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Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B
Reviewed 6 February 2012

Cross this one off your list. My family walked in to the coffee barn (damp and dirty shack) and turned around and walked out. When we went back up to the host house and hesitantly stated our dismay about the bed corner listing down dramatically in two directions, the large jug of "CatOff" on the dingy chairs by our door, the proprietor, Johnsie, was as nasty as you could imagine without spitting on us. Computer corner? under the house, dirty and damp. Refund? Not on your life. We were berated for booking only one night. Hands down the worst place in all my years of budget travel, in the states and abroad.

  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Excellent location and value. We stayed in the rustic coffee barn, which we enjoyed (note: mattress tilted way down in one corner, but we fixed by putting an extra pillow underneath). The property is unique and not for everyone, but great if you are looking for just the basics in beautiful surroundings.

  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 13 September 2011

This quirky place is truly laid-back and relaxed. If you're looking for glitz and over the top amenities, go somewhere else. But if you can look beyond the property's slightly ramshackle appearance and focus on the positives, this place has a lot to offer. We stayed in one of the two "greenhouse rooms". The no- frills rooms are clean and our bed was really comfortable. The only downside to be considered is the fact that the rooms are open ( no glass in the windows, only screen) and because of this, one hears everything from outside. This was not a problem when it came to the room next door, which was occupied-- we heard virtually nothing. However, when the roosters started in at around 4 every morning, we realized that it could be an issue. I carry earplugs whenever I travel, so it was not a problem for me, but be forewarned.
There are also coqui frogs at night, but I personally find their calls soothing. But that's just me :) That's the "bed" part. But where the magic comes in is the breakfast. Every morning we were treated to an amazing array of fruits right from the farm, freshly brewed Kona coffee, homemade breads and jams and something cooked up in the kitchen by our hostess Johnsie. Vegetarian and vegan-friendly, her recipes always pleased. Co- host John Paul is a real character and knows a lot about Hawaii history, organic gardening, and music and gladly shares his knowledge on all three subjects. He will take you on a tour of the property, and if you're lucky, he and Johnsie will launch into an impromptu breakfast concert while you're there; they are both really talented musicians. In short, if you can look beyond the slightly disheveled exterior, this place is filled with great spirit and delivers a true feeling of "aloha".

  • Stayed: September 2011
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1  Thank travelover1959
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Reviewed 28 March 2011

Ever heard of “breakfast and bluegrass?” Well, that’s what Pomaika’i Farms served up the 2nd morning of my three-night stay in March 2011. I’m eating fresh baked bread, eggs, and carving into the most gigantic avocado I’ve ever seen while Johnsie (our host) sings, her partner, JP, plays guitar, and her dad (visiting from North Carolina) plays banjo. To me, this is what B&B’s are all about: meeting great people whom you’d never otherwise meet if you stayed in some faceless hotel. You won’t find warmer, more genuine people than these. They really understand how to run a B&B - they’re service minded without being intrusive. They run an environmentally conscious B&B, as well as a low-yield organic farm, the bounty of which is often served up at breakfast time. They even grow their own Kona coffee, and macadamia nuts abound on the property. While it’s not close to the beach, many good ones are a short drive away. Johnsie and JP will give you all kinds of good travel advice too, if you’re looking for something off the beaten path. Furthermore, they’re happy to let you borrow a cooler, ice-pack, and snorkel equipment in case you forget your own. The location in Captain Cook, right off Highway 11 makes this a great place to begin your Big Island explorations.

  • Stayed: March 2011, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank DandVchan
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Reviewed 13 February 2011

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at 'Lucky' Farm. We stayed in the Coffee Barn, a charming renovated little 'barn' - nothing at all like a big ol' Midwestern farm kind of barn, but a far more compact version. Wonderfully appointed with a beautiful (and very comfortable) bed, and even unfolding the (also very comfortable) fold-out couch still leaves plenty of room. No windows in there at all, just gorgeous views of the skies & the banana trees through the screens. The outdoor shower is very cool, lattice all around you, with trees above you. The 'front porch' is great - carpeted, with a couple of rocking chairs and a table, and with barely a view of the main house, you may feel like you're alone in the rainforest.

The grounds are lovely, with coffee, macadamias, avocados, coconuts, lemons, passionfruit, bananas, papayas, starfruit, and all manner of fragrant flowers growing everywhere, and there are wandering walking trails which will give you a look at most of these (and more). J.P. gave us a tour, and educated us about all the things growing there, and it's definitely worth your time. No pesticides or other chemicals are used here, everything they grow is organic. Despite all the greenery, there were never critters of any kind in the Coffee Barn.

The breakfasts - served in the main house's dining room - are delicious, served with fresh-ground Kona coffee and fruit picked just before you come up in the morning; Johnsie will make the remainder of the breakfast to your satisfaction. For example, we had ridiculously good oatmeal stuffed full of mango & coconut one day, and scrambled eggs with sausage gravy another - whether you're a raw foodist or a hearty omnivore, Johnsie will take care of you. They take great care and pride in providing you the best of the best in anything they serve. And the view from the lanai is not to be missed!

They have a fully stocked community kitchen where you can keep your food in the 'fridge, and cook lunch or dinner. There are also numerous items available for your use while you're there, such as coolers, beach towels, snorkel gear, and even extra hats. Books are available at the main house if you want to pick up a classic or a more recent publication. There are a half-dozen very good beaches within minutes, so it's a great base from which to explore the area. It's also not far from 'civilization' so you can run to the grocery store or go out for dinner without a problem.

If you're looking for an antiseptic hotel where every room has matching decor & smells like Lysol, this place is not for you. If you're looking for some charm, friendly people, and natural beauty, this is a great place to stay.

  • Stayed: February 2011, travelled with family
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1  Thank llarisah
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Additional Information about Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B

Address: 83-5465 Mamalahoa Hwy, Captain Cook, Island of Hawaii, HI 96704-8303
Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Captain Cook
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 4 Speciality Lodging in Captain Cook
Price Range: ₹ 4,555 - ₹ 9,110 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Pomaika'i "Lucky" Farm B&B 2.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Stay at a working Kona Coffee Farm! Enjoy a full cooked breakfast accompanied by fresh fruits from the farm. Try the macadamia nuts right out of the back yard. Snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, or hike at the nearby beaches. Beach equipment, guest kitchen. Free Wi-fi internet access. The Coffee Barn now has an in-room fridge & microwave. ... more   less 
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