Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast

301 Ponahawai St , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)


As we enter our 6th year in business we want to say Mahalo! to the thousands of guests that have stayed at the Hilo Bay Hale since we opened in 2009. Our excellent reviews here and on Trip Advisor speak for the quality and great experience you will have when you stay at the Hilo Bay Hale BNB. Our location in downtown Hilo offers free and safe parking, and you can walk to all the beautiful galleries, markets, festivals, shops, and cafes that make Hilo so famous are just a short walk away. Enjoy your private suite with a private bath, uniquely Hawaiian interiors with bamboo ceilings and private lanai (porches) overlooking magical koi ponds and Hilo Bay.




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  • Guest room4.3
  • Service4.7
  • Value4.4
  • Cleanliness4.6
  • Onsite Dining4.6

Excellent oasis in Hilo

4.6 on May 03, 2016

This place is fantastic. The hosts are gracious and full of knowledge about the area. The rooms are comfortable and unique. Breakfast is delicious. We loved our private lanai and koi pond. I even loved the frogs. It is in a very convenient location. Don't pass up a chance to stay here!

Hilo respite

4.4 on April 29, 2016

Hilo Bay Hale was a beautiful house and our hose was very friendly and helpful.

Great breakfast, friendly atmosphere

4.4 on April 24, 2016

I was in Hilo to teach for three nights and had trouble finding lodging for some reason. This place came up on an internet search so we decided to give it a try. The first room we were in was not air conditioned and was alarmingly warm, but Danny offered us the basement room instead which was considerably cooler and very comfortable. I loved the shower, which pours out water, being used to the water saving shower heads in California which barely wet you down. The place is attractively furnished and the breakfast was excellent. There is not much parking so you might figure on having to park on the street if you stay here on a busy weekend.

Lovely property and hosts

4.6 on April 19, 2016

This is a little oasis in Hilo. Very charming home with nice rooms. Hosts are welcoming, friendly and make a great breakfast.

The Jungle Farmhouse

5 on March 30, 2016

We stayed at the Jungle Farmhouse in Puna in January 2016. It was an amazing experience and an ideal spot for our first visit to Hawaii. Danny and Matthew are perfect hosts and wonderful people. Our stay couldn't have been better. Their hospitality and warmth made our trip truly memorable. We hope to return soon.

A+ location and breakfast

4.2 on February 10, 2016

Hilo Bay is a charming, funky B&B. The hosts, Danny & Matthew (plus Carolina on Matthew's day off), were delightful and helpful. The breakfast fruit, which comes from their farm, was plentiful and delicious. We were well located near downtown Hilo for seeing everything in town plus Volcano National Park. Their recommendation of the Hilo Bay Café for dinner was so good that we went back a second night! Ann & Sandi

Hilo Bay Hale

4.0 on January 31, 2016

The Hilo Bay Hale is in a great location a couple of blocks from downtown Hilo, within walking distance or a short drive from all the Hilo sights. It is also a good base for exploring the east side of the island, with Volcanoes National Park less than an hour away. The neighborhood is quiet at night, and the small lot is beautifully landscaped with fruit trees and a koi pond and stream.

Gem on the Big Island

5 on December 30, 2015

Our stay in Hilo was the high point of our vacation on the Big Island, mostly because of our stay at Hilo Bay Hale. Most importantly, Danny and Matthew were incredibly helpful, warm, inviting and responsive to our needs. Little touches such as a gift of cookies for our son helped make Christmas a terrifically nice occasion. Breakfast was always a terrific start to the day, from the great food to the good conversation with other guests. Danny was extremely helpful with regards to suggestions for activities and food. With regards to the B&B itself, the grounds and common areas are well maintained and warm, while our room (the Michener Room) was clean and cozy. The associated bathroom was large and luxurious, and there is a lanai that overlooks a Koi pond. Hilo Bay Hale is highly recommended.

Highly recommended

5 on November 28, 2015

My wife and I stayed for 2 nights in the Orchid Room. The owners were incredibly accommodating leading up to and during our stay, providing a high chair and pack-and-play for our baby. Matthew is a wonderful host and very informative about Hilo dining and attractions. Breakfast was delicious each day.

comfortable & convenient

4.6 on November 09, 2015

Really enjoyed my short (2 nights) stay. My room was comfortable & clean. Nice breakfast. Highly recommended!

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Rooms & Rates

Lava Room

The Lava Room is on the ground floor and features a King Size bed, sliding glass doors to private gardens and a lava stone tile bathroom and rain shower. It is our largest room and we offer futon beds for extra guests. Can sleep up to four.

  • Maximum Capacity: 4
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King


The BAY ROOM features a QUEEN BED, tub and shower, ocean breezes and a private entrance to the front lanai that offers a sitting area and views. The room is large enough to add 1 Futon so you can sleep up to 3 and is decorated with unique Japanese art and paintings.

  • Maximum Capacity: 3
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159


THE JAMES MICHENER ROOM is named in honor of the author of the epic novel "HAWAI'I" and other classics, and features a QUEEN BED and a large bath with a tub and shower and koi glass sink. A private lanai (deck) with a screen door has a dining table for two and overlooks the koi ponds and stream. You can feed the fish and relax under the bamboo. Inside, you will enjoy photos of the author with Mary Martin and Rogers and Hamerstien working on the musical "South Pacific" based on his epic "TALES OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC" .

  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $159 - $159

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Location Type

Downtown, Island, Oceanview, Small town, Tropical

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Waterfalls, Science Center / Planetarium, Botanical Gardens, Snorkeling, Hula Festivals, Lava Viewing, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Fax Machine, Fridge, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Telephone, VCR, Walk to mass transit, Wired internet , Tennis Courts (across Street), Private Decks

Room amenities

Air conditioning, Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Library, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Bicycles, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Kayaking, Whale Watching, Lava Watching, Farmers Market, Museums, Galleries, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 2pm
  • Check Out:: 11am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Yes
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: Yes The Lava Room only (Has a yard).
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Diners club, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: $25 per night deposit REQUIRED to hold reservation. Use our secure PAYPAL account to use your credit card OR mail check payable to Danny Miller 301 Ponahawai St., Hilo, HI 96720
  • Cancellations: Deposits are refundable if you notify us 30 days prior to your reservation. (A $25 cancellation fee will be deducted.) There is no charge to change or extend your reservation. If you cancel with less than a 30 day notice your deposit will be retuned only if we are able to re-book your room(s) after your notice of cancellation. If we can re-book your room(s) we will refund your deposit less a $25 cancellation fee.



Danny Miller and Matthew Potts

Languages spoken

English, French

Resident Pets

About the innkeepers

Danny, originally from Florida, moved to the Big Island in 2004 from Ojai, CA and is a documentary filmmaker. His most recent film, SEEDS OF HOPE was shown at the Smithsonian Institute and on PBS Hawaii and focuses on the importance of growing more local food on the islands. Matthew, originally from Kansas, has been living in Hawai'i since 1996 and has managed and opened Borders Bookstores across the globe, including opening and managing the Borders that was in Hilo

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  • Time Served: 8am - 9am
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian

Signature Dish

Danny's French Toast