We stayed three nights and checked in to a clean and sufficiently equipped apartment. The shower head was terribly blocked with limescale but after a short talk to John (the owner of the house) he replaced it right away. The kitchen is simple but well equipped. There were many left-over sauces and spices from people who previously rented the place. Though I believe that John and his wife would like to give others the chance to use all the spices etc. it makes the fridge look very messy and the first impression could be affected (my advice - keep salt and pepper and toss the rest). And please clean the mini oven. The kitchen equipment, stove, oven, fridge is good and worked well - we cooked great food (Ahi, Mahi Mahi etc. there and enjoyed it very much). A sliding door between kitchen and living/bedroom would not only block the kitchen smell but also avoid the sometimes noisy fridge from disturbing sleep (honestly I was not bothered at all by it but my fiancé woke up when the fridge started to cool). The bed is very big and comfy. Unfortunately the left side of the bed (facing the bed) is sunken (maybe someone very heavy slept there before) - I could still sleep well though the other side (where my fiancé used to sleep) is more comfy. The bathroom was very clean and apart from the small issue with the shower head perfectly equipped. Many towels (also beach towels) there. Outside the backdoor in the bathroom there's a washing machine and a tumble dryer - we used it twice and it worked well. John provides detergents etc. The outside area is nice. There's a terrace with a table and chairs where one can spend lots of time. The entrance area to the Ohana seems a bit crowded. Lot's of storage boxes (my advice - hang towels or cloths to cover them). By the way - it did not really disturb us or our stay in your house! It's an extremely quiet neighborhood and we enjoyed that a lot! Still it's close to Kailua-Kona and all the restaurants, beaches etc. Summary: If you are looking for a reasonably priced stay not too far from Kona then this place is a good deal. Good kitchen facilities and a clean, big living/bedroom with ceiling fan and terrace make the stay enjoyable. John is a very nice host and will definitely help you out whenever you need his assistance. Unfortunately we could not get to know John's wife in person - according to all the email conversation she is an extremely polite person and for sure a great host! Mahalo
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