A charming old Craftsman home lovingly restored by a friendly and hospitable couple from North Carolina, the Hilo Honu offers quite a bit of variety. The Honu's Nest provides fantastic views of the sunrise from the comforts of a large bed. The larger Bali Hai Suite has a sitting room and a window seat that looks out on tree ferns, orchids, and anthuriums. Upstairs, the entire second floor is the Samurai Suite, furnished with traditional tatami mats and beautiful antiques imported from Japan. Breakfast is delicious and usually includes a variety of homemade baked goods. Every room has a fridge.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Toddlers and infants are not permitted in the Samurai Suite.
There are two suites and one room in this little B&B, two of which are decorated with cozy island décor. The Samurai Suite takes up the entire upper floor and the master bedroom is situated in a 10-tatami mat Japanese tearoom, giving this suite a distinctly different feel from the others.
The ambience and uniqueness, as well as the extra space, of the Samurai Suite are worth the additional price. You won’t regret choosing this room for your visit.
The Samurai Suite has a two person soaking tub, as well as a shower, while the Honu’s Nest and Bali Hai Suite have rainfall showers. Tile, mosaics, and simple décor accent these bathrooms.
There is no on-site restaurant, but your hosts provide a daily hot breakfast as part of your stay. There’s also a fridge in each room, so be sure to grab plenty of goodies from the Hilo Farmers Market to keep in there.
To get to and from the inn and on days that you’re just exploring in Hilo, ride shares and walking are possible. To explore the rest of the island you’ll need a rental car.
Try nearby Naung Mai (4 minute drive) for some really great, locally sourced Thai food, including a pumpkin curry that will blow your mind. Try your order Thai spicy…if you dare. Cool off after all that spiciness at Wilson’s by the Bay (4 minute drive) for some of the best of Hawaii’s famous shave ice.
Find a laid back (if a little pricey) sports bar at Cronies (4 minute drive) for a beer and to catch up on a late-night game. For higher end cocktails made with fresh, local ingredients, stop by Pineapple’s (5 minute drive) for pupus on their patio. Yes, they even have a cocktail served to you INSIDE a pineapple.
WHY WE LIKE IT
The B&B is roomy and comfy, but it’s the special warmth that hostess Gay brings to your visit that makes this place truly stand out. She is full of knowledge about Hawaiian history, culture, and is a hula dancer, which gives visitors an extra layer of experience during their stay.