Prior to your arrival to Hawaii and here in South Kona (preferably several days prior) please call or email us with your estimated time of arrival at the Aloha Guest House Bed and Breakfast. Please keep in mind that we are approximately a one-hour drive from the airport. Our earliest check-in is 3:00 p.m. You can find a PDF version of these instructions by clicking HERE. We're not hard to find but you will be in unfamiliar territory, so it is best to have our directions printed and accessible. Trying to read the directions off of a phone while driving up Old Tobacco Road is not a good idea. Old Tobacco Road is a bumpy, one-lane, farm road best suited for a small SUV or Jeep, although almost any car can navigate it if driven slowly.
We highly recommend renting a four wheel drive vehicle if you are in doubt about the road conditions and/or your driving abilities. Although many of our guests use regular 2WD vehicles when staying with us, a 4WD vehicle will also allow you to explore many of the beautiful and somewhat secluded parts of the Big Island in comfort and safety.
Directions from Kona International Airport to Old Tobacco Road
Not all GPS software can find us, but Google Maps can; if you have a smartphone or tablet, use "Aloha Guest House", not our physical address, and you will get a general idea of where we are located. It is approximately a one-hour drive from the airport to our guesthouse. When you leave the airport you will come to a traffic light at Highway 19. TURN RIGHT (south) onto Hwy 19 following the signs to Kailua-Kona and Volcano. In Kailua-Kona, Hwy 19 becomes Hwy 11. Continue on Hwy 11. Notice that the mile marker numbers on the left side of the road are descending. Eventually, you will be approaching the 104-mile marker, and just before you will pass a "Reduce Speed 35 MPH" sign. The road curves to the left and you will see an "Elevation 1000ft/305m" sign to your right. SLOW DOWN, and put your left turn signal on as you will be making a left turn onto our road is a few seconds. You may notice the "Aloha Guest House" sign to your right hanging from a tree, but it is a little hard to see. Your LEFT TURN is here! It is just a few meters before the 104-mile marker (located on the left side of the highway). There is no sign saying "Old Tobacco Road", so you will be turning left onto an unmarked road that is just before a white house with a small stone wall facing the highway. Our road looks more like a driveway than a city street, but rest assured if you have followed these instructions you are in the right place. If you have passed the 104-mile marker you have gone too far!
Directions from Hilo and Volcano to Old Tobacco Road
Not all GPS software can find us, but Google Maps can; if you have a smartphone or tablet, use "Aloha Guest House", not our physical address, and you will get a general idea of where we are located. Follow Hwy 11 towards Kailua-Kona. We are about 2 hrs. from Hilo and 1 ½ hrs. from Volcanoes National Park. Look for mile markers on the right side of the highway. Our road is located at the 104-mile marker. After passing the 103-mile marker pay attention to your odometer. Just prior to our turn is a “Y” intersection where highway 160 goes to the left and highway 11 continues forward; stay on 11! You will then immediately encounter a large “S” curve in the highway which turns to the left and then to the right. In the middle of the “S” curve, you should be going only about 15 mph. with your right turn indicator flashing as the turn to our road comes upon you very quickly. Look for the 104-mile marker on your right just as you start going straight. You will be turning right approximately 20 meters past the 104-mile marker. Presently, Old Tobacco Road has no street sign. Our road looks more like a driveway than a city street, but rest assured if you have followed these instructions you are in the right place Follow the directions below to the "Aloha Guest House Bed and Breakfast" in South Kona Hawaii.
Once you're on Old Tobacco Road
The Aloha Guest House Bed and Breakfast is EXACTLY .96 MILE up from the highway. Once on Old Tobacco Road, you will see that it is only one lane, so if you encounter someone driving from the opposite direction, the rule is whoever has the easier way to pull to the side lets the other car proceed. Generally, the car traveling uphill has the right of way. Most of the locals living on our road are very nice and will pull over for you. Old Tobacco Road is sometimes paved, sometimes bumpy, and sometimes steep. It is not dangerous in any way so please don’t be concerned, just drive slowly and everything will be fine. If you are arriving during the day you get a chance to see turkeys, pheasants and, chickens. There are also coffee, avocado, guava, and macadamia nut trees. You may even get lucky and see a wild pig.
The general rule as you make the drive to the Aloha Guest House is to turn or veer RIGHT whenever you see an obvious option (turning/veering right to go into someone's driveway or going off Tobacco Road
following car tracks in the grass are not obvious options!). If you drive slowly and are not in hurry, Old Tobacco Road is easily navigable, so don't be intimidated.
Okay, so now you are actually driving on Old Tobacco Road. You may be thinking you are lost or made a wrong turn, but if you are thinking that, welcome to our road! After a couple of minutes driving you will see on your left a double concrete track going up the hill with a "Private Road 4X4 Only" sign. Do NOT turn left into this private road; just continue driving forward. As you continue you should see an abandoned motorcycle on the hill to your left. (It's been there for years and is somebody's idea of artwork).
Just a little bit further is a bump that is a little hard to see so try to look for it and drive slowly as you go over it. Next, you will come to an old coffee mill with a "Danger, No Trespassing sign". (The sign refers to the coffee mill and not continuing up the road). At this point, you are about 1/3 of way. The road is extra bumpy here and takes a sharp left (hairpin turn) and you will encounter the first of two dips. Just drive slowly and everything will be okay. Keep going...
You will pass a two-story brown house on your left, and now the road goes to the right (keep following the paved portion of the road) and here you will go through the second dip. In just a few seconds, you will encounter the only true fork or "Y" in the road (if you are arriving at night you might notice three red reflectors attached to an electric/telephone pole in front of you). Turn right and continue following the road. If you go to the left by mistake it will take you to the KCOF radio station which does not usually offer accommodations :).
You now will be traveling on a relatively flat section of the road lined with several shallow potholes. You may notice a sign next to a gated driveway called "Jack's Way", and then a bit further you should see a mailbox for "Steve's Keokea Farm". Just keep going (don't give up now :). About 35 meters past Steve's mailbox the road will turn left and start to climb uphill. Don't get worried you are getting close. It looks a little scary here, but it really isn't. Just keep going.
After approximately 400 meters of driving through our neighbor's coffee farm (yes, those are Kona coffee trees on your left) you will reach a rock wall fence in front of a house. In front, and just to your left, is our neighbor's driveway so don't go there, instead look to your right and, believe it or not, Old Tobacco Road becomes nicely paved and smooth (thanks to us and our next door neighbor). Go right here and enjoy the smooth ride. In a few seconds, you will see the driveway for the RoJo Coffee Farm on your left. This driveway is parallel to our driveway, so don't make the mistake of turning left here (our neighbors are nice, but they won't cook breakfast for you :). You need to continue going straight for another 10 meters until you reach our "Aloha Guest House" sign directly in front of you. Old Tobacco Road ends when you reach our sign, and at this point, you will be driving in our driveway as you go 90 degrees left and steeply uphill. Looking uphill, you should see the guesthouse to the right of the driveway. Drive up the hill and keep going straight until you reach our parking lot which will be on your LEFT at the end of our driveway. Do NOT turn right on the driveway that goes in front of our house. When you get to the top of our driveway, look to the left for any available space to park. CONGRATULATIONS, YOU MADE IT!
Our cat, Kai'a, will probably come over to say welcome and be petted. If you informed us of your approximate arrival time, we should be home and I will be out in a moment. If for some reason we aren't home, please look for a note on our downstairs door giving you instructions. If necessary, we can be reached by calling 808-328-8955. Your room will be ready and your name is on your door so please come inside and get comfortable.
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