The name and look have changed several times over the years, but this excellently priced resort overlooking Keauhou Bay and the ocean just keeps getting better. Cultural expert and textile designer Sig Zane is behind the splashes of bright color and indigenous plant-inspired graphics, while signs and tours highlight the area’s rich cultural history. In addition to the sandy-bottomed pool, water slide, and kid-pleasing fountain play area, there’s a lounge just for teens, with Xbox, Wii, and table tennis. The vast majority of rooms have lanais, most with full or partial ocean views—all the better to ogle the manta rays that frequent this area. You can also spot rays from the lanai off Rays on the Bay, a vivacious restaurant/lounge with fire pits and tasty cocktails.
Note: Check online for specials to offset the $30 daily resort fee and $15 parking. Upgrade to the Club Level to enjoy the breakfast buffet and evening pupus with cocktails at Kaiulu Club Lounge.
- Jeanne Cooper