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We stayed in kona and had a rental car. We circled the island , it took all day. We saw the waipio valley, we hiked to akaka falls then drove down to Hawaii volcanoes national park. We went inside a lava tube, drove and saw the lava fields and old craters. Then ...
... We saw the lava tubes and areas where this string of craters has spread lava that flowed down the mountain and across the road. There were petroglyps in one area. It is amazing to think this entire island chain was created by this process.
We drove on to Kailua -Kona through the coffee plantations and moved into the last of our time share units, The Kona Coast Resort. From here we were able to explore the dry northwest and the wet and ...
... route we stopped and I read out the information about what we were actually looking at. The short story of it is as follows... this is the home of Pele, the goddess of volcanoes. In 1959, the volcano erupted with such force it created such a huge amount of lava that it all flowed over the hilltops and filled this valley creating a huge lake of lava. So much lava poured in that it actually filled the valley by 440ft. This went on for 36 days so there are several different ...
... From so high up, we could see lava stretching out seemingly endlessly in front of us. It was amazing that so much lava could be produced in such a relatively short amount of time - about 60 years or so. Out in the distance along the coastline we could see a big plume of steam rising up into the air. My dad asked if this was the ocean entry, and she said it was. A few minutes late we were right by it. Since we weren't over any houses here, we ...
... When we reached the area....we saw no signs what-so-ever pointing to this beach. We asked the Hawaiian men in their 4x4's waiting for tourists but they were unhelpful....likely wanting us to give up and use their services. One man pointed to a small sign in the distance and told us to make a left at the sign. OK..........let's do this. Within 30 seconds....we knew that this was going to be an incredibly difficult feat. There is NO road. Huge rocks and boulders everywhere. ...
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I loved this place!!!
We stayed here for three nights July 2004, as our hotel for the volcano part of the trip. I definitely recommend staying in different hotels, one on the east side, and one on the west side if you have enough time. The drive from Volcanoe park to Kona is close to 2 hours.
We stayed two nights in the Hale Aloha Room. This room was gorgeous, valuted ceilings, beautiful decor, nice big cozy king bed - made me feel very at home. It's a little strange without a phone or TV, but it really made the room seem to 'fit' more with the area. All of that is right downstairs if you need it. It was so quiet at night - and the stars were so bright. Be ready for brisk weather at night since you're at the top of a volcanoe, even in the middle of the summer!
Then we spent one night in the Hale Maluna Room. This room was significantly smaller, smaller bed, but boasted a beautiful fireplace and a tub shower and skylighted bathroom. It was a different type of atmosphere - for those that love fireplaces, it was very nice. Cost about $10-20 more than the other room. The phone and TV were located back in the Hale Aloha building, so not as convenient, but not far at all. In retrospect, my preference would have been to stay in the Hale Aloha Room since I enjoyed the spaciousness more than the fireplace.
Every morning came with the promise of a hot, delicious breakfast. The menu was very small - you'll probably start repeating after three days - but still a great way to start the day.
I had looked into staying in Hilo, since there were some cheaper hotels. That is about a 30-45 min drive to the park - and by far a much more shady area. It's the city, and it's run down like normal cities. If you want to be in a bustling city that shuts down at 5pm...stay in Hilo. If you want, quiet, convenience and you don't mind spending a little more - stay here, it's worth it.
The Kilauea Lodge was by far one of the nicest places that I've stayed - cozy, friendly, beautifully decorated, clean, and so convenient. It took less than 2-3 minutes to get to the Volcanoe National Park. Book early, they get filled up fast!
Great place, would stay here again!!!
My husband and I stayed in the Honeymoon Deluxe room for 2 nights during our honeymoon and it was much better than we expected. We loved the wood-burning fireplace in the room and the four post bed with a beautiful green and gold pineapple quilt. Very cozy after a day of exploring the volcano. The room also had it's own balcony and a 2 person shower which was nice. There's also a nice, clean hot tub right outside. The breakfast was good, especially the sweetbread french toast. We also had dinner at the lodge, which was pretty good, but we enjoyed the Thai place down the street a little more. It was cheaper and they had huge portions.
Not to be missed
Not to be missed! Our family of four stayed quite comfortably in the Pi'i Mauna cottage, a short drive from the lodge. (Perfect for privacy for familes of for two couples. The two bedrooms were separated by an outdoor area with a hot tub. Also had a full kitchen, but who wants to take time to cook?) We had an excellent dinner (a 2+ hour, 5 course event), great breakfasts and outstaning service. We were glad we stayed here two nights to fully enjoy the area and accomodations. We will not stay anywhere else -- including Hilo -- on this side of the island.
One of the highlights of our trip. Nicely decorated, cozy, but spacious room. Great location so close to the park. Don't miss out on the three types of sweet bread French toast with coconut syrup for breakfast! Wish we had time to stay longer!
As Cozy As It Gets!!!
The rooms in this Lodge are as pretty as any I've enjoyed in the big resorts. They are very cozy, beds are comfy, LOVE the towel-warmers, and when it rains on your tin roof at night, you think you are in heaven (in the new bldg. with the six bedrooms)! The restaurant is excellent. They will pack your breakfast if you're in a hurry in the morning, and the owners are just lovely...... met Lorna when we were there. This Lodge is one of the reasons I can't wait to go back to the Big Island again!!! The only thing I would change is to somehow soundproof the walls a bit in this new building.......... They are pretty thin!
We Loved Our Stay At The Charming Kilauea Lodge
From the moment my wife and I checked in (for two nights on April 8th) we knew we had made the right decision to stay at the Kilauea Lodge because we were greeted with a warm welcome and a smile. My wife and I have travelled a fair amount throughout the Hawaiian Islands and we found the level of service, quality of food and overall value of the Kilauea Lodge much better than some of the 5 star hotels in Hawaii. The chef at the Kilauea Lodge's restaurant is phenomenal. The food and the service at the restaurant is first rate, we rank it right up there with places like The Orchid and Hapuna Bay. Our thanks to Koa, Tracey, & Haylee for making us feel quite at home. We strongly recommend reserving a room with a fire place. Our room was very nicely appointed and I'll take a fireplace over a TV any day! Our thanks to the owners Albert and Lorna Jeyte who we regretfully didn't get to meet. In our opinion the Kilauea Lodge is a destination unto itself. We look forward to staying with you again soon.
Alexis & Dean Williams
I must admit, I am not accustomed to Bed and Breakfast style of accomodations (and this is a B&B). We were there to spend more time in Volcanoes Nat'l Park and less time commuting from Kohala Coast, where we spent the balance of our trip. I was okay with the fact that there were no TV's or phones in our room. I was okay that the TV in the common room only played VHS tapes, and had no channels. The real show is a short drive and hike away.
My wife and I didn't like the breakfast very much. Everything tasted a little funny. The shower was the smallest shower I have ever used. It is about the size of the shower on our houseboat. They could do very well remodelling the baths. They didn't have a lot to work with in the beginning, I guess, since it used to be a YMCA camp.
Aside from those complaints, the room was breathtaking. The bed was very comfortable (isn't that really all that matters?). The very slow pace was nice. We could find ourselves staying there again, but we will likely just stay at the Dolphin Bay Inn in Hilo and save a little money.
Relaxing, pretty property
We stayed at the lodge in June of 2003 and enjoyed it very much, mostly
because it is so close to Volcano National Park and has a delicious and
convenient morning gourmet breakfast. The Volcano National Park is not
to be missed! But the surrounding area has almost no good restaurants.
We stayed for one night, arriving at noon on the check-in day (we had
planned to hike to the lava that day), but it was pouring rain. The
lodge conveniently had big umbrellas that you could borrow. We decided
to hang out at the lodge, and enjoyed the outdoor Jacuzzi. That night,
unfortunately, it continued to pour, and our rental vehicle was
vandalized in the hotel parking lot (soft top jeep with plastic
windows--windows were slashed on both sides) and the vehicle was filled
with water. The next morning, the hotel establishment was very helpful
and helped repair the windows and clean the inside of the jeep a bit.
The rooms were wonderfully cozy, and the beds comfortable. There were nice amenities and heated towel bars. I would definitely stay here again if I were going to see the volcano sites.
I had a great (but short) 1 night stay at Kilauea Lodge. the meals were wonderful (dinner and breakfast), the room was very cosy and the setting was very convenient to Volcanos National Park. I found the price to be pretty reasonable given that it included breakfast.
the hot tub was nice too!
Great place to unwind
Just returned from an amazing two week vacation to Hawaii. On the big island, we stayed at Kilauea Lodge near the Volcano National Park. It was a wonderful, secluded location, and a great place to unwind after a long day of hiking in the park. The service was excellent, and the food in the restaurant was outstanding! Highly recommended!