Q: How close is the house to the airport?
A: 10 miles. In normal traffic, the drive takes 20 minutes.
Q: Do I need a rental car, or can I use Uber and public transport?
A: A rental car is essential regardless where you stay on this island. Public transit here is rudimentary and will not take you where you want to go. Uber is new on our island, and still spotty and expensive. A tourism-focused trolley runs along Ali'i Drive, and it is possible to walk from the house to a trolley stop in about 20 minutes, however the trolley is far from convenient and only runs within Kailua-Kona and Keauhou Resort area.
Q: How far is the house from the nearest beach? Can we walk there?
A: The house is very convenient to Magic Sands Beach, Kailua-Kona's main "in town" beach. You can walk there in about 30 minutes, but we recommend driving. Coming home it's 250 elevation gain! We are also very close to Kahalu'u, some of the best snorkeling in Hawaii.
Q: Where do we park our car?
A: We have one dedicated, off-street parking spot for each unit.
Q: Will we have our own bathroom?
A: Depends. If you book the Kona Pineapple Suite, you will have a private bath. The two studios—Surf and Turtle—share a bathroom. This arrangement has worked very well for hundreds of past guests. The bath is accessed via a small hallway, and guests never enter each other’s units.
Q: Do we share your kitchen or have our own cooking facility?
A: Each unit has its own kitchenette, including a fridge, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster, hot plate or electric frying pan, dishes, and sink. All units share access to the BBQ grill. No meals are included with your stay.
Q: Will we see you all the time…is it like staying with you?
A: You may see us around the yard—we generally spend mornings caring for the outdoors. If you want to “talk story,” that’s a great time to do it. Otherwise, we give you your space and will rarely interrupt you for anything. You will not need to enter the private portion of our home.
Q: Can we use your washer and dryer?
A: We do not have guest-access laundry facilities. We recommend Tyke’s Laundromat, located at 74-5483 Kaiwi St, Suite 135, in Kailua-Kona. If you’re hungry there’s a taco shop next door to Tyke's.
Q: What time is check in/out?
A: Check in is after 3:00pm, check-out is by 11:00am. If you have booked a red-eye flight departing Kona late in the evening, we suggest you book an extra night’s stay as we cannot offer late check-out or hold luggage.
Q: My flight will arrive late at night. Can I still check in?
A: Absolutely. A few days before your trip we will send you detailed directions to the house, and include instructions for checking yourself in whether we are home or not, or even if we’re asleep.
Q: Is the house suitable/appropriate for kids?
A: Consult with us before booking a reservation including children under age 8; the house may not be safe/suitable for them.
Q: Which unit is best for mature/senior guests?
A: Generally our older guests have preferred the Pineapple Suite, with its extra space and private bath.
Q: Do you provide discounts for weekly or monthly rentals?
A: Not generally, but during some slower months we may be able to negotiate on this. Discounts are never possible between December 15 and March 31, nor during Kona Ironman.
Q: Is this good Ironman accommodation?
A: Our many previous Ironman guests certainly thought so! We are very close to the famed Queen K Highway, and to the cycling turnaround on the Kuakini Highway. We are also near Ali’I Drive and a portion of the marathon route.
Q: Do you provide any beach gear?
A: Each guest is provided with a beach towel. The studios share a limited quantity of chairs, an umbrella, snorkels, fins, and boogie boards, on a first-come, first served basis. The suite has all of these items. Each unit has a cooler.
Q: Is it a gay guest house? Will we feel comfortable there?
A: We welcome all open-minded, kind guests. We are two married men. As a result, we do get a reasonably high number of gay and lesbian guests, and we have found that single females often feel extra comfortable here. But guests of all persuasions have enjoyed their time in our home.
Q: Can we be naked in the yard/pool?
A: Generally, no. However, if the guest mix is right, we don’t prohibit this. The back yard and pool area are quite private.
Q: Is Kona a good destination for gay travelers?
A: Absolutely! We have two gay bars in Kailua-Kona -- Mask and the strangely-named My Bar -- and reasonably large gay and lesbian communities here. It’s not “big-city-party gay,” but it’s a very comfortable place in our opinion. We love living in gay-friendly Kona!
Q: I’m allergic to cats, will yours be a problem?
A: Our cats have free reign of the yard, but are not permitted in the guest units. That’s not to say they never walk through when we are cleaning, but they know they are not allowed and rarely attempt to enter. We thoroughly clean between each party. We have hosted highly-allergic guests and none has experienced a problem, nonetheless we cannot guarantee a cat-free experience.
Q: Can we have friends over if they’re not staying there?
A: We require advance approval for all non-guest visitors to the property. This is for the safety, security, and privacy of all guests as well as your hosts.
Q: Will you be able to help us plan our time on the island?
A: Absolutely. We have hosted a lot of guests, can suggest some very good highlight itineraries, and will try to tailor additional options to suit your specific interests.
Q: What’s the weather like in Kailua-Kona?
A: We like to say “it’s spring every morning, and summer every afternoon, all year ‘round.” That’s not 100% true, but close. Kailua-Kona tends to be quite dry, warm, and sunny, but we can get rain. Rainy season is generally in the fall. Daytime highs are generally in the 80s, with summer nights dropping into the 70s and winter nights dropping into the low 60s. The Big Island is home to many microclimates, and it can rain in one small part of the island and be dry just a few yards away. Here’s more info on Kona weather.
Q: Are there bugs? What about mosquitoes?
A: We work very hard to minimize bugs at the house. But this is the tropics, and occasionally a harmless cockroach or other moth is seen, even in the cleanest house. Mosquitoes are rarely an issue at the house as our location is so dry. You will see green geckos and brown lizards around the property—they are big helpers in controlling unwanted bugs. And they’re cute!
Q: Is it safe in Kona?
A: We have never had a security issue at the house. We know our neighbors, and keep our eyes open. We are generally at home which adds additional security. We can hold a few valuables in our safe, and recommend you never leave valuables in your vehicle anywhere on the island.
Q: Can we drink the water?
A: The tap water here is provided by the county, and comes from wells. It is considered safe, although we are not fans of its taste. We generally buy bottled water and many guests do the same.
Q: When’s the best time to come to Hawaii?
A: Hawaii is truly beautiful all year ‘round. High tourist season, and thus higher pricing, occur during the months of the mainland winter—mid-December through March.
Q: What is the difference between “Kona,” “Kailua,” and “Kailua-Kona”?
A: The main village here is called Kailua, but is also known as Kona and Kailua-Kona. It can get confusing. Locals use the terms quite interchangeably. Kona means “south” in Hawaiian. There are two “Kona” regions of the island: North Kona and South Kona, essentially encompassing the entire southwest coast of the island. The town of Kailua became renamed Kailua-Kona by the US postal service in order to minimize confusion with another town named Kailua, on Oahu.
Q: Can I fly directly to Kona or do I have to connect in Honolulu? Should I fly into Hilo instead?
A: The Kona airport is the third-busiest in the state of Hawaii, and we have nonstop flights to many mainland US and Canada destinations, plus a nonstop to Japan. From the mainland it is not necessary to connect via Honolulu. Hilo’s airport has minimal service to the mainland, and is not a great option.