Hilo Bay Hale Bed and Breakfast

301 Ponahawai St , Hilo, HI 96720 USA (Show map)
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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. Stay for at least two nights and your nightly rate is just $129.




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

Very good

5 on September 24, 2017

During our trip to Big Island we wished to live some days in a typical Hawaiian house and we have been totally satisfied: our room (Lava Room) was big, clean, surrounded by trees, we remeber the kindness of the owner, breakfast in the lanai and the warm atmosphere of the kitchen! (and we could also park the car inside the yard)

Beautiful Gem in Hilo

4.8 on September 11, 2017

This is an amazing place to stay in Hilo. Very peaceful, with a small creek flowing through the backyard. Walkable to downtown and easy access to things nearby Hilo. Very friendly and accommodating hosts.

Da KINE BnB in Hilo!

5 on August 12, 2017

Great location. Beautiful building and gardens. Outstanding, different breakfast every day. Delightful staff. Highly recommend.

Found this last minute and got really lucky

4.4 on August 06, 2017

We booked an Airbnb that was not what it was advertised, so we scrambled for a couple nights stay and found the hill bay hale . Our room was charming, old Hawaii, clean, and had a private deck overlooking a landscaped backyard with a stream and koi pond. what a value being right in town, and we got this great breakfast that Micheal made to boot!

Loved Hilo Bay Hale!

5 on June 19, 2017

My husband and I only stayed here for one night (Lava Room) and we really loved it. We easily could have stayed there multiple nights if our travel plans had allowed it. The lava room is awesome, with a really unique bathroom. The backyard is a serene oasis and was a delightful surprise. Breakfast was personable and delicious, with a wide variety of options, including fresh fruit from the owner's farm. Truly a great place to stay (and close to the delicious Rainbow Bread at Low's International Food)!

Wonderful B&B!

5 on May 16, 2017

We stayed two nights at Hilo Bay Hale B&B and loved it! Matthew was so welcoming and hospitable, the house is charming, our room (Lava) is beautiful and cool. Walking distance to everything - farmer's market, museums, restaurants. Everything delightful.

Wonderful B&B!

5 on May 08, 2017

We stayed two nights at Hilo Bay Hale B&B and it was wonderful. Matthew and Daniel are wonderful hosts, friendly and helpful, and the room (Lava) is beautiful. The location is very central, can walk to everything. We highly recommend Hilo Bay Hale, great choice for staying in Hilo.

Great hosts and convenient location in Hilo!!

5 on February 23, 2017

We really enjoyed our stay at Hilo Bay Hale! Matthew made amazing breakfasts for us and was a fantastic resource. The B&B was just a few blocks from downtown, easy walk to shops and restaurants. We made some new friends there as well. We will definitely stay there next time we are on the Big Island.

First vsit to Hilo

5 on February 21, 2017

This was our first visit to Hilo. The location was convenient to everything that we were interested in doing. The room was immaculate and the breakfast was excellent. The hosts were very pleasant. We would stay here again at a future visit.

Had a fabulous time!

3.4 on February 10, 2017

We stayed at The Jungle Farmhouse for three nights in early February and really enjoyed it. The location is excellent, close to town but still isolated and quiet in a jungle like setting complete with farm animals. Full kitchen and laundry facilities if you need. Matthew and Danny helped us settle in and were available if needed. We especially enjoyed sitting out on the porch in the mornings and evenings. Nearest town Pahoa has several nice reasonably priced restaurants if you want to eat out - Kaleo, Paulo's Italian and Thai restaurant. Also, close to tide pools for snorkling, warm pools, volcano and lava flow. Note: feedback form insisted on onsite dining score but there is no onsite dining.

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Rooms & Rates

Lava Room

The Lava Room is on the ground floor and features a King Size bed, air conditioning, sliding glass doors to private gardens, lava stone tile bathroom and rain shower and ceramic wood tile floor. 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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149


The BAY ROOM features a QUEEN BED with Beautyrest Hybrid Luxury Mattress, 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: $149 - $149


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" . The room has a ceiling and floor fan.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149


Enjoy your own private lanai (porch) overlooking the Koi ponds and water gardens. The Orchid room also features air conditioner, small refrigerator, queen bed and a large lava tile bath with a tub and shower.

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

Nightly Rate: $149 - $149

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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

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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.
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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

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