I'd stayed near Puna on my last trip to the Big Island so wanted to base myself here again for proximity to Volcano National Park. I had read all the reviews and still felt this was where I wanted to stay and for me, it was great.
Tory and her husband were away during my visit but the caretakers, a local couple, were friendly, accommodating and lots of fun to talk to---full of local knowledge, stories and advice. This part of the island really is on the coconut telegraph, believe me! I met one couple at the local beach and they said, "Oh, you must be the one staying down to Tory's place!"
Yes, the inn is right on the ocean so yes, mildew is a way of life. I carry Febreze with me when I travel so that was a no brainer. I also carry water, at least two bottles, so I didn't die of thirst, either ;-) Yes, it is not a five star Sonoma style inn, but that's not what I wanted. For me, it was perfect---a place to unwind and imagine what Hawaii used to be like.
The setting is a stunner---right on a low black lava pali with the Pacific almost in arm's reach. My first afternoon, I was summoned by the folks staying at the rental home next door to see a school of honu feeding just under the cliff!!! Turns out the turtles are there every afternoon. What a treat.
The inn is in a rural setting, yes. Out of the way, yes. Minimal, yes (no tv here, though i sat up in the lounge one evening and read and listened to music). But if you would like that, it is a great choice. I spent my time viewing the lava at night nearby (at the end of HWY 130, it's open for this) and hiking in Volcano National Park. I ate in Pahoa town both nights and had no problem finding an internet cafe to check in online. It's about a 20 minute drive, to be accurate, but it was on my way.
The lap pool was a welcome addition and I used it every day. Sunrises over the Pacific (I am used to Pacific sunsets) were spectacular. And my first night, I got back from dinner and wandered onto the deck to sit and just talk to the full moon (well, not really, but you get the idea). I sat out there for about three hours, just listening to the waves and enjoying the stillness. And for me, that was just the ticket.
It may not be everyone's cup of tea but I enjoyed my stay at K'ia i K'ai very much.
- Also Known As:
- Kia'i Kai Bed And Breakfast Keaau, Hawaii