I took my mom on a vacation to the Big Island and decided to flee Hilo in search or no or less rain. The Kona Tiki Hotel was available and I was so happy with my random choice! First or all the (new) managers Karen and Ed were a pleasure to work with. If they didn't know the answer to a question, they found out.
The room overlooked the ocean and crashing of the waves. Yes it is loud but I found it mesmerizing. I tend to have difficulty sleeping and used my standard earplugs as I always do and didn't have a problem.
If you are after a place with tv and all the flash bells and whistles, this won't be for you but I would plan a trip back to the Island just to stay at this place again.
The swimming pool (saltwater) is adjacent to the lava wall and waves were crashing over it, wonderful. The blowing of the conch shell was fun (hadn't tried it before) during the celebration of sunset, another guest lit the tiki torches while I blew myself dizzy on the conch.
The breakfast was plenty and good. Parking we didn't have a hassle with. Great place to stay in Kona. Didn't break the bank either.More