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
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
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
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
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
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.
CAPTAIN COOK, KA‘Ū
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