This 12-story, thoroughly renovated oceanfront hotel with wonderful views of Hilo Bay has declared itself “the home of hula.” Renowned photographer Kim Taylor Reese’s images of hula dancers hang on virtually every wall, high-definition video of the “Merrie Monarch” hula competition plays in the new, open-air lobby, with a central bar. Hula Hulas poolside restaurant offers locally sourced dishes, live music, and hula. The refurbished rooms (most 312–330 sq. ft.) sport marble bathrooms and floors, flatscreen TVs, and triple-sheet white bedding; some suites (660 sq. feet) include kitchenettes, while corner rooms with wrap-around lanais offer sweeping vistas. Rent a kayak or paddleboard, or book a zipline, helicopter, or volcano excursion, at the KapohoKine Adventure Store, which includes a small market. Room rates include a free round at the 9-hole Naniloa Golf Course.
- Jeanne Cooper