This historical hotel is a good option if you want to escape the touristy thing but still be close to the water and attractions like Kealakekua Bay and Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. Don't let the front TV room creep you out—you have not checked into an old folks' home. The place is authentic Old Hawaii, and the restaurant serves up great pork chops and island favorites. Dwight Manago—whose grandparents, Kinzo and Osame Manago, built the main building in 1917—has maintained one Japanese-style room with tatami mats and a furo, a traditional Japanese bath, and this is the room to book. The other rooms are nothing special, but they're clean, and those in the newer wing have great views high above the Kona Coast.
Guests in rooms with private bathrooms can check in as early as 1 p.m., one of the earliest check in times on the island.
There are 42 rooms with private bathrooms and 22 rooms with shared bathrooms, all at great nightly and weekly rates. Rooms are simple, with only sparse furnishings and no décor, but they are clean and comfortable.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Just keep in mind that it’s a budget hotel and that walls can be thin (bring earplugs) and there is no air conditioning. Knowing what you are getting before you go in will keep you from being disappointed.
Bathrooms are efficient and guests can choose between private or shared bathrooms (shared bathroom rooms come at significant savings, but the area can be a bit less clean than the other wing).
The lobby is fairly large and inviting, with a variety of toiletries and personal care items available for purchase.
We can’t stress enough that if it’s available, you should book the Japanese Room for a unique and lovely experience.
The restaurant at Manago is the crown jewel of the building. It claims to be the oldest restaurant on the island and serves up a simple, affordable breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu with lots of Hawaiian food options. The pork chops are a must try.
You will need a car to get to your hotel and around the island.
Broke da Mouth Grinds (25-minute drive) has tasty food that will give you your Hawaiian and Filipino food fix with favorites like loco moco, furikake chicken, and adobo fries. Umeke’s (24-minute drive) is the island favorite that you’ll want to check out if you’re a fan of poke and seafood – it’s loved by locals and visitors alike.
Bar hopping on Alii Drive (21-minute drive) includes Humpy’s, Laverne’s, and Ocean’s where you can grab a drink and enjoy some warm ocean air. The music gets loud and the dance floors are open on the weekends. The Big Island’s newest brewery, community-owned Ola Brewery (25-minute drive), offers brewery tours and tastes. Be sure to try the White Pineapple Cider!
WHY WE LIKE IT
Budget options are always important to have in every area, and we just love that this extremely affordable and simple lodging contains so much history and personality.