Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast

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


As we are about to begin our 8th 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

Comfy and Neat Style

4.8 on October 16, 2016

We were welcomed by Carolina and settled in to a nice room with a covered deck overlooking a joint pond. It is walking distance from the Farmers Market and shops in the downtown. The breakfasts were lovely and the covered decks and common spaces were comfortable--felt you were visiting a friends home (with a fun and well put together decor).

Handy location

4.2 on September 23, 2016

We stayed in the lava room very comfortable but could have a better fan maybe a ceiling fan. Easy to walk to restaurants for dinner and not far to drive to volcanoes national park.

Charming and convenient

4.8 on September 05, 2016

A lovely cottage thoughtfully updated into a comfy B&B, a short walk from the cool downtown waterfront of Hilo. We had the spacious James Michener room with its spacious bathroom and private lanai overlooking a narrow, walled tropical garden with koi pond and frogs. The frogs can be a tad noisy at night. Guests have free use of the kitchen and a washer and dryer. We had a very early departure well before the stated breakfast hours, but they left a generous bowl of fruit in the fridge with yogurt, a coffeemaker primed to brew at the push of a button, English muffins ready to toast for the provided preserves. We look forward to returning when we can extend our stay.

Jungle Farmhouse was SO COOL!

5 on August 30, 2016

We stayed at the Jungle Farmhouse in August 2016 - a single family home on 3 acres outside of Pahoa, run by the guys who operate Hilo Bay Hale. It was retro-gorgeous and we felt like we were locals. Less than 3 minutes by car to downtown Pahoa which had coffee shops and restaurants if you didn't want to cook using the farm fresh eggs and fruit grown right outside your door. Danny and Matthew were fabulous hosts and so were the chickens, ducks, goats and pot bellied pig! Highly recommend for anyone who likes something different. One downfall - solar heat meant cold showers, although the kitchen tap was hot.

Highly recommend

4.8 on May 29, 2016

Had a wonderful stay here! Great location, beautiful decor, and Matthew was super helpful and knowledgable about the area!

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.

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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: 2
  • 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: 2
  • 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


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 2 miles

Directions to property:

We are located in the center of Hilo town, about 2 miles from the HILO airport.

Area Attractions

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

Inn Details

Establishment type

Historic Inn

On-site amenities

Board games, CD player, Coffee/Tea facilities, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Desk, Fax Machine, Fridge, Hairdryer, Ironing Board, Kitchenette, Library, Microwave, Movie library, Outdoor grilling, Parking, Radio, Telephone, VCR, Walk to mass transit , Tennis Courts (across Street), Private Decks

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Ceiling fans, Private entrance, Satellite/Cable TV, TV, Videos, Washer/dryer, Wi-Fi, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bird watching

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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