Kona Village Focuses on Families

Quality time and bonding made easy at this Big Island retreat

By: Dawna Robertson

For nearly forty years, Kona Village Resort has offered refuge for families seeking time to reacquaint while experiencing the true Hawaii. Situated within 82 acres along the Big Island’s Kohala Coast, this hideaway features 125 individual thatched roof hale (bungalows) amidst lush, tropical landscaping. Here, families find the opportunity to learn first hand about Hawaii’s culture while enjoying one another in a pure hideaway setting.

What makes the resort so appealing for families, according to Laurence Mountcastle, Kona Village’s Director of Sales and Marketing, is its actual village nature. “Families feel secure at Kona Village,” Mountcastle remarked. “Kids can run and play with other kids here. There isn’t a lot of transient activity, so there’s a comfort factor that I don’t think you can feel in a lot of other hotels.”

Since resort employees are like ohana (family) to one another, guests are welcomed as extended family members - which is considered one of the reasons why Kona Village boasts one of the highest return guest ratios in Hawaii.

“We have about 62% repeat business,” noted Mountcastle. “We see between 20 to 30 family reunions each year with anywhere from 15 to 70 people. And a lot of our guests return every two to three years.”

Kona Village’s inclusive plan covers three meals daily (special children’s dinner service is offered nightly), a Friday evening Polynesian luau with music and dance, complimentary children’s and activities program daily (except May and September), and dozens of daily activities geared to all ages.

Activities include bamboo pole fishing contests in the resort’s ponds, ukulele classes, ti-leaf hula skirt making, hula lessons, lawn games, and unlimited use of the tennis courts and fitness center. Guests can also learn about the history of Kaupulehu and Kona Village Resort during complimentary historical property tours and tours to the resort’s centuries-old petroglyph field.

Families favoring the water will appreciate that ocean gear is provided, including kayaks, laser sailboats, snorkeling equipment, boogie boards, outrigger canoes and even glass bottom boat excursions in Kahuwai Bay fronting the resort’s sandy beach. For a break from the Pacific, Kona Village also boasts two freshwater swimming pools.

Large two-room hale comfortably accommodate up to five. Each features a refrigerator stocked with bottled water, juices, soft drinks and 100% Kona coffee. If Big Island touring is on the agenda, box lunches or off-property lunch vouchers are provided.

Family rates start at $875 per night, triple occupancy from Dec. 5, 2004 - Nov. 26, 2005. Through Nov. 27, rates are from $850. Children two and under are complimentary. Additional guest rates are based on guest age.