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There is no other importance like this moment (S.N. Goenka)
Having spent an extremely unexpected self developmental period of my life in Hawaii and the last night sleeping on the trampoline,outside and underneath the glistening stars of the Pacific, with some dear friends from the farm on Oahu. It is now time to accept that my three months here is over and it's time to continue my journey of self exploration, beauty, fun, uncertainty and living life on a whim. With ...
... and flows that are seen on TV...if it was that active people would have to be evacuated! We were fortunate, because our pilot was patient, to watch a lava pool open up and bubble! Could see trees on fire from small flows opening up! It was really quite warm when we were flying over the volcanic area! The doors off gave you complete views because you could look straight into the area and feel the heat being generated! Pilot Pete then took us around and pointed ...
... little after 9am.
There are early birds and earlier birds – we must have just missed the coach shuttle and we waited for quite a few minutes until a mini van turned up and away we went sometime after 9am.
The part of the island we went to on the free shuttle is primarily commercial - airport, various businesses etc.
We arrived at Hilo Hattie’s a little before 10am and ...
It was time to clear our palette, like eating some sorbet between meals, and we made our way back to Hawaii Volcano National Park. We walked among the steam vents and cleared out our energy. Sometimes only on a walk like this can one find some solace.
... or doing Ashanti yoga, or writing their memoirs or chanting poetry or something...it's really quite desolate.
There is one lonely hippy in a park doing yoga next to his rusty bicycle, quite surreal.
We come to the boat harbour/surfing spot/campground which is hugely populated with surfers, locals and boats to take you out around the coastline to see lava flowing into the sea.
“There is no lava” Antek had assured us. We ask about the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Naniloa Volcanoes Resort Hilo
Hawaii Naniloa is supposed to be a 2 or 3 star hotel but there is anything 'starish' about the way they keep their rooms or bathrooms.
Keeping the room clean is the basic standard that any hotel should maintain but don't be surprized to see a hair in ur bathtub and mildew around the washbasins!!!
A Worn-Out Hotel
I stayed at this hotel on Nov 11/12 2003. The bathroom was very old and the metal bathtub stopper was stuck in the " drain " position. All carpets appeared worn, and hallway carpets were stained. Was awakened at 6am as the room alarm clock went off, though I had not touched it the day before--a very basic sign of inattentive housekeeping. Its too bad because the building is on a nice quiet street on one side and is on Hilo Bay on the other side. Don't know who owns this place, but they're not exactly on top of things here.
We knew we were in trouble when there was no one to greet us at the bell captain's podium in the front of the hotel. After checking in, I had to ask the clerk if anyone could help us with our luggage, to which he replied, "Let me see if I can find someone." A woman showed up, recruited from some other area, and played bellman for us. The hotel itself is in terrible disrepair, with streaks of black mold all over the outer surfaces of the building. In fact, the hotel is so dirty that we actually spotted vegetation growing out of a corner of the building itself. The plastic bar furniture and the pool lounges are all overed with black mold. (A little Clorox would work wonders, folks). The rooms are musty and don't feel clean at all. The bed spreads, I suspect, have not been cleaned since the Carter Administration. A couple of people told us that the Naniloa was the best hotel in Hilo. If this is true, it's sad indeed. Stay there at your own peril, but be afraid...be very afraid.
Great location/needs work
After reading the previous reviews, I was a bit apprehensive about staying at the Hawaii Naniloa but when we got there we were charmed.
The location on the water is great (definitely pay the extra for an ocean view room, you wake up to views of Mauna Kea and Hilo Bay). It does need work but if you are looking for glitz, you should stay on the Kona side of the island. Hilo is laid back and easy going which is what we were looking for. Based on other reviews, I might try the Hilo Hawaiian next time if the price is right. I would definitely stay at one of the Banyan Tree Dr. hotels.
Loved the Naniloa
Nainiloa Hotel in HiloStayed 5 nights at the Naniloa in July 2003, found it to be a wonderful place to stay. Older hotel, but room very comfortable. Staff very helpful, parking very convenient. Wonderful food. Easy to find from the airport. Ours was a corner room right on the Bay. Fabulous.The only downside to the trip was Harper's Car and Truck rental. Be sure to take their insurance, they find lots of ways to rip tourists off.
We stayed at the Naniloa for two nights (Aug 23,24 2003) as part of an inexpensive package side trip from our primary hotel in Honolulu. The Hotel has the look and grandeur of a first class hotel, grand entrance and lobby, beautiful grounds and great location. BUT as you get up close, the place hasn't been cleaned, painted or maitained in many years. Rugs are dirty and threadbare, exterior paint is peeling and covered with mildew, bathroom fixtures ancient and barely functional.
We booked this stay as an fly/drive overnighter from another island.
stayed at naniloa hotel for one night in july2003. first impression of the hotel was their lobby which was quite nice and large. Their garden and pool area was gorgeous. Well kept, with the ocean incorporated into their garden, just beautiful. But then we enetered the room. Well i was glad that i only stayed one night. The carpet was disgusting. Stains everywhere! large ones, small ones...just everywhere. The chairs were old and seem to have that permanent dirty grey look. The bathroom fixtures were gettign that crusty look too. bleech. The staff as friendly and helpful though. and there is also a complimentary shuttle to the airport (10 minutes away). the price was cheap, but I wouldn't stay there again.
The Hotel turned out to be what we expected (Frommers/other reviews). The employees were nice and the room was clean with the exception of the carpet. They should have gone with another choice in such a wet environment. It was a good base for our tours of the island.
Michelle M. Montgomery
I found the hotel really comfortable, they treat just like home. It wasnt any thing to fancy but what do you expect, its layed back hawaiian style.