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75-5968 Alii Dr, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96740-1324
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless check-in
  • Contactless check-out
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Updated 08/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 08/03/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#3 of 14 hotels in Kailua-Kona
Travellers' Choice
Boutique hotel only 20 feet from the ocean. The Kona Tiki Hotel is the only hotel in Kona where every room is oceanfront! Every room has a private lanai overlooking the ocean.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
BBQ facilities
Baggage storage
24-hour check-in
Pool / beach towels
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Board games / puzzles
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
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Room features
Private balcony
Private bathrooms
Tile / marble floor
Coffee / tea maker
Walk-in shower
Electric kettle
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
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MMBBOULDER wrote a review Apr 2021
Boulder, Colorado26 contributions8 helpful votes
Full disclosure- we did not stay here as they are under renovation. However, we met the owner and the manager and they were very nice people. We were lucky enough to get a tour of their renovated room and the aesthetic was lovely. Very welcoming and the room was a studio with a mini fridge, etc. I believe all the rooms have a lanai that is oceanfront. Cute pool area with renovated pavers around the pool.
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Response from Kona Tiki Manager, Owner at Kona Tiki Hotel
Responded 9 May 2021
Thank you for letting others know about the "hidden gem" of Kona Tiki Hotel, and we look forward to seeing you in 2022!
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Bob B wrote a review Jan 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
Hotel's Favourite
Our family planned a Christmas get together at the Kona Tiki Hotel. We wanted to share this very welcoming & special hotel on the ocean with our adult children and one year old grandson. We have been enjoying this wonderful place for ten years and couldn’t wait to let them experience the incredible staff, the ocean views and sounds, and the ambience of the BBQ dinners together poolside with the nightly ritual of lighting the tiki torches to the calls of the conch shell. Yes, this family Christmas was a great success, as they all fell in love with the Kona Tiki and will definitely be returning to continue the good times. Thank you to the staff, especially Donovan, Paul, Jenny, and Merilee (sorry if we spelled your name incorrectly!). They went above & beyond to accommodate our one-year-old grandson with a bed and bedding. You are just the best!! See you next December. Have a great year.
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Date of stay: December 2019
1 Helpful vote
Response from konatikihotel, Front Desk at Kona Tiki Hotel
Responded 17 Jan 2020
Awe. Mahalo, Bob, Marilyn, and to your entire family for staying with us again during the holiday, for sharing your family and stories with us, for being so kind, and for exemplifying what the Kona Tiki is all about. We are truly blessed when guests like you stay at the Kona Tiki Hotel. We wish for you an incredible year in 2020 and that everyone stays healthy, and has fun along the way. Blessings! The Kona Tiki Team
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Michaeltoner wrote a review Jan 2020
2 contributions4 helpful votes
Fifteen years ago, while planning our first visit to the Big Island, my wife found a great review of the Kona Tiki Hotel in Fromer’s tour guide and we were lucky enough to get a reservation. The Kona Tiki Hotel was such a amazing find, a Hidden gem and the best kept secret on the island. We have been fortunate enough to stay at the Kona Tiki, our special place, for 15 years now during the winter months, our home away from cold snowy Wisconsin. We love every minute here and look forward to returning every year. During the winter months many of the same guests return year after year and become part of a close-knit family While this is a great little mom and pop hotel (some call it a boutique hotel) with about 15 rooms, built in the 1950’s, it has continued to maintain its original vintage charm. It has an amazing setting with incredible views, all rooms have a lanai facing the ocean, only 15’ away. The rooms are clean, about the size of a standard hotel room (without TV, AC or telephone just the way we like it). They also serve a complimentary continental breakfast every morning, have a salt water pool and beach equipment to lend out. The management is very friendly and go out of their way to treat you like family. As the day winds down, the hotel has a nightly tradition where the guests are invited to participate in the ritual of lighting the tiki torches around the property while blowing the conch shell bringing the guests together during sunset. If there is a downside to this hotel, it is unfortunately difficult to get a reservation, especially in season, but well worth the try.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Several rooms have kitchen some do not. We prefer a room on the second floor.
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4 Helpful votes
Response from konatikihotel, Front Desk at Kona Tiki Hotel
Responded 29 Jan 2020
Thank you, Michael and Janet for returning to the Kona Tiki year after year, and for your kind words. Truly, it is the guests like you that make our work days truly enjoyable. When our annual guests return year after year, we feel like we are welcoming part of our family back to the island and to our home. We are so grateful that you two have made the Kona Tiki your home away from home! Thank you very much for taking the time and energy to submit your review. Much respect and tons of gratitude form the Kona Tiki Hotel Team!
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Rachelle S wrote a review Jan 2020
Phoenix, Arizona27 contributions33 helpful votes
This is a mystic place. I fed eels from the rock wall! The staff scoop out little ocean critters from the swimming pool each morning because the waves crash directly into the pool. Let's be clear, this hotel was around before Hawaii was a state. It is an special Hawaiian paradise (but old) no T.V's, rooms are older but I don't think any ocean lover would not notice or care.
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Date of stay: December 2019
2 Helpful votes
Response from konatikihotel, Front Desk at Kona Tiki Hotel
Responded 29 Jan 2020
Thank you Rachelle, for taking the time to submit a review about the Kona Tiki Hotel. We agree. We are so blessed to be living on the edge of the ocean and on this modest sliver of Paradise. We have our quirks (no TVs and a small, but free, parking lot) so we try to make up the difference with our Aloha. Of course, Mother Nature provides all the Aloha you need here at the Kona Tiki. As I write this, we have several surfers hitting the waves just off our lanais thanks to the surge that is pounding the sea wall. Thank you for staying with us and we hope to see you again, soon. Mahalo and aloha!
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Knotenufftyme wrote a review Jan 2020
Bluemont, Virginia5 contributions2 helpful votes
Researched a lot of places to stay and choose this sweet place because of the description and it did not disappoint. We were on the second floor in room 205. Loved the rice paper, balcony doors that opened to the water. Not having air conditioning or TV wasn't a problem at all. Gave us no excuse to close us inside. Water was perfect (January). The sounds of the waves crashing right outside our room was amazing, although it did take us a night or two to get used to it and to reassure ourselves they weren't coming into our room! Beds were super comfy and the room, although small, was very clean. Ceiling fan was better once we switched it to "summer" setting so it blew the air down instead of just around. The staff was great. Very friendly and accommodating and helpful to recommend places to go for good food. Met nice guest, many who have been coming to Tiki for years. Always a good sign. Gave 4 stars because my daughter came to stay with us but they didn't have any extra roll away beds, even though we had paid for an extra person, but we made it work. Was told they will be doing a major renovation this summer. Hope not too major as it would be a shame take away the charm and nostalgia of this gem.
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Date of stay: January 2020
Sleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled on business
Room Tip: We loved our 2nd story room so we could keep the doors, on our balcony, wide open all night.
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Response from konatikihotel, Front Desk at Kona Tiki Hotel
Responded 8 Jan 2020
Aloha Knotenufftyme: Thanks so much for taking the time to express your feedback about the Kona Tiki Hotel. We are glad you enjoyed your stay. The waves crashing against the seawall definitely take some getting used to, but they sure are majestic, don't you think. We apologize about the mix-up with the extra floor mat. We always some on-hand, but they were all in use during your stay, and this simplly doesn't usually occur, but it does speak to less than excellent cooridantion on our part. We would be happy to review your charges for an extra person if you can contact us by phone or email. Thank you for appreciating the staff aloha and our special place nestled against the sea. We equally appreciate families like yours staying at the Kona Tiki. Merry 2020! Mahalo, The Kona Tiki Team
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US$114 - US$276 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Kona Tiki Hotel
Which popular attractions are close to Kona Tiki Hotel?
Nearby attractions include Royal Kona Resort Luau (0.9 km), Don's Mai Tai Bar (0.9 km), and Huggo's on the Rocks (1.1 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Kona Tiki Hotel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and free parking.
Which room amenities are available at Kona Tiki Hotel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, a refrigerator, and a desk.
What food & drink options are available at Kona Tiki Hotel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Kona Tiki Hotel?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Kona Tiki Hotel?
Conveniently located restaurants include Gypsea Gelato, Basik Acai, and Broke Da Mouth Grindz.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Kona Tiki Hotel?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are there any historical sites close to Kona Tiki Hotel?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Kamakahonu (2.2 km) and Ahuena Heiau (2.0 km).
Does Kona Tiki Hotel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.