In small town Captain Cook, Hawai’i, off Mamalahoa Hwy (Hwy 11), on the slopes of Mauna Loa at an elevation of nearly 1,400 feet overlooking the historical Kealakekua Bay sits the Manago Hotel, a South Kona landmark. Unfazed by mega-resorts and withstanding the test of time the somewhat hodge-podge sprawled Manago Hotel attracts visitors from around the world with a simple feature, the feel of old Hawai’i.
Named after the family who founded it, the Manago Hotel is still family owned and operated. the story goes…
Japanese immigrant Kinzo Manago and his picture bride wife Osame, moved to the Big Island from Honolulu, O’ahu in 1913 to work as a coffee picker and a restaurant cook. In 1917, with a $100 loan they opened their very own coffee shop/restaurant. The Manago’s took full advantage of business offering travelers driving along the old, slow Mamalahoa Highway a good nights rest by setting up cots in the back of their restaurant.
By 1923 they expanded to 12 rooms, six years later, in 1929 the hotel and restaurant was completely rebuilt adding 20 more rooms and expanding the restaurant. Manago Hotel & Restaurant continued to serve the community and in 1970 had expanded again, to its current 64 rooms, 42 rooms with private baths, to include balcony and ocean views and 22 rooms with a shared bath. Honoring their Japanese heritage, the hotel features a Japanese Room with traditional Japanese decor, Furo and Tatami Mats, and Shoji Screens. The Japanese room has a balcony with ocean view, and a private bath.
Manago Hotel has beautiful, quaint and zen-like Japanese Garden with a koi filled fishpond, as well as many varieties of small shrubs, flowers and bamboo. The hotel has a large vegetable garden and grows many of the delicious vegetables served in their restaurant.
Manago Restaurant has an old time style and atmosphere serving both Hawaii Local favorites as well as American cuisine. The pork chops, world famous pork chops!
Manago Hotel & Restaurant
P.O. Box 145
Captain Cook, HI 96704
Phone: (808) 323-2642