You wouldn't really expect to find a top-notch bed-and-breakfast in Kau, but just up the road from South Point, this grand residence offers large private suites with locally harvested hardwood floors, private lanai with ocean and mountain views, and big, comfy beds with high-thread-count sheets and fluffy down comforters. Choose between a full hot breakfast or a continental breakfast of locally sourced fruits and baked goods—both come with award-winning Kau estate coffee. For those who want to explore the area's green- and black-sand beaches, or hike to the Kahuku unit of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, hosts Kenny Joyce and Kilohana Domingo are happy to share their knowledge of the area. The inn prides itself on its programs involving Hawaiian cultural arts, and guests may take part in lei-making and other workshops. Complimentary wine and beverages are included in each room.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Only guests age 12 and up are allowed at this inn, so this is not a good option for traveling families.
This beautiful inn has four different suites to choose from, each with warm, rich tones, lush furniture, and simple, yet lovely décor. A private lanai for each suite is another wonderful addition. Beautiful local flowers, art, and artifacts are around every turn in this home, adding a rustic, yet chic Hawaiian vibe to your stay.
Bathrooms are open, airy, and peaceful, with lovely décor and plenty of natural light. You’ll enjoy peeking outside of your window onto the grounds as you enjoy the rainfall shower.
Guests are greeted on the lanai by the hosts and welcomed with snacks and drinks.
There is no on-site restaurant, but snacks and breakfast are provided and includes local coffee and fruits. There is also an option to add on dinner for $25-30 per night, whenever you choose.
Friday nights are pizza night, and your dinner comes with a show! Guests can sit around the inn’s kitchen and watch hosts make pizza and divulge some of their cooking secrets. If there’s a night to have dinner at the inn, it’s Friday night!
You will need a car to reach your inn and to get around the Big Island.
Popular Hana Hou (11-min drive)has ono loco mocos and to-die-for chocolate macadamia nut pie (the kind that people drive across the island for). Punalu’u Bake Shop (12-min drive) is a must-visit to grab some of their malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts) and specialty breads.
Grab a beer or cocktail along with some killer coconut calamari at laid back Mehe’s Ka’u Bar & Grill (12-min drive), and don’t miss your chance to say you drank a beer at the southernmost bar in the US at Southside Shaka Restaurant & Bar (11-min drive) – just make sure you sit on the bar side and bring cash!
WHY WE LIKE IT
Far, far off the beaten path, this is one of the only hotels at the very south part of the island, which features areas that can often go under-visited (though they shouldn’t). It’s also a wonderfully warm and inviting place that’s great for relaxation in between exploring the island.