Hawai'i as it Was Meant to Be by David Cram

Hawai'i as it Was Meant to Be

By David Cram

  • Release Date: 2018-03-02
  • Genre: United States
Score: 5
From 7 Ratings
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     This ibook is about an unusual Hawaiian property, Kona Village Resort, born in 1965 and forced to close in 2011, a casualty of the Japanese tsunami.
    When Hawai'i became a state, and when the jet airplane cut hours off the travel time from the mainland, Hawaiian tourism became a boom industry. Mainland hotel builders brought mainland ideas, and the gentle 'aloha culture' of the Islands began a rapid change. 
    One man, Johnno Jackson, dreamed of building a resort to preserve the old culture, that would at the same time provide an excellent cuisine and high quality lodgings. However he also added unusual features--no TV or radio, no air conditioning, no room service, no locks on the doors, (everyone had their own cottage). This attracted a fiercely loyal client base of get-away-from-it-all folks who returned year after year.                                
    When he selected a location, he chose the most isolated place he could find on the Big Island of Hawai'i. He started from scratch, with no water, electricity, or phone service, and not even a road! It's a fascinating story. 
   Beset as it was with difficulties at first,  those troubles generated a bond between staff and guests that became a unique hallmark of the Village. He turned a stark expanse of lava into a lush tropical paradise with its own unique culture.
  "Hawai'i as it Was Meant to Be" tells the story in affectionate detail through the eyes of a most unusually devoted fan. Told with  words, 200 photos, and 14 video clips.


  • Welcome Home:...

    By Moopunastutu
    David Cram captures the Kona Village that thousands of us fell madly in love with. The history behind it is unique and fascinating. And, thanks to him, I now have a daunting, incurable case of homesickness for Heaven on Earth. Oh how I wish this e-book was a coffee table book...sans videos, of course!
  • Nailed It

    By GB CA
    This book absolutely nails it. "Welcome Home” took me on a long, peaceful, memorable, melancholy, happy, sad, stroll back in time. In 45 visits “home”, my senses were never sharper and my stress level was never lower. What made KVR perfect for me could be found in its imperfections. Where most Hawaii travellers revel in the “beautiful tripical fish tank” that they peer into, at KVR you didn’t just peer into the tank, you were actually inside of it living the dream as a participant rather than as an observer. From coffee with ohana at “Talk Story" in morning’s darkness through the sleepy torch lit walk back to the hale after dinner, I was accutely aware of each passing moment of each perfect day. Each day was a full, complete, fulfilling masterpiece. There were no complicating, unnecessary distractions. David’s photos and narratives brought back countless precious memories of days gone by with family and friends. One photo in particular… a morning photo of the dive boat on the beach… David wrote that he didn’t remember why he’d taken that particular photo… that it didn’t mean much to him. I found that interesting, as I’d spent countless days on that boat… with those people… over many, many years… and I found myself studying every pixel of that photo as my mind became flooded with memories. That photo meant a lot to me. It’s all about perspectives. Thank you, David... well done!
  • “Welcome Home”: Hawai’i as it Was Meant to Be

    By BT2’r
    David Cram has not only written a wonderful story, he created a beautiful experience with this book. I was lucky to have visited Kona Village Resort a number of times and have great memories of it. Now, David’s book brings back to life all of the beauty, the sights and sounds, and the Ohana of the place. While enjoying the book, I felt as if I could feel the breeze and the warm waters, smell the perfume of the flowers and could almost taste the wonderful food. Truly a joy.
  • Tribute to Kona Village

    By Diana Reiff
    This book is a heartfelt and personal tribute to the old Kona Village Resort. It brought back many happy memories (full disclosure, David Cram is my dad) and recreated the peacefulness and relaxation of this very special place. The book is a combination of history, personal observations, and beautiful photos and video clips that combine to evoke the mood of this paradise.
  • Wonderful Kona Village story.

    By Hanelain
    Easier to read on iPad than iPhone but you can definitely read on either. Gives a wonderful recap of the history as well as the joy that KVR brought to so many people. I look forward to the rebirth! Thanks David. This book made me very happy.
  • Welcome Home: Hawai’i As It Is Meant To Be

    By MJ NY
    This beautiful book comes from the heart of David Cram, who, like me, fell under the spell of Kona Village Resort on the Big Island of Hawai’i. I first went when I was an editor at Travel & Leisure, and as an editor at many other publications, most recently Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report, I have had the opportunity to see resorts and hotels the world,over. Very few set themselves apart as did Kona Village, which, alas, was badly damaged in a tsunami. Iris now being brought back to life, but will it be the same, magical place it was? In this superb book, David Cram celebrates KVR with wonderful memories and beautiful photographs that come as close to brining it back as it was as anything I can imagine. If the new owners want inspiration and guidance on how to create something special, they will find this an invaluable resource. Until the Village reopens, I will rely on David’s book to take me there.
  • Welcome Home is Excellent!

    By Monster In The Mailbox
    Hawai’i as it was meant to be is an understatetmet for this book. Between the vivid and colorful photographhs, to the wonderful videos of the different activities, this book goes far beyond what anyone would think of Hawai’i. The story for each section brings the reader to this place of tropical beauty, and it feels like you are really there. The only things missing were some big waves and catching a curl on a surf board.