This magnificent 4.5 acre permaculture organic orchard retreat sits back on 750' cliff above Waipio Valley, and looks to the ocean open to almost 150 degrees of ocean an rugged coastline. Epic views of1000' cliffs. 3 cottages to choose from.
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Between 2012 and 2013 Hale Kukui has received lots of positive recognition. The Lonely Planet travel guide said, 'These three tranquil and secluded cottage/units all have wonderful views and pleasing decor, but the perspective of Waipi'o from the detached cottage may make you forget your name.'
Southeby's international real estate magazine cover photo features the view from the property.
HGTV and Aloha Magazine did features on this unique property as well in 2013.
See recommendations on Trip Adviser as well.
Organic permaculture orchard, 3 cottages and caretaker's house sits back on 750' cliff above Waipio Valley, and looks to the ocean Southeast, North and Northwest up the undeveloped rugged coastline. Sometimes there are a multitude of waterfalls seen cascading down 1000' cliffs into the sea. Gaze at lush greenery, frequent rainbows, especially during the wet season (Winter/Spring). Epic views face 23 miles of these 1000' cliffs, backed up by undeveloped jungle. Whales jumping and breaching can be seen from the property during the winter/spring. Maui is visible on clear days. The area boasts a perfect climate of just enough rain to keep the streams going and the flowers blooming, cool trades off the ocean, and a daytime year-round temperature of between 70 and 85 degrees, with cooler nights.
The property is landscaped with a vast variety of exotic trees, ferns, orchids, palms, flowering shrubs and exotic fruits to pick. We are in the early stages of growing Vanilla, Cocoa, black sapote (Chocolate pudding tree), Cashew and Macadamia nut trees. Try our fully mature hamakua coast coffee beans, mangoes, mangosteens, avocados, pomelo, Jackfruit, papaya, passion fruit, soursop, breadfruit, rambutan, lychee nuts, starfruit, Brazilian cherries, jaboticaba, cherymoya, mountain apples, true cinnamon, cloves, Miracle berries, a variety of citrus, bananas and much more grown on the property.
Walk out to the point for one of the best views on the island.
Walk along the cliff's edge/ocean path or explore the path through bamboo. Both short easy walks take you to an opening on the picturesque lawn going down to the cliff's edge. Take another short steep path (for sturdy feet only) past the Banyan tree and passion fruit vines into the gulch on our property.
Listen to the peaceful sounds of the Waiulili Stream and our waterfall running through the property and then over a 650' cliff. Waipio Lookout is 1/2 mile away. Black Sand beach can be seen from the property. Ocean and waterfall views abound. Enjoy the peace and privacy of your own suite complete with private outdoor soak tubs.
Explore the quaint town of Honoka'a 10 minutes away with theater, restaurants,several quaint shops featuring locally made goods, outdoor farmers market, gas, groceries and a hospital/clinic.
There are 3 cottages on property with lanais and all have outdoor soaking tubs.Our rates are between $199-$249per night.A $40 cleaning fee and tax of 13.42% is not included in the rate and will be an additional charge when you arrive.
Upon booking you are agreeing to pay the $40 cleaning fee and tax@ 13.42%
. The total amount will be listed at the end of your confirmation email and payment due upon arrival. Again, $40. cleaning fee and Hawaii accommodation tax is 13.42% and is not included in the published price.
Reserve for a full week and the 7th night is free. See you soon!
Safe easy access from airports in Hilo, Waimea or Kona.
Stocked kitchens, towels, linens and easy beautiful drives to anywhere they would want to go on the island from Volcanoes national park, to surf spots, black or white sand beaches, best shopping, famous Akaka falls and botanical gardens, great restaurants, farmers markets, horseback riding, hiking, biking, camping..
Interaction with Guests
Interaction with caretakers, Paula and Dan, can be as little or as much as visitors want. They are extremely hospitable and love their jobs.
Staying at Hale Kukui is an ecoadventure and an end destination in itself! It is also a great jump off point for other destinations! This epic property is unique for its historically important location, for its short paths, private nooks, exotic organic orchard, unmatched views and size/character of property.
Overview of the neighborhood: Old Hawaii meets modern conveniences, safe, private, lush natural beauty and most of the comforts of home.
If you are able to pull yourself away to see other parts of the island, Hale Kukui is a great stepping stone to the whole island. Walk or drive 1.5 miles to the black sand beach down a 25% grade road or 1/2 mile to Waipio lookout. Walk 1/4 mile to get island made ice cream at the Art Store. Its an easy 10 minute drive to the farmer's market in Honoka'a where there are restaurants, several quaint shops featuring locally made goods and Malama Market for groceries. Try local ride the rim, surfing, biking,helicopter tours of Waipio Valley, horseback, hiking, camping and enjoy the longest black sand beach in Hawaii below the property.
Drive to Hawaiian cowboy country in Waimea and you may smell eucalyptus on your way to the cooler climate in Waimea (Kamuela). Here there is more shopping,fast food chains, a bigger hospital and some of the best food in the islands is here (only 30 minutes away).Several restaurants to choose from Go to Merriman's for the best seafood and Kailua pork quesadillas.
Drive over to the white sand beaches about 35minutes from Waimea, the 5 star hotels and high end shopping of the southwest coast.
Otherwise drive east along the lush Hamakua coast, see Akaka falls, the world famous botanical gardens, Hilo, Volcanoes National park, Natural hot springs in Pahoa. Take the saddle road between Hilo and Waimea and drive to the 14,000 top of Mauna Kea along the way (many countries have their space observatories there). Mauna Kea is the tallest mountain in the world from the sea floor.
Visit Kona and see if you think the preferred coffee of the white house is really as good as the lesser locally known rich tasting Hamakua coast coffee. Hale Kukui grows small amounts of its own and while we don't dry and roast it, you are welcome to try.
Hilo has a great outdoor market, shopping, surfing, etc. and it is a beautiful 1 hour drive along the Hamakua coast. Another hour or so beyond is the must see Volcanoes National Park and swim in the hot springs in Pahoa.. Kona is about 1.5 hours away along very nice highways as are most places.
The whole island has so much to offer but you will definitely want to relax at Hale Kukui for its incredible views and natural private surroundings. Each cottage has its own kitchen/kitchenette, internet and full bathroom.
If you are able to pull yourself away to see other parts of the island, Hale Kukui is a great stepping stone to the whole island. Walk or drive to the Waipio Lookout only 1/2 mile away. The famous black Sand beach in Waipio Valley is another mile down a steep winding 25% grade road and the beach is seen from the property. Explore the quaint town of Honoka'a 10 minutes away with its theater, quaint shops, restaurants, grocery store, outdoor farmers market and a hospital/clinic. Hiking, Biking, horseback riding, camping, and surfing are all accessible between Kukuihaele, Waipio Valley and Honoka'a. Walk to the Artworks store in Kukuihaele for Island made ice cream and hand made gifts.
Find Akaka Falls, the world famous botanical gardens and much more as you drive along the beautiful lush Hamakua coast toward Hilo 55 minutes away. In the other direction from Honoka'a, you may smell eukalyptus on your way to the cooler climate in Waimea (Kamuela) which will have more shopping, a bigger hospital and some of the best food in the islands are only 30 minutes away. Go to Merriman's for delicious seafood and Kailua pork quesadillas. White sand beaches, the larger hotels are a 50-70 minutes drive accross the northeast end of the island through Hawaiian cowboy country. Close to Waimea is an extinct volcano with some of the best astronomy telescopes/observatories in the world because of the clean air, altitude and dark starry nights. Mauna Kea is 14,000 + feet above sea level where you can see snow in the winter. Mauna Kea can be driven to the top and it is the tallest mountain in the world from the sea floor.
Hilo has a great outdoor market, shopping, surfing, etc. and it is a beautiful 1 hour drive along the Hamakua coast. Another hour or so beyond is the must see Volcanoes National Park and swim in the hot springs in Pahoa. Kona is about 1.5 hours away along very nice highways as are most places. Try Hamakua Coast coffee which many say is better than the world famous Kona coffee served at the White House.
The whole island has so much to offer but you will definitely want to relax at Hale Kukui for its incredible views and natural private surroundings. Each cottage has a kitchen/kitchenette, private bathroom,wireless internet and much more to keep you comfortable in case you do not want to leave.
A $5 fee is included in your rate which makes you a member of the orchard as a visitor for 1 year so your stay complies with our mission to have you enjoy and learn a little about Hawaiian permaculture farming on a small scale. Many of our trees are labelled so you may learn about the fruit, nuts, spices and from which part of the world they come.
Caution: we don't recommend going near the cliff's edge which may be unstable or walking under coconut trees because the nuts occasionally fall and may be deadly. Only go into the gulch if you are physically fit even though it is a short path.
When we arrived at the cottage we thought we were in paradise! It was the perfect size for us and very peaceful. The location was beautiful just like the pictures. It was perfect for driving to different sites, such as gorgeous beaches, the west side of the island and near a little town for necessities. The location of the bench on the cliff was awesome for quiet time. The cottage was stocked with anything we needed. When we were leaving it felt like leaving home! Also, thank you for the champagne provided for our 25th wedding anniversary!
We felt very welcome here at the guest cottage. The photos don't lie-- this view from this deck will blow your mind. A very special place.
The place was lovely. Clean, and exactly as it looked in the pictures. It was quiet and serene- a perfect writing escape, for example. However it was very rainy/cloudy/foggy- nothing to be done about that but many locals informed us its always like that, so it's good to know. The black sand beach was a bit further than we anticipated. There's not a ton to do close but relax and hang out besides the Waipo Valley, though the orchard is pretty cool. We were on a relaxing/honeymoon-esque trip, and we ended up leaving early because it was just too rainy for our liking- we went back to the western coast of the big island and were happier with the sun and swim-able beaches. Also the wifi isn't the most reliable- I had some things I needed to do online and we ended up having to go elsewhere to get a nice strong wifi signal-- we didn't ask the hosts to fix it, but they had already let us know that the vision of Hale KuKui is more of a retreat where you turn your gadgets off- we wished we had a heads-up about the wifi. Because we left early, there was quite a bit of confusion about how to pay some leftover fees we had online, but it eventually it worked out, and I learned they also have a website--- (website hidden) Overall, great, just not the sunny retreat we were hoping for----but maybe a phenomenal writing retreat (if you don't need wifi!)
Beautiful property and great hosts! Paula was very friendly and accomodating. Waking up every day to sweeping Waipio views was a pleasure.
Wonderful spot, perfect location for trips down to Wiapio valley, the house is just as pictured, the view is amazing, would love to stay here again.
We spent three nights at this magical spot. Tucked away above the orchard, it's all that we expected. Light and airy, and incredibly quiet, we spent a lot of time just sitting on the lanai watched the gorgeous Waipio coast. We were too busy visiting friends to have had the entire experience, but Paula and Dan were very hospitable, and we'd go back in a flash! And we were treated to a whale display; three of them obligingly circling around nearby.
We had a nice stay at the Orchard Cottage. We had splurged for this accommodation anticipating the view and were disappointed by the torrential rain storm which prevented our views and any exploration of the Waipi'o Valley. It also made for difficult sleeping with the heavy rains pounding on the roof during our 3 nights stay. But this is no fault to the property or owners, it was just bad luck with weather. Honoka'a is an hour drive from beaches on the West side, so we drove over each day in seek of sun. And we enjoyed spending time in Honoka'a, especially the Honoka'a People's Theater cafe. Paula and Dan, the managers on the property, were very kind and accommodating. On our our last morning, the sun came out and the view was indeed glorious. The house is less than a mile from the lookout and road down to the valley, so if you get good weather the place is ideal.
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I am a physician double board certified in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine. I also trained as an osteopathic physician. My whole life I have had a passion for exotic fruit, gardening in general, orchids and palms. Finally I am lucky enough to help create a permaculture farm in paradise overlooking Waipio's black sand beach. Set back on an ocean cliff you may see waterfalls, rainbows, whales jumping (Jan-March) and incredible 1000 ft. cliffs back up soothing ocean views out to Maui in the Northwest.
See all the way down to the southeast with nothing but vast ocean.
Enjoy fruit and spice picking for free. Relax on this epic property unparalleled anywhere.
My favorite places traveled to include Hale Kukui in Kukuihaele (Waipio and Honoka'a), Zealand, Alaska, Switzerland, Bali and Thailand's island of Cosamui.
I love nature, surfing, swimming, skiing, easy hikes, great food, travel, great conversations, trying or experiencing something new and different. My nine year old daughter means the world to me.
Hale Kukui is a vacation destination and a home, but also a great stepping stone for the whole Big Island. HGTV, Sotheby's International real estate magazine, Lonely planet travel guide, Trip Adviser and Aloha Magazine have all recognized Hale Kukui this year!
Book at the website, Hale (website hidden) or (website hidden) (click the Big Island on the map, then Hamakua coast (light green on the map) to see more and reserve time. Red flower in the window with ocean view is Hale Kukui. Suggested donation $199-$249/night. Stay the seventh night for free! All cottages have WIFi wireless internet and phone is available for local calls. All units have a kitchen or kitchenette in the studio with just about anything you would need to make nice meals and some condiments including salt and pepper, coffee, teas,ceiling fans, towels, linens. Each unit/cottage has a private deck/lanai with a soaking tub with great views to the ocean/cliffs.