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Namakani Paio Cabins
Newton-le-Willows
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“A true volcano experience!”
Reviewed December 1, 2008

Don't go expecting a hotel because you'll be disappointed. However, if you go with the mindset that it is a viable alternative to camping you'll be pleasantly surprised.
The accommodation is basic but comfortable. The toilet & shower rooms are dated but functional. But you don't come here for the accommodation, you come here for the surroundings. The cabins are based in a small secluded wooded area that feels safe and secure. The fire pit & bbq make for a wonderful atmosphere!
Be prepared, purchase food & charcoal before you travel up the mountain. Also take extra bedding, even in September it is COLD!!!
Not to be missed - your first view of the crater SHOULD be at breakfast from Volcano House. The breakfast is ok, but worth every penny for the views!
Go for a night time drive to the Jagger Museum, to see the volcano glowing in the darkness.
Invest in a 4x4 hire car and drive to Mauna Kea summit for a breathtaking sunset view!
Also, if your budget can stretch to it we cannot recommend highly enough a helicopter flight over the volcanoes & Hilo.

  • Liked — How close it was to the volcano & the price!
  • Disliked — Cold
  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 27, 2008

After camping in Maui and around Hawaii for many many nights. Staying in the cabins was great. It is hard to believe just how cold it gets in winter especially when raining but between a tent and these cabins i will take the cabins any time. Remember they are not near the centre so you will need a car. Safe and clean and will stay there again.

  • Stayed January 2003, traveled with friends
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Reviewed May 21, 2008

The Namakani Paio Cabins are a camping-alternative in the heart of Volcano Hawaii. These cabins are right down the road from the Volcanoes National Park (a few miles, you will need a car).

LOCATION:
The location is great for exploring the Volcano Park. The elevation you are on is nice - the day temperatures are warm and the nights cool - great for camping (bring a fleece jacket or sweatshirt for night). All cabins have their own fireplace and little cook stove (bring charcoal) which is great at night to sit around and enjoy some Volcano wine or local beer. Tip: be prepared - Volcano does not have any big shopping centers so if you fly into Kona or Hilo, stop by at the Wal-mart and stock up on supplies before heading to Volcano.

FACILITIES:
The bathroom is clean enough to use, but pretty run down. It has running water so it's a step up from a chemical toilet or outhouse. The shower is tiny, but has hot water - bring shower shoes (or old pair of flip flops) or you will wish you did. The bathroom could use a little work, but all-in-all it does the job.

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The cabins have plenty of room for up to 4 adults to sleep and store bags. The cabins are kind of dingy, with no electricity (except for a light), but are much more convenient than a tent. The good thing is that this area of Volcano does not have a lot of bugs (at least when I was there in June). You also get bedding from the Volcano House, which is convenient, but bring another blanket or sleeping bag in case it gets chilly.

PRICE:
Dollar-for-dollar the price ($55/night plus tax) is a little high. For only $100/night you can stay at the Volcano hotel and enjoy the comforts of a hotel. So if you are not big on camping, I would recommend the hotel.

If you are expecting a low-budget hotel, then you will be disappointed. But if you are used to pitching a tent and camping, and enjoy spending your nights outside around a fire instead of in a hotel, then the cabins may be a good alternative to lugging a tent to Volcano.

PS-for a great breakfast, try out the Lava Rock Cafe down the road in Volcano Village - great food and make sure you try out the Guava Butter and Lilikoi Butter - delicious on pancakes, bread, etc.

  • Stayed June 2007, traveled with friends
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Reviewed January 28, 2006

We decided to venture off the beaten path and leave the land of Disneyland Resorts behind in Kona and head up to the Volcanoes. We rented a cabin in the National Park. It was such a bargain. It is truly just a place to sleep. Three beds (one double and bunks)in a cabin and that is it. They give you the bedding when you check in but you will have to make your own beds. It was chilly so either dress warmly or bring extra blankets. We slept in sweatshirts and were fine. The bath house is close to all of the cabins. If you are comparing it to a hotel you are bound to be disappointed. If you are comparing it to camping you are likely to be thrilled. At least you don't have to drag your gear with you on vacation. It also makes it sooooo easy to see the volcanoes at night which was the highlight of my family's trip (just a short drive from the cabins).

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Property: Namakani Paio Cabins
Address: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Island of Hawaii, HI 96718
Location: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
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Ranked #3 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Number of rooms: 10
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Namakani Paio Cabins Hotel Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Namakani Paio Cabins Hawaii/Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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