Hale Kai Hawaii Bed & Breakfast

111 Honolii Place , Hilo, HI 96720-2203 USA (Show map)


The Hale Kai Hawaii Bed & Breakfast offers oceanfront accommodations at a spectacular location overlooking the blue Pacific and Hilo Bay. We are above the popular Honolii surfing beach in a quiet, peaceful area just 2 miles from Historic Hilo Town. Watch surfers, dolphins, and seasonal humpback whales while you enjoy a delicious breakfast. Selected by Frommer’s as a “4 Star Bed & Breakfast, One of the Best of Hawaii,” and “One of the Top 100 Bed & Breakfasts in the United States and Canada.” Four comfortable rooms are available, each with ocean view, private bath, Wi-Fi, cable TV, and access to swimming pool, hot tub, and lanai. Breakfasts include Big Island coffee, island fruits, juices, and breads, and special dishes such as coconut macadamia pancakes, feta cheese frittata, Portuguese sausage, mango-apricot scones, and more. A Common Room is available with refrigerator, microwave, books, magazines, and dining and touring information.



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  • Guest room4.8
  • Service5
  • Value4.9
  • Cleanliness4.9
  • Onsite Dining5

Excellent location & great breakfast!

5 on September 14, 2014

Lovely location with gentle breezes and the sound of frogs every night. Breakfasts were unique and delicious. Each morning our host offered travel tips and answer questions. Rooms are tidy and charming. I'd gladly stay again as. Hilo is a great spot to visit all the eastern side major sights - volcano, botanical gardens, waterfalls, beaches at the south, lava tubes, etc.

Mea Hou¿oli (Many Pleasures)

5 on May 02, 2014

Be advised that in my review, I am not comparing this B& B experience with our experiences at self contained resorts. For example, on Maui our favorites are, in no particular order, Grand Wailea, Sheraton, Hyatt, Kea Lani, Westin, Marriott, KBH, Ritz. Even the Maui resorts I listed are different. Most likely, B&B¿s are all different and there might be other B&B¿s that you might like better for your own reasons. This was our first experience with a B&B. This was also our first time in Hilo. We usually go to Maui or to the Kona side of Moku Nui (Big Island) several times a year. Therefore, I cannot make comparisons to other B&B¿s. We didn¿t know what to expect from a B&B but thought it was going to be like being a guest in somone¿s house but it turns out we were more like ¿ohana (family). Ric and Maria are very ho¿okipa (hospitable) and gave much aloha. Even the other guests gave a lot of aloha. Ric and Maria and the other guests were a wealth of infomation and stories. Staying at this B&B was one of the memorable highlights of our trip. You may not like having ¿aina kakahiaka (breakfast) with other guests but in our experience the other guests were like ¿ohana. The sharing of stories and experiences was a great time for all. We eagerly looked forward to Maria¿s great breakfasts and discussion with the other guests every morning. Le¿ale¿a loa (great fun)! For us, the B&B experience is completely different than the resorts. We¿ll definitely come back to Hale Kai whenever we stay in Hilo but now we want to try B&B¿s on the other islands because the experience here was excellent. If you are expecting a resort experience, go to a resort. We give five stars in all categories (except fitness center-there isn¿t one, go to a resort). Malama pono a me maika¿i mau puni hele, Kahiau and Maleka

We loved it. Will definitely be back.

5 on September 09, 2012

We love that our room looked right out on the water. Listening to the surf while enjoying a glass of wine on the lanai was just what we needed to relax during our three day stay in Hilo. We stayed in the Bamboo room and just loved it. Very spacious, super clean, decorated with a fun "bamboo theme", with what looked like a new walk-in shower with sort of a natural rock theme. The room opens to a "common room", which has a refrigerator, microwave (I think...), wine glasses and the like. The king bed is very comfortable. You can open vents that face the water and listen to the surf as you fall asleep. Ric served us three excellent breakfasts on the spacious upstairs deck, which has a great view straight out to the ocean, to Hilo bay off the the right, and of the local surf spot which looks to be only a couple of hundred yards away. Ric also shared a lot of great information about what to see and do in the Hilo area--he has excellent local knowledge and has written up a very useful information sheet with some key things to see and do--all of his recommendations were spot-on. In summary: great location; gracious hosts; spacious, clean, comfortable room, great breakfast with a dynamite view--for the price it's hard to imagine how you could do better. Great job Ric and Maria! We'll be back whenever we travel to Hilo. Mike and Nancy

THE place to stay in HIlo, HI

5 on January 31, 2011

This quiet B and B serves a very nice breakfast complete with whalewatching and advice for how to fill your day suited to your tastes. The This was our second stay in just under a year and we plan on returning again someday. Close to the town of Hilo, but off the beaten path it was a tranquil respite from the tourist bustle!

Amazing view!

5 on January 01, 2011

After an unpleasant experience at another place forced us to leave a night early, we were lucky enough to get a last-minute booking for the Bamboo Room at Hale Kai for one night. From the minute we pulled into the property, we knew we'd made a good choice- the grounds and house are gorgeous. There are so many different kinds of flowers in the yard, and when you go down the little steps to the rooms, the view of the water is breathtaking (this is also the view from the rooms)! I would highly recommend the Bamboo Room specifically because it is at the far end of the house and your "private" section of patio is truly private (i.e. you won't have anyone walking past it). The house is full of beautiful details as Rick is a photographer & geologist and Maria does amazing stained glass work. Breakfast was more than we could have asked for, with crazy good macadamia pancakes and lots of different fruits. Maria even thoughtfully asked us the night before whether we are vegetarians (we both are), so she could plan breakfast accordingly. I would definitely stay at this place again and recommend it without hesitation.

Superb breakfasts in a magnificent setting-out of this world!

4.8 on February 14, 2010

The hosts, Rick and Maria made us very welcome. The breakfasts were superb, served on the lanai overlooking the bay, where we could enjoy the magnificent view and watch the whales as we ate. Rick had some very helpful suggestions as we planned our sightseeing trips. The room was beautifully clean and well equipped and we were able to relax and do our own thing. We would love to return to this piece of paradise!

The perfect place to stay in Hilo!

5 on February 06, 2010

The Hale Kai Hawaii has it all! A nice location on a quiet cul-de-sac about three miles from the center of Hilo, directly on the bay, with a great view. The rooms are spacious (especially the Moana room), and well-maintained. Each room has a lanai, the perfect spot for whale-watching. The TV cable is good, and the WiFi is free and fast. The pool is small, but refreshing, and the hot tub is always fired up. But the real high point occurs every morning at breakfast - fresh fruit, various kinds of frittatas (the feta cheese frittata was my personal favorite), coconut and macadamia nut pancakes, several varieties of sausage, home-made muffins, mango apricot scones, etc. Make sure you stay at least several days, so that you get to sample all of the goodies! I spent eleven nights there, and was ready to move in, permanently.

Winter getaway

4.6 on September 17, 2007

Maria's breakfasts are really out of this world. View from the pool and lanai are what memories are made of. We really can't recommend this BnB too much... it is fantastic.

best B & B Hilo

5 on April 11, 2007

My wife and friends stayed there and were amazed with the accomidations, views and hospitality. A PERFECT 10

Stay here!!!

4.8 on January 05, 2007

Choices are limited in Hilo so put Hale Kai Hawaii at the top of your list. Better yet don't make a list. just book it. Maria and Ricardo are gracious hosts. Breakfast is fabulous. Views from the room are spectacular. We stayed in the Bamboo room which was charming and very roomy. Certainly we would stay there again!!

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Rooms & Rates

Heritage Room

Queen bed with sliding door to lanai, private bath, WiFi, and cable TV.

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

Nightly Rate: $169 - $169

Bamboo Room

Large room with bamboo-lined walls, king bed, large picture windows, small table and chairs, desk, access to lanai, private bath, WiFi, and cable TV.

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

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

Moana Room

Large room with king bed, small table and chairs, desk, sliding door to lanai, picture window, private bath, WiFi, and cable TV.

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

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

Pele Suite

Bedroom with king bed, living room with small couch, dining table and chairs, kitchenette (microwave, refrigerator, sink, two-burner hot plate, coffee maker, dishes, pots and pans), sliding door to lanai, private bath, WiFi, and cable TV.

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

Nightly Rate: $179 - $179

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Location Type

Island, Oceanview, Tropical


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 5 miles

Directions to property:

From Hilo Airport - Turn right onto Highway 11, turn left at next light (Highway 19, Kamehameha Avenue), follow Highway 19 through Downtown Hilo, shortly after Mile Marker 4 go over long highway bridge. Immediately after bridge turn right onto Paukaa Drive, then quickly right onto Honolii Place. Hale Kai Hawaii is the sixth house on the ocean side at 111 Honolii Place. (See our website for detailed map to Hale Kai Hawaii.) From Kona - Take Highway 19 through Waimea and head south along the Hamakua Coast. Watch for mile markers on ocean side of highway. Immediately after Mile Marker 5 turn left onto Paukaa Drive, then quickly right onto Honolii Place. Hale Kai Hawaii is oceanside at 111 Honolii Place. (See our website for detailed map to Hale Kai Hawaii.)

Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Ocean, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Waterfalls, Waipio Valley,, Mauna Kea Observatories, Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden, Tide pools, Lyman Museum, Tsunami Museum, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Ruins, Ski area, Winery, Zoo

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Inn Details

On-site amenities

Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Library, Telephone , Fridge and Microwave in Common Room, Dining and Touring Information, Wi-Fi, High-Speed Internet Access, Swimming Pool, and Hot Tub.

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Private entrance, Radio, Satellite/Cable TV, Wi-Fi

On-site activities

Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Surfing, Surfing lessons (with advance notice), Snow boarding and downhill skiiing on Mauna Kea, Massage, Boogy boarding, Snorkeling, Scuba, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Water sports

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  • Check In:: 3 to 6 p.m.
  • Check Out:: 11 a.m.
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: No Smoke-Free Property
  • Drinking Allowed: Outside only
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited
  • Childcare Provided: No
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No
  • Disabled Access No

Terms and Conditions

  • Minimum Stay: Advanced reservations require 2 night minimum stay.
  • Accepted payments AMEX, VISA, Discover, Mastercard, Personal checks, Travelers checks, Cash
  • Deposit Amount Required: A deposit of 50% of your stay is required when making reservations.
  • Cancellations: Refund of deposit less $25 handling fee if notified 30 days prior to arrival. Thereafter, refund less handling fee if room is re-booked. Cancellations received less than 30 days prior to arrival and no-shows are responsible for full balance of reservation.
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Maria Macias and Ricardo Zepeda

Languages spoken


Resident Pets

Cats , Dogs

About the innkeepers

Your hosts at Hale Kai Hawaii are Maria and Ricardo, both casual and informative, who will direct you to the local sights, points of interest, restaurants, and more. Maria is a gourmet cook and landscape designer. Ricardo is a photographer and geologist.

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  • Time Served: 8 a.m.
  • Serving Location: Upper Lanai

Signature Dish

Hawaiian sweetbread baked French toast
So, so delicious.

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