Ka’awa Loa Plantation

82-5990 Napoopoo Rd
Captain Cook, 96704
Reviews:
Wow! Am I seriously the first one to review this place on Yelp? Hard to believe, because this was our favorite place to stay during our last trip to Hawaii. This B&B is on a coffee farm with beautiful views of the coast of Captain Cook and Kealakekua Bay. Greg & Michael were exceedingly gracious hosts and went out of their way to make sure we were having the best experience possible complete with offering tips on where to go on the island (dolphin viewing, snorkeling) as well as letting us borrow all sorts of beach gear (snorkels, boogie boards, beach mats). Breakfast was a huge assortment of fruit, yogurt, juices, breads and a hot addition every day. This might sound funny, but my favorite thing about this place were the outdoor lava-rock showers where I got to shower with the geckos for company every morning. A couple of notes: The rooms do not have personal showers. Our first room had a toilet and sink, but our second room did not. Also, the wood floors carry sound quite a bit. A couple of leadfoots were staying at this B&B at the same time as us and managed to wake us up VERY early every morning with their stomping. Plan not to sleep in.
What a wonderful Hawaiian getaway! My husband and I stayed here in December and we are so glad we did. Greg and Michael made us feel like guests in their home, not a hotel. We stayed 5 days and we had a truly enjoyable, relaxing time. We stayed in the main house which has an enormous wrap-around lanai (we spent the majority of our time there overlooking the Kealakekua Bay), beautifully decorated rooms, and gorgeous views everywhere you look. The rooms had a private half-bath with a shared full bath including tub and shower, but forget that--use the outdoor lava showers! And definitely take a turn in the tree-swing hanging from the giant mango tree! The confirmation emails Greg sent made me feel welcome even before we arrived. He included excellent directions that made finding the B&B very easy. Once we made our way up the steep driveway, we were greeted by Betty (the resident pup) and Michael, who settled us in, gave us a quick tour of the house and made some excellent dinner recommendations. The next morning we woke up to the most delicious breakfast I could imagine (Michael is a wonderful cook!) which included fresh fruit straight from the plantation. It was so enjoyable to sit on the lanai, sipping Kona coffee and fresh mango juice, while overlooking the coastline. We were in heaven. The B&B is conveniently located near plenty of sights and activities and Greg and Michael were always ready with suggestions for things to do. Since this was our first vacation in a couple years, we really wanted to relax so a couple nights we stayed in, read books, and cooked our dinner in the open kitchen. It felt so homey and I wished we lived there for real! I was so sorry to leave at the end of our trip because Greg and Michael made us feel so comfortable, welcome, and relaxed. I look forward to returning to their beautiful B&B sometime (hopefully soon)!
This was a really fantastic start to our honeymoon on the Big Island. We spent two nights here, and would definitely come back again next time we're there. Though the grounds and facilities were beautiful and deserve five stars themselves, Greg and Michael were very friendly and easygoing hosts, and made the stay far better. They were easy conversationalists, made great breakfasts with ridiculous spreads of local (even on-site) fruit, and were great concierges, recommending everything from where to go to dinner to which direction to take on a hike along the coast. We stayed in the cottage, which was recently remodeled and was really cute - perfect for the first couple days of a honeymoon, tucked separately from the main house, but still with full access to the rest of the property. We stored some beer and wine in the fridge, lounged on the daybed, and appreciated the private bathroom. There were more bugs toward the cottage, and a TON of geckos, but the screens, doors, and punk candles kept them from being an issue. The main property is a great place to relax. We spent hours sitting on the beautiful deck, watching sunsets and spending early morning hours watching the ocean from high above (and I do mean high - you wouldn't be blamed for having white knuckles while going up or down the steep driveway). The hottub is a good size for three or four and has those same ocean views, and is just steps from the main house. Best of all, the lava rock showers are an amazing way to clean up under the stars late at night, and they're plenty big for two :) Only two small nits (and I'm that guy): the wifi didn't reach out to the deck for our Apple products (iphone, ipad, macbook air), and even in the house, we couldn't connect properly. No wifi coverage at the cottage. Cellular coverage is strong, though. Also, you'll want to walk softly around the deck, since the ENORMOUS mango tree out front has a habit of dropping its fruit perilously close to your head. But those really were minor. The prices are perfect, the hosts are awesome, and the grounds are beautiful. If you're looking for a great place to stay on that side of the island, I wouldn't look any further.

(808) 323-2686

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Hale-Hoola Bed and Breakfast

85-4577 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, 96704
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Our room was clean and, oh, so comfortable. Our hosts felt like old friends within minutes. This was so much nicer than a loud, crowded hotel! Bob was extroverted, full of positivity and humor, and Mary seemed strong, yet gentle and caring. We immediately felt welcome and comfortable. The surrounding gardens had fruits, geckos and singing frogs at night. Breakfast was generous, delicious and healthful.
We are at our second night here and are doing well with this B&B. The beds are queens, the bathrooms are spacious and clean, and the breakfast and views are quite good. My compliments to Mary (& Bob) on a job well done. If you like a pastoral setting, including the farm animal sounds but with tropical breezes, this is your place. Yeah, the neighbor's fricken roosters crow on central time zone in the morning, hence only a four star rating from me.

(808) 328-9117

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Mahina Cafe

82-6123 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, 96704
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After a few hours of snorkeling in the Honaunau Bay, this was the lunch we were looking for! They served us fresh malassadas which were very good and unexpected. My boyfriend got the Portuguese bean soup with homemade focaccia bread while I ordered the panko crusted chicken with salad and rice. The food was so fresh and delicious! Also, the waitress was so friendly which made it an overall great experience.
Found this place through a referral of a local. Breakfast was absolutely amazing and the service was greats. Family owned and food cooked fresh. I highly recommend this to anybody looking for an amazing meal.
Food was very good! Atmosphere was good, waitress was accommodating! Would recommend this place for 1-6 people. Not that big on the inside or outside which made for a very nice dining experience.

(808) 323-3200

Cafes

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South Kona Fruit Stand

84-4770 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, 96704
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This place is just straight out awesome. The selection here is just beyond compare. If the fruit you're looking for is in season, you're pretty sure to find it here. My wife and I picked up some sapotes, rose apples, and a cashew apple. This last trip to Hawaii, my wife discovered that she was in love with sapotes, and the ones they had here didn't disappoint. The rose apple tasted like we were eating rose petals. The cashew apple was totally not what we expected, so interesting eating a juicy fruit that dehydrates you... I read later that you're supposed to mix these with sugar water and make a drink out of it. This place is a food adventure just waiting to happen, if you're up to the challenge!
Fabulous selection of fresh, tropical, organic fruit. Rambutan, guava, papaya, etc.... If you don't know what it is or how to tell if it's ripe, don't worry. The ladies at the stand will help you out!
Not that impressed and the woman working there wasn't super friendly. She did have a few items to taste which was good considering I had never even heard of a Jackfruit before. Worth stopping at if it is on your way to where you are going.

(808) 328-8547

Fruits & Veggies, Juice Bars & Smoothies

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Patz Pies

82-6127 Mamalahoa Hwy
Captain Cook, 96704
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As soon as you pull into the parking lot the smell will pull you in! Best pizza on the island for sure. Some of the best pizza I've had period actually. The view from the balcony is quality. The staff is friendly. Great selection of pizza flavors. The wait was a little long because the owner was donating 70 pizzas for the local high school team. It was no problem for us, because we were just enjoying the pacific view. But the owner wouldn't take no for an answer. He insisted on giving us a free dessert. My wife raved about the strawberry ice cream and the snickers cheesecake I had was superb. Patz Pies is a real gem. Don't pass it up!
My girlfriend and I came in right at sundown on the recommendation of our snorkeling guide. The inside was a bit full and it was obvious that the staff was dealing with a small rush. Even so, they wiped down a table out on the deck and we were seated. We ordered one of their speciality pizzas (white pizza, add sausage to half) and a caesar salad. The salad arrived first, and was huge, easily enough for an entire meal by oneself. The croutons are made in house along with the dressing and both were delicious. The pizza itself showed up a few minutes later and I must say, I was quite surprised to find such delicious pizza in Hawaii (no offense HI, but I never considered you a pizza powerhouse). I'm originally from the east coast and ever since moving west haven't found a decent pizza but Patz Pies is EASILY on par with anything I've had in the east. The crust alone is worth eating plain, it's that good. While we were eating, the owner stopped by and we mentioned this and you could see the pride in his face. He's a super nice guy, and I can't even hold the fact that he's a Niners fan against him. He mentioned that all of the ingredients (except the olives) are locally grown, and that he bought the business 8 months ago primarily for the crust recipe. I think that was a great decision, and with this crust he could make this pizza work anywhere in the country. The only downside to this place is that currently they can't have beer and wine out on the deck. I can understand why, there's apartments above, but I hope they get a solution rigged up.
Good food. Bad service. Seated outside--waited 15 minutes, no one. Went in to ask for a server, were told they were coming out, 15 minutes later--no one. Went in and ordered with the hostess. Food came out, and was good. No one came out to check on us our entire meal. When we finally went inside to ask for our bill, they didn't even know who we were. Cashier/server tells us, "you sat at the table that everyone forgets about." Ordering TO GO from now on.

(808) 323-8100

Pizza, American (New), Italian

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Halemalu

81-2026 Haku Nui Rd
Captain Cook, 96704
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This is a good budget place to stay. Nothing fancy. Plenty of space.

(808) 987-5247

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The Rainbow Plantation


Captain Cook, 96704
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This place was super cute. The owner was incredibly friendly and more than happy to help us find some of the local gems. He was also great with directions and went out of his way to help us figure out where we needed to be. The rooms were clean but smelled a little of mildew, although that is expected at just about any place near the ocean. Not a big fan of bananas, but the banana pancakes, as well as the granola were a great start to the morning. Also loved the personalized art in each room (took this a little far towards the door and on the fan, but still cute). We also met some lovely people during breakfast with is on a balcony upstairs. The view is perfect to see all of the lush wildlife and before breakfast, we even ran into a peacock and had a photo sesh. Loved the experience will def be back! Oh and one more thing, at night the really long driveway going deep into the "forest" is kind of creepy, but in the light of day, it's totally fine. Anyways you should def go here!
My wife and I stayed at Rainbow Plantation last year in 2013. We were enchanted by the lovely view, and the peace and quiet away from the main road. She and I were in dire straits financially because we are both disabled, and we needed a place to stay short term. We were happy that the owner, Christian worked with us to give us a discount since we were staying there for weeks during the slow season. There was a certain date when we would have to move out of the room we were staying in, because he had it booked before we ever got there. We asked if there was another place we could stay, and pay the same rent, and he said he wasn't sure. We waited about two and a half or three weeks, and he didn't give us the answer til the day of. He then said we could stay in the WWOOF'ers cabin, which are people that live there for free in exchange for working on the plantation. We were to pay the same rent, and we took it without examining the cabin, because we assumed it would be similar. The man who had been living in it, "Jay" didn't clean it very well. My wife spent about eight hours dusting that tiny filthy place when we first moved in. The toilet didn't flush very well, and the shower didn't drain well either. Apparently, "Jay" was angry that we had moved in, even though we were paying rent. The first or second night we stayed there, he and the other "WWOOF'er", Mike, came back from a party belligerently drunk. Jay and Mike were standing by the fire, then for some reason Jay began slapping Mike's face 3 or 4 times. Jay began shouting that we are staying in "his" cabin, and sleeping in "his" bed as he poured gasoline on a fire they had just started. "I know you can hear me!" he screamed. Mike could barely speak or walk, and stumbled on to the cabin's front door, leaning on it, blocking our only exit. Jay demanded that Mike take a shot with him by the fire, but Mike couldn't speak. Then Jay said, "well if you don't come have a shot with me by the fire, I'll bring the fire to you." Then, Jay poured a trail of flaming gasoline toward Mike who was leaning on our front door still. I was watching this silently, hoping that Jay would calm down. When I realized we had no land line, no cel phone reception, no internet connection, no one might even hear us scream in the jungle far away from the main road, we had one way out which was blocked by a drunk man, and another one with a can of gasoline pouring on the ground, I thought, "We are screwed." When I saw the trail of fire, I woke up my wife, she screamed, and Jay stopped pouring the gasoline. Mike stumbled into this little space between the two tiny buildings the cabin is made out of, and he mumbled and shouted gibberish. My wife was terrified. I asked Jay to put out the fire on the ground. He said, "What fire? There's no fire," and stomped out the fire slowly. Mike wandered off, and they went to bed. My wife and I hurriedly packed up our most basic necessities, and walked out in the cover of darkness to the main road. We walked about a mile along a dangerous road late at night to an acquaintance's place, which was very hard for my wife who has chronic pain, and we called the police who said they could do nothing. The next morning, my wife and I were having coffee at a cafe outdoors in front of it, and Jay and Mike approached us a quick aggressive manner. Mike was carrying a large sugar cane stalk as if it was a club over his shoulder. He then held it out in front of him, and whipped out a pocket knife, and began whittling the cane stalk right by us. I told him he needed to back away and give us space. They went into the cafe. I called the police again, and Mike and Jay walked through the kitchen and went out the back door to hide from the police. The police did not arrest them. I emailed Christian and told him what happened. He later emailed me and told me that Jay was not allowed on the property, and to please come back. Of course, I refused, because Mike had also threatened us with a knife and stick. Christian also said, "They're nice guys, just not when they drink." To his credit, Christian did give us the entire month's rent back, but that's about the only positive thing he did in this situation. I heard later that he allowed Jay back on the property. Me wife and I have been severely traumatized by this experience. It has taken me almost a year to get to the point that I can write about this. I can see why people love this place, because the setting is so beautiful and quiet, and my wife and I found it very cute and enchanting, until we almost got burned alive in a little cabin in the jungle.
We stayed here one night on our way around the Big Island. We didn't get to take advantage of the property as we were only there for a short time (we left early in the morning to go snorkeling at Captain Cook). The property is very nice. We stayed in the boat house, which was pretty cool. There were gorgeous peacocks and chickens spotted around the property, some parrots and a pig! The breakfast was yummy- fresh lilikoi and mango spread, papaya slices and coffee from the plantation. There was also cereal and pastries as well. This may not be for everyone- its not the four seasons, but for $100 a night (in a sea of of 70's condo/motels that will run you a bit more), it's a great option! I would definitely stay here again next time I find myself in the Captain Cook/Kona area!

(808) 323-2393

Hotels, Bed & Breakfast

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Dragonfly Ranch

84-5146 Keala O Keawe Rd
Captain Cook, 96704
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We went to Hawaii 3 years ago for our honeymoon. We planned to stay here for 2 nights. They are very nice people. Unfortunately it was not our cup of tea. It is different so we decided to go to a regular hotel the next night. They refunded us for both nights which was very kind of them. Thanks.
We appreciated the loving sanctuary of the Drangonfly Ranch, but it wasn't a good fit for us. We left a day early in order to explore another part of the island that better suited us. We're city folk, and found the Dragonfly Ranch a bit too rustic - especially the bathroom open to the elements except for a bamboo screen. If you're looking for a new age kind of spiritual vacation, this might be the place for you. Resources are available, and the breakfast was beautiful and loving presented.
Hooray for Dragonfly Ranch! This is a long overdue review of the Ranch as I stayed there a year ago. I stayed there while house hunting on the Big Island and Barbara was wonderful. He place is amazing. I stayed in the Dolphin room, and it was all that I needed. My husband and I now live in Hawaii (Hamakua area) but you can be sure we will be back to visit the Ranch. If you want super clean with no bugs or geckos, head over to the sterile soulless resorts north of Kona. This place is a jem. You really feel the energy flowing through this place. I was spent from working weeks on end at a remote Oil Platform in the Arctic. Barbra helped me feel rejuvenated. She let me use the sauna, mixed me up a special shake each morning, and just chatted with me about living in Hawaii, and banishing the negativity that seems to surround us so often. Do yourself a favor and stay at the Dragonfly Ranch. You'll get a real slice of local life. If that's not your back, head North to the cookie cutter resorts and the fakey luaus. Mahalo Barbara!

(808) 328-2159

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A Beautiful Edge of the World

82-4778 Mamalahoa Hwy,Ste B
Captain Cook, 96704
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In planning our weekend getaway to the Big Island, the boyfriend and I decided to stay in a bed and breakfast rather than a hotel. And there are LOTS of bed-and-breakfast places Kona side. Edge of the World was a gem out of the many I considered: reasonable prices for rooms, vegan-friendly breakfasts, friendly/helpful and quick communication with Kurt and Kana, favorable reviews on tripadvisor, suggestions about attractions and restaurants (even before we booked the room). Winner! The boyfriend and I stayed two nights in the Crow's Nest, which is on the second floor of the house with a private lanai and bathroom. The view from the lanai and the room windows was amazing! We arrived at night and did some gazing at the stars from the lanai. The king bed was a nice luxury too compared to our respective (smaller) beds at home. A goal one of these days is to have a bedroom large enough to comfortably fit a king-size bed. One day, maybe. About the drive to the B&B, Kurt and Kana provided detailed directions beforehand. We arrived at dark, so we were a little bit challenged navigating. My boyfriend was the one in the driver's seat while I was in charge of reading the directions and directing us. Our route was a little unclear to me in a few spots, so we called Kurt and Kana for further guidance. No problem. My boyfriend became familiar with the route to and from the B&B - he could probably do the drive in the dark or with his eyes closed! ;o) The breakfasts were amazing - visually, gustatorily. Easily customized - vegan-friendly if need be. Excellent coffee (so I hear, I'm not a coffee expert). Super local, delicious tropical fruit. Digging the avocado toast! My new favorite food! I knew my dad would envy the breakfast pictures! After we finished our breakfasts, Kurt would stop by the breakfast table and offer to answer any of questions about things to do that day. Kurt and Kana let us borrow snorkel gear, beach towels, coolers with ice packs, etc. for our little day trips. Very nice! Next time we're Kona side - we'll try to book the Pacific Room, which is cheaper than the Crow's Nest, has a semi-private lanai, and appears to have a hot tub. Otherwise I wouldn't mind staying in the Crow's Nest. Until next time!
This B&B place is totally at the edge...breathtaking view from our rented room. Kurt and Kana are excellent host and hostess! We were able to enjoy our stay at this place, plus laundry was taken care of. However, the drive to/from to this place is a bit tricky (need careful navigation)! Overall, fun stay and its all part of the adventure (even the drive to this place).
This is an amazing place !! This was my third stay at A Beautiful Edge of the World and I'm sure it won't be my last. The hosts are great -- friendly, informative, and helpful (they even do laundry for people who stay three days or more, free of charge !). The rooms are comfortable and spotless. There are a ton of interesting and fun things to do nearby and some great and very reasonable restaurants five or ten minutes away. On all of my stays there were interesting people staying there--folks from all over the world, and that made for great breakfast (absolutely delicious I might add) conversations together in the morning, and while having breakfast we can look out at the Pacific Ocean. Best of all, the price is really great compared to other places I've stayed. Oh, and one more thing, the coffee grown there at the plantation is the best I've ever had. I can strongly recommend this place to absolutely anyone.

(808) 328-7424

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L&L Drive Inn

75-5595 Palani Rd,Ste A6
Captain Cook, 96704
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I stopped at this L&L on the way to a coffee tour. I've only been to Hawaii 3 times, but I really never remembered eating loco moco. I figured, this day was the day. OMG, they don't skimp here. I got a mountain of rice, topped with 2 large beef patties, eggs, and smothered in gravy. On vacay, I eat like I haven't eaten in days, so this was right up my alley. I also tried the lumpia. I'm filipino, so it didn't taste like mom's. It tasted like, I dunno, the frozen stuff you get at the local asian store. I was ok with it though. It's fast food, after all. The thing I like about L&L is consistent food, reasonable prices, and friendly service. I got all three at this L&L.
We wanted to see if it was better than the ones we had in southern CA and found them to be the same. Good food and convenient place to stop off during our trip to the Kona coast. We tried the spare rib platter with the macaroni salad and rice.
Very bad service.. Person at the window picking his nose behind the counter thinking nobody was looking and continued to handle food and utencils, and serve it to customers.

(808) 331-8886

Barbeque, Fast Food

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