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Reviewed 13 May 2016

You don't have to be gay to stay here. This part of the island is very open and accepting to all. Very comfortable house. Room was clean. Fresh Fruit for breakfast. The people who manage the house are very nice, warm and friendly! Great sleeping weather as you hear the rain at night and the sounds of nature.

We used the outdoor shower all the time. SO amazing to shower under a mango tree.

This place is on the "red road". Beautiful road along the coast. Take a drive, pull over along the way and take in the views. 3 minutes from Kahena Beach. 9 minutes from "downtown" Pahoa. 30 minutes from Hilo.

Staying here really gives you a true sense of the "Hawaiian" way of life. Laid back, chilled, relaxing.

Can't wait to go back!

  • Stayed: May 2016, travelled on business
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1  Thank R W
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Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

I'm one half of a straight couple that stayed at Hale Lalala, which is a B&B next door to Gay Hawaii B&B and has the same owner. It's a wonderful place, very comfortable, very friendly, beautiful grounds and great location. We stayed in the garden room, which opens directly to the yard, and woke up each day to a spectacular view of the dawn.

The house is free run style, so all the equipment and ingredients are provided for you to make your own coffee and breakfast. It's the kind of place where you can feel totally at home.

Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
1  Thank Tannis B
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Reviewed 8 June 2014

Aloha from Gay Hawaii Bed & Breakfast! Such a great place in one of the most beautiful places on earth. So easy to walk to the newest Black Sand Beach in Kalapana, which is right up a short path from Uncle Roberts Awa Bar. The B&B is immaculate and Dwight the owner is such a sweet and intelligent guy. My favorite part is definitely the outdoor shower and the fresh picked lilikoi from the yard. Can't wait for the watermelon papaya! Many mahalos Dwight and thanks for all the aloha spirit you have provided thus far!

  • Stayed: June 2014
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2  Thank Denickja
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

My partner and I just returned from a fantastic 10 day stay at the Gay Hawaii B&B. Dwight the owner is super friendly and very knowledgeable of the area. We love this undiscovered part of the Big Island and are in the process of building a home here. The guest house is very close to all the attractions in the area which include Kehena Beach, Kopoho Tidal pools, geothermal hot ponds and just an hour drive away is the Volcano National Park. Another nice thing about the location is it's walking distance to Uncle Roberts which is a Wednesday night event for locals and tourist to get together to enjoy music, great food and drink. Local farmers and artist sell there wares. The Gay Hawaii Guest House is very spacious with a nice lanai where you can hear the sounds of the ocean. We stayed in the master suite which includes a private bath with shower but we choose to use the fantastic outdoor shower. Dwight had the kitchen stocked with lots of breakfast items including eggs, milk, bagels, granola, coffee and the best part chocolate cover macadamias. The internet service worked very well. Dwight also offers massage service which feels great after a long day exploring the island, We would highly recommend the Gay Hawaii Bed and Breakfast. We really felt like we were staying at a friends house. Dwight thanks for making us feel at home and we look forward to our move to the Big Island.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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4  Thank kcbeefy
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Reviewed 8 May 2014

The five-star rating is easily attributed to the value, friendliness and seclusion offered by the gay owned-and-operated Gay Hawaii B&B guesthouse on Ala Iki Road in Kalapana, HI. After a few years in Honolulu, you get the impression that 'getting away from it all' is not so easily done in a state that is a 5-hour flight from the mainland. The Puna region of the Big Island of Hawai'i, however, provides an antidote to the harried hordes of cities like Honolulu, LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, or Portland. If it were in France, Puna would be the place for your "maison de campagne" (country home) as it has all the qualities required: relatively easy access from city life, a totally bucolic setting, and locals with an unusual accent. For the Island-based, Hilo is a quick flight from anywhere; roughly 40 minutes from Honolulu. For those on the mainland, the non-stops from LA and San Francisco are ideal, and Kalapana is 40 minutes away form the Hilo airport.
You'll find a clean guesthouse with all the amenities you need for a great getaway. Four rooms, all seemingly underpriced ($75-$125—in Hawaii), make for a space that never feels overcrowded—there's more room here than you'd expect to find in Fire Island or Provincetown. Indeed, Puna is rural and unlike most gay meccas, has no huge nearby metropolis with an overwhelming stream of partiers. The Hale Lalala Gay Hawaii Guest House is a refuge for those who want to be submerged in nature or are seeking a more serene setting for fun in the sun. Another delightful bonus: the guesthouse, the neighborhood, the ocean front property that leads from the guesthouse to the (moonscape) lava flows, and the nearby black-sand beach are all clothing optional. This is not your average rural community. Showers seem to be mostly outdoors in Puna - and the guesthouse has several amazing outdoor showers, (one of which comes out of a huge mango tree!). Of course the B&B has indoor showers, if for some unknown reason, you’d rather shower indoors.
The kitchen is well stocked with healthy breakfast foods: organic, free-range eggs are delivered fresh weekly by a local gay farmer, the "Egg Man," bread is locally made, and almost all of the organic fruit is grown on guesthouse property. There's coffee and tea for the caffeinated and decaffeinated among us, and a huge lanai off the kitchen for al fresco dining, sunbathing, and stargazing. The kitchen has abundant cookware if you like to prepare homemade meals. Nearby farmers’ markets have an abundance of locally grown organic vegetables and exotic fruits. And there are a variety of very good restaurants in nearby historic Pahoa town.
For the weary traveler, for those who want to see what Hawaii is like beyond the beaches of Oahu and Maui, and for those who want to experience something akin to a gay (or at least straight-friendly) countryside, Puna is the perfect answer. Most of the homes in Kalapana/Puna community are gay owned. The local gay community is active with many events and parties to which visitors are invited and welcomed. And the guesthouses on Ala Iki Road make a great home base for exploring a unique country gayborhood.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled solo
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3  Thank Brendan808
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