Conference lodging is headquartered at Waimea’s comfy Kamuela Inn. IBC ’17 has reserved the entire facility for beachcomb participants who book before November 14, 2016. It is a mile away from the conference site, and offers participants a peaceful setting and gracious hospitality, including complimentary breakfasts, free WiFi, and a discount on lodging for IBC participants that runs from Monday, Feb. 6, departing the following Monday, February 13.
A range of room types exist, from ones that can sleep two people to ones that can sleep five or six. Many, though not all, rooms have been recently renovated (and we suggest you ask for one of those first). The Inn is in (very) easy walking distance to area pharmacies, eateries, and antique, coffee and arts shops.
Shared rooms come out to about $55-$65 a night, which is very reasonable for Hawai’i. Resort rooms just down the road run $350 a night upwards.
ANNA RANCH HERITAGE CENTER
Anna Ranch Heritage Center, a National Historic Site, will host daily IBC proceedings. Located smack in the middle of Big Island ranching country, it is still only a 10-minute drive down the hill to beautiful South Kohala Coast beaches. (That way, dedicated combers can swoop down the hill at dawn to go beachcombing and still be back in time for breakfast at 8. Yes, we know how some of you are!)
Anna Ranch backs up against the (extinct) Kohala Volcano with views of verdant green hills, streams and grazing cows. It sits streamside and thus, will offer IBC participants a peaceful place for learning sessions, workshops and our opening night reception.