My husband and I spent a weekend with my sister and her husband at Hale Makamae, (on the "wet" side of the island, which is our favorite location -- convenient to Hilo, Mauna Kea, tide pools). We shared the living room and kitchen of the one-bedroom garden suite with them, while we slept in the studio. I am reviewing them separately.
The garden suite is attractive, clean, comfortable, and well-equipped. A new, large flat-screen TV, complimentary wi-fi, well-equipped kitchen make it suitable for relaxing, staying in touch, entertaining and being entertained. (The wi-fi was critical for us because our AT & T cell phones had no reception here), The gorgeous grounds that show off the lush character of this side of the island, in a very quiet, almost secluded, spot makes Hale Makamae a sweet retreat at the beginning and end of each day. John and Petra are authentic and very helpful. We are familiar with the island, so didn't need much guidance, but we got a couple good tips anyway, including giving their card to two restaurants we like for a 10% discount.
Breakfasts are at 8:30, served buffet-style, and were substantial and delicious: we were served french toast the first morning and scrambled eggs and home-fries the second morning, each time accompanied by coffee or tea, guava juice and a beautiful selection of tropical fruits.
The grounds are lovingly maintained, which made the view from the breakfast table delightful; however, I did not see any seating or obvious invitation to relax out on the grass. Given the number of extremely well-priced vacation rental homes on this side of the island, we found the value here to be just average, but it is very nice to not have to worry about breakfast and clean up, and to have helpful hosts on hand, especially if you are new to the island. We like and have had great luck with both types of accommodations.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Conveniently located between the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Hilo - Warm Island Hospitality and Aloha Spirit of old Hawaii – Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast offers comfortable, spacious suites surrounded by beautiful tropical serene gardens. Three suites with living room and kitchenette, one studio, all with separate entrances and private bathrooms. 10 min. to lava viewing area, where active red hot lava plunges into the ocean, 30 min. to Volcanoes National Park & Hilo/International Airport, 5 min. to Pahoa, in Leilani Estates. Close to hot ponds, black sand beaches, coastal parks, snorkeling, steam vents. German/English spoken, gourmet Island breakfast included in rates, families with children welcome, many other amenities available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast Pahoa, Hawaii