The SpaceThe house has been called a piece of art by some of our guests :-) Full size bed plus sofabed as well as two single beds in a separate sleeping area. Free parking. Please make sure you read our "Other things to note" further down this page. Thank you! Guest AccessOpen kitchen space available for our guests.
You have your own private entrance. Interaction with GuestsBreakfast gives you the opportunity to pick our brains for your days' adventure if you so desire. Coffee farm tours can be arranged at your/James' convenience.
We love to interact with our guests, giving them tipps about the best spots on the island but naturally also respect their privacy. The NeighborhoodWe have some big trees in the neighborhood. Rainbow Eucalyptus, Mango and Monkey pod, just to name a few. You'll be able to watch birds, look at coffee trees, pick up mangoes from the driveway and gaze at the stars at night.
Kona is known for its year round sunny weather daily temperatures ranging from 81 to 86 degrees. World class beaches and dining. Attractions such as swimming with dolphins, body glove snorkel tours, volcano helicopter tours, submarine and glass bottom boat tours are only a few to mention. This is a marine preserve and you can swim with sea turtles, and all the other tropical fish found in Hawaii's waters. Ocean kayaking and snorkeling are favorite activities at this spot. Coffee farms offer tours and samples of famous Kona coffee throughout the rural areas.
Kaahaluu Beach Park 15 minutes away. This has got to be one of the best snorkeling places in the world. It is a pretty, but unpretentious setting. One of the things that makes it good, in addition to the variety of fish you will see, is the fact that it is a really safe place to snorkel. It is good for children, older people, or those who can't swim. traditional Hawaiian Luaus are offered at several locations, and well worth the cost. Everyone should visit the hilton waikoloa village for a full day trip. Free transport to galleries, dolphin quest, restaurants and shops. The Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii has a number of ongoing experiments and applications of ocean technology, all very interesting.
Puuhonau O Honaunau National Historic Park (30 minutes away), or the City of Refuge (highly recommended) gives you the feel for the former way of life in a partially restored 16th century village. You will see thatched huts, canoes, idols, and a temple that has the bones of several Hawaiian chiefs. Set on a peaceful white sand beach. Two Step, nicknamed such because of the land formation underwater, is right in this area, about a hundred yards north of the City of Refuge. It's another fantastic place for either snorkeling or diving.
Hapuna Beach is 30 minutes away but probably as close to a "perfect" beach as you'll find in the state with fine, golden white sand maybe half a mile long and a couple hundred feet wide. It's a fine place for building sand castles and boogie boarding. There's seldom much of an undertow. It has a small snack bar, and showers. Conde Nast Traveler magazine has declared this the best beach in the nation. The beach is about a half an hour's drive north of Kailua-Kona near the 69 mile marker off Highway 19.
With abundant marine and wildlife, Kona remains unspoiled and has much diversity to explore. Activities include Catamaran rides, golf, wildlife viewing, tennis, diving, snorkeling, surfing, parasailing, sport fishing, beaches, tropical garden tours, real submarine tours (highly recommended), hiking, biking, horseback riding, local outdoor markets, world class shopping, sunset dinner cruises, fabulous restaurants, cinemas, museums, boating, sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, helicopter tours, volcanic exploration, dolphin shows, and finding sea turtles on Kealakekua Bay just 20 minutes away. Getting AroundWe recommend renting a car as public transport is almost non-existent on the Big Island. Please have a look at the "Guidebook" for our recommendations (parks, snorkel, beaches, food etc.) Other Things to NoteMom's tree house is quirky yet special. You might be serenaded by different animals during the night (one of our guests called it: "complete with the grandest symphony of frogs"). This can be a paradisiacal experience for travelers who are open to the "jungle feeling"! If you do need your quiet during the night or are terribly scared of geckos, you might want to look for a different accomodation ;-)
Please also note that we have 2 cats (they stay outdoors at all times).