(808) 323-2642
82-6155 Mamalahoa Hwy (11), Captain Cook

Not-too-close, not-too-far from the more touristy Kona, this hotel was built in 1917 by a Japanese mail-order bride and her husband (with an initial investment of $100) as a restaurant with futons for their customers to sleep on (the rate was $1 a night back then). Happily, this still retains the feel of old Hawai‘i. No phones or TVs in the rooms (people congregate in the lobby at night to watch TV) and no laundry facilities. Nice folks abound here; the place has a very comfortable family feel. They tried to upgrade the rooms with TVs, but the regular customers balked. Lanais only on private rooms in back building. Upper floors have good views, as does the back building. And you’ll be happy to know that the place is very clean (for its age). Their restaurant (closed Mondays) has outstanding pork chops made in an old cast-iron skillet. Rooms are around $82–$104, and their “Japanese Rooms”—which include a Furo (Japanese-style bath), tatami mats and futon—start at $101. Weekly rates available.