About this listing
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 is simple Hawaiian living at it finest. This home 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 middle of the valley. Water supply can sometimes be challenging in the valley but not to worry there is water on the premises and your comfort and enjoyable stay are our concern. 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 is soaked in 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, also, a gas grill.
There is no refrigerator but a large cooler is provided. Remember to pick up ice and food at Malama Market or one of the other stores in Honokaa before heading into the valley.
Please call us to let us know your approximate time of arrival. If you don’t reach us, leave a message with your arrival time. Come to Ka Hale o Noelani at 48-5517 Honoka’a Waipio Road. This is where you will pick up the keys for the gate and door of Noelani’s of Waipio before heading into the valley. The keys are in a lockbox on the left pillar right at the entry to the driveway.
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.
See you soon!
When you get to the town of Honoka’a, go through the town until you come to a 4 -way stop. At the stop, go north on Rt. 240 and go 9 miles towards Waipi’o. Right before you reach the valley lookout, the road will curve to the right and then to the left. Ka Hale o Noelani is the FIRST HOUSE on the left with the address 48-5517 Honoka’a Waipi’o Road. This is where you will get the keys for Noelani’s of Waipi’o.
After getting the keys and engaging your four wheel drive, head into the valley. Drive carefully and always yield to upcoming traffic. At the bottom of the steep hill into the valley, hang left and continue upwards for approx. 1/4 mile. The road will make a sharp right and you will cross two little creeks. Noelani’s will be the second house on the right, a green house with an old concrete stairway leading to the upper level. There will be bright orange construction tape on the gate as a marker. Please open the gate and enter and close the gate behind you. It is extremely important that you keep the gate closed at all time to keep the wild horses out. Lock the gate is you are leaving the premises. If you reach the river, you have gone too far.
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.
The main rule is to enjoy and create memories!
1. PLEASE keep the gate closed at all times. Wild horse roam Waipi'o and can cause much damage if they have access to the property.
2. No illegal substances allowed
3. Please clean up after yourselves according to checkout instructions so we won't have to charge you a cleaning fee.
4. Please use the generator sparingly in order to minimize the noise pollution in the valley and in consideration of neighbors. We advise guests to plan their activities and accomplish multiple tasks while the generator is running, e.g. cook your rice, brew coffee, recharge your iPad battery, etc. while taking hot showers, then turn the generator off.
Jolene was the perfect hostess. We had reserved a 4WD vehicle with Hertz and were given an AWD instead. When we arrived at the Waipi'o Valley Lookout, the sign said, "No AWD." Jolene so graciously transported us, our kids, and all of our luggage into the valley for the price mentioned in her listing.
The house and property are excellent. The kitchen is fully stocked with any utensil or pot you may need and we found being off the grid enjoyable here! There are many solar laterns for nighttime and we actually preferred the cold outdoor shower to running the generator for hot water inside. The kids loved the expansive yard and nearby black sand beach. The view of the waterfall from the house is beyond words and we can't wait to share the pictures of our adventure with our friends and family. It was a fantastic time never to be forgotten.
The Waipi'o Valley is simply stunning and we are glad we came to Noelani's house for a visit. The grounds are beautiful and our space was very clean and comfortable. The kitchen is well-stocked as the listing states -- many previous guests have left all kinds of dry goods to share.
This was not a painless endeavor, though. We weren't able to get a 4WD vehicle, so we had to hike in. It's not far, but it is very steep and slow-going. Carrying in all our food and a bag of ice (it barely lasted 2 nights) was challenging. My legs were quivering by the time we reached the bottom and I am in fairly decent shape (but I guess I would make a poor sherpa.) If you have bad knees, don't try this.
The house isn't hard to find (just follow the directions you are given), but I recommend arriving before dark. We got there at dusk and were a little confused when the lights didn't turn on. I understood that the house was generator-powered, but I guess I expected at least some lights to be solar. There are flashlights and lanterns all over the place though, so we were able to get settled once we got them turned on.
There is plenty to do during the daylight, such as hike to the black sand beach or just hang around and admire the view of the falls. But at night... Well, we never felt comfortable turning on the generator because the area is so quiet and peaceful (except for the constantly-barking dogs that are awake at all hours), it just seemed wrong. We ended up just reading by lantern light, cooking with the butane grills, taking refreshing (cool, not cold) showers, and going to bed early.
The people we met here were kind of enigmatic. Not friendly, but not hostile either. It's hard to blame them, I guess. Many of the residents moved down here to get away from society and probably see visitors as a nuisance or a threat. The exception: a cheery conversation with Milton, who lives across the road and came over to feed the fish one morning. (He is the owner's brother.)
We enjoyed our short visit here and had to leave just when we were sort of getting used to the austerity (and barking dogs.) Since we had no ice or food to carry, the hike out of the Valley was actually not too bad. It's a steep climb, yes, but only took us about 45 minutes, including several stops to rest. And the view is just gorgeous the whole way.
Overall, I would recommend this place, but cautiously. Steve is easy to communicate with and the place is beautiful. We probably would have had a different experience if we drove down, but probably less rewarding, too. We could have fired up the generator, but then we might have felt even more intrusive in this special place that many don't get to see.
Stephen was awesome in keeping in touch with us regarding a ride down into the valley, which he arranged so we did not have to take the shuttle. This is one of the coziest places we've stayed in, located in a most beautiful setting... we loved it! There is no electricity, but there were plenty of camping lanterns that provided enough light at night to read by and to play board games. We didn't use the generator at all because we didn't want to disturb the peace in the valley. There were two bottled-gas burners that sufficed for heating water and cooking meals. We bought a big block of ice in Honopaa, and that kept our food cold in the cooler that was provided. We ate breakfast every morning on the outdoor patio where we had a view of the waterfall. Every evening, the frog chorus lulled us to sleep. We walked along the roads toward the back of the valley, crossing several streams and enjoying the fragrant flowers that grew everywhere. This is a very special place for those who like to get away from the tourist hecticness.
This is a special place. If you are looking for a resort experience you should go to the other side of the island, but if you are seeking seclusion, adventure, beauty, and peace then this is a great choice. The property is in the center of the valley at the bottom of the "world's steepest paved road". We stayed 3 nights. The last night a historic windstorm came with pelting rain but we were able to drive out the next day no problem. Must have a true 4-wheel drive vehicle. We had fun playing frisbee while our dinner cooked on the grill using the special hardwood the host provided. Starting the generator let us take hot showers. We actually did not need the generator to cook inside because we could use the propane stoves. Host provided coffee, filters, and things like sugar, salt, and pepper. It was all good.
Words cannot explain how truly wonderful and blessed we feel to stay at this incredible place. A little bit about ourselves. We are family of 5..3 boys (ages 9, 6 and 5) and my husband and I. Honestly, I was a little apprehensive as the nearest store is a good 30 min up the valley. But a bit of planning will go a long way. The house is well equipped with all the pots and pans you will ever need. There is 2 gas freestanding stove. we did all our cooking there. There is enough basic condiments like salt pepper sugar and even rice. We brought our own though. We had the best family time here in this piece of paradise. we cooked, played games, danced, hiked, made sand castles. I can go on and on. It was such a blessing to be so disconnected from everything that we take granted for. My oldest actually told me how he is going to miss this place and he wants to spend one more day here. this never happens as he is too easier to go back home and watch his fav TV shows.
It was nice chatting with Joleen, the owner of the house. Warm and friendly couple. I called her in the middle of the day as the sink was clogged. She picked up the phone and helped me right away. A few push with the plunger is all it needed.
Stephen- who has this posting was very helpful in our decision making process. I had so many questions about this place. We are the kind of folks who is used to resorts and hotels. So you can imagine :-) and frankly after this and few other places we rented this time, I am not going back to hotels. Resorts has its own charm...but nothing like a house-like setting with a full fledged kitchen. we as family love cooking together so this was just perfect for us. Thank you and house pics on FB is getting like crazy likes and comments....just sayin ;-)
We enjoyed our stay in the off-the-grid Waipio Valley house with the great outdoors possibilities. Went up the Z trail, and also a long way towards the waterfall although we didn't make it all the way there, and also went boogie boarding at the Waipio beach. The waves were pretty scary. The boards were at the house and very convenient to use.
First off, I agree with the other thoughtful commentors before me that this is a very special place and that because of this, many of the usual criteria employed to review a stay do not apply. Don't come here to check thread-count on the sheets or assess the silverware. For some, staying here will be as close as they may ever get to camping. In our two day stay, we only fired up the generator once, for an hour and did not even need that (it's a pity the genny is required for a hot shower: the heater is propane and just needs AC to ignite. I installed the same tankless hot water heater at our last house). The magic of the place is not about the place, it's about the PLACE. Waipi'o is just singular and the feeling of being very lucky to be there permeated my experience. The house appears to be about the best sited in the valley and even though it poured much of the time we were there my family and I loved to watch the falls. I took our boys on a great (though challenging -check the map in the guest book) hike to the falls. It is signposted as "closed" locals but we saw many people walking along the trail. Also, despite what others have said I found the road in to be easy and drama free. I did not see anyone mention that, in our experience, there was a lot of trafic on the road out front. Still, we had almost no contact with the host and none of the neighbors appeared to be around (this was thanksgiving) which was fine. Everything was as described.
All in all, this was the highlight of our trip and will be with me for a lifetime.
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About the Host, Stephen
I grew up on the Island of Hawaii. After graduating from high school I lived in Europe for 17 years. I returned to Hawaii and 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 8 grandkids.
In addition to owning the hostel and vacation rental business, I own a wellness business, and a consulting business specializing in strategic planning facilitation, leadership and fund development. I also own a real estate investing company.
My interests include travel, preparing and eating good tasting, locally grown, healthy food, music, meeting interesting people, languages, and God.