Wow! Who knew that in a matter of days a person could fall in love with and island, a home, and the people in it never wanting to leave.
I've never stayed in a B&B before and had no idea what to expect. I selected Molokai Komohana based on the reviews and the rates compared to the hotel and other B&Bs in the area. The five star reviews were enough to convince me to give it a shot - after all I thought, it was only a couple of nights and then I'd be in a resort in Maui.
Tom and Karyl's home is situated near the top of a hill in Maunaloa. There is a general store down the steet and a little shop as well that sells souveniers with the kite store/factory next door. It's a sleepy little town that reminds me a lot of the places my family is from in North Carolina. There is a lovely view of the ocean from the Lanai where you could whale watch - though the whales were being a bit shy when we were there.
Based on reviews I selected the Na Hoku room and it was just perfect! Nice comfy king sized bed. My husband and I left the windows open and the room was the perfect temperature with the island breeze. The room and closet were plenty spacious and the beach towels and spa robes were a nice convenient touch for our trip.
The breakfasts were nothing short of amazing! Who knew passion fruit could taste that perfect! And macadamia nut pancakes... YES PLEASE! You'll hear the raves over and over again, but really, Tom's fruit plating skills are incredible. And together Tom and Karyl's breakfasts were the perfect morning fill ups before my husband and I would head out on the daily adventures. Also I should note, I'm lactose intolerant and as of late my stomach has started to become sensitive to items that I had been okay with before. I mentioned this in a short line on one of our emails and really thought nothing more about it. Well, they were so throughtful to make sure that the dairy in the foods the prepared was the lactose free kind and to even purchase these wonderful DELICIOUS mini toasts that wouldn't upset my stomach. While I wasn't worried - I just assumed I would turn down anything I thought might cause me a problem - for them to go out of their way to make sure I could eat a great breakfast was just incredible!
Now someone else mentioned a rusty shower and I can tell you this is not the case. There is a bright red dirt everywhere on the islands (ever see the Red Dirt Shirt episode on Dirty Jobs?) and it gets on everything. The shower was tinted with the earth of the island and let me tell you - I stayed at the Grand Wailea after in Maui and its tub had the exact same "problem!" So to recap - if a luxury resort can't "clean" their tub from the red dirt stains then really, maybe it's not dirty but just stained by nature. And who doesn't love nature!
I have to finish up this review with a mention of the home. It's cozy and comfortable, decorated with a darling Christmas tree. There are books of Molokai scattered on a table and wonderful Hawaiian music was played over the stereo. But what is the heart of home if not the people in it? And to that I must say I completely fell in love with Tom and Karyl. They are two of the kindest, considerate, warm, and loving people I have ever met. Leaving them was difficult and I can truly say I cannot wait to see them again and hopefully very soon and for a bit longer.
- Also Known As:
- Molokai Komohana Hotel Maunaloa
- Molokai Komohana HI