In the hills above Puuhonu O Honaunau, this guesthouse offers quiet elegance, complete privacy, and ocean views from every room. With a focus on nature, the house is tastefully furnished in earth tones. The bath products are 100% organic, and the yummy full breakfasts are as close to organic as they can muster and all grown on-site. Common areas include a kitchenette and living area with a high-definition television, DVD library, and computer with high-speed Internet.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The drive up to the guesthouse can be a little tricky – it’s best done during the day for optimum safety.
There are five rooms in the guesthouse, and all are decorated with warm island décor, including flowers throughout. Each room connects to a shared lanai, so the privacy isn’t quite perfect, but the views of Kealakekua and Honaunau Bays make it worth it.
Kohola and Halawai rooms have the added perk of being able to see the ocean while laying in bed. If you’re really into ocean views, you’ll want to choose one of these.
Bathrooms differ among the rooms, but each room has its own private bathroom.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The Aloha Room is currently only available to host a maximum of one guest, so don’t go falling in love with it if you’re bringing a partner.
You’ll need a car to get to your accommodations and around the island.
If you booked a Hawaiian vacation mostly because you love poke and seafood, you’ll definitely want to stop by Sun Dried Specialties (22-minute drive) – the name might not leave much of an impression, but the food definitely will. For lovely views and incredible pastries visit The Coffee Shack (14-minute drive) for breakfast or late brunch.
With lava flow and mai tai flights (they have 10 different kinds), there’s plenty to love at Don’s Mai Tai Bar (40-min drive). Thursday nights are particularly fun as they host a weekly Hawaiian music series. TJ’s Pau Hana Hale (40-min drive) is a new sports bar getting lots of love by locals, particularly because TJ is such a nice guy and makes a mean Old Fashioned.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Treetop and ocean views make it easy to feel like you’ve just stepped into a luxurious jungle treehouse. The comfort and serenity of this beautiful home make for a wonderfully relaxing vacation, and the hosts are incredibly friendly and welcoming.