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... heading home. All the sites turned out to be very impressive! I especially enjoyed the view of the crater, the steaming bluff and the waipio valley. The climate of the east and north island is very different from Kona on the east. It is very tropical. I felt we were in jungles when we visited the botanical garden and a few other places. I loved the flowers, especially the red ones. Unfortunately my cameras ...
... site which we will be performing our work duty at. I will actually get to drive a forklift and machinery as well as helping the construction workers in any way they need from cleaning to electrical and plumbing. We will be working on the Universities brand new Food Hall/Dining area which will be on top of the Performing arts and Media Center. It's a really exciting project and the building is massive so there is lots to do!
This evening we watched ...
... around it in about half a day. The roads are pretty good and well maintained but can be a bit bendy in places. There are a few farms on the island growing coffee (apparently Kona Coffee is quite famous) and running a few cows, nothing on a very big scale of course but that doesn't stop the locals from driving massive utes and 4x4s some are even made higher by jacked up suspension.
After Kealakekua Bay we continued south and started passing ...
... boogie boards, an umbrella and sand stuff, so we grabbed that and made the quick trek to the beach.
It wasn’t a huge cove, and the waves were rather intense. Mac enjoyed boogie boarding, but Mom and Jo just tried to hold theirselves up in the waves. Mark just hung out in the shade. The tug of the ocean as the tide pulled out ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kona Tiki Hotel Kailua-Kona
We had booked reservations and paid for the room in March 03 (we were only planning on staying for 1 night on 8/11/03), but when we went to check in they had said someone overbooked the rooms and they didn't have a room for us. The hotel from the outside looked like a little beach hotel, nothing fancy but the pool was so close to the ocean the waves would get in the pool. They were nice enough to call area hotels to hold another room for us and pay the extra so we were not out any. I would try to stay there again, the manager was friendly and I am still anxious to check out the inside of the hotel. The hotel they ended up finding for us was more expensive then we had paid for this one, but was terribly dirty, unsafe and dissapointing.
No air conditioning. Outfitted like a cheap beach hotel. No beach - just rocky coastline. In fact nearest nice sandy beach about an hour away. Not enough parking. We enjoyed feeding the eels that live in the rocks, but we definitely won't be staying here again. Not a place for your traditional tourist.
My partner and I have stayed at the Kona Tiki numerous times. Each time was better than the last. We have never been disappointed. It is truly a place to eascape to, no TV (although we do bring a portable), no Telephone, no hassles. The view is spectacular and the rooms are very comfortable. we like staying at the Kona Tiki because it allows us the option to cook meals in our room or eat out at one of the restaurants in the village. We enjoy meeting different managers each time, as they are only there for 3 months at a time. As far as overbooking, I have yet to experience that. In fact, we planned a trip to Hilo. I disliked it so much we called to see if the Kona Tiki would take us back for the remainder of our vacation. Which they did. The Kona TIki is like a second home to us. I hope no one else ever finds out about it!
We stayed at the Kona Tiki in November 2002 and continue to marvel at our good fortune. The room was comfortable, nicely decorated with a low key tropical theme. The bathroom was small but functional. Both bedroom and bathroom were VERY clean. In our room, there was a convenient changing area and closet just outside the bathroom that was separated from the bedroom. It allowed us to leave the bedroom sliding doors wide open to the ocean view while changing our clothes without giving anyone a show. The location is unbelievable--as close to the ocean as you can get without being in it. Before seeing the Kona Tiki we were concerned that the lower price might mean big compromises in comfort, quality, etc. Not an issue. We would pick the Kona Tiki over much higher priced resorts because it is wonderful in every way. It has a tropical bed and breakfast atmosphere. Please be advised: You are VERY close to the ocean. While we found it relaxing, if you're a light sleeper, the loudness of the surf might be an issue. Our only hesitation in recommending the Kona Tiki is that we don't want to give away our secret paradise.
Re: "Disappointment!," Anonymous, San Francisco, CA
The person who wrote this needs to relax a little or else stay at the Marriott. His problems were probably due to the Kona-Tiki being run by an older retired couple, not a computerized reservation service. From what he said, it sounds like he would have got his reservation had he relaxed a little. The Kona Tiki is a magical place and like no other accommidations anywhere in the world. It's a great little place to kick back and relax and not have to deal with crowds and informalities. I reccommend that "Anonymous" in SF relax and give the Kona-Tiki another try or else stay in the Mariott in Honolulu.
Great family fun
We stayed at the Kona Tiki in 1999 and had a terrific time there. My daughter and I got to light all the torches at sunset and blow the conch shell horn. The room was pleasant and comfortable, the price very affordable. The perfect place for families.
Oceanfront at Bargain Rate
At the hotel we were one of few guests staying there, yet it was an unforgettable experience. The pool was right next to the ocean and the views were great. The breakfast was a real treat. We stayed there during March of 2002.
Sniveling about the Kona Tiki is simply not allowed!
In July, I made a reservation and paid the full deposit for a room in the Kona Tiki Hotel to stay one night during the week of Thanksgiving. From there on, a series of events have happened to demonstrate how disorganized and unprofessionally this hotel is run.
Kona Tiki Hotel
A very comfortable, basic hotel directly on the ocean. We traveled in 1996 and have been to more luxurious hotels in Hawaii, but enjoyed this hotel because it sits maybe 15 feet from the surf (ocean wall). We enjoyed the proximity to the ocean, the sound of the surf and the relaxing atmosphere. The price is right and the management was very pleasant. The rooms were small, basic and without phones, but the location and price are uncomparable.