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The Big Island is filled with unspoiled nature.  Every direction you go you will be rewarded with huge, dramatic views.  The Big Island is still a farming island, with vast stretches of undeveloped raw land.  It is quiet and peaceful during the day, dark and silent at night.  (Please note that it is purposely kept dark to maintain excellent viewing conditions at the Mauna Kea observatories.)  Visitors who are in search of solitude and nature will fall in love, those in search of a rockin’ nightlife or abundant shopping should stick with Oahu or Maui.

Kona is the beloved sunny side of the Big Island, and there is a part of South Kona particularly cherished by locals.  This beloved area encompasses the protected agricultural land that sweeps down green Napo’opo’o Mountain and the Captain Cook trail to the stunning Kealakakua Bay Historical Reserve, down the undeveloped coastline through lovely Manini and Ke’ei beaches, to Pu’uhonua O Honaunau (City of Refuge at Honaunau) and Honaunau Bay.  Here lies beautiful land and the perfect South Kona microclimate, with abundant sun and gentle Kona breezes, and the state’s most pristine snorkeling water.

Luana Inn sits at the heart of this special place.  Our property lies about three hundred feet above sea level, and offers a panoramic ocean and sky view, with green Napo’opo’o Mountain rising gently behind.  We’re within walking distance of Napo’opo’o Pier  and Manini beach - the gateway to extraordinary Kealakekua Bay and the Captain Cook Monument - and within minutes of quiet, sandy Ke'ei Beach, Pu’uhonua O Honaunau, Two Step and the Captain Cook Monument trail.  We are perfectly situated for guests who want to fully experience this spectacular area as well as explore the entire Big Island. 

To learn more about long it will take you to get to the most popular tourist attractions, including Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, Mauna Kea, and Hapuna Beach, please see our About Us page and read our FAQ.  To read an honest account of how we’d spend our vacation were we visiting the Big Island, please see one of our most famous blog entries: The Perfect BI Vacation.




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Driving directions from Kailua-Kona airport

The Inn is located twenty-four miles south of the Kailua-Kona airport. Travel time is dependent on traffic, it can take from thirty to forty-five minutes to reach the Inn.  Head south on Highway 11 (Mamalahoa Highway) for approximately twenty miles. Watch for the sign on your right for Napo’opo’o Road followed by the sign for Kealakekua Bay. Napo’opo’o Road is the road that leads down to Kealakekua Bay.  Take this right turn off the highway onto Napo’opo’o Road and head down approximately 3.6 miles (about ten minutes). This is a two lane road with lots of bends and turns, and the addresses aren’t organized logically so don’t use them as a reference.  Pass the turn off (on the left) for Middle Keei Road, and pass the Kona Pacific Farmers Cooperative (coffee roastery) on your right. Continue until you see a white stucco fence with our sign and a palm-lined drive and come on up.   Aloha – you’ve arrived!


Driving directions from Hilo airport

Whether traveling from Hilo north up the Hamakua Coast, then down through Waimea to Kailua-Kona, and south to South Kona, or from Hilo south through Volcanoes National Park and north to South Kona, travel time will take approximately two hours.  If coming north through Waimea on Highway 19, follow signs for Kailua-Kona and take Highway 190 to Kailua-Kona, then once on Highway 11, follow directions above.  If traveling south on Highway 11 through Volcanoes National park, watch for signs for South Kona. You will pass through Honaunau, then enter Captain Cook. Watch for the sign for Napo’opo’o Road and the turn for Kealakekua Bay, and follow directions above.

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  • “Wonderful, Peaceful, and Delightful Hosts!” - Russell and Ellen, South Carolina
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