There is so much to say about the Kona Tiki. It was definitely one of the more memorable places I have ever stayed and I would certainly return. What a bargain. Great location, walking distance to town and Lava Java, practically in the ocean. Yes, it's somewhat outdated, but it only gave it more character.
We went to Hawaii with a group of friends to do a 1/2 ironman, and our friends all stayed at fancy $300 night resorts up to coast. But when we decided to have them all over for a BBQ at the Kona Tiki our last night in Kona, I think secretly they were all a little jealous.
This place is full of character from the interesting people you end up meeting by the common pool area while watching the sunset, to the nightly tiki torch ceremony, to the quirky property managers and reservation system. You have to call and then mail in a check ahead of time with a deposit of $300, but then are still expected to pay up the remaining balance immediately upon arrival. We didn't have cash on us and didn't really understand why it was such a priority when we owed less than $100 and were staying for 4 nights....Anyway, it ended up just adding to the quirkiness of the place.
Be warned that it really is oceanfront, which means you will hear waves all night long. I love that, but people who might have a hard time sleeping may want to bring ear plugs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel only 20 feet from the ocean. The Kona Tiki Hotel is the only hotel in Kona where every room is oceanfront! Every room has a private lanai overlooking the ocean. Room rates include a continental breakfast every morning on the terrace. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Kona Tiki Kailua
- Hotel Kona Tiki
- Kona Tiki Hotel Hawaii/Kailua-Kona