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111 Honolii Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720   |  
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Ranked #10 of 18 Hilo B&B and Inns
Anoka, Minnesota
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“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013

We stayed at Hale Kai Hawaii our first 4 days on the Hilo side of the Island and were very impressed! The bed was the most comfortable we have ever slept in besides our own, The suite was sweet with the sleeping quarters being dark and the sitting room being bright and light facing the east to watch the sunrise. We watched the whales while eating a scrumptious break-feast. Location was perfect, as we could get to the north end or the south end of the island in a short amount of time. Hale Kai was beautifully landscaped with beautiful bushes and plants. Ric and Maria were very gracious in serving, and yet allowed their guests to eat in private, offering advise when asked. The view from the lanai was breathtaking - with the ocean so close, one could hear it and the whales could be seen playing every morning. VERY nice place. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Hale Kai Hawaii to anyone looking for a romantic, cozy, beautiful B&B.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

This was our first stop of four places around the island on a Christmas trip with five family members. We needed three rooms so this worked well for our budget and needs. It was cozy and homelike with a perfect location for our day trips. Ric and Maria were extremely friendly and welcoming and our son measured every other breakfast on our trip by the one here but nothing came close. I need the recipes or a return trip to Hale Kai. Views were stunning although we missed seeing whales and dolphins. Rooms were comfy. Pool was small but good enough for cooling off. If you are looking for good prices, good food, good people, good views and good reviews, this is the place. We wished we had stayed another day or two.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ridgewood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

The B&B is located in a quiet residential neighborhood in close proximity to Hilo and several spectacular waterfalls and botanical gardens. The beautifully landscaped property offers breathtaking views of the sea and surfers in action in the morning. The oceanfront property provides a relaxing setting and the sound of the water lulls you into sleep at night. Breakfast takes place on a very spacious lanai with coloful decorations, offering good nourishment and delightful fruits. We stayed with our friends for four nights. In the evening, we always concluded our action-packed days with a relaxing glass of wine on the patio in front of our rooms, listening to the ocean and the concert of the tiny coqui frogs. Our hosts Maria and Ric were extremely friendly and helpful. When we encountered a problem with a local lava tour provider, they pursued the matter on our behalf to make sure we received a refund. To our surprise, upon our return home we found a money order for the full amount expended.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

Hale Kai came very highly recommended to me by a close friend. We stayed here last November and I would highly recommend it to anyone staying in Hilo. The view from the Lanai is picturesque with surfers swimming in the gorgeous water in front of you. The vegetation is lush, and tropical. The breakfasts are delicious - a little different each morning - wonderful scones, Portuguese sausage, mac nut pancakes, stuffed papayas, fresh local fruit, etc...You will not be disappointed by your stay here. Ric also will provide you with great suggestions how to best organize your trip. For example the observatories on Mauna Kea are free on Sundays until 1pm. So get up to the Visitor's Center (9,000ft) by 1pm, have a free informational video and caravan to the top and have a free tour of one of the observatories. Fair warning, you must have 4WD to go to the summit - pack your winter clothes! Seriously, I'm from Chicago and you need gloves, hat, pants, coat, etc...

Hale Kai think of all the details - a fridge is available in the common area and take out menus for all the local spots. There is a three night minimum, and the room we wanted wasn't available all three nights, so I emailed them and they let us divide the nights between 2 rooms.

Didn't even have time to test out the pool!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Great view best part of this B B. Good size room which was good as we had three staying together.
You need a car to stay here so you can go out for your evening meal. We would have liked a jug in the room so that after dinner you could make a cup of tea, or early morning drink. Breakfast was lovely.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I've only had one other experience with a B&B and it was a good one, which is what prompted us to try it again. We could not have had a better experience here. The breakfasts were phenominal. Maria is a great cook and eating out on the lanai every morning is a big plus. The property was immaculately kept and the views of the ocean were spectacular. The beds were comfortable and as far as our room went, the room was exactly as advertised on the website. We had a great time meeting the other guests and learning about their experiences. Rick was very knowledgable about the area and had lots of tips to help us enjoy Hilo and the surrounding areas. You really have all the comforts of home (and more) with the spectacular views, wonderfully kept property, watching the whales breaching right off the coast and those delicious breakfasts. In looking at some of the other reviews, I didn't see many that I felt were out of line, but I don't look for perfection in every single area. I am rating our overall experience and it couldn't have been better. The parking is not perfect, the rooms may not be brand spanking new, but overall, those things are very very insignificant to the overall experience. You will not be disappointed to stay here.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

Excellent place just outside Hilo, 5 min by car. The room faces the ocean, with a nice lanai where you can relax and look at the ocean. We were there in february so we were lucky enough to see many whales breaching out, just from our room. Totally awesome. The room is clean and Rick and Maria are very nice people with a lot of good advises on what to see in the area. The breakfast is probably the best one we had in all our vacation where we stayed at 5 different B&Bs. Fresh fruit with some very particular fruits that I never heard before (e.g. rambutan) and the macadamia pancakes were out of this world.
I definitely recommend this place and I will go back if I'll visit Hilo again (hopefully)

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 111 Honolii Place, Hilo, Island of Hawaii, HI 96720
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hilo
Amenities:
Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( Wi-Fi ) Free Parking Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #10 of 18 B&Bs / Inns in Hilo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Oceanfront accommodations with a spectacular, panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and Hilo Bay. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while watching surfers, dolphins, and seasonal humpback whales. Relax in the evening to the sound of the surf. Four oceanfront rooms available, each with private bath, free Wi-Fi, cable TV, fresh flowers, lanai, and access to pool and hot tub. Quiet, peaceful location 2 miles north of Hilo Town, just 10 minutes to the airport. Smoke-free property. Free parking. ... more   less 
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