"Welcome Home"

By David Cram

  • Release Date: 2018-03-02
  • Genre: United States
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This is about a Hawaiian resort, born in 1965 and shut down by the tsunami in 2011. It was designed as a throwback to Hawai'i as it had been before statehood began to overwhelm the gentle aloha culture of the islands. Kona Village Resort boasted unusual features--no TV or radio, no air conditioning, no room service, no locks on the doors--that attracted a fiercely loyal client base who returned year after year. They treasured the culture that 'welcomed them home,' especially when they could combine it with extraordinary food, a well appointed bath , and a clean cottage to sleep in.
  The Village was unique, and this book describes it in affectionate detail through the eyes of a most unusually devoted fan.


  • 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.