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“A Lovely Place with a nice Aloha Spirit”
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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Keaau, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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vmsam
Fremont, California
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Lovely Place with a nice Aloha Spirit”
Reviewed 22 October 2015 for a stay in October 2015

Mele Kai is a beautiful home with a lot of detailed architecture that we loved seeing throughout the house. Our boys are 14 & 11y.o. and it was great to have all 3 commodious bedrooms to relax in. It was also nice to have the Master Bedroom 2 floors above the kids' rooms (just nice to have space whilst on vacation). The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was due to the lack of air circulation. We may have just arrived in an inopportune time with the weather. It was very hot and humid. Even with the ceiling fans all on high and all windows and lanai sliding doors open, it was very hot and humid the first 3 days of our vacation. It did cool down a little on days 4 -6 and sleeping was much more comfortable. But, it was hot again on our last night. It doesn't seem to be a common thing to have a/c in the homes in Hilo which is why I state it might have been due to the weather that made things a bit more uncomfortable for us.

The photos on the website is just like it looks. It's beautiful!!! The lava where the foyer is built around is gorgeous and a nice element to the design of this house. The outdoor shower downstairs was fine. The laundry room downstairs is nice to have when beach towels have been used during the day.

The great room is very spacious and comfortable. We like to cook our own meals for breakfast and sit on the lanai to enjoy our meal. There was a pot that had a broken handle and it was hard to cook with it. So, we just went out and purchased one for the house. It just made things easier. According to the Welcome folder, they ask to not leave food outside so we just put everything in the fridge (plenty of room). We do know why though, living in a tropical environment brings bugs. There were a few cockroaches, but fortunately there were also a few geckos in the house and we were happy to see them there. They got rid of the pests. They never really bothered us other than occasional surprise with Mr. or Mrs. Gecko and a cockroach here or there.

The back of the house faces the ocean. There is a path called "Beach Rd" on Google maps. It's an unpaved road and within 100 steps from the back of the house to Beach Rd. It was a beautiful site to see the ocean. Unfortunately, it's quite a popular place for locals and the people who walk early in the morning. The locals go fishing there as well around 3 - 5:30p and the road can get quite busy which means it's not as private as one would think. We were okay with it for the most part unless a car would leave late at night and the headlights would shine straight into the Master Bedroom at around midnight or sometimes later. That combined with the roosters consistently crowing at 5:30am was a bit of an annoyance. Yes, there are wild roosters everywhere. They walk across the front of the house in the mornings and it's quite cute. However, we were waking up the first 2 days @ 5:30a.m. We did get used to them and I would wake up at 6:30a after an hour of crowing. I guess a slow, ambient, and natural alarm clock. The Coqui frogs are everywhere as well, but for some reason, we all loved their sounds. They never bothered us.

The Master Bathroom is stunning and very spacious as well. A well-thought out space. My only concern were the lack of curtains on the bay windows which look right into the shower. So, at night, you can be seen. I just put up towels. I'm a bit more conservative and don't care to have others see me taking a shower.

Getting there at night can be difficult because there are no street lights and it is very dark! Use your GPS if you arrive there when it's dark. The address says 1st Ave; however, the street sign is Akala (which is also 1st). So, a few U-turns here and there before we found it. We also started remembering landmarks. For example, the 3rd power pole or the 35 mph marker. Not easy to see at night. My other suggestion is to purchase your groceries first before heading to the house. It is about 30 min. outside Downtown Hilo. It is actually very easy to navigate once you realize where the house is the first time and see it during the day. You will get your bearings quite quickly.

The wifi is spotty and not very strong. If we needed to check in with the airlines, we just used our data on our phones. However, there are plenty of Starbuck's in town.

Overall, this place was a great vacation for my family and I. We enjoyed our stay.

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Liked best: the architecture of the house and closeness to the ocean.
Liked least: no a/c
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Gladpie
Encinitas, California
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2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Loved this home”
Reviewed 23 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

This house was wonderful! It was clean, well appointed with all the amenities you need. Your home away from home. The owners did a fantastic job decorating this home. Plenty of room to relax in the common areas and kitchen. The beds were comfortable and had no problems with the home. Juan was very helpful and it was very easy checking in and out. We will definitely stay here again when we visit Keaau.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Management Response
24 Sep 2015
We're so glad you enjoyed Mele Kai - we think its pretty special too. We look forward to seeing you again!
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Danno W
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Outstanding home with beautiful views of ocean”
Reviewed 7 January 2015 for a stay in December 2014
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Beautifully furnished home with all the amenities and terrific views of the ocean. Easily accommodated our family of 5 and plenty of room to host friends for dinner. This is a must rental if you want to stay near Hilo or Pahoa.

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Liked best: roominess of the home
Liked least: mattress in master bedroom was uncomfortable
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Families with young children Large groups
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