Big Island Guide: How to Prepare and Where to Stay

Tips and tricks on how to vacation in Big Island with ease.


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WHERE TO STAY

 

HAWAIʻI VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK 

VOLCANO HOUSE 

There is no better way to home-base a Volcanoes National Park experience than in this alpine-elevation hotel, newly refurnished in 2013. 

$185 kama‘aina rate for a standard room ($285 regular), 1 Crater Rim Drive, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, (866) 536-7972; hawaiivolcanohouse.com

 

HILO 

SHIPMAN HOUSE 

Splurge on Victorian elegance and enjoy the long lawn, koa beds and yukatas to lounge around in.

$219/night and up, 131 Kaiulani Street, (808) 834-9002; hilo-hawaii.com

 

HILO SEASIDE HOTEL 

Want to save money? Just need a place to sleep? The Hilo Seaside Hotel is there for you.

$105/night and up, 126 Banyan Drive, (808) 935-0821; hiloseasidehotel.com

 

HILO HAWAIIAN HOTEL 

This recently renovated spot has a touch of ‘60s big-resort attitude.

$160/night and up, 71 Banyan Drive, Hilo, (808) 935-9361, castleresorts.com/home/accommodations/hilo-hawaiian-hotel

 

KAMUELA-WAIMEA. HĀWĪ

KAMUELA INN 

This local favorite is prized for its central location, paniolo-style quilts and décor, and lack of pretension—meaning it’s cheap, with rooms starting at $79 a night.

65-1300 Kawaihae Road, Waimea, (808) 885-4243, thekamuelainn.com

 

PUAKEA RANCH 

Choose between four private vacation homes and two cottages with names like Cowboy House, Miles Away, Yoshi’s House and Red Ohana.

$275 to $899 a night, 56-2864 Akoni Pule Highway, (808) 315-0805, puakearanch.com

 

KAILUA-KONA, KONA-KOHALA COAST

COURTYARD MARRIOTT KING KAMEHAMEHA’S KONA BEACH HOTEL 

This hotel and its grounds have a stately and restful effect. Yes, there’s a lu‘au and staged show, but you’ll enjoy the lobby full of feathered capes and murals.

$159 for a basic room ($135 for prepaid, non-refundable option), 75-5660 Palani Road, (800) 367-2111, konabeachhotel.com

 

VISTA WAIKOLOA

This is a condo property, not a hotel, but it does have perks that include a fitness center and an outdoor lap pool, and the Lava Lava Beach Club mai-tais have a deserved reputation.

$185 a night and up, 69-1010 Keana Place, (808) 883-8500, southkohala.com, or waikaloavacationrentals.com, (808) 987-4519

 

CAPTAIN COOK, KA‘Ū

MANAGO HOTEL 

The charms of this Japanese plantation-style hotel totally outweigh the thin walls and funky, actually almost ancient, furnishings.

Rooms start at $61, and if you don’t mind sharing a bath, go down to $35. 82-6151 Māmalahoa Highway, (808) 323-2642, managohotel.com

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