You won’t have to worry about sweltering in Kona’s afternoon heat here, some 1,300 feet above the coast, where it stays in the 70s (low to middle 20s Celsius) year-round. It’s only 5 miles from the historic center of town, but you’ll want to leave time to meet the animals on this 10-acre working ranch, including miniature donkeys, Nigerian dwarf goats, and horses, not to mention wild turkeys and other local fowl. Hosts Amy and Rick Decker no longer offer breakfast service, but the 900-square-foot Ranch View and Ranch House cottages, which share a large shaded veranda, each have full kitchens, and the stand-alone Garden Cottage, just 300 square feet, has an ample kitchenette. All have sweeping views that include ocean horizon, but sunsets are particularly special by the hot tub and pool at the main house.
- Jeanne Cooper