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Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Hoomaluhia

  • 250 Maluhia Rd. Map It
  • Kapaau
  • Fodor's Choice


  • Stunning location
  • Ancient Hawaiian spiritual sites
  • Eco-friendly


  • Not within walking distance of restaurants
  • Off the beaten path

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Here, above the sea cliffs in North Kohala's Hawi, sustainability meets luxury without sacrificing comfort: Hawaii Island Retreat generates its own solar and wind-turbine power, harnesses its own water, and grows much of its own food. Beautiful floors are sustainably harvested woods, and rooms take advantage of natural light and ventilation to keep energy usage low. Surrounded by 51 acres, 20 of which are a dedicated conservation area, the retreat feels both luxurious and completely hidden from the world. Handsome rooms have high ceilings, elegant doors, crown molding, and private balconies. Three new cliff-side hales with kitchenettes and ocean views have been recently added to the property. More affordable options are available at the retreat's Yurt Village, which includes access to the saltwater infinity pool and fitness center. Breakfast is sourced from the resort's garden supply, augmented by island-fresh ingredients from local farms.

Hotel Information


250 Maluhia Rd., off Hwy. 270 in Hawi, Kapaau, Hawaii, 96719, USA

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Hotel Details:

  • 10 rooms, 7 yurts, 3 hales
  • Rate includes: Breakfast

Published 01/10/2017

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Aug 4, 2016

Awesome Gilfriend's retreat

I've just returned from my 2nd 5-day stay at the retreat. I live on Hawaii's Big Island, several mainland friends and I have visited 2 years in a row for a girlfriend's getaway, staying in one of the rooms in the main lodge. We think it is a WONDERFUL place. I enjoyed it this year even more than last. Its remoteness is a big "pro" not a "con." We ate gourmet breakfasts, did yoga every day, lounged by the gorgeous salt-water pool,

had spa services, and walked among the sacred stones in the valley. The massage I had was 1st class. Then we cleaned up a bit and went out for incredible dinners in nearby Hawi (5 mins) and Waimea (45 mins). On the days we ventured off the grounds, we snorkeled and beached at some of the best places on the Kona/Kohala coast, about 30 mins from the retreat. The staff made us feel like part of their family and took care of every request we made of them. With 4 of us sharing a room it was a steal! If you are looking for a sterile environment with air conditioning and perfect wifi and a staffed restaurant 24/7, this isn't your place. But if you are open to a more natural experience and slower pace, this is your place. We are already planning our visit for next summer. Loved it!

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May 13, 2016

The Yurt Option

While just under $200/night, the yurts offer more of a camping than a hotel experience. Expect mosquitos + other outdoor insects, cold water in your 1/2 bath, a flimsy door lock + no nighttime staff.

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