wow. I was lucky enough to come here for one night on a business trip and it was a once in a lifetime experience. This place is top notch for a honeymoon, I couldn't believe I could just hang out. We checked in at night and Kilohana and Kenny and the other guests were enjoying rum or wine on the patio with blankets and snacks. The fridge is stocked with juice and soda, and there's a music room, a playable piano, and the most amazing decor, fresh flowers, attention to detail. Having a beer with some discussion was amazing. Amazing gifts in my huge room, a million cushy pillows, and fluffy towels and a rainwater bathroom to die for. the sifted robes ever, stocked with Rainwater bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, soap, etc. Take the most cozy room you can imagine and add with hawaiian culture and the feeling that you're family. The hosts were amazing to chat with, as well as the other guests, and my private lanai was gorgeous. the sunrise and set is easily seen, no lights for miles, and no car sounds, absolute relaxation. Except for the occasional moo :) I love it. close on the way to South point, they have amazing suggestions on things to see. Every detail is taken care of, I only wish I had an entire day to just stay in and take advantage of the beautiful room and living areas. Amazing. Not sterile like a hotel, not kitschy like a normal B&B. just like a luxurious hawaiian home for royalty, and royalty is you :) 100% recommendation, and take your time to take advantage!
My husband and I just completed a three night stay at Kalaekilohana and although our expectations were very high they were exceeded beyond description. As has been described by previous reviewers this place is one of a kind. Visitors can expect the elegance and sophistication of a Four Seasons AND the individual attention that can only be found in a small inn. From the time you drive through the rock wall toward the home away from home guests are made to feel as though they are staying with old friends in a beautiful setting. Each room is beautifully appointed, spacious, and very private. The breakfast each morning is served on the porch with a wonderful vista of the property. Kenny is the very talented chef who prepares each meal with local ingredients, and more importantly with the care and effort rarely seen today. Kilohana who grew up in Hawaii knows the islands as few do. He is willing and very able to answer any questions one might have pertaining to places to visit or Hawaiian culture. Following his advice each day regarding things to do enhanced our stay and made this trip more memorable. Over the years we've seen a decline in many areas of the travel industry. The lack of care and concern for travelers demonstrated by many in the industry has sadly become more and more prevalent. Kenny and Kilohana are an example of what things should be like. It is abundantly clear that they are hosts of this wonderful gem known as Kalaekilohana for only one reason - they care.
staying with kenny and kilohana is a very special experience. they literally welcome you into their home. it is unbelievably quiet and comfortable, the food is wholesome, nutritious and local. i loved waking up and doing yoga in my room, coming down for a perfect and abundant breakfast, then ending the day with a home-cooked meal in a communal setting. sitting under blankets enjoying a nice glass of bordeaux before dinner felt cozy and relaxed. i truly hope to come back one day!
Good food, great place to stop when heading over the Island! I have the black and blue burger it was good. Mom and Michael had pulled pork that was good as well. Service was fast8!"
We both like this place. Nothing fancy, but the food was good. I ordered grilled mahi with salad on a side, and it was quite decent. My husband had burger, and he liked it. This restaurant does not serve any alcohol, I am not sure why it is listed in here. Instead, try local lemonade. :)
Sept 2013 Again, the Hana Hou comes through! Just the ticket after a good trek to Green Sands. The cabins are delightful, the food is very satisfying. Mahalo!
First off if you want to be near a town and do the tourist stuff everyday then this place probably not for you. We've been coming here for five years because we don't want to see tourist and we want be left alone and to relax. Second any bad reviews of the place maybe because some of the units/ buildings are owned by owners who live here full time or rent their units out. The rest of the units/buildings are owned by Vacation International. You can identify them by the logo on the doors. The office staff are outstanding. Keep in mind the office is open from 8-5 and closed for a hour lunch. They have an assortment of items you can borrow for your stay. We like borrowing a cooler to do our grocery shopping. The groundskeepers start up their blowers and weed wackers at 8am sharp Monday through Friday. There is plenty of places to explore from here without having to drive. Doing a bit of research ahead time will help. We picked up a book on ancient sites and have been hitting them. Every year we discover more and more. If that's not your thing then you can drive down the road to one of the trailhead of the Volcano National Park or go into the park. That will keep you busy for a week. In Pahala there is a very old Buddhist temple down the road from the macadamia nut and coffee farm. There are plenty coffee farms along the road. Go into Hilo to the farmer's market. If you are here for a week or less then stay in Hilo or Kona and leave this place when you have time to explore the surrounding area.
The room and resort itself it pretty nice! The rooms are very clean and not a bad view in the whole place. Right next to a nice golf coarse. And right next to a black sand beach where you can see turtles resting on the beach. The reason I gave it three stars is because it's so dang far from everything. It's an hour to Hilo. An hour to Kona. And if you like to eat out its an hour to get anywhere. Now it's kind of hard to rate something by location I think cause not doing more research of the area is my fault. So next time we come to the big island, I think we will stay in Kona. Walking distance to all the touristy stuff people like to do. And closer to some nice beaches.
Peaceful, restful, beautiful, relaxing, remote, quiet, clean and friendly. If you like the nightlife this place is probably not for you. But I love it! And will come back year after year. Close to the Volcano Park and Punalu'u Black Sand Beach.