Recently we got a surprise call from my husband’s little sister. She was getting married on Kauai and had a chance to come stay for a night on the Big Island! As a reservation agent for Hawaii Holiday Vacation Rentals, I’m encouraged stay at the properties from time to time (talk about perks!!), so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to really get to know Honu Kai by experiencing it from a guest’s point of view.
We met up with newlyweds Melissa and Tracey and headed out to one of my very favorite Big Island places, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. After spending most of the day showing them the sights, the four of us headed back to Kapoho. We were all instantly impressed with Honu Kai! The house is spacious and newly remodeled – owners Mike and Don did a FABULOUS job with the place – sweet tile flooring, beautiful lighting, a huge kitchen fully stocked with everything we could possibly need and large enough for a church buffet! We spent much of the evening on the extremely private back lanai, enjoying catching up over cocktails while the hot tub was getting warm. What a hot tub! The four of us had plenty of room to spare, and the multicolored oscillating lights added to the ambiance!
Honu Kai is perfectly set up for 2 couples that want their privacy; the master bedroom with en suite bath is at the front of the house, and there’s a bedroom and second bath at the opposite end (and the bathrooms are huge!). A third bedroom provides plenty of space for a third couple or a large family. Even with a full house of 6 guests, there would be plenty of room for everyone with out feeling the least bit crowded. The home is set up in such an ingenious way; there are reading nooks, a desk with high speed internet connection, TV area, 2 large lanais… plenty of space for everyone to do their own thing or gather together to talk story.
We found many extra touches that really made a difference: the Ipod docking station (gotta have music!), big screen TV with DVD collection, nice washer and dryer, tons of beach & snorkel gear, a great binder with lots information both practical and historical, even super cute Honu Kai T-shirts available for purchase. And last but certainly not least the primo location just across the street from the Kapoho Tidepools makes Honu Kai an absolutely fantastic place from which to enjoy the Big Island. Check out the Honu Kai listing on Hawaii Holiday’s website!