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“Very good option for visiting Volcano National Park” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Aloha Junction Bed and Breakfast

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Aloha Junction Bed and Breakfast
19-4037 Olapalapa Rd, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785   |  
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Ranked #15 of 30 Volcano B&B and Inns
West Lafayette, IN
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15 hotel reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Very good option for visiting Volcano National Park”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

My family stayed one night at the charming B&B Aloha Junction this July. The B&B is approximately 2 miles from the entrance of Volcano National Park. Note there are very few lodging options or restaurants around the park. Robert who is the owner, was a good host and cooked a very good breakfast with ample food for everyone. Note he made Papaya boats, sausage and pancakes and had Juice, coffee and hot Cocoa. The B&B dinng room was authentically decorated and included some interesting items and had many travel books and maps. Also enjoyed Robert's perpestictive on the island including some good travel tips.

We stayed in the Pelee room and felt it was clean. Its not the most modern room, but definitely has a rustic feel with cedar walls and has a very comfortable homey atmospheree My kids were a litle cold at first and it felt a little damp. Note this B&B is located in an Alpine Rain Forest so the envrionment is wet and the temperature is colder than you would think for Hawaii. The little fireplace helped warm the room up and gave a cozy affect. I actually slept well here. I also enjoyed the Big Island travel literature and volcano books located in the room.

Also the entrance of the B&B has sun screen, bug spray and flashights and other stuff to borrow or use for your trip. The B&B is down a little side road and can be tricky to find, especially if you arrive at night, as there is not a lot of lighting around the entrance. The road is right by the Post Office and has a little sign. The dogs are friendly and maybe the Chiahaua was a litlle chirpy, and my daughter loved petting them.

This B&B is a very persoanl rustic gem and very fun if you like that type of atmosphere but may not be as good for the person who likes a more private and modern type hotel. I also felt the location was great and a timesaver for as I only had a few days to explore the Island. Also iis priced reasonably.

Room Tip: Pelee room had 2 Queen beds and good for a family
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

We stayed at Aloha Junction B&B four nights. The room was clean and roomy. The grounds were lovely, and the breakfast was delicious and bountiful! We especially liked the coffee, fresh eggs from their own chickens, and the fresh fruit and hot pancakes. We had a few concerns about this place, though: We felt that the cancellation policy was not clearly communicated. Make sure you familiarize yourself with it before making reservations. Our biggest complaint was when we wanted to change our plans from seven to four nights, Robert accused us of not honoring our commitment. Our intent was only to ask if it was possible to change our reservation, without having to pay for the nights we were not going to be there. We take full responsibility for not changing our reservations according to the cancellation policy; we obviously didn't understand the policy correctly. We feel Robert should have communicated in a professional and kind manner.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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orlando
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12 hotel reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

Robert the owner was friendly and the Pele suite was bigger than expected. Very close to Volcanco national park. They had bug spray and flashlights and jackets at night. Our room had a small fireplace that helped with warmth and ambience. Breakfast was yummy with papaya bowls, macadamenian nut pancakes and sausage and eggs. Our two boys loved this place as much as the Hilton Waikoloa.

  • Stayed July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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DC
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61 reviews 61 reviews
16 hotel reviews
Reviews in 36 cities Reviews in 36 cities
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

We stayed one night at Aloha Junction B&B and we loved it! This is not an elegant or romantic getaway, but the closest you can get to living like the natives here and to learn about the life and the locals in this part of this magnificent island. Aloha Junction used to be a vacation lodging for the supervisors of the sugar plantations that once existed here and such, it is a large building with multiple spacious bedrooms.

We drove from our hotel in Waikoloa to Hilo and from there it was another 20 miles or so to Volcano Village, where this gem of a lodging place is located. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the owner, Robert, and his three very friendly dogs. We were accommodated in the "Pele Suite" which overlooked a large water tank and two rain tanks and a rusty shack, and I absolutely LOVED the rustic setting! The room was quite spacious and well-furnished with (very old but comfy) beds and furnishing and every thinkable amenity was within our reach, including free wi-fi. Robert explained the water tanks were there because there's no city water system there and they rely entirely on rain water, which is plentiful (it rained non-stop while we were there) and he said he collects more than 120 inches of rain water every year. Here, you are in the heart of the rainforest in a tiny community with one post office, one general store and a few other lodging and dining places--and less than a mile from Volcano National Park, where the active Kilauea still spews fumes and lava.

Next morning, we sat around a large breakfast table in a very delightful dining/living room, met two other families staying there as we delved into the delicious breakfast of fresh Papayas, freshly-made waffles, sausages and an assortment of jams and jellies and juices and hot coffee. We were sorry to leave that morning as we truly enjoyed our stay, but we know where to stay next time we're in the area: The Aloha Junction B&B for sure. :o)

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Arlington, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2012

Aloha Junction was excellent. Very clean, owner was friendly, affordable. We were the only ones staying there that night, so we had the run of the whole house! Loved it! The bed was amazingly comfortable pillow top (we stayed in the Heritage Room). Very close to Volcanoes National Park. Very convenient for us.

I wish we could've stayed longer, but our flight was cancelled and we had to book one for later, which threw off our travel plans. Robert was very accommodating about the whole crazy travel plan mix-up when others may not have been. Great breakfast! (loved the papaya boat and bananas and the mac nut syrup. Yum!)

Room Tip: I recommend the Heritage Room for couples.
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  • Stayed June 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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Seattle
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

When staying at Aloha Junction this time, we had our son and daughter with their spouses and children with us. We took three of the four rooms for our one night there. Robert has a gal to cook breakfast and clean for him at Aloha Junction. She prepared a wonderful and plentiful breakfast with eggs, pancakes, fresh fruit, rolls, coffee, etc. which was more than enough for us to get our day started.
We had hoped when we made the reservation months ago that the volcano might be sending lava down to the ocean as it did on a previous visit but there was no activity. The kids did see the Thurston Lava Tube, the glow of the main crater at night from the Jaggar Museum, and a few of the steam vents along the way. All four of the grandkids completed the Junior Ranger Handbook and were awarded the Junior Ranger certificate and badge while at the Visitors Center, a thrill for all each of them.
We like Aloha Junction because of its convenient location to the Park entrance, just two miles up the road, it's comfortable and Robert is an excellent host. We'll return again.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 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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Oak Harbor, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2012

My good friend, Carol, and family (total 5), just returned from their recent visit and asked me to write a review to express what a lovely time they had, and how very pleased they were that they picked this place to stay! It was in a country setting, the room was spacious, even with their large group, there was room to walk around. Robert cooked a fabulous breakfast every morning! They were only a few miles from the main gate into Volcano National Park. They would highly recommend it to anyone going to the Big Island!

  • Stayed May 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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Address: 19-4037 Olapalapa Rd, Volcano, Island of Hawaii, HI 96785
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Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Volcano
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #15 of 30 B&Bs / Inns in Volcano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Aloha Junction B&B is located in Volcano Village, just behind the Post Office where it is quiet and private. In this old plantation home you will not feel crowded in these spacious rooms reminiscent of the 1930's. Property is fenced and gated for privacy with plenty of free parking available too. Each room has it's own coffee maker, mini fridge and toaster, but you won't want to miss Uncle Robert's famous Papaya-boat and macadamia nut breakfasts. Guests are also welcome to use the kitchen at night if you want to stay home for your own cooked meal.While touring this "Drive-in" volcano, you definitely want to include some sunset time to see the glow from Kilauea. Well attended to pet's and children welcome. ... more   less 
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