Pauline Frommer's Hawaii
Because of this area's off-the-beaten-path nature (the reviewer is talking about the Puna district), I only recommend two places here. There's Art and Orchids B & B, a cute yearling with three rooms ($89-$99 each.)*
The hosts of this property are making a name for themselves with their "above and beyond" hospitality style. Along with abundant and delicious breakfasts, they've been known to throw in free dinners for folks who arrive hungry and will pack up a box breakfast for those who need to leave early (guests also have use of the kitchen and can cook for themselves).
The house is stocked with dozens of books and DVDs for guests' use (each room comes with its own DVD player and high-end cable TV) plus snorkels, beach towels, and other beach toys are lent to guests free of charge.
They even offer on-site babysitting and art classes to those who come with children. There's an art studio out back (hence the name) and the owner Markie will teach interested guests how to make paper and do other crafts ($20/hour.)
All in all, this is a cute, unpretentious B&B decorated with the owner's handmade turtle mosaics. One final selling point: This place has Jacuzzi bathtubs and a hot tub out back.
(This review appears on page 360.)
*Current room prices $95 to $125
Lonely Planet Hawaii
Our pick:The artistic, eco-conscious owners have created a dreamy, relaxed haven in an ohia forest. Three airy, tastefully decorated rooms include funky mosaic-tile baths and tons of amenities. The spacious common room has a full kitchen and cozy couches for reading and games. An unforgettable lava-rock-and-mosaic-tile swimming pool has a waterfall and hot tub. Papermaking and mosaic classes are given on request, and they'll happily babysit your kids and do art projects with them (per hour $20.) The generous homemade breakfast includes fresh farm eggs. This is Puna at its best.