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... all the fuss of the radio and navigating is pretty easy. Anyway, Antek is sitting there right next to me keeping a careful eye. He’s a very serious and professional pilot.
Over the leper colony, Kaluapapa (or something like that) a flat peninsula nestled under huge ridges and dropoffs, a natural place to sequester the folks with that dreaded disease, now entirely curable but some of the original inhabitants remain. And on up ...
... main entrance as it was getting late in the afternoon and it was pretty grey and raining, but this still made us excited about going back in the morning!
After a few rough nights sleep and our busy few days, we were both feeling extremely tired from the journey and the dolphin swimming. It wasn't until then that we realised just how much energy we had used up swimming with them all morning. We now had our fingers and toes double crossed hoping that our hotel was ...
... the lava from Kilauea. There were three points where it went into the sea and they were glowing bright red with lots of steam. They looked spectacular - but didn't photograph very well. The ship just crawled past them and when we got level the captain turned all the lights off to give us an even better look.
After that went to bed. I woke up about 1am feeling a bit queasy so took another Phenergam and then crashed.
... use up time until Greg got back and right as he got there we found the jelly/jam/butter vendor was opening up and so spent a bit of time tasting different jams and butters so we could take some home to the grandparents.
After finishing with the farmers market, making another stop at the hotel, we were finally on our way for our scenic drive for the day. We took a couple quick pictures of a small waterfall you could see from the ...
... hours. We met a couple local ladies who were so sweet and educated us on all types of Hawaiian culture and sites to see.
On the cruise, I was taking Ukulele lessons and so I wanted to check out Hilo Guitars, but never got the chance to. Down below are some pictures from my ukulele class :)
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hilo Honu Inn
The new Hilo Honu Inn is a welcome addition here on the east coast of Hawaii Island. Lovingly and thoroughly restored, it retains its original old world comfort and charm with polished wooden floors, artistic bathroom tiles and old-style "waterfall" shower heads, yet boasts the convenience of modern facilities and exceptionally comfortable beds.
Hilo Hono Inn is the up and coming B & B. This place is going to be "on the map ", because of it's location, style and hosts. Owners,Billy and Gay, have put their heart and soul into providing their guests with Aloha, comfort, beauty and charm. It is also very clean. Having stayed in other locations on the island that seemed like they would be perfect, this place really delivered. I stayed in the Samari room, which was an absolute treat, but I would have loved any of the other rooms. Hilo is close to all the East Island attractions, so after a day of adventuring in the rain forest, the tide pools or Volcano, it was nice to come back to this cozy, artfully decorated home on a hill (with everything I need) , minutes from quaint downtown Hilo (walking distance if you're inclined) and then have the option to enjoy a variety of dining experiences, or a marvelous independant film theatre (The Palace), or Hilo Bay itself. Beautiful people, lodging, service, location. I felt like I had the best of the Aloha spirit; beauty in all it's possibilties.
Amazing, you must stay!!
My husband and I travel frequently and this gem of a B&B in Hilo, was the nicest B&B we have ever stayed in. Gay and Billy were awesome Innkeepers and made sure our stay was very enjoyable.
The Inn was beautiful and decorated with Hawaii charm and style. The breakfast was very generous with homemade breads, local fruits, excellent smoothy's, etc.
This B&B is diffenitly a winner, you can bet we will return again and again.
My friends and I stayed at the Hilo Honu Inn for a week in October and were so impressed! It is a really lovely inn. Gay and Bill are excellent hosts and provided great advice and insights on local spots for food and activities. The breakfast was out of this world - Bill is a an excellent cook! I think I got spoiled eating so well every morning. We stayed in the Bali Hai room and it was perfect. We loved the decor throughout the whole inn - Gay and Bill have great taste. The rainshower shower is awesome! So nice to return to after a day out exploring. I highly recommend this b&b and can't wait to stay there again on my next visit to the Big Island.
History Restored Lovingly
We were totally impressed with this new B & B. The restoration and furnishings were well thought out. Our hosts were delightful and Bill's baked goodies a real treat. Our stay was in the Samurai room on the top floor and we were totally transported to another realm..we didnt want to leave...A +
Diane & Phil
The innkeepers here are perfect, charming hosts and the breakfast was wonderful. We took home the recipe for an amazing banana pancake souffle.
Love at First Sight
As soon as I stepped into the Samurai Room, I fell in love. From wooden floors to reed mats and shades, the room looks and feels like you're in Japan. The many windows give you a panoramic view of downtown and the gorgeous bay. The bathroom has wonderful tub built into stones. The shower is also made from the same stones, even has a huge shower head that makes you feel like you were taking a shower in the rain.
Bill and Gay were so kind and helpful, makes you feel like you've known then you're entire life. Gay even wrote down the many things you could do in and around Hilo for us. They were so accommodating, and their breakfast was like a feast of ambrosia. If you decide to come to Hilo, staying in the Hilo Honu Inn is a must!!
Hilo Honu Inn is a beautifully restored vintage Hawaiian home which Bill and Gay have turned into a fabulous B & B. The location is close enough to Hilo town, but not too close! Plenty of parking for guests, we never had problem finding a space.
We just got back from our visit to Hilo and couldn't wait to share our thoughts about the Hilo Honu Inn. First things first...the Hilo Honu Inn is absolutely wonderful, and we highly recommend it.
Surprized by how nice this B&B was!
We were referred to the Hilo Honu Inn by another B&B and were pleasantly surprized! We stayed in the Samarai Room and loved the huge soaking tub, the Japanese elements and the view of Hilo Bay. Since we were one of their first guests, we got our room at a 25% discount for their grand opening special. Billy and Gay were pleasant hosts, cooked great food in the morning, and told us about all the great places to go. We look forward to staying at the Hilo Honu Inn again when we come back to visit the Big Island our next trip!