Summer vacation is a whirlwind of activities for our kids. While my wife Jenni and I cherish the joy and excitement they experience during this time, from time to time we find ourselves craving a moment of respite. Sometimes an escape is needed from the demands of parenthood.
Recently, we needed to experience some much-needed relaxation and a chance to connect as a couple. On the Kona Coast, we are spoiled for choice with many amazing resorts and hotels, but we were looking for something more unique. We found the captivating Holualoa Inn, nestled in the heart of Kona Coffee country. It was a haven of peace and tranquility that far exceeded our expectations.
Originally built in 1972, the house sits in the center of a working coffee farm that has been lovingly restored by now-owner Cassandra Hazen. When she purchased the property in 2005, the land was overgrown and the house was in need of significant repair. Cassandra speaks of the labor of love that has been required to not only restore the property but take it to the next level of excellence. When asked about the atmosphere she’s created, Cassandra says, “When I see our guests around the property, whether they are just walking, taking pictures, drawing, or spending time reflecting on life, it warms my heart. I love to see our guests enjoy the experience—the experience of our beautiful living island.”
From the moment we arrived at Holualoa Inn, its serene and idyllic setting captivated us. The drive down the enchanting driveway heightened our anticipation, and the outside world faded away. Set amidst a meticulously manicured garden and surrounded by the beauty of nature, the inn emanates tranquility and a high-end boutique feel.
A gracious staff member Paul greeted us with a refreshing glass of lemonade and a cool towel. Entering the house, we were immediately struck by its elegant and inviting ambiance. The thoughtful design and attention to detail created a perfect blend of luxury and comfort. Each room was a sanctuary in itself, offering a refuge from the outside world. From the cozy sitting areas to the sumptuous beds, every corner of the house exuded warmth and tranquility, providing the ideal setting for romance and relaxation.
One of the highlights of our stay was our walk through the Art Sculpture Garden, an experience that stimulated both our minds and souls. It provided a moment of quiet reflection and a reminder to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us every day.
As afternoon turned to dusk, we dined by the pool. The setting sun cast a warm glow and the rhythmic sound of raindrops lightly falling added a touch of magic. We lingered, enjoying the pleasure of simply being in each other's company. When night fell, we retired to our room, enveloped in the atmosphere of romance and peace.
The following morning, we awoke at the first light of dawn, greeted by a soft glow seeping through the curtains. Lying in bed, we allowed ourselves to doze in the warmth of the morning light, relishing stillness. Time slowed down as we enjoyed the serenity of the moment, grateful for this precious respite from the demands of daily life.
Breakfast was delightful, with Ina, our gracious host, and Sarah, the talented cook, serving up a mouthwatering plate of huevos rancheros cooked from scratch. Since Holualoa Inn is a working coffee farm, breakfast is also paired with coffee from the property, locally roasted to perfection. The rich flavors were perfectly complemented by friendly conversation and a welcoming atmosphere.
Before bidding farewell to this paradise, we decided to soak up some sun by the pool. The shimmering water reflected the sunlight, creating a spectacle that stretched out towards the endless horizon. At that moment, we found solace in the stillness and basked in the warmth of the Hawaiian sun. It was a moment of pure bliss, a memory that will linger in our hearts until our inevitable return.
There is a simple power in taking a moment to nurture our own souls and reconnect with each other amidst the raucous of daily life. Life is full. Parenting is hard. Summer is long. Moments like this brief staycation help us carry on with joy and appreciate our little ones in a new way. All too often we have excuses that keep us from taking moments to reflect and connect. In reality, a moment of pause gives tremendous strength and helps us be the parents we want to be.
When it was time to leave, we reluctantly said goodbye to our oasis, but we already missed our kids and were eager to see them. We left with a sense of anticipation and certainty that we would return. The memories created during our short getaway to the Holualoa Inn will remain indelibly etched in our hearts.
Entering the house, we were immediately struck by its elegant and inviting ambiance. The thoughtful design and attention to detail created a perfect blend of luxury and comfort.
“When I see our guests around the property, whether they are just walking, taking pictures, drawing, or spending time reflecting on life, it warms my heart. I love to see our guests enjoy the experience—the experience of our beautiful living island.”