Nothing adds to a vacatio...
Nothing adds to a vacation more than discovering a new place which is unique and excellent value. The Kona Coffee Estate is one such rental. My wife and I visited Hawaii in October 2009 for the first time after more than forty years of travel world wide. Candidly, we didn't know what to expect as we collected our rental car at the airport and followed the printout directions to our week long stay in the hills above the hustle and din of Kona. In retrospect this was the near perfect introduction to the big island. Shopping at local farmers' markets for fruits and vegetables and preparing them ourselves connects us to others from the community. Add fish and meat from the nearby grocery store, and meals become a highlight of the stay. The fully stocked kitchen made storage and preparation a breeze. A gas fired grill on the deck added an extra element of versatility. A good day begins with a good cup of coffee, and there is no better start than with freshly ground beans from the home owners. Time on the beach is much more enjoyable when you have the basic gear. Umbrellas, chairs, coolers, and towels sit at the ready on the deck, and that means not having to haul that much weight and volume from the mainland. Some may go to Hawaii to be part of the hustle and bustle of a resort scene. This rental is not for that kind of traveler. Instead it offers privacy, quiet, and a neighborhood ambience which is close enough to necessary services but far enough from vacation business to give you a sense rest. Donna and Robbie are respectful of your privacy but available if you need a tip on where to buy the freshest fish, or a good value restaurant nearby. The basic question my wife and I ask oursleves when selecting a place to stay is whether or not it meets or exceeds its advertising. The Kona Coffee Estate does so with charm and personality.

December 2009
Kona Coffee Estate in Holualoa
Kona Coffee Estate in Holualoa
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