Noelani's of Waipi'o- Amazing!

House - Entire home/apt · Kukuihaele Road, Honokaa, HI 96727, United States

The Space

Experience the stay of a lifetime at Noelani's of Waipi'o. Very few people get to stay in the majestic Waipio Valley (in such comfort) and experience its magic, it's stunning beauty, and it warm embrace. Long time Waipi'o residents have opened their home to travelers wanting to experience the land of their forefathers.

Located on the beautiful grounds of this family property directly in front of the breathtaking Hiilawe Falls, Noelani's of Waipio offers two bedrooms - one with a queen size bed, one with a full size bed, a living room with view of Hiilawe Falls equipped with 2 comfortable couches, a twin bed, phone and generator power - something not to be taken for granted in the valley. There are board games, puzzles, cards and books for hours of old time entertainment. A fully equipped kitchen and bathroom complete the upstairs rental. The old concrete stairs from the old family dwelling lead up to the new structure. This place oozes with history and beauty.

The house is surrounded by an amazing garden complete with taro patches, watercress patches, warabi/pako (fern) patches, a large manicured yard, a koi pond, bananas and other fruit trees. There is an outdoor shower and bathroom, and a wood burning grill in the back yard (wood is available on site).

There is no refrigerator but a large cooler is provided. Remember to pick up ice at Malama Market or one of the other stores in Honokaa before heading into the valley.

The road into Waipio is steep and requires a four wheel drive or sturdy feet. No public transportation is available and no stores or amenities are available in the valley.

Just a few steps up the rough road is the river flowing down from Hiilawe Falls with its cold, clear water. It's a refreshing spot to take a dip and cool off after a hike through the valley.

The published rate includes the 13.42% Hawaii accommodation tax.
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Other Things to Note

Access to they valley requires a 4 wheel drive vehicle. Keep in mind that most rental companies do not permit their vehicles in the valley. Ask us about other options. You can park your rental car on the property of the owner located near the valley lookout where it will be safe.

Room type: Entire home/apt
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 6
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 4
Extra people: $12 / night after 2 guests
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Weekly Price: $793 /week
Monthly Price: $2609 /month
Security Deposit: $150
Cleaning Fee: $35
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • An amazing place to stay in Hawaii! We had to hike in and it was definitely worth it.

    March 2014
  • The valley is an incredible place and I can't wait to go back. It's a great simple little home, especially considering you're in the middle of the valley.

    March 2014
  • Jolene was an awesome host! While initially she was skeptical of our plan (we did not have a 4WD vehicle, so we had to walk up and down the valley), she eventually believed in us! The house is an amazing place to stay! The view of the waterfall from the front door and the sound of the frogs at night made the whole experience! We harvested papayas and limes straight out of the backyard every morning for breakfast. The 10 minute walk to a black sand beach was very nice as well. Jolene was even gracious enough to give us a ride up the hill on our last day, and send us off with 2 cans of her home made liliquoi butter! We will be back.

    February 2014
  • Waipio Valley is a very special place, peaceful and serene. The waterfalls and beach are truly awesome. The house was fine. We loved the koi pond and the view, it doesn't get any better. The amenities were ok, but I was grateful to have camping experience. We had a bit of a problem with the butane stove. The use of the wood bbq was great, but some kindling would have been appreciated. Would I come back? You bet your boots. Thank you for allowing us into your magical valley.

    February 2014
  • Let me first say that this is an unusual property and some of the criteria I would normally apply do not seem appropriate. Noelani's of Waipi'o is at the bottom of the Waipi'o Valley, which does not have formal accommodations for tourists. The Valley is slice of traditional Hawaii, with a wild and beautiful beach, taro ponds, wonderful hiking opportunities, Hi'ilawe Falls, and an off-the-grid life style. Off-the-grid means your cell phone won't work and your electricity will come from a generator. It is imperative that you have a four wheel-drive vehicle to make the trip into and out of the Valley. (The road down is scary-steep, but somewhat less frightening on the way back up.) All your supplies (including ice for the cooler-- there's no refrigeration) must arrive with you, as there are no commercial establishments whatsoever. Our experience was beautiful and memorable and we can recommend Noelani's to anyone who has a spirit of adventure and doesn't mind roughing it a bit. Owners Jolene and Earl were on hand to meet us upon our arrival, a tropical bouquet of flowers on the picnic table. We were shown how to start the generator, how to change the canisters for the propane burners, and introduced to multiple lanterns and LED lights. You will want to use the generator sparingly, as it is quite noisy and there are other houses nearby. We found the shower water warm enough and the propane cooking adequate and used the generator hardly at all. The yard is deep and green and lined with fruit trees. Jolene and Earl invited us to pick the fruit and made certain we had their phone number to contact them on the land-line phone. It's important to mention that this is a family home, as opposed to a sparely furnished vacation rental, so expect to find personal items about and family photos on the wall. We valued this opportunity to overnight in the Waipi'o Valley and thank Earl and Jolene for opening up "their place" to us.

    January 2014
    Response from Steve:

    Aloha Nancy- thank you for your thoughtful assessment. So glad you enjoyed your time in our blessed valley.


  • You will cherish the time you spend in the dreamy Valley of the Kings. (Before you fret the steep hike, note that Waipio's first graders used to walk it every day for school!) The front door of this happy house opens to a view of the 1450 ft Hilawe falls. Not a bad spot for the first cup of coffee. There's a trampoline ideal for stargazing, adorable tilapia and koi, and wild horses snooping for snacks. Pluck a pomelo and enjoy a beautiful walk scented with jasmine to the magnificent black sand beach bordered by towering ironwood trees... Glorious basically.

    January 2014
    Response from Steve:

    Thanks Cooper! Glad you enjoyed the time!

  • Noelani's was a once in a lifetime experience. Stayed there for a week, went to the beach every morning and the waterfall. Unbelievable place to stay in with an amazing view, Earl and Jolene were extremely welcoming and the house was stocked with things to make the trip more enjoyable like coffee, bug spray, firewood, etc. If you can make the drive into the valley, it is absolutely worth staying here. Cannot say enough good things about this place and the host, A++

    January 2014
  • Probably the best Airbnb find ever! Seriously, this place can't be beat. If you need true seclusion and absolute beauty, not to mention kind hosts (Jolene and Earl) you can't go wrong. Just remember your cooler + food & ice!

    January 2014
  • This is a very spiritual place. If you are in the mood of exploring real Hawaii, getting to know people who live here and getting close with the nature and the land then you will love this place. It is wild and untouched.

    Being off the grid you will not have electricity, but generator will allow you to take comfortable hot showers. Making meals is not an issue, as owners thought of everything to make you comfortable. There are plenty of gas stoves and pots and pans. Portable lights will light up your evening hours.

    Twin Hiilawe falls will be your back yard. They will take your breath away. Hike to the base of the falls is about 2 hours. Its rugged, physically demanding but extremely rewarding. Turn right from the driveway, cross the steam and then turn left to follow a trail next to the write water pipe. Please take care not to damage the pipe- its a water supply for people who love there. When pipe ends follow the stream- you will see trail here and there, try to stay high or climber through the rocks. Some places you will need to swim across. My teenage kids loved it, and the end result is magical.

    For swimming go to black sand beach. Good place to surf, but be careful if you are not used to the ocean. All the way up to the first breaker is sand, with very shallow water up to your waist. This sand breaker goes forever. Body surfing is fun there. Past it will be strong undertow. Take care to see where the current is before entering.

    The owners where very supportive and thought of everything to make your stay comfortable. There are plenty of board games for quiet evenings, and the accommodations are comfortable. The owners checked in with us during the day just to make sure we did not need anything.

    You can fish from the pond next to the house where owners raise fish. There is a cleaning sink and everything you need.

    Staying in the valley is a privilege. You can only be there if you are invited. We felt honored and grateful to be able to see this place during our trip. We pray and hope to return.

    January 2014
  • This is the most amazing, beautiful valley in the world! The Twin Falls were literally in our front yard. Jolene and Earl are beautiful people and wonderful hosts. All the amenities included, spacious kitchen, all the cookware imaginable. They run a power generator so please keep in mind to bring your own ice. They provide a big cooler to keep your food cold and we did not have a single problem in two full days we spent at the house. You rarely need to use the generator as the house is full of lanterns that give you the romantic ambiance in this magical valley. Escape from the technology world and enjoy being one with nature! Forget cell phones and internet and tv, you just don't need it! However, you do have a house phone for local calls. Don't miss the chance of staying at Jolene's and Earl's house in Waipio Valley.
    Mahalo! Much love! We will be back!
    Federico and Figen.

    January 2014
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Kohala High School/ University of Hawaii at Manoa
North Hawaii Education and Research Center (UH Hilo), EDestiny Wellness, EDestiny Consulting, EDestiny Rentals
I grew up on the Island of Hawaii but left for many years after graduating from high school. I lived in Europe for 17 years. After returning I bought my grandparents' sweet plantation house in Kukuihaele above the majestic Waipio Valley and love living here surrounded by peace and beauty. I am a "local" of Japanese, Filipino, and Caucasian descent. I am the father of 6 beautiful children (4 of them grown) and 6 grandkids. In addition to owning the hostel and vacation rental business, I own a Wellness business, and I work full time as the operations manager at the North Hawaii Education and Research Center (NHERC), a branch of the University of Hawaii at Hilo. NHERC's Heritage Center might interest you if you want to learn more about the history of Hamakua and North Hawaii.
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