Historical Big Island home opens as B&B

WAIMEA -- One of the Big Island's most historic homes has opened as a bed and breakfast.

The Jacaranda Inn on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Jacaranda Inn is in the ranch town of Waimea, 15 minutes from the Kohala Coast. On 11 acres off the main highway a mile before town, the inn has eight rooms in cottages plus one three-bedroom cottage for families.

It was built in 1897 for A.W. Carter, manager of Parker Ranch, who set the cattle ranch on an expansion that resulted in its present-day 250,000 acres. Laurence Rockefeller bought the home in 1961 as an up-country retreat. Such celebrities as Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Henry Kissinger stayed there.

The house's main room, filled with antiques, became a restaurant. Cottages, built in a plantation design on the grounds, housed displays and boutique stores.

Mary Ellen Revana, the present owner, bought the property in 1994 and embarked on a restoration and remodeling project. She created an herb and flower garden, converted the boutiques into bed-and-breakfast units and built covered walkways and ramps.

The original home includes the breakfast room, a formal dining room, a bar (the inn has a liquor license) and a library/billiard room.

The cottage units, each named for a flower, were designed with their own color schemes and themes. Six have living rooms, five have whirlpool tubs and six were designed under Americans With Disabilities Act requirements.

Design elements include four-poster canopied beds, Oriental carpets, Mexican tile, rattan and fireplaces (Waimea is 3,000 feet above sea level). Each unit sleeps two, except for the three-bedroom cottage, which sleeps six.

Through Dec. 19, rack rates range from $189 to $245 per night, with the three-bedroom cottage priced at $489. Discounted introductory rates of $150 and $185 are available on some units.

"This significant home has gone through many evolutions. It is exciting that it has been restored and is available for visitors," said Barbara Campbell, president of Hawaii's Best Bed & Breakfasts.

The Waimea-based reservations firm is handling sales and reservations for the new inn.

Campbell provides reservations for 125 bed and breakfasts and other properties statewide, including eight in the Waimea area, one of them her own, called Waimea Gardens Cottage.

Hawaii's Best Bed & Breakfasts
Phone: (800) 262-9912
Fax: (808) 885-0559
Web: www.bestbnb.com

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