(800) 367-2111 or (808) 329-2911
75-5660 Palani Rd, Kailua-Kona

The King Kam (as it’s known locally) is a Kona fixture. Located next to the Kailua Pier, the hotel is fronted by the tiny but calm Kamakahonu Beach. The Ahu‘ena Heiau is also on the grounds. This area was the home of King Kamehameha during his later years, and his legacy has been adopted by the hotel in paintings and artwork (they give tours).

Rooms can be described as modern and fresh. The design is rooted heavily in Hawaiian nature patterns and is reflected in everything from the coffee bean fabric on the chairs to lava pattern on the hallway carpets. This design works for us. Microwaves may be rented for $10/day. Rooms either have two queen beds or one king. The infinity pool is very inviting. They have activity vendors on-site to help with everything from yoga classes to parasailing, along with beach gear for rent and cabanas available for a full ($55) or half ($40) day. The staff shows a lot of aloha toward guests.

King Kam is the center of the universe every October when the Ironman Triathlon takes place. Most of the athletes stay here, as do many from the television crews, and rooms are hard to get then. It’s conveniently located with a beach—all factors combined keep it a Real Gem. Local calls are a buck. Rooms (348–380 sq. ft.) are $389, suites (837 sq. ft.) are $1,099. Discounts are easy to get off those rack rates. When booking rooms, some can be had for $225 and up.