You won’t find large hotels or condominiums in quiet Kilauea. Accommodations here are limited to vacation rentals and small cottages, which maintains the country feel. Staying in Kilauea is convenient and enables guests to be very close to everything the north shore has to offer, but be within a shorter driving distance to the other sides of the island.
Kilauea Accommodations Under $100
Enjoy the scent of citrus at Green Acres Cottages (5-0421 Kuhio Hwy., 808/651-6173 or 866/484-6347, $75-90), where three freestanding studios (no shared walls) are nestled among 300 citrus trees. Each studio has a queen-size bed with a kitchenette, wireless Internet, cable TV, and barbecue supplies, as well as access to beach gear and a shared hot tub. You’ll find complimentary danishes, coffee, and teas inside and can help yourself to picking fruit on-site. They don’t charge cleaning fees, and two of the cottages (16 by 20 feet) both sleep two for $75 per night while the third cottage (around 500 square feet) sleeps up to four for $90 a night.
Kilauea Accommodations From $100-200
Self-proclaimed ecotourism destination North Country Farms (808/828-1513, $160), located just east of Kilauea, offers two cottages on a four-acre farm. A stay on the farm enables guests to stroll the land and pick fruit to eat and flowers to enjoy. Both cottages are cute, clean, and decently priced for the north shore. There is a $95 cleaning fee, a preferred three-night minimum, and children under 18 stay free and are welcome.
Cozy up near the fireplace at the Bamboo at Kalihiwai (808/828-0812, $200), a one-bedroom just east of Kilauea that is located above the owner’s home. Private facilities are offered, and it’s a short walk to the beaches, with ponds and a waterfall in the lush yard. The home has a full kitchen, TV, and wireless Internet access, and the bathroom has a spa tub. It rents for $200 a night with a three-night minimum or $1,350 a week. The Bamboo Cottage also offers guests the use of beach gear. There is a $150 cleaning fee.
Kilauea Accommodations Over $300
The secluded homes Plumeria Moon Cottage and Hideaway Bay (4180 Waiakalua St., 888/858-6562, $335-795) are perfect for romantic getaways. Located on a three-acre farm, the cottage has a hot tub, and, uniquely, long-distance calls to the mainland and inter-island are free. Hideaway Bay is a two-bedroom vacation home with everything a visitor could want, including a spa tub in the bathroom. Lovely ocean views can be taken in from the home. It’s decorated with elegant yet relaxed Asian Pacific decor. Plumeria Moon Cottage has a deck for sunning with great ocean views and a hot tub. The home has full amenities, including a washer and dryer and a barbecue on the deck. The cottage rents for $335 per night, the main house is $495 per night, and the rate is $795 per night for both properties.
The Plumeria at Anini Beach (808/828-0812, $375) is just 300 yards from Anini Beach, which usually has peaceful, calm waters. The three-bedroom, two-bath home has a master suite, a loft bedroom, and a den with more sleepers. A lanai wrapping around three sides of the home offers a place for enjoying the sunsets and a screened-in area for dining. There is a private outdoor shower. The home rents for $375 per night with a five-night minimum or $2,500 a week, offers use of beach gear and bicycles, and sleeps up to five people. There is a $175 cleaning fee.
Excerpted from the Eighth Edition of Moon Kaua‘i.