We booked an impromptu trip to Kona and were lucky enough to find an opening at the Kona Tiki. The place had not changed in 30 years. A cozy hotel right on the water's edge, only three stories high, with a salt water pool and ocean access - although not the easiest entry into the ocean. Parking is a bit tight, but not impossible. Our bed was adequate. The staff, very friendly and accommodating. The manager gave personal attention, teaching us how to blow a conch shell and involving us with the ceremony of lighting the tiki torches.
The rooms were clean, and did not have that sterile feeling of a big hotel. Nice place, good breakfast, fair price. A unique place that would be hard to duplicate anywhere.