Kakalina's was a great retreat on Kauai. No, it is not next to the ocean, and no, it is not a 5-star hotel. But, we didn't expect either. What completely exceeded our expectations was how gracious and kind the owner (Kathy) was. Each day, she filled our refrigerator with wonderful homemade bread, fresh fruit, and orange juice. She was very willing to work with our schedule on our last day and even allowed us some extra time to shower and pack before checking out. Kathy also provided lots of information about surrounding restaurants and markets that really enhanced our stay.
We stayed in the Hale Elua suite, which is a two-bedroom suite. The second bedroom was locked-out, but it was essentially a mirror of the side we stayed on. The suite was very clean (one of the cleanest vacation rentals we've stayed in). The kitchen was very well-stocked with dishes, utensils, coffee maker, etc. The trash was emptied each day, and recycling was picked up daily. There were a few sugar ants around, which is common in Hawaii. And, we were kind of disappointed we didn't see more geckoes (which are also common and considered good luck).
The bed was very comfortable, and the closet was spacious. The bathroom was very clean. About the only complaint we had was the size of the water heater. You would be doing good to get 2 showers in a row with warm water. But, I learned to enjoy cool showers. In the summer on Kauai, it's a welcome, relaxing experience. The evenings were cool (72-76ºF), and the fans kept the suite very cool. There is no air conditioning, which was fine, even in July. It does sit next to Kawaihau Road, which can have some traffic on it at night, but it never really bothered us.
The location is kind of central on the island. There is only one major highway that runs around 80% of the island. Kapaa is near the center. Kakalina's is several miles above Kapaa in the hills, and it was a bit confusing to find the first time (look for a big white mailbox next to the road). After we acquainted ourselves with the area, we loved the location. It overlooks a reservoir, with the ocean in the distance. The surrounding flowers are beautiful. Be sure to try taking the back route down Kainahola Road over to Kuamoo Road at least once; the views of the mountains are spectacular! It's a ways to anywhere, though, so be sure to factor that in. 20-30 mins to airport, 45 mins to Princeville, and 45-60 mins to Poipu -- all depending on traffic. You will learn to love the Kapaa bypass road (and the back route above).
The best part of this bed and breakfast was the owner and the room's amenities. We felt like we were staying as a guest in someone's home, not in a hotel room (yea!). The worst part was that we had to leave. :(
We hope to return here soon.
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