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94-2152 South Point Road Box 1125, Naalehu, Island of Hawaii, HI 96772
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Hawaii's Boutique Hotel in the Country. Locally Sourced - Culturally Appropriate - Centrally Located - Breakfast and Dinner Available Daily
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jpnorris71 wrote a review 8 Jun
Irvine, California7 contributions1 helpful vote
First off our hosts Kilo Hana and Kenny, the onsite owners, were great ! Very generous and friendly. It's more than just a B&B as it feels more like home. We were greeted with offers of complimentary wine, beer chilled water. If we needed help with our luggage they were there to help. Our room was fantastic ! Well insulated walls and a solid core door and vaulted ceilings. The bathroom was well laid out with a large walk in shower. The bed and bedding were A+ . Each room has a balcony to view the peaceful wooded, tree lined and green lawns in addition to the flowers and colorful fauna. The finishes and woodwork , the varieties of wood, were beautiful. Well crafted. Heading back downstairs there is a fully stocked library and comfortable chairs to read and relax. Many books on facts and history. Kilo Hana has displayed his many hand crafted leis . There were many exterior doors to open to make an open air feel to the house. There is also a corner filled with musical instruments begging for guest to tap their talents. Breakfast is included and the evening dining is optional. There is seating outside on the covered deck or inside at tables for four. There is nothing paper here. All settings are cloth or linen with fresh flowers. A varied breakfast is by the host Kenny, a gourmet chef at the very least...you will not be disappointed or hungry afterwards. If you have special needs he's all ears. We absolutely recommend the evening dining. The cost is very generous for what you get and how it's prepared. Again, another gourmet creation. You can ask but we found being surprised was more exciting. No menus to read. Like being at grandma's house. The meal's ingredients are explained and thoughtfully presented. Truly a work of art. All culinary delights are locally sourced, hand picked and fresh. There is plenty of gentle walking on the local roadways in addition to exploring the sea coast. The property has a private gate with fencing on the perimeter. The upper part of the house at the top offers an area where warm massages are offered for a fee. We will return most likely for a week as our four day visit was too short !
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: all four rooms are good and are corner rooms
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MTMusings wrote a review May 2021
Santa Barbara, California145 contributions101 helpful votes
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Why is this four bedroom inn at the southern tip of Hawaii the most highly rated lodging on the island? Visitors rate it more highly than the Auberge or the Four Seasons, which both cost three or four times more. It's not obvious. After all, there is no pool or gym here, no fresh-raked white sand beach, no ghostly manta ray dives, and no cute cabanas with mai-tais at the waterslide. These can be fun, for sure, but that’s not happening here. At all. This place is not for everyone, but if it's for you it's a knockout. We booked it in January during Covid hoping that a place with only four rooms and forthcoming vaccines would make the visit safe for May, 2020. It did (although for awhile, perhaps until July 2021, Hawaii requires you to present a negative Covid test taken within 72 hours of takeoff. Vaccines don’t count unless you are flying in from another island). To summarize what made an eight day visit special: -- Kenny and Kilohana will become your friends, not just your hosts. They are terrific people. That’s really all you need to know -- I'd go back just to see them. -- Kilohana knows a lot about Hawaiian culture and history. He has a lot to teach and we barely scratched the surface. Terrific library on Hawaiian history. Lots to learn here. -- Kenny is a phenomenal cook, even if his kitchen jacket says STIK (figure it out). -- The location is away from it all, temperate, isolated from Kona, and wonderful. It rained daily and, as is true in much of Hawaii, it's welcome when it happens. Carry a rain jacket. -- The lodge is a hand-built wonder. The decor is tasteful in the extreme. Each of the four rooms is terrific and quite similar (one has two queen beds, the others one king). Our rear room got wonderful breezes. -- The meals are fabulous. Unless you are traveling far away, plan to eat your dinners here. Kenny's ingredients are fresh and often local, his cooking simple and honest, his menus well-chosen, his wines fine and plentiful. Literally not one miss in eight days of breakfasts and dinners. -- You can grab beach chairs, towels, an iced cooler, and beverages for your trips to beaches or towns. Great sandwiches available at Coffee Grinds in Ocean View. -- Katie gives great massages in the cupola of the lodge. Recommended. -- After dinner you grab a nightcap on the lanai. Bit of a highlight, actually. OK, but without a pool and mai-tais, what exactly do you do all day? These were our highlights: -- Reading and swimming at the beaches, which are color-coded. Black sand with green turtles is Punaluʻu. Green sand is Papakolea, at the end of a 3 mile hike. Grey sand is Honomalino at the end of a half mile short hike. For white sand, go to Puʻuhonua ʻO Honaunau NHP (Place of Refuge — but you cannot swim there.) -- You are an hour drive from Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. There are several hikes here, but we liked the Lava Tube (very short), the 4-mile Kilauea ‘Iki Hike across a collapsed volcano (best hiked counter-clockwise), and Chain of Craters Road, a long drive with several great stops and short hikes. -- You are also a very short drive to Ka Lae (the point) also called South Point. This is the southern tip of the big island, so it is both the southernmost point in the US and the landing point of Polynesians who headed north in about 1,000 CE. -- On Wednesdays there is a very cool farmers market at Na’Alehu, a ten minute drive away. In Na’Alehu, you can also grab lunch at Hana Hou or the food truck and eat fresh Malasada at the Punalu’u bakery if you need a sugar fix. -- The Kahuku Unit of Hawaii Volcanos National Park is about ten minutes away. It’s open Thursdays through Sundays (this could change as Covid recedes). Some nice ranch land hiking with great views. -- Hilo is a two-hour drive away (you can land there or Kona; it’s basically a toss-up). Unlike Kona, which is a region, Hilo is an actual town. It’s sleepy with an overrated farmer’s market but interesting in lots of ways nonetheless. -- Two fishing villages are absolutely worth a visit. Both require a ~1,500 descent from the main highway down to the coast. Miloliʻi is poor and is home to too many junked cars, but is a tight-knit community and a nice beach. Ho’okena Beach Park is further north, but a fine village and excellent swimming spot. -- As always, some things struck us as over-rated, but YMMV. Snorkeling at Two-Step is highly touted and often crowded. We were not blown away. Paradise Meadows across the street from the lodge is a highly-rated place that left us scratching our heads. Holualoa is a bit of an artist colony outside of Kona. Don’t go on Sunday (it’s closed tight). Maybe pass through on the way south from the Kona airport. Or skip it.
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Date of stay: May 2021
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Room Tip: I visited all four rooms. They are very similar, except that one has 2 queen beds instead of a...
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Sally wrote a review 8 Jun
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We live north on the big island and slipped away to Southpoint for a few days to explore Volcano Nat’l Park and Green Sands beach. The charm of this Inn added to the hospitality of Kenny and Kilohana were delightful which made us feel at home. Make sure to book dinner which was first class delicious. We will be back!
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Date of stay: June 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
SoCalSun91214 wrote a review May 2021
La Crescenta, California4 contributions
Wonderful and knowledgeable hosts. Location is very convenient to stop off and explore South Point area. Beautiful spacious Inn, clean & stylishly decorated. Guest rooms are upstairs, decorated as seen on website. 5 star amenities, washer & dryer available for use too. Host Kenny is a Chef (bonus) breakfast (included) was delicious as well as our dinner we requested in advance (extra $). Highly recommend this Inn. Quiet & peaceful.
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Date of stay: May 2021
Matt L wrote a review Apr 2021
7 contributions5 helpful votes
Kenny and Kilohana are both amazing hosts who go above and beyond to make sure their guests have the absolute best time. The property itself is gorgeous and built by Kenny and Kilohana to be a luxurious guest house. Kenny is a great chef that offers dinner and you would be foolish to not take him up on it every night that you are there. Kilohana made sure we were well informed about what to do in the area and even let us use some trekking poles for a hike. When we come back to the Big Island, Kalaehilohana will be our number one choice of places to stay.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Response from Kenneth Joyce, Owner at Kalaekilohana
Responded 25 Apr 2021
Aloha for your generous comments. Thank you for helping us reopen the doors on a new chapter in the Kalaekilohana story. We will look forward to your return.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kalaekilohana
Which popular attractions are close to Kalaekilohana?
Nearby attractions include Paradise Meadows (0.7 km), Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit (3.4 km), and Ka Lae Light (6.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kalaekilohana?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Kalaekilohana?
Top room amenities include extra long beds, a view of the mountains, and a walk-in shower.
What food & drink options are available at Kalaekilohana?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at Kalaekilohana?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kalaekilohana?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hana Hou Restaurant, Ka Lae Coffee, and Flyin' Hawaiian Coffee.
Are any cleaning services offered at Kalaekilohana?
Yes, self serve laundry and a clothes dryer are offered to guests.
Does Kalaekilohana have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.