This landmark hotel by Kailua Pier highlights Kona's rich history, whether on the grounds where King Kamehameha I spent his final years or in the jazzed-up lobby, which displays an impressive array of historical Hawaiian artifacts. The hotel has the state's largest collection of Herb Kane artwork, a cache of billfish trophies, and an authentic koa canoe. Rooms include sliding plantation-shutter screens and carved wood furnishings in Polynesian motifs. The open-air Honu's on the Beach is adjacent to Kamakahonu Bay and Ahuena Heiau, site of the first capital of the Hawaiian Kingdom. Amenities abound, from water sports to a fitness center to a spa. The lobby's plush business library provides complimentary computer use and private seating enclaves with flat-screen TVs. Centrally located, the hotel is an easy walk to downtown Kailua attractions. Granted, many of the rooms offer only partial ocean views, but this hotel offers good vibrations and authentic local hospitality—all for less than the price of a Kohala Coast resort.
75-5660 Palani Rd., Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, 96740, USA