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“Peaceful Paradise” 5 of 5 stars
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Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast
3.0 of 5 Bed and Breakfast   |   13-3315 Makamae Street, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 (Formerly Hale Makamae Bed & Breakfast)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 16 Pahoa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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“Peaceful Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2008

My husband and I stayed in the studio which was comfortable, clean and we loved the shower. The grounds were beautiful with blooms of exotic flowers, fruit and nuts trees over the 2 acres. Petra and John are lovely people with adorable children. Breadfast was a treat each morning with fresh fruit and wonderful homemade banana pancakes. The location is perfect for siteseeing to the lava flow. Resturants were close by, reasonably priced and offered night life if you wanted it. We will definately be back! Mahalo.
Fran and Bob
San Marcos, CA

  • Liked — was close to lava flow and other sites we were interested in seeing
  • Disliked — N/A
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
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  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2008

We stayed at the Garden Suite in Hale Makamae for five nights in June of 2008 after spending three nights at one of the big resorts in the west coast. The B&B is located in a quiet tree-lined residential neighborhood but very close to all the attractions in the Puna district. We enjoyed every moment there and often found it hard to get going with our day’s planned activities after a good night’s sleep and a sumptuous breakfast. Petra and John are very warm and generous hosts with a spirit of adventure who traveled a lot all over the world and we shared great conversations with them. Petra’s breakfasts were delicious and she shared the first harvest of lychees from their garden with us! We enjoyed the collection of orchids and books in our suite (didn’t get to the music CDs for lack of time) and she generously lent us her local maps, beach towels and priceless recommendations. The garden is beautiful and has many exotic trees and plants that we have not seen in a long time. The kitchen was very handy and well stocked if one needed to use it. We also found some great restaurants in nearby Pahoa. We will definitely be back.

  • Liked — Everything!
  • Disliked — Nothing.
Stayed June 2008
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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2008

We spent five nights on the Big Island of Hawaii, three in the southeastern part of the island in Puna at Hale Makamae, and two in the northwestern portion of the island north of the resorts on the Kohala coast. If we had it to do over again, I'd be tempted to spend the entire time here. It's lacking the pristine beaches of Kohala, but in every other way, I preferred Puna. More green, more lush vegitation, more interesting scenery, more activities to do, and of course, an active volcano only a few miles away.

And in the heart of this tropical forest is located Hale Makamae. The house is beautiful, with beautifully cared for landscaping on the property, and surrounded by lush rainforest.

We stayed in the largest of the three units, the suite which was the entire second floor of the building. They say it could sleep up to five guests, which would easily seem possible -- it's bigger than the first apartment my wife and I lived in! The kitchen was small, but well stocked -- we saved some money by skipping a couple restaurant meals and preparing both a sack lunch to take with us while out during the day and a sitdown dinner when we got back to our room. The kitchen was more than adequate for both. The main bedroom had a king-size bed which was very comfortable, the shower was excellent, and the sliding glass doors in the living room opened up to a beautiful view of the grounds and the surrounding forest.

Breakfast was excellent, with a nice mix of home-baked bread, fresh Hawaiian fruits, and hot items including scrambled eggs and sausage. In addition, Petra was a wonderful host and guide, offering us recommendations for activities we could enjoy with our four month-old son. I think we took just about every suggestion she offered, and they were all excellent!

The location was perfect for us -- far enough outside of Hilo to leave the city behind and enjoy the more natural surroundings, but still within an easy drive to the volcano, the beaches, Akana Falls, and Hilo itself. We could return to our room at the end of the day and not feel that we were so remote that we spent all our time in the car.

We'd definitely recommend Hale Makamae to anyone visiting the Big Island, and we'd be eager to revisit it if we return someday!

  • Liked — All around great experience in every way!
  • Disliked — None!
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2008

We highly recommend Hale Makamae Bed and Breakfast. The property is lovely and relaxing. John and Ketra are warm, friendly and helpful while fully respecting your privacy. It is located close to both the volcanoes and beaches. It is just a short distance from the lava flow into the ocean!

  • Liked — the location and setting
  • Disliked — only one bathroom
  • Stayed June 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Ocean View, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2008

My mother and I stayed in the Lanai Suite, a spacious and comfortable one bedroom "apartment" with a second cozy bedroom tucked away off the living room. This suite is on the entire second floor, with a wonderful view and a long lanai overlooking two acres of beautiful botanical gardens.

Waking up is a big treat at Hale Makamae as Petra greets you with her delicious and healthy breakfasts in a café setting in the spacious screened in breezeway between John and Petra's family house and the guest suites. Petra's warm smile each morning, and generosity with her amazing knowledge of the area, is a wonderful way to start the day.

The B&B is located in a quiet and beautiful residential area close to quaint Pahoa town (where there are some wonderful restaurants,) and the nearby beautiful Puna coast, Volcanoes National Park and Hilo.

We peeked into the Garden Suite and it was a wonderful suite that would be perfect for a couple staying a few nights or a much longer visit. The Studio looked like it would be great for a single or couple wanting a more economical but very nice place to get some rest after full days of sightseeing.

Hale Makamae was perfect for a relaxing stay and also for exploring East Hawai'i Island!

I definitely recommend this B&B and plan to have my mainland visitors (I live on the Kona side) stay with Petra and John while visiting the Hilo side. I know they will be in gracious and caring hands, and that their stay at Hale Makamae will be memorable and a highlight of their visit.

Aloha, Kay and Mike

  • Liked — Everything
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boise
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2008

April 20, 2008

Our party spent four (4) nights at Hale Makamae while attending the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, held in Hilo. Our rooms, the Garden Suite and the Makamae Studio, were clean and comfortable (especially the beds, which were greatly appreciated after long hours in the Festival bleachers). While the room decor is somewhat basic, the grounds are spectacular!

Hale Makamae is situated on several beautifully landscaped acres. The landscaping has retained many of the mature native trees and shrubs, while incorporating many interesting ornamentals and exotics. The effect is that you feel you are living in the middle of a wonderful tropical botanical garden. When you awake to the sounds of birds in the Ohia trees and step out into the clean morning air and soft morning light, you cannot help but wonder if you have indeed found Paradise.

Our hosts, Petra and John, were delightful. Petra, an excellent cook, served a nice variety of breakfast entree's, which were always accompanied by a ample selection of fresh island fruit.
Breakfast was served in the breeze-way, with a view of the gardens and home to Petra's extensive orchid collection, most of which were in bloom. Petra and John are very knowledgeable of the area and its attractions. They made a point of being available to answer our questions and were always willing to assist in any way possible.

We hope to return to the Big Island in a year or two and definitely plan a longer stay at Hale Makamae.

  • Liked — The hosts and the grounds
  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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whitesands2
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2008

We where recommend the Hale Makamae by a friend of ours. We where not disappointed at all! The room was delightfully cozy. The sounds of nature ever so relaxing. The delicious breakfast in the morning was such a wonderful treat especially since I didn't have to cook. The wonderful site seeing advice was appreciated greatly! I could rave on and on about our wonderful experience at the Hale Makamae. We have already recommend you guys to some of our friends!

Tim and Jacy

  • Stayed April 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 13-3315 Makamae Street, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778 (Formerly Hale Makamae Bed & Breakfast)
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Pahoa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 16 B&Bs / Inns in Pahoa
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Conveniently located between the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo - Warm Island Hospitality and Aloha Spirit of old Hawaii – Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable, spacious suites surrounded by beautiful tropical serene gardens. Three suites with living room and kitchenette, one studio, all with separate entrances and private bathrooms. 10 min. to lava viewing area, where active red hot lava plunges into the ocean, 30 min. to Volcanoes National Park & Hilo/International Airport, 5 min. to Pahoa, in Leilani Estates. Close to hot ponds, black sand beaches, coastal parks, snorkeling, steam vents. German/English spoken, gourmet Island breakfast included in rates, families with children welcome, many other amenities available. ... more   less 
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