath. The kitchenette is small but large enough to create simple meals. Enjoy them on the bistro table over looking a beautiful view of the pacific.
This master suite is located in our 3 bedroom guest cottage. It is located on the upstairs level of the cottage so you definitely have a sense of personal space and privacy.
Our guests have access to the BBQ area on the back lanai.
There is a BBQ grill, and patio table/chairs to enjoy a meal or just hanging outside surrounded by nature.
Interaction with Guests
Someday we will have the luxury of being stay at home airbnb hosts. In addition to our airbnb vacation home adventure, we own and run a small bakery and cafe in Kona so we get up early and get home late afternoons.
Even though we work a lot, we are easily reached via the airbnb message thread and upon booking a stay with us will be provided with our 3 cell numbers, home number and bakery number should you need to reach us for any reason.
We do have a wonderful couple who are caretakers~co/hosts that live on property and are eager to chat and answer any questions you might have.
Our home is nested on 1.5 private in a beautiful, desirable area in the hills just minutes from Kona town. In fact if you're at the Kailua Kona pier and you look south, you can see our areas perched on the mountainside from there.
We've had many people visit our property (even long time locals) that have said "wow! This spot is amazing! I didn't even know this existed up here".
Driving down the road you'll see coffee farms, banana trees and macadamia nut groves and lush tropical foliage. Our neighbors are mostly coffee growers and farmers. You don't see any other houses from our home (even though we do have neighbors on adjacent properties), yet we are conveniently located minutes from Keauhou Resort and Kailua Kona where you'll find all the modern conveniences of shopping, dining, movie theaters, entertainment, grocery stores and of course wonderful beaches, snorkeling spots and amazing island adventures.
The historic Keauhou Store is located just under a mile from our home. This adorable country/vintage store sells all kinds of snacks, drinks and even has a small lunch menu. It's a great place to sit, relax and watch life go by. Oh! And the owner, Thea, makes amazing, fresh baked cookies!
Palekana road (the road our home is on) is a great road for a morning run or evening walk. One of our neighbor's farms is a sight for Kamehameha Schools so sometimes you can hear the kids chanting in Hawaiian as they work on the land. It's amazing.
Because we are located in the jungle, you can expect to hear wildlife. Coqui frogs will chirp into the night if we've had rain. Roosters sometimes crow early in the morning, and occasionally in the middle of the night. We do our best to
Because our home is secluded, having a rental car is highly recommended. There is a bus about a 1 mile walk, but the bus can be unreliable. Late, early, broken. Riding a bike is not recommended. The hill would be maddening and the country road is dangerous for bikers as it has no shoulder on certain parts.
Other Things to Note
We have 3 dogs that live in the fenced in courtyard. They're very sweet dogs and pretty much hang out in the courtyard and play. They rarely bark. If they do, it's short and usually only when a new guest arrives or they don't like the sound of a particular vehicle.
We live in Kona Coffee Country and are surrounded by nature and animal sounds. The area (and pretty much all of rural Hawaii) has it's share of wild turkeys, pheasants, coqui frogs during the rainy season (spring) and of course we can't forget Hawaii's official alarm clock, the wild rooster.
We do provide you with complementary ear plugs however if you are a particularly light sleeper you might want to consider staying here.
***This room in particular is not as subjected to the sounds of rooster.
A little info on the chickens of Hawaii:
One thing that you might find interesting is the number of wild chickens on the Hawaiian islands, although they don't resemble any chickens you've ever seen. These are the Hawaiian Moa (Ornamental Red Jungle Fowl) now considered a protected state bird introduced to the island centuries ago by the Polynesians on their travels across the pacific - although since that time these birds have been intentionally and unintentionally cross bred with many other species of chicken, from fighting birds to wild fowl.
They are the same birds you will see on Tahiti and would have meet on the other Hawaiian islands before mongoose were introduced to keep the numbers of chickens and rabbits down.
These chickens are strange birds indeed: take their habit of flying into the tree tops to eat bananas, or on to the roof of your car to just escape from predators like you. Brightly colored they 'strut their stuff' day and night, followed or preceded by mom and her chicks running through parking lots, backyards, roads, jungles, gas stations and golf courses. The roosters are usually a beautiful red color, occasionally speckled with white spots. They do not always cock-a-doodle-doo just at first light, but often at irregular times during the day & night, and seem most confused by a full moon. Some people love them, others just hate their obtrusive early morning alarm calls, or the habit they seem to have acquired of unpacking your bags on the beach looking for snacks while you swim. Either way, they are a part of the islands that you'll never forget!
We thank you for choosing to stay with us! We want you to have an awesome and enjoyable stay and great memories.
We ask that you not smoke in any of the rooms or back lanai. If you wish to smoke, you're welcome to hang out on the lower parking lot. The view is amazing too.
We ask that beginning at 10:00 pm, in respect for all other guests, any phone calls, conversations, TV watching is kept at a mellow volume.
Please keep all food (chips, cookies, fruit) in the refrigerator or stored in the microwave. A piece of fruit is a feast for fruit flies and bugs.
Our specific neighborhood has the highest prices for electricity in the entire country. Please turn off TV, lights and ceiling fan when gone for the day.
We are on a rain water catchment system. The faucet water is great for washing dishes, washing hands, brushing teeth and such. Drinking water (also for cooking and coffee) is available in your room on the dispenser. A back up 5 gallon bottle is available should you need more water. If you run out, definitely let us know and we'll replace/refill for you.
Antoinette always responded quickly, and the place was truly a hidden gem! It was slightly difficult to initially get there, but absolutely worth it. We definitely had a great time. The view was stunning (especially in the morning), room was spacious with privacy and everything we needed. Waking up to the sounds of birds and nature was a wonderful experience.
For those looking at this listing, the pictures really don't do it justice. The view from the room is incredible and fills the room with light during the waking hours. Facilities are all very clean and the bed was very comfy. The room itself is one of a few in a larger house that is situated on the mountainside in the forest. The house is gorgeous and has a wonderful garden, as well as outdoor facilities for cooking and relaxing. The location itself is pretty prime - about ten minutes south of Kona proper. It's close to Kona and close to Captain Cook Bay/The Place of Refuge, so those looking for a base camp to explore from should be quite happy.
Antoinette was a wonderful hostess and answered a number of questions I had without any hesitation. Anyone looking for a place to stay should seriously consider this location. It was fantastic.
It was the perfect place to start our trip in Hawaii. As the directions were perfect, the house was easy to find, even in dark and after 24 hours of traveling. We felt more than welcome and the breakfast in the bakery of our hosts in Kona was a friendly, convenient and helpful start into our activities. Antoinette and her husband are very helpful with all questions that one can have about the island. A very well prepared brochure with all possible activities is waiting for you in the apartment.
The apartment has absolutely a stunning view and we could easily prepare our meals in the kitchen. It was clean and very friendly prepared for us. All this is topped with the best coffee I ever had. If Hawaii was closer to my home, I would return several times per year.
This was an absolutely lovely space to spend some of our vaction days in. It was private and secluded with an absolutely amazing view. We personally loved the coque frogs and roosters as they just added to the charm. I would love to stay here again when we make it back to the big island.
My stay at Antoinette's place was quite enjoyable. It was my first Airbnb experience and I was pleasantly surprised. Very comfortable room - excellent view (especially when the sun is out). The neighborhood is very relaxing and lets you feel like you're on vacation.
Only recommendation is that if you aren't a deep sleeper - as with other locations on the hawaiian islands there are some roosters - some of which seem a little off on their timing (2:30am)... if you are worried about this or want to ensure a good night's sleep, have some earplugs or similar on hand (One night I used my in ear headphones)
Antoinette and her husband were quite friendly and personable. Additionally, you can tell they put in some effort to make your stay convenient including a binder of local trip / activity ideas (which helped introduce me to my favorite beach / snorkel area!)
Appreciated the driving directions to the place. Glad we were not trying to find it at night since some of the signs are hand painted. Quiet area (except for the frogs at night and birds when the sun rose but we enjoyed these songs of nature), quiet upper floor room. Not great for those looking for city action all day and (website hidden) equipment was great. We were able to cook many meals. Fresh fruit was wonderful. Did not know about the availability of bread on Saturday until after we had bought bread in a store. BIG kingsize bed.
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About the Host, Antoinette
I'm Antoinette. Thank you for your interest in staying with us during your visit to the island of Hawaii.
My husband, Jonathan and our 15 year old daughter are originally from "The Land of Enchantment" (Taos, New Mexico) and have been living on this amazing island for 10 years. We came here after a 3 year adventure in Homer, Alaska.
In 2013, we were blessed by our hanai uncle who sold us his home which gives us the opportunity to share it with visitors from around the world!
After staying at a couple hostels in Alaska, I fell in love the "B&B", "Hostel" vibe. There is something really cool about sharing space with others in a "non hotel like" setting. You get to experience an interesting reality. We're really happy we get to create that here on the beautiful Big Island.
I love nature and am a passionate animal and earth lover. I love full moon nights, stargazing, snorkeling and swimming with dolphins.
I love writing, reading, and learning. I'm really fascinated by holistic health, wellness and spirituality.
I love stories about UFO and mermaid sightings and pretty much things super~natural.
Even though I love studying and learning about the spiritual worlds, I am definitely very grounded. :)
I'm also very much into the self discovery and self improvement realm.
Some of my favorite teachers are:
Don Miguel Ruiz, Louise Hay, Lucinda Bassett, Serge Kahili King, Deepak Chopra & Tony Robbins.
My next adventure is to become a therapist and facilitate healing and expansion retreats at our home.
My husband is very mellow and a bit on the introverted quiet side.
However once he gets comfortable, he enjoys chatting. He's one of the hardest working persons I've ever known. He used to be a longline fisherman in Alaska for 15 years and also did crab fishing in the Bering Sea. He's the main baker at our cafe. He enjoys SCUBA diving and working around the house.
Our 15 year old daughter is very sweet and an amazingly grounded teenager. I think it helps that she's been home schooled the last 5 years. She's very athletic and is a Big Island and State Champion 6 man canoe paddling racer.
She helps us at our cafe and runs the front of the house. When she's not working or paddling, this mermaid child loves spending as much time as she possibly can at the beach.
As a family, we love adventures, relaxing at home and doing home improvement projects. We are vegans for 3 years now and are solid and tight knit, just enjoying another day in paradise. Hope to meet you along the way.
With Warmest Aloha!
Antoinette, Johnny & Luna
Award winning coffee. They offer tours here too!
CVS "Longs Drugs".
Restaurants here include: Mexican, Subway, Thai, Crepe Cafe, Sushi, Sam Choy's, Sports Bar & A Pizzaria.
located 10 minutes from our place. It's a great place to "Stand Up Paddle", kayak & watch teams practice 6 man canoe racing! Popular snorkel and manta ray tours launch out of here.