We stayed for five nights in a one bedroom cabin in February. The location can't be beat; you walk across the road and you are on the caldera rim trail, one mile to the left is the Visitors Center and one mile to the right is the Jaggar Museum. We spent one day walking the trail to both of these locations and learning more about volcanoes; it was great to stay right in the Volcano National Park. Two of the nights we got to see the glow from the crater; other nights it was too foggy. It was a fascinating experience.
However, the accommodations need improvement. Thankfully there was an extra set of sheets in the closet, so I used one of them as a slipcover for the sofa as I wouldn't have wanted to sit on it otherwise. There was also a foul smell, like the tile around the toilet had absorbed, well, you know, over a long period of time. We went to the store on site there and bought Pinesol so we could pour some on the tile and into the garbage cans to try to override the smell. The carpet was very dirty and stained. The formica around the sink was chipped. The tub was stained. Overall, in serious need of renovation. Thankfully the bedding was clean.
We ate at the cafeteria only twice, and didn't want to eat there any more. We bought milk and cereal to eat breakfast in the cabin. We were glad there was a store on site where we could buy food. We ate at the Volcano House right across the road from the Visitors Center a couple of times, and it was delicious, although pricey.
We had scheduled the three different tours to go on before we got there, but when we arrived we were told that one of them, the Circle Island tour, had been cancelled because one of their drivers wasn't available. This was very disappointing to us as we hadn't rented a car and were counting on the tours to see the things they offered. We were figuring we'd have to take the shuttle down to the airport one morning and rent a car and try to do the circle island tour on our own, but then they arranged an outside tour guy to do this tour for us, and two other couples also joined in, so we were glad they did this. The best tour guide we had was Jerry, who took us on the Hilo and Beyond tour; he was very informative and congenial. We would have liked to have him for all three tours.
I'm glad we experienced the KMC and took the tours for our first visit, but if we ever go back to the Big Island again, I would check into getting a good B&B in Volcano and rent a car and do our own touring.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kilauea Military Camp, a Pacific Lodging Recreation Lodging facility is for the Active, Retired Military along with DoD Civilians, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, and Sponsored Guests. Valid Military ID or Department of Defense ID and current Leave and Earnings Statement is required for check-in. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kilauea Volcano Military Camp Hotel Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Kilauea Volcano Military Camp Hawaii/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park