Hale Ho'onanea

59-513 Ala Kahua Drive , Kamuela, HI 96743 USA (Show map)


Hale Ho'onanea - The Hospitality of a B&B with the Privacy of a Vacation Rental. Hawaii has long been recognized as a romantic hideaway. Hale Ho'onanea B&B & Retreat is an ideal haven for honeymoons & anniversary celebrations. Awaken to the music of singing birds with a serene sunrise over majestic Mauna Kea...restore your body, mind & soul. The Hawaiian translation of Ho'onanea means to pass the time in peace, ease & pleasure, to relax. Guests, both kama'aina (local) & visitors alike can experience the tranquility of this healing retreat. As an alternative lodging to the mega resorts, homeowners, Bruce & Melanie offer their peaceful quiet country estate. Located on 3 acres in Kohala Estates on the beautiful Gold Coast of West Hawaii, playground of ancient Hawaiian royalty. Our Bed & Breakfast accommodations offer separate suites with panoramic ocean view overlooking the Kohala Coast, decorated with local art & casual comfort in mind. Enjoy breathtaking sunsets and romantic moonlight on the ocean from your own lanai. Kohala has both remote country charm and world class resorts with fine dining & unique shops. We are surrounded in historical significance & natural treasures. The internationally famous Hapuna Beach is only 5 minutes south. Our weather is usually hot & sunny.



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.4
  • Value4.5
  • Cleanliness4.3
  • Onsite Dining3.9

A peaceful end to our Hawaiian vacation.

4.0 on April 18, 2015

This was the relaxation and seclusion we needed at the end of our adventure filled 3 week Hawaiian vacation. Bamboo Cottage is a lovely mini apartment with a western facing lanai, 900 ft above sea level. We felt like we had the place to ourselves. Snorkel equipment, beach towels, chairs and umbrellas were provided. Breakfast foods (fruit, muffins, yogurts, coffee, milk, cereals) and snacks were replenished daily. A little low key sightseeing of the north western portion of the Big Island, beach time (Waimea) and grilling dinner while watching the sun set over the Pacific were the perfect end to our visit to paradise.

Great Value!

4.8 on April 09, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed a peaceful and relaxing stay in the Bamboo Cottage in March of 2015. We found the view to be superb (ocean and volcanoes) and the accommodations clean, comfortable and spacious. We travelled the island for two weeks and this was our final stop. I had the hardest time leaving this cottage. It is in a great location to explore the nicest beaches on the island, to see the ranch country and to explore the town of Hawi (delightful) and the Pololu Valley (spectacular). Several fine restaurants are only a few minutes away in Kawaihae. A very friendly man delivered the breakfast basket that provided plenty of food for breakfast and snacks for the day. You may need to call for confirmations if you don't get an email back but a quick phone call worked fine. I would recommend this accommodation to anyone looking for a quiet, scenic location away from large hotels and tourist traffic.

Awesome place, good price

4.6 on February 18, 2015

My wife and I stayed in the bamboo suite for 2 nights at the end of our trip in Hawaii.. we wish we would have found this place sooner. Its besically a 1 bdrm apt with a big open concept livingdining area, separate bdrm, separate bathroom, big porch with view of the ocean and a bbq on it! All for less than most hotels charge! We would definitely stay again. Stay here and use it as a base for visiting the north/west half of the big island.

Lovely get away

4.6 on February 17, 2015

Beautiful panoramic views of the Pacific. Lovely sunsets. Great place to relax and hit the beautiful Hawaiian beaches. Beach towels, beach chairs, and snorkel equipment provided were a welcome surprise. Great location to explore the east coast. Lots of space. Added bonus to be able to eat in.

Very caring!

3.2 on December 07, 2014

Our stay here was wonderful! It was beautifully decorated and a very comfortable bed to sleep on. Also very quiet and restful. We also had our private space outside with a BBQ and a view of a beautiful sunset - very romantic! The owner was very kind and accomodating. She provided us with accessories for the beach - chairs, umbrella, boards, etc. The room had a very cozy, cottage feel. The breakfast was placed in a basket, which included cereal, oatmeal, and basic breakfast food - so don't expect a lavish breakfast. The fridge also needs a bit of work, but if you are OK with that, you should be fine. Thank you for the wonderful stay.

Nice place but could use a deep cleaning.

2.6 on October 20, 2014

Cute place, good utility, nice owners, great location for nearby beaches. We would have had a good memory of this place had it not been for the lack of cleanliness--the entire place needed a good scrub. The refrigerator was soiled with stains on the surfaces, the light switches were caked with hand dirt, grout in the tiles were black. We're not exactly germaphobes but we had to give it a good clean for our own peace of mind and left the place cleaner than we found it. It's a nice place and I wish this wasn't the primary memory we have of it!

A little home in paradise

5 on September 09, 2014

If you want to get away from it all, this it the place. Really quiet with a great view of the Pacific. Fresh Papaya, Yogurt, and Kona Coffee made for great breakfast. You will need a car as you are a drive from everything, but we loved it. Thanks Bruce and Melanie.

Wonderful place in a great location

5 on August 27, 2014

Of all the places I have stayed at in Hawaii, this was the best by far. Perfect size for 2 people, comfortable bed, great lanai to hang out and watch the sunset, close to nice beaches. And all at a reasonable price.

Peaceful place to stay

4.0 on June 11, 2014

Beautifully located and easy to find. Lovely views...we enjoyed our stay very much.

Lovely place to stay on the Big Island of Hawaii

4.2 on June 08, 2014

Our week-long stay here was lovely. It was a great location to anchor our trip. We enjoyed multiple excursions to local beaches for snorkeling, and also spent several days hiking the rugged north shore terrain. It was great to come back to our "base camp" after our excursions, to enjoy a warm shower and sipping tea in the pretty living room.

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Location Type

Countryside, Desert, Island, Tropical


Kailua-Kona, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (KOA-Keahole) 33 miles

Directions to property:

Head North to Kawaihae on Route 270 where it intersects with Hwy 19. Veer right at the real estate sates office following the signs to Mahukona and Hawi. Another 2 miles north at mile marker #6 turn right onto Ala Kahua Drive and proceed uphill. Our blue houses with brown trim are approximately 1.6 miles up the hill on the left side, look for the 2 white marble pillars and Hale Ho'onanea sign at our driveway entrance. We are the 3rd house from the top of the hill.

Area Attractions

Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Active Volcano, Picnic area, Rodeo, Ruins, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Bed and Breakfast

On-site amenities

BBQ grill

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Board games, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, DVD Player, Fridge, Internet Service, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, VCR, Videos, Wet bar, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching, Horseshoes, Stargazing, Whale Watching (December - April), Numerous activities within 15 minute drive!

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  • Check In:: 3-5 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only Smoking permitted outside, on your lanai
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes Children are welcome; there are additional charges.
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Two night minimum stay required.
  • Accepted payments VISA, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: 50% of total due within seven days of making the booking to confirm the reservation.
  • Cancellations: We will happily refund your deposit, less a $25 booking fee, for cancellations made at least 30 days prior to arrival date. Early check-out is considered a cancellation.



Bruce & Melanie Biddle

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About the innkeepers

Among a myriad of interests, Bruce loves to garden and tinker and Melanie enjoys photography and cooking.

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Continental Plus

  • Time Served: At your leisure
  • Serving Location: Guest room

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