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Ala Kai Bed & Breakfast
2.5 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   15-782 Paradise Alakai, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749   |  
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Ranked #1 of 9 Keaau B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Glenview, Illinois
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“ala Kai B&B”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

We returned recently from a 2 night stay at the Ala Kai and had a wonderful stay. Pat(especially) and Mary were most helpful in suggesting activities to do and where to eat. The rooms are very clean and nice size. Breakfast is ample and fresh. Snorkeling at the tide pools was good, but more fish can be observed at other reefs around the island. We were unable to locate the warm springs, and we were disappointed at that.

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  • 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

Every once in a while you are truly pleased overall with a place you find to go on vacation. We have stayed in Oahu, Kauai, Kona and in Hilo on previous trips to Hawaii. In the spring of 2007 we stayed at the Ala Kai B&B. When we returned to Hawaii for Christmas 2012 we made sure we came back and stayed here again. We stayed in the guest house behind the main bed and breakfast again this trip. This is a totally independent free standing 2 bedroom cottage. There is a large kitchen and den area along with the 2 bedrooms and full bathroom facility. The entire cottage was beautiful and clean. Outside there is a full lanai (porch) where you can enjoy the peace and quiet in a lush tropical setting. Every morning a lavish breakfast is served and every morning it is different: breads, fresh island fruits, Kona coffee, fruit juice. Since we stayed in 2007 a beautiful in ground swimming pool was added. Your hosts Pat and Mary are a wealth of information about island attractions, traditions, roads, etc. They provide many things that you may need for your visit such as ice chests, swimming floats, guide books, etc. I could go on and on about this place because we want to go back already. You are located less than an hour from Hilo, Volcano National Park, a lava flow that glows in the night, a tidal pool where you can swim in naturally heated waters along with small tropical fish, and other attractions too numerous to mention. Accommodations, food, hosts, local attractions were all excellent. The price was incredible too. You will like the Big Island and all there is to do while there. Aloha.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Richland, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2012

We have stayed at the Ala Kai twice, in 2010 and November 2012. Both times, the Ala Kai was a very pleasant place to stay. The pool there is great. Every morning, we enjoyed a delicious breakfast on the lanai overlooking the ocean. Rooms are clean, stocked with everything one would need, and the hosts are friendly and helpful. There is a BBQ available as well as a picnic basket with utensils to enjoy dinner or lunch in. It is close to volcanoes, snorkeling, lava pools and other must-sees in Hawaii. When we return, we will stay here again!

Room Tip: The Bamboo suite is great
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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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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Fresno, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

My wife and I visited the Big Island in July this year and stayed at the Ala Kai. What a magnificent experience it was! Pat and Mary were the most gracious hosts.....supplying us everyday with a delicious breakfast, travel ideas, snorkeling equipment, ice chests, etc. We have stayed at more than a few B&B's and the Ala Kai provided the best environment along with the best hospitality we've experienced. The place sits close to the ocean in a secluded area south of Hilo.....very quiet, peaceful, and oh so relaxing. We were close to Volcano National Park, numerous waterfalls, the End of the Road lava flows, Kapoho tide pools, Ahalanui natural hot tub, and some gorgeous coastal roads. While we seemed to be on the go quite a bit trying to see all the sights of the Big Island, we also truly enjoyed just relaxing on the lanai chatting up our day's adventures with our wonderful hosts. Our room was very cozy and we shared a bathroom with another couple we traveled with. We had access to a fridge, microwave, BBQ, and all the accessories. There's also a wonderful swimming pool in the front of the house to cool off after a nice hike. Ala Kai is a beautiful place in a beautiful location

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

We have had the most wonderful stay at Ala Kai. With my wife, two kids (3 and 6) and my dad we booked the cabin next to the house for 6 days in the end of August. With the queens in two bedrooms and a queen hide-a-bed sofa in the living room it really was the only choice we could find for the price where we could all sleep comfortably without awkward room sharing. Lots of towels and clean sheets in the closet.

The place has a beautiful and tasteful decor. Full kitchen, not only with pots and stuff but also with some salt, spices and other things you cannot really cook without. They even had an aloe vera lotion for sun burns that was just what I needed. Some books including a very good guide to the island that came in very handy. A TV and DVD that we really did not have time for :). A washer and dryer in the garage with all the liquid soaps and what not. There is no air conditioning but we did not suffer from it at all. We were out all day and at nights the temperature was very pleasant so that we slept with open windows. We did not even used the provided fans. At night there is some loud singing outside that we thought was coming from some birds. To our big surprise these appeared to be frogs :). We actually enjoyed falling asleep listening to this singing but for sensitive sleepers the owners thoughtfully placed ear plugs at the night stands.

The breakfasts we had there were simply the best! My wife and I had the same thought: "OMG, we are in Heaven!" The breakfast was served at the elevated porch (lanai) at the main house facing the ocean with waves crushing on the cliff, coconut trees and a nice swimming pool. The table was set beautifully, even with napkins in little shell holders. The food was hot and delicious. A set of fresh tropical fruit from the backyard was simply spectacular. And if I had a little bit too much, I could take a nap in the hammock right there and then have some more :). Pat and Tracy were the most friendly and accommodating hosts, interesting to talk to and very helpful recommending places on the island to visit.

We will absolutely come back and stay there next time we have a chance.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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Elyria, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I stayed three nights in September and so glad we found this out of the way gem after having reservation issues with another Hilo area B&B. It is just a short ride outside of Hilo, but do use the GPS to find it. Close to Hilo but along the route to the Volcano National Park and closer than Kona to the Mauna Kea observatory, both must sees. Right on the coast, you can watch the waves crash against the shore from the porch where an exquisite breakfast is served, often including fruit grown in the backyard. The Bamboo room is cozy and well equipped for travellers of all types. A small fridge, microwave, and coffee maker allow you to snack or have a light meal on your own schedule and there is a picnic basket with real glasses and dishes for your use. The bathroom is spacious with a great shower. The wonderful hosts stay in the background but also offered advice and suggestions about the area when asked, sending us to probably the best snorkeling spot on that side the island and provided masks and snorkels for use. They also know the local eateries and recommended where to eat with the limited choices locally. The room had a binder with local info and tourist destinations to help you plan. They have a great pool if you want to enjoy a day without leaving the property. Only improvement they could make is adding A/C though it seemed to be an uncommon feature in local B&B as most locals are used to the temps, but there are fans and screens, even a screen door to keep you cool and allow the evening sounds filter in, we loved the frog and rain sounds. They also have a small cottage for families and groups, and a washer and dryer available -we did laundry elsewhere but a great way to cut back luggage, we did just carry-ons with four days of clothes for eight days and since they had practically anything you need besides clothes and toiletries it worked great. If you are a cat lover, your feline host Shakespeare will make your stay just like home. If we could package this B&B and put it in all our travel destinations, we would never stay anywhere else.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Ala Kai B&B was a nice surprise. The place is clean, quiet, comfortable, and you feel home pretty quick. Breakfast are awesome, the owners are friendly, respectful and really kind. The pool is great, and the whole place is adapted to solo, couples or families. If you're looking for a place to get rid of the stress, visit the volcanoes, and enjoy the variety of landscapes in Big Island, it is the place to stay. There is no traffic and the roads seem brand new, so you can even reach the west coast of the island in less than 3 hours (if you need some white sand beaches). A special mention for Shakespeare, the cuddly cat of the house...

Room Tip: The 2 rooms that "share" a bathroom (Aloha and Turtle) are perfectly independent, and the...
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  • Stayed August 2012, 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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Address: 15-782 Paradise Alakai, Keaau, Island of Hawaii, HI 96749
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Keaau
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 9 B&Bs / Inns in Keaau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Ala Kai Bed & Breakfast 2.5*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ala Kai B&B offers easy proximity to Volcanoes National Park, great snorkeling, and the best Farmer's Market in East Hawaii. We are located on Kaloli Point and are directly across the road from the ocean. Enjoy spectacular sunrises, whale watching December through March, helpful travel advice, and wonderful breakfasts tailored to specific culinary needs.Please join us at Ala Kai B&B for a touch of paradise. ... more   less 
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