Fodor's Expert Review Kaawa Loa Plantation

82-5990 Napoopoo Rd., Captain Cook, Hawaii, 96704, USA See on Map

Proprietors Mike Martinage and Greg Nunn operate a grand bed-and-breakfast inn on a 5-acre coffee farm above Kealakekua Bay. The home features a 2,000-square-foot wraparound veranda with excellent views of the bay and the entire Honaunau coast. The outdoor lava-rock shower is a treat, and the authentic Hawaiian cedar steam house and outdoor hot tub also offer panoramic views. Full breakfasts feature ingredients from the property, including homegrown, 100% Kona coffee. A detached cottage in back of the main house provides private accommodations.


Rooms range from standard rooms, an open-air coffee cottage, and a suite, some with ocean views, with bed sizes and amounts varying. Décor is full of warm earth tones and is very inviting without being fussy.


Though the Mountain Room and Ocean View Rooms only have a half bath en suite, guests have the option of using the two private outdoor lava rock showers that guests rave about or a shared bath or shower inside the house. The suite includes a soaking tub and shower with peek-a-boo ocean views.


There is an ocean view hot tub and traditional Hawaiian cedar steam room available three days per week.


There is no on-site restaurant, a daily buffet-style breakfast is served daily (and eaten on the lanai with beautiful views if guests like) and features 100% Kona coffee and fruit from the plantation.


Getting Around

You’ll need a car to get to the plantation and around the island.


The Strawberry Patch (8-minute drive) has a variety of fresh made fare that includes curries, salads, and pastas. Not only do they have dinner service, but they also offer picnic basket service. Holuakoa Restaurant (22-minute drive) is a slow food restaurant that sources lots of its ingredients locally (most within five miles of the restaurant) and changes its menu regularly based on the season and available ingredients.


With lava flow and mai tai flights (they have 10 different kinds), there’s plenty to love at Don’s Mai Tai Bar (25-minute drive). Thursday nights are particularly fun as they host a weekly Hawaiian music series. The Big Island’s newest brewery, community-owned Ola Brewery (28-minute drive), offers brewery tours and tastes. Be sure to try the White Pineapple Cider!


This B&B is so warm and hospitable that it’s hard to leave and easy to want to return. Homemade breakfasts and snacks, along with wonderful views and sweet hosts make for a great stay. We also love that the plantation produces 100% of its electricity through solar panels.


Near the beach
Local Flavor


Phones: 808-323–2686

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