Fodor's Expert Review Lava Lodge at Hale Kilauea

19-4084 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI 96785

Located in the heart of Volcano Village, a charming community of artists and scientists near Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Lava Lodge offers a variety of accommodations throughout eight rooms that give you a good night of sleep while nestled amongst the Ohia rainforests of Volcano. The check-in process may be a little unconventional, but the staff is very friendly and helpful.

YOU SHOULD KNOW In general, Wi-Fi can be spotty in Volcano because of the availability of providers, but guests seem to have particular trouble here, so don’t plan to stream a lot of movies or get much work done.


There are eight different rooms on the property, ranging from the large cottage that can accommodate up to seven people to the standard suites that are simple and comfortable.


Bathrooms also vary, depending on the room.


Check-in is at the office at nearby True Value hardware store, with very friendly folks. After 5:30 p.m. check-in moves to Thai Thai restaurant.

Lava Lodge offers one of the earliest check-ins available on the island, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. If you need to check in late, be sure to make arrangements ahead of time.


Getting Around

You will need a car to reach your accommodations and get around the island.


A great spot for grab and go breakfast or lunch is Eagles Lighthouse Café (4-minute walk) for both standard lighter fare and more Hawaiian leaning dishes like a fried rice breakfast bowl. Keep things a little lighter at Café Ono (2-minute drive) where you can find health conscious fare in an old Hawaiian garden estate.


Go to Lava Lounge at the Kilauea Military Camp (8-minute drive) for no nonsense cocktails at great prices, as well as occasional live music. For a little more upbeat, but still laid back night life with live music, mostly Kona Brewery beers on tap and a standard bar full of liquor, Hilo Town Tavern (40-minute drive) is your best bet for rubbing elbows with locals at this semi-dive bar that has live music, sports on a few screens, and a couple of pool tables.


Recent updates have helped to make these accommodations more comfortable, and what’s more cozy than a cabin in the woods? Or in this case, a cabin in the rainforest. Its proximity to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and dining options is also a big plus.



Phones: (808) 967-8662

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