Kilauea Lodge

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(808) 967-7366
19-3948 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano Village

Opened in 1937 as a YMCA youth camp, this quaint lodge was converted in 1986 by Albert and Lorna Jeyte. (He was a make-up artist on Magnum P.I.) The whole thing was very well done and lovingly maintained, but it switched hands in 2018 for $4 million (we assume this is pocket change to Highway West Vacations, the new Cali-based operator). Some readers have told us the whole place, from restaurant to ambiance, has gone downhill, but from what we’ve seen, despite some expected growing pains, the comfy, delicious-smelling lodge has maintained the same feel and vibe (although we expect many changes to come).

The gift shop is filled with local items. There are different styles of rooms, such as the Honeymoon Deluxe (very romantic), Hale Maluna building (snug rooms with fireplaces and incredible skylights in the bathrooms), Hale Aloha building (larger rooms and a common sitting room). Grounds are lush and well-tended. The staff is top-notch. No TV or phones. Look for the (hopefully still around) property cat, Meatloaf, and use our joke, “like a cat out of hell,” to start your vacation off on the right foot. Rooms (225–325 sq. ft.), including 1/1 cottage (400 sq. ft.), are $189–$250.

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Resort at a Glance

  • 12 rooms
  • Spa/hot tub
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Free WiFi in rooms
  • Ceiling fans
  • Walk-up only
  • No ADA accessibility
  • Lanais on some
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Coffee maker with free coffee daily
  • Free self-parking
  • All non-smoking resort
  • Only service dogs allowed

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