Ma'ukele Lodge

12-84 Anuenue Wawae Road , Kaimu, HI 96778 USA (Show map)


The Ma’ukele Lodge consists of three unique bedrooms with private baths and King and Queen sized beds, in a late 1960’s Hawaiian and Bohemian styled beach house. Kaimu literally means gathering (at the) sea (to watch surfing) or silent sea. It was a small town in the Puna district that is still designated as the most famous and photographed black sand beach in Hawaii. The beach, several great surf sites, and park were completely destroyed by an eruptive flow of the Kupaianaha vent of the Kilauea Volcano in 1990. It is fascinating to view the Lava flowing into the sea from the black sand beach that fronts the Lodge,when it is active and above ground. Through storms, Lava flows and high waves, the beach has changed its form, making one realize the dynamics and power of Nature that affects this still pristine coastline..Route 137, off of which Ma'ukele Lodge is located, has the unique feature of many hot springs and crystal clear snorkling spots with a large variety of fish, turtles, dolphins, and coral reefs. E komo mai..The lava viewing is spectacular from my beach!



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  • Guest room4.5
  • Service4.9
  • Value4.6
  • Cleanliness4.7
  • Onsite Dining4.7

Just great

5 on January 19, 2018

We had the time of our lives. Raven and Marc are the best hosts ever. They know about all the beautiful places in the area (liquid lava! Craters! Hot springs! Black beaches!) and make you feel very welcome at their beautiful lodge. When the missile attack warning turned out to be false alert, Marc played the ukulele to calm us all down. Thank you again for that very much :-)


5 on December 04, 2017

We stayed a few years back and still talk about it all the time. Great hostess. Amazing breakfast. Interesting area. We hope to stay here again.

Wonderful stay

4.6 on October 15, 2017

We had a great time on the Big Island At Ma'ukele Lodge. Raven and Mark were perfect hosts with lots of information for us to explore the island. A wonderful room and a great breakfast. A stones throw from the lave flow.

Our family's favorite place to stay in Hawaii

4.6 on July 27, 2017

Our family (2 adults, girl/boy 16/15) stayed in 5 places - resorts, inns, B&Bs - on our trip to Hawaii, and we all had this place as our favorite or runner-up. Knowing my family, that's saying something! Vacationing should relax you, and should allow you to do more than just "visit" a place; it should have you assume the rhythm and cadence of the area. No place did either of these as effectively as here. The Lodge is quirky and relaxing (we all slept best here, even without AC), and the innkeepers are all that and quite knowledgeable too - Mark is an encyclopedia of everything Big Island-related - and from the first night when they broke out the wine, they had us. They were a big reason why our trip was so successful. Sunrises on the short lava cliffs overlooking the beach - a short walk through their back yard - were not to be missed. The surfsound at this place was the best we experienced anywhere - not only the waves hitting the lava ledges, but tumbling the smooth lava stones as it receded... Perfect. Any place can provide lodging, but there are few places that truly actively help you to achieve what you came on vacation for... This is one of them. Mahalo Raven and Mark!

Magical place and hosts, oceanfront

5 on June 05, 2017

Rayven and Mark are great hosts full of information and pleasant discussions. They truly made us feel welcome, we even extended our stay. We stayed in the King Suite, which was clean and had so much character to the smallestdetail.

Amazing Hawaiian experience

4.6 on May 15, 2017

Ma'ukele Lodge was truly a unique and amazing experience...tropical, jungle-like, lava landscape, ocean view and access. Raven and Mark are such wonderful and welcoming hosts. We felt like friends as soon as we met them. We LOVE how they keep their home open all the time. Raven has done an amazing job of decorating, including the outdoor area with shower and tub. She is so generous with her guests, leaving them chocolates and drinks stocked in the frig. She makes an amazing breakfast at the most convenient time for her guests. Mark's knowledge of the area and history is so interesting. Truly kind and loving hosts. The location is so perfect...near the best snorkeling we've ever done, beautiful black sands beaches, hot ponds, the viewing of the volcano, and Uncle Roberts! Thank you Raven and Mark!


5 on May 15, 2017

This is a great place to stay to see lava flows and snorkeling with a close drive. Enjoy the open air rooms (no air conditioners a plus as no loud mechanical noises, only frogs), fun exploring lava beachfront, breakfast with ocean sounds and views. The breakfast is tops!!

Ein außergewöhliches Erlebnis

4.8 on May 13, 2016

Wir waren zuerst ein bisschen skeptisch aber was wir dann vorfanden und erlebten war wirklich außergewöhnlich. Angefangen von der Zimmereinrichtung über die Lage und nicht zuletzt die herausragende Freundlichkeit und den Superservice von Raven. Nichts, aber auch gar nichts fehlte. Raven erfüllte jeden Wunsch. Selbst wenn wir zum Frühstück Thunfisch essen wollten, wir hätten es nur vorher sagen müssen und sie hätte ihn frisch besorgt und zubereitet. Tolle Tipps für die Erkundung der Umgebung. Tolle Atmosphäre, alles offen, natürlich Türen und Fenster mit Fliegengitter zu. Keine Klimaanlage, was auch wirklich nicht nötig ist. Schon spannend abends die Natur zu erleben, den Regen prasseln zu hören, das Rauschen der Brandung. Auch das quaken der Frösche, was keineswegs störend ist. Wir sind trotzdem immer schnell eingeschlafen. Einfach naturnah und klasse. Wir können Raven und das Ma'ukele Lodge jedem nur wärmstens empfehlen. Wir waren zuerst ein 4 Tage auf der Kona Seite dann drei Tage bei Raven. Heute würden wir es umgekehrt machen und länger bei Raven bleiben. Bei Raven selbst sieht und spürt man noch, dass sie "ein Kind" der Flower Power Zeit ist.

Magical beach house stay with great hostess

4.8 on March 02, 2016

My husband and I stayed at Raven's place last week. She and Mark were amazing, warm, friendly and welcoming people who made us feel at home from the moment we stepped into the door, and had some great tips for us to explore the area. The house is right on the beach (although the now hardened lava flow took over most of the beach, but there is still some left to enjoy), surrounded by a lush tropical garden. I really loved Raven's decorating skills. The house feels very creative and bohemian. Every part of the house is thoughtfully decorated with an eclectic mix of colors, fabrics, and accessories brought from her travels, but still feels very balanced and put together. Raven was a great hostess. She made us yummy breakfasts in the morning, served on the lanai (deck), overlooking the garden and the ocean. We stayed in the Lava room, which was in the main house, so we shared the living space and deck with Raven and Mark, but had our own bathroom. If you prefer more privacy, ask for one of the other rooms. There's no airco (there's fans) or TV, but who needs that if you can watch the ocean :). Mahalo Raven, for a great stay! We will hopefully be back soon.

Hippie Paradise

4.6 on February 26, 2016

Raven was a fantastic host, and the room, including the outside shower and tub, were spotless and charming. Perhaps most dramatic was how a flow of pahoehoe lava went right down the beach beyond the back yard. It is a dramatic location.

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Rooms & Rates

Hawaiian Suite

Spacious Suite with King sized, Queen sized, and full sofa futon. Private entrance. private outdoor garden bath with clawfoot tub, Shower.Microwave, coffeemaker, refrigerator. The price listed is for 2 travelers, extra guest fees apply for parties larger than 2. Cleaning Fee will apply if there is excessive mess or damage left to rooms.

  • Maximum Capacity: 5
  • Bathroom Private Bath
  • Beds 1 King , 1 Queen , 1 Double

Nightly Rate: $135 - $145

Lava Room

Smaller Room with Kingsized bed and private blue tiled bath. Flat screen for movies and netflix. Very eclectic and cozy with birdseye view of Lava and sea. Cleaning Fee will apply if there is excessive mess or damage left to rooms.

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

Nightly Rate: $129 - $139

Ravens Nest

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  • Maximum Capacity: 2
  • Beds 1 Queen

Nightly Rate: $99 - $119

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Location Type

On Kaimu Beach, Countryside, Island, Oceanfront, Oceanview, Rainforest, Tropical, Waterview


Hilo, Hawaii (Big) Island, HI (ITO) 26 miles

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Area Attractions

Antique Shopping, Art Galleries, Beach, Concert venue, Eco-tourism, Extreme sports, Gourmet/Fine Dining, Historical interests, Live Music, Movie Theater, Museum, National/State parks, Nature area, Night life, Ocean, South Point- Green Sand Beach, Kehena Beach- clothing optional, Warm Thermal Ponds at Pohiki, Deep Sea Fishing from my beach, Kehena is 3 miles from Beach House, Follow my road-RR137- 12 miles, Outlet Stores, Performing Theater, Picnic area, Religious Services, River, Rodeo, Ruins, Sports venue, Tours, University, Vineyard, Winery, Zoo

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On-site amenities

Bike rental, Board games, CD player, Computer, Copier, DVD Player, Hairdryer, Hot tub/whirlpool tub, Ironing Board, Movie library, Sports equipment rental, VCR, Videos, Walk to mass transit, Washer/dryer, Wedding Facilities, Wi-Fi , Full Breakfast on Lanai, Special Meals Prepared on Request, Enjoy Cocktails on the Lanai -, New---Hot tub overlooking ocean

Room amenities

Alarm clock, Amenities Basket, Bath robes, Ceiling fans, Coffee/Tea facilities, Desk, Fridge, Library, Microwave, Private entrance, Turndown Service, Wired internet

On-site activities

Bicycle rental, Bicycle riding trails, Billiards, Bird watching, Boating, Canoeing, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking trails, Horseback riding, Hunting, Kayaking, Mountain Bike trails, Open Ocean Rafting, Swimming Pool In Pahoa Town, Can walk to Restaurant and Kava Bar-, Surfing, Instructor on site, Island Tour Guide on Site, Nature Walk / Learn Medicinal Plants, Sailing, Shopping, Sight-seeing, Swimming, Tennis courts, Tennis racket rental, Video Arcade, Water sports, Whitewater Rafting

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  • Check In:: 3pm/or arranged
  • Check Out:: 11 am
  • Open All Year Round: Yes
  • Smoking Allowed: Outside only
  • Drinking Allowed: Yes
  • Alcohol Provided No
  • Suitable For Children: Limited Parents of children are liable for damage.
  • Childcare Provided: Yes Service can be contacted for their convienience.
  • Guest Pets Allowed: No Two kitties parole the area ,and say meow to furry visitors
  • Disabled Access No

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Raven Slaughter

Languages spoken

some french, some japanese, Japanese experience, English, Japanese

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About the innkeepers

I am in class for Interior Design/ Architecture. My interests lie in the blending of cultural experiences by bringing people from all over the world through my doors. I live and work in one of the most beautiful spots on the planet, and love activities that relate to the ocean and hospitality with Hawaiian Spirit.

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  • Time Served: At customer's request
  • Serving Location: Breakfast/dining area, Dining Room, Guest room

Special meal options

Low fat , Restrictive , Vegetarian upon request

Signature Dish

Vegetarian Frittata, French Toast
Monte Cristo French Toast with homemade breads, and local fruits and jams. Egg Frittata with local potatoes, tomatoes, cheeses, and organic local eggs. Banana Pancakes Crepes with local fruit exotic fruits of the season and Island

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