Hawaii Island Retreat
Just a short ride north of the popular Kohala Coast resort area where the foliage along the highway turns green you’ll come to the small village of Hawi in the North Kohala region of Hawaii’s Big Island. This area has a slow, relaxed pace. North Kohala is an area of the Big Island that is still not widely developed, where the roads find minimal traffic and where you’ll find plenty of space to yourself to explore the beauty of old Hawaii. It is in this quiet, more reflective region that you’ll find a small, sustainable boutique hotel and spa destination called the Hawaii Island Retreat at Ahu Pohaku Ho’omaluhia (Sacred Peace-giving Stones). Set amidst the windswept cliffs and streamside meadows of Honopueo and Hana’ula, ancient land divisions in historic North Kohala, is the Hawaii Island Retreat. Hawaii Island Retreat has superb and spacious guestrooms with wonderful modern bathrooms, a beautiful infinity pool, top notch spa services, a personal chef, and exceptional staff. It is very quiet and restful. There are eight guest rooms and suites within the main building as well as a number of spacious yurt hales (bungalows) adjacent to the pool or Hawaiian spa complex. Each of the rooms is decorated with turn-of-the-century Hawaii furniture. Each features a private balcony or garden. Central to the concept of Hawaii Island Retreat is their spa services, overseen by Jeanne Sunderland, one of Hawaii’s top spa therapists. Hawaii Island Retreat offers a distinctive menu of Hawaiian treatments and massage either in the retreat’s spacious massage and treatment room, or in the garden spa complex, complete with infinity pool, hot tub, fitness room, and infrared sauna. Spa treatments are also available in guest rooms or in individual outdoor spa hale (bungalows), nestled within a pine forest. Eco-touches The retreat produces 100% of their own electricity with their modern solar energy system. Water conservation is accomplished with low-water toilets, special showers, and conscientious use of water throughout the hotel and spa. The retreat has abundant organic vegetable gardens and tropical fruit orchards that produce much of the food used in their kitchen where all waste is composted for return into the soil. They also feature fresh organic eggs and goat cheese from their farm, as well as seafood fresh from Hawaiian waters. Safe paper products, free of harmful chemicals, dyes, or perfumes are employed which are then shredded and recycled as mulch on garden paths and banana orchards. Cross-ventilation and ceiling fans in the lodge and spa buildings capture the Kohala breezes, eliminating the need for air conditioning. Guest rooms are kept warm when the outside air is cool and cool when temperatures are warm.
Volcanoes formed these tropical islands, and you can see the best of them in and around the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Stretching across 333,000 acres, you can take hiking trails to see active, dormant and extinct volcanoes, including the spectacular peak at Kilauea.