First, I have to say that the owners are really very nice people. I just don't think they have quite captured the essence of running an inn. This is actually a B&B. Older large home with bedrooms converted to lodging rooms. We arrived to find a post-it on the door advising us which room was ours and nobody around. The owner showed up about an hour later. He was very nice and gave us hints about visiting the volcano at night. It was clean enough but the place needs updating. Carpets are old, blankets are worn - we just felt sort of creepy there and didn't even sleep well. We could hear other people talking in other rooms (All the doors are hollow core with marginal locks. House remains open all the time) but didn't actually see anyone around until the next morning at breakfast, where we met the other 9 guests. A large bottle of Suave shampoo and liquid soap covered the amenities in a shared bathroom. When I travel, I avoid hostels but that is more of what this was like. For the price, I expected much better. Breakfast was 1/2 a papaya with 1/4 banana and 2 grapes, fruit juice, coffee, part of a bearclaw, a 3" square baked omelet and potatoes. Not enough for any normal man but OK for us.
If you decide to stay here, the road in is very long and gets narrow at end. It's about 10 minutes north out of town in the jungle part of the area. It's out in the boonies.
I appreciated the owner mailing my jacket back to me after I left it in the room... I was surprised however, that after 6 days, he had not checked the closet in the room we had stayed in and says he didn't usually do that.
Because the owner are so nice, I am inclined to give this a 2.5 star. I just won't be going back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Halana Hale is a unique and private Vacation Rental home located in Volcano, Hawaii. Situated on 60 acres of pristine tropical rain forest, that is a Certified Wildlife Habitat. This is a wonderful place to stay while exploring Hawaii and the picturesque Volcano area including the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Big Island's number one attraction. The Punaluu Black Sand Beach is just 35 minutes away where sea turtles bask in the sun. Atkatsuka Orchids offers free admission and will ship orchid plants back home for you. The Punaluu Bakery in Naalehu is the southern-most bakery in the USA and has a lovely garden and gazebos where you can enjoy a lunch from their cafe. All the rooms at Halana Hale have ensuite bathrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Halana Hale Volcano, Hawaii