Kohala Estates, Kohala Coast - Magical
We loved staying at Phil and Mitsuko's studio apartment on the Kohala Coast, it was an amazing part of a once in a lifetime experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. Imagine sitting on a lanai (porch) with a palm tree swaying in the breeze in a small orchard of mango, papaya and banana trees. About 1000 ft up, on the side of a small mountain, you are looking over a small harbor (Kawaihae) and the beautiful Kohala coast. Mauna Kea observatories gleam in the morning sunlight, off to your left, then mysteriously disappear behind clouds as the day goes on. Sounds like paradise: Right? Well it is! We arrived on the island July 7, 2016 in Hilo and stayed at a fun and funky little hotel, from there we drove north through rain forests dripping with orchids and waterfalls and over the Kohala mountains for a night in Hawi. We booked a hotel in Hawi and the experience was, well, weird, I won't go into detail, suffice it to say, we were ready to get out of there. We found this studio apartment on VRBO, luckily Phil had openings for the next 4 nights (July 10- 14, 2016) and we booked it. It was wonderful. From this studio apartment on Lokelani Place we explored the beaches of the Kohala Coast, Hapuna Beach is probably the most famous, but we also visited Spencer Beach Park ( a local/ family beach and park), Waialea Beach and Puako Bay. We day tripped to the Volcanos, hiking across Kilauea Iki Crater and exploring the park. Another day we drove to Mauna Kea, staying to look through the telescopes at the Onizuka Center, half way up the mountain, after sunset. I was too chicken to drive the rental car to the summit. I bet that was an amazing sunset! We saw the petroglyphs at Puako/Malama Petroglyph Trail which are amazing, walked through a strange little forest of wizened and ancient looking trees to the flowing lava fields and the ancient carvings. We spent a day at Mauna Lani public beach, a bit of a hike, but worth it and had lunch at the Mauna Lani resort bar. Nice. The studio is outfitted with everything you could need. Coffee maker, microwave, toaster oven, dishes and cutlery. The owners have thoughtfully provided beach chairs, beach towels and a cooler as well as a BBQ. We shopped in Waimea for groceries and bought some smoked Ahi (tuna) from a roadside vendor to save a couple bucks. The Fish tacos at the Plantation Grill are fantastic. I recommend you stay at this studio. It was perfect for the two of us. Clean and well maintained. Enjoy!
Studio Kohala Big Island Ocean Views