Book Makana Kai if you like peace and quiet and don't mind being off the beaten (tourist) path. My wife and I spend 8 wonderful, relaxing nights here in February, 2015. The night we arrived, the moon hadn't risen and I could not believe all the stars that could be seen in the night sky! The apartment is handsomely decorated, everything seemed fresh and new. A split level, with kitchen/dining on lower level, and remainder on upper. However, the design of the entry, with a few steps up to the first level, leaves only a few more steps to the main level, so it's very user friendly when on the lani and needing to retrieve something from the fridge. You can see the beautiful blue ocean from the lani, and at night the lullaby of the waves will sooth you to sleep. The apartment is neat, clean, well decorated, and roomier than you might imagine. The open loft sitting area looks down into the kitchen windows, and adds to the overall charm of this unique studio. The bath is modern with granite and tile. Hosts Gary and Karen are very gracious and were willing to do their best to make our stay comfortable. About 20 to 30 minutes South of Hilo (depending on traffic), it's a perfect location from which to launch into a scenic tour of the island. Although the ocean is just a block away, you will have to drive a few miles to find a sandy beach. Our first day we drove South on Old Gov't. Road, through some breathtaking old growth forrest (jungle?) towards Kapoho tide pools, then a little further to the warm pond, where we spent a relaxing day in the lava heated water. This is the place to stay if you just want to just relax and listen to song birds, or it's a perfect location for a base from which to explore the island.