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We have continued to explore the Hawaiian Islands. This week we moved on to the Big Island, the Island of Hawaii. We landed in Hilo and stayed at a nice B & B named Hale Kai. Ricardo and Maria , our hosts were very attentive and helpful. They guided us to the Hilo Farmer's markets, Akaka Falls, and great snorkeling off Puna beaches. On this …
... of water? You stick your hand under to wipe the rear end and get wet knuckles, it's totally gross.
Despite that foul ending to the day we reprise that Hilo and surrounds is rather gorgeous, green and reminiscent of Byron hinterland, slightly wetter, a little bit shabbier and not over-run with cashed up bogans. All the hotel staff, locals and even the other US tourists are so damn friendly and nice, it's really quite a pleasant surprise. Hilo is our kind of town.
... did us proud. The view from the top are spectacular and the temperature was about 50F in contrast to the 80F in Hilo.
The whole area from Hilo up the Saddle Road is lava. The gardens of the houses on the outskirts of Hilo are mostly black lava with not much vegetation. As you get higher there is more and more lava and less and less trees.
A fantastic trip, well worth the drive!
Perhaps next time we'll hang around to see the stars. ...
... until it hit the sea. There's also a place which has some ancient drawings by the original Hawaiian tribes, these are called Petroglyphs. It was lovely to see them after a short trek to get to where they are. They are more like carvings in the rock as they've engraved their drawings in the really old lava. How people survived on such a crazy island as this back then I do not know. We spent the whole day driving around looking at so many different places and lava ...
... for 40 minutes for lunch (a wrap and a packet of chips) and to acclimatise again and then back to the ship for about 3pm.
Dinner in the Skyline restaurant wasn't as good at it had been on the first night. Went to the auditorium and it was Toby Beau and his wife and they were trying really hard, but we hadn't heard most of their songs. The auditorium is freezing.
Then it was 9.30pm and we went on deck ...
How has this b&b rated in the past?
Great spot overlooking the Hilo Bay. Super attentive staff, spinning dolphins, and more in this beautiful spot near the historic town of Hilo .Owners Ricardo and Maria made wonderful baked breakfasts with tropical fruit and fresh coffee and juice every morning.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHale Kai Hawaii Bed and Breakfast Hilo
Historical Traveler Reviews Hale Kai Hawaii Bed and Breakfast Hilo
Comfortable accomodations in a beautiful spot
Our family, including 2 boys aged 12 and 14, were warmly welcomed at the Hale Kai. The Moana room was spacious, comfortable and clean.
Though rooms are not air conditioned, ocean breezes and a ceiling fan kept us cool. We enjoyed the pool as well as the fantastic view, and were lucky enough to see whales and dolphins during our stay. Breakfast was delicious, with great coffee, and a selection of Hawaiian fruit.
Last, but not least, the owners were most accomodating with many helpful suggestions. Highly recommended!
My husband & I spent a week in Jan 2004 with Rick & Maria. It was everything we hoped for, including a sunny week free of rain. The hosts are congenial, knowledgable and contributed significantly to the overall experience. Great coffee & breakfasts on the veranda overlooking the sea. Sunrises were memorable, as were the antics of the migrating whales. Other guests had the bonus of seeing dolphins frolicking & flying fish (we were out & about). Rooms are very comfortable, with ceiling fans & the kitchenette well stocked. A dip in the hot tub is just perfect after days spent hiking, strolling the outdoor market, meandering through the botanical garden, up waterfalls, around the volcanco, snorkeling & "fluming da ditch." We need another week to indulge in activities we didn't fit in without spoiling the relaxed pace that typifies Hilo. Recommended!
A Wonderful B&B!
My Husband and I stayed with Maria and Ric at the Hale Kai Hawaii from November 6-9, 2003. We were in the Bamboo Room and it was lovely. The room was spacious and the view was absolutely wonderful. There is no A/C, but the breeze from the ocean and the ceiling fan kept it very comfortable. We loved the fact that we could go to sleep listening to the ocean outside. Maria made the best breakfast each morning and it was fun to meet the other guests while we ate. Ric gave us some great advice on activities to do in and around Hilo. Overall, we loved staying here and will do it again if we have the chance.
Enjoyed our stay!!
We just returned from spending three nights at the Hale Kai and were very pleased with our stay. When you stay at a B & B you have to realize that you are staying at someones home, not a hotel. I feel that is part of the fun as no two are alike. This one rates among the best.
Maria and Ric were most gracious hosts. Maria made a wonderful breakfast and introduced us to many locally grown fruits that we had never tried. Ric gave us valuable information on the sights to see.
They are working very hard on improvements to this property. I felt as if we were treated like family. The breeze blowing in off of the ocean was most refreshing, and more than enough to keep us cool. Mahalo to Ric and Maria!!
A Wonderful Beginning!
We stayed with Maria and Ric for eight nights as we waited to take possession of our new home in Hilo. It was a rather stressful time as all moves typically are and they eased the transition with style and grace. Maria is a fabulous cook...but so is Ric. We had the priviledge of sampling his wonderful omelette. Maria's breakfasts were varied and always special. She also shares recipes! We stayed in the loft which was well maintained and always furnished with an abundance of beautiful flowers. Ric was extremely knowledgeable about the area and was always willing to share insights and provide guidance. We will not hesitate to send our overflow of visitors to stay with Maria and Ric. Anne and Alex
The breakfast alone is a winner!
Everything was great. Maria cooks up the best breakfast. Rick is very helpful with places to see and eat at. The rooms are clean, spacious and have spectacular views. You can jump in the pool and then the jacuzzi. The location was perfect for major site-seeing excursions, can't be in a better location to hit everything. We have made friends with these wonderful people as well as the other guests. Sincerely, Sam and Sylvia
Four of us, my wife, myself, my sister and her husband made
Hale Kai--a great place to stay
We had a wonderful seven-day stay at the Hale Kai. The new owners,
Maria and Ric, were friendly without being intrusive, helpful and
knowledgeable. They supplied directions, recommendations for
restaurants, and even flashlights for night-time volcano hiking. Eating
taro and guava french toast with guava or cocoanut syryp (and other great
breakfasts) on their lanai facing the ocean was one of our favorite
memories from Hawaii. Our room, on the highest level of house, was
spacious and clean. The view of Hilo Bay from our window was
spectacular---we only wished we had a lanai on that level. We will
definitely return to the Hale Kai B&B. Mahalo, Maria and Ric!
We were highly disappointed with this bed and breakfast. The rooms are very dated. Our King room had wires hanging from the ceiling from a mickey mouse installation. The bathroom had dark brown ceramic tile (earth tones from the 70's) while the walls were sky blue. Sliding glass door was barely functional. Patio furniture was dirty and lanscaping nearby was full of weeds. We were told that we could not be in any of the upstairs balcony areas except for breakfast.(which very much limited our view being stuck downstairs) Breakfast is served at 7:30 sharp and if you weren't there, tough luck. When we checked in at 1pm the kitchen was a wreck and none of the dishes had been done. A big friendly dog had full house priv- ledges while we did not. When we asked for ice....we were given 6 cubes. Since we paid a one night deposit only by cash and no credit card number was given, we escaped in the night and nearly broke our leg trying to get up the 50 exterior steps in the pitch dark.
Pleasant Place to Stay in Hilo
Now the Hale Kai Hawaii. The new owners, Maria and Ricardo, are busy putting their own personal touches on this friendly B&B. Incredible gourmet breakfasts! Moana room has comfortable bed with oversized pillows. Room view allowed us to see spectacular sunrises, passing whales and active surfers. Host/hostess were helpful and hospitable. Highly recommend.