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“Go for the History, Stay for the Hospitality!”

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Kane Plantation Guesthouse
Ranked #1 of 6 Honaunau B&B and Inns
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Kailua Kona Hawaii
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12 reviews
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“Go for the History, Stay for the Hospitality!”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

For our 1 week vacation to re-explore our Big Island of Hawaii, we decided to stay a couple of nights at this newly opened B&B, the Kane Plantation Guesthouse. We came here for the rich history of the property, but wish we could have stayed longer because of the Aloha hospitality of Michael and David. Anybody who has visited the islands, has seen the famous artwork of Herb Kawainui Kane, who made this property his home and studio from which many of his famous works were conceived. Though Herb has passed on and has not been with us for more than 2 years, you can feel his spirit throughout the property which was his home since 1982. Michael and David did much more than just open another great Bed & Breakfast here on island, they have preserved and honored a Hawaiian icon. Even the Plantation's office, which was Herb's studio, still has his art paint on the floor. The entire house displays many of Herb's famous paintings and some of his own personal possessions, such as his own bed which he designed and you can enjoy in the beautiful Kane Suite.

We came for the history, but we wanted to stay longer for Michael and David's hospitality. These are operators who have traveled the world and have stayed in some of the finest accommodations that other countries have to offer. They have picked the best aspects from the best accommodations and applied them to their guesthouse. All guests staying at a B&B expect a nice bed and a good breakfast, but nobody expects the attention to the finest details that you'll experience here. Trying to describe the warmth of staying at the Kane Plantation Guesthouse is like trying to explain the spirit of Herb Kane's artwork. This special place is distend to be one of the best places to stay on island.

Mahalo Nui Loa for a fabulous stay in your home.
Wendi and Kona Dave

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

There are a small handful of places we've encountered in our travels that stand out as exceptional and Kane Plantation Guesthouse is certainly one of the elite few. From the first minute we arrived to the last minute we spent on the property, the gracious hosts Michael and David were extraordinarily attentive. Whether it was meeting us at our car with umbrellas in a rainstorm, inviting us to celebrate an honored guest over cocktails or simply making sure we wanted for nothing, it was apparent that they take their hosting duties extremely seriously while always making you feel welcome and wanted as a guest.

The property itself is steeped in history. The previous owner, Herb Kane, was a major force in the revival of Hawaiian culture and enjoyed success as an artist and entrepreneur of many stripes. David and Michael have honored his legacy by adorning the rooms with his art, literature about the history of his efforts to honor his culture, and with various reminders of his impact on the local community.

Kane Plantation is a working farm with immaculate grounds and plenty of opportunities to relax, unwind, and revel in the breath-taking scenery. Positioned on the side of the mountain overlooking the coastline, each room has a unique character and feel. We stayed in the Kanaloa suite and couldn't have been happier with every aspect of the space. The main room and the lanai are the type of place you can spend hours reading, chatting or whichever way you prefer to spend your time. The indoor and outdoor shower options were a fun escape from the humdrum of normal life and the room was dangerously easy to return to at night and hard to leave in the morning. Breakfast was the proper consolation for leaving such comfortable quarters and each day provided an equally exciting menu.

You won’t regret your stay here.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Princeton, New Jersey, United States
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

The Kane plantation guesthouse turns out to be the BEST hotel among the four hotels we spent during our honeymoon trip in Hawaii. I never stayed in B&B before, and staying in Kane plantation guest was a pleasant experience.

We lived in the Leina‘ala suite ($145 per night). It was the cheapest room among the four, but it was great. There were no one staying in the other three rooms during our stay there, so the entire floor was basically ours.

Pros:
Friendly owners and staff. The owners, David and Michael, were very generous and thoughtful. They knew that we were on our honey trip, so they provided champagne and food upon our arrival. Everyday when we got back to the hotel, there were fresh flowers waiting for us.
Everything was kept clean.
The breakfast was amaaaaazing! David would prepare for the food, and it was all fresh and organic. All ingredients are locally grown.
There is a large jacuzzi outside of the breakfast dinning room, and it's always warm and ready to use anytime (not at mid-night, of course).
The house is located at the owners' plantation, and it's up on the hill surrounded by the lush green, so it's really quiet.

Cons:
The road leading to the plantation was very small and kind of difficult to find.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed June 5, 2013

Boutique luxury accommodation set in a plantation formally the home of a artist, writer and historian Herb Kawainui Kane.

The current custodians of the property have renovated the property into 4 suites all with quality bathrooms and facilities. One of the rooms has an outside shower. Perfect.

Hosts David and Michael are passionate about offering products from their plantation farm and the local area for their service of breakfast and room bar.

If you are looking for somewhere special to stay then you must consider Kane Plantation Guesthouse.

You will need a car. You should get a 4WD. It's an elevated position in South Kona offering amazing views and sunsets.

Breakfast is delicious - juices and fruit just picked for freshness and quality. The farm has organic practices, I think certification will follow in time. But be assured you will taste avocado, pineapple, mangos, papaya, macadamia and other treats from their property.

I asked for directions to a beach. They then offered me directions to a local beach - just as we'll I had the 4WD!! It was amazing, not at all crowded, secluded. A perfect Hawaiian beach!

Consider Kane (pronounced : Karnay) Plantation Guesthouse. I am absolutely confident it will exceed any 5 star hotel property for service and accommodation - for less then half the price!

There is no pool - but the beach absolutely makes up for that. The hot tub can sooth you into further relaxation if you need it. I had a fantastic massage in their treatment suite - perfect!

Room Tip: Kane Suite is perfect
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Laguna Beach, California
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This B&B is a real gem, and was the perfect place to spend some time relaxing in the middle of an adventurous Hawaiian vacation. We stayed in the Kane Suite, which is absolutely gorgeous, but very comfy too. We had booked it for two nights and ended up staying for four. It's nice just to hang out at the inn (you can watch the sunset from the hot tub), but it's also a short drive down to some beautiful bays where the snorkeling or paddle boarding is fantastic.

Not only is the setting lovely, but the hosts are wonderful and David is an amazing cook! I look forward to staying with them again, and will definitely send all of my friends.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Canberra, Australia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed April 15, 2013

If luxurious accommodation is "your thing" (It is mine); if watching fireball sunsets from your private lanai over a drink or two sounds appealing; if waking up to the magical quiet of nature whilst drinking in the view over the lush plantation to the sea from your incredibly comfortable king bed also sounds right up your alley ... then do yourself a favour and book into Kane Plantation Guesthouse. This was the final resting place for artist and historian Herb Kawainui Kane, and his vision and artistry is evident in the guesthouse and on the plantation. Hosts Michael and David have succeeded in honouring his memory, have provided many special touches of their own, and are passionate about ensuring your stay on the Island of Hawaii will provide nothing but happy memories.

I stayed there recently in the beautiful Kanaloa suite and, over a 10 day period, found the location provided an excellent base from which to tour the many local sights and downtown Kailua-Kona, and also to tour the whole island (I recommend 4 nights for the latter). I can't wait to return!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
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Winchester, Virginia
Level 3 Contributor
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

Kane Plantation B&B is the perfect hideaway. Situated high above the coastline, the view from the lanai provides for spectacular sunsets that dip into the ocean. My wife and I stayed in the Kane Suite which has sliding glass doors on opposite sides, one facing the lanai and the other a private pond and adjacent Zen garden. The food on the veranda was served superbly and was delicious. Your hosts take care of your every need. Although secluded, the plantation is not far from Kona, and such interesting sites as the City of Refuge, the Painted Church and the Captain Cook memorial. If you want an upper class accommodation in a quiet serene and historic location, this is it. Historic because this was the one time home of artist Herb Kane.

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Kane Plantation Guesthouse
Address: 84-1120 Telephone Exchange Road, Honaunau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96726-0619
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Honaunau
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Spa Suites Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 6 B&Bs / Inns in Honaunau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxury Bed & Breakfast Guesthouse located in Captain Cook, the cultural heart of Hawaii's Big Island South Kona district, at the historic home of Artist and Historian Herb Kawainui Kane. The guesthouse is situated on a 16 acre avocado farm, with beautiful tropical gardens and sweeping views of the coast from Kealakekua Bay to Pu`uhonua O Hōnaunau. 77mi from Volcano and 26mi from Kona airport. ... more   less 
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Kane Plantation Guesthouse Hawaii/Honaunau

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