The `Aina Room is a cozy, nicely decorated room with a very comfy king size bed. This room is a 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 in a rustic plantation house that was owned and inhabited by my grandparents for 75 years. 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.
Our guest rooms are called "hostel style" but are really private rooms. The rooms are small and simple, yet nicely decorated, clean and with great beds. They share a simple common area with couches, microwave, coffee maker, refrigerator, cable TV, wi-fi, patio with gas grill (with a burner for cooking) and table, and a rustic plantation style bathroom.
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.
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
""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""
Smoking only in designated area
No illegal substances
Quiet time from 11 PM to 6 AM
Main thing: enjoy!
Wir haben für eine Nacht bei Steve übernachtet. Als wir angekommen sind, hat er uns sehr herzlich (auf Deutsch) begrüßt und unser Zimmer sowie die Gemeinschaftsräume gezeigt. Obwohl wir ihn danach nicht mehr gesehen haben, war der gesamte Kontakt sehr nett und reibungslos.
Das Zimmer liegt im "Keller" des Hauses, den Steve zum Hostel mit eigenem Eingang umgebaut hat. Es gibt ein Wohnzimmer mit Mikrowelle, Toaster, großem Kühlschrank und TV, außerdem ein hübsches Bad und einen netten Außenbereich mit Grill und Waschbecken. Unser Zimmer war nicht sehr groß, aber liebevoll dekoriert. Das Bett ist groß und weich.
Das gesamte Hostel ist offen gestaltet, teilweise ohne Fensterscheiben, wodurch der Wind ab und zu die Türen zuschlägt. Durch die Lage im Basement und die Nähe zum Garten haben sich auch ein paar Insekten ins Hostel verirrt.
Als wir zu Besuch waren, war in einem der anderen beiden Zimmer ein weiterer Gast - Chris, der längerfristig dort wohnt. Er war sehr nett und hilfreich.
Steves Familie hat zwei Hunde, von denen einer sehr zutraulich und freundlich ist, den anderen haben wir kaum zu Gesicht bekommen.
Das Haus liegt nur wenige Autominuten vom Waipio Valley entfernt und nicht weit von Honokaa (hier gibt es ein paar nette Geschäfte und einen Supermarkt).
Beim Check-out muss man eine kurze Liste von Aufgaben erledigen (Bett abziehen und Oberflächen abwischen), dafür gibt es keine Reinigungsgebühr. Das Ganze war in wenigen Minuten erledigt und für uns daher eher ein Vorteil.
Insgesamt war unser Aufenthalt bei Steve freundlich und entspannt.
On my day of arrival Stephen invited me to the opening ceremony of the “Na Paniolo o Hamakua” exhibit at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo North Hawaiʻi Education and Research Center’s Heritage Center . This very nice exhibit offered information about the history of ranching and its ranchers along the Hamakua Coast.
His hostel is situated at a quiet location near Waipio valley. The valley can be viewed directly from his neighbours garden and from a public viewpoint further down the road. I very much enjoyed staying at Stephen’s hostel.
Stephen was such a fantastic, genuinely nice host. When we arrived, our room was ready, everything was clean, and he was there to show us around. We sat down out at the picnic table and he offered to make us a cheese plate to go with our chips and salsa. He came back with hummus and another dip, too! The outdoor space was nice for our night of sitting and listening to radio shows. The bed was amazingly comfy; we didn't want to get out in the morning. There was coffee and tea available for our breakfast. I showered before we headed out for the day in their unique bathroom. The space felt like a cabin - quaint and cozy, but still rugged and charming. We were impressed.
Although we only briefly met our host, Stephen, during our stay, our interaction with him was positive. He had another gentlemen, Chris, who lives on-site, welcome and show us around, and we found Chris to be friendly and helpful. There are two dogs at this property, which were very fun to play with (they will bark at you at first, but they are friendly)!
The location is the major perk of this lodging, as it is only a few minutes away from the Waipio Valley and the historic town of Honokaa. There is a shared outdoor cooking area and indoor living space and bathroom. Because of its location and natural setting, there were a few critters to contend with, but their presence was expected and not a reflection of cleanliness. The backyard was nice with a nearby walk to ocean views.
When you check-out, there is short check-list of cleaning tasks, which we actually didn't mind as it was quick and prevented us from having to pay an extra cleaning fee.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay.
I am really excited we found this "hostel". It was nice and small underneath the host's house. The view was awesome from the property. As far as a location goes it was beautiful, and actually fairly quiet compared to the description given by the host in the listing. It was very convenient for being able to visit the Waipio Valley. We only stayed for 1 night, but it was really relaxing, the bed was comfortable. We had booked last minute as we were leaving Hilo but Stephen still was able to get everything ready and make us feel welcome. He was a good communicator and we did finally get to meet each other during our stay. Check out instructions were clear. Our stay here was great. The only thing and I'm not sure if it was mentioned and I missed it but it is a bit far away from stores and shops and everything in Honokaa closes fairly early (by 8pm). We were able to get something to eat just fine but it would have been nice to have known so we could take some food with us just in case.
The Waipi`o Hostel was perfect for our short visit to Honokaa and the valley (less than a five minute drive away).
The hostel itself was clean and had everything we needed to prepare a nice breakfast (fridge, toaster oven, etc) in the mornings. The `Aina room was very cozy and peaceful. Although we never met Stephen in person, he was very responsive and helpful via email and over the phone. Chris, the caretaker of the property, was extremely personable and more than happy to answer all of our questions.
I would definitely recommend the Wapi`o Hostel to anyone planning on staying in the area!
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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.