I am not much of Condo or home rental traveler, but in Kona it worked out great for us. We generally stay in hotels, but in Kona its either high-end properties or old properties in need of renovation. In my opinion, staying at Hilton, Mauna Kea or Mauna Lani, is not true Hawaii experience. So, I contacted one of our friends who live on the island to help in our search and they got us touch with Vivian, who manages several properties at White Sand Condo. We were lucky enough to find a Condo, due to late cancellation at White Sand, unit 329 for a week. The unit was on the top floor, away from the pool area and very quiet. The unit had everything, it was like walking into home that is occupied, it had a small locked cabinet space for the owners, but everything else was accessible. It even had freezer full of food, along with complete spice rack and closet full of linens. Two bedrooms of which we only used one of them and everything in working order.
The location was ideal, midway between town of Kailua Kona and Keahou Bay, it definitely gives you the feel of living among the locals with the sound of dogs barking and roosters in the morning. If you are coming to Hawaii, enjoy the local flavor as much as you can, many leave without seeing this part of the island. Cruiseship visits regularly and town fills up with people, but they leave in the evening. Many reasonable places to eat, both in town and Keahou Shopping Center. Great lunch at Coffee Shack north of Keahou on the way to Kealakekua, they bake their own bread and what a view! In town, try Quinn's for amazing Ono fish and chips and great selection of beer at Kona Brewery Co. If you are looking for another Oahu or Maui, this is not the place for you, especially for younger crowed which makes this island perfect for nice and relaxing stay. Contact Vivian and you will not go wrong. email@example.com
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