Big Island, small village tucked away on the shores of the Kohala Coast between Mauna Kea and Mauna Lani Resorts ‘ a piece of history dating back to the first cattle arriving on the island in 1793. Today, multi generations of Big Island, California, and Canadian families maintain original cottages dating from 1952, to elegant beachfront getaways.
Start the day facing the horizon, whale watching from the timeless plantation porch, waves gently lapping against the break wall. Cup in hand, stroll through the gardens out to the sandy beachfront to check in with resident honu (turtles). Explore the coastline on foot or canoe, it could be 1850 or 2018, the timeless backdrop of the Kohala Mountains, Mauna Kea, and Mauna Loa, it’s a world 2,200 miles from anywhere shared by very few.
Introverts and extroverts find comfort in this oasis, the lanai is the heart of the home with expansive windows designed to enjoy ocean onshore breezes, and mountain-scented tradewinds. Al fresco eating is a way of life in this old fishing and sugar plantation village. Whet your appetite, walk to the kitchen pass-thru counter to top your pupu (appetizer) with local salt from coastal lava rocks ‘ a multi-sensory experience relatively unchanged. Puako attests to the resourcefulness and longevity of the Hawaiian lifestyle.
Set your clocks by nature. With a favorite book in hand, a master bedroom lanai on the first floor can be your en suite retreat. Find comfort amongst the spirit of Old Hawaii, watch the fishing poles disappear from the shoreline as the sun dips into the ocean. At nightfall, family and guests are lured to two en suites, and a cozy tree-house studio. For everyone, nightlife is looking out the windows to a star-filled sky enchanted to sleep by the sound of nature’s lullaby ‘ the ocean.
However you envision the Hawaii experience, whether its fine dining, fine shoreline fishing, or a walk along the beaches, Puako will fulfill your expectations beyond all description.