About this listing
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 Coffee Maker
o Gas BBQ Grill
o Covered Patio with Sink
o Fruit Trees
o Pet Friendly
o Smoking Not Allowed
o Illegal Drugs Not Allowed
Activities ( nearby)
o Hiking in the Majestic Waipio Valley
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 Swimming, Snorkeling/Diving at nearby beach parks
""Due to the nature of the hostel business, owner reserves the right to assign an alternate room of equal quality in the event the requested room is not available""
Other Things to Note
Additional services upon inquiry: licensed massage and yoga classes, Cooking Hawaiian and local food class, walking tours of Honokaa, Kukuihaele, and Waipio.. Let the manager know if you are interested in any of these services.
Most important rule: Enjoy yourself!
Other than that:
No illegal substances
Quiet time between 11 PM and 6 AM
Waipi'o hostel is a clean and friendly place to stay. We've met extremely nice and welcoming people here and they were always available to help us with anything we needed. With a great view from outside and located right next to the Waipi'o Valley, the hostel is well situated for people who love to play outside. The room we stayed in, however, had very little air coming in as the windows are right under the porch so we did find it hot and humid during our stay. Thankfully, Stephen provided the room with a portable fan so the nights were manageable. The bed was amazing and the sheets were impeccable. All-in-all, this was a great stay.
I had a wonderful two night stay at this site. Steve was excellent to work with. The directions were excellent. The bed was so very comfortable. It was a great location near many wonderful sites and shops that I enjoyed visiting. I am so glad that I chose Steve's hostel for my stay.
Great all around. Charming old house well cared for and maintained. Super friendly people.
This place is awesome. Beautiful location, friendly people and very nice room. On top of everything, the very best thing was the king size water bed. No kidding. It was so comfortable that we didn't want to get out of bed. :) The view is pretty from the garden and we enjoyed the BBQ. The dogs are friendly and they add to the atmosphere. We got coffee in the morning, which we really appreciated. It was a very last minute request. We had not received the confirmation at the time when we arrived, but they let us come in. Overall, we had a great time. We highly recommend to choose this cute place if you're visiting the Waipio Valley.
This is the must go place! I loved staying at Stephen's place. The house is so close to the Waipi'o Valley that you can even walk to the lookout point and this is a big plus if you are planning to hike down to the valley. The room was nice and clean, the whole property is really close to the forest and the ocean and it was a pleasure falling asleep with the lullaby of the nature. Stephen was really nice with me and so were for the other people in the hostel. I got great advices, delicious food for breakfast and even the mosquito repellent that turned out to be fundamentally important down in the valley. It felt more as I was staying among friends than in a hostel. As a huge plus Stephen allowed me to leave car and bags in the property until I come back from my hike and shower there after it; trust me, after a day of hike in the rain, mud, ocean a shower is going to be so sweet! Communication was great, check in and check out really easy. You definitely want to stay here if you are spending a night in this part of the island. I had a blast in this part of the island. Thank you Stephen :)
Nice room, great breakfest and friendly atmosphere. I am not a big fun of dogs (even small ones) so I didn't like them running around. But otherwise it is a great place to stay.
Stephen is an amazing host. His advice about the local hikes, beaches and stuff to do are appreciated.
On top of that, he upgraded us to a bigger and better room, without any extra costs, which shows how kind and generous he is.
The rooms are clean and comfortable, we had one with a great view on the ocean. The place is quiet and remote, though 10 minutes drive from shops and restaurants, as well as great hikes.
We only stayed one night, but I wish we stayed more !
Thanks for everything Stephen, I hope to see you again !
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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.