Why I built this website

Kona Village, like the rest of Hawai'i, had fallen on difficult times, and when ownership changed twice in a very short span, I became increasingly concerned that new ownership might signal a change in the basic nature of my favorite place. I wondered: Was there anything I could I do to help the village thrive? I began writing reviews for travel websites, but that quickly became limited. I became the go-to guy on Trip Advisor for Kona Village information. Finally, after a couple of earnest but ineffective alternative starts, I plunged into new territory and built this website. 

It was my firm belief that with a place this wonderful, it was not necessary to sell it with tricked-up photographs and adspeak language. Just tell the truth, illustrate everything in detail with snapshots, describe what it was and what it was not, let people sense what it was like to be there, and the potential guests would select themselves in or out. I thought surely there would be enough people in the world to keep occupancy up, if only the promoters could find the right place to look.  Here's the point: Kona Villagers are different. While for some people, the village did not measure up to their standards of perfection, we villagers were looking for something else, and for what we wanted, it was perfect.

This website became a candid description of my favorite haunt, with some stories and snapshots--over 300 of them, plus over 30 video clips!--to illustrate why Kona Village was such a passion of mine.  I’d stayed away sometimes for years at a time, but like a lover atoning for past sins, I’d rediscovered my place, and promised never to stray again. It didn’t enter my mind that my beloved village would be the one to leave.

On March 11, 2011, an earthquake in Japan caused a tsunami which did unimaginably terrible things in Japan, and then, almost as an afterthought, swept into Kona Village, lifting hale from their foundations and dashing them into each other. Nobody was killed, nobody was even hurt, but the village we loved was severely damaged and had to be closed for an indefinite time.

When Kona Village Resort started up in 1965, it was an adventure.  There was nothing like it (there still isn’t) and guests then were sharing in a unique experience. I'd never heard of Kona Village during the first few years of its operation. Those were the days when the generator sometimes quit, and the days when the water system sometimes failed, and guests and staff just had to make do. Those were also the days when the restaurant servers had to double as the maid service, and at times they even had to put the bar on the honor system (and took in more money than was expected or required). But the people who were attracted to KVR were special. They accepted the village, they rolled with the problems, they forgave, and they came back.  They were special then, and they’re special now.

By the way, I never was affiliated in any way with Kona Village. I was a guest, period.  I  made it clear to Ulrich Krauer, the general manager, that I asked for nothing for any efforts I put forth on behalf of the village. Why did I do this? I loved the village, and putting this website together was a way to keep the place in my mind, and visualize it, and dream, as I sat here in California wishing I were just going through the gate for another wonderful week in the Soft Lane.

It was truly a remarkable place. 


*Navigation tips:

•Pictures with “postage stamp” borders                              

are ‘live;’ for best results, click in the area of the          to see them.

To exit a video clip, click on return arrow in upper left corner.

•To see the site index and go to a specific page, click on the ‘football:’              

•The circles  
     are links to references or to relevant video.

Questions? Comments? mumpsimus1@gmail.com



I’m David Cram. I had been going to Kona Village Resort off and on since 1972, and I’d been there more than 30 times. I didn’t go there because I needed a vacation, I went there because it was the most comfortable place I’d ever been, and when I was there, I felt like I was.........home. Now it’s closed.

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