The minute we walked through the doors of the Kohala Village Inn, we knew we had found the perfect venue for the Hawai’i Island ‘Ukulele Retreat. Thank you, KonaBob, for leading us here.
Located in the historic plantation town of Hawi, in the northernmost corner of the Big Island, the Kohala Village Inn has everything we were looking for: quaint, but modern, guest rooms; numerous communal areas that invite small group gatherings; a number of well-appointed and comfortable classrooms for workshops; and a dedicated performance area—all within the confines of this lovingly renovated historic inn. It’s big enough to accommodate all of our participants and small enough so that we can occupy every room in the place.
It is also part of a larger complex known as the Village Hub with ongoing classes in Hawaiian arts and crafts, dance, music, and yoga, so there will be plenty to do for companions who do not play the ‘ukulele.
The little town of Hawi also has a lot to commend it: a number of great restaurants within walking distance (if the food at the Inn is not sufficient;) a coffee shop; and some fun little stores to poke around in, including a very well-stocked ukulele store full of vintage ‘ukuleles and Hawaiian shirts! It’s just minutes away from some fabulous swimming beaches, wonderful spots for snorkeling, and lovely hikes down to secluded beaches and valleys. There are also myriad opportunities for adventure nearby such as horseback riding or ATV touring. And, just a little farther away, are the beautiful beaches of the Kohala Coast (deemed by many to be the most beautiful beaches in the world), the rolling ranch lands of the paniolo, and much more.
As you can see from the pictures, the guest rooms are lovely and there are a number of options:
King rooms with private bath for couples.
Queen rooms with or without private bath for singles.
And myriad opportunities for those looking to share, including the “ohana” rooms–two private rooms with a shared bathroom between them.
Click here for Rooms and Rates.
We will miss many things about our former home at Kalani Honua, but think you’ll all agree that our new island home is sensational and the perfect place to share the many joys of the ukulele with each other.
But the Kohala Village Inn and Kohala Coast are not the only attractions on this side of the island! Though Mauna Kea and Kilaua get most of the attention, Kohala was the first volcano on Hawai’i Island to breach the ocean’s surface and, as such, is the oldest volcano on the Big Island–its age evident by lush rain forests and deep valleys carved by water runoff. Though it is known for the mega-resorts on its eastern side, most of Kohala is still wild and untamed and its north coast is famous for Waipi’o Valley, a storybook tropical valley with a lot of history and a picturesque black sand beach at one end and thousand-foot waterfalls (most notably Hi’ilawe) at the other, and traditional farmlands in between.
Plus there is no shortage of ancient historic sites along the Kohala Coast, for those who are so inclined: the Mo’okini Heiau, an ancient temple dedicated to human sacrifice; the Puʻukoholā Heiau National Historic Site, with ancient temples from several time periods, including a submerged temple in the bay next to the site that was dedicated to sharks; the Puakō Malama Petroglyph Preserve, one of the most extensive petroglyph fields on the island; and more.
But even with all these other diversions, the emphasis for the week will be on playing your ukulele, making new friends, and learning new music. And we can’t think of a better place for that, than the Kohala Village Inn.
In case you’re still on the fence: