Fresh flavors are the key to a perfect meal at the Holualoa Inn. Brightly-colored exotic fruits from our Orchard are served as a starter each morning before breakfast, according to their seasonal availability. In the summer months you might find melt-in-your-mouth mango and delectably sweet white pineapple on your plate, whereas juicy tangerine and crunchy starfruit make their appearance during the cooler winter months. Farm-sourcedingredients bring flavor and vibrancy to the main course as well. Rosemary, thyme, basil, parsley, dill and buttery avocados are always perfect additions to any of our savory breakfasts, while house-made lilikoi (passion fruit) butter makes the perfect topping for sweet entrees. You might find edible flowers adding just a bit of color to you breakfast plate, including the tiny purple blossoms of garlic chives or spicy nasturtiums. Your meal is always accompanied by a glass of juice from fresh-squeezed navel oranges or tangerines and estate-grown 100% Kona Coffee from our 30-acre farm.
And you won’t just leave these flavors behind after breakfast; they are ultra-local, harvested just steps away from the doors of the Holualoa Inn. Walk outside and you are in the midst of our coffee farm. Over the next several months, the coffee trees will be covered with tiny white blossoms bearing the delicate scent of gardenia and blanketing each branch in soft, white “Kona Snow.” Towering mango and avocado trees arch over the main driveway, and you will see our groundskeepers harvesting from them during the late summer and early autumn. A stroll through the estate will bring youalong rock walls covered in vines of passion fruit and up to the Orchard, where young trees bear exotic varieties of mangoes, as well as avocados, starfruit, jackfruit, dragon fruit, rambutan and more. Just above the Orchard, greens and herbs are nestled among the orchids and tropical flowers of our nursery. A stay here is a multi-sensory experience that will, among other things, bring you closer to the land and to the food you eat.
But the Holualoa Inn is not the only place to celebrate local flavors during your stay. The South Kona region of the Big Island is an agricultural hub, and while it is best known for its excellent Kona Coffee and Macadamia Nuts, it also produces some of the finest fruits and vegetables in the world. In honor of one of the local-favorite crops, Kona will be celebrating the 13th Annual Avocado Festival at Hale Halawai on Ali’i Drive on February 23rd, 2019. The Avocado Festival will feature tastings of various local avocados as well as recipe demonstrations, arts & crafts and local food, and clinics on graftingand tree maintenance which are tailored to farmers, but are fascinating for anyone who loves seeing where their fresh produce comes from. The event is free and will run from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, so if you happen to be in or around Kona that day stop in and check it out. You can see the event flyer here.
Did you know that you can share the farm-to-table flavors and the serenity of the Holualoa Inn estate with your friends and family with a Whole House Rental? The estate can accommodate up to 19 guests for weddings, retreats, and other special events. Whole House Rentals come with all of our typical services and amenities, including freshly-prepared breakfasts using the finest ingredients sourced from our farm and our 100% estate-grown Kona Coffee. If you are looking for the perfect place to share food, fun and relaxation with those closest to you, consider the Holualoa Inn for your Big Island Getaway.