"Paradise in Kohala"
This was by far the best home we have ever vacationed in. Words cannot express the beautiful setting...ponies, pet horse & goat, birds, green green green grass & trees, lovely occasional rain and wonderful sunny views of the ocean below and Maui on the horizon. Chris was a wonderful host. He clearly loves his little corner of the island, and the condition of virtually everything reflects this. Absolutely no disappointments. It was difficult to pack up and return home this time. We will return soon.
Truly a special place! Thank you Chris for sharing your slice of heaven with us. We had an amazing stay - what a stunning location and beautiful home. We loved everything about this magical place and will definitely be return visitors. The house is beautifully appointed and had everything we needed. And the views from the lanai are breathtaking. We sat out there for hours on end - hard to describe but its stunning. Having access to the wonderful musical instruments to play was a huge plus - we really enjoyed that. Thanks again for sharing this beautiful place with us - it was truly a special experience!
"Great Getaway Place"
My husband and I enjoyed are stay at Kohala Lodge. It is such a beautiful setting to relax and watch wildlife. We had a great view from the porch and could see Maui and other islands on a clear day. The place was clean and well equipped. Chris and Carol are attentive and kind hosts and made sure we had everything we needed. Their miniature horse and goat were also great hosts! We love the place, people and animals. We will be back and highly recommend it.
"A Masterpiece in Rest and Relaxation"
We loved our two night stay here. All the recommendations to local activities were great and a super way to learn more about the area. Hosts are super people that designed this super destination. It really seems to do all the work just watching the sun set from the porch. You will want to come back. The hosts recommend calling them if you have any questions about the listing.
We loved everything about our stay. The only downside was having to leave. Chris and his wife are gracious hosts, sharing the history of the home and area. Everything down to the last detail has been thought of before hand making our stay enjoyable, comfortable and relaxing.
"Idyllic setting and wonderful owners"
We stayed 3 nights at this fantastic property. When we drove up, we all had our jaws drop. It is even lovelier than the pictures. The house sits high up the hill from the little town of Hawi and overlooks the ocean. When the clouds move out of the way, you can see Maui across the channel. The house is a beautiful lodge home that really fits the character of the area (the Parker Ranch/Waimea area horse properties). The owners live in a house screened by trees down the hill. You'd never know they were there unless you had a question or needed something, and then they were right there to ask. They have horses and sheep in the pasture just below the house and treats to feed them. My kids were in heaven waking up every day to an awesome tree swing, hammock in the trees, huge lawn, and animals to interact with. We loved sitting out on the huge front porch and watching the sunsets and stars. The house was well appointed and beds were comfortable. The town of Hawi has several really good restaurants and some of the best ice cream on the Island. There's a farmer's market and good grocery store, and fun artisan shops to browse through. Great beaches are a short drive away and they have boogie boards, towels, chairs, and umbrella ready for you. If you are looking for a great place to get away from it all, this is it. We all wanted to move in and were really sad to leave. Thanks for an amazing stay!
"Wonderful view, authentically appointed paniolo style Hawaiian lodge"
Our family of 5 spent Christmas at the Kohala lodge and it was wonderful! Sunrise and sunset views of the ocean, a fireplace for cool evenings, and a 15-25 minute drive to private coves or world-class beaches during the day. The home is wonderfully appointed with an old paniolo cowboy-style feel and sits on the hillside overlooking pastures with horses and sheep. Light showers flow in and out of the area so the grass between the gravel driveway and the front porch was quite muddy and there’s no way around it. A stepping stone or gravel pathway would be the only suggestion I could make to the owners to help with this transition from car to porch. Other than this, our stay was wonderful and we would happily return to the Kohala Lodge again.
"Lovely getaway spot"
This place was the perfect spot for a getaway. So serene, amazing views, and a completely different perspective from elsewhere on the island. We brought our kids (2 and 5) and they loved the area though we were thankful for a few DVDs and toys that were in the lodge to entertain them. The kitchen had most of what we needed. Hawi is a short drive (under 10 minutes) for grocery shopping and restaurants (Sushi Rock was great, even for the kids.) The lodge looks exactly like the photos, even down to the cowboy boots. We loved sitting on the porch with a tea or coffee and enjoying the views and watching the animals. We drove to Pololu Valley and did the short hike down to the black sand beach and up again (even our 5-year-old did it -- the 2-year-old had to be carried up.) Not too far from Waimea which has a GREAT kids playground, fun farmers market. We also hit Hapuna Beach and Mauna Kea beach (go early, like before 9 am, to the latter if you want parking) and stopped at Anuenue Shave Ice on the way back. Only about 30 minutes away. The laundry facilities were much appreciated. Thanks for a great stay!
San Diego Mom
"One with nature"
From the moment we got on the island Chris was there to make our stay wonderful. When we were lost he gladly and easily have us directions multiple times.( and it's actually not that confusing) Upon arrival we were greeted with rolling lush green hills, fresh air, beautiful horses, and a scenic ocean view. What more could you ask for. No Ac but there is a nice breeze through the house and great fan system. The stars at night are the most incredible. They leave food out to feed their animals and the horses were so much fun! The owners don't even make you feel like you're on their property despite them living a little space over. You feel like you have the space and privacy of the land to yourself. Definitely a great place to stay. Only thing is that the place is a tad musty because the air is moist and you keep windows open but it's nothing to deter one from planning a vacation there!!
My husband and I - both 62 - spent our last 4 nights on the Big Island at Kohala Lodge. While we did do a bit of driving we didn't really mind. The scenery was spectacular. And we still managed to fit in 2 mornings of open range and Waipio Valley horseback riding, a shore dive off the reef at Mauna Lani, snorkeling, and hiking down into, across, and back out of Kilauea Iki crater. Oh. And we drove to the top of Mauna Kea one evening for the stars and 60 miles an hour winds. Our only regret is that our sons kept us so busy we were unable to spend as much time as we would have liked at the lodge. It is lovely and low-key. The sheep and Tigh (Ti?) the horse (and neighboring horses too) are delightful. Oh. And we did find some time to watch the whales surfacing and blowing in the channel between the Big Island and Maui while sitting on the front porch. Chris was friendly and available when we had questions. And before we left we went by his wife's shop in Kapa'au, where I picked up a couple of lovely silk scarves. Kohala Lodge is altogether one of the best places we've stayed during our 4 trips to the islands. Should we return we would hope to stay there again. One suggestion.... maybe a newer, larger screen tv for those nights when you do want to crash in front of a movie.
"Great base for exploring north coast of Big Island"
We had been to the Big Island once before, about five years ago, where we stayed in Kona. This time we wanted a quieter accommodation and to spend more time exploring the north end of the island. Kohala Lodge was a great base and excellent value. We found the lodge to be even more attractive than the pictures on this site convey. The owners have clearly spent a lot of time making the cabin comfortable, well equipped, and welcoming. Both inside and outside of the lodge were clean and well maintained. Certainly the weather here is cooler and more changeable than the Kona coast but that is one of its attractions. Our kids really enjoyed watching and feeding the sheep and horses on the property and there was a wide variety of bird life to be seen. Hapuna Beach is about 30 mins away but there are other beaches and many excellent snorkeling spots that are closer. We saw lots of whales each time we drove along the coast and there are plenty of historic sites, hiking trails, and viewpoints to satisfy a range of interests. We would recommend this property to anyone interested in a more authentic Big Island experience.
"What a lovely location!"
We (4 adults) stayed at Kohala Lodge for two nights. We loved it! The location was perfect, a quiet spot with a beautiful view. Internet has been upgraded now that better service is available in this area so no problems there. The house is unique and the cedar wood was beautiful. Kohala Lodge is perfect for relaxing and sharing time with friends and family. The deck was a favorite spot throughout the day. This area of the island is beautiful and so much calmer than the Kona area. So, if you want some time in a quieter area this would be a good choice. Hawi and Kapaau both had good places to eat and wonderful galleries that would fit varying budgets.
We stayed at the Kohala Lodge for 3 nights. There were 4 adults and our 2-year-old daughter. It was one of the most special places we have ever stayed. The view is just spectacular and it is truly a place where you can go to relax and get away from it all. Chris is such a gracious host and came over so our daughter could go and pet a baby lamb. He spent a lot of time talking to us about the property and made us feel so at home. We loved that it was just a quick drive into Hawi town. It is a great place for a family to stay and we cannot wait to return to this very special place!
"Panoramic Sounds and Sights"
What a relaxing vacation spot. The location was close to scenic drives, beaches, history, but was perfect for just relaxing on the porch. We went to a beach every day, (stayed 6 nights) but also enjoyed scenic drives to explore other areas. When at the house the sounds were sooooo relaxing, wind in the trees, a variety of birds, rain and the animals. The colors at sunrise were brilliant, same with sunset. In between we watched animals, looked for views of Maui, the clouds change the scene frequently. This was just a perfect vaca spot!
"Heaven in Hawi"
We spent 5 nights in Cabin in the Treeline last week and hated to leave! Beautiful setting with a great covered front porch to watch the horses and sheep grazing in the pasture out front. Beautiful views of the ocean, Maui and, of course, the rainbows! The property and cabin is exactly what we needed - LOW KEY, QUIET, PEACEFUL. There were two of us so the cabin felt large but very, very cozy with a cedar smell inside from all the exposed wood. Just a few minutes drive to tropical rain forest and in the other direction sunshine! Great location. Just great!
"Forget The Resorts! This is the REAL Hawaii!"
After spending 7 days at a Waikoloa Beach Resort we (2 couples in our 60's) spent the last 3 days of our vacation at Hawi's Cabin in the Treeline. We quickly realized that we should have stayed here our entire 10-day vacation. Hawi is a quaint, historic little community on the North end of Hawaii. Our host, Chris, was most hospitable, friendly and a wealth of local information. The cabin is so unique, private, quiet, and cozy, but not lacking in modern conveniences at all. This is how we imagine all of Hawaii used to be! We spent most of our time sitting on the front porch chairs looking out over the ocean, grazing horses and sheep in the foreground. Glimpses of Maui thru the haze as it is only 30 or so miles from Hawi. A fully equipped kitchen (not like the skimpy utensils at the resort), plenty of pots and pans, dishes, and glassware. You'll love cooking here. No more resorts for us. Lots to see and do locally. Farmer's Market; local art galleries and gift shops. The other couple is from Alaska and I am sure they will recommend this Cabin to their Alaskan friends. We visit the Big Island a couple times a year and we will be back to Cabin in the Treeline and get our "Hawaii fix".