Kama‘aina Inn

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(808) 969-7871
150 Kilauea Ave, Hilo

You’re walking into someone’s home at this small inn. The proprietors live on-site, and you can see that attention and care in the four rooms, all named after different birds photographed on the walls. There’s a little outdoor area between all the doorways with some Hawai‘i necessities like sunscreen, water and, most importantly, our book.

There’s no view here, but it’s the perfect location to easily wander through downtown Hilo. You’re getting a location of convenience—supermarket across the street, restaurants within a few minutes, and a chocolate shop next door that offers the most addictive drinks we’ve ever encountered. Not only is the location perfect for walking to restaurants, shops and events, the owners are also a treasure trove of information on the surrounding neighborhoods.

The rooms are clean, simple and have a Hawaiiana flavor. The welcoming basket of local, Ka‘u coffee is a nice touch. However, there are some downsides here: the cleaning fee ($25), no parking on-site (you’ve gotta find street parking), no a/c, no phones, no TVs and the potential for road noise. Some additions, like a small cot or microwave are available for rent. Studio (238 sq. ft.) is $90 (based on single person), deluxe rooms (295 sq. ft.) and suites (308 sq. ft.) are $105–$115 (based on two people). Additional people are $20.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 4 rooms
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • WiFi in common areas
  • Ceiling fans
  • Walk-up only
  • No ADA accessibility
  • Empty fridge
  • Coffee maker in room
  • No TV
  • Street parking only
  • All non-smoking resort
  • Only service dogs allowed

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What Readers Have to Say

“Thank you for your effort on the Maui book. I will be there Monday for the fourth vacation and each time gathered data to enjoy the next time. I learned more in the past day with your book than all other trips. A great book and I agree with your conclusions.”

- G. Kirkwood, WA