Kamuela Inn

Kamuela Inn

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4.5
#1 of 3 hotels in Waimea
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
3.9 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.1 of 5 bubbles
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Kamuela Inn is rustic-chic hotel with Paniolo vibes in the heart of the ranching town of Waimea. Don't be mistaken with the Waimea on the island of Kauai, we are located on the island of Hawaii, so please book the right island. Located just a 45-minute drive from the Ellison Onizuka Airport in Kailua-Kona, and hour's drive from the Hilo Airport, Kamuela Inn serves as a great spot for visiting all that the island has to offer. Serving a daily complimentary breakfast, our guests start their day off right with a delicious selection of pastries, breads, cereals, oatmeal, fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, hot meat dishes and of course, the coffee and juices. Guests also can't stop raving about their beautiful night's sleep on our pillowtop beds and allergen free pillows, while cozying up in our spa quality Comfy sheets. There's just too much to share. Just come and visit us and see for yourself! (Please note: 6 brand new guest rooms will be added to our inventory in Spring 2024)
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Wifi
Free breakfast
Breakfast buffet
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Laundry service
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Room features
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Refrigerator
Flatscreen TV
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL STYLE
Quiet
Languages Spoken
English

Location

65-1300 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 63 out of 100
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4.5 of 5 bubbles896 reviews
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Kamuela Inn delights guests with its well-maintained rooms and cleanliness, from the tidy grounds to daily housekeeping. Many travelers enjoy the central location, making it a convenient base for island exploration, though better signage could enhance the experience. The hotel's atmosphere receives praise for its tasteful decor and festive touches, creating a comfortable ambiance. While some find the Inn pricey, the value is bolstered by the inclusion of a varied and quality complimentary breakfast. The friendly staff and their attentive service also consistently earn rave reviews from visitors.
Location
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Atmosphere
Inviting
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Comfortable
Value
Pricey
Cleanliness
Spotless
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Well-appointed

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northstarvalerie wrote a review Mar 2023
Portland, Oregon140 contributions57 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
This was a last-minute stay as we had planned to stay with family, but our granddaughter was suddenly sick. The staff was wonderful in hosting us in the last room. The room is actually more like a little suite as the sleeping area is sectioned off from the cozy front room. The bed was comfie, the amenities nice, and the full buffet breakfast delicious. We enjoyed our two-night stay and though we didn’t use the little kitchen area with fridge, we would have found it suited our needs. This is a small remodeled property on grounds lovingly tended. I swooned on seeing the gardenia hedge, and it was fun to take a quick walk around their section of Waimea. We didn’t spend much time in our room as we spent the days at the beach
It isn’t meant to be a big gleaming resort—therefore the aloha spirit abounded in a special welcome. Mahalo!
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Date of stay: January 2023Trip type: Travelled with family
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Mar 15, 2023
Aloha northstarvalerie, I'm so sorry your granddaughter fell ill and you couldn't stay with ohana. It sounds like you made the most of it and gave usa a very wonderful 5-bubble review! Mahalo nui loa! We have to say, our gardenias are amazing. They have not stopped blooming. We welcome guests all the time to pick our flowers and adorn themselves or guestrooms with it. You should see when the akulikuli are in bloom, WOW! Perhaps you will continue to consider Kamuela Inn when visiting ohana. We will always welcome you with aloha! A hui hou!
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williamhussey2020 wrote a review May 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed for our 15 year Anniversary. When we got to this beautiful inn. Check in was fast and we were suprised with a free upgrade to an Executive suite. Our family truly appreciate the upgrade its exactly what we Needed as we plan ro stay on a pullout and our 2 girls on a twin bed for the kitcheneete room. So we were so happy to have our own bed and a living room. My hisband and i was able to have our kids be in there own space while my hisband and i enjoyed spending time with eachother for our Anniversary. I recommend the Executive suite. The kitchen is clean and well oeganized also came with dish soap and sponges. Dinning room and living room and rooms is very clean. Breakfast was so ono! It was just icing on a cake for us. Everyone is so sweet and helpful to any questions we had.House keeping would always check on is everyday to see if we needed anything!
Laundary room is clean and is up todate on washers and dryers.felt at home.

If there was one thing i had to say is the Bathrooms are veeerrrryy clean but it did have a huge amount of hair on the both bathroom hair very long hair around the backside of tub We absoluetly love our stay and will come back every Anniversary. We truly appreciate everything
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Date of stay: May 2020
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Jun 2, 2020
Aloha, We were happy to upgrade you for a very special occasion, and glad the girls enjoyed their stay as well. Mahalo too for sharing about our areas that need upkeep. We'll be sure to address that issue as part of ways to improve. Again, Happy Anniversary and mahalo nui loa for choosing to stay at Kamuela Inn.
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peraltas161 wrote a review Dec 2020
Hilo, Hawaii1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aloha, friendly, calm, and an atmosphere of peace and relaxation. Even the grounds keeper was able to share a kind word or two. Decor was/is pleasant, appropriate, without going overboard.
Breakfast was always something to look forward to. Our third stay at Kamuela Inn, Love it.
One thing: floor felt “dusty”. As locals, we take our slippers & shoes off when entering a room or house. But the floor felt dusty, a little gritty, so my son kept his socks on and my wife and I kept our slippers on. But, other than that, great stay, great trip, three days and two nights. Spent Thanksgiving in Waimea, Thanksgiving Dinner was Fried chicken, rice, sweet potato salad, pumpkin pie and ice cream. No hassle, no worries, no work. Want to visit again in December.
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Dec 7, 2020
Aloha, It sounds like you had a delicious Thanksgiving dinner that would cause anyone to have a "Kanak Attack" after. YUMMY!!! We hope to see return in December as our Christmas lights are up and ready for your enjoyment. As for the dusty feeling floor, our apologies. We do like to leave guest room windows slightly ajar on the day of arrival to welcome in our fresh country air, but should have erred on the side of caution with the high winds we experienced that week. Our Waimea soil is so fine and rich in nutrients, it just goes everywhere when the makani is present. Auwe, our apologies, and mahalo for your understanding. Don't forget, our Stay Waimea Special is good until the end of 2020! See you soon. A hui hou!
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Mandelina wrote a review Feb 2020
13 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
We booked here and and it was the worst room of our trip. The hotel is primarily updated new rooms/furnishings...well we got the old original broken down section. I wish I could post pictures. The King room we got was nothing at all like the other rooms. Broken, old thrift store furniture w/o handles, tiny bathroom unlike at all other images, drab and just shockingly bad frankly. If you still book make absolutely certain you room is in the new wing or you will end up $150 shorter to sleep in what amounts to the smallest studio apartment you had 30 years ago.
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Date of stay: February 2020
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Aloha, I'm sorry you chose to book one of the older, cheaper, unrenovated rooms instead of one of the affordable and fully renovated rooms. Our website, and staff should you book by phone, clearly communicate the age and condition of these Superior rooms. I find it personally offensive that you would imply that we "bait and switch" our guests. There are only 6 of these rooms left to be renovated out of our 30-room property. Booking one of our fully renovated rooms for $30 more per night could have easily avoided any disappointment. Yes, our older Superior Rooms were built in the early 1960's and are currently scheduled to be demolished later this year. This information and photos are clearly stated on our website. We keep these older rooms clean, have new comfortable beds, fresh linens and have had minor upgrades like free in-room high speed wi-fi, black out curtains and new 42" smart televisions. We actually have several guests who prefer these older rooms, not only for pricing, but especially for the nostalgic simpleness it provides. May I suggest next time, rather than bringing your complaint to the mass public, that you do what is more appreciated and productive, speak to staff or management to see if there could have been options to your current situation and perhaps offered you a satisfactory alternative instead. We pride ourselves on our clean rooms, friendly staff and aloha spirit, always with the goal and objective to have guests leave happy and satisfied with their stay. The Spirit of Aloha goes a long way here in Hawaii, especially at Kamuela Inn. Mahalo nui.
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Kaumanamom wrote a review May 2021
Hilo, Hawaii29 contributions10 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Kamuela Inn is the best bang for your buck on the Big Island. The newly decorated rooms have a tasteful upcountry aesthetic, they are clean and the pillows, sheets and towels are super comfy. The complimentary breakfast is very generous and can be enjoyed on one of the many patio tables around the property.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled on business
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Jun 7, 2021
Aloha, Thank you for sharing about your recent stay at Kamuela Inn. We have been listening to guests and have recently purchased 4 additional picnic tables and umbrellas for the front lawn. Now there are more outdoor areas for enjoying our daily complimentary breakfast. The new umbrellas also have solar-powered LED lights for sharing an evening cocktail or two. We hope you can visit again as we continue to improve and make your stay even more enjoyable. Mahalo nui loa!
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john b wrote a review Jan 2021
6 contributions4 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Perfect location just off the main road, recently updated rooms very quiet and comfortable. First class service by all the staff. We stayed in room 19 on the second floor, which was very convenient to all guest amenity spaces and lobby. Strongly recommend.
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Date of stay: January 2021
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: Enjoyed room 19. Second floor, convenient access to lobby and breakfast buffet. Quiet.
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Jan 25, 2021
Mahalo John, Thank you for recommending Kamuela Inn and for sharing about your recent stay. We hope your travels have brought you home safely and in good health. We look forward to seeing you again in the future. Best wishes! A hui hou!
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TMansinon wrote a review Nov 2020
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
With Covid 19 going on, we haven't been able to travel off island. To celebrate my husband's 50th birthday, we booked 2 nights at Kamuela Inn and 2 nights in Kona. We should have booked 4 nights at Kamuela Inn. It was such a nice stay. We loved the rooms and the peacefulness. Everything is so clean and beautiful. We loved grilling in the gazebo and the breakfast that you provided in the morning. No complaints here. We're already looking at dates to return there soon. Thank you for everything!
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Date of stay: November 2020
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Dec 7, 2020
Aloha, It was our pleasure to have you with us and look forward to your soon return. If you visit again in December, you'll be able to see our holiday decor and lights for all ages to enjoy! We look forward to welcoming you soon, or at the very least, how about staying for your birthday next time? Waimea welcomes you with open arms no matter the occasion. Until next time, a hui hou!
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Val O. wrote a review Mar 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Kamuela Inn is our go-to when we stay in Waimea. Easy access to the sunny west side of Hawai`i island, Kamuela Inn is the perfect home base to venture out from. It's conveniently located within walking distance to the Saturday farmer's market at Parker School and a variety of other markets and eateries. Just across the street from lovely Parker Square, we start our day with breakfast and strong coffee from the Waimea Coffee Co. if we choose to skip the continental breakfast the Inn provides. Just 15-20 minutes from a number of lovely beaches, the Inn is a wonderful place to return to after a day in the sun. The cool climate allows for comfortable stays and the prices are much better than the high prices of the nearby resorts.
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Date of stay: March 2021
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Apr 1, 2021
Aloha, Mahalo for your tips and suggestions for travelers seeking an upcountry experience in our beautiful town of Waimea. The countryside welcomes you and hope your travels have kept you safe and healthy. Please visit us again. A hui hou!
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HeleOn808 wrote a review Mar 2021
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
An unexpected staycation literally minutes away from home was a wonderful and relaxing experience. We had stayed at this Inn years ago way before the renovations and remodel, and let me tell
you, what a pleasant surprise! The accommodations were comfortable and well thought out, and we loved the homage to the Paniolo heritage of Waimea. We were lucky to get a spacious suite that had everything we needed for a small family dinner. The claw foot tub and huge walk-in showers were quite a hit with everyone! It was awesome to see that the complimentary toiletries were locally made right here on the Big Island, and they smelled divine! Visitors and Kama’aina will love this charming “hidden gem”, and we hope to be back again soon. Mahalo for a great memorable experience and stay!
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Apr 1, 2021
Aloha Lori, Glad you had a pleasant and memorable time with ohana and that everyone enjoyed the clawfoot tub. It is a favorite along with the Ola Body Products passion fruit body wash and coconut shampoo and conditioner. We love and aim to support local! Mahalo for staying with us and sharing about your experience. May your travels keep you safe and bring you back to us soon. A hui hou!
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Holoholots wrote a review Jul 2023
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
It was wonderful! We stayed in a studio, just me and my husband. The bed was so comfortable, it was so soft and the pillows were cushy too! They provide shampoo which smelled like coconut and the conditioner too. The Body wash was a passion fruit lilikoi essence that really captured the scent. The shower and bathroom are beautiful with natural stone covering the counter tops and shower bench and floor. They provide a complimentary breakfast that was delicious and filling. Hot breakfast is Eggs, sausage, and rice. There’s muffins and pastries, fruits and yogurt parfaits. They have oatmeal, dry cereal and provide all types of milk, from cow to a variety of nut milks. They have a coffee machine that makes you whatever you want. Its like a barista, from espresso shots to cappuccinos and hot chocolate. My husband loved the miso soup, which was perfect on this cool morning.
I do recommend to checkin during the daylight hours, it was difficult to find the driveway to the Inn at night since lighting on the Big Island is very limited. I think it has something to do with the regulations corresponding to the telescope.

5 stars!! Would highly recommend and I would definitely stay again.
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Date of stay: July 2023Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Response from Edlyn Carvalho, Innkeeper at Kamuela Inn
Responded Sep 1, 2023
Aloha, Wowzer, what a detailed review of your stay. You truly are a Holoholo Queen, showcasing all that Kamuela Inn has to offer, even a tip about finding us during the day. To answer your question, yes, Hawaii County has a light ordinance. Here is a thorough explaination shared by accessfixtures.com: Hawaii lighting ordinances can be confusing and hard to understand. Like many dark-sky friendly communities, lighting regulations in Hawaii County are designed to keep the night sky clear and the stars visible. In addition to preserving the rare natural beauty of the island, dark-sky friendly lighting allows astronomers at observatories like the W.M. Keck Observatory and Canada France Hawaii Telescopes on Mauna Kea to see astronomical bodies like stars and planets. Light pollution can obscure the views of telescopes and night-sky cameras and make it impossible for researchers to do their job. Though we can get into a political debate about whether or not the telescopes belong on Mauna Kea, we are thankful for the ordinance that keeps our skies dark. Next time you're visiting Hawai'i island, take notice of the stars above. It truly is magnificent! A hui hou!
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Answer from Mary Ann Pirone
32 contributions7 helpful votes
Sorry I deleted the pic due to I don’t enough storage on my phone but if you want my honest answer . For me it was very descent room simple with small fridge and tv but the most important for me is the cleanliness is out standing and I’m very particular with pillow case and and bed sheets are very clean and I can sure you with that. Dec.28, 2018 My son and I stay Room : 12 Superior (2 Twins) it’s not renovated yet the building because I believe there not done yet renovating but it was pretty clean got shower and very clean bathroom no fun but you don’t need it because Waimea weather are wonderful so you just have open window and feel the fresh air breeze . The room is simple but comfortable and very clean. The pic I’m going to share is the building tru the end left corner that we’re not renovate yet but still I can say it pretty descent place and even there renovated rooms the price is not really bad especially you’re in a tourist spot town.
Answer from patkpoimen
Kapolei, Hawaii1 contribution
Sorry, no, I stayed in one of the renovated rooms.
Frenchgirl wrote a tip Apr 2024
Swanzey, New Hampshire322 contributions75 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"If you are a light sleeper, beware the rooster, who really needs to get a watch! (Crowed all night). Also, the driveway is hidden."
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Bluenose934 wrote a tip Mar 2024
Newton, Massachusetts41 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Don’t expect a resort environment. No pool, not a ton of amenities but they offer kitchenettes and a washer and dryer."
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hiloboy wrote a tip Mar 2024
Honolulu, Hi63 contributions16 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
"Ground floor rooms for convenience. Second floor room for a tad bit more quiet and privacy. Bring earbuds and checkout on time."
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Fearless66930716068 wrote a tip Jan 2024
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"A bit hard to find. It's up a skinny road behind another building."
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proud-working-mom wrote a tip Apr 2023
San Jose, Calif.1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Would be great for intimate destination wedding / family reunion. "
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kamuela Inn
Which popular attractions are close to Kamuela Inn?
Nearby attractions include Paniolo BBQ Dinner At Kahua Ranch (0.7 km), Parker Ranch (0.7 km), and W.M. Keck Observatory (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kamuela Inn?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free breakfast, and free parking.
What food & drink options are available at Kamuela Inn?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast during their stay.
Is parking available at Kamuela Inn?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kamuela Inn?
Conveniently located restaurants include Hawaiian Style Cafe, Merriman's Waimea Big Island, and Village Burger.
Are there any historical sites close to Kamuela Inn?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Anna Ranch Heritage Center (1.4 km) and Historic Spencer House (0.9 km).