Fodor's Expert Review Kane Plantation Guesthouse

84-1120 Telephone Exchange Rd., off Hwy. 11, Honaunau, Hawaii, USA

The former home of late legendary artist Herb Kane, this luxury boutique guesthouse occupies a 16-acre avocado farm overlooking the South Kona coastline. Internationally traveled proprietors Michael and David leave no stone unturned; amenities include fresh flowers, evening turndown, robes and slippers, and tropical fruit baskets. Herb Kane's iconic artwork is displayed in all four suites. Detached from the main residence, the Kane and Kanaloa suites are spacious and private. The Kane Suite opens onto a water garden and porch, and includes koa furnishings designed by the artist along with a minibar, library, marble bathroom, and atrium Zen garden. Breakfast features ingredients grown on the property.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Children must be above the age of 14 to stay here, making this a better choice for couples or individuals than for families.


There are three suites at The Guesthouse, each with a TV, lush beds, and warm, inviting furniture and décor. These rooms bring quite a bit of luxury to the Hawaiian vibe. Two of the suites have their own private lanais, and the Kane Suite, named for the Hawaiian creator god, opens up to a private water garden and terrace.

Be sure to check out the Zen/Reiki Garden for a lovely morning meditation spot as you’re walking the grounds.


Bathrooms are nicely sized, with minimalist décor and walk-in showers. The Kanaloa Suite includes an outdoor bathroom in addition to the indoor bathroom.


There is a sauna and hot tub available for guests from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.


The Guesthouse includes treatment rooms for massage and bodywork, including Hawaiian lomilomi massage, Alii accutonics, and raindrop therapy.


Though there is no on-site restaurant, breakfast is provided daily at 8:30 a.m. in the dining room (a lovely screened lanai).


There is no on-site bar, but your visit includes complimentary minibar and a welcome bottle of wine


Getting Around

You will need a car to get to The Guesthouse and get 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 (18-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 (9-minute drive) for breakfast or late brunch.


Korner Pocket Bar & Grill (18-min drive) is a nice, friendly place to stop for a casual beer, to catch up on sports, or shoot a quick game of pool. Get drinks and a show at Gertrude’s Jazz Bar (38-min drive), an open-air jazz bar with great beer and wine selections, plus a few decadent desser-tinis to complement their cocktail list.


Well-manicured gardens, sweeping ocean views, and a secluded location make The Guesthouse an incredible place to get away from it all. We also especially love the on-site massage options, a rarity among smaller accommodations.


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Phones: 808-328–2416

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