Where Past Becomes Present
The Grand Naniloa is more than a seaside hotel. Some say it’s a place of gathering. A piece of Hilo’s past preserved as a Historic Hotel of America. The home of hula and a nod to when song and music echoed across the ocean – when scenic evening strolls were something out of a movie. This nostalgia still exists along the “Hilo Walk of Fame,” where a family of banyan trees remain famously planted by Babe Ruth, Amelia Earhart and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
In 1939, the Grand Naniloa Hotel was built on breathtaking Banyan Drive at the tip of the peninsula jetting into Hilo Bay. This newly restored hotel includes 388 guestrooms with spectacular views of Hilo and is dedicated to creating a genuine Hawaiian experience where art, music, hula, culture and adventure share the same sky for visitors, and hula enthusiasts alike.
Guests can expect authenticity at every turn of its bright, open-air setting with accents of salvaged historic Monkey Pod trees, remnants of a worn volcanic wall and elements that tell the story of the birth of the Hawaiian Islands.
The Grand Naniloa is honored to have partnered with Kim Taylor Reece, Hawaii’s foremost fine art photographer, Kenji Kuroshima of the Merrie Monarch, and other local artists to design interactive displays, a hula showcase celebrating the art of kahiko dance and dynamic exhibitions celebrating the Hawaiian culture. Featuring curated artwork throughout the three towers, Mauna Loa, Mauna Kea, and Kilauea.
The Grand Naniloa Hotel is a member of Historic Hotels of America®, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest historic hotels across America.