Waipi`o Hostel Kai Room

House - Private room · Kukuihaele Rd, Kukuihaele, HI 96727, United States
Your host, Steve
129 Reviews
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The Space

Gracious, Simple Living in Paradise

The Waip`o Hostel Kai Room is a cute, bright room with a comfortable queen size bed. It is part of the Waipi`o Hostel.

Waipi`o Hostel is located in beautiful Kukuihaele just one mile from the majestic Waipio Valley. It is a 60 minute drive from Hilo and a 90 minute drive from Kona.

The hostel is the lower level of a rustic plantation house that was owned and inhabited by my grandparents (Grandpa was a plantation supervisor) for 75 years. I call it rustic because it is a simple wood construction which means it has creaky floors and you can hear through the walls. The lower level is a semi-basement but opens up to a gorgeous view of the Pacific Ocean. Our rooms are simple, yet nicely decorated and clean. You will enjoy the wonderful ocean view and the many fruit and macadamia nut trees on the property. We are a "green" facility which is cleaned with non-toxic cleaning products. Our linens and towels are laundered with nontoxic laundry detergent.

Hawaii means insects and other critters - geckos and a few cockroaches, a lot of cocqui frogs. We do our best to keep them under control. So the disclaimer is: if you are not looking for total quiet and you don't mind an insect here or there, and love being in the simple beauty of the Hamakua Coast, this is your place.

Our rates are $45 per night/ $51.04 including Hawaii accommodation tax.

Comment from past guests:
•“Thanks for the coffee- that was very thoughtful. The place is beautiful! We especially like how the bathroom is designed. Lots of nice touches everywhere.” Sean
•“We have had a great and beautiful stay at the Waipi‘o Hostel. Our room had a nice king size bed with plenty of privacy. Even better, we have spent a lot of time in the garden just enjoying the views, the fruits, the smell of nature and the orchestra of the amazing birdlife! The hikes to be done in the Waipi‘o valley were astonishing and very rewarding, this place is just minutes away from the valley. Steve was a great host, fully respecting our privacy and very open and extremely assisting and friendly at the same time. I would strongly recommend this place to anyone who would actually want to learn a bit about what living on Big Island has meant in the past and what it means today.” Julia

Here are just a few of our amenities:

Mail Drop availability!


o Cable TV

o Free Wi-Fi

o Book Selection


o Cooking Utensils Provided

o Refrigerator

o Microwave

o Toaster

o Coffee Maker

Outdoor Features

o Gas BBQ Grill

o Covered Patio with Sink

o Fruit Trees

Other Amenities

o Linens


o Pet Friendly

o Smoking Not Allowed

o Illegal Drugs Not Allowed

Activities ( nearby)

o Hiking in the Majestic Waipio Valley

o Fishing

o Basketball Court

o Cinemas/Movie Theater

o Horseback Riding in Waipio Valley and on the Valley Rim

o ATV Tour on the Rim of Waipio Valley

o Golf

o Tennis

o Shopping

o Sightseeing

o Restaurants

o Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving at nearby beach parks

o Surfing

Cost of room is $35 per night for one person, $45 for two plus Hawaii accommodation tax.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Security Deposit: $100
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Strict
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Overall Guest Satisfaction
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  • We had an awesome time at Waipio Hostel Kai Room. Everything was clean as described. Great outdoor cooking area with beautiful ocean views and protected from rain if you get any. Our host was very accommodating and helpful. Perfect place to stay before and after a strenuous Waimanu valley trail!!!! Will stay here again, thanx guys!!!

    June 2014
  • Highly recommended! My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the 2 nights we spent at the Waipi'o Hostel, a rustic plantation house set on a beautiful lush property on the ocean just a mile from Waipi'o Valley. Our hosts were warm and welcoming. The space was quaint and rustic with an "old Hawaii" feel. We enjoyed the outdoor dining area, the cozy community living space, and exploring the property. We would have liked to stay longer.

    June 2014
  • We spent only one night at Steve's and we were very happy that he responded very quickly although we booked at the last minute. He explained us how to check ourselves in very well Diane the care taker showed up shortly after we arrives and made sure that we didn't need anything. And then Steve arrived and introduced himself as the owner of the hostel. They were very accommodate. The place is very rustic but very charming located in a very calm neighborhood and the view is absolutely breathtaking. Highly recommended for a peaceful
    The only minus for those who care are the palmetto roaches running around in the bedroom. I live in Florida so I am use to those insect but it can be scary for anyone else.

    June 2014
  • We had a pleasant stay at Steve's hostel. Short walking distance from the valley. Amazing view!

    June 2014
  • The Waipi'o Hostel was amazing!! First of all it was easy to find because it was literally less than a 3 minute drive from the Waipi'o Valley lookout. Once we got there Diane was there to welcome us since Steve wasn't there. The accomodations were perfect for my mom and me. We had everything we needed and then some more. The bathroom is shared with other guests, but we were lucky that we were the only guests staying there that night. In addition, to that there is a trail from the backyard that leads to a lookout of Waipi'o Valley. I love this place and I really liked Diane & Steve. I consider this place rustic, but even with that I give this 5 out 5 stars!! Can't wait to come back!!

    June 2014
  • Easy to find, the house of Steeve is about 2 minutes from the waipi' o valley lookout.
    An advice, come down on foot at the bottom of the garden, the view will take the breath away of you!....
    The rented part is can be not ultra modern, but it inhales the authenticity and is very functional.
    Steeve in been able to find us a horse ride at the last moment and thanks to him, we left in France with a lot of beautiful images in head!

    June 2014
  • The McPeek family made us feel at home in a cosy hostel in an incredible place, very close to the Waipio valley. The hostel is not that hard to find, even in the dark and with only 3 room it feels like a BNB. You have to pull off the sheets at check-out so you just know that the rooms are clean & comfy. Nice spacious bathroom as well. We loved staying here.

    May 2014
  • Great room, great people and overall a very positive experience.

    May 2014
  • I had a fabulous stay at the Wapi'o Hostel and would return in a heartbeat. I had just two nights on the Big Island and was looking for relaxation and proximity to cultural heritage sites. Steve was a gracious host and the place made me feel very much at home.

    May 2014
  • We had a nice experience with Steve and the hostel. Steve was really fast in replaying and confirmation. The hostel has all you need, it's nice, clean and comfortable. We really enjoyed the coffee in the outdoor amenities. The neighbourhood is calm and quiet. At our arrival Steve was not at home and the neighbour was really nice showing us where the entrance and the room is, where we found a welcome note from Steve. We really enjoyed the stay! Thanks!

    May 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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