We are John & Lorna Hoff, the owners of the the Kauai Banyan Inn, a Kauai Homestay Inn located a few minutes from sunny Poipu Beach. The Hoff “Hawaiian” experience (adventure) began in 1963. After graduating from college John joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to serve in the Philippines. Peace Corp training took place in Hilo, Hawaii, which was his first experience with the Islands of Aloha.
When he returned from the Philippines he felt a desire to return to the Islands while working with his brother and father in construction. An opportunity was afforded John to return to Hawaii around the time pineapple companies were closing operations on Kauai. With a good portion of Kauai’s major economic activities being shut down, purchase of land in the late 60’s and early 70’s was attainable. Our combined efforts in purchasing the Kauai Banyan Inn property began in 1970 with a simple letter to one of the owners of the 10.5 acre parcel. An old banyan tree (thought to hundreds of years old) “watched” over the property amidst weeds, junk cars and overgrown hau bush.
It took 13 years of effort and patience in purchasing the entire property and in 1983 we attained complete ownership. We have lived on the property since 1976 starting out in an old plantation cottage we enlarged and remodeled. When it burned down we built another small home and then subdivided the property to put in the long driveway into the back portion of the property.
We designed and built our home in 1989 to capture the incredible view of Black Mountain and the Pacific ocean beyond. With four teenagers at home at the time, the home was designed with their bedrooms downstairs (what are now the Koa, Milo, Nani Loa, & Pueo suites), the Ulu Suite was created from the family room and the upstairs master bedroom recently became The Ali’i Suite. As the children became young adults and went off to college, every summer or Christmas vacation they would return with their friends. No one ever wanted to leave. In fact, after college all the children eventually came back home, married, started families and built homes on the property
Having been in the hospitality business for 30 years and enjoying talking with guests and sharing the beautiful Island with them, we felt the house and setting so special it should be shared, thus the creation of Kauai Banyan Inn.
The Kauai Banyan Inn is a family operation, with daughter-in-laws helping us with the daily operations. Our daughter is the massage therapist on property and our sons and grandsons help with the landscape maintenance and anything else that needs to be done.
Kauai Banyan Inn has been a labor of love for our family for many years. We look forward to welcoming you with Aloha to this very special place in paradise!
We have found over the years that our guests enjoy receiving a massage during their vacation and/or honeymoon. Kauai Banyan Inn offers in-house massage services by appointment with massage therapist, Koi Moon. If you would like to schedule a massage during your stay at Kauai Banyan Inn, please call us toll free at (888) 786-3855.
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