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“Garden Suite: comfortable, well-equipped, quiet, beautiful setting” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 17 Pahoa B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
State College, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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“Garden Suite: comfortable, well-equipped, quiet, beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

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.

Room Tip: I have not seen the two-bedroom lanai suite, but the Garden Suite is a great choice if one bedroom m...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 bubbles
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

Room was comfortable, John gave us great directions and recommendations, free Wi Fi was an added bonus. Our son loved playing with Christopher. I am pretty picky about cleanliness and found everything to be fine. The house was 15 minutes or so from lava flow viewing which was really interesting. The only thing I would recommend for improvement was we thought the breakfast a little weak. Thanks!

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with family
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Midwest Girl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2012

We stayed one week at this lovely B & B. Petra and John are gifted with a wonderful aloha spirit and shared a wealth of information about things to do in the area along with great places to eat. The breakfasts were delicious with great fuit trays and a hearty variety of french toast, banana pancakes and egg dishes which are served in a lovely screened room that overlooks the beautiful gardens. There are amazing tidal pools nearby with great snorkeling, beautiful parks (Lava Tree State Park and MacKenzie Park), the Volcanoes National Park is just 30 minutes away, and the Farmers Market in Hilo is fun to shop through. This was our second visit to the Hale Makamae, we feel like it is our home away from home : ) We highly recommend this B & B!

Room Tip: We spent 4 nights in the Garden Studio, it is small but it has everything you need. We spent 3 night...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Soquel, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2012

Very friendly and "homey" atmosphere. We stayed at Hale Makamae Bed & Breakfast
for over a week and we were treated as part of the family. Loved the French Toast and lovely local friuts served for breakfast. The B&B was very close to Hilo and the volcano as well as local beaches. Come to the Big Island and enjoy the warmth of the people and the beautiful scenery. Claudia and Tobias Rivera.

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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Claudia R
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

There is the hustle and bustle of Kona with the rows of hotels, condos, restaurants , souvenir shops and traffic and then there is Hale Makame, the picture of Hawaii that you always dreamed of. John and Petra have successfully established a B & B so that everyone can experience the Hawaii that we dream of. The accommodations are incredible. Your room will look out into a beautifully manicured landscape filled with fruit trees, ferns, coconut trees and beautiful blooming flowers. Their landscaping rivals fee based attractions.

John and Petra are wonderful hosts. One of the advantages of staying in a B & B is that you are able to glean the information regarding the best places to eat, swim and visit. John and Petra have years of experience in the area and are familiar with all the best restaurants, beaches and attractions. It is obvious that they love what they do and wish to share their home and experiences with all their guests.

The breakfast is delicious. Its an opportunity to try out all the local fruits and foods. Many of which i had never heard of. Some of the fruits are grown in their backyard. There is a wide variety of eggs, meats, breads, cereal and fruits. It was fabulous.

We stayed in the Lanai suite which is a two bedroom unit. The unit is meticulously clean. It has all the comforts of home including a full kitchen , dining and living area. The view to the gardens is picture perfect.

From their B & B its a short drive to the Kopoho Pools. The Kopoho pools is a wonderful snorkeling area with perhaps the best coral on the island. We snorkeled with my parents and saw beautiful fish, coral and even a large turtle. The pools are well protected so its very calm. Driving in the area is beautiful. The area is green and lush and its like visiting a tropical island without all the tourist. The B & B is also located near to where the lava can be seen if it were active/running. Unfortunately, during our visit the lava was not flowing. However, there are wonderful pictures in the room. It looks like we'll have to return when the volcano is a bit more active.

If you are looking for the lush Hawaii that is depicted in all the movies.. this is the place to come...

Room Tip: All rooms are excellent.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Additional Information about Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast

Property: Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast
Address: 13-3315 Makamae St, Pahoa, Island of Hawaii, HI 96778-8453 (Formerly Hale Makamae Bed & Breakfast)
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Region: United States > Hawaii > Island of Hawaii > Pahoa
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 17 B&Bs / Inns in Pahoa
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,006 - ₹ 11,425
Hotel Class:3 star — Hale Moana Bed & Breakfast 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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